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
63 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (53)special occasion (43)romantic (34)neighborhood gem (18)great for brunch (15)notable wine list (9)great for outdoor dining (8)hot spot (4)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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
  • 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
  • Excellent Food & Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This was an amazing experience, from the hostess, to the food, service to the dessert and kona coffee! The food was out of this world and made to order, which is impressive. AMAZING! MUST VISIT
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect as always!
    GregC
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I dined at Bolete the other night with two business colleagues. They were from out of town and I promised them a fantastic dining experience - the Bolete crew delivered yet again! By far the best cuisine, service and atmosphere in the Lehigh Valley. On par with the most notable restaurants in Philadelphia (my out-of-town dinner guests came not believing me, they left expressing this to me!). If you are lucky enough to dine here I always recommend whatever soup is on the menu (even if you don't ordinarily care for the ingredients - they somehow make it delicious). Also be sure to try a cocktail from the menu, there isn't a bad one on there (LV Lemonade is a must try especially in the warm months). Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, ? more servers needed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Although the food is undeniably wonderful at Bolete, our server was so busy that food seemed to come out later than it should have, obvious because the soup and tea were lukewarm and the salad a little soggy. I don't mind a casual, leisurely brunch, but at those prices, everything should be as close to perfect as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best brunch ever!
    Sharon
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Had the Eggs Chizmar. Others had the Duck Confit Hash. Everything about it was perfect and different from your usual brunch fare. Potatoes were crisp, onions actually carmelized, bisquit light as a feather, mushrooms were browned, guanciale crisped and flavorful, and the oyster fresh and tasty. A variety of fresh-baked and wonderful bakery items to nibble on while waiting. Fresh juices and non-alcoholic options as well as specialty bellinis and cocktails. Wonderful service. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great people
    LVOgre
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My wife and I have been to Bolete 6 or 7 times now and it never disappoints. The food is fantastic and the service has always been great. This trip in we had the raw oysters & GA fried shrimp with grits for the appetizers and for our main course I had the duck and my wife had the rabbit. Desert is a must and I had the panna cotta & my wife got the deep friend french toast with bacon maple ice cream. We shared everything and it was all perfect. Can't wait to come back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I have been looking for great food, creative great food in PA, I'm happy I found this place!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Handcrafted Food
    MuadDieb
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This is the kind of place you bring visitors to so that they can be jealous of you being so close to it. In a world with lots of me too places, Bolete stands out. From your greeting to the last bite it was a pleasure. Literally from the first sip of your drink to the amazing rolls, to desert you are just smiling from ear to ear. A great special occasion destination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations again
    HSMITH
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We couldn't wait to get back to Bolete and once again, it was outstanding. We feel so welcomed there. The service from start to finish was great--efficient, not interrupting, and they make great recommendations. We had tuna tartare and smoked trout for appetizers--both were presented beautifully and delicious. My main was a halibut dish that was unbelievably good and my husband enjoyed duck that was wonderful. We shared the goat cheese cheesecake for dessert that almost caused us to pick up the plate and lick it clean. Even their coffee is wonderful. We've gone both times because we've been in the area for an event and have decided that a visit to Bolete no longer requires an event--we'll make the trip just to dine there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There was a considerable delay
    Insider2010
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    There was a considerable delay before the food was served, however we were given a complimentary and expensive dish as compensation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We would definitely come back!
    ADKluver
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    My husband and I came to the area for a little getaway from the Philadelphia area. This food ranks up there with some of the best we've had in the city. The old house it is in is very quaint, though I felt like the decor in the main dining room could use a little makeover. It didn't distract from the experience if wonderful service and fresh, tastes food. We will be back if we are in the area again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Cuisine!!
    petsue
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We always have delicious food and marvelous service at Bolete. This time the spinach soup was our star starter, but all the main courses were incredible - the sea bass with egg on top, the skirt steak and the duck breast - so tender! We all swooned over the desserts, sharing bites of almond financier with chocolate mousse and butterscotch pudding topped with candied walnuts. Only improvement would be a little more lighting to see all the wonderful, fresh and colorful food! Can't wait for our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Evening
    AstiVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We celebrated our daughter's last night at home before returning to college and had a wonderful meal. The service was terrific and the food, as always, was superb. Bolete is the best restaurant in the Lehigh Valley. No comparison to any of the other finer restaurants. The food is creative and inspired while the atmosphere is warm and inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dinner......
