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FairGrounds Hotel, Allentown, PA

FairGrounds Hotel

4.3
4.3
88 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 2:30pm - 8:00pm

  • Phone number

    (610) 433-7630

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Sam Sablich

  • Private party facilities

    Banquet Room available for all you private party needs. A great room for Luncheons, Anniversaries, Dinners, Graduations, Birthdays, small weddings, meetings, baby showers and more. Sit down meals, buffets, or cocktail parties with a variety of packages to fit almost any budget for up to 100 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Allentown

  • Parking details

    Plenty of FREE private parking for all.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 88 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 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.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, nice atmosphere!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 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.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 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.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, as always! Great service and prices! Best seafood in the Lehigh Valley!
  7. MU

    McUng

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Bar area was musty smelling.
  8. MC

    MicheleC

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    21 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.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  10. TZ

    ThomasZ

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  11. a

    arasheneg

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 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 🌞
  12. BB

    BigBen07

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food. Had the famous lobster roll. Hmmm!!
  13. FR

    FRANCESCAB

    1 review

    5.0

    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
  14. s

    slyno70

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    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.
  15. DD

    DeeDee

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 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
  16. P

    Patty0278

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 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.
  17. 6

    63pany

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 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.
  18. RS

    RandallS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    the food was great and the relaxed dinning area... oldschool charm
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 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.
  20. EF

    EmilyF

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  21. JS

    JuneS

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great seafood at a good value.
  23. DS

    DaveS

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  24. m

    minnie

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great service and good food. Pickled beets are a delicious side to good seafood
  25. RG

    RitaG

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quality ingredients in food service
  27. H

    Hackthefoodie

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    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
  28. JW

    JackW

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EXCELLENT ALL AROUND !!! AT THE TOP OF OUR DINING LIST FOOD-EXCELLENT SERVICE- EXCELLENT ATMOSPHERE- EXCELLENT
  29. C

    Cosmo

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The seafood is very good. Everything else is mediocre. Good value.
  30. JW

    JackW

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    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 !! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
  31. j

    jannd

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  32. TK

    TerryK

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    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
  33. CK

    CraigK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food at a great price!!! Will def be returning !!!
  34. DH

    DanH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    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 !
  35. MC

    MicheleC

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 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.
  36. JP

    JamPa

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 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.
  37. JS

    JillS

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    3.0

    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
  38. G

    Gigi

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    2.0

    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.
  39. L

    Layton

    Philadelphia

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 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.
  40. DM

    DawnM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    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 4.3 stars by 88 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Allentown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 2:30pm - 8:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plenty of FREE private parking for all.

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sam Sablich

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (610) 433-7630

  • Private party facilities

    Banquet Room available for all you private party needs. A great room for Luncheons, Anniversaries, Dinners, Graduations, Birthdays, small weddings, meetings, baby showers and more. Sit down meals, buffets, or cocktail parties with a variety of packages to fit almost any budget for up to 100 guests.

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