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The Lobster Trap

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Downtown Asheville
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35 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-3314
828-350-0505
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Famous for flying fresh seafood in from the coast, using fresh produce...
Famous for flying fresh seafood in from the coast, using fresh produce from local farmers, and featuring fresh music from local musicians, The Lobster Trap introduced fresh beer in 2009 with the launch of Oyster House Brewing Company. Be sure to sample the Moonstone Stout.
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Good for:
Bar scene
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 222
    Excellent
  • 105
    Very good
  • 51
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 8
    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
Most recent review
FANTASTIC

We have such an amazing time for Valentines Day! The food was terrific but the service was phenomenal!! I can't wait to bring back my family to this restaurant. I highly recommend checking this place out if your in the area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
Jessica G
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We have such an amazing time for Valentines Day! The food was terrific but the service was phenomenal!! I can't wait to bring back my family to this restaurant. I highly recommend checking this place out if your in the area.

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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this review

Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you for coming in and for writing such a great review. Hope to see you again! More 

Johnson City, Tennessee
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Went on a Friday night before Valentine's Day during our weekend getaway. We did call ahead seating and maybe waited 5 minutes when we arrived. The pay parking across the street made it an easy in and out. The wait was about 1 hr - hr 1/2. I had the king crab legs and my husband had the clam bake.... More 

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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this review

Thank you for your business and your kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again! More 

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We went on an anniversary trip to Asheville and came to the Lobster Trap for dinner one night. No wait for 2 on a Friday. Really good live music- relaxing not overtaking. They brew some beer here themselves, definitely try whatever special stuff they are doing at the time. Everything on the menu was good and prices were reasonable. Next... More 

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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this review

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for stopping by during your visit to Asheville. We really appreciate your nice review and your business. More 

LINVILLE
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Our group of family and friends ate here because an out of town member of the group was visiting. The food was good but I wouldn't say exceptional. The service was very good and the atmosphere was fun. I will say it was very loud and hard to hear each other sitting across the table from one another. Our group... More 

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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback and your business. I have shared your review with the staff and we have discussed. It is great to hear from our customers so we can continue to improve. Hope to see you again! More 

Santa Barbara, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The lobster trap was recommended to us by our hotel concierge and a few locals we came across. The Trap didn't disappoint. The atmosphere was laid back and our server was very personable. The wine specials were great! Any bottle under $50 was 50% off. We jumped all over that along with a few dozen oysters on the half shell.... More 

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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your business and review! Sorry you weren't happy with your Cioppino. Please know that we are happy to exchange anything or take it off your bill. Hope to see you again! More 

Asheville, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We live in Asheville and have eaten here at other times...It had been awhile as we have so many wonderful places to eat in Asheville... All I can say this was an exceptional evening, with exceptional food, and service (by our server Robert).. It made our anniversary a very special occasion... we'll be back before the next anniversary for sure...

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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming to The Lobster Trap for your anniversary dinner. I am happy that you enjoyed your evening. Thanks for mentioning Robert's name. Happy anniversary! More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

My daughter attends WCU and plays soccer. I came and stayed with her for a weekend and I had read about your restaurant on-line when looking for a raw oyster bar. Saturday we made a trip to shop in ashville and eat. My daughter loves fried oysters but had never tried a raw oyster. The atmosphere was great and service... More 

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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this review

We are so glad we got to share your first raw oyster experience! Thanks for coming in and for writing such a nice review. Take care. More 

Sanibel Island, Florida
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We had a nice meal. Call ahead seating was great. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing (Lobster roll) but was not very impressed. Everyone I was with enjoyed their meal. The service was fabulous and plenty to choose from on the menu so I would probably give it another try. Great wine list also.

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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and business. I am so sorry that you were not happy with your lobster roll. I am glad everyone else was happy with their meals. I do hope you will give us another try. More 

Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I grew up on the coast and rarely eat at inland seafood restaurants -- but this meal was fabulous - better than most I have had seaside. We started with raw oysters from Maine and Prince Edward Island. They were cold, crisp and expertly dislodged from their shell. While waiting for our entrees the manager brought us a sample of... More 

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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this review

Wow! What a great compliment! Thank you for your detailed review. I have shared your comments with the staff and I am sure they will appreciate your kind words. Take care. More 

Top Contributor
180 reviews 180 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

Had a wonderful dinner Sunday night with our family. Arrived around 6:30 and were seated immediately. Our waiter was very helpful as we navigated the menu and specials. The meals ranged from Lobster pot pie to scallops and short ribs. Everyone totally satisfied.

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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this review

Thank you for your business and review! We are so glad that everyone enjoyed their visit. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-3314
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville>  > Downtown Asheville
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
  • Phone Number: 828-350-0505

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Famous for flying fresh seafood in from the coast, using fresh produce from local farmers, and featuring fresh music from local musicians, The Lobster Trap introduced fresh beer in 2009 with the launch of Oyster House Brewing Company. Be sure to sample the Moonstone Stout.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?