Bolete Restaurant
Bolete Restaurant

Bolete Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boleterestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6108686505x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Lee Chizmar
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E Emmaus Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bolete Restaurant
At Bolete we believe the integrity of our ingredients defines the food. Everything is handcrafted in house. Chef Chizmar changes both the dining room and tavern menus daily to bring you the best of what is available.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Bolete Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (48)special occasion (40)romantic (32)neighborhood gem (18)great for brunch (14)notable wine list (10)great for outdoor dining (6)hot spot (5)good for groups (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Brunch menu is varied
    KimC
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We ate brunch at Bolete for the first time! The menu was unique. My duck hash was delicious. The assorted breads that were brought to the table were unique; the bacon/cheese/roast onion scone was fantastic! The pancakes were a disappointment. They were like giant, cakey cookies with a few chopped peaches on top. They were very unusual in their consistency, and three people who tried them all agreed we'd never order them again. The burger was delicious and piled so high with all the toppings that it was impossible to eat without using a knife and fork. Unfortunately for us, there were people nearby having an excessively loud conversation. That is something we know can't be helped, but it certainly impacted the enjoyment of our meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fab food
    hmw128
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Love eating here, never disappointed with the new menu updates. Tuna tartare is always amazing! Waited a bit for each course, but was totally worth the wait. Drinks unique & delicious. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but pricey
    lauraxo
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Review says it all foods good but way to expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place!
    Akr1
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderful!! The food was excellent. I would go back for the tomato mozzarella appetizer alone. The fish was seared perfectly. And the dessert was out of this world.....chocolate mousse accompanied by sorbet, chopped pears, and a pistachio/hazelnut crumble. Definitely one of the best restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular tasting menu
    FatherofFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Had been trying to get to Bolete for a while, but living 1.5 hours away, it had been hard to find the time. We went for a special occasion with our two adult children to celebrate our 30th anniversary and decided to do tasting menu and wine pairing and it was spectacular, rivaling Vetri and Fond in Philadelphia. Service was friendly and top notch. It was every bit as good as all the reviews said it was and did not disappoint in any category. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    DGXK
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We look forward to dining at Bolete. Truly one of the best in the Valley. If you're looking for a place to impress with dinner or Sunday brunch, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    MB22
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband an I selected Bolete to celebrate our wedding anniversary based on reviews we read about the restaurant. We could not have selected a better place! When we pulled up to the lot, we actually wondered if we were in the right place based on the neighborhood. Once we walked inside, we felt welcome and cozy. I was so impressed with the level of attentiveness and service. There seemed to be one member of the wait staff per table! The menu changes daily. The choices for our night were amazing. Fish cooked perfectly. Salads fresh. We passed on dessert as we were so full but the chef sent us out a "taste" of the butterscotch pudding and it was delightful. We will definitely return when we are back in Bethlehem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PERFECT AGAIN
    LizzbVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The restaurant is in a charming 18th century house with a sparse and quirky(in the best way) interior. The atmosphere is elegant with patrons dressing in anything from tailored shorts to cocktail dresses. But the best thing about Bolete is the FOOD! We are NYC residents and travel all over the US often guided by our appetite for great food. Bolete is one of our favorite restaurants ever. Oysters with beef Carpaccio, tuna/watermelon tartar, smoked pork chops that my husband said were the best he had ever eaten. Of course the butterscotch pudding is fabulous but the Buckwheat Angle food cake with blueberry ice cream was light and heavenly. Service was spot on. I really cant say enough about how consistently wonderful this place is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently the best!
    MsJane
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    A wonderful dining experience - good food, fabulously prepared. Very attentive waitstaff, but be prepared to wait! It's a dining experience, not just dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gourmet gem
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Bolete has elegant food and the service was very attentive. A pricey venue but worth every penny. Plan on taking your time to dine. Beet soup was marvelous, as well as the pan seared halibut and the duck was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • psugrad01
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great food, service and overall experience, as usual!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic brunch
    hmw128
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Food was great, drinks were fantastic, took some time but worth the wait. Love it here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met a friend for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Bolete is a gem, and the food and service was wonderful. I have dined here several times and it is always a pleasure. Our enjoyment was slightly marred by two large tables, each containing loud people who didn't understand the concept of 6" voices. They were obviously enjoying themselves, though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Chef's Tasting Menu, Awesome!
