Voted “Best Seafood Restaurant”
Browse through reviews from the most notable local newspapers and magazines in the Lehigh Valley area, and see why everyone is talking about Youell’s Oyster House the best seafood restaurant. We are proud to serve the freshest and most delectable seafood dishes to customers from the area and beyond, and we hope that you’ll join us for an unforgettable meal.
But don’t just take our word on it, hear straight from our customers in Emmaus, Northampton, Whitehall, and Nazareth PA about why we are in fact the “Best Seafood Restaurant” in the Lehigh Valley.
This is an amazing place. When there for the first time for my Birthday and was highly Impressed. Great food, Great background music, Great and helpful staff. I can't wait to get back to there soon!
Very good experience. Just had dinner and the food was very good. The crab legs were very salty but everything else was excellent. Very expensive but it is a nice restaurant. Will go back in the future.
This was our first time at Youell's. The food was delicious and the wait staff was awesome! Shout out to Josh. He was professional, courteous and patient. More importantly, he knew the menu and made great recommendations. From entrance to exit, you will feel welcomed and valued as a customer. If you are looking for a place that has a neighborhood feel (but 5 star quality seafood and service), I would highly recommend you take the detour off the highway and experience dining as it is meant to be. You guys made our night! Thanks.
I am an oyster lover. Seattle, New Orleans, Chesapeake. I know what I'm looking for in a great oyster house. Youell's has the greatness. It is way at the top of the hills in Allentown, but well worth the trip. Our waiter Josh was charming, knowledgeable and as peaceful as a mountain-top guru. Clams, mussels, divine oysters, and three Lobster tails. Cost a few clams, but worth the price of a couple movie tickets. Make the trip up the hill!
Food was very good. Waiter was slow, but funny. Parking was on street, could be an issue. Ambiance was nice. Nice, special occasion place.
Food was excellent. Service was so quick, it was great! Very clean. Manager came over to ask how our meal was. Server was very attentive. We'll definitely be back.
Celebrated my daughter's 31st birthday last evening with another great meal at Youell's. We started with Lobster Bisque, which we both said is the best we've had, and ended by sharing a piece of Blueberry Carrot Cake, that was delicious , as were both our entrees. Our server Frank was also very attentive and added to the great time, thank you again.
This is a LONGTIME Valley favorite. Great seafood served many many ways. Seafood combinations are delectable. Being going here since they were in Easton. So say 30 yrs.
Both the quality of the food and the choices are phenomenal as is the service! We are one and a half hours away and always feel like the ride is worth it.
We just had a family birthday dinner celebration and I can't say enough great things about this place. We had reservations and when we arrived the table was ready. The waiter was attentive and cordial. The meals were amazing. Would give 10 stars if I could!!
We live in the neighborhood and went for Valentines eve, we were seated right away at our reservation time, the service was polite and attentive, and the food was delicious from appetizer to desert. Every time we eat here we are never disappointed!!!
This is the best seafood place around. Everything is so fresh and delicious. They never give you a bad experience here. Their steaks, lobsters, and crabs are amazing. I can come here everyday and eat. Best place to go.
Absolutely wonderful dinner! Ashley, our server, was delightful. Very pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu, and very efficient. The food was amazing! My husband ordered the tuna tartare, and I had the half-dozen oysters. For dinner I had the San Francisco Cioppino, and my husband had the broiled Seafood combo. Everything was very fresh and absolutely delicious! My Riesling was perfect, and my husband tried BOTH kinds of Bloody Mary's! The atmosphere is nice, you're not sitting too close to the other tables. Will definitely come again!
Valley natives will have taken note that this essay has not included a visit to Youell’s, that long-term favorite…The reason is simple. If you’ve lived in the Lehigh Valley, are interested in seafood at all, and haven’t yet visited Youell’s to form your own opinion, I can’t help you.
Lehigh Valley Style
Youell’s is famous for one decadent side – the Chantilly potato…The fluffy, twice-baked dish somehow reels the taster into eating the entire plate. My husband, who ordered a very creamy, rich crab imperial, said, “the potatoes are almost as good as the crab and I usually don’t even touch the potatoes."
In an effort to understand Christian’s purist ideals, I ordered the jumbo lump crab meat heated with brown butter. I could swear that this meat was pulled out of the bay that morning.
The Allentown Times
Every city should be so lucky to have a neighborhood seafood restaurant like Youell’s Oyster House…Their soft shell crabs are to die for…just go when soft shells are in season. Maryland jumbo lump crabmeat dishes, clams, oysters, it’s all good. Full bar and early bird specials.
Lehigh Valley Metromix
My companion’s Maryland crab cake, ordered based upon my recommendation from a previous visit, was just as I remembered. The mountain of 1/3 pound of jumbo lump Eastern Shore Maryland crabmeat, browned at its peak from broiling, fell apart at first bite because there was no filler to hold it together. In combination with the roasted red pepper cream sauce in which it was served, this entrée was a standout.
The Morning Call
The not-to-be-missed appetizer, however, is the best lobster bisque I have ever tasted…this is a special entry in my book of taste memories.
The Morning Call Food Editor