The Lobster

★★★★☆
Voted "Best Seafood" in Los Angeles by Citysearch voters!
  • 1602 Ocean Ave

    Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  • 310-458-9294

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Always a great meal, but abit pricy...but the view makes it worth it.

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★★★★★

Always a great meal, but abit pricy...but the view makes it worth it.

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Lobster is great..its amazing their food is delicious.. I love the location very accessible and the place is cozy which is important for me when it comes to dining.. Lets not forget about the food..its superb!

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★★★★★

Lobster is great..its amazing their food is delicious.. I love the location very accessible and the place is cozy which is important for me when it comes to dining.. Lets not forget about the food..its superb!

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It was my wife's birthday and we had talked about having lobster so I surprised her and made a reservation at LOBSTER in Santa Monica. What a disappointment!

To begin, the service at the front desk was only fair. Why? Our reservation

3
★★★★★

It was my wife's birthday and we had talked about having lobster so I surprised her and made a reservation at LOBSTER in Santa Monica. What a disappointment!

To begin, the service at the front desk was only fair. Why? Our reservation

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I'm so excited to go to this place. Not really for me but for my wife. She's a seafood lover and I can't wait to show her the place. We went there just in time for the sunset. It was perfect. We ordered of course, lobsters and fish for me.

3
★★★★★

I'm so excited to go to this place. Not really for me but for my wife. She's a seafood lover and I can't wait to show her the place. We went there just in time for the sunset. It was perfect. We ordered of course, lobsters and fish for me.

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Our service was great and the waiter was adorable. Ambiance was romantic and definitely recommended. For the music,,,I would recommend jazz or house and the people were cool. Portions were good.

5
★★★★★

Our service was great and the waiter was adorable. Ambiance was romantic and definitely recommended. For the music,,,I would recommend jazz or house and the people were cool. Portions were good.

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Our service was great and the waiter was adorable. Ambiance was romantic and definitely recommended. For the music,,,I would recommend jazz or house and the people were cool. Portions were good.

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★★★★★

Our service was great and the waiter was adorable. Ambiance was romantic and definitely recommended. For the music,,,I would recommend jazz or house and the people were cool. Portions were good.

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had this restaurant not been highly recommended, we would not have gone because it looks a bit touristy especially with the pier location. we were surprised by the wonderful atmosphere, service and food.

2
★★★★☆

had this restaurant not been highly recommended, we would not have gone because it looks a bit touristy especially with the pier location. we were surprised by the wonderful atmosphere, service and food.

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love this place seafood its the best! soo good ! the ocean view is ameizing the only problem you need reservations at nights crowded! but i really recomended!

4
★★★★☆

love this place seafood its the best! soo good ! the ocean view is ameizing the only problem you need reservations at nights crowded! but i really recomended!

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Come for the view and ambiance, Stay for the lobster. Great place to dine and drink. Delicious and always a treat for a night out

4
★★★★☆

Come for the view and ambiance, Stay for the lobster. Great place to dine and drink. Delicious and always a treat for a night out

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I have to admit, I am not into sea food, but now I have changed my mind and a regular visitor!!! mmmm

2
★★★★★

I have to admit, I am not into sea food, but now I have changed my mind and a regular visitor!!! mmmm

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This place is wonderful! The atmosphere is quite gorgeous! It sits next to the pier and has a view of the Pacific Ocean. A great place for date night. I ordered a smal lobster and was pleasantly surprised at the size. It was soooo good! If you like lobster, you must try this place out. If you don't, try it out anyways just for the view :-)

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★★★★★

This place is wonderful! The atmosphere is quite gorgeous! It sits next to the pier and has a view of the Pacific Ocean. A great place for date night. I ordered a smal lobster and was pleasantly surprised at the size. It was soooo good! If you like lobster, you must try this place out. If you don't, try it out anyways just for the view :-)

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This place is wonderful! The atmosphere is quite gorgeous! It sits next to the pier and has a view of the Pacific Ocean. A great place for date night. I ordered a smal lobster and was pleasantly surprised at the size. It was soooo good! If you like lobster, you must try this place out. If you don't, try it out anyways just for the view :-)

5
★★★★★

This place is wonderful! The atmosphere is quite gorgeous! It sits next to the pier and has a view of the Pacific Ocean. A great place for date night. I ordered a smal lobster and was pleasantly surprised at the size. It was soooo good! If you like lobster, you must try this place out. If you don't, try it out anyways just for the view :-)

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On July 30, we had my mother's 80th birthday party at The Lobster. The staff, from manager, server to front desk were so very kind and helpful. They allowed us to drop off hostess bags and a cake on the day of the event. We had flowers delivered. The Lobster cared for these items as if it were their own party.

The food was fabulous. Although known for lobster, the fish selections were fantastic and ranged in price from $26-29. They sat us at a table for maximum privacy with a superb view of the pier and facing the setting sun.

I would recommend this locale for any occasion but truly appreciate all their help (especially Shirley the manager that night).

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★★★★★

On July 30, we had my mother's 80th birthday party at The Lobster. The staff, from manager, server to front desk were so very kind and helpful. They allowed us to drop off hostess bags and a cake on the day of the event. We had flowers delivered. The Lobster cared for these items as if it were their own party.

The food was fabulous. Although known for lobster, the fish selections were fantastic and ranged in price from $26-29. They sat us at a table for maximum privacy with a superb view of the pier and facing the setting sun.

I would recommend this locale for any occasion but truly appreciate all their help (especially Shirley the manager that night).

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The Lobster is really a great place for an outstanding meal. The food is really good?not too expensive considering the location and quality of food. The view is stunning, you get the feeling you are on the beach in the middle of a vacation spot. I really love coming here!