    bluealderfer
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We have been to Bolete numerous times. The rolls are worth the trip alone! this time we tried the five course tasting menu, and when it was all said and done we probably had the equivalent of 8 meals. Everything was just fresh and wonderful. We will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Bolete
    wineanddine
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My wife and I are foodies and I am in the wine & liquor business. We loved this restaurant. We sat at a table in the bar which was very quiet, relaxing and romantic. Service was excellent, friendly, informative and not intrusive. We sat for hours and never felt rushed or imposed upon but all of our needs were met. We did the chefs' tasting menu with wine and it was great although perhaps a wee bit too much food. Next time, and I hope there be will one, I would order a regular 3 course meal and bottle of wine. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Well worth the drive! Food and service were amazing! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite lehigh valley spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Drinks are fabulous, the food is always delicious, wine list is yummy! I love the burger with house cured bacon, and you must try the butterscotch pudding.. Must!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High traffic bar area
    Kate
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Made reservations for dinner but was seated in the bar, on a Tuesday night, which was a rowdy, high traffic scene. Service was delightful, nonetheless. Each dish, to borrow their cliched question, "we enjoyed" was perfection. Will request dining room next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I've been wanting to go to Bolete for years and finally made reservations. I had wanted to try the chef's tasting menu, and did not know it wasn't available on weekends, so that was a disappointment. Due to how busy it got, I understand, though. The noise level when we first got there was fine, however within a half hour, the place filled to capacity and I was amazed at how loud it got just from the people in the room talking. That was the only downfall. The service was impeccable. We were never left without water, and someone from the waitstaff appeared exactly when necessary. It was almost uncanny. The food was delicious, and presented beautifully. Salmon was perfect and butterscotch pudding...yum.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Food quality, preparation, presentation, and selection is excellent. Emphasis of restuarant to purchase ingredients from local farms is reflective in the freshness and quality of the meal. Chef cooks to order which is divine for the palette but takes forever to be served. The service people were attentive but the interval between our appetizer and entre took at least 50 minutes considering this was a weekday and perhaps only at 50% capacity. We were seated at 6:20 and departed at 9:45. Ambience could use more greenery/flowers and a bit brighter lighting. Large center table that seats 6 has chairs totally out of character with the other tables. Catches one eye immediately.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Huge disappoinment
    Innovative
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    After seeing nothing but 4 plus stars, i really wonder. First time OpenTable let me down. The desert was typical of the whole meal. Only one offering, butterscotch pudding that the server claimed very special. Only special was the $10 price for something that was presented and tasted exactly as a high school cafeteria desert. My Poached eggs were hard boiled in an otherwise tastless fried oyster egg chizmar. The soup we had was the same. Wines quite good, served cool not cold as I prefer. My wifes scrambled eggs quite good. Tables promptly reset.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This time we went to Bolete for brunch. You will not be disappointed! Had yellowfin sashimi with a grapefruit miso broth and beautiful veg, green garlic soup, and poached eggs with duck confit hash for me, oysters for my husband. All divine! Nice choices for beverages, "adult" or otherwise spritzers or flavored lemonades.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third Time, still a charm!
    Griff
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Third time here, very good, very consistent. Great staff, fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent night out
    hmw128
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    the drinks, the food, the popcorn at the bar - everything was delicious, perfectly prepared and the staff was fantastic. Immediately at the top of our list of favorite restaurants, will be back soon to try brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The only true dining in the LV
    DineTheWorldVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Causal elegance describes the ambiance & service...innovative & incredible describes the food...I travel the world for my work and have privilege of dining at the best it has to offer... When I'm home, Bolete is the only place I truly enjoy dining out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    emip91
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We dined here for a birthday dinner and it was great. There was only 2 of us and we were seated at a 4 person round table so we felt a little distant, but all the tables were for parties of 4 or more. We even received a complimentary dessert for my boyfriends birthday, and I did not even ask, the waitress brought it on her own volition! Only complaint was that because we were seated so far apart, as was everyone else, we could hear other peoples conversations. Other than that, amazing food, top notch service - I would recommend to anyone
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect!
    AstiVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This is our favorite Lehigh Valley restaurant! The chef is inspired in his creativity in food combinations as well as presentation. I have an allergy which results in my not being able to eat many things on most restaurant menus but everything at Bolete is made to order and my allergy never seems to be a problem, which is another reason why I love it there! Plus, service is always friendly and consistently good! Thanks Bolete! We will be back next week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great place!
