United States > North Carolina > Asheville
Shag (69) Chattanooga, Tennessee | September 8, 2011
56 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 12/20
Depending on your motivation for going here will determine if you should or not. A first date would earn you some brownie points. But going in for some beer, nah. Only had 2 of the Oysterhouse Beers on tap when I went. Was crowded and a little too fancyish for just drinking. I quickly drank my beer and left. Nice looking place though.
Cybercat (171) Georgia | May 25, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Atmosphere is dark and unpretentious. Servers are alert and quick, and brought me my beer and food orders in good time. Only cola isnít is theyíre already moving so I couldnít ít get the whole of their brews. Their food is danged good - and the selecti of brewskis they have is impressive. If you like first-rate seafood dd good beer, do drop in for dinner.
magsinva (138) Virginia | July 9, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK summed it up pretty well, the fantastic lobster and seafood are first, beer an afterthought. The stout was pretty solid, though not spectacular. You donít see seafood and craft beer that often, so thatís a plus, but not a destination place for beer.
DiarmaidBHK (716) Pennsylvania | July 9, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
As per the name, thereís lots of red here with a massive lobster sculpture in brass of the bar. The sabco brew magic system is the only clue this is a brewpub. Lobstrs the thing here and the lobster roll was solid though it could have used more mayo and an actual hot dog bun/sub roll type of enclosure. The beer selection is mediocre by Asheville standards. They only three of theirs on tap and apparently only the stout is brewed on premises. Food was pretty solid. It was a nice experience but as others have said its not a beer destination.,
smoosh (36) New Albany, Indiana | December 27, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve been twice now. The food is delicious, but as you can guess by having "lobster" in the name - it can be pricey. The place is not really a brewpub, but more of a restaurant with a brewery. A very small brewery. Theyíve only had about 5 of their beers on each time and I donít think Iíve had any except the oyster stout - which is terrific! Donít go expecting a huge draft list - they literally use one of those 3 keg homebrew systems - but it is a nice evening out.
hellbilly (139) scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona | October 24, 2011
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
stumbled in here to eat an early dinner nosh on 7/18/11. this place wasnít even on my beer radar until i noticed the home brew setup behind the bar.... score! the oyster stout was friggin delicious.... the rest of the beer list was quite uninspiring...
the food was decent enough considering that itís a few hundred miles to the coast... except it had a smell to it like the cheapy fish houses in maryland have.
they must do a ton of business...A: because they were 86d on the first two items we tried to order. and B: they have what i like to call a ífrench chefí on the kitchen line... or what most people call a microwave. bummer.
beernovice39 (248) Montana | June 4, 2011
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Way crowed and noisy, smell of seafood wipes out the senses for the beer. Great scenery
LilBeerDoctor (319) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | January 1, 2011
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
Stopped by this restaurant/bar on a late Wednesday evening. I guess it was after the dinner rush so it wasnít too crowded (but we sat at the bar anyway). I was very disappointed by their beer list, as they just had 1 of their Oyster House offerings (the IPA) and just a few other local beers (1 French Broad, 1 Asheville Pizza, 1 Green Man, maybe another but canít remember). As it was late, we didnít order meals but did get a cup of lobster bisque soup (which was mediocre). The crowd was not much of a beer-loving crowd (the guy next to me chugged 2+ Coors in the time it took me to finish like 1/2 of my IPA). So overall, not a place Iíd be returning to (unless I was really in the mood for some seafood I guess). Itís really not a beer destination.
ChainGangGuy (25) Marietta, Georgia | October 11, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Upscale-ish seafood eatery tucked along Patton Ave. They must surely do some good business, as we were originally quoted a near two-hour wait time upon our arrival. We thought it best to return at an earlier time the following day (Sunday) for a nice eveningtime meal.
The place is tastefully decorated, features an open kitchen, and even has a small stage for live music. As for parking at the Lobster Trap, well, I had walked the short distance from the nearby Downtown Inn & Suites, but I do recall seeing a parking lot catty-corner to the restaurant.
At the time of my visit, they had four of their own beers available (the supplies of brown ale and chili beer had since been exhausted), with the Moonstone stout being the stand-out for me, particularly when paired with a platter of raw oysters. Iíll admit, I didnít really peruse their bottled beer selection or other non-Oyster House draught options, as I was focused on slowly cruising through their own beers.
The menu featured a great range of fresh seafood options that were what I would call íreasonably priceyí (at least when one considers the simple fact weíre a few hundred miles in from the coast). As a fan of seafood, it was one of those menus where you really struggle to finalize a decision. We opted for the lobster bisque, raw oyster sampler, and the trio of crab cakes. The crab cakes were particularly enjoyable - thank heavens they werenít just over-priced, over-sized hush puppies with nary a hint of crab like you get at some shameful seafood joints.
All in all, a great option for some fine, filling seafood. While the beer was decent, I think itís the ocean-based grub thatíll have me coming back when next Iím in Asheville.
DukeBrewDevil (41) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | July 21, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
This fairly high-end seafood restaurant features OysterHouse beers brewed on essentially a homebrew setup for sale exclusively at the restaurant. They also featured 2 or 3 well-chosen craft beers, filling the gaps in styles of their seasonal offerings. I wasnít expecting much out of the house beers and was very pleasantly surprised. The Moonstone Stout was very good, and the other choices were well crafted, if not particularly unique. Itís a beer site, so I wonít go into too much depth on the food, but I was there with a dozen people and everybody was pleased with their dinners. Itís not cheap, but good seafood rarely is, especially when youíre not near water.
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