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★★★☆☆

The Lobster is really a great place for an outstanding meal. The food is really good?not too expensive considering the location and quality of food. The view is stunning, you get the feeling you are on the beach in the middle of a vacation spot. I really love coming here!

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Great service, food, cocktails, wine and atmosphere. We arrived a bit early for our reservation on a Saturday night so we found a table in the outside bar and enjoyed a cocktail. This was a fantastic way to start a terrific meal. Upon being seated at our table, Paul our waiter gracefully explained the updated menu. We ordered appetizers and the bisque to start our meal. Our entrees included the halibut, fillet medallions, and newly in-season spinney lobster. All three dishes were divine and melted in your mouth! We completed our meal with the chocolate bread pudding and fruit panna cotta desserts. Again, this course was to die for!
From the moment we entered the valet parking area to the moment we left the parking lot, we were treated like royalty. Yes, the tables are a little close and the sound level is a little high at times, but not very different than a lot of restaurants I've been to. The view is breathtaking if you are next or close to the window. The view is the decor in this restaurant. The unique design of the building only adds to a great dining experience.
On a side note, it was a surprise to see the actor Martin Lawrence and friends come into the restaurant and his decked out Rolls Royce in the valet parking. You never know who or what you will see at this place.

5
★★★★★

Great service, food, cocktails, wine and atmosphere. We arrived a bit early for our reservation on a Saturday night so we found a table in the outside bar and enjoyed a cocktail. This was a fantastic way to start a terrific meal. Upon being seated at our table, Paul our waiter gracefully explained the updated menu. We ordered appetizers and the bisque to start our meal. Our entrees included the halibut, fillet medallions, and newly in-season spinney lobster. All three dishes were divine and melted in your mouth! We completed our meal with the chocolate bread pudding and fruit panna cotta desserts. Again, this course was to die for!
From the moment we entered the valet parking area to the moment we left the parking lot, we were treated like royalty. Yes, the tables are a little close and the sound level is a little high at times, but not very different than a lot of restaurants I've been to. The view is breathtaking if you are next or close to the window. The view is the decor in this restaurant. The unique design of the building only adds to a great dining experience.
On a side note, it was a surprise to see the actor Martin Lawrence and friends come into the restaurant and his decked out Rolls Royce in the valet parking. You never know who or what you will see at this place.

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Food was good and the views of the sunset awesome. The ambience was great and so was the crowd.

2
★★★★☆

Food was good and the views of the sunset awesome. The ambience was great and so was the crowd.

Pros: beautiful view, good ambience

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Love this place.

2
★★★★★

Love this place.

Pros: Food and ambiance

Cons: none

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The atmosphere is great- at the base of the Santa Monica pier, overlooking the ocean. The scene is very Santa Monica trendy. You do pay for the view.

Went for DineLA, and they were out of Lobster! Terrible.

Service was really poor. I understand that it was a crowded Friday night, but at the prices you typically pay at that place, that's not an excuse.

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★★★☆☆

The atmosphere is great- at the base of the Santa Monica pier, overlooking the ocean. The scene is very Santa Monica trendy. You do pay for the view.

Went for DineLA, and they were out of Lobster! Terrible.

Service was really poor. I understand that it was a crowded Friday night, but at the prices you typically pay at that place, that's not an excuse.

Pros: Water front view, on the pier

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I'll start of by declaring that I'm a jaded West LA native who spends most of my dinners at restaurants, and comes from a family of European chefs. I initially passed off The Lobster as a tourist trap with a beautiful view...then 3 years ago, fate would have it that my boyfriend wanted to check it out. Upon entering without a reservation, we waited and got a great table with an ocean view (on a Saturday night!), and our meals were perfectly portioned (not too small!) and rich with flavours that paired beautifully with every ingredient in the dish. I've consistently been treated like a welcomed guest- and I'm very familiar with places that do treat you like "table number 118" and not like individuals trying to have a great experience- this is not one of those places. We have consistently been treated with warmth and authenticity from every staff member I've met. The usually remember me when I come back and greet me by name.
Things to keep in mind: ALWAYS MAKE RESERVATIONS atleast 4 days before. I see a lot of reviews by people who were outraged to have to wait, or not get a great table. The Lobster is the only restaurant with that kind of a view and good seafood in downtown Santa Monica- you will have to wait atleast an hour for a table without reservations, and the tables with direct ocean views are limited. My only criticism is just that- I've had lengthy conversations with the person booking my table about it being a very special night (anniversary, my birthday just last night), and how I will even wait for an ocean view...and it never seems to actually effect where we are sat- but none of the tables are truly crappy views.

I think The Lobster may actually be my favorite restaurant for a nice evening in LA- it's the best combination of ambience and food I know!

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★★★★★

I'll start of by declaring that I'm a jaded West LA native who spends most of my dinners at restaurants, and comes from a family of European chefs. I initially passed off The Lobster as a tourist trap with a beautiful view...then 3 years ago, fate would have it that my boyfriend wanted to check it out. Upon entering without a reservation, we waited and got a great table with an ocean view (on a Saturday night!), and our meals were perfectly portioned (not too small!) and rich with flavours that paired beautifully with every ingredient in the dish. I've consistently been treated like a welcomed guest- and I'm very familiar with places that do treat you like "table number 118" and not like individuals trying to have a great experience- this is not one of those places. We have consistently been treated with warmth and authenticity from every staff member I've met. The usually remember me when I come back and greet me by name.
Things to keep in mind: ALWAYS MAKE RESERVATIONS atleast 4 days before. I see a lot of reviews by people who were outraged to have to wait, or not get a great table. The Lobster is the only restaurant with that kind of a view and good seafood in downtown Santa Monica- you will have to wait atleast an hour for a table without reservations, and the tables with direct ocean views are limited. My only criticism is just that- I've had lengthy conversations with the person booking my table about it being a very special night (anniversary, my birthday just last night), and how I will even wait for an ocean view...and it never seems to actually effect where we are sat- but none of the tables are truly crappy views.

