1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.011264 -118.494872
Mon - Thu 11:30am - 10pm
Fri - Sat 11:30am - 11pm
Sun 11am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West LA
One of the best places to get seafood in LA. The view is absolutely gorgeous. What a location. This isn't a casual seafood place, definitely somewhere to dress up a bit for.
Not a Tourist Trap – 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.
Good food and location, not friendly waiters – 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.
Beautiful place - perfect for a special occasion! – 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!!
Pleasant place to people-watch on the Pier – 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.
Romantic View!! – 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
Great Location, Fair and Good Food – 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...
Overrated, Snooty Service – 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.
This popular beach destination marries fresh seafood with an iconic Pacific panorama. – In Short
Southern California doesn't get any better than this--top-notch seafood and a 180-degree vista of ocean, beach and the twinkling Santa Monica pier. An L.A. landmark since 1923, this vintage "seafood shack" was remodeled in 1999 with a more luxe vibe. White tablecloths and candles lend sophistication to the airy room of glass walls and wood-beamed ceilings. The crowd is a mix of tourists, beachgoers, families and celebrating couples while the rocking patio bar seems to be where the locals hang. As for the food, the menu has all that's expected of a beachfront seafood spot, from Maine lobster and Manila clam chowder to seasonal fish and plenty of sides.
Depends on what you're looking for – 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.
Best seafood in town – 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!
LOBSTER MADE US SICK! – 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!
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