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Bolete Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1109 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Closed Mondays

  • Phone number

    (610) 868-6505

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Lee Chizmar

Menu

First Course

  • Chilled East Beach Blonde Oysters "Surf and Turf" (RI)*$18.00

    pepper crusted beef carpaccio, horseradish crème fraiche,micro radish, pickled shallot

    • Eckerton Hill Farm's Heirloom Tomato Salad$16.00

      Johnny's sourdough, arugula pesto, pistachio,still warm hand made mozzarella

      • Liberty Garden's Mixed Greens$10.00

        Profeta Farm squash, Valley Milkhouse Feta, sundried cranberry,candied squash seeds, kabocha squash vinaigrette

        • Line Caught Yellowfin Tuna Tartare$16.00

          Scholl's Orchard apple, red onion, cucumber, sesame seed,green apple broth, crisp celery root

          • Scallop and Lobster Ceviche$18.00

            champagne grapes, lime, mint, shallot, fresno peppers,champagne grape gastrique

            • Togarashi Crusted Hamachi*$15.00

              local potato, shallots, sweet and sour pepper, bacon, soy, sunny-side up quail eggs, Liberty Garden's mustard greens

              • Teprovich Farm Roasted Corn Soup$10.00

                Peekytoe crab and green tomato fritter, Liberty Garden's baby leeks, parsley

                • Shrimp Tempura$15.00

                  Shitake mushrooms, Teprovich Farm beans, scallion, mushroom ponzu, sriracha aioli

                  Second Course

                  Chef's Tasting Menu (Please note this is only available Tuesday - Thursday evenings). 6 courses $75, with wine pairings $125 This is a true culinary experience. It is chosen daily by the chef and may vary from table to table. This is meant to be a longer dining experience that allows you to be adventurous, inquisitive and mostly relaxed while you let the Chef make the decisions for you. If there are allergies or aversions please let your server know and we are happy to accommodate

                  • Pennsylvania Grass Fed Beef Ribeye*$45.00

                    potato puree, Maine lobster, spinach, shallot, Oley Valley cremini mushrooms, lobster butter, bordelaise

                    • Cast Iron Seared Line Caught Striped Bass$29.00

                      crisp oysters, takana greens, oyster mushrooms, house made gnocchi, Teprovich Farm cauliflower, truffled cauliflower puree, oyster butter

                      • Cast Iron Seared Dayboat Sea Scallops$34.00

                        Profeta Farm's squash, brussel sprouts, bacon lardon, cipollini, Primordia oyster mushrooms, squash puree

                        • Roasted Organic Verlasso Salmon*$29.00

                          truffled spaetzle, roasted baby beets, cipollini, Primordia Farm hen of the woods mushrooms, soubise, roasted beet vinaigrette

                          • Roasted Organic Profeta Farm's Chicken$29.00

                            locally foraged mushrooms, bacon, Blooming Glen Farm potato, Liberty Garden's ruby streaks, mustard jus

                            • Roasted Long Island Duck Breast*$34.00

                              house made egg noodle, cabbage, Scholl's Orchard pples, Liberty Garden's mizuna, crisp confit, Primordia Farm shiitake mushrooms, duck jus

                              What 1,109 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

                              4.8
                              4.8 based on all time ratings
                              • 4.8Food
                              • 4.8Service
                              • 4.6Ambience
                              • 4.5Value

                              NoiseModerate

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                              1. s

                                scotth

                                Poconos

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on June 15, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                some of the best service and food in the lehigh valley. highly recommended.

                              2. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Philadelphia

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 31, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Bolete had raised the bar for Lehigh Valley dining!! Great meal and a wonderful experience overall.

                              3. M

                                Mary

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 31, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The food was fresh with excellent flavors, and the warm rolls tasted amazing.

                              4. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                New England

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 25, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Friendly people. Authentic old stagecoach inn. With eclectic decor and cozy seating. Would recommend this place if you are within the tri state area

                              5. SG

                                StephenG

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 11, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                It was a very special night for my 65th birthday but the 8:30 table was not ready till 9:15

                              6. CC

                                ChristinaC

                                Philadelphia

                                9 reviews

                                5.0

                                9 reviews

                                Dined on May 9, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We love bolete and can't say enough good things about the owners and staff. Whether we dined in during pre-pandemic times, got curbside takeout during the height of covid or ventured into the patio tents outside, nothing in the Lehigh valley compares in terms of food quality and care and attention by the owners. They are passionate about their business and treat it as an extension of their family. It is the one restaurant we look forward to visiting when coming in from out of town. Sadly, this year we will miss the fine meals as our travel up north is during their summer vacation. We will be back!

                              7. AD

                                AnneD

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 9, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Amazing food, courteous and attentive service. All-around one of the best dinner experiences I've had in a long time!

