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The Lobster Trap

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Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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128 Catalina St, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310-510-8585
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 331
    Excellent
  • 242
    Very good
  • 64
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Blue fin tuna!!!

This place is a hole in a wall, small and very crowded. We waited over one and half hours... The food was good, the pacific blue fish arrived to the table cold... But the steak and the fish coated with pistachios was good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Liliana B
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  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Santa Clarita, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The staff at this casual eatery was absolutely great. So friendly and helpful but the food was just okay. We asked for the best appetizers on the menu and we were told the money balls and the rockefeller oysters were the best. The money balls and oysters were just okay. I will not be back to order these items again... More 

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Joshua Tree National Park, California
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The food was very good here - but the service was flat out awful. We ordered the clam chowder (excellent) and the fish tacos (very very good). The lobster taco was also very good, and came with a ton of lobster. However, the waitress taking our order only brought out some of the food at first, then completely forgot about... More 

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San Clemente, California
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I ate here on the advice of the owner of the cottage we rented. It turned out to be a pretty disappointing experience. By their name and based upon the recommendation we were given, I decided to try the surf and turf. The menu listed "market price" so I asked our server what it was. She said... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This place is a hole in a wall, small and very crowded. We waited over one and half hours... The food was good, the pacific blue fish arrived to the table cold... But the steak and the fish coated with pistachios was good.

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A local recommended that we go here for the lobster roll. I was surprised that there would be any place selling fresh lobster...and I wasn't mistaken. The lobster was definitely not fresh, it probably came in from Long Beach. He couldn't eat more than a bite and ended up getting a hamburger instead. I finished mine but it made me... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Had the Seafood Kabobs with seafood & vegetables over rice and it was very tasty. That with a few craft beers made it a great night. Would definitely come back.

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Palm Springs, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Crab and chowder was the best. Long wait was worth it. Large selection of fresh fish. Relaxed atmosphere casual dress.

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California
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

A perfect break during a day on Catalina Island. Casual atmosphere with the freshest seafood! Raw Little Neck clams and Oysters, Lobster, and more. Good selection of draught beers. Thanks kto our server, Tessa for taking such good care of us!

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Redwood City, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Do you want to have fun in a funky place that makes you feel like the fishermen just came in off the boats for a well deserved drink at the bar? Do you want to have good, simple food that highlights the seafood and fish of the area? Do you want to wash it down with really good beer from... More 

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Auburn
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My wife and I had dinner a the lobster trap. My wife got the BBQ chicken salad and she enjoyed it I took a bite and it was good but not outstanding. I had the fish and chips. When my order got to the table it was 3 frozen fish sticks dropped in hot oil for a few min. Veary... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 128 Catalina St, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: 310-510-8585

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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