FairGrounds Hotel

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Family owned Seafood House in old converted Victorian era Hotel located on the Allentown FairGrounds. We pride ourselves as offering Fun And Fresh Seafood at an affordable Price and the BEST Lobster Rolls South of Maine!
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite lunch spot when in Allentown. It specializes in lobster & other seafood but has chicken, beef, & pork on the menu, too. We enjoy their "under $20" lunch specials.

This time, my husband had a lobster roll with melted butter, crispy fries & creamy NE clam chowder. I enjoyed a huge lobster salad with iceberg, tomatoes, carrots, red onions, cucumbers, avacadoes &, of course, chunks of lobster. The house made Green Goddess dressing topped it off.

Super meal. Loved everything.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I really enjoy coming to this old (remodeled) hotel. They have a varied menu with seafood specialties for under $20. I had piping hot NE clam chowder which was creamy & full of clams, potatoes, bacon. My garden salad with house made Green Goddess dressing was a refreshing side dish to my crab cake. My husband also had the chowder. He loves their hot lobster roll sandwich & he had fries as his side dish. Rice pudding or ice cream are offered for luncheon desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I often stop for lunch. Our favorite item is the lobster roll on a toasted hot dog roll with melted butter. There is a nice variety of soups & sides to accompany your sandwich. The staff is always friendly & helpful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place specializes in an under $20 lobster roll lunch. Your sides include soup or salad & fries. I enjoyed the salad with housemade Green Goddess salad dressing. My husband opted for piping hot lobster bisque. The lobster roll sandwiches were served on toasted hot dog buns with melted butter. Yum! Large portions of regular & sweet potato fries completed our meals.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, as always! Great service and prices! Best seafood in the Lehigh Valley!

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McUng
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Bar area was musty smelling.

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vipMicheleC
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Ok. This had now happened to me twice. (With the lobsters) I went there for an 8oz lobster tail. I like a bigger tail vs the small 4oz that some other restaurant give you. When the waitress brought it to me was 2 4oz tails. She said they ran out (same thing last time). Now what makes me mad is I really wanted the bigger tail (it does taste different). But you didn’t give me the choice and now the meal I didn’t order is in front of me. Of course I do t want them to throw it away what a waste of food. But I would of picked something different. My friend also got the same meal and what looked to be an 2oz tail and an 4oz tail. We were very disappointed. I also ordered the stuffed tomato. Ok I know that tomato’s are not in season but if it’s not looking good don’t serve it. I’m done being disappointed with fairgrounds hotel to many other great places to go to.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Closed because of the fair, but I could make a reservation and was not notified. No signs at the door either to let me know they were closed.

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ThomasZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife had the cod and I had a lobster dish. Both were very good. The waiter (Alex) I think, was very nice and checked on us but wasn’t annoying. Will go back.

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viparasheneg
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great experience! Kyle was awesome! It was a birthday and retirement celebration with 3 women, we enjoyed everything!
Oh and you get fried dough dessert with your lobster entree!
Bravo I would recommend this restaurant 🌞

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BigBen07
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Had the famous lobster roll. Hmmm!!

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FRANCESCAB
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome... the waiter was great considering it was our first time we had angreat experience... can wait to go back woth friends and family

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vipslyno70
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Server didn’t know how to use gift card for points. When open table was contacted they said the restaurant tried to use the cost of entire meal versus $25 like were told and shown on printed copy. We were not provided open table points even though we had reservations and were at establishment. Not going back anytime soon.

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DeeDee
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lobster roll is beyond delicious. And the lobster bisque was good Even though the side of mac and cheese was ot their best work I will gladly eat there again and highly recommend it to anybody

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Patty0278
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was the very best! The food was great too-and very reasonably priced. Wine left a bit to be desired, but overall great experience and we will return.

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63pany
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friends had recommended this restaurant but some said it was "overpriced for what you got". We did not find this to be the case. In fact, we had an excellent meal, drinks and appetizer for a very reasonable price. My only negative remark would be that they could have presented the steak a bit nicer than just by itself on a huge white plate. Sounds silly but that would have been nice. Our server was friendly and on the ball and the food was all good. We will be back.

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RandallS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

the food was great and the relaxed dinning area... oldschool charm

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE this place!! Our favorite is the lobster roll. Tried the homemade Green Goddess dressing on our salads. It is ecellent.

