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The Lobster Trap

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128 Catalina St, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-8585
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did not enjoy our meals at all here. We can the shrimp and a combo platter with fish, shrimp, and scallops.

Thank tolbertcm
Fresno, California, United States
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4 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My only complaint is that strands of hair kept falling onto our table. At first I thought the waitress brought out our food and drinks with hair strands already in it but then I noticed the hair was continually falling onto our table. We sat on a pub table on the 1st floor and this lady who sat on the... More 

Thank Virginia Y
Caleb L, Manager at The Lobster Trap, responded to this review

Dear Virginia Y, I am very sorry to hear of your bad experience at our restaurant. I wish we would have known about this 'hair' situation during your visit. We certainly would have offered to relocate you to another table and remake any food and drinks that were affected. Now that I am aware of this, I will be sure... More 

Sydney, Australia
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217 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no pretense about the Lobster Trap - what you see is what you get: how refreshing!. We stopped here for a late lunch. For entrees we had REAL crab cakes and delicious coconut shrimp and followed this with two very fresh lobster rolls. With a glass of Californian Chardy and a pint of Bud Light followed by a... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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434 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One dinner of bacon wrapped scallops and one of seared blue fin tuna. Scallops would have been much better sauteed without bacon. As prepared they had the texture of pork. Tuna not as good as past dinners of Ahi. Baked potatoes were slightly under done. Veggie sides were good. Service was very good. Atmosphere funky. Seating way too close.

Thank Bill H
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for casual atmosphere and great food, I highly recommend the Lobster Trap. We came here for lunch and had the clam chowder and lobster tacos. A cup of really good clam chowder for $6, beer for $5, lobster tacos $8, and a glass of white wine for $7. The Lobster taco was sooooooo good and fresh.... More 

Thank Andrea R
Atlanta, Georgia
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131 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here our first night and was soooooo disappointed. I ordered the shrimp dinner. The shrimp was very breaded and not seasoned at all nor did it taste like fresh shrimp. The shrimp taste as those it was frozen from a box. I only had 5 shrimp and didn't bother to eat it all. Just ate the fries. My... More 

Thank DrAlias
Caleb L, Manager at The Lobster Trap, responded to this review

Dear DrAlias, I was so sorry to hear of your disappointing experience at our restaurant. Our goal is to have every guest leave feeling satisfied with a big smile on their faces. This obviously was not the case with you. I wish we would have known of your displeasure during your time with us, as we would have made every... More 

Manly, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I only had 1 night on Catalina Island and The Lobster Trap was where we decided to have dinner. It was so busy we had to wait for 45 minutes to get a table (that;s a good sign we thought). While waiting we were offered a seat at the bar which was a good place to sit... More 

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Morrilton, Arkansas, United States
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Try the bacon wrapped scallops. They made a drink called shipwreck that we had to teach them how to make and they nailed it.

Thank ScubaManage
Fort Worth, TX
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was great, service great. My husband had the scallops and I had the spinach salad with blackened shrimp. It was all perfect.

Thank J C
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

service was great, its a tiny resturant on a side street excellet food we had a lobster taco, grilled yellow tail, and crabcakes all were excellent fish is so fresh.

Thank Joy P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 128 Catalina St, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-8585

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?