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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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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Service was fast enough considering how busy they were. Clam chowder was thick as mashed potatoes. Cioppino had cilantro in it which totally ruined the taste for me. Fish ceviche was good. We both got sick shortly after, but can't really blame it on what we ate there for sure. Not a very pleasant experience anyway.

Thank Jean Yves C
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love their clam chowder soup with garlic bread; went their twice for lunch; friendly staff. They offer $5 Burgers on Wednesday; though we came to know of it later:-(

Thank Khozaim N
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Delicious!!!!!!! Service was great and food on point with great prices. This is a must try although we didn't have lobster it looked amazing

Thank Chelsea M
Oceanside, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a delicious dinner here to celebrate our 25th anniversary, although we didn't actually get any lobster. Very good filet mignon, shrimp Scampi and rice pilaf, plus a good selection of beers and wines. We were prepared to dress up for the occasion, but I would have felt out of place in a suit. Good, quick service.

Thank RPR1944
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has great food and amazing drinks. The buffalo milk was good. They also have a mind blowing drink that tastes just like a pancake breakfast.

Thank Mike M
Mission Viejo, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food and service at The Lobster trap is great! Fun crowd at the bar, Isreal is the best bartender on the island. We will be back for sure!

Thank Leahherzog
Laguna Beach, California, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must for this local favorite. We had dinner picked up for our room and enjoyed every bite. Lobster tacos and Smoked fish was amazing.

Thank Laura D
orange County CA
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here after a Scenic Tour of Catalina, fun place & the fish is fresh & great choices on menu. I loved the fish tacos & shrimp & scallops my hubby had he said was really good. The staff works hard & aims to please customers.

Thank cotodoll
Playa del Rey
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ever since the Island Company would not renew the lease for Armstrong's Fish Market (a terrible disservice to residents and visitors to Avalon), The Lobster Trap has been our go to place for fish and seafood. We especially like that they offer a choice of sauces and preparations with your choice of the fresh fish. The also have a decent... More 

Thank trojanjack
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114 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service was good. I had the seafood pasta with pink sauce, the shrimp & scallops were overcooked but the fish was perfection. It needed salt but once it was added it was good! The clam chowder was thick but very flavorful. The in season local lobster was $49.00 It was a pass. Ambiance is pretty non existent here.

Thank Margoes

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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?