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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
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Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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Shibumi Oysters, Puget Sound, WA
½ Dz21
Kusshi Oysters, Vancouver Island, CAN
½ Dz21
Fishers Island Oysters, Fishers Island, NY
½ Dz21
Barnstable Oysters, Cape Cod, MA
½ Dz21
Oyster Sampler
2 of each of the above
28
Chilled Shellfish Platter (For Two)
6 oysters, 4 Mexican white shrimp, ½ dungeness crab, 6 black mussels & half of a 1 ½ lb. Maine lobster
90
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
20
American Lobster Cocktail
26
Hawaiian Kampachi Poke
Kiwi, radish & black beer ponzu
16
Hanger Steak Tartare
Shichimi togarashi, pickled mushroom, bottarga aioli & kettle chips
17
CAVIAR
Brioche Toast Points, Egg, Parsley, Shallots & Crème Fraiche
Siberian Osetra (Bulgaria)
Smaller eggs, dark brown, firm texture & earthy
100
Golden Imperial Osetra (Russia)
Incredible "gold" color, buttery flavor
160
APPETIZERS
Steamed Black Mussels
Piedmontese pepper paste, preserved lemon, vermouth butter & grilled bread
17
Dungeness Crab Cake
Remoulade, wild arugula salad & lemon
18
Charred Octopus
Piquillo, edamame hummus, pee wee potatoes, pickled baby fennel & black garlic aioli
19
Crispy Calamari & Prawns
Fennel, anchovy-stuffed olives, garlic anchovy aioli, ponzu & sweet chili sauce
16
SOUP & SALAD
New England Style Clam Chowder
Heirloom potatoes, bacon & parsley croutons
16
Caesar Salad
Little gem lettuce with shaved kohlrabi, herbed croutons & parmesan
15
Endive and Beet Salad
Marinated beets, toasted walnuts, Pt. Reyes blue, & burnt orange vinaigrette
14
Maine Lobster Salad
Spring greens, shaved green and white asparagus, page tangerines & black truffle vinaigrette
28
Dungeness Crab & Shrimp 'Louie'
Little gem lettuce, egg, radish, avocado, cucumber, olive & tomato
26
ENTRÉES
Rutiz Farms Bloomsdale Spinach Pappardelle Pasta
Sautéed mixed mushrooms, crushed pine nuts & parmesan
24
Tagliatelle with Wild King Crab
San marzano tomatoes, toasted garlic, calabrian chili & lemon breadcrumbs
32
Shellfish & Black Chitarra Pasta
House made pasta, black mussels, clams, shrimp, dungeness crab & calamari with garlic, tomatoes, basil & chili flakes
33
Barramundi Fish & Chips
Firestone beer batter, pickled cucumber & remoulade
26
Seared Rare Yellowfin
Dungeness crab fried rice, smoked fish floss & green mango salsa
39
Wild Alaskan Halibut
Roasted cauliflower mash, glazed maitake mushroom & smoked eel bagna cauda
40
California Wild King Salmon
Fried potato & artichoke hash, buttered blue lake beans & meyer lemon caper relish
40
Grilled Day Boat Scallops
Green lentils, mustard greens, guanciale & mushroom crema
38
Seared Crab Cakes
Avocado puree with arugula, oven dried tomatoes & shaved fennel salad
34
Herb Roasted Mary's Chicken
Carolina rice grits, English peas, tomato & sunflower pesto
29
LOBSTER
Steamed Maine Lobster
Green beans & Weiser Farms heirloom potatoes & drawn butter
per pound36
Grilled Maine Lobster
Fresh herbs, lemon & garlic butter
per pound38
CRAB
Steamed Alaskan Golden King Crab
Lemon & drawn butter
per pound60
Chilled Dungeness (½ Crab)
Lemon & sweet mustard
32
SANDWICHES
Available until 3pm
8 Oz. Signature Blend Cheeseburger
Certified angus beef, house steak sauce, crisp onion strings, pickle & bacon jam with truffle fries
18
Lobster Roll
Little gem, Japanese mayo & a toasted butter roll with fries & pickled cucumber
28
ADD-ONS
Roasted Weiser Farms Heirloom Potatoes
8
Sautéed Maitake Mushrooms
10
Gloria's Blue Lake Green Beans
8
Grilled Green Farms Asparagus
10
Yukon Mashed Potatoes
8
Truffle Parmesan Fries
10
Lobster Mashed Potatoes
12
PRICE RANGE
$31 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is good restaurant with good portions, quality & tasty food, little pricy but for the location, quality its a great deal with good friendly staff

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank nassent
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Well expensive place but the location right at the SMonica pear entrance, the quality of food , it’s a California fish restaurant, it ‘s worth Lobster their way is amazing So yes spend some money here

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank MariaCristinaHeller
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perfect spot at the beginning of the Santa Monica Pier. Lobster roll was fabulous. Spectacular views of the ocean.

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank vam518
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went in for happy hour and had a couple of wonderful cocktails watching the sun go down. Went back a couple of days later for dinner and we weren’t disappointed. The staff were friendly, helpful and professional. The food was delicious. My wife had...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank G5521YNrobb
The L, Guest Relations Manager at The Lobster, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much and we're happy you enjoyed both our happy hour and dinner. Happy Holidays and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Is a good place the location is Amazing and also insaid the restaurant is nice . The seafood are good ..... not the best lobster that I've .... but not bad ... the dessert was really good. Good mojito too . Service was nice and...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank stefanobY5744NO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is always a danger when you name your place something like "The Lobster" or "The Steak House", that you will fall short of the implications, and so it was at The Lobster. Yep, the one thing you would think they were expert at would...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank DavidBosomworth
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can taste the delicious fresh fish and seafood dishes offered by this busy restaurant at the foot of the pier by taking a seat at the bar or in the ample bar area. It's not just the fabulous location on the Santa Monica beach,...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Brozboyz
Reviewed November 5, 2019

Our waitress was entertaining without meaning to be---she took her job extremely seriously and described each menu item as if she were delivering the most important information of her life...with great intensity and gusto. As thorough as she was, the food itself is what makes...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank V8211VOrobin
The L, Director of Sales at The Lobster, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi there- Thank you so much for your wonderful review! Do you mind sharing with us who your server was so that we can be sure to congratulate her on a job well done? We're so happy you enjoyed the amazing food. Lynne Thomas

Reviewed November 5, 2019

Great location overlooks Santa Monica Beach, adjacent to the Pier. The very charming and funny waiter had given up acting because he enjoyed meeting and serving at The Lobster. Though its specialty was lobster, I chose a rare steak and took most of it home....More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank PatWoolley
Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

I have been waiting for a long time to visit. The $12 parking fee ( yes, with validation) aside, I can’t help but feel a little ripped off and disappointed by the whole experience. My husband and I ordered spiny lobster tails. They said only...More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Shirley P
June 19, 2019|
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Response from The L | Property representative |
Hi there- Thanks for your email. No, we don't serve just the tail. We serve the whole lobster with the weight varying depending on what we get in that day.
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Shirley P
June 19, 2019|
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Response from gilbertoboselli | Reviewed this property |
They serve all you want to eat. Enjoy
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August 21, 2017|
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I am sorry I am just getting back to you, we've been traveling. Ask for window table, get on Google and inquire what time the sunset will be on that day in Santa Monica, CA to zero in on the time. Definitely make a... More
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