    Jason
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went here without knowing much about the restaurant. It is amazing. The food was seasoned precisely right, was cooked precisely right and tasted amazing (we had the steak tartar, foie gras, NY Strip, and the Duck Breast). The service was professional, yet friendly, and the restaurant itself is very nicely decorated. Oh, and the wine list is great, as is the beer list, and the butterscotch pudding is DELICIOUS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A find
    StoliTonicLemon
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Tasty appetizers and entrees that you don't see every day, pick any thing off the menu, you'll love it. If you are not that adventurous, the meatloaf sandwich is a personal favorite. Specialty cocktails have like 10 ingredients in each and take time to make but are well worth it. Don't leave the place without having the butterscotch pudding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME!!!
    Teddybear
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    This was not my visit to Bolete but it was for the other couple with us. We were adventurous and tried the chef's tasting and it was absolutely wonderful. We had no clue what we'd be getting but we did advise the waitress of items that we did not want to try, everything we received was excellent and probably items we would not have picked ourselves. Well worth it and would recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Really nice place. We happened to get there early and they had a great prix fixe deal for the first hour I believe (til 6?)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Meal, Bad Company
    Bdelicious
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I went to Bolete for Sunday Brunch with my mom and dad. We were greeted then seated in the dining room to the right. Everything was great until you noticed the other clientele. They were all Lehigh students splurging for brunch on mommy and daddy's dime. Normally, I wouldn't care but people from the "ME" generation only think about themselves. They were loud and their conversations were annoying. Other than that, the food was exceptional! I had the liberty gardens salad with blueberry vinaigrette for a starter and then Maine lobster roll for my main course. Our waitress was very pleasant and did not rush us. The only food complaint is that the only dessert they had was butterscotch pudding. Very disappointing as I have a major sweet tooth!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 86 reviews are from the Bolete Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Compares to the Best Country French
    EdBellyReport
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Each time I visit Bolete I end up in Foodie Heaven. The seasonal dinner selections utilizing local fare are unique & wonderful. I recommend keeping one of the daily printed menus wih you as you dine to identify all the ingredients delivering such flavorful dishes. I'm always surprised at what Chef Chizmar combines to intoxicate my taste buds. My opinion is only a great chef can pull this off. I have dined here 6 or 7 times in the last 18 months & still crave another visit. From drinks to dessert you will be excited. I look forward to my next dining opportunity at Bolete.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent little find
    MikeB
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Little old farm house/inn conversion small seating area but excellent food offerings. It is our new favorite for the area by far. The cocktails & wine were diverse enough to suit everyone's palate. I love duck and the liver appetizer and main course were awesome. They offer a multi course chef's choice which we plan to do next time after we starve ourselves sufficiently since the portions were also a good size. I would whole heartedly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Mushroom is King!
    gdfoodVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Bolete (mushroom) was a terrific find for my wife and I as we kicked off Easter Weekend. In a word this restaurant is FANTASTIC! Outstanding food selection (mushroom ingredients galore), some of the friendliest staff I have encountered anywhere ( of course it is in PA), a really Fun Bar with (only 7 seats) with Steven at the helm, interesting history to the building, and great atmosphere for couples and groups of diners. We give Bolete Restaurant - 2 Thumbs Up each !
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food was excellent as was the cocktail I had, once I received it. We arrived about 15 minutes prior to our reservation to get a drink at the bar - despite being handed a menu as soon as we walked over the bar, the bartended never came back to take our order. I will say this, he was working hard - not like he was just sitting around. But as the drinks are a bit labor intensive, they take time - perhaps another bartender is needed. Even when we sat at our table and ordered our drinks, it was another 15 minutes before the drink arrived...too long overall to wait for a cocktail - despite how delicious it was. The food was great, met my expectations - which were set pretty high based on Bolete's reputation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time at Bolete
    rc0467
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The wait for seating and for our meals were both a little long but the food was delicious and worth the wait. Best meal I've had in the area in a long time. The buter scotch pudding lived up expectations, awesome! Looking forward to returning soon. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Marc
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    A local gem that exceeds most big city restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Lehigh Valley
    AstiVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We celebrated a birthday on 4/10 and the food was fantastic- the flavors in each bit were unique and blended perfectly with the snapper. Service was also excellent as usual! This is our favorite restaurant in the valley!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bolete Never Disappoints
    TPallotti
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I've been to Bolete for both brunch and dinner and I have never been disappointed with any aspect of this 18th century carriage house turned fine dining establishment. The service is first class and the farm to table menu changes daily, but always lives up to my high expectations. If you haven't been, you should go, and if you have, go again. This is by far my favorite restaurant in the Lehigh Valley and I recommend it to anyone interested in a great meal at a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate