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Bolete Restaurant

4.8
860 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Local Ingredients
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  • Creative Cuisine
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Closed Mondays
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Phone number
(610) 868-6505
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Lee Chizmar
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Cross street
E Emmaus Ave
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic - always a pleasure. Unusual combinations that really surprise.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The very best restaurant in the Lehigh Valley. The food is excellent, as is the service.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Always have a great time at bolete from the first sip to the last bite! This was no exception- everything was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Stellar. Five Star. The word Bolete means mushroom or toadstool - and not being a "funghi" lover was a bit concerned about the perceived (over?) use after reading the menu. It just seemed as if every dish had some sort of mushroom as an ingredient. "Hey, maybe that's their thing."...she said, tongue in cheek. We started with Steak Tartare which came with it's own pot of crispy potato chips, those heavenly yeasty rolls, the asparagus bisque with lobster and just a hint of mushroom then on to the scallops with risotto and pork chop - every single dish was layered with flavor, so many layers. Loved the slightly undercooked new peas in the risotto, just enough texture to offset the scallop and and creamy risotto. Dessert was pretty amazing too - the chocolate hazelnut dessert with crunch, ganache and ice cream reminded me of what Ho's Ho's really should taste like if they were, um, good. Of course I've never eaten them hahahahaha....bottom line and back to seriousness, this restaurant was worth pinning their little blurb that I found a couple years ago, to my bulletin board of bucket list restaurants, and making a point to dine there while in town. It is loud, but comfortable and the service is exemplary from the moment you walk in until you leave. LOVE. Oh, and the little salt and pepper bowls on the table - thank you, not that anything needed salt but having the option done properly in a nice restaurant shows a consideration for the guest that many restaurants forgo. Well done, staff and owners, well done.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

I've been to Bolete many times and it is simply the best food! On this occasion ( a Friday evening at 7 PM), although the food and service was as great as usual, the noise level was simply intolerable. There were 2 big parties on either side of us and once one of them left it was somewhat better. My sister (from California was visiting and I had raved to her about Bolete; she agreed with my assessment of the food and service...unfortunately it was really hard to catch up because it was so noisey we had to shout to hear each other.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Atmosphere was rustic - felt like you were in a farmhouse. The service was terrific from the time you walked in. The greeter was friendly and immediately showed us to our seats. About five different servers were always asking if we needed water, rolls etc. The food was superb. At 5:00 you could select from a fixe price menu of several of the appetizers and main courses. We had a delicious asparagus soup to start. I had the crispy duck leg and my wife had the salmon. They were both prepared to perfection - crispy and tender. For dessert we both had the unbelievable tasty butterscotch pudding. What a great way to celebrate our 46th Anniversary!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

I wanted to treat my friend/date to an exceptional dining experience as he is a great lover of interesting, unique and delicious cuisine. We were not disappointed. Every dish we had was thoughtfully conceptualized, executed and presented. I love that the ingredients are obtained locally and the menu is seasonal using only the best ingredients for a specific time of year. This ensured that our taste experience was the ultimate in flavor! I highly recommend Bolete and can not wait for my next visit!!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Bolete has some of the best, fastest, most attentive service in the Lehigh Valley. We had one of our all time most favorite meals there... the food is fresh, inventive, and delicious. Would definitely recommend!

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

I was so disappointed, but maybe I just ordered the wrong thing. I had looked forward to dining at Bolete for a long time. The service was excellent, as was the ambiance.
I ordered the rib eye, and it had no flavor. I have never had a rib eye sliced like they did it, and even after adding salt, it was fairly bland, which is not what I would expect from that cut of meat. The waitress warned that it was less marbled than a typical rib eye (more like a filet she said), but it was very disappointing, especially for the $50+ price. The presentation was excellent, and the serving size was generous, though.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Bolete was wonderful experience. We really enjoyed the fine service and excellent cuisine. I would rank this restaurant at the top of the list. I recommend it highly.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We chose Bolete for a nice dinner while visiting from out of town. The reviews were great so we made reservations. Our meal was absolutely fantastic! Our waiter suggested the calamari and he was right. It was the BEST calamari we have ever eaten. It was lightly breaded, fresh-tasting and the presentation was amazing. We ate everything on the plate! My sister had the duck for her entree and said it was fabulous; I had the halibut which was just perfect with a few delicious gnocchi for garnish. We shared butterscotch pudding for dessert (again, on our waiter's recommendation) and were very pleased. It was a great meal, in a cute little restaurant - a very special evening.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Excellent Sunday Brunch after graduation before heading to Philly. I started with the chilled spring pea soup with lobster. So fresh and delicious. They also serve a bread basket with scones that taste more like croissants! My son loved the duck hash and I was in heaven with the benedict with mushrooms and oysters. Love the historical stage coach setting. Very reasonable and free parking on site. Attentive and friendly staff. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Our food and service was outstanding. Best restaurant we have been to in the Lehigh Valley. The drinks and dessert were amazing.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Food was underwhelming and frankly mediocre compared to expectations and price. Maybe we had an off night but we most likely wouldn’t go back.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

great meal, as always! creative and beyond delicious. the service is on point too!