I think The Lobster may actually be my favorite restaurant for a nice evening in LA- it's the best combination of ambience and food I know!

Pros: Best view, food, and service in Santa Monica!

Cons: No way to guarantee a direct window table!

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It sits right at the base of the Santa Monica Pier with fabulos views of the pier and the ocean beyond. It has it's own valet parking, (not a small thing in hard to park Santa Monica), a bar with a great view and pretty good food. But it is expensive. A great place to bring a date you want to impress.

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★★★★☆

It sits right at the base of the Santa Monica Pier with fabulos views of the pier and the ocean beyond. It has it's own valet parking, (not a small thing in hard to park Santa Monica), a bar with a great view and pretty good food. But it is expensive. A great place to bring a date you want to impress.

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First and foremost, I like The Lobster, just not the same way anymore. Probably will happily never return or at least never book a reservation again. If it is logistically convenient to walk in and have a drink or bite to eat at the bar that will be fine. If it is unavailable, no problem, many other restaurants work hard to earn your patronage. We booked a dinner last night for 2 and I notified the restaurant via opentable that it was my wife's birthday. We arrived dressed in formal attire. The host greeted my wife with a happy birthday which was nice and he told us to proceed to the bar and have a drink and we will come find you. We grabbed a nice bar table and a waitress quickly gathered our order and returned with a glass of wine and a martini. In a blink of a eye, a hostess came up, told the waitress she was going to seat us next, fully aware we just got our drinks. We were then ushered off to what I believe to be the worst table in the restaurant. A 2 top squished against a wall of interior glass in a dark corner with a family of four or five with their children's faces smashed against the glass looking at us. Reminded me of an interstate McDonalds or worse an Arby's. I told the hostess that this was unacceptable and she rifled off - that was the only 2 top available. I notified her we were happy to wait. She responded it would be awhile. I reminded her it was my wife's birthday and that the table was unacceptable now as well as any other time and we were happy to wait. We went back to the bar, of course we had nowhere to sit or stand but outside at this time and wait. Disappointing but not a big deal. I quickly went back to the main host and reminded him of the occasion and if he could find us a suitable table. He had the nerve to tell me that that table was his favorite. Please! Finally the host took us to a so-so skinny table that basically summed up the dinner as well. So-so. Done. Meal marred by seating. Many 4 tops available for the majority of our meal.

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★★☆☆☆

First and foremost, I like The Lobster, just not the same way anymore. Probably will happily never return or at least never book a reservation again. If it is logistically convenient to walk in and have a drink or bite to eat at the bar that will be fine. If it is unavailable, no problem, many other restaurants work hard to earn your patronage. We booked a dinner last night for 2 and I notified the restaurant via opentable that it was my wife's birthday. We arrived dressed in formal attire. The host greeted my wife with a happy birthday which was nice and he told us to proceed to the bar and have a drink and we will come find you. We grabbed a nice bar table and a waitress quickly gathered our order and returned with a glass of wine and a martini. In a blink of a eye, a hostess came up, told the waitress she was going to seat us next, fully aware we just got our drinks. We were then ushered off to what I believe to be the worst table in the restaurant. A 2 top squished against a wall of interior glass in a dark corner with a family of four or five with their children's faces smashed against the glass looking at us. Reminded me of an interstate McDonalds or worse an Arby's. I told the hostess that this was unacceptable and she rifled off - that was the only 2 top available. I notified her we were happy to wait. She responded it would be awhile. I reminded her it was my wife's birthday and that the table was unacceptable now as well as any other time and we were happy to wait. We went back to the bar, of course we had nowhere to sit or stand but outside at this time and wait. Disappointing but not a big deal. I quickly went back to the main host and reminded him of the occasion and if he could find us a suitable table. He had the nerve to tell me that that table was his favorite. Please! Finally the host took us to a so-so skinny table that basically summed up the dinner as well. So-so. Done. Meal marred by seating. Many 4 tops available for the majority of our meal.

Pros: The busboy flipped a leave to make the twig of a table we were at bearable.

Cons: Tiny 2 top tables for 6ft plus people. Move-em in, move-em out mentality.

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I went here for my bday and the food was very good. I'd the scallops and they're just delicious, and the fish was just really good. I loved the view even tough we did not get to sit at the window like I requested because we're 20 minutes late. My fav part was the chimichurri w the bread it was just delicious, I never expected chimichurri in a place like this, and it was totaly delicious. Plan 2 be there for my bfriend's bday.

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★★★★☆

I went here for my bday and the food was very good. I'd the scallops and they're just delicious, and the fish was just really good. I loved the view even tough we did not get to sit at the window like I requested because we're 20 minutes late. My fav part was the chimichurri w the bread it was just delicious, I never expected chimichurri in a place like this, and it was totaly delicious. Plan 2 be there for my bfriend's bday.

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Absolutely Fantastic! After a horrible experience at Tengu, "The Lobster" saved the day. I had a great time at this restaurant and the staff were just FANTASTIC! I loved it, and I look forward to coming back again.

2
★★★★★

Absolutely Fantastic! After a horrible experience at Tengu, "The Lobster" saved the day. I had a great time at this restaurant and the staff were just FANTASTIC! I loved it, and I look forward to coming back again.

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Absolutely Fantastic! After a horrible experience at Tengu, "The Lobster" saved the day. I had a great time at this restaurant and the staff are just FANTASTIC! I love it and I look forward to coming back again.

