Bolete Restaurant
Bolete Restaurant

Bolete Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boleterestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (610) 868-6505
  • 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bolete Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)special occasion (49)romantic (39)neighborhood gem (28)great for brunch (19)notable wine list (16)hot spot (13)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (5)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Absolute favorite!
    Kimberly
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    When we walk through the door, it immediately feels like home.... And a home I would love to visit daily!!!! The people there are warm and welcoming, gentle and seeking in every way to make your evening relaxed and most enjoyable. The food is an event every time- delicious and unique- personally the soup is always a favorite!!!!! Main courses are varied, highlighted with perfectly paired local finds. I would highly recommend a visit here, to savor every moment of the most perfect meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    Senior
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We are from out of town. We discovered Bolete in Nov. 2013 and it was great. We dined there again in Nov. 2014 and it was truly fantastic. The entrees were both different and prepared in an unusual way. This is just the right dining experience if you enjoy fine foods. Thanks to the owners and staff for a delightful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Splendid Dinig Experience
    johnf
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    From the time you enter Bolete until you leave you will have a 5 star experience. The service people are knowledgeable and available for every whim. Bolete is a true Pennsylvania gem and must be experienced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service!
    Christina
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Food quality and presentation were outstanding. Only drawback is portion size of entree. My husband ordered the bouillabaisse which had fabulous flavors but was more of an appetizer then an entree especially priced at $32. The server should alert us of portion sizes. Fabulous and genuine customer service. Over-all experience was a 10!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch was great!
    maurpaul
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Service was attentive, Brunch was wonderful, Lovely setting, interesting menu - Had Tuna Tartare appetizer special which was amazing. Followed by Eggs Chizmar and Lobster Roll - both scrumptious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific again!
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We went last year for my birthday and I wanted to go again this year. We were not disappointed. The cauliflower soup and fish and chips apps were amazing. Dinner was halibut and bouillabaise. Both were outstanding. We were so full that dessert was not possible. Oh, almost forgot the unbelievable home made rolls. Wow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific experienc , the meal of the year!
    gman
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My wife & I dined here recently while on a weekend getaway in Bethlehem, PA. Bolete was a fantastic experience; the oysters we had for appetizers were maybe the best I EVER had & my main course as well as my wife's were outstanding. Very friendly staff , just perfect; attentive,yet not intrusive & the owner came over personally to check on our meal. The pudding dessert, while sounding plain, was so much more than just pudding-incredible! Nice cozy atmosphere, I recommend it without hesitation & said it was my best/favorite meal of the year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a visit
    BulletBob
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    You would never expect to fine such a dinning gem like this in Bethlehem but here it is. Worth the trip. The special place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This was a gift from my daughter for my birthday. Honestly I would never come again. $42 for steak and it was tough! For that price it should have melted in my mouth! Our meal was NEVER worth the money and I thanked my daughter and told her to tell the person who recommended it that I thought it was the worst place I have had dinner at.......
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Menu
    Wooo
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Seasonal and unique finds on the menu. The duck hash I had was outstanding! Even the bread basket to start has some delicious treats to start you off right :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Live up to the hipe
    SkyPA
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our experience was rewarded. Not crazy about the décor but the food is superb (and I do not say that lightly). Truly worthy of James Beard recognition (or even a Michelin star)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch heaven
    GlobaleaterVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Beautiful old farm house, staff welcoming, warm and attentive. And the food did not disappoint. Everything we had was delicious, fresh with great attention to detail. We ate there for brunch with a fussy teenager and we all left happy and full. Will be back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SJMM
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Without a doubt, my favourite restaurant in the world (and I've lived everywhere from London to Caracas). The food is amazing, the drinks are amazing, the service is impeccable. Just the best. Literally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Dinner and Service
    jzucheroVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Bolete tries very hard to provide quality food and service---and they succeed to the fullest. I tried to make a reservation for a Friday or Saturday---no luck; eventually made one for a Thursday night. The restaurant was packed. But the service was attentive without being fussy. Our table (two couples) split two appetizers. The split portions were more than enough. Our dinners were excellent. While we're not huge eaters, the trend lately is to go with such small portions as to leave me feeling hungry. Not at Bolete---the portions aren't massive, but just right, like you yourself would cook on a Sunday night. Order anything with mushrooms and you won't be disappointed. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bolete a new special place favorite
    Laura
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We'd gone to Bolete a few years ago for a Sunday brunch and enjoyed the meal very much. When an opportunity for a special occasion with another couple came up, so did this restaurant's name. With lots of nods in tow, we visited the restaurant. It was incredibly busy for a mid-week night, but the service was wonderful. The food was excellent. From appetizers to desserts, everything was fresh, flavorful, seasonal, and the portion size appropriate. Thank you Bolete for an excellent night out. (We have a family occasion coming up soon, and you are on the top of the list!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary dining experience
    Looking4fun
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The chef prepared our meals with an exquisite balance of favors and perfect temperature. The service was attentive and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bolete is the best
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Took my wife here for her birthday again and was not disappointed. Food and service fantastic once again. We both had the same thing - Started out with the cauliflower soup, then the halibut for our entree. It was all perfect. We love this place. Thanks to Sara and the busboys for taking great care of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinning experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    One of the best experiences in the Lehigh Valley. Great food with nice portions and great combinations of flavors. Each plate from appetizers to main entree had just the the right amount of explosive flavors to please the palet. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    2bucks
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Went for the 2nd time Oct. 10th. We were incredibly pleased again. The food was beyond words and so fresh. The staff were professional like we have not seen in a long time, but also very friendly and helpful. We are grateful for the owners decision to offer us nice wines at 1/2 price during the week. A nice savings. It is the BEST restaurant in the valley. Thank you, thank you, Derek and Nancy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellence
    hungryVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Bolete is consistent, and so attentive to detail they have few competitors in that arena. And such a relaxed atmosphere combined with 5 star quality is also what sets them apart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Makarlan
    Makarlan
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Unusual preparation of eggs benedict. Brunch was outstanding. Best brunch ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in the Area
    dwong
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Over my time at Lehigh University I went to Bolete around 10 times because it was easily the best restaurant around. The ingredients are always fresh and the menu changes a bit every time based on what is in season. The wait staff is always great and the tasting menu is something you have to try at least once in your life. Just note the portions for the tasting menu are very generous so you may need bigger pants. This time around I went for brunch and took advantage of the great weather by sitting in their outdoor patio area. Food as always was great and even though I have already graduated, I wouldn't mind driving the hour from Philly to go back every now and then.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overrated
    chucko
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Was very disappointed. Presentation and quality was not worth the money. would not recommend to anyone and will not go back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is one restaurant that meets the reviews - outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch visit
    Kimberly
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Best bloody mary I have had in a while, very beefy a great sipper. Rhode Island Fluke Ceviche was amazing both freshness and texture- fyi don't share it it is too good. Entrees were good great, except the fried potatoes were kind of dry. Atmosphere and service is very civilized a rarity these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MyrtleVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Exceptional service, warm, helpful, not intrusive; food is earthy but nuanced
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic dining!
    4everglobalfoodie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My husband and I had dinner to celebrate our anniversary, from the moment we got there the service was excellent and the food was superb! The chips and dip was amazing, the surf and turf oysters were incredible and the steak was cooked to perfection. Our dessert was just the perfect ending to truly one of the best meals we've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Local Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The Food is always fresh, well prepared, and always changing. Great service! Will definitely come back. Love the Ghost of Mary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints!
    KimGVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. The menu is constantly changing, the ingredients are always the freshest and highest quality and the chef is brilliant in his execution. Great food combined with professional and friendly service makes this one of my favorite restaurants in the country, rivaling the best of great food cities like New York and San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    cejabee
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    From the incredible bread to the caramel treat with the check, everything was outstanding. Surf and Turf oysters, smoked trout, halibut, NY strip all fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Makarlan
    Makarlan
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We have dined at Bolete a number of times and have never been disappointed. The reason for the high noise level rating was because of a boisterous birthday party in progress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was delicious. It was a bit pricey, but this was a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful as usual
    AstiVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We decided to go to Bolete earlier in the day and were fortunate enough to get a reservation at 6 pm. The menu was varied and tempting, as usual. We always wish we could order more than one entrée! Service was perfect, again, as usual. This is our favorite restaurant in the Lehigh Valley. The cuisine is inspired and the service is excellent - a rare combination!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An amazing dining experience
    wendyloveschicago
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We spent a long evening enjoying the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing. The food was prepared separately for each of us...there were 4 of us... depending on our food preferences. The food was amazing, the service was perfect, and the evening was one that we'll never forget. Bolete is the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion. We enjoyed everything!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 113 reviews are from the Bolete Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.