Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Lobster - Santa Monica, CA

The Lobster, obviously named for its seafood heavy menu, is located right at the entrance of the Santa Monica Pier. Since it is very close to the ocean, it is renowned for its seafood, especially lobster. We learned about this restaurant in the airline magazine on our flight to California. So, we decided to give it a shot.

Bread with herbed oil brought to
our table when we first sat down
We arrived via the parking lot elevator on the ground floor. The outside of the restaurant is deceiving because it looks like a generic building but once we got seated, we couldn't believe the fantastic views of the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean -  courtesy of floor to ceiling windows in the entire back of the restaurant. It was amazing! We also noticed that they had outside seating however we decided to eat inside because we had been in the sun all day.

Our meals came out fairly fast. Our father ordered grilled swordfish with sautéed broccolini and polenta. It was fork-tender, well-cooked, and delicious - we all had to taste it and instantly liked it.

 Our mom ordered the American Lobster Salad-
avocado, little gem lettuce, winter citrus vinaigrette & fried leeks. She said that the lobster meat was "magnificent" and "buttery".

Charles selected the Espresso BBQ Sockeye Salmon Sandwich
with Apple Smoked Bacon, Tutti Frutti Crispy Onion Rings, Lettuce & Mayo with Truffle Fries.

Charles wasn't crazy about the pumpernickel bread but he thought the combination of salmon, bacon, and crispy onions was a clever match.

Thomas ordered steak with the truffle fries. Ordering steak in a seafood restaurant may not normally be a good idea, but Thomas just wasn't in the mood for seafood. We got lucky because this steak was excellent.  The meat was seasoned, juicy and tender. The truffle fries carried a punch of garlic and a small kick of parmesan cheese that was different but in a really awesome way!

The Lobster was definitely a great find. We highly recommend it to anyone visiting Santa Monica.

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