Youssef 242
Youssef 242

Youssef 242

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.youssef242.com/
  • Phone: 8283242005
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Youssef 242 reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (27)notable wine list (23)great for outdoor dining (21)romantic (19)fit for foodies (15)neighborhood gem (15)great for lunch (12)good for groups (11)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
  • 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
    FoodieClaire
    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
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 179 reviews are from the Youssef 242 reviews archive.
  • 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 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.
  • We ate outside and it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We ate outside and it was very nice. Food was very good and there are many choices. Our service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as usual!
    Pamcakes82VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, but...
    chris
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    ...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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful
    Homie
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still hungry
    Fontaine
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a wonderful experience!
    Foodie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The very best in North Carolina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Food just as good as any top big city restaurant priced to its value. Nice service. The best wine selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Expererience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • V-Day Surprise
    AV8R
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, but needs to update
    Wallpa
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite
    Themick
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was very nice for business
    Brookie0907
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Was very nice for business dinner. Quieter for a Friday night. No complaints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    Nicole
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was introduced to the restaurant
    Exceptionalfoodlovers
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Was introduced to the restaurant via NC Weekend on PBS. Felt it lived up to our expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.