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The Lobster Trap

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Downtown Asheville
Healthy, Oyster Bar, Seafood
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35 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
+1 828-350-0505
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Since its opening in 2005, The Lobster Trap has been Asheville's premier...
Since its opening in 2005, The Lobster Trap has been Asheville's premier seafood restaurant, and with good reason. The menu only features fresh seafood caught by trusted domestic purveyors and prepared in ways that showcase the delicate flavors and textures of fish, lobster, crabs, shrimp, oysters and clams. Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in the heart of downtown Asheville, The Lobster Trap features live entertainment from local musicians every night. To that, add locally brewed Oyster House beers, craft cocktails, seafood-friendly wines and southern hospitality and you have The Lobster Trap's formula for success.
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  • 242
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  • 115
    Very good
  • 53
    Average
  • 16
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  • 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
Biltmore Spring

A surprise to find in the NC mountains. Fresh daily seafood and shellfish dishes. Flown in daily. A great atmosphere. Many local micro brew beers available.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
hottub27607
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A surprise to find in the NC mountains. Fresh daily seafood and shellfish dishes. Flown in daily. A great atmosphere. Many local micro brew beers available.

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Asheville
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I am not a knowledgeable restaurant reviewer, but if I were I would be tempted to give this place a star. We had salads, shrimp, oysters rockefeller and endamame- everything was good except for the oysters which were awesome! The service was efficient and friendly, if not perfectly formal. My companion thought that her salad dressing was too sweet, and... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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86 reviews 86 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I was celebrating an anniversary (not a wedding anniversary for those of you who think there's only one type) and I wanted a nice meal with a friend. That's what I got. We ate in a sort of tapas style - getting and sharing appetizers, oysters, etc. It was delicious. Our server, Jess, was fantastic! She deserves kudos -- she... More 

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

We are so glad you came in and enjoyed your visit! Thanks for sharing and for mentioning your server's name. Funny that you ran into a friend from the other side of the world! More 

Temple, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

They have a few beers brewed by their own facility. Try the stout. The bacon wrapped scallops are amazing.

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

Thank you for your business and review. Glad you enjoyed the scallops and stout! More 

SC
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We had a great meal here - Lobster Newburg. Not only was the food excellent the staff were so friendly and fun. We just loved the whole experience.

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

What a great compliment! Thank you for sharing! More 

Poole, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
323 reviews 323 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is a lovely looking restaurant with good staff and great live music. The food choices were excellent but the food a little of a let down as not piping hot and not particularly tasty.

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

Thank you for giving us feedback on your visit. I am so sorry you were not happy with your food. We take our customer comments very seriously and it would be nice to know what you ordered. I have talked to the staff about making sure that food is delivered at the correct temperature to the tables. I do hope... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We very much enjoyed our dinner here. They had great live music and the nautical decor was very nice. Tons of seafood to choose from! Awesome place.

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for your feedback and your business! More 

Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Get the feast and share. Although you will not want too. There Is plenty to share for four or even five. The cocktail sauce is awesome. The oysters were superb.

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

I am so glad you enjoyed the feast! Thanks for sharing your feedback. We appreciate your business! More 

Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Having worked in the service industry, fun folks behind the bar with quick wit and impeccable service are always welcome. Beer and drink selection and advice were great. Food was awesome, from the mix of oysters 2x3 with labels, bacon wrapped scallops it was the perfect mix. Can't go back soon enough.

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

What a great compliment from someone that has been in the service industry! Thanks for your kind words. I have shared them with the staff. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Daleville, Virginia
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This place was really busy when we arrived, and a bit crowded, but they quickly seated 8 of us. Our server was prompt, knowledgeable, and very personable which was the best part of my experience. Although the food was very good as well. If I have one small complaint it would be the limited seating and space that they have... More 

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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 you enjoyed your service and food. We try to make everyone comfortable when we are busy. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville>  > Downtown Asheville
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
  • Phone Number: +1 828-350-0505

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 50
  • Cuisine: Healthy, Oyster Bar, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Since its opening in 2005, The Lobster Trap has been Asheville's premier seafood restaurant, and with good reason. The menu only features fresh seafood caught by trusted domestic purveyors and prepared in ways that showcase the delicate flavors and textures of fish, lobster, crabs, shrimp, oysters and clams. Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in the heart of downtown Asheville, The Lobster Trap features live entertainment from local musicians every night. To that, add locally brewed Oyster House beers, craft cocktails, seafood-friendly wines and southern hospitality and you have The Lobster Trap's formula for success.
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 - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?