1602 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-9294

It’s all about seafood. There are a few other items on the menu, but this bustling place is all about seafood.

The Lobster is located right at the foot of Santa Monica Pier and the view includes the beach, the ocean, the Ferris wheel and the midway. The energy level and noise level are high and bring an air of excitement to the room. I usually shun overly noisy restaurants, but at The Lobster it seems to work.

In addition to Maine lobster, served steamed or grilled, the dinner menu over flows with shrimp, crab, oysters, calamari, scallops, mussels, monkfish, sea bass, salmon, halibut, barramundi, sole, tuna and more. If you crave an old fashioned, east coast lobster sandwich, you’ll find an excellent one on the lunch menu.

It’s crowded and noisy and the dress is beach casual. But the food is very good and by the end of an evening you’ll feel very much a part of the L.A. scene.

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