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EmilyF
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this on Groupon. We had such a great experience we have gone back several times. Great food, great service. We have been happy every time we go. The place is small so reservations are recommended. We go for casual dining and special occasions.

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JuneS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always pleasantly surprised. Good to reserve a table as we did. We had 3 very different entrees and they were all good. Ate in the bar room because of several large parties in the main dining area. Was more quiet and allowed private conversations.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great seafood at a good value.

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DaveS
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love the seafood . asked that the scallops be slightly charred. came out great. wife had the sea bass . very good. crab patties are also good.
best to make reservations.
their web site sometimes has $ off coupons.

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minnie
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and good food. Pickled beets are a delicious side to good seafood

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RitaG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy the FairGrounds Hotel, both for the food and the ambiance. It's a welcome relief from chain restaurants! It's also a good value for the quality of the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality ingredients in food service

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vipHackthefoodie
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lobster Rolls were very good....we were told about the Fairgrounds Hotel and didn’t know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised. Great value and a friendly atmosphere. Enjoy

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JackW
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT ALL AROUND !!!
AT THE TOP OF OUR DINING LIST
FOOD-EXCELLENT
SERVICE- EXCELLENT
ATMOSPHERE- EXCELLENT

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vipCosmo
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The seafood is very good. Everything else is mediocre. Good value.

JW
JackW
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood and atmosphere !!
Prices very reasonable !!
This is at the top of our go to list !!
You can go wrong !!
👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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jeand
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I purposely chose this restaurant because of the lobster rolls. When we ordered we found out that they were made with claw meat. We were very disappointed as we were both going to order that sandwich. We changed our minds and decided on the burgers. They were very good. Very satisfied.

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TerryK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Have eaten and done parties there frequesntly. Had a gift card and a coupon which I had called about during the day to see if I could use both and was assured I could. Until the bill came for a sorry

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CraigK
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food at a great price!!!
Will def be returning !!!

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DanH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food , price is good! Service was great and very pleasant . Love sitting outside and enjoying watching people go by . We would recommend it to anybody to try the Fairgrounds Hotel . We will be back soon !

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vipMicheleC
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience2

It was just ok. I ordered the 8oz lobster another with 2 other people at my table. I received a much smaller one, when the server came back I said something, she took my whole plate and brought back the same plate a few minutes later... saying can she just bring another one out. That came at almost the time everyone was done eating and it was much smaller than the one I received. You would think that when you screwed up and gave me one 4oz that you you would just give me a 8oz size that I ordered and just forget about the 4oz screw up. But whatever. The other guest that didn’t order the lobster dinner seafood combo was over done and rice was cold. Server was New or at least she appeared to be... should be trained better.

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vipJamPa
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seafood was very good. We had a nice corner table. Not sure what was making noise but it sounded like people were bowling above us. That was the only negative comment I could make. Its been years since we’ve eaten here. It won’t be years til we come back.

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JillS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall3food5service5ambience1

We took our 90 year old mother( with walker) per her request out for Mother's Day.
She likes to eat at the booths in the bar.
Unfortunately we were not alone, as there were very loud drunk folks ( regulars) at the bar. Even with her hearing aids they were extremely loud , and disturbed our visit.
Perhaps the bar tenders could keep aware if this..... also to get her inside was a feat due to the lack of a ramp or easy access.
The positive was that she loved the early bird special crab cakes and our server.
Jill and Todd Stull

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Gigi
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Atmosphere was not very quaint for an old hotel. It was bright and vinyl table cloths. The banging music from next door and the flashing lights made our date nite not so enjoyable. Prices were not cheap for the average food. Our server was very good however.
Would not recommend for a nice dinner.

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vipLayton
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Not at all crowded on a Friday night - can't imagine why. The food here was as good as always - the menu is kind of a throwback seafood (although they offer many other choices) I had my usual lobster roll with fries and coleslaw. It's excellent - really good New England style lobster roll with good crispy fries and really good coleslaw. With a draft IPA, it made for a nice Friday night dinner while watching sports on TV.

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DawnM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful, accommodating, sense of humor. Will request him next time. His name was Alex

FAQs

FairGrounds Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 433-7630.

FairGrounds Hotel is rated 4.2 stars by 88 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.