                              8. c

                                colleenk

                                Philadelphia

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 8, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                After waiting a few years to find our way to Bolete, we loved the total experience. The atmosphere and simplicity of the 200 year old structure, the caring, informative, fun attention by the wait staff, and especially the creative food and drink ensured our return. We began with cocktails who’s descriptions had us Googling a few ingredients until our server filled us in. They were interesting, seasonal flavors blended to perfection. The food was beyond our expectations and definitely, and with great delight- out of our comfort zone. We were celebrating 2 milestones and this was the perfect place for that or just Wednesday’s dinner! Thank you to Bolete for a fabulous, memorable dinner. See you again soon

                              9. CD

                                CharlesDM

                                New York Area

                                3 reviews

                                3.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on May 8, 2019

                                overall3food3service4ambience1

                                This was to be an Anniversary Dinner. We drove up to a graveled parking lot facing huge garbage containers. Unsightly! Had it been raining we would have to walk into water puddles to reach the poorly painted entrance door. The ambiance in the so-called Four Stars Restaurant was almost identical to the Old Inn of the Falcon. Dressed up for the occasion we expected to be among relatively sophisticated patrons. Dress code and dignity for a so-called Four Stars restaurant, non existent! Our neighbors were a young couple in shorts and a so-so short dress engrossed in their cell phones. No other man had a jacket on, no lady with a nice dress. We chose the full course, appetizers, main course, a wine glass, desert and coffee. I liked the coffee, everyting else was just acceptable, For the price we paid, $186. we could have had a much better dinner at the Edge, Bethlehem Hotel or Twisted Olives. Cannot understand who and why so many stars were assigned to this restaurant. We have traveled world wide and enjoyed eating at the best restaurants in Europe, particularly in Belgium, and consider Bolete to be a minor quality restaurant for the price we paid.

                              10. MB

                                MBlue

                                Philadelphia

                                6 reviews

                                4.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined on May 7, 2019

                                overall4food5service2ambience3

                                The food was without a doubt AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! Great menu, unique preparation, being able to order from the "bar" as well as dining room menu made the meal perfect for both my husband and I. The service was "fair" at best. Our waitress seemed to know several other guests and got hung up chatting at tables...we were left hanging quite a bit, including over 30 minutes after dessert before we could get the check...and we had to keep asking for water refills, so that 30 minutes was very long without anything to sip on or eat.

                              11. k

                                kimh

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 4, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We love Bolete!!!! This was our third time there. Looking forward to our next visit!

                              12. RE

                                REDHOUSEPROJECT

                                New York Area

                                96 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                96 reviews

                                Dined on May 4, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Amazing dinner at Bolete on a busy Friday night. Recommended dishes: asparagus salad, kimchi beef dumplings, soft shell crab and halibut. Service was attentive, wallet-friendly wine list. A bit off the beaten path but worth the drive.

                              13. V

                                Vivaldi

                                Philadelphia

                                110 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                110 reviews

                                Dined on May 3, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Living closer to Philadelphia than to Bethlehem, we typically gravitate in that direction for fine dining. But having been to Bolete in the past, my wife and i knew it would be more than worth the trip: outstanding food, service, and ambience!

                              14. JB

                                JoeB

                                Washington DC

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 28, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent food and ambiance. Had a fantastic time.

                              15. JR

                                JanelleR

                                Philadelphia

                                9 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                9 reviews

                                Dined on April 24, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Came here to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. From service to the food, everything was fantastic. Bolete never disappoints. I love that their menu changes and there is always something new to try. Their soup is amazing and the presentation is spot on! This was the second time I ordered the scallops and they were just as good as I remember them. Everyone at the table enjoyed their meal. And the mint ice cream?!? So perfect!

                              16. TF

                                TrishF

                                Baja California

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on April 23, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                This restaurant is cozy, inviting, and charming. The food is exquisite, so flavourful and carefully prepared. The pace is slow enough to fully enjoy the meal. Service is low key, but just right! I love that the food is locally sourced as well.

                              17. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Philadelphia

                                1 review

                                vip
                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 21, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great food and atmosphere as always!

                              18. UF

                                UrbanFarmgirl

                                Philadelphia

                                9 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                9 reviews

                                Dined on April 18, 2019

                                overall4food5service3ambience5

                                This restaurant is a gem. The food is incredible in a setting so charming. The service from the servers and hostess is smiley and friendly and beyond accommodating. Very unusual spot and truly an experience.

                              19. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                New York Area

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 16, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The food and service were fantastic. The menu was innovative and the dishes were perfectly executed. Our server was knowledgeable about wines and all of the menu items. The experience exceeded our expectations. We will definitely return!

                              20. NH

                                NickH

                                Washington DC

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 16, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Fantastic french-inspired food. The seared foie gras was a highlight. The flavors of the pan-seared salmon were carefully selected. The server was very professional but conversational when the subject turned to the industry. Extremely pleased to find this in an otherwise slightly overpriced, undervalued culinary area.

