Rating: One and a half stars
Location: 1602 Ocean Ave. (next to the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier), Santa Monica; (310) 458-9294; http://www.thelobster.com.
Price: Oyster and shellfish, $14.50 to $60; appetizers, $8 to $16; soup and salad, $9 to $23; lobster and shellfish, $16 to $46 and from $24 to $41 per pound; finfish and other entrees, $20 to $55; sides, $4 to $7; desserts, $9. Corkage fee, $25.
Details: Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Full bar. Valet parking, $5.50 for the first three hours, $7.50 thereafter, with validation.
Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. Four stars: Outstanding on every level. Three stars: Excellent. Two stars: Very good. One star: Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory.