The Lobster Trap

4.7
540 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Discover Ashville's freshest seafood at The Lobster Trap. This casual eatery, located in historic downtown Ashville, specializes in seafood, delighting locals and tourists alike with a tantalizing array of dishes. The Lobster Trap's seafood is incredibly fresh and sourced from trusted, domestic providers, using sustainable techniques. Salads feature fresh, seasonal produce, served with homemade dressings. The Lobster Trap's menu showcases dozens of seafood specialties, including oysters, fresh fish, shrimp, scallops, mussels and, of course, lobster. Instead of traditional entrees, the inventive menu features "Maine courses", featuring everything from lobster rolls to clambakes and Lobster Newburg, as well as regional seafood dishes like cioppino and shrimp and grits, plus steak and surf and turf entrees. Large and small bite dishes, including an award-winning Sunburst Trout dish, are available for sharing.
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4.7
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jess was amazing as always. We love coming here. Great food & worth the price.

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MichelleC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & service was outstanding! We had a wonderful time celebrating our bride to be!

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tango
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Really, really, really, loved the he'll out a it!

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JoeJo
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Fantastic service. We were there for our anniversary. I had the surf and turf. It was so good. Steak done perfectly. My husband had the shrimp and grits. Best grits I’ve ever tried. The server was helpful and appropriately attentive. I would recommend this place to anyone who enjoys seafood.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 8 from out of town. Really enjoyed the food!

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vipRandolo
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always dependable , always good

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious, staff super friendly and helpful, atmosphere cool and relaxed. Great evening.

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AshleeS
Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maggie was excellent, helped us with our first “whole” lobster experience!! They are fresh, flown in daily. Food was amazing, try the maple bacon scallops for an app ! Will definitely be back.

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KarinaC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, also, because Asheville is following social distance guidelines we felt very comfortable eating in this restaurant. Food was very good!

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LoganL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great evening with great service! Our server took time to answer any questions we had and the menu was awesome - do yourself a favor and get the lobster dinner!

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very fine evening celebrating an Anniversary, enjoyed the experience

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looper1943
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is our fifth trip to the "Lobster Trap" and we had a wonderful time. It was my wife's 78th birthday and she had a wonderful time. Our server was the bartender as we sat on the bandstand, and she was fantastic. We had 4 dozen oysters and my wife had one lobster and I had two. The beverages were great as well as the oysters, the lobsters were not as good as previous. The shells were soft and spongy and the meat was on the chewy side, but my wife was enjoying the occasion so I kept my thoughts private. All in all, it was an enjoyable evening, just not completely up to par. We'll be back to give it a try in June when I turn 78.

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tiskey
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner for our 48th anniversary. Jess gave us superb service. The food was amazing.

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Ericg
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate atmosphere, delicious food and friendly staff.

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Hokie26
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful seafood. Great spot, and super arr we ice.

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Trustmefoodiegirl
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every bite was beyond amazing! We are so excited to discover this restaurant! Highly recommend!

The Lobster Trap
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much! So happy you found us and we look forward to seeing you again!

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Maryann
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The lobster was delicious! So was the lobster bisque, and my red wine. However, the potatoes delivered in a bowl with the corn weren't quite done, and eating off the cob didn't lend itself to 'fine dining'. My husband's steak was so-so, as were his potatoes and broccoli. On the whole we did enjoy ourselves, but aren't likely to return.

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ParryQ
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always am axing here and service is great. such a gem hidden in the mountains where you would not think to find fresh seafood.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks you so much!

