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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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AuntieNay
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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!!

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TyKi
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

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GrahamH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Thomas12345678
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Kelli
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome lobster, cornbread and steak. Service was excellent.

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vipDEjay
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 3 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! Our service will be hard to beat. From the time we walked in the door until our waitress came to the table. Maggie was fantastic!!

The Lobster Trap
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much! We'll pass on the kind words to Maggie.

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DonaldH
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was well prepared and delicious. The atmosphere was pleasant. But the prices were not reasonable.

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CassieChandler
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was incredible! Her name was Jessi! Hard to find good service in this town sometimes but this was IT! She should be recognized. Food was superb. Best seafood in Asheville.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 3 days ago

We thank you so much and glad you had a great time! We'll pass on the kind words to Jessi!

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GeneB
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very tasty and plenty to eat. Service was mark on and catered to our requests. Also very simple to use open table to make reservations...

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MichelleP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Katelyn was the bomb. Made the night. Had lobster roll and lobster Newburgh respectively and was good. Corn bread was amazing. Dessert was awesome

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vipHalB
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, very good service. A good place to visit.

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JennaL
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Came from Ohio for my 30th birthday. Had been recommended to the Lobster Trap by a blogger in the area. Being a food lover, I was possibly over excited for the meal and it didn’t not live up to the hype. The lobster had nearly no flavor, the crab was good and my steak was rather tough but had good flavor. The refrigerator in our hotel room was broken, so I didn’t get to finish it unfortunately. We spent over $200 and it felt more like a night at red lobster. Our server was sweet, but she had too many tables and didn’t come back to check on us until nearly finished. I loved the ambiance and being able to see the cooks make our food. Though we left disappointed, we still had fun and I feel like it has potential to be a home run at times, just wasn’t our night.

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SAshT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kaitlyn was a great server! Great recommendations on food! Oysters were really good, lobster really good. Good service and great drinks!

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BobO
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The stuffed mushrooms were delicious, as were the crab cakes. David was our server and he was really great too.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband loves oysters so I found this place and made reservations for his birthday and it was amazing!! Well worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good, not great. VERY generous portions. server was knowledgeable and attentive. the staff all worked together, very nice experience.

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Our steak was very cold, the food was good other than that. Service was great

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vipRobbie
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome all around

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This food was outstanding. The best seafood we have had in a very long time. We went to celebrate my birthday, and the ambiance wasn't exactly what I was hoping for - but it was a fun place and the food and service were both excellent. I would highly recommend making a reservation!!

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Tom25
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We ordered the lobster newburg and were dissapointed. Considering the prices we would have expected much nicer atmosphere and quality.

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PamelaD
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked it so muck we came back on the trip home also

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vipBarbaraN
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We moved to Asheville last June, in the middle of the pandemic. We're just now starting to hit the restaurant scene, and The Lobster Trap was one of the local restaurants near the top of our list. Can't say enough good things about this place. The service was outstanding, the food was slap-you-silly good, and the drinks were delish. We started with the lobster stuffed mushrooms, moved to a caesar salad, and then had the seafood mix. They give you plenty to eat. Something else we appreciated was their attention to social distancing and masks. As a leukemia patient, proper precautions are very important to me, and we will only patronize businesses that consider the safety of their guests. Thanks for a wonderful evening. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was excellent! Service was excellent also !

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RPNC
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was an enjoyable evening with great food.

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OlegI
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so delicious! Lobsters and colad water ousters. Strong recommended

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MomDiner
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service from the wait staff and hostess were so incredibly friendly. I would highly recommend The Lobster Trap.

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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.