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Youssef 242
Youssef 242

Youssef 242 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.youssef242.com
  • Phone: (828) 324-2005
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: please check www.youssef242.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: HWY 127
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Self park
A word from Youssef 242
Located in the beautiful foothills of Hickory, North Carolina, Youssef 242
is an upscale restaurant where you can experience the fine dining that our
quaint town has to offer in a relaxed and refreshingly casual setting.
Fresh, sensational flavors and exquisite wine pairings are yours to enjoy as
your palette is spoiled by our culinary team. There is simply no comparison to the array of dishes, the
extensive wine selection or the fabulous ambiance which Youssef 242 invites
you to savor. We offer a private dining room and seating for parties,
business meetings and special events (up to 35), as well as an inviting
outdoor patio with fountains, sculptures and beautifully manicured gardens.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Yousef 242 in Hickory, NC was THE place for a quiet, romantic dinner celebrating our anniversary. The waitress was attentive but not over-bearing. Food was excellent as was the extensive wine list. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Every course had something extra special for the taste buds. Salad could not have been fresher, meat tender, sauces excellent. The sorbet of blackberry and cabernet was outstanding even with a birthday candle!!!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Youssef. We were delighted in every respect. The food, from appetizer to dessert, was delicious. The hummus appetizer was super creamy and very flavorful. The duck breast entrée, as well as the scallop entrée, were cooked to perfection. The limoncello tiramisu, a special that night, made you want to lick the plate. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and efficient. The wine list is incredible. Cannot wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food is very well prepared and presented. The wait and bar staff are professional, sharp, and empowered (unusual in this area). Pricing is very fair. Ambience is very good for conversation. The outdoor eating area is designed to enhance the dining experience. Tables are both in the open and under a roof. There are electric and gas heaters and an enormous fireplace to keep things toasty in cooler weather. There is a group dining room that can seat about 45 people. Youssef's is obviously very well managed. On Friday evenings they have a live light jazz group on the outdoor patio. Beats anything between Asheville and Winston Salem."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I haved dined at this restaurant 2 or 3 other times and been very pleased but this visit was disappointing. Entrees were inconsistent. Of the 2 appetizers we ordered one was unavailable and the other overcooked. Hopefully it was just a bad nite for them"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Place was perfect for our group- they did exactly like i asked and put us in a back little area. Waitress was perfect- checked on us enough but not too much- food came out at the perfect times- fun but not too nosey- perfect. Place was well decorated. Food was great and awesome presentation! Will go back real soon!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Always love Youssef 242! It is always a treat to dine here."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We visit the restaurant a couple of times each month because the food is always outstanding, as is the service and everything else. It is by far the best place in the area - that is why we keep coming back!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I'm shocked this is located in Hickory! I've been here multiple times and have yet to be disappointed. To have had the Caymus family come host a wine dinner at this little place in Hickory speaks to the quality of the wine offerings. The servers are very knowledgeable of both the food & the wine. The excellence is in the details, down to the pepper jelly they serve with their bread. The patio is gorgeous and reminds me of some of the outdoor dining spaces in Napa Valley. Well worth a drive from surrounding areas."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "I had heard that the beef and scallops were outstanding, but three of us ended up ordering the Bison Flank steak because Bison is not easy to find in a restaurant. However, this bison missed the mark. It had an okay taste with the wine sauce but otherwise it was tough and even a little on the dry side. It no doubt was the type of cut so that could be my fault for ordering it and having expectations that were greater than what could be delivered. The fourth person ordered the scallops and they said they were excellent. The calamari appetizer was excellent and the salads were also outstanding. Next time I would stick with the beef or scallops. I simply ordered the wrong entrée."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our waiter was WONDERFUL. We all enjoyed ourselves. The patio is a very happy and great place to have lunch or diner. Loved it. Will be BACK."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Youssef next disappoints! We took my mother here for an early dinner and selected lighter fare for dinner. The food was delicious as usual! We definitely recommend this restaurant and we will be returning again very soon!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We ate outside and it was very nice. Food was very good and there are many choices. Our service was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Always have a great experience when dinning with Youssef. I have been going there for years and have never been disappointed. Service and food are always excellent."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "...just short of great. With the exception of the excellent mac and cheese, the sides were fair. The NY strip, though cooked properly, simply was not flavorful at all, and that means something when it's 35 bucks. Good desserts, great drinks. Great wine list, but we all know the markup schemes by now, and these prices were at the high extreme [I have a 15 dollar bottle at home that was 42 there]. I have read negative comments about service, but our server [a petite short-haired brunette female] was very efficient and nice. High marks for the ambiance, with the exception of the godawful horse and hare painting just inside the front entrance. Overall, a good option for a special evening, one of Hickory's best."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We come every year when we hit the century furniture sale. This year was very nice with the addition of prompt seating at the time of our reservation and very friendly and attentive service. The food was delicious- we had beet and arugula salads, the moroccan chicken and shrimp and grits. All executed well. My husband was impressed- I tried to tell him how good it was but he didnt really appreciate it till he tried it. Definitely one of the best places to eat in Hickory."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience! While I still think the entrees are rather pricey for Hickory, NC but at least the food was quite good. We enjoyed a beet salad. I enjoyed the tuna special and my mom enjoyed the shrimp and grits. My glass of wine was good and reasonably priced. I love the space and the service was quite good. I frequent restaurants in ?Charleston, SC and Asheville, NC - both notes for exceptional dining. Youssef's could hold its own in one of those venues!