About Lobster Shop South

4015 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98402
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Welcome to the Lobster Shop South, located on Ruston Way on the waterfront in Tacoma.

The Lobster Shop restaurants have been operating since 1977, offering some of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite seafood dishes.

The restaurant sits over the waters of Commencement Bay, offering breathtaking views of both Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountain Range.
During the summer months the restaurant offers outdoor dining and with a dock available for boaters, makes for an excellent day getaway.

The Lobster Shop has always been the place where the South Sound loves to celebrate; whether a birthday, anniversary or promotion you just can't beat the atmosphere.

Annually rated by the well known Zagat Survey, the Lobster Shop takes a great deal of pride in making sure that every experience is a memorable one. We look forward to serving you soon.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 1:30pm

Easter Sunday: all day buffet 8:30am - 6:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(253) 759-2165

Website:
http://www.lobstershop.com/

Parking Details:
The Lobster Shop has ample parking available in its own lot with no charge to our guests.

Executive Chef:
Juan Olivares

Private Party Facilities:
We have two excellent rooms for private parties. Each room can hold up to 40 persons, great for company or family functions. Rooms are available most days and nights of the week. Please call us directly for additional information.

Private Party Contact:
Ann Marie Myers: (253) 759-2165x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Lobster Shop South Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
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Classy

Dined on April 25, 2016

Truly deserving to be in the top list of restaurants in Tacoma! Great ambiance, great food, great service! We came here to celebrate my daughter's birthday and it was so worth it! Will definitely come back again.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience3
service2
value2

Nice but pricey

Dined on April 22, 2016

Spent $90.00 for two, ate everything and still left hungry. The calamari was awesome but not enough sauce. Waitress only came by about every twenty minutes.

Tags: special occasion
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

Good

Dined on April 17, 2016

Great view of Mt Rainier and The Sound. The brunch was delicious.

Tags: great for brunch
food5
ambience5
service5

We are NEVER disappointed here!!! Absolu ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

We are NEVER disappointed here!!! Absolutely LOVE our Sunday brunches here!!! The staff is always amazing, the food is so amazing, we Love love love the lobster mac and cheese, and of course the variety of fresh seafood, highly recommend! Worth the $$$$

food3
ambience5
service5
value4

lunch

Dined on April 11, 2016

The citrus dressing on the beet salad was delicious. The creme bruele superb. The waiter was very busy but was attentive without being intrusive.

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent

Dined on April 10, 2016

We celebrated my daughter's 18th birthday enjoying the incredible Sunday brunch! The food selections were wonderful, taste was exquisite, service perfect and price totally reasonable! I am on a low carb diet and they offered tons of options to suit my individual needs........overall EXCELLENT!!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Worth the price!

Dined on April 10, 2016

The food is always first rate and the prices are comparable to other nice restaurants in the area. The Lobster Shop is always my first choice for a nice meal.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food2
ambience2
service2
value1

Won't visit again! Poor service; poor food!

Dined on April 10, 2016

The service and food were poor. My husband's pricey 2 inch piece of halibut tasted ok but I've never seen such a small portion. My lobster was rubbery and the mashed potatoes were right out of a grocery store deli. We had to ask for our check after a lengthy wait. $133.00 later, it was not worth the visit. We won't be back and won't recommend it to anyone else.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Great food, friendly & warm service, but noisy!

Dined on April 4, 2016

The overall experience was mostly pleasant, but the setting of the tables seems to lend itself to lack of intimacy & privacy. The group of 4 next to us were loud, and the overall ambiance is noisy & bustling. The select Chardonnay at $13 a glass was nothing special, and not worth the price. Food quality & quantity definitely top notch! Nice location, but the atmosphere is not as cozy as the Dash Point Lobster Shop (unfortunately now closed).

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Very Nice!

Dined on April 3, 2016

Excellent food, wine, service and overall experience. We look forward to coming back.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5

The wait staff was so kind and attentive ...

Dined on March 31, 2016

The wait staff was so kind and attentive. Absolutely devoted to making our experience splendid. The drinks were awesome and generous. I hadn't been there in some time and it was a pleasure to return to an old favorite. Thank you!

food3
ambience5
service3
value3

Easter Brunch

Dined on March 28, 2016

Went for Easter. Didnt realize that they wud still be serving brunch at 545pm. Great array of foods but most things looked tired and like they had been there for awhile. Ran out of cheesecake. Like the Lobster shop but wouldnt go back for this meal.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Good service recovery!

Dined on March 27, 2016

Our ticket got lost in the kitchen. Waited over an hour for 2 pasta dishes. Manager comped our appetizer and gave us dessert. Will return. I heard brunch is excellent.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

No Fish Tacos

Dined on March 26, 2016

Food was excellent with decent portions. No 3oz pretty dish that will cost you $55 and leave you hungry.

food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Great twilight menu.

