There’s nothing more dramatic at a meal than an entire lobster coming to the table. Steamy, glistening and delicious, it’s a crown jewel on any dinner spread. Try any of these top 5 picks — there’s everything from traditional to trendy, casual to haute cuisine — and you’ll be enjoying one of the sweetest fruits of the sea.
101 East Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92821
Taps Fish House & Brewery
This inland mainstay has been drawing crowds from all over with its award-winning brews, but what's on the menu is just as impressive as what's on the beer list. Seafood is the main draw and that means they'll cook up lobster in more ways than you can imagine. Whether you prefer it beside a great chop (they've got plenty of those) or solo, Taps has you covered.
540 South Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer
Forget the ridiculous name and you've got a great casual spot to chow down on your crustacean of choice. They've got everything on the menu from small shrimp to entire lobsters, which are fresh caught and always prepared without the frills that'll mask its delicate flavor.
453 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Roy's Newport Beach
For haute seafood, there are few places better than Roy's, which combines traditional with the hottest trends in food. The surf and turf combo at Roy's Newport is a killer one -- one taste and you'll be back for more.
2700 Alton Pkwy, Suite 127
Irvine, CA 92606
Traditional Chinese lobster is anything but your garden variety steamed and drawn butter bland -- they've got these lobster live right until they're ordered and they sautee them, shells and all, in a traditional batter and sauce that'll have you licking your fingers after every bite.
3333 Bear St., at South Coast Plaza
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Chef Hamamori's lobster tempura has been drawing the foodie crowd up to this third-story gem since the restaurant opened. Instead of the rich heavy lobster dinners you'd come to expect at other spots, his take on lobster is light and crispy, the perfect thing to keep you going during a long day at South Coast Plaza.