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Bolete Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1107 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

What 1,107 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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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

    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

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 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 1107 OpenTable diners.

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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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