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The Lobster Trap, Asheville, NC

The Lobster Trap

4.7
4.7
1873 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 350-0505

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mike McCarty

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,873 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Hot Spot

  • Asheville

    Best Overall

  • Asheville

    Best Food

  • Asheville

    Hot Spot

  • Asheville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best crab cakes I’ve ever had!
  2. MM

    MikeyMikey85

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This dining experience was amazing
  3. k

    kennethk

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We made a reservation through open table with no problem. Arrived on time and was seated right awa. Food and service was excellent.
  4. B

    Brenna62

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The seafood selection, combinations and presentations are amazing! The portions are so large that you can barely get to the bottom. The clam bake with lobster in snow crab is amazing.
  5. DC

    DonnyC

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality food at reasonable prices. Nice section of beers on tap. Will definitely visit again!
  6. B

    Bls4

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always great! Service is awesome and food comes out fast
  7. KK

    KiKi

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food as was our waiter!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and drinks were great!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, and Sarah, our server, was wonderful! We hope to be back the next time we visit Asheville.
  10. NB

    NancyB

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time at the Lobster pot. Everything was delicious. Oysters Lobsters. Oh my!!
  11. CH

    CathyH

    Cincinnati

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came into Asheville for a quick family visit-always a great place to eat! Our server Matt was terrific-made great suggestions, friendly, knowledgeable. The food was fantastic! Thanks for another great night!
  12. VM

    VMVAtlanta

    Atlanta

    334 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    334 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Brandon, the Server excels at Customer Service. He made us feel valued and was friendly, helpful, and attentive. We recommend the Steamed Lobster accompanied by Corn on the Cob (unbelievably sweet), the Grilled Oysters, the House Salad, the Baguette (perfect French bread), and the Key Lime Pie. The food is delicious. If you are interested in a cocktail, my husband loved The Lucky Catch (a Bloody Mary with Seafood; the shrimp were amazingly fresh), and I highly recommend the 75 Wine Cabernet. I highly regard the Manager (the evening of November 21st, 7:30 pm EST). She is personable and one of the nicest people. All in all, my husband and I highly recommend The Lobster Trap.
  13. IW

    IainW

    Lancashire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant, my wife’s appetiser came out like warm but it was quickly sorted. Our food otherwise was excellent and our server very helpful and courteous.
  14. JG

    JamesG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    It was recommended. It was really good but not as good as we were told. In fairness it was a very busy holiday Saturday. The server was proficient but not above average. The food was slow and it was noisy. The food and drinks were really good. I would return on a less busy night perhaps.
  15. G

    Godwin

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We love this place. Service is excellent and the sustainable responsible food is always delicious. Thank you.
  16. RC

    RonnieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice live jazzy background music. Exceptional seafood variety offered. All 4 meals were thumbs up.
  17. AP

    AngieP

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the service was great
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sarah was amazing! Thank you for your service. Food was also excellent. We will be back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice meal. A bit pricey. Generally tasty, simple straight forward seafood menu.
  20. SN

    ShaneN

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service on the best items to order for what we liked and offered several suggestions. Really took care of us!
  21. S

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brandon, our server, was amazing! Knowledgeable and a very hard worker. We will definitely recommend The Lobster Trap
  22. L

    Loverslane

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is our ‘must’ stop every time we visit Asheville. The food is outstanding and the service is second to none. They have many gluten free options to choose from. It’s best if you make reservations. You won’t regret ordering the stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer or the lobster bisque.
  23. B

    Bls4

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always great and Jesse our server is 10 ⭐️
  24. SF

    SierraF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was such a delicious meal. The drinks were great, service was great, and the food was amazing!!! We loved this place!
  25. SM

    SMar

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    The food was lackluster & without much taste. The soda was flat & I was told it’s always that way. The server did her best but it was not the experience we had hoped for after reading such great reviews.
  26. JS

    JeffS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! We ate there twice this week. Tasty, properly cooked seafood and large portions. Service was great. Moderately priced This will be our must dine spot whenever we visit Asheville.
  27. K

    Kooch

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go to Lobster Trap for special occasions because it is a little more expensive than we do for just a "no cook" night . My husband loves seafood so this was first choice for his birthday. Really happy that they are taking reservations. Maggie, our server, recommended the red snapper and it was excellent. Pisgah brown ale on draft. They could use a separate area for large groups. The ten top near us got pretty loud.
  28. WW

    WaltW

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Difficult to park, homeless people all over place, $10.45 to park after 5:30. Lobster roll ok. We will not return.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Lobster trap multiple times. We are from out of town and always make a point to visit lobster trap! Food is incredible! Staff is very friendly.
  30. B

    Bostonkiwi

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time eating here. The food and the service was great . We will be back.
  31. EL

    ElizabethL

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food! A great place to go while in the city.
  32. l

    lichef

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Fresh Seafood Lobster , mussel , clams , shrimp Raw oysters Great service Enjoyed very much
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  34. WN

    WineNDine

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice listening to live music during dinner. Lobster and salads were excellent down to the last detail. The croutons on the salad tasted like they were freshly made and toasted in butter, not something out of a box. Service was very attentive.
  35. S

    Sbir

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Oh my this was just the best!! We can’t believe that we ate such amazing seafood in Asheville! The servings are so generous. We are seniors but one serving was more than plenty for both of us. Wine was delightful! Our server was so great pacing the courses perfectly! I recommend everything…bit the scallops were a highlight!! Please let me get to come again ! 🙏🏼
  36. LG

    LGWvirginia

    Richmond

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lobster Trap is a favorite, and we enjoyed another great meal here celebrating a family birthday. Claire took great care of us, and all six dinners plus a few shared appetizers were fresh and delicious (oysters rockefeller, grilled lobster, mussells, salads). Love their live music!
  37. G

    Gina

    Western NC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great anniversary dinner. We love the Lobster Trap.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this restaurant. Boyfriend’s first trip to Asheville. Loved the level of communication with the restaurant and Open Table. Service, food and ambiance were outstanding!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal. Had the Beaver Tail ams Calle Inlet Oysters. Followed by Red Snapper. Sat at the bar. Jonathan and David were fantastic. Great service and super friendly
  40. JS

    JessicaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Dinner & service! Best place to get Seafood in Ashville. Lobster Feast is the way to go!

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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 1873 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Lobster Trap

35 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mike McCarty

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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