2
★★★★★

Absolutely Fantastic! After a horrible experience at Tengu, "The Lobster" saved the day. I had a great time at this restaurant and the staff are just FANTASTIC! I love it and I look forward to coming back again.

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We stopped by this place out of curiousity. We'd heard about it through many acquaintances and had recently read about their delicious Bloody Mary drink. Well, the drink was delicious.. not the best i've ever had, but delicious nevertheless. My hubby had a mojito and wasn't too impressed, so he had a beer after that. We both ordered oysters as appetizers (unimpressive presentation), and after talking to the people sitting next to us who were not happy with their measly lobster meal, we opted to have dinner at the local "hot dog on a stick" instead. Although we didn't try the dinner at The Lobster, based off of what we saw and heard from the couple sitting next to us, our money was best used elsewhere.

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★★★☆☆

We stopped by this place out of curiousity. We'd heard about it through many acquaintances and had recently read about their delicious Bloody Mary drink. Well, the drink was delicious.. not the best i've ever had, but delicious nevertheless. My hubby had a mojito and wasn't too impressed, so he had a beer after that. We both ordered oysters as appetizers (unimpressive presentation), and after talking to the people sitting next to us who were not happy with their measly lobster meal, we opted to have dinner at the local "hot dog on a stick" instead. Although we didn't try the dinner at The Lobster, based off of what we saw and heard from the couple sitting next to us, our money was best used elsewhere.

Pros: Great Bloody Marys

Cons: Crowded

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I am glad that I read reviews on citysearch prior to going there for a dinner. Overall experience was nice but the service, as some have complained before, wasn't great. Our waiter did not introduce himself by his name, he didn't feel bad about arguing with the member of our party when we complained about the portion size ( it looked as if one of us got the meal that was much smaller than the rest of us). The waiter did not apologize or show any consideration for our concern, it seemed that it was very common for him to explain that if there is something that you don't like here, it is your problem, not the restaurant's.
The location is definitely a great catch! We were there during the sunset, so the view was absolutely gorgeous (as sunsets usually are in LA). The food was pretty good, although I wouldn't recommend tuna sashimi for an appetizer: 5 slices were extremely thin, and they put a huge amount of sweet sauce on them, it wasn't worth 16 or so dollars, really. Their entrees were pretty good. And they have nice wine selection (a good bottle would cost you about $50+). Their signature dish - lobster - was good, although be prepared to pay another 50% or so for the meal in addition to the price shown on the menu, the price on the menu is for a pound but served meal includes a pound a half (at the end it costs about $60 compared to $30 that was on the menu).
Overall, I would recommend this place if you are looking for a nice, more upscale place to dine by the beach in Santa Monica and don't feel like driving further down to Malibu.

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★★★★☆

I am glad that I read reviews on citysearch prior to going there for a dinner. Overall experience was nice but the service, as some have complained before, wasn't great. Our waiter did not introduce himself by his name, he didn't feel bad about arguing with the member of our party when we complained about the portion size ( it looked as if one of us got the meal that was much smaller than the rest of us). The waiter did not apologize or show any consideration for our concern, it seemed that it was very common for him to explain that if there is something that you don't like here, it is your problem, not the restaurant's.
The location is definitely a great catch! We were there during the sunset, so the view was absolutely gorgeous (as sunsets usually are in LA). The food was pretty good, although I wouldn't recommend tuna sashimi for an appetizer: 5 slices were extremely thin, and they put a huge amount of sweet sauce on them, it wasn't worth 16 or so dollars, really. Their entrees were pretty good. And they have nice wine selection (a good bottle would cost you about $50+). Their signature dish - lobster - was good, although be prepared to pay another 50% or so for the meal in addition to the price shown on the menu, the price on the menu is for a pound but served meal includes a pound a half (at the end it costs about $60 compared to $30 that was on the menu).
Overall, I would recommend this place if you are looking for a nice, more upscale place to dine by the beach in Santa Monica and don't feel like driving further down to Malibu.

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This is literally on the beach at Santa Monica, at the foot of the pier, so it's great for dinner, or even just drinks at the bar. The service was excellent, as was the food. Okay, so this isn't the cheapest place, but it's certainly value for money, and the views from those bay windows are priceless! And the food is worth it - even the salad and bread rolls were first class! I was also thinking this is a fantastic place to take visitors to Los Angeles, as they'll have a fantastic view of Santa Monica and the ocean. I definitely recommend it here!!

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★★★★★

This is literally on the beach at Santa Monica, at the foot of the pier, so it's great for dinner, or even just drinks at the bar. The service was excellent, as was the food. Okay, so this isn't the cheapest place, but it's certainly value for money, and the views from those bay windows are priceless! And the food is worth it - even the salad and bread rolls were first class! I was also thinking this is a fantastic place to take visitors to Los Angeles, as they'll have a fantastic view of Santa Monica and the ocean. I definitely recommend it here!!

Pros: Fantastic view, excellent food, service was prompt and friendly

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Came here for drinks on a Friday evening. The rock music was a little loud and the place was quite dark inside, but my drinks were mixed well, and it was cool to people-watch Pier visitors on the patio. Plus, there was a little place to play pool at the back of the restaurant. Overall, it was nice to find a more relaxed, casual bar not far from the Promenade.

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★★★★☆

Came here for drinks on a Friday evening. The rock music was a little loud and the place was quite dark inside, but my drinks were mixed well, and it was cool to people-watch Pier visitors on the patio. Plus, there was a little place to play pool at the back of the restaurant. Overall, it was nice to find a more relaxed, casual bar not far from the Promenade.

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Romantic restaurant with a great view of Santa Monica Pier, the beach and beautiful Santa Monica Mountains to the West along the coast of Malibu. A bit touristy and overpriced for what you get. Been here twice now and found some items on the menu to be creative and delicious, others not so good and way too overpriced. Avoid the pan roasted Lobster with Jack Daniels sauce. Burned, tastless & yeck!