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Fireball13
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was spot on with recommendations and service. Our food was excellent and plentiful. Oysters were cool and fresh.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went for dinner - had lobster - over cooked, rubbery. Sides were good. Lobster stuffed mushroom appetizer was great! Wait staff was attentive and nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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AuntieNay
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ok, here goes my post. We are from Nashville and are here on a business trip. Before we left I checked out reviews and menus of other restaurants. Then I came across the Lobster Trap. I saw the menu and it is everything I LOVE.
Once we arrived we were very nicely greeted. Our reservation wasn’t until 6pm and we arrived a bit early. They had a table available and happily seated us ahead of time.
Our server was David. He greeted us promptly and very welcoming. Helped us pick some good local beers to go with dinner. We started off with 1/2 dozen raw oyster and the grilled oysters with fresh parmigiana and butter. Fantastic!!! Next up we ordered the steamed clam and mussels in a white wine broth. Those clams were so delicious. The muscles were amazing also. Then we ordered our main meal. I ordered the grilled lobster. Y’all, I’ve been grilling my lobsters over camp fires and grills for years and if you don’t know what your doing they can become very dry. Well let me tell you THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING!! I was comfortably full at this point but I just knew if the desserts were as fantastic as the rest of the meal I had to try it. My all time favorite is bread pudding. I’m picky about my bread pudding. It was pure joy in my mouth!!
Bonus, while we were eating I had perfect view of the Chucking King Trevor! I was in awe of how fast he was shucking those oysters.
The price for our meal completely shocked us. We have eaten in a lot of very fine dining restaurants and have never received the flavor and quality of a meal like this at this price.
Way to go you guys. You truly deserve at 10 start rating! And please come open a Lobster Trap in Nashville!!

The Lobster Trap
Responded 5 days ago

We really can't thank you enough! Our team works so hard every day and we really appreciate these kind words!

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LBB7720
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to dine. Great atmosphere and customer service!

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TyKi
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

This place was recommended to us as a good place for a celebratory dinner. It’s more like a glorified bar.
Service was not great. Seafood was fine but pretty bland. Atmosphere was much more laid back than we expected.

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SarahL
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was good, especially the seared scallops and lobster newberg. Our table unfortunately was set up on what is the music stage, and there was old equipment piled up around us plus a dead plant in a pot and random table with plate/condiment storage. Not the nicest immediate surroundings.

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Wahoo68
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent. Service was adequate. Our server was very personable.

Booked on open table and in preferences requested patio seating. On arrival was told they did not take reservations for patio seating. This needs to be conveyed before or during booking.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for coming in, we appreciate your business. We'll look into this issue.

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GrahamH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for 5 at 8:30. Didn't know they closed at 9, but everything was amazing. Would definitely recommend.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for coming in!

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Thomas12345678
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Seafood no flavor,order a plate out of crab leg,order another plate out of scallops

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AlexR
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. We will definitely go back and recommend others to visit

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Kelli
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Overall, this is a good restaurant. The food was excellent, and the service was good. My main complaint is I felt it was overpriced. Also, the restaurant was very noisy. Felt pretty crowded and cramped. But, the delicious food did outweigh the cons.

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John
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience from our server, food, atmosphere. We had a great time entertaining our family from Houston Texas.

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome lobster, cornbread and steak. Service was excellent.

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vipDEjay
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A lot better than expected. Recommend the surf and turf with whole lobster and crab legs.

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vipJonathanM
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great tasting food in an atmosphere that is comfortable and relaxed.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Jessica was a phenomenal server!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite, and Brandon is the best waiter EVER

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Several people recommended we eat at The Lobster Trap when they heard we were going to Asheville. It didn’t disappoint! Food and service were great and still being Covid, they followed social distancing rules which made us feel very comfortable eating there.

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vipFX14
Western NC
36 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In Asheville this restaurant is the #1 restauuant for Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab. Great food and service. Hope they continue with Bluegrass music entertainment in the future. Happy to know they take reservations now.

The Lobster Trap
Responded on April 7, 2021

We thank you so much and really appreciate the compliment as it means a lot to us! We will pass this on to our staff.

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Jude
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Will not disappoint, food was fantastic and the best sangria ever!

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You can order delivery directly from The Lobster Trap using the Order Online button. The Lobster Trap also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 350-0505.

The Lobster Trap is rated 4.7 stars by 540 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.