The Lobster Trap | Asheville, North Carolina
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The Lobster Trap
Good based on 19 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

35 Patton Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina United States 28801 [ print map ]
828 350 0505 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

Hours: Mon-Thu,Sun 5pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm

Mayor: rosenbergh (1) | Taps: 7 | Bottles: 22

The Lobster Trap

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Beer Available At The Lobster Trap (arranged by most recent)
OysterHouse Willamette Damnit London IPA 46
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19 reviews for The Lobster Trap
 Ambiance  74%
 Service  77%
 Selection  58%
 Food  87%
 Value  67%
 Overall  71%
 Rating  74%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 12/20
Shag  (70) Chattanooga, Tennessee | September 8, 2011
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh  (580) Tampere, Finland | October 26, 2014
The food was very tasty. As I just love seafood it was easy to please me. On the other hand I wasnít that impressed with the beer selection. Nor the prices. So I was left with quite mixed feelings.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat  (230) Georgia | May 25, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
magsinva  (145) Virginia | July 9, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK  (747) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | July 9, 2012
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.,
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh  (36) New Albany, Indiana | December 27, 2011
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
hellbilly  (139) scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona | October 24, 2011
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.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 4/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
beernovice39  (249) Montana | June 4, 2011
Way crowed and noisy, smell of seafood wipes out the senses for the beer. Great scenery
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 11/20
LilBeerDoctor  (345) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | January 1, 2011
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy  (26) Marietta, Georgia | October 11, 2010
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.

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