First visit here, the server was so, so; seemed a bit phony and greatly rushed our service against our request upon initial ordering.
Brent attended to us on our second visit and I highly recommend him! Great service not rushed and gave attentive yet unobtrusive service.

Both times we have eaten here we reserved a view table well in advance and had earlier in the evening reservations. But upon arrival, we had to "play the game" of "well.... it will be 20-30mins for a window table, please wait in the bar area". Nice way of upping the sales!

All and all I will definitely come back to this restaurant!

Pros: Awesome view, wait for a view table

Cons: Menu items can be h(i)ot or miss. Stick with the plain & simple lobster preparations

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★★★★☆

Romantic restaurant with a great view of Santa Monica Pier, the beach and beautiful Santa Monica Mountains to the West along the coast of Malibu. A bit touristy and overpriced for what you get. Been here twice now and found some items on the menu to be creative and delicious, others not so good and way too overpriced. Avoid the pan roasted Lobster with Jack Daniels sauce. Burned, tastless & yeck!

First visit here, the server was so, so; seemed a bit phony and greatly rushed our service against our request upon initial ordering.
Brent attended to us on our second visit and I highly recommend him! Great service not rushed and gave attentive yet unobtrusive service.

Both times we have eaten here we reserved a view table well in advance and had earlier in the evening reservations. But upon arrival, we had to "play the game" of "well.... it will be 20-30mins for a window table, please wait in the bar area". Nice way of upping the sales!

All and all I will definitely come back to this restaurant!

Pros: Awesome view, wait for a view table

Cons: Menu items can be h(i)ot or miss. Stick with the plain & simple lobster preparations

Pros: View, views, VIEWS! Romantic all the way!

Cons: Food menu items can be h(i)ot or miss. (Citysearch won't let me use other vowel to 'e')

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My husband and I ventured to the Lobster on the 4th of July and we were delighted to have a table at the window overlooking the Santa Monica Pier. We had the dungeness Crab ?Louis? Cocktail and it was delicious for an appetizer along with the Steamed Manila Clams & Black Mussels soup that was good but not great and had much less lobster and clams than the one shown in the picture on the menu page at the Lobster Website. We decided to split these items and to also split the the Lobster Stuffed Avocado entre salad and it was average as well and not as good as we expected. However, given all that we have said, we will definately go back but will stay away from the lobster dishes. The crab is great! Maybe they should change the name...

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★★★☆☆

My husband and I ventured to the Lobster on the 4th of July and we were delighted to have a table at the window overlooking the Santa Monica Pier. We had the dungeness Crab ?Louis? Cocktail and it was delicious for an appetizer along with the Steamed Manila Clams & Black Mussels soup that was good but not great and had much less lobster and clams than the one shown in the picture on the menu page at the Lobster Website. We decided to split these items and to also split the the Lobster Stuffed Avocado entre salad and it was average as well and not as good as we expected. However, given all that we have said, we will definately go back but will stay away from the lobster dishes. The crab is great! Maybe they should change the name...

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I've heard about The Lobster ever since I moved to Santa Monica and finally decided to try it with my fiance. I will say that the location is great being so close to the Pier and the food is good. My main complaint is how extremely LA it is. When we were escorted to our table there was an open booth available but instead we got the worst possible table in the entire restaurant right next to the loud and noisy kitchen. Later on I saw that they seated another couple in that open booth who walked in no more than 5 minutes after we did. I was looking forward to this place and I am disappointed with how they treated us. I spent the first half hour after we sat down sizing up the patrons sitting by the windows and wondering what I had to do to get that beautiful ocean view. The service was a bit snooty and I felt a little rushed. We went on a Tuesday night and still had to wait 45 minutes for a table, or as I choose to call it, the dinner nook. Growing up in LA, I'm used to the idea that it's about who you know and how well connected you are. But this place doesn't deserve such high praises for the disparaging way they treated their non celebrity patrons. Now that I've tried it I know what I was (or wasn't) missing and I most likely will not be back.

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★★★☆☆

I've heard about The Lobster ever since I moved to Santa Monica and finally decided to try it with my fiance. I will say that the location is great being so close to the Pier and the food is good. My main complaint is how extremely LA it is. When we were escorted to our table there was an open booth available but instead we got the worst possible table in the entire restaurant right next to the loud and noisy kitchen. Later on I saw that they seated another couple in that open booth who walked in no more than 5 minutes after we did. I was looking forward to this place and I am disappointed with how they treated us. I spent the first half hour after we sat down sizing up the patrons sitting by the windows and wondering what I had to do to get that beautiful ocean view. The service was a bit snooty and I felt a little rushed. We went on a Tuesday night and still had to wait 45 minutes for a table, or as I choose to call it, the dinner nook. Growing up in LA, I'm used to the idea that it's about who you know and how well connected you are. But this place doesn't deserve such high praises for the disparaging way they treated their non celebrity patrons. Now that I've tried it I know what I was (or wasn't) missing and I most likely will not be back.

Pros: Location, near the beach

Cons: Service, Attitude

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First of all, this restaurant has great views of the pier and is great for a quiet and romantic meal. However, if you go here for lobster and you know what good lobster tastes like, you may be a bit disappointed. Coming from the east coast, my family frequently travels to Maine on vacation and we are avid lobster eaters. I was hoping that this restaurant may satisfy my craving for that lobster, but my (extremely expensive) lobster lacked that freshness and taste. It might have just been a bad day or something, but I admit I was disappointed in my food. Nevertheless, it was by no means bad, but just not what I expected and WAY overpriced.

