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The Lobster Trap

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128 Catalina St, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-8585
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Lake Forest, California
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Lobster Trap is a homey, casual eatery enjoyed by both locals and visitors to Catalina Island. Smiles and easy conversations are plentiful, along with outstanding service. My husband and I enjoyed the fresh-caught lobster and swordfish.

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Thank JaneDeLo
Seal Beach, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have gone to the Lobster Trap in the past, but went there on a Wednesday night and wondered why there was such a crowd! It was Burgers and Beer night! We enjoyed a great burger, fries, and a (big) beer for about $10. Shared a table with some very nice people and enjoyed our meal. Very fun!

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Anaheim, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very expensive, but what isn't in Avalon. The parties in our group liked the fish and lobster. I had the pasta primavera, which was average. The atmosphere was quiet and the staff was attentive.

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Reno, Nevada
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped for dinner on a Friday evening. Very busy, service was great. Able to get drinks quickly at reasonable prices. Our friends shared a Pasts Sea food dish that was excellent, we tried the fish and chips. Not so good experience. I think these were microwaved pieces of fish. We just run out of luck on this one. Everything... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had lunch at the Lobster Trap immediately after we arrived in Avalon - it was definitely the best value meal we had on the island and probably the most fun too. This is a lively and friendly place, not just a tourist trap or a locals bar, but somewhere where everyone fits in. Good points: + Great value food... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were having a wonderful time on Catalina Island. This restaurant, the lobster trap, made our day complete.

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Thank janasueperry
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was good and service was done with a smile! One of the few restaurants that was open late. Try the blackened grilled shrimp tacos, the grilled steak tacos were good also.

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Thank Michael H
Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was recommended to us by two locals and we visited it twice. The Lobster Roll is delicious and the ceviche and pasta dish were great as well. The portions are generous and the service is terrific. Highly recommend!!!!

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Thank littlepepita
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch at The Lobster Trap a couple of days ago. We'd been told about another restaurant but it was closed the day we were there. We stopped some locals (as we were riding around in the golf cart), and they all recommended this place. We opted for the sea bass in garlic mushroom sauce and the seafood plate... More 

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Claremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is no other word for this place! All locals recommended and we fell in love with the food! The pasta is amazing, my husband got a seafood pasta and the kids some fish and chips, we loved it! Service is amazing and you can tell is a local's favorite, most people go there after work

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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?