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The Lobster Trap

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Mon, 7/13
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner
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Downtown Asheville
2.0 miles from Biltmore Village
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OYSTERS ON THE HALF SHELL
The Lobster Trap House Oyster, ME
per dozen USD 32
Gulf Coast
per dozen USD 15
SPECIALS LARGE BITES
Grilled Maine Lobster
Lobster off the grill with charred lemon and comeback sauce. Served with corn and new potatoes
USD 37
Verlasso Salmon
Grilled salmon cooked to order and served over toasted orzo pasta with wilted spinach and chorizo; finished with a creamy turnip puree and blood orange
USD 25
Sunburst Trout
Grilled filet over crispy brussels sprout leaves and Benton's bacon. Finished and herbed Lusty Monk mustard aioli and a chow chow relish
USD 26
SPECIALS SMALL BITES
Oyster Rockefeller
Eight gulf oysters on the half shell topped with a mixture of fresh watercress, garlic, parsley and Pernod. Baked in the oven and topped with Hollandaise and bread crumbs. (contains raw egg)
USD 14
Baked Oysters
Eight gulf oysters baked with Swiss chard topped with remoulade and crispy smoked bacon. (GF)
USD 14
Grilled Oysters
Eight gulf oysters grilled with parmesan, butter and grilled lemon
USD 15
APPETIZERS
Lobster Stuffed Mushrooms
Button Mushrooms stuffed with lobster, cheese and herbs.
USD 10
Trap Corn Bread
Sweet corn bread made with local corn meal, honey and eggs.
USD 7
City Bakery Barley Baguette
City Bakery French Baguette served with whole butter. (V)
1/2 loaf USD 2.5
loaf USD 6
Maple Bacon Scallops
Half dozen bacon-wrapped scallops with Maine maple syrup.
USD 12
Steam Bowl-Clams
Clams (12) served with broth and a slice of baguette. (GF)
USD 12
Steam Bowl-Mussels
Mussels (24) served with broth and slice of baguette. (GF)
USD 12
Steam Bowl-Clams and Mussels
Mixed Clams (8) and Mussels (16) with broth and slice of baguette. (GF)
USD 13
Steam Bowl-Large Shrimp
Large Shrimp (1/2 lb) steamed with Old Bay seasoning and served with drawn butter and cocktail sauce. (GF)
USD 13
SOUP & SALAD
Lobster Bisque
A Maine classic prepared in the traditional manner.
Cup USD 8
Bowl USD 12
Bibb Salad
Crisp bibb lettuce with persimmon, apple, oranges, radishes, gorgonzola and champagne vinaigrette.
USD 9
Trap House Salad
Fresh seasonal vegetables. (V) (GF) Choice of: housemade cranberry vinaigrette (V) (GF), caesar, toasted sesame vinaigrette (V), bleu cheese (V), ranch dressing(V)
USD 8
Ceasar Salad
Crisp romaine, creamy Caesar dressing, parmesan, croutons, and cheese.
USD 8
Add Grilled Salmon USD 21
Add Shrimp USD 13
Add Lobster USD 23
CHILLED SEAFOOD TOWERS
TRIPLE TOWER
A three tiered tower with a pound of King Crab legs, one Chick lobster, half a pound of shrimp, eight Little Neck clams, Jonah Crab with chipotle mustard ailoli and a dozen Gulf Coast oysters.
USD 93
DOUBLE TOWER
A two tiered tower with your choice of a pound of King Crab legs or a Chick Lobster with six Little Neck clams, half a pound of shrimp, Jonah Crab with chipotle mustard aioli and a dozen Gulf Coast oysters.
USD 75
MAINE COURSES
Wicked Good Maine Lobster
From Tom's trap to our trap to your trap. Steamed and served in the shell with corn and new potatoes. (GF)
Single USD 37
Double USD 64
Lobster & Crab USD 68
Lobster Newburg
A whole stripped Maine Lobster sauteed in a sherry cream sauce and served over a puff pastry with sauteed haricot vert and crushed pecans.
USD 39
Maine Lobster Roll
Fresh sweet Maine Lobster chilled and served on a locally made brioche bun. Also available lightly dressed with mayo based sauce on request.
USD 26
Alaskan King Crab Legs
One pound of real deal with corn on the cob, new potatoes and drawn butter. (GF)
USD 42
Trap Crab Cakes
Two fresh lump crab cakes over house tarter sauce and served with vinegar slaw and corn pudding.
USD 28
Cioppino
Mussels, clams, linguica sausage, pieces of King Crab legs and smoked fish simmered in a herb tomato broth. (GF)
USD 26
Blue Ridge Shrimp and Grits
Sauteed sweet shrimp and creamy white heirloom grits from Peaceful Valley Farms with a bit of cheddar cheese and topped with Benton's bacon. (GF)
USD 25
NY Strip
11 oz. cut of Prime NY strip cooked to order with grilled broccolini, fingerling potato and demi glace. (GF)
USD 28
Surf and Turf
Grilled Prime NY Strip cooked to order with choice of whole Maine Lobster or $4 up charge for Alaskan King Crab Legs, with grilled broccolini and fingerling pototoes. (GF)
USD 57
The Lobster Trap Clam Bake
Lobster, shrimp, mussels, littleneck clams, new potatoes and corn on the cob. (GF)
Clam Bake for one USD 58
Clam Bake for two USD 86
Lobster and Legs USD 90
Double Legs USD 94
SIDES FOR SHARING
Grilled Broccolini
USD 7
Rosemary-Parmesan Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
USD 7
Collard Greens w/ smoked ham
USD 7
Award Winning Lobster Macaroni and Cheese
USD 10
BEERS ON DRAUGHT
Oyster House Moonstone Stout
Green Man Porter
Greenman ESB
French Broad Kolsch
Pisgah Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Hazy IPA
Bold Rock Carolina Apple
KID'S MENU
Fish Sticks with One Side
USD 7
Cheese Quesadilla
USD 5
Lobster Macaroni & Cheese
USD 3
Grilled Hot Dog with One Side
USD 5
Shrimp Scampi with Linguini
USD 7
White Cheese Pizza
USD 6
About
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.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $50
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Healthy, American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great seafood. Shrimp and grits were amazing. Cornbread also a hit. Best service ever. Covid 19 going on so masks needed but everyone was great.