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★★★☆☆

First of all, this restaurant has great views of the pier and is great for a quiet and romantic meal. However, if you go here for lobster and you know what good lobster tastes like, you may be a bit disappointed. Coming from the east coast, my family frequently travels to Maine on vacation and we are avid lobster eaters. I was hoping that this restaurant may satisfy my craving for that lobster, but my (extremely expensive) lobster lacked that freshness and taste. It might have just been a bad day or something, but I admit I was disappointed in my food. Nevertheless, it was by no means bad, but just not what I expected and WAY overpriced.

Pros: View, location, service

Cons: OVERPRICED, okay lobster

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Fabulous location especially at sunset. The view from the pier is great! The lobster isn't bad either. Excellent strong drinks (though a bit pricey).

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★★★★☆

Fabulous location especially at sunset. The view from the pier is great! The lobster isn't bad either. Excellent strong drinks (though a bit pricey).

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The Lobster has great sea food along with an even better view of the ocean and the Santa Monica pier. The view includes the interesting lights of the ferris wheel and roller coaster of Pacific Park in the evenings. The salads and fish dishes are very good. Also good mojitos and grilled artichoke.

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★★★★☆

The Lobster has great sea food along with an even better view of the ocean and the Santa Monica pier. The view includes the interesting lights of the ferris wheel and roller coaster of Pacific Park in the evenings. The salads and fish dishes are very good. Also good mojitos and grilled artichoke.

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I had a great 30th birthday over the weekend, and we went to the Lobster to celebrate. We started with drinks at the bar..great fun staff, and then we had a wonderful table right along the window...it was amazing to see an unobstructed view of the pier and the ferris wheel at night!
We started with the Lobster pancakes and the Wild Halibut sashimi, and I must say they were marvelous! As for entreess we had the grilled salmon and grilled lobster. It all was perfectly cooked on a special night..our server Michael was amazing, and the night was more than I had hoped for..and I am not easy!
This place is a 5 star winner, I will be going back, and not waing for a special occation like my birthday!

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★★★★★

I had a great 30th birthday over the weekend, and we went to the Lobster to celebrate. We started with drinks at the bar..great fun staff, and then we had a wonderful table right along the window...it was amazing to see an unobstructed view of the pier and the ferris wheel at night!
We started with the Lobster pancakes and the Wild Halibut sashimi, and I must say they were marvelous! As for entreess we had the grilled salmon and grilled lobster. It all was perfectly cooked on a special night..our server Michael was amazing, and the night was more than I had hoped for..and I am not easy!
This place is a 5 star winner, I will be going back, and not waing for a special occation like my birthday!

Pros: the view and the food

Cons: can be loud, and long waits if no reservation

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Although I have been to The Lobster on several other occasions and liked it, the last time I went, it turned out to be a nightmare. My husband and I got terrible FOOD SICKNESS from the Lobster salad (on pancakes). My husband was the one who actually ordered the dish and it was really bad for him. I would not eat there again myself, and I would certainly not recommend the Lobster salad to anyone. I am sure it was an honest mistake, however; for a restaurant called "the lobster", it would be nice if they could get the lobster right and not sicken people!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Lily

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★☆☆☆☆

Although I have been to The Lobster on several other occasions and liked it, the last time I went, it turned out to be a nightmare. My husband and I got terrible FOOD SICKNESS from the Lobster salad (on pancakes). My husband was the one who actually ordered the dish and it was really bad for him. I would not eat there again myself, and I would certainly not recommend the Lobster salad to anyone. I am sure it was an honest mistake, however; for a restaurant called "the lobster", it would be nice if they could get the lobster right and not sicken people!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Lily

Pros: I feel less sick now.

Cons: Got sick from the lobster dish.

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I had a chance to meet with and old high school friend for lunch and he suggested the Lobster. I was impressed with the food and good service and the view was excellent from the ocean front. The had a good wine selection as well.

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★★★★★

I had a chance to meet with and old high school friend for lunch and he suggested the Lobster. I was impressed with the food and good service and the view was excellent from the ocean front. The had a good wine selection as well.

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This is my new favorite spot! We went there on a Sunday night, with a 7:30 reservation. We were greeted by 2 very nice and friendly hosts. We were seated promptly, and given wonderful customer service throughout the entire evening. We had Prawns for an appetizer, which were fantastic. We had the Lobster Special ($51-a tiny bit overpriced for a small portion, but it tasted amazing), and the Chilean Sea Bass. Both were wonderful and melted in your mouth. The only thing we didnt like about the Lobster was the stemware, the forks are huge. I think if that is your only gripe about somewhere- then they are doing a very good job. I will absolutely come here again and make sure that everyone I know, also goes there!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! :)

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★★★★★

This is my new favorite spot! We went there on a Sunday night, with a 7:30 reservation. We were greeted by 2 very nice and friendly hosts. We were seated promptly, and given wonderful customer service throughout the entire evening. We had Prawns for an appetizer, which were fantastic. We had the Lobster Special ($51-a tiny bit overpriced for a small portion, but it tasted amazing), and the Chilean Sea Bass. Both were wonderful and melted in your mouth. The only thing we didnt like about the Lobster was the stemware, the forks are huge. I think if that is your only gripe about somewhere- then they are doing a very good job. I will absolutely come here again and make sure that everyone I know, also goes there!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! :)

Pros: customer service, view, seafood

Cons: HUGE Forks

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I was very skeptical. Given it's location, it doesn't even have to be good. But it was! Everything we had was fresh and great tasting. I expected gluey clam chowder but it was actually very thin and healthy. The crab cakes were good. We had a lovely fish, perfectly cooked. Wine list could use some work. Ditto on the stemware. Service was very nice. Tables right by the window in front are best.

