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Youell's Oyster House

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2249 W Walnut St, Allentown, PA 18104-6313
+1 610-439-1203
16:00 - 22:00
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Sun 15:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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131 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

The restaurant is very open and comfortable. We visited on a Monday night which turned out to be quiet. Service was very good and attentive. Enjoyed the flavor of the bang bang shrimp appetizer. Each meal was tasty and large. Leftovers were a full meal in itself. The salmon special offered a large thick portion of salmon with crab on... More 

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Branchburg, New Jersey
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Very little atmosphere in the place. We were a party of 4. We ordered to appetizers. One was clams casino which was really good. The other was mussels. The mussels were very large and very undercooked. We sent them back but I saw little difference when they brought it back. I love seafood but there is nothing worse than undercooked... More 

Thank 1949susan
Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Went here with a group of friends for a birthday. Great apps, craft beer selection, and wonderful seafood. All had one of the homemade deserts as well. Definitely will go back again. A little pricey, but I think it is worth it.

Thank Jack B
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Fabulous oysters! They oysters from different places. My favorite is Blue Point, fresh and yummy! Seafood fresh and yummy. Atmosphere very quaint, refurbished hotel. Friendly service to children as well. We dined early because of young children . Prices excellent for products served !

Thank Summertrios
Schnecksville, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Super atmosphere with good food and drinks. Happy hour specials are very good for this area. recommended for all seafood lovers.

Thank pl1202017
Allentown PA
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81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We went there for a nice Friday night dinner, and again left feeling full, but like we wasted over $100. My husband said it was the worst Paella he has ever eaten. He is sure it was county sausage and not andouille and it was gray with an oatmeal consistency. Flavorless. He asked for tabasco sauce just to make it... More 

Thank Andrea K
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

If you like oysters here is your place. Everything is good down to the yummy rooms and trail mix at bar. We enjoy sitting at bar for dinner. Great drink choices too. Our go to for oysters!!

Thank Gina N
Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Had dinner and drinks about a month ago with a friend (Thursday night). We both ordered Cosmopolitans and they were 90% alcohol and a drop of cranberry juice. We both sent the drinks back at least 2 times to be drinkable. They advertised happy hour with martinis (incl Cosmo's) but we were told when we ordered drinks at our table... More 

Thank kcm357
allentonian, Owner at Youell's Oyster House, responded to this review

Happy Hour, as advertised, is only available in bar area, not in the dining room. Our Shrimp Stuffed with Crabmeat has been a menu staple for generations. Although prepared with lump crabmeat, the crabmeat is blended with two types of cheese and butter. You will not find identifiable "lumps" of crabmeat due to the way it is mixed. Admittedly, it... More 

Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Excellent place. The service , the food , the drinks , the desserts and all priced very reasonable. I really enjoyed dining here , and we will be back whenever we want seafood. Everything was cooked properly and promptly.

Thank HappyAndFull
Macungie, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

What a delicious and fresh seafood dinner tonight. This place really rocks, the chef has upped his game to a new level, greeting Allentown with the must go to seafood spot. Wow is only a three letter word so you better shout it out loud after dining here. Our dinner on a Monday night rivaled any other meal we've enjoyed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 18 - USD 40
Steakhouse, Seafood, Soups
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
15:00 - 20:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2249 W Walnut St, Allentown, PA 18104-6313
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Allentown
  • Phone Number: +1 610-439-1203
Youell's Oyster House, one of the oldest continuously operating restaurants in America, was destroyed by fire January 22, 2013.Visit our beautiful new restaurant. Now open Sundays. Fresh Seafood and Steaks, Raw Bar, Varietal Oysters, Seafood Towers, Gastropub Fare. Full compliment of Craft Brews on draft. Generous wine, scotch, cognac and cocktail selection for the most discriminating imbiber Upscale, casual atmosphere for any and all occasions, including business and family gatherings, as well as private parties on our mezzanine level.

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