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gottaeat Jun 21, 2007 05:50 PM

I'm trying to find a special occasion restaurant anywhere in the LA area that still serves live Maine lobster (after all, what can you do when your spouse of 39 years tells you she has a yen???).

Environment is always key for us... maybe we're just old fashioned, but we are both artistically oriented and appreciate the 'place' and being able to have a conversation, while enjoying good food and gracious service.

...and music/entertainment, if it exists, is a special bonus.

Thought I had something when I saw 555 East in Long Beach had a tank, but when I called they said this was an old web and they no longer serve live lobster.

HELP... dinner is Saturday, and I'll be in deep 'trouble' if I can't deliver something pink and sweet with champagne and real linen.

Thanks in advance...
Gotta Eat

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    whatsfordinner Jun 21, 2007 05:58 PM

    The Palm or the Lobster come to mind.

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    1. re: whatsfordinner
      grishnackh Jun 21, 2007 06:41 PM

      I second the Palm. They serve up some real beasts there and they are definitely alive when they go in the pot. The service there is usually tops as well.

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      slacker Jun 21, 2007 06:12 PM

      Water Grill. The food is fab, some of the best seafood around; setting is lovely, and you can have a relaxed conversation.
      http://www.watergrill.com/

      I really enjoyed the lobster at The Lobster, but it's awful loud in there, thus hard to have a conversation.

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        gottaeat Jun 21, 2007 06:29 PM

        called watergrill... no whole or live lobster... just a 'creation' out of the shell that you wouldn't recognize as the real deal... but i'm sure it's good

        i agree that if just going for the lobster, the Lobster in SM would be good, but not exactly a romantic or relaxing atmosphere

        Palm is the 'standard' and fallback choice... am still trying to find something a little more romantic

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          slacker Jun 21, 2007 06:37 PM

          Bistro 561 has a lobster on their online menu. Maybe come up with a list of venus you like and see if they're serving up lobster.
          http://www.561restaurant.com/

        2. re: slacker
          David Kahn Jun 22, 2007 10:36 AM

          Agree about the Water Grill.

        3. justanotherpenguin Jun 21, 2007 06:48 PM

          the palm will definitely work. they always have HUGE maine lobsters. i have had up to five pounds (shared among three people). the other place that used to have these was monty's. i hear that the one in pasadena is closing, but i believe that the one in woodland hills is going strong. i will be anxiously waiting for your final decision and report. congrats on 39!!!! (we're only at 35, which we celebrated in istanbul in january.)

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            New Trial Jun 21, 2007 06:49 PM

            The Palm is offering a lobster special for two in June and July, you get two salads and two sides with a 4lb ($90), 5lb ($105) or 6lb ($125).

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              Emme Jun 21, 2007 07:03 PM

              LOVE this special... Mom and I always go... I take claws, she takes tail and we split mushrooms and broccoli, then salads.

              Also, Ruth's Chris.

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              WHills Jun 21, 2007 07:19 PM

              Yes, I remember the live lobster tank at Ruth's Chris's. Definitely a good special occassion restaurant...

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                Griller141 Jun 21, 2007 08:37 PM

                The Palm is good - Palms area site is better than the Downtown(~$20 per lb - always have 3 pounders, occasionally 5 pounders). Arroyo Chophouse has lobsters that also run $20 per pound and seem to have been boiled then grilled. Marginally better taste. Nicer atmosphere and service at ACH but Palm doesn't nickel and dime you as much. Chinese places specializing in lobster in Monterery Park seem to come and go, but the times I have been to these, they have delivered inexpensive nicely prepared lobster. If you ask they will deliver the gringo style shellfish, boiled and without sauce, and for not much money. Others can illuminate the current status of these finds better than I. Haven't been there, but have noticed many positive posts about The Lobster on Santa Monica Pier.

                1. rlknapp1 Jun 21, 2007 10:09 PM

                  The Lobster at the Santa Monica Pier is fantastic.

                  Great food, great location, great views.

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                    jacinthe Jun 22, 2007 05:05 AM

                    If it weren't for the mention of real linen, I'd say to go to Malibu Seafood. The lobster isn't cheap, but it is most definitely alive and swimming around in the tank before they cook it. You probably could bring your own champagne, and the beach setting is always nice - but it's definitely casual.

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