                              21. F

                                Fatcharlie

                                Philadelphia

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 11, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great food and service!

                              22. g

                                glenn

                                Philadelphia

                                13 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined on April 10, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Bolete is a truly remarkable dining experience. The service is impeccable and the food truly amazing. The cocktails are world class, as is the wine list. Elegant farm-to-table with many home made items, like the rolls, and every ingredient is designed to create euphoria for your taste buds!! Erin is the most gracious hostess, and her staff is equally patient and attentive and informative!! We are lucky to have Bolete in our community!

                              23. BG

                                BarbaraG

                                Philadelphia

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 9, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Always perfect. We like be it there. Unique atmosphere, great food and drinks . Wait staff is professional, knowledgeable, and just plain nice.

                              24. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Philadelphia

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 9, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                LOVE this restaurant!! One of the best in the Valley. Made all the better for the Lee, Erin, and their incredible staff. If you're not local, it's worth the visit --make a reservation-- Food is always fresh and seasonal, cocktails are delicious.

                              25. KW

                                KathleenW

                                Los Angeles

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on April 9, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I would stack Bolete up against any fine dining institution - it's that good. Lee and Erin have worked tirelessly, along with their amazing team, to bring laid back haute cuisine to the Lehigh Valley. I'm a big fan.

                              26. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Philadelphia

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 7, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Always amazing. The waitress did forget about my second appetizer but the whole experience is always amazing so it did not even bother me. One of the best restaurants I have been to

                              27. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Philadelphia

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 7, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                One of our best dining experiences EVER!!!

                              28. JS

                                JStewart

                                New York Area

                                30 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                30 reviews

                                Dined on April 7, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We love Bolete. Every time we visit Bethlehem (once per month), we eat there. It is excellent for dinner or brunch. Highly recommended. Best in the region.

                              29. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Philadelphia

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 7, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Overall amazing dining experience!

                              30. GP

                                GabeP

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 7, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Great food and service but to many tables...everything is so crowded. I had to sit cross the table from my wife, couldn't move my chair next to hers

                              31. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Atlantic City

                                1 review

                                vip
                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 6, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great experience overall! Not only was the food great but the service was phenomenal. They have such a team approach to service that it felt like everyone cared for you and your experience. Would highly recommend this place!

                              32. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 5, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Perfection

                              33. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 4, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Everything was delicious. All around delicious. The service was great, the food was on point. Our server was very fun too. I cannot wait to come back.

                              34. VH

                                VanessaH

                                Philadelphia

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on April 4, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Bolete was amazing. From the home made dinner rolls to the earl grey sundae, everything was outstanding. The service was great-they even put your coat on for you as you are leaving. Hoping to go back and try eating in the bar area.

                              35. E

                                Eric

                                Philadelphia

                                20 reviews

                                5.0

                                20 reviews

                                Dined on April 4, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                One of the best meals we have had in a long time. A very special evening with great service and a colonial atmosphere. I would highly recommend. Make reservations well in advance.

                              36. MK

                                MargaretK

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 4, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Bolete is the definition of the ultimate dining experience. Each dish is an explosion of flavors, color, and textures. The freshness of ingredients is evident in everything we order. Everytime!! Ambience, service, cleanliness are a 10! No 11! Our anniversary surprise meal ending were 2 Beach Blonde oysters sitting on a bed of crushed ice. As my husband and I don't eat many sweets, they knew we'd truly appreciate these. We'll be back again and again and would not hesitate to recommend Bolete. Erin and Chef Lee are outstanding hosts and we're so happy to have them close by.

                              37. g

                                grandrent

                                Philadelphia

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 2, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                The food quality and service was very good. The restaurant was a little loud for quiet conversation.

                              38. KK

                                KimberlyK

                                New York Area

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 2, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Really enjoyed our Anniversary at Bolete! The food was fabulous, well presented and amazing flavors. Drove over an hour on recommendation to try...so glad we did! Well worth the trip. Doug our waiter was attentive and offered great selections on wine and dinner, thank you. We will be back!

                              39. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Philadelphia

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 31, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Fabulous meal! Bolete never disappoints!

                              40. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Atlantic City

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 31, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Birthday brunch

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                              Bolete Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1109 OpenTable diners.

                              Not available on OpenTable

                              Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

                              If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


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                              Additional information

                              • Cross street

                                E Emmaus Ave

                              • Neighborhood

                                Bethlehem

                              • Hours of operation

                                Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
                                Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
                                Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
                                Closed Mondays

                              • Cuisines

                                Contemporary American

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Dining

                              • Dress code

                                Smart Casual

                              • Parking details

                                None

                              • Payment options

                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Executive chef

                                Chef Lee Chizmar

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