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The Lobster Trap

COVID-19 Update: This restaurant is only available for takeout or delivery at this time.
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Wed, 10/20
8:00 PM
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.
$10 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Healthy, American, Seafood
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 3 days ago via mobile

Ordered Caprese Salmon entree (recommended by Jordan, Bartender) and partner ordered grilled shrimp Cesar salad. Salmon was terribly fishy and shrimp was tough. This is not the same Lobster Trap I’ve known. The best part was the Bloody Mary I ordered after seeing another couple...order it. We tried during the Summer months and thought we had just hit a bad night but obviously not. We won’t be back.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our most expensive meal of the trip but it did not live up to the reviews. My wife had the lobster Newburg and said it lack the flavor punch of others she has had. My whole lobster came out cold and without any...utensils to eat it with. They were super busy so staffing may have been part of the issue.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Mike M, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We apologize you were not completely happy with you meal. Please know that we will always make it right for you at the table by either replacing the Newberg or reheating your lobster or replace it. Thank you for the business and feedback.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Superb service, but food quality mixed. Mostly very good, but texture of crabs was grainy and they did not taste fresh. Lobster excellent, but Panko tail a little over-cooked. Shrimp good. Oysters Rockefeller decent. Allergy accomodated well.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for lobster, of course. Lobsters are super fresh and delicious. It’s very satisfying! Our friends got lobster and Alaska king crab legs combo, it’s so tasty she felt like crying :)) They have live music, it’s a popular restaurant. There are few...outdoor tables, it was raining the night we were there, so we sat inside which was fine.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 12, 2021

I stopped in while at an anesthesia conference at the Marriott. It was before hours and they said call when it is open and see if there is a cancellation. I called . They said no reservation for a single , and no table for...a single. They said I could sit at the bar and have a meal if there is room. Maybe my name sounds too Jewish. There is a famous film producer - a distant relative, so a distinct possibility. Anti-semitism is on the rise. I don't need good seafood dishes at that high a social price. I will also tell my friends. never heard of that ind of behavior before.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Mike M, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We were completly booked which is why you were told to call back later once we had opened to see if there were any cancellations. We didn't have any tables available to a single, not unherd of. We had space at the bar where full...More

Reviewed August 17, 2021

I ordered steamed clams, stuffed mushrooms, and a ceasar salad to take to my B&B. The hostess was efficient, friendly, and I thoroughly enjoyed every bite. I highly recommend eating here.

Date of visit: April 2021
Mike M, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2021

Thank you very much for the kind words!

Reviewed August 17, 2021 via mobile

This was our first visit to The Lobster Trap but will not be our last. My family has been coming to Asheville almost 20 years and I wish we had tried a little sooner.

Date of visit: August 2021
Mike M, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2021

Thank you so much and we look forward to having you back again soon!

Reviewed August 1, 2021

So many good reviews but we were so disappointed. Lobster Bisque soup and stuffed mushrooms lacked any flavor. Scallops and Snapper were fine. Ordered a vodka on the rocks with pimento stuffed olives but got blue cheese stuffed olives because they had no pimentos. Got...an added charge of $2 for two stuffed olives. Who does that? Not a good evening.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Mike M, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2021

We apologize for you experience and that is was not what you were looking for.

Reviewed July 24, 2021

We went to Lobster Trap on Tues..Excellent service and the the food was excellent. I had the lobster newburg. We decide to return to the fabulous restaurant so we made reservations for Thursday evening. I ordered the Lobster Newburg again as it was so good...on our previous visit. The food was good but the serving was half the size of our previous visit. The waiter was very average, not bother to ask if all was okay with our dinner. Not that it was busy as our reservation was for 5:30pm. Very disappointed. We will not returnMore

Date of visit: July 2021
Mike M, Owner at The Lobster Trap, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2021

We're glad you enjoyed everything and had a wonderful time on your first trip with us. All of our lobsters are chick lobsters which are between 1#- 1 1/4 so they can vary in some instances. Another factor is that it is molting season for...More

Reviewed July 21, 2021 via mobile

Just stumbled onto this place and I’m so glad we did! It was absolutely delicious. I had the bacon wrapped scallops in maple syrup and it was divine!! I also had the Lobster Bisque which was perfect! We ate indoors but they also have outdoor...dining. I highly recommend this place!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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June 17, 2021|
Response from 858edwinas | Reviewed this property |
Come as you are...except no birthday suits.
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Response from Lynne M | Reviewed this property |
No idea but usually if you ask a waiter they will tell you.
December 3, 2018|
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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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Frequently Asked Questions about The Lobster Trap

Yes, The Lobster Trap offers takeout services.

The Lobster Trap is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4