The Shelby

4.5
625 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
We are serving food we love to cook, and food we love to eat, and elevating each dish to a whole new experience by sourcing the best ingredients and carefully crafting each recipe. The result is something that’s delicious, irresistible and wholly satisfying. We’ve coupled our passion and commitment to quality and taste with our unique, fun and inviting dining room, bar and patio to create a refreshingly different experience, one that makes you feel like you are meant to be here. Because you are. We can't wait to show you!
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wait staff great. Waited 40 min for table despite having reservation. 😞

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My dinner was delicious, the service was excellent and our server extremely accommodating. It was a very pleasant experience except that the conversation from all the tables around us was very loud. As the restaurant emptied, the noise level became much more comfortable.

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SH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waitress, Taylor L, was one of the best we have ever had.

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N
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess was very friendly and welcoming! Our server, Andrew, was fantastic! He was also friendly and welcoming. His service was outstanding in every way. We love The Shelby and plan to return soon.
Thanks!

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P
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Shelby does a great job all the time. Sinead was very personable and helpful.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch menu; a little pricey for what it was but overall great experience!

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was perfect. We sat outside with a nice summer breeze which I was surprised more people did not do. The food was fresh and tasty. Will definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and delicious cocktails!

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JS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is very well decorated and the staff is overly nice and attentive. There is a large drink menu and an active bar scene. The food was very good, I recommend the spicy Thai chicken!

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RB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I had read that this restaurant served comfort food. This was far from the case. The menu was very eclectic. The homemade lemonade was the most disgusting thing I ever tasted. Who ever thought putting hot peppers in lemonade was off the mark. The worst part was that the waitress never commented that I didn't drink the lemonade that she recommended was so yummy that I just had to try it. An observant waitress would have noticed and offered to bring me something else. We found something to eat that wasn't too crazy and that was pretty good. The fact that my 13 year old son ate more of my fries than his pizza with the cheese neither of us ever heard of before tells me the pizza was not up to his usual standards.

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DD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mommy-daughter lunch!

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Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice meal - great portions - 2 of 4 could not finish their meal.

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LC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at The Shelby. I met a few friends for brunch and we can't wait to go back. It took us a long time to decide on our oder, because everything sounded so good. Our food was amazing, but that didn't stop us from eyeing up what everyone else got, and picking out what we will get next time.

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PW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and big servings. The waitress and manager were also wonderful

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LM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food quality and choice was excellent. Our daughter is a vegetarian, and there were many options for her as well. Service was smooth and flawless. We've been to the Shelby several times and have never been disappointed.

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P
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant dining experience. Server was very personable and helpful. Food came out soon after we placed our order (was a Friday evening, 6:30), and it was hot, hadn’t been sitting in the kitchen. Chicken Parmesan was delicious, as always; is my favorite dish. The pistachio cake (which I had had before, and it was very light in texture), seemed a bit dry. Other than that, the meal was delightful!

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TW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great adult Happy Hour scene. One of the best spots in the Lehigh Valley to have a few cocktails AND a great meal with family and friends.

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JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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SF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently delicious! This is one of our favorite Lehigh Valley restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All good really no issues.

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j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was extremely nice and helpful And now I’m filling space cause I need 50 characters.

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AO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always stop here when staying in the Allentown area. The cocktails are great, the food is wonderful, the service is the best, and the ambiance is lovely.

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TW
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks, albeit a bit pricy. Will go again, but only for special occasions.

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KA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, delicious food! I highly recommend the chicken parm

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SF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love their food, cocktails + the overall atmosphere!

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MG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christian and Clint and the whole team always do an awesome job. There are some newer servers but they only hire the friendliest and most helpful people so that's not a concern. My Mom needs gluten-free options and they were very knowledgeable on what modifications would happen to menu items. It was loud, but it was prime-time Friday night, so that's to be expected. Always a great time!

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

They took my wives go to... tuna tostada. 😞 didn’t fine a good substitute yet.... will keep trying or just bring it back better yet.

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LR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, decent food. My mother in law had some pretty undercooked rice in her dish, but I enjoyed my swordfish. Always good drinks here and a great bar.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

We sat at the bar - the bartender was slow, got orders wrong, was arrogant / really, this is Lehigh Valley not Soho House

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SK
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was excellent, friendly and attentive, and made some wonderful recommendations for beverages and meal selections.

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GT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is more than accommodating...always friendly and the food is always fresh and done well one of my favorite restaurants in the lehigh valley

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TA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious, we can’t wait to go back and try new dishes.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We are frequent diners at The Shelby and usually have great service, but this visit the service was very slow -- over an hour for brunch (a salad and chicken with waffles). Our waiter also never updated us during that entire hour or came over to see if we wanted more drinks.

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A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed it so much we may come back again tonight.

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t
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

server Brielle was excellent and worked hard to make sure we were happy...

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Wish the rice bowl was better

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AS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

We were seated at 2pm, our resv time, however 25 mins went by with no server stopping by. Several servers walked by and it was clear we hadn’t been waited on. It wasn’t until I said something that eventually a server came over to us. When our server did arrive she did not apologize for the over 30 minute wait at that point. When our food finally arrived the salad was missing half of what it was supposed to come with. To cap our lunch off we were then given the wrong check. We’ve been to the Shelby several times and I’d like to say this was a one time disappointment, unfortunately that isn’t the case. We’ve had poor service as many times now as we’ve had positive. At this point I might rethink going back. For a $75 dollar lunch I expect a certain level of service.

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LM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new menu!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food took FOREVER and the restaurant wasn’t even full. We waited almost 45 minutes for our apps and the entrees came out 20 minutes after we were finished with the apps.

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