Youssef 242
Youssef 242

Youssef 242

  • 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 that 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Youssef 242 reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (37)great for outdoor dining (34)romantic (32)notable wine list (32)fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (26)good for groups (23)great for lunch (17)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (5)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The food & service was great. The wait staff are very friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Winner Every Time! Love the new menu
    242Fan
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Although I dine at 242 fairly regularly, this was the first time I've ever booked through Open Table. I was pleased with how simple and efficient the process was. We had a table for two today for lunch. We both had a hard time making a selection, but our server was friendly and helpful and made several recommendations. The soup of the day and the daily special both sounded good, but I ended up choosing the fish tacos, which I'd never had. They were very good, but also very different from any other restaurant's fish tacos. I enjoyed them immensely (especially after several of those warm cheddar biscuits and pepper jelly!) and all the ingredients were really fresh. The special cocktails our server shared sounded so tempting, but being lunch, I decided to pass. However, they were very unique flavor combinations and I definitely plan to go back with some girlfriends to try them! I marked "moderate" on noise level, but conversation was easy. I just didn't want to select the next down (Quiet) because the music playing was fun and not too loud. If you haven't tried 242 before, I highly recommend it. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, but still elegant and a great place to go with family, friends or clients. They seem to strive for excellence in customer service, food, presentation and overall experience. They've been doing some work in and around the restaurant lately. The gardens and dining room both feel very fresh and polished. If the weather cooperates, be sure to ask to eat in the garden or on the patio. Even on chilly days, the heaters and fire make it very comfortable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kitty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Calamari outstanding, however the main entrees were just OK. Too much sauce on the lamb shank, filet tender yet dryish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • high dollar
    bigredpirate
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    very good food but for the price, portion sizes are on the small size, be sure to order an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicole
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    This was our second time to Youseff 242 and it did not disappoint. Their fall menu had amazing options and it was difficult to choose. The coffee crusted pork tenderloin was amazing as well as the brussel sprouts and spinach salad. The beignets with blackberry sauce were a perfect finish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have gone to Youssef 242 for special occasions for years, so I hesitate to write this negative review. Unfortunately, our experience here last weekend was not up to par. The bartender, especially, was not good. We requested a certain drink and the server eventually came back to the table to say that the bartender was too busy to look up the drink so wouldn't make it. Then, we ordered four different cocktails, none of which were good. We should have stuck with wine, which is always great here. This evening featured a brand-new "fall" menu and the entrees were mediocre, as well, which was very unusual. On a good note: our server was great, and the calamari and tuna appetizers were delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    friend2friend
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Not being from Hickory, I had neither heard of nor been to Youssef 242 until I saw it listed as the number 2 restaurant in Hickory. I met a friend from Charlotte there for lunch and had a very pleasant experience. In fact, we decided that if the opportunity arose we would meet there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Far too good for Hickory!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Youssef's is the kind of place I expect to find in NYC, London or Paris. What an incredible place for a small town like Hickory, NC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hickory's finest
    Paisley
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I hadn't been to Youssef in years, but my boyfriend and I will definitely be back frequently now! Fantastic food, exceptionally good service, and just a wonderful experience. We were especially impressed that we were able to have a 3 course meal + the delicious free cheddar bread and jalapeno jam for about $40. We couldn't have done that at Applebee's, and Youssef is just lightyears beyond any place like that so far as taste, ambiance, service, and all other dining aspects. We were very impressed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Hickory
    outoftownerVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Love to come here when traveling through. staff is accommodating and knowledgeable, food is always standout, and the new touches to the decor give it a new ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    10sPro
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We always have a great experience at Youssef 242. The food, wine and service make it one of the best restaurants in Hickory.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Best food I have found in Hickory but very pricey! Seafood is delicious. Salads are creative. Good wine selections. I just hope it has staying power with the price points.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistently good
    wenevrmissameal
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Food and service is consistently outstanding. The pizzas are all great. Family recipe Chickenis a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome wine selection!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Yousefff is our go to resturant for all occasions! Consistently great food and an awesome wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern decor with eclectic menu.
    RGinTallyVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Very modern decor inside and on the outside patio. Very good food and service with eclectic menu. Good wine list at reasonable prices. Ample free self parking beside and behind the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Hickory
    Edmond
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food,great wine list and you'll love meeting all the staff they are great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a great surprise!
    HilaryC
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I recently dined at Youssef 242 for lunch after finding it in a simple search…we needed a place to stop on our way to the eastern part of the state. I was thrilled with the place! Our server was knowledgeable and friendly and well-trained. But the food was so elegantly prepared, so tasty, and such a terrific find! Frankly, I was shocked, but have already recommended it to friends and encouraged them to stop there. I will too, and just wish I could be in the area for a dinner meal. Our Parma and fig pizza was delicious, and our pastrami and Gruyere on ry with a fabulous edamame succotash was to-die-for! What a beautiful restaurant, and such an impressive wine selection. Next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat outside
    nocook4me
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The outside area is so nice - good for a special occasion. Menu is pricey. Not sure my $10 cake was worth $10.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Ambience
    review2u
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Inviting, relaxing décor. The video display in the main dining area is a visual treat. Food very good to excellent. Service pleasant, unobtrusive, friendly & competent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience.
    cmb1200
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at Youssef while we were in town visiting family. The outdoor dining area is lovely. The food is fresh and inventive, the wine list is extensive, and the service was lovely. One of the members of our party has strict dietary needs, and the chef was so kind to come to the table to discuss the produce he had available that would fit her needs, and he made an amazing entree for her. It was really a perfect dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great wine list
    MarkP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This was a great find in sleepy Hickory, NC! Their wine list and upscale menu was a real shocker. The service and ambience was something out of NYC. A must do!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Appetizers
    hermandree
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    242 is a go to place for special occasion dining - the food and service never let us down - I especially like the appetizers and think the calamari is the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edmond says
    Edmond
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great wine list,service is always excellent.The entire staff is the very best in Hickory.they can handle a group or a couple and you get great service either way
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 189 reviews are from the Youssef 242 reviews archive.
  • Best Place in Hickory, NC
    SteveP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My customers, colleagues and I had a great meal with great service. The special snapper was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Youseff 242
    Buck
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Wonderful food with excellent service! Saturday night dining outside was delightful! Great place to relax & unwind....especially nice for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but expensive
    firsttimer
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food is great but the price seems to be going up for entrees. $39 for an 8 oz filet is a little steep for this community.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieClaire
    FoodieClaireVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Youssef 242 is always a great experience. The food is top notch, the ambience can't be beat, and the service is on the spot. We always have a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best in Hickory
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Have stopped twice during furniture buying trips to North Carolina. Craft cocktails and food is fantastic. We had the Moroccan chicken both times. Falls off the bone and full of flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary dinner
    82much
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A sensory experience for the palet
    refined4dining
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK but overpriced
    Cindy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This restaurant didn't impress me much. The menu was overpriced for the location. If I am to pay $30 for an entree I don't expect to see the heat vents exposed in the ceiling. I ordered a vegetable plate and it looked like a child's meal. It may be the best restaurant in town, but then it's not a big city. The service was good, but we won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hickory gem
    KenP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The place to Dine!
    MaxCuttysark
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappounting -bad nite in kitchen?
    foodherVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wish I could eat here every week!
    Justkeepsgettingbetter
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    My husband and I have been a fan of Youssef's for years. It is our favorite go to spot for outdoor dining….nothing like sitting under the stars with a nice glass of wine and a great meal. Even on crisp nights it’s nice just to sit around the fireplace and relax. While the outside is very nice, the inside decor is just as welcoming and cozy. The servers are quite knowledgeable and you can tell have a great report with the customer. We can’t say enough about the cuisine; in fact think it is better than ever. To be honest, we have a hard time deciding what to get because it is all wonderful. You won’t be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish I would have gone before now!
    Brooklyn
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheWhis
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Always love Youssef 242! It is always a treat to dine here.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    Chris
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had heard that the beef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great restaurant...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.