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

One of my customer recommend this restaurant, but food is not really good and pricy compare to another restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Excellent experience overall. My wife and I went for our wedding anniversary. Service and food were fantastic.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

My husband and I are vegetarian which was very easy to accommodate. Our server was very attentive and the whole staff seemed very friendly. We went during dinner for a special occasion and the atmosphere was lovely. The food was excellent, a real farm-to-table experience, and a nice presentation as well. Started with a salad which had a nice blend of flavors. For the entree, we were given an option for a sampler or a cohesive meal and opted for the latter. We were presented with gnocchi and fresh greens for one meal, risotto with fresh greens for the other. Local mushrooms, foraged ramps, and foraged fiddle heads were incorporated. We finished the meal with a housemade butterscotch pudding topped with freshly made whipped vanilla bean cream and candied nuts. Delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

A birthday dinner, amazing food, great atmosphere!!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

This was our first visit to Bolete. We had brunch. I was pleasantly surprised by the unusual combinations that were offered. I chose the eggs benedict with smoked arctic char, mixed seasonal greens and breakfast potatoes. It was attractively presented in a large bowl. I enjoyed every bite but could not finish it all! We will definitely dine there again and plan to go for dinner the next time.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Not that great. Food was not great. My second time. Disappointed again. Food looked great, however it did not taste great. It was not seasoned well. The asparagus was bitter and chewy. The best was the dessert.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Beautiful building with great history. Service was good, a little slow, but the staff were really hustling around. Food was delicious. They were out of the halibut, but I was able to substitute it for salmon. Large wine, beer and cocktail list. I had their homemade cookies and cream ice cream for dessert, which was also very good. I’d definitely return. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

wine list (including by the glass) is refreshingly interesting.
always a great meal here too.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

The service was very attentive and the food exceptionally creative. This is our favorite place for special occasions and they did not disappoint.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Its our favorite spot! We always go here when its time to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries. Staff is awesome and the food is always exceptional.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Yummy goodness. My hubs favorite restaurant in this area and him being a chef himself he has high expectations. We went for his birthday and it was a lovely experience.

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2018

On our first visit to this restaurant last year when we were in town the food was great and it was lively with people. To my surprise Bolete has gone down and I will not return anytime soon.

As far as the noise level the only person making the most noise was the bartender.

Food was not direct in the flavor profile. There were to many things going on in the dish. I had duck and it was prepared well, but the spices and stacking of flavors was just to much. Sometimes less is better. My wife had a Cod disk and it was very dry. And again all the spice and flavors were just to much for the dish.

I have to question the rating as one of the best in the Lehigh Valley. I have restaurants that cost less and provide a better tasting meal. It seems that some of these restaurants start out very good and within a 2 year window it changes and not for the better.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Amazing food, drinks and service! This place is a triple threat!! We LOVED it!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

We especially like the early bird specials - I think its 5-6 pm. Choose between two appetizers and two entrees, a bottle of wine (under $100) at half price, plus a small desert. Portions are not large so we leave felling satisfied but not stuffed. Presentations are great and everything tastes awesome.
This is a great place for a small birthday or anniversary party (maybe six people max), or a date if it is with someone you know well (its just too nice to potentially ruin the the time with someone who you don't resonate with).

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great "foody" menu without outstanding diversity of first courses of farm-to-table
greens and the best oysters....In the Tavern the burger in the best as is the amazing Chef Lee's
fillet-of-fish...right out the shores of Wellfleet MA...and the bartender Stephen provides great craft cocktails and beers..

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Amazing just amazing

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Still the b st restaurant in the area. Everything is delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Love the food and the creative blend of flavors and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Best meal I have had in the LehighValley Great local ingredients. Lots of flavors and textures.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Excellent service, food, and overall experience. Would highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Unbelievable meal and service!!!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We where very Happy with the food and cost! We where there before 6pm, so we where able to order a dinner special. What a wonderful surprise! I had a chicken dish and my husband did the black bass dishes. They where wonderful!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

The most amazing Chef's Tasting 6 course dinner plus desert. A meal we will savor for a long time.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

As always, Bolete was absolutely impeccable, from the service to the drinks to the food to the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Amazing as usual! Food is exquisite and the service is impeccable!!!

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