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    .....as usual! Thanks so much for a great evening....bar drinks were awesome, service impeccable and the dinner absolutely fantastic. Our kids loved the deserts when got home to boot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great experience
    Yume
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    About the 4th time visiting Bolete...they've yet to disappoint! Food was excellent...service was (once again) stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    indiaarose
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We went for a birthday brunch. They were extremely accommodating with our picky child. My little one thought it was the best hamburger he's ever had. It was a bit loud and I would think its hard for a large (6+) people to all fit in a waiting area. If you have small children bring some thing to keep them entertained as sometimes people linger and you might not get seated right away. I loved the food, especially the butterscotch pudding! I would go back again in an instant to try their dinner menu. The service was top notch even with it being very busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always excellent
    Donald
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    I've been to Bolete five times and am always impressed. While not everything on the menu is to my taste (I detest sweet sauces on entrees) I've learned to ask for advice from the wait staff who will warn you away from things that may not be to your liking. They are friendly and helpful. The food is experimental and fun. My thai-style duck main course was excellent. My "chicken fried snails" appetizer were interesting but ultimately a little bland in flavor. It was a noble attempt at redefining escargot but the result was a bit like the fried mushrooms that used to be on every chain restaurant menu in the 1980s. Still--no complaints. Always a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best dining in Lehigh Valley
    MrTGVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Without a doubt Bolete has separated itself from any other dining establishment in the Lehigh Valley. The level of technique and quality from the chef here cannot be replicated in this area. On top of the excellence in food quality and prep, the bar staff (Steve) has also taken his concoction engineering to a separate level. Bolete is an absolute must if you have the budget for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Lehigh Valley
    Kevin
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Bolete is simply amazing. The food is some of the best I've ever had and the service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Please, move to Southern California
    WellSeasonedTraveler
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This is our 2nd time dining at Bolete. The 2nd time was just as fabulous as the 1st. Bravo! It is nice to see that the menu changes, according to what is fresh and available. The dishes from both visits were outstanding! Full of marvelous flavors, prepared perfectly, & nice sized portions. Unfortunately, this is the last time our travels will take us to this area. However, while our home in the Laguna-Newport Beach area of Southern California does have a few excellent restaurants. Disappointedly, not one is as outstanding as Bolete! So..... If they have ever considered a move, know that foodies in Southern California (ok, South Orange County of you want to be exact), would welcome a Bolete Restaurant with welcome forks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    This is not a place for you to eat and run. love the more relaxed way they did service, I hate to be rushed. I there for the dinning and food experience. Great place, would be back and not for an special occasion. I will be there for the food. YUM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    This was a terrific place to celebrate a very special milestone birthday. The place was very quaint, and the food was outstanding!! Very well done! I'm sure that we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Best restaurant in the area. The food was absolutely amazing! The servers are very attentive and knowledgeable. We will definitely be going back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    I have been wanting to get to Bolete for some time now. It was wonderful. We sat at the bar, we did reserve a table but were so cozy we stayed put. I had the duck, which I hardly ever get. It was fantastic. My husband had the steak and enjoyed his just as much. We took home a piece of goat cheese cheesecake that was amazing. I am looking forward to going back for lunch next time!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is always outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The food is always outstanding and the staff is incredibly friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    foodfood3
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Seriously - do the chef's tasting menu (Tues-Thurs). The food is wonderful, and the service is great. The cozy vibe combined with a classic eleganc creates a wonderful atmosphere for dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forever Our Favorite!
    PestoQueenVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Bolete has the best brunch we have ever experienced! From the service to the wonderfully creative dishes, this restaurant will never disappoint. It's a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Life outside Manhattan
    RSHouck3VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We picked Bolete based on Tripadvisor ratings and they were accurate. Food, service, ambiance, cost/value ratio were all very, very good. I was hesitant when no one took our coats, we were seated by the kitchen and a lightbulb over the fireplace was out. But then the menu was newly printed that day. No one said "there you go" or "are you still working on that." Service was efficient, personal and not intrusive. The food was thoughtful and well prepared. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    Lisa
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Incredible food. Excellent service. Incomparable dining experience in every way. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BRAVO! Absolutely, delightful!!!
    WellSeasonedTraveler
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We found the cuisine absolutely delightful, the restaurant itself both comfortable and quaint, and the serving staff extremely attentive to the diners, every need. The scallops are outstanding! Best we have had anywhere worldwide (including Michelin rated restaurants in France, Italy, and England). We will return to this amazing restaurant, next time we find ourselves in the Lehigh Valley. Bolete is a hidden gem! BRAVO!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    We missed our reservation time and arrived only 30 minutes before close. I don't want to put them on the hook for this, but they made us feel so welcome despite the hour. No rushing, so friendly and helpful. They graciously steered us to the table by the fire. It was a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another memory filled experience!
    sandy
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    The food is fabulous, the ambience as always top notch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet