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- The Lobster, Tail Continues "The Lobster" has long been an unofficial historical landmark, nearly as recognizable as the Santa Monica Pier sign. The original restaurant was built in 1923, and remained open until 1985. The 900 square foot seafood market style restaurant was very popular with the local Santa Monica residents and Pier visitors. A constant out the door was a tribute to it's popularity. The restaurant had a menu that had over 60 fresh seafood items. The seating capacity was only 30 seats, most of which were countertop seating around the outside perimeter. The more than a decade the property stood vacant, was not kind to the site. Run down and littered with trash, the location was an eyesore to the city and pier. For years that site was eyed by a local restaurateur named Warren Roberts who dreamed of its revitalization. Having approached the current property owner, Mike Nathan, more than once, in 1996, Roberts and Nathan came to an agreement to develop the property. After compiling a team of investors, with plans in hand, they convinced the City of Santa Monica to allow them to renovate and reopen "The Lobster". Though the first hurdle was cleared, the track to the finish line proved to be filled with continued obstacles that made the eventual reopening not just an accomplishment but a celebration of many months of hard work. In the summer of 1998, two months after the city approved and released their 2 year grip on "The Lobster"s plans and after a significant portion of the restaurant's foundation had been constructed, the City of Santa Monica wanted to invoke a privilege to buy the property by eminent domain. In a heated confrontation with a small faction of the City Government, many local residents and supporters of "The Lobster" appeared in front of the City Council and convinced them the property had historical value and would be better utilized as a restaurant and not a small park or visitor's center the city was proposing. Once again, the tail continues and "The Lobster" reopened July 20, 1999, with traditional Santa Monica American Seafood dining. The new renovation was designed by Howard Laks Architects to take advantage of the breathtaking views, while accommodating more guests than the previous structure. The menu is classic American Seafood featuring whole live Maine lobsters. Guests can sit at any seat in the restaurant or bar area and enjoy 180 degree views of the spectacular Pacific Ocean, accented by it's breathtaking sunsets, even celebrate the sea spun sunset phenomena called the 'Green Flash'. The terrace provides fresh coastal air for those who love to dine outdoors. At night, "The Lobster" enjoys the Santa Monica Pier aglow at it's feet. "The Lobster" re-opened with wonderful reviews. Now a years later, "The Lobster" has proved to be a memorable location to enjoy.
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- West Los Angeles, Downtown Santa Monica
- Outdoor Seating, Television
- Seafood Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, American Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Pizza, Restaurants
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Parking: Street, Valet
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Family Style, American, Seafood, Omelets
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
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 was for 7:15 and we arrived at 7PM. There is a lovely seating area in the reception area where we could have comfortably waited to be escorted to our table yet we were hustled to the crowded bar and told to ""have a drink."" People like choices. Sugg...view moreest the seating area for 15 minutes OR the bar. We were 15 minutes early, not 45 -- must we be hustled for drinks when we would have been quite comfortable seated on the sofa than crushed at the bar?
After 15 minutes at the crowded bar where we could not sit, we were seated for dinner. We asked for their 2.5 pound lobster @ $31 lb., a regular staple on the menu. After all the place is called LOBSTER. We were immediately told they didn't have the 2.5 lb. lobster but we could get the 3 pounder @ $31 lb. No other suggestion was made although the menu is extensive. Again, people like choices.
As a film producer, I've eaten in some of the finest restaurants in the world and have never been told the only lobster I could get was the 3 pounder or nothing. There were 1 1/2 pound lobsters on the menu. Why not suggest one of those? As much as people LIKE choices, that's how much they DON'T LIKE to be hustled.
My wife, who has owned her own restaurant in New York immediately smelled something ""fishy."" How can you be out of a staple at 7PM on the Saturday evening before Valentine's Day? I went ahead and orderd the 3 pounder and got a well cooked though miniscule, lobster. I thought it was an empty carcas! The little lobster meat that was there was delicious. My wife ordered only chowder just to order something as she is less tolerant than I. We ate and left and expressed our disatisfaction with the reservation desk.
I don't recommend this restaurant and I am not alone. My wife and I heard the comment, ""Next time we go to the PALM,"" by some diners on their way out. So, we ate at LOBSTER twice in one night -- the first and the last.view less
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. As expected, the food was phenomenal. They were all fresh. It was a great moment for us. Eating great food with the great view of the sunset. The service was excellent. No complaints. It was one of the best dining experiences we ever had. Will defini...view moretely come back here. Maybe in our next special occasion.view less
The Lobster is a great place to dine. I especially like going to lunch there because the ocean views are so beautiful. This is the perfect place to take someone who is in from out of town. They will be terribly impressed and wishing they lived here!
Growing up in S M we ate at the original Lobster & lined up for years. We have been back to the NEW Lobster several times dined w/ reservations & view, and spontaneously watching bball on tv & eating lucious crab cakes followed by spiny lobster...it's all good!
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 :-)
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. \r
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 s...view moreuperb view of the pier and facing the setting sun. \r
I would recommend this locale for any occasion but truly appreciate all their help (especially Shirley the manager that night).view less
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!