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "It was too pricey compared to the quantity. My burgers were awfully small. The calamari and creme brûlée left you wanting more."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food just as good as any top big city restaurant priced to its value. Nice service. The best wine selection."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The restaurant meet our expectations, however, the server was not as attentive as I felt he should be working in an upscale Steak House myself. Futhermore, we waited approx. 45 minutes for our food, he told us we had large parties in front of us was the reason for the delay, but my husband's steak was cold when he got it served, however, we did not say anything due to the wait. I would say nothing but good things about your restaurant if asked, if for the price you pay, the food should be hot and the service superior! Thank You"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Took my wife here for Valentines Day after seeing it featured on NC Weekend. We are happy we went and will go back. Food was great albeit a tad pricy. Ambiance was amazing, great place for that special occasion."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Been dining here for a few years and love the food and everything about this place, but the choices have been the same for quite some time. A few new items on the menu would not hurt any as tired of seeing the same options each time we attend. But what they do have is just fine. Just like a little change is all."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant and has been for a number of years. The complete dining experience is always special, consistent and fun. Food is always wonderful."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Was very nice for business dinner. Quieter for a Friday night. No complaints."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Was introduced to the restaurant via NC Weekend on PBS. Felt it lived up to our expectations."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service with a great ambience. We will definitely think of Youssef 242 for our next special occasion."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Wonderful evening - food was excellent and service impeccable ! Will go back when in the area!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "With prices in the thirties-forties, this isn't a place for weekly visits for most folks. Still, for special occasions, this is a great place. The food and the service were excellent. Due to the layout and the hard surfaces that can bounce sound, it will be less than quiet if there's a lively group elsewhere (not necessarily near you) in the dining room. Their lunch menu used to be reasonably priced for more frequent mid-day meals, but I haven't looked at that menu in quite a while so I don't know if that still holds true."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our food and drinks from the bar. Food was great!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Hostess greeted us, waitress quickly came to table, told us today's specials and gave us time to look at menu. Hummas was presented with olives, grape tomatoes-very pretty. Bean burger excellent, moist, with good flavor. Chicken Salad was mixed with the right portions of meat and other ingredients. Fruit as side dish was fresh, and colorful. Excellent place to meet a friend I hadn't seen in years. The place and food was perfect for a long time reunion."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Love the menu and food preparation, enjoy the excellent service and appreciate the ambiance every time I go. There is no other dining experience in Hickory comparable to Youssef 242! Whether you are dining alone or with a group it will always exceed your expectations."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Had excellent service, reasonable prices for the atmosphere/ambience"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We had our annual Christmas lunch here for a group of five and had a wonderful time. It is a special place and felt just right for the holiday season. Food was excellent and the waitstaff was very accommodating and attentive. This was the 2nd Christmas that we have gathered here and would definitely come back again!"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Above a 5-star rating. Food selection/variety is excellent. Service is top-notch. Don't miss the desserts, especially the pineapple upside down cake. Nothing like you have had before. Youssef 242 is a great place for both lunch and dinner!"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "We where traveling to N.C. From Ohio for a land sale. The 16th was my birthday so we made a reservation on open table, we noted that we where celebrating my birthday in the reservation. Everything was fine except our waitress was dealing with a table of 10 or 11 that seemed very demanding. She would stop by on the way to the other table and then we would not see her for quote some time. She stopped by and said she would bring us there special bread and spread, it never came until we asked the hostess and then it came at the same time as the entrees. When she came to give us a desert menu my girlfriend mentioned it was my B -day, the waitress bought back a little glitter and spread it on the table, and told us that is what they do for Bday."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I made my reservation with Open Table. However, I had to make a special request and last minute changes, so I called the retaurant directly. The staff was very helpful and accomodating. I had to add to the number of people coming 2 hours prior to the reservation time and they were able to be flexible. Our waitress Jennifer was the best! I've dined there with girlfriends 9 months ago and she remembered me! She made sure we had all we needed at all times. the food was excellent from appetizers to our drinks. Of course, Youssef is always gracious and came to talk to us. Overall a very pleasant and fun evening."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "While traveling through Hickory and staying overnight, we picked Youssef 242, based on the reviews and ranking on TripAdvisor. We were expecting a Mediterranean-influenced restaurant, and this is not what the menu is. The atmosphere is very trendy and the food screams farm-to-table. Regarding the name of the restaurant—the source of our misconception—our waitress revealed that it was in honor of the prior owner, who was running more of a café than a restaurant. Regardless, we enjoyed the food that we got and were glad that we came to that restaurant."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "This was my wife's and my 15th Wedding Anniversary dinner. I requested a private booth. We sat in a booth but there was a 50th Birthday celebration at the table next to us which was somewhat loud and interruptive. Food was very good except for the sauce which came with the bread. I was too hot - jalapenos - and brought tears to my eyes. Wait Staff should inform patrons of this as it is brought to the table. Overall, the food preparation and taste was very good and enjoyable."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "One of two restaurants recommended in Hickory area, and it did not disappoint. Excellent ambiance and food. The famous Morrocan Chicken was excellent as advertised. Hummus plate appetizer was also very good. Good service. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Excellent food - superb service - great ambience - enticing menu - a little pricey"
    Dined on 10/31/2013