The Lobster

The original The Lobster opened in 1923, yet it was the dream of a dishwasher named Mateo Castillo who worked his way up to owner in 1950, that established The Lobster as the “seafood shack” so popular with LA residents and tourists alike through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

The Lobster stands as a tribute to the family that built its reputation. The remaining original structure serves as the wall of the main entrance at the corner of Ocean Avenue and the Pier. The menu is classic American seafood featuring whole live Maine and Spiny lobsters and entrees based on seasonal, locally grown produce and locally caught seafood whenever possible.

After many years of successful business, The Lobster has become a Santa Monica institution, serving as a cornerstone and internationally recognized landmark adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier.  We look forward to serving you!

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Monday – Friday


Begins at 11:30am

Monday – Sunday


   Begins at 4:30pm

Monday – Sunday

“A long list of high quality seafood is available from fresh Maine Lobster to Wild Salmon varieties.
For a seafood dinner in Santa Monica, it doesn’t get much better.”

 – Los Angeles Times

Plan Your Event With Us

The Lobster is the perfect venue to host your birthday, anniversary, baby shower or private dinner.  We can accommodate buyouts for up to 150 people sit down and up to 220 standing cocktail/buffet reception.  We have a private room for groups up to 50 and a private room for groups up to 100 people.

We offer a wide variety of menu items, wines and specialty cocktails. With the restaurant being all glass, every table has a great view!  Click the button below and fill out our simple form and our event specialist will contact you within 24 hours or call (310) 458-9294.

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