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★★★★★

I was very skeptical. Given it's location, it doesn't even have to be good. But it was! Everything we had was fresh and great tasting. I expected gluey clam chowder but it was actually very thin and healthy. The crab cakes were good. We had a lovely fish, perfectly cooked. Wine list could use some work. Ditto on the stemware. Service was very nice. Tables right by the window in front are best.

Pros: great seafood, gorgeous view, service good

Cons: wine list, stemware, traffic

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It's been a few years since I've beent at The Lobster and I remembered an ok dinner for a high price. A friend took me there last Thursday evening and we had a great experience. They seated us really promptly and had an awesome table by the window. The food was great: he had the chowder to start and the halibut and I had the mushroom soup to start and the sole. We both enjoyed our meals -tasted great and not overcooked (like alot of restaurants do with seafood). No room for dessert cuz we were stuffed!

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★★★★☆

It's been a few years since I've beent at The Lobster and I remembered an ok dinner for a high price. A friend took me there last Thursday evening and we had a great experience. They seated us really promptly and had an awesome table by the window. The food was great: he had the chowder to start and the halibut and I had the mushroom soup to start and the sole. We both enjoyed our meals -tasted great and not overcooked (like alot of restaurants do with seafood). No room for dessert cuz we were stuffed!

Pros: service, food

Cons: nothing I can remember

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I have been dining at The Lobster for eight years and cannot remember one bad experience. The bar scene is where it is at. There are always fun people at the bar that make the evening that much more memorable. When my parents come to town, the first thing they ask is when we are going to The Lobster. The food is great, the portions are generous, and the prices are reasonable. Don't feel you must get the lobster. Its good, but the fish is amazing and where the value is. I have recommended it to countless people and they are always grateful for the suggestion. I will say that if someone in your group is anti seafood, pick another place. There are too few choices to make them feel part of dinner. The best part is sharing everything.

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★★★★★

I have been dining at The Lobster for eight years and cannot remember one bad experience. The bar scene is where it is at. There are always fun people at the bar that make the evening that much more memorable. When my parents come to town, the first thing they ask is when we are going to The Lobster. The food is great, the portions are generous, and the prices are reasonable. Don't feel you must get the lobster. Its good, but the fish is amazing and where the value is. I have recommended it to countless people and they are always grateful for the suggestion. I will say that if someone in your group is anti seafood, pick another place. There are too few choices to make them feel part of dinner. The best part is sharing everything.

Pros: Wonderfully consistent fresh seafood, Really fun, not touristy

Cons: If you don't enjoy seafood, try something else

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First the good: I think that the food at the Lobster is priced well for the quality and size. It has always arrived promptly, and I'm never dissapointed.

Now the bad: I have been here a few times, and I always make reservations on special occassions or weekends. If it's a special occassion, I ask if they can please put a note to get a table close to the water or atleast with a good view. They never say they can't, but when I get thre, my reservation usually winds up getting moved 15 minutes later, and even though I remind the host that I asked for a "good table", I'm often stuck next to the kitchen or next to another party.

The valet parking is easy, if you do not mind valet. I strongly reccomend valet if you're dining here. It's not much cheaper to park far away.

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★★★☆☆

First the good: I think that the food at the Lobster is priced well for the quality and size. It has always arrived promptly, and I'm never dissapointed.

Now the bad: I have been here a few times, and I always make reservations on special occassions or weekends. If it's a special occassion, I ask if they can please put a note to get a table close to the water or atleast with a good view. They never say they can't, but when I get thre, my reservation usually winds up getting moved 15 minutes later, and even though I remind the host that I asked for a "good table", I'm often stuck next to the kitchen or next to another party.

The valet parking is easy, if you do not mind valet. I strongly reccomend valet if you're dining here. It's not much cheaper to park far away.

Pros: Food is good, and the view is nice.

Cons: Reserving a good table is impossible, no free parking

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We just ate at the Lobster. Prior go going, I read the reviews and noticed that the food was usually highly rated, but the service was spotty. Well I can tell you that the food was exceptional, very creative for my wife's and my palates, plentiful and very tasty. The service was equally exceptional. Wait staff very attentive without being overbearing. My wife and I commented during the meal, that this was one of the best meals that we've had in many years, and we go out to eat at least twice each week, so we know what we're talking about.

I don't know what our table number was, but we had a great view. We arrived about 45 minutes early for our reservation, thinking that we would have a drink at the bar and enjoy the beach weather, but when we were greeted by the host, we were told that there was a table at the window available now, and would we care to eat now, rather than waiting. We took his advice, and were not disappointed. A table at the window, looking out at the Santa Monica pier, and the whole coastline, without an obstruction.

This restaurant is a must for great food and views.

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★★★★★

We just ate at the Lobster. Prior go going, I read the reviews and noticed that the food was usually highly rated, but the service was spotty. Well I can tell you that the food was exceptional, very creative for my wife's and my palates, plentiful and very tasty. The service was equally exceptional. Wait staff very attentive without being overbearing. My wife and I commented during the meal, that this was one of the best meals that we've had in many years, and we go out to eat at least twice each week, so we know what we're talking about.

I don't know what our table number was, but we had a great view. We arrived about 45 minutes early for our reservation, thinking that we would have a drink at the bar and enjoy the beach weather, but when we were greeted by the host, we were told that there was a table at the window available now, and would we care to eat now, rather than waiting. We took his advice, and were not disappointed. A table at the window, looking out at the Santa Monica pier, and the whole coastline, without an obstruction.

This restaurant is a must for great food and views.

Pros: Food taste, quality and creativity; phenominal view of Santa Monica bay

Cons: crowded and noisy

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Went for my first time to this place last week. And it was a great experience. Great food and service.

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★★★★☆

Went for my first time to this place last week. And it was a great experience. Great food and service.

