The Lobster Trap

4.7
496 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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mimi56augusta
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was very good and a great vibe. Service was a little slow and waitress not very attentive even though restaurant wasn’t very busy. Overall, food selections and food quality were excellent.

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JenneB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Skyler was a wonderful server and we had an outstanding meal. Enjoyed the trout and the surf & turf which was more food than we needed but too good to stop eating! Also try the stuffed mushrooms and bacon wrapped scallops - you won't be disappointed!

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IdaD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing always is. One of our favorite places to eat when we come to Asheville

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandon did an excellent job taking care of us on our date night. We will continue to come here when we visit.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much! We'll pass along your compliments to Brandon.

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MelissaH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and have been dining here consistently over the past few years. The food is consistent and terrific. We have our favorite bartender, Dave, so we are the type that sits at the bar to dine. The rest of the staff is always friendly and makes us feel right at home.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you! We love to hear from our long time customers especially after 15 years of being in business. We'll pass along to kind words to Dave!

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SamA
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Definitely one of our favorites!

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for all your business! Look forward to having you back!

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CaitlinS
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic experience for dinner here! The service was top notch and food incredible! Nice, laid back ambiance.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks so much!

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vipTeeC
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, service and ambiance. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is always great. I am giving service 3 stars because we had to wait 10-15 mins past our reservation time.

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Gatsby
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my meal here. Great seafood that comes in from Maine. I had a mix of the raw oysters, lobster, and crab legs. All fantastic. They also have a great bar with mixed drinks and an array of wines and beer. The wait staff was all lovely. I will definitely be back!

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you and happy you enjoyed everything! We look forward to having you back.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service Fantastic! A must do if visiting Asheville!

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the kind words!

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JudyM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Lobster was delicious. Disappointed in the lobster bisque however. No chunks of lobster.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much! We look into our bisque and make sure it is receiving the proper amount of lobster. Thanks for the feedback.

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HollyW
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster was delicious! It’s hard to find meaty lobster and crab this far inland.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks so much! We're very proud of our seafood!

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vipCynthia
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were excellent. We loved the lobster.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you!

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BojannaW
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We ordered the triple trio seafood platter. The server explained it would be cold and on ice which was fin but she didn’t say that it wouldn’t have any flavor! Nothing had flavor! You had to sip every item into the provided sauces in order to taste anything. It was awful and not worth the money!!! At first I thought I had lost my tastebuds but we could taste the sauces/dips. What a disappointment!

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, *We also spoke via email. I sent out your gift card yesterday* Our goal is to really showcase the seafood and their natural flavors because they're so unique and wonderful. We provide accompaniments to pair with all of our seafood for guests to enjoy. We would be very happy to send you a gift card in the hopes that you could give us another try and provide us with a chance to make your experience better. We will take your suggestions into consideration and appreciate your feedback.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lobster Trap puts all of the other seafood and oyster serving restaurants to shame, in absolutely every way. The prices are either on par with or better than all of the others while at the same time serving much larger and more satisfying portions. The menu itself is also much more well put together with better options, even for people who have food sensitivities. Their menu is not remotely pretentious, but it is very very good, and it is as upscale as most would ever need it to be. Dining here, one could never possibly be disappointed. Our dinner at the Lobster Trap worked wonders to heal the deep wounds left by the terrible dining experience we had one week prior at Little Pearl. There is not one thing that the Lobster Trap doesn't do 10 times better than their competition. I don't recall what my partner had, but I had oysters, steak, an oyster tequila shooter, the Lobster Trap Margarita, a classic lime margarita, and a hearty slice of gluten-free chocolate tort. That does remind me I have one criticism. Unless you like a blackened, smokey, flavored margarita, stick with the basic lime style and forgo the house version. And if any Trap staff are reading this, please see what you can do about making the gluten-free chocolate torte a standard part of the menu. Please, and thank you!

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Hello! We very much appreciate the kind words and will share with the staff. So glad we were able to provide you all with a wonderful experience and look forward to having you back! Thanks again!

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vipDebjohn
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wait staff!

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks so much! We're very proud of our staff, they are the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing and our waitress was awesome. Definitely the best meal we had in Asheville!

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

That says a lot, thank you so much!

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Car64
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The gulf oysters on the half shell were great.
The lobster roll was tasteless, both the lobster and the roll had no flavor and over cooked.
The Alaskan crab legs suffered the same fate, very bland and over cooked.

Basically, $99 for a dozen real good oysters and poor main courses.

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, Thank you for your feedback. I see that you left a private message with your email to discuss more about your experience, I'll contact you there. Thanks

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donnal
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

king crab legs were great. service was friendly. would definitely go again

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you! We look forward to having you back soon.

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Food was beyond our expectations.

Would eat there every night if we were locals

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

This is wonderful to hear, thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
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 on February 23, 2021

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 on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

The Lobster Trap
Responded on February 23, 2021

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

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Lynne
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
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 on February 23, 2021

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 on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

The Lobster Trap
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you, we look forward to having you back!

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FredB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
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 on February 23, 2021

Thank you!

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vipPhilA
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
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 on February 23, 2021

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 on February 23, 2021

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 on February 23, 2021

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 on February 23, 2021

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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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 496 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.