The Lobster Trap

4.7
476 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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JamesG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Food was beyond our expectations.

Would eat there every night if we were locals

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had to wait outside in the cold even with reservation due to “social distancing” even though no one was waiting inside. Food was terrible and overpriced. Left mid meal and ate somewhere else.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Our apologies that your experience was not what you had hoped for as we certainly attempt to make every guests feel special. Please take care and we hope you give us another chance in the future.

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SharonM
Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. So glad we were able to get reservations

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

We're happy you were able to get your reservations as well! Thank you!

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Lynne
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had a reservation and still had to wait 45 mins +. The host said he was seating people in the order they arrived. What is the point of having a reservation?!

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, I looked up your reservation and Opentable tells me that you arrived 23 minutes late for your reservation. Looks like you were sat as soon as we were able to find an available table for you. I recommend trying to arrive as on time as possible otherwise it will affect what time you get seated. Thank you for your business and our apologies for any confusion.

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BrittneyT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was great and a wonderful atmosphere! Will definitely be back!

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FredB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James was our waiter. He was very good. Our dinner was great. The drinks were great. We had a great experience.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you!

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vipPhilA
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The grilled oysters, maple-bacon scallops, grilled lobster and Lobster newburg were all outstanding!! The lobster bisque had excellent flavor, but could have used a few chunks of lobster in it. Excellent service, casual setting. We will return. Bravo

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much, this means a lot! We look forward to having you back soon.

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vipDreFoodieMD
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience4

The seafood that was cooked well (both the grilled and steamed lobster, the clams and mussels) was excellent. The king crab and shrimp, however were grossly overcooked and inedible. A mixed bag. May give them one more shot.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and great Lobster!

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks so much!

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FredB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessie was our waitress, and she made our first experience great. The food was so good we are going back Thursday.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

This is fantastic, thank you so much! Jessie is great and glad she made you all feel at home!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great experience! The key lime pie was to die for.

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Ace911
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time eating here. The service is excellent and their Covid practices are excellent.

I recommend the Oysters Rockefeller and the stuffed mushrooms. Next time we go we are going to skip the entrée and just get appetizers and small plates. We will definitely go back the next time we are in town.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you! We look forward to having you all back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. A little on the pricier side but we will definitely go back sometime.

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 18, 2021

We appreciate your business and look forward to having you back!

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Porter
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! The oysters were very good and our server help with suggestions.

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you!

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LisaM
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Lobster Trap!! You can always count on a delicious meal ❤️

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you! We look forward to having you back!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome

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vipDeanP
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food as mediocre at best. Sloppy looking staff and a noisy bar

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 15, 2021

We apologize you didn't enjoy your experience with us. In the colder months some staff will be wearing a sweatshirt which we typically offer a uniformed one, but a specific size isn't always available. Some gusts can get loud and we always try to politely ask them to keep it down. Thanks for you feedback.

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vipOnlythebest
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!! We will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Valentines Day weekend. It was wonderful! The atmosphere was easy and fun. Our waiter was superb. The food was delicious from the appetizers to dessert. We can’t wait to come visit Asheville and The Lobster Trap again!

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 15, 2021

Thank you for coming in and glad you enjoyed everything. Looking forward to having you back again soon!

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vipWineroadie
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both outstanding. Try the Keylime pie!

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 15, 2021

Thank you! We're very proud of our house made Keylime!

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jean
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This place is the real deal for fresh, delicious steamed lobster and mussels and for oysters on the half shell! Its the ONLY place in the AVL area to eat shellfish! Great wine selection, also! Wait-staff are top-notch! GO THERE!

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 15, 2021

Thank you so much! We're very proud of what we do and love when it pays off with awesome guests like yourself. We hope to see you again soon!

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Anniversary
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were seated within 5 min. of reservation. Hostess was very nice and because I am handicapped she set us close to the door for ease of access . We ordered Steak dinner and Trout dinner. Both meals were very good. Steak was cooked to requested doneness, and trout was very moist and flakey. Sides were ok. No one left hungry. Noise level was loud.

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you for coming in and glad you enjoyed evening. It was a bit of celebratory weekend for folks, but we'll definitely work on the noise level, thanks. Hope to see you again soon!

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RobertB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! Great food, huge portions, wonderful staff! Following Covid protocol, limiting tables, TIP WELL!!

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 15, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in. We really appreciate your business and look forward to having you back soon!

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Jean
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional and service was great. We especially enjoyed our server, Brandon, who was very knowledgeable and personable.

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 15, 2021

Thank you! We'll pass along the kind words to Brandon. Hope to see you again soon.

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KaseyC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Overall our experience was okay, which was disappointing since we were really looking forward to it. The Lobster Bisque had no lobster in it and our entrees took a while to be served. Everything we got for dinner was steamed, so we just thought it was odd for how long it took with them not being very busy on a weeknight.

The staff was very pleasant, the restaurant was clean, and the cocktails were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my birthday & had a wonderful evening

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JoeB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding as usual. Catlyn did an excellent job with our reservation and attending to our needs. We always eat here when we are in Asheville and we are never disappointed.

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 15, 2021

Thank you for the compliment! We'll pass along your kind words to Caytlyn. Looking forward to having you all back soon.

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BrookeS
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was OK. Not amazing. Service was good. Casual atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lobster Trap is one of our favorite restaurants. It is a higher price point than many are accustomed but the food is fresh and delicious, service is excellent (especially Brandon) and will worth whatever it costs.

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 10, 2021

Thank you for such a high compliment, it's much appreciated!

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LaurenH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fresh and very delicious!!! Server was knowledgeable and pleasant!

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 10, 2021

Thank you! Hope to see again soon.

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Jeffro
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service staff very friendly. Food was good especially for seafood not on the coast.

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HDVA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and services were very good. It wasn’t easy to find a parking spot though. Especially if you arrived before 6pm.

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 10, 2021

Thank you and glad you enjoyed everything. Unfortunately parking is out of our hands, but we recommend parking in one of the parking garages as it eliminates much of the hassle of trying to find street parking.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very tasty and the ambiance was good for a date night (dimly lit and intimate). My only “complaint” was it took a few minutes after first being seated for a server to come to the table. The server who ended up coming was also the hostess. She could have been a bit more attentive throughout our meal, but she was still very friendly and nice. Overall a really nice experience and I’d definitely eat there again!

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 6, 2021

Thank you, we're glad you enjoyed everything. We're always looking to improve, so thanks for your feedback.

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AndreaR
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best seafood I have ever had, and I am from New England!

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 6, 2021

Thank you! That means a lot!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic seafood, friendly service and fair prices. We will return.

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 6, 2021

Thanks so much! We look forward to having you back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for my moms birthday, the food and service was amazing ❤️❤️❤️

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 6, 2021

Thank you! Glad you chose to celebrate with us!

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SethC
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

OMG! Outstanding experience.

Superb:
- Appetizer - Baked Oysters
- Drinks - Old fashioned Bourbons
- Mains - Lobster Newburg, Surf & Turf with Scallops
-Dessert - Key Lime Pie

Slight discomfort as many employees hustled around us, yet no one acknowledged us.

Dinner for 2 with drinks and tax was $185 + $37 tip.
Top end fee for top end food, drinks, and ambience.

Highly recommend, and I will return, albeit a few months from now!

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 1, 2021

Thank you so much for the kind words and glad that you enjoyed everything! We will work with staff about acknowledgement of gusts while working around them. Thanks again and look forward to seeing you all again soon. Take care.

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SusanM
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and staff excellent will go again when we are in Ashville

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 1, 2021

Thanks you! Look forward to having you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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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 476 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.