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I took my boyfriend to the lobster for Father's Day and I made our reservations almost a month in advance to be able to be seated by the window. This was our first time at the lobster and I definitely won't be going back. My first complaint is we got seated by the kitchen where we had the pleasure of seeing all the waiters go in and out with peoples food. Second when I explained I requested a table by the window I received a nasty response from the hostest stating well as you can see all the tables by the window are taken. I explain but I made a reservation and she replied even nastier by saying everyone seated at the window tables have reservations. So finally we just accepted seating by the kitchen our waiter came over never introduce himself by name, once we receive our food by someone in the kitchen our waiter never once asked how our foods was or to refill our drinks. Then at the end of our meal we received the bill I decided not to leave the waiter a good tip, I did leave a tip but not what he would have earned if he had just did his job. After we paid for the bill and started to walk towards the front door we got stopped by this angry waiter wanting to know why he receive such a little tip. I was so embarrassed, never in my life have I been chased down by a waiter for the amount of a tip. this was not only scary but totally unprofessional, My boyfriend explained to him that we did not feel we received any type of customer satisfaction from him and that he did not attend to our table like he should have. Even when we explained the sistuation to the manager he just brushed us off. This restaurant is the worst, the food was not good and the service was simply awful. This restaurant doesn't deserve any stars

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★☆☆☆☆

I took my boyfriend to the lobster for Father's Day and I made our reservations almost a month in advance to be able to be seated by the window. This was our first time at the lobster and I definitely won't be going back. My first complaint is we got seated by the kitchen where we had the pleasure of seeing all the waiters go in and out with peoples food. Second when I explained I requested a table by the window I received a nasty response from the hostest stating well as you can see all the tables by the window are taken. I explain but I made a reservation and she replied even nastier by saying everyone seated at the window tables have reservations. So finally we just accepted seating by the kitchen our waiter came over never introduce himself by name, once we receive our food by someone in the kitchen our waiter never once asked how our foods was or to refill our drinks. Then at the end of our meal we received the bill I decided not to leave the waiter a good tip, I did leave a tip but not what he would have earned if he had just did his job. After we paid for the bill and started to walk towards the front door we got stopped by this angry waiter wanting to know why he receive such a little tip. I was so embarrassed, never in my life have I been chased down by a waiter for the amount of a tip. this was not only scary but totally unprofessional, My boyfriend explained to him that we did not feel we received any type of customer satisfaction from him and that he did not attend to our table like he should have. Even when we explained the sistuation to the manager he just brushed us off. This restaurant is the worst, the food was not good and the service was simply awful. This restaurant doesn't deserve any stars

Pros: none

Cons: service is awful and the food was disgusting

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Let me just say that I have been eating at the Lobster for 7 years and I have had the most wonderful food every time. How can you beat the Lobster? The staff is by far the friendliest in town they even address me by name every time I walk in the door and make be feel like family. Sitting watching the sun go down, eating a crab cocktail which is amazing and being treated like a queen, now come on, how can you beat it! If you have not been there, GO! You are missing out!

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★★★★★

Let me just say that I have been eating at the Lobster for 7 years and I have had the most wonderful food every time. How can you beat the Lobster? The staff is by far the friendliest in town they even address me by name every time I walk in the door and make be feel like family. Sitting watching the sun go down, eating a crab cocktail which is amazing and being treated like a queen, now come on, how can you beat it! If you have not been there, GO! You are missing out!

Pros: Great food, warm and inviting staff, amazing view

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I've been going to the Lobster since it re-opened and have always found the menu to be intriguing and the food delicious. I'm a stickler when it comes to the preparation of seafood. So often the sauce is there to hide the low quality and overcooked entree. But Allison has found so many wonderful ways to highlight my favorites without losing the natural flavors of the scallops, the sea bass, the shrimp -- well you get the idea. I have always felt welcomed by the staff and treated as a valued customer. Wonderful experience all around.

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★★★★★

I've been going to the Lobster since it re-opened and have always found the menu to be intriguing and the food delicious. I'm a stickler when it comes to the preparation of seafood. So often the sauce is there to hide the low quality and overcooked entree. But Allison has found so many wonderful ways to highlight my favorites without losing the natural flavors of the scallops, the sea bass, the shrimp -- well you get the idea. I have always felt welcomed by the staff and treated as a valued customer. Wonderful experience all around.

Pros: Good food and friendly service

Cons: None

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I visited The Lobster for the first time about two years ago and was pretty disappointed by the food. The waiter recommended something that was not to my liking. What made matters worse, I heard him talk the table behind us out of ordering the same dish. When I confronted him about it, he said he would comp our dessert. I just wanted a good meal. I didn?t care about dessert. Recently a friend talked me into trying it again and I was disappointed yet another time. This time the food was totally bland. I?ve had much better food down the street at Ocean Ave. Seafood. I don?t know why people love The Lobster so much. And the view is not all that spectacular. I?ve seen much better in L.A.

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★☆☆☆☆

I visited The Lobster for the first time about two years ago and was pretty disappointed by the food. The waiter recommended something that was not to my liking. What made matters worse, I heard him talk the table behind us out of ordering the same dish. When I confronted him about it, he said he would comp our dessert. I just wanted a good meal. I didn?t care about dessert. Recently a friend talked me into trying it again and I was disappointed yet another time. This time the food was totally bland. I?ve had much better food down the street at Ocean Ave. Seafood. I don?t know why people love The Lobster so much. And the view is not all that spectacular. I?ve seen much better in L.A.

Cons: everything

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Perched right on the Pacific, this seafood restaurant is one of L.A.'s most atmospheric oceanside spots. A fixture at the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier since 1923, the original Lobster has been renovated and expanded into a dramatic…

 

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