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A Crustacean of a Different Kind

Serving Upscale Seafood on the Beach, The Lobster Isn't Your Average Spiny Sea Critter


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  • The Lobster provides enticing views of the Pacific, the Pier and the Pacific Palisades
  • An an unofficial Santa Monica landmark since its original opening in the 1920s
  • The dining room has a 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica pier
  • Seating is banquette style with some booths and the remainder at normal tables
  • Outside terrace dining is also available
  • Pier-side diners can often see a "green flash" phenomenon in the sky
  • The menu changes daily, based on the availability of fresh ingredients
  • The ceiling is home for a fanciful swimming school of blue, green and silver fish

  • Executive Chef: Allyson Thurber - Valedictorian of her class at the CIA
  • Chef Thurber’s vast menu of creative seafood has chicken, beef and vegetarian options
  • Sample Dishes: Seared Day Boat Scallops with Lobster Home Fries and Shrimp Bisque Sauce/Steamed American Lobster (per pound) with Asparagus, Roasted Potatoes and Drawn Butter/Grilled 12 oz New York Strip Steak, Heirloom Tomatoes and Truffle Parmesan Fries
  • Glass of Wine $7 – $24 (generous pour)/Appetizer $7 – $18/Entree $17 – $32/Dessert $9
  • Reservations are recommended


Service: Friendly and hospitable
Acoustics: Background music in the dining room
Lighting: Unobtrusive ceiling mounted spot lights
Table Proximity: Comfortable tables and chairs with ample room


1602 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Reservations: (310) 458-9294
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Sun – Thurs), 1:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Fri – Sat)
Dress Code: Casual

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