2249 W Walnut St, Allentown, PA | Directions 1810440.591780 -75.503839
Mon. - Thu. 4pm - 9pm;Fri. - Sat. 4pm - 10pm;Sun. CLOSED
Hair in food – Horrible Management; I've had more classy experiences at truck stop Diners.
The Go-To Seafood Restaurant – Fresh seafood, casual fine dining atmosphere, friendly and professional service, clean (including bathrooms).
I love oysters - raw, rockefeller, fried and stew. I can't get them anywhere close to here, and in fact they are better than at the shore. They have a couple of steak and chicken dishes on the menu, that I am told are great. Other than that, they have an extensive seafood menu that is quite remarkable. The Paella is served in a big steel pan. I don't see how anyone could finish it. The soups are great as well as the desserts. Quite a diverse clientelle that includes regular folks, to some recognizable figures. The staff is pretty constant and they are very pleasant.
Overall, a great place to go for a great meal in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere - no wonder they've been around for like a hundred years (seriously)!
Best crab meat in the area – My wife and I frequently drive down from Stroudsburg because they have the best crab meat we have ever found. We get the cold lump crab with drawn butter for dipping.
We always start with the Broiled Clams for an appetizer. They are different and delicious.
For the money we spent, Never again!!!! – First of all, the New England Clam Chowder had so much rosemary in it, the taste was way off also had a brown tint to it. My wife and I ordered the broiled dinners, You have to be kidding me, they were way over cooked, small portions, and completely flavorless and way over priced!! The baked potato she ordered was black in the middle. The raw oysters had pieces of shell in them, the steamed clams where overcooked and not steamers at all, the chef needs to go to new england and see the difference between clams on a halfshell and steamers!!!!!! The best part of the night was gettting the check to leave, oh and actually paying over two hundred and fifty dollars for four of us to eat, what a joke!!! If your going to advertise as a five star restaruant and charge prices like that, heres a tip, fire the damn chef!!!!!! and get your portions and food fresh and up to par. Very big dissapointment, we will never be back!!!!!
Not worth time or money – This restaurant wasn't very good at all. Waitress kept talking about "how crazy it is in there" (the kitchen I guess) to excuse slow service. Waited a long time for drinks and food. My broiled seafood combo was so bland - just two shrimp, three scallops, some fish and some crabmeat in water - should have been lemon butter but had no flavor at all. Veg medley was frozen. I could have made better than this at home. The prices were far more than the quality of food warranted. Seafood is much better at the Stoned Crab.
Most overrated restaurant of the month! – Lousy service, mediocre food, ridiculous prices! We waited at least 15 minutes just to get our cocktails and have our orders taken. This place has zero ambiance, and serves its vegetable of the day (frozen) in coffee cups, if that gives you an idea!. Never again...$69 a couple without dessert and for less than acceptable food !
Frozen Veggies....Why????? – I have a brother that is a chef at a 5 Star resturaunt and this is no such thing! A five star resturaunt would not use frozen vegatables and old baked potatoes that were so mushy they oozed water through the fork tines when attempting to 'fluff'. I will admit the crab was good but for the price I expected fresh vegetables and a freshly baked potato with my meal. Maybe the Chantilly Potatoes were good we don't know because they were not available the night we were there. If I were the chef in this kitchen I would make the chintilly potatos the standard side with all meals since baking the potatos fresh seems to be a challange.
Highly recomended – Youell's Oyster House is a top seafood restaurant. The atmosphere is casual, but sophisticated.
The specialy of the house is Maryland jumbo lump crabmeat. Crabcakes (all lumps of crab without filler or additional seasonings), crabmeat imperial, crabmeat au gratin and jumbo lump crabmeat served with brown butter are favorites. Soft shell crabs are better than I have had anywhere. There are about 50 seafood items on the menu, and the chef's selections of seasonal fish (red snapper, swordfish, tuna, etc) are always expertly prepared in a variety of ways.
Don't miss the crab bisque, the Chantilly potato (like a twice baked potato with cheeses and topped with bacon) or the homemade desserts (the lemon sponge pie is fantastic).
Youell's has a decent selection of good quality wine by the bottle or glass, and the bartender makes a big selection of generous martinis.
Oh, and the oysters! FRESH, FRESH, FRESH!!!
head chef is a lier – having dinner one night with wife and mother ( mother's B-day ) we waited a 55 min. for our dinners. When they arrived the crab imperial was dryed out, my wife's seafood combo in brown butter was realy in brown water and my mother's breaded fish was two frozed peices of fish. when we told the waiter she went back to tell the chef, she came out and said we could have a free desert. We asked to talk to the chef. when he arrived at the table he informed me that this was a 5-STAR resturant. I assured him it was not and then explained what was wrong with the food. we paid our bill of $98.00 and left the food on the table. I called the next day to let the owner know and he said he would talk to the chef and get back to me. nothing
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