Dined on March 26, 2016

Probably a good idea to let one finish one course before bring out another.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Perfect for that special occasion

Dined on March 26, 2016

Coordinated a milestone event for a family member, and was pleased beyond measure at the great staff, fantastic views, intimate atmosphere, and incredible eats. The Twilight Menu option provided a 3-course meal (appetizer, entree, and dessert) for under $35. Add a Twilight house wine option for $5. WONDERFUL ... absolutely wonderful evening with a great view of the harbor.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service2
value2

Pricey

Dined on March 23, 2016

WAY too spendy for lunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Great night

Dined on March 20, 2016

Had a great night there with my friends and family. Delicious food ,kind service and gorgeous view.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Spectacular

Dined on March 19, 2016

Wonderful place for dinner and a view. Would defiantly recommend. The staff is absolutely great.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Nice, relaxing dinner. Great service a ...

Dined on March 15, 2016

Nice, relaxing dinner. Great service and food.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great

Dined on March 13, 2016

Been coming here for atleast 10 years . Always great never gets old.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

want more..

Dined on March 13, 2016

Wish i had more,mad I g ot full so quickly. .. if my date didn't complain, you really did a excellent job. Server excellent as well.. thanks again

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Everything was great.

Dined on March 13, 2016

Everything was great.

food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Great restaurant

Dined on March 10, 2016

We were a party of 4 who met at the Lobster, sitting down about 8:15. This was more on the late side, and we the dining room mostly to ourselves. The food was excellent, the staff attentive (Our waitress was really nice), the ambience really nice, and the manager was extremely cordial and checked in on us. I liked that we were not chased out of there, and we enjoyed a leisurely dinner with friends. I highly recommend the Lobster Shop. This is a romantic restaurant for the special occasion, with a beautiful view of the water. What more could you ask for? We'll be back for sure. We used to eat the the Dash Point Lobster Shop, before it was closed.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic
food4
ambience5
service4

Had reservation of four, but two didn't ...

Dined on March 9, 2016

Had reservation of four, but two didn't make it. No big deal and we were seated right away. The waiter was engaging and helpful. I had the lobster bisque, which was great and oysters. The oysters were fantastic and were devoured quickly. The food was prepared quickly and was delicious. I will be back.

food5
ambience5
service5

Candles and yummy seafood

Dined on March 6, 2016

Candles and yummy seafood

food5
ambience2
service3
value3

Very Good overall experience,4 out of 5 stars

Dined on March 5, 2016

It was a delight to find a hidden treasure amongst the" I am a super star Restaurants of our time" Brand X , It was Nice , the Food was Great, The lights outside were too bright and should be dimmed down , the lighting inside the restaurant was the same a Bit too bright, other than that it was 10 star . Made a reservation in advance explained it was s special occasion and was disappointed when we were un able to get a window seat , when reservations are not required , other than that first class!

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Night Out

Dined on March 5, 2016

Birthday dinner for my wife. Service was impeccable and the food fantastic. Spendy, but worth it.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Excellent restaurant with a view.

Dined on March 3, 2016

Our server Monet was very personable and efficient. Very good dining experience with a great view. Thank you Monet for a job well done.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Twilight dinner

Dined on February 26, 2016

For just $23 you get a delicious meal! You receive an appetizer, entree and dessert. I highly recommend the lobster bisque and creme brulee !!! The view is amazing too.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Ordered Ceaser Salad with dinner and not ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

Ordered Ceaser Salad with dinner and not one piece of lettuce was green it was yellow lettuce, very bitter, and my wife's Mojito came with a sugar cube floating on top

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great service!

Dined on February 20, 2016

The staff was great. They were attentive and helpful. Our food was delicious and even our toddler scarfed down most of his meal. We were celebrating as a family and will definitely do it again in the future!

Tags: kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Exceptional Value and Taste

Dined on February 16, 2016

Wonderful. We enjoy the "twilight menu" on any weeknight. Even though non-well drink cocktails are pricey, the food, service and ambience is terrific.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience3
service3
value3

Lobster, lobster!

Dined on February 14, 2016

The brunch had breakfast and lunch items, the best being the lobster bisque (amazing!) It is a bit pricey, but all in all, very good.

Tags: great for brunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

The restaurant is gorgeous, great views ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

The restaurant is gorgeous, great views of the bay. We had the best server, super kind and accommodating and the best was the food. I've been having major pregnancy cravings for lobster and the lobster shop did not disappoint! We'll be back for sure.

food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Great experience

Dined on February 12, 2016

Overall great experience. I will definitely return and will recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Easy parking, great view, and loved the ...

Dined on February 1, 2016

Easy parking, great view, and loved the Twilight menu!

food1
ambience4
service5
value1

horrible and never will return.

Dined on January 31, 2016

my dining experience at the lobster shop was horrible. i have always gone to saltys in redondo and thought lobster shop would be a nice place to try. with the name lobster shop i thought who could go wrong. eggs benedict was undercooked, cobb salad was wilted,went to get crab twice, no crab. Clam chowder was overheated, like it sat for hours before serving it. clams in wine sauce was shells in wine sauce, you would get back to the table and maybe get 3 clams but you had a plate full of shells. i will never return and not reccomend.

Tags: scenic view
food4
ambience4
service5

Very nice all the way around. A lot of ...

vip
Dined on January 31, 2016

Very nice all the way around. A lot of great seafood choices. Love the lobster bisque with cream sherry.

food5
ambience1
service5
value5

Great Foot & Service. Heater to High!

Dined on January 29, 2016

Great food and service but we sat next to the windows and the heater was on full blast. I felt like I was in a sauna....horrible experience.

Tags: fit for foodies

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