Date of visit: June 2020
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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great sea food and BEST service ever. Every staff person that walked by our table ask if we needed anything!! Great great staff!! Brandon was great!

Date of visit: June 2020
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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone at the Lobster Trap were very friendly and very accommodating. Had place order to go for a special family gathering. Food was nice and hot with all condiments. The lobsters traps towers were very delicious with a variety of seafood. Thank you for a...More

Date of visit: June 2020
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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago
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So glad you enjoyed your curbside order!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They fit me in on a busy Saturday night. I'm so glad they did ! Started with a dozen fresh raw oysters so fresh and good Then the main courcs alaskan king crab legs with corn and potatos

Date of visit: June 2020
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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your business! I am so glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed March 10, 2020

We visited on a Saturday evening around 530pm and there was a 1+ hr wait for a table. We had expected this since it's such a popular place and it was the weekend. Fortunately we didn't have to wait because there was space open at...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2020

Thank you for sharing! I am so glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed March 7, 2020 via mobile

First time and wow. Everything from the appetizer to the entree was amazing & full of flavor!! Love the vibe here too...especially the low key live blues-y music! Staff, service...everything was on point!!!

Date of visit: March 2020
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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2020

Thank you for your business and great review!

Reviewed March 5, 2020

My family and I visited the Lobster Trap in Feb. Our server was nice as well as the grilled oysters, but everything else was not. We ordered the clam chowder. Not only was it cold, it was gluey and void of flavor. It almost taste...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2020

I am so sorry that you were disappointed. I hope you let your server know so you weren't charged for anything you didn't like. We love to get feedback immediately so we can address any issues right away.

Reviewed March 3, 2020 via mobile

This is one of my “go to” Asheville restaurants. The grilled Lobster is excellent! The clam chowdah is great also. Being from Boston, I am a qualified expert. Matt runs the bar and is the manager, he is welcoming and professional. I feel like Norm...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2020

Thank you for being a regular! Glad Matt takes good care of you. Looking forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed February 22, 2020 via mobile

We went to Asheville to spend the day, first breakfast at an amazing place Homegrown, reviewed, but this review is for another great place; we went in for early dinner. Service was excellent and food amazing, ordered the raw oysters from the gulf and mussels...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2020

Thank you for adding us to your list for Asheville in a day! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed February 22, 2020

We went to The Lobster Trap last night. I had researched many places before heading to Asheville. Being from NYC, and having vacationed in Maine several times, this place caught my eye. From the moment we walked in, we were greeted and seated immediately. Our...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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thelobstertrap, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2020

Thank you so much for your business and wonderful review! Yes, your server was Jessie and I will be sure to pass your kind words on to her.

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Lobster Trap takes reservations for groups of 8 or more. But you can call an hour before you plan to arrive and have them put you on their list, which seems to be an effective way to have just a fairly short wait when you... More
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