We always enjoy dining at Bolete. The food/chef(s) as well as the service are excellent . The only drawback is it can be loud. The dining room is one large room in an old, historic building in which the original wood plank floors and plaster walls/celings have been beautifully preserved but as a result, there’s no sound absorption. However, that certainly does not stop us from going back again and again! We highly recommend it!!
This is a gem outside of Philadelphia. I dined at the bar and had a lovely meal. Being from Southeastern MA, I was thrilled to see seafood from my region on the menu. I wanted to try everything on the menu so I plan to return soon!
Great place to dine any day of the week.
I enjoy their creative menu and the cozy location.
On my most recent visit, I was a bit disappointed with my foie gras, must say, the pairings were totally incongruent with it. Hamus is just not a good pairing...
Excellent brunch! Fresh, local, creative, and delicious! Service was excellent! The best!
it was worth the drive all the way from nj for the jam of a place,the service was wonderful,the food even better and the cocktail i would sell my left kidney for.
Amazing all around! We can’t wait to return!
This was our second visit- a delayed Valentine’s dinner- and the food and service were impeccable again. This time we just ordered each an appetizer and main dish and shared a bowl of rich and creamy house made chocolate ice cream. The bottle of wine that the waiter suggested was perfect and not unreasonable.
But it was so hard for me to choose just one dish off this fabulous, ever changing and seasonal menu!
The first time we went, for my birthday in June, our reservation was for 5 pm, and we both did the tasting menu with one wine pairing- which we shared. That’s the way to go, in my mind. Often we had different dishes so, between us, we probably tasted 80% of the menu- like tapas- in small portions. Each dish was fabulous, meticulously conceived and gorgeously plated. Things we wouldn’t have ordered turned out to be some of our favorites.
I will definitely do that again on my next visit so that I can savor more of this wonderful chef’s creations! I am a good cook and travel often in Europe and really appreciate being treated to such wonderful quality food with such delicate flavors as well as being waited on with grace and finesse. A real treat for me! Merci!
Simply the best restaurant in the Lehigh Valley!
Everything was wonderful — as usual — the chilled oysters appetizer were outstanding as we mentioned to our server. Entrees, drinks, wines all splendid!
The food never disappoints. Absolutely fabulous atmosphere, food and service every single time.
It was easy to see and feel and taste why Bolete has been named as one of the best in the country. Our evening was perfect from start to finish. We felt like we were hosted by a family in their beautiful home. It was as if they were sharing their heirloom family recipes that each member took great pride in. Each sip and bite was delightful! We loved it and can’t wait to go back!
I brought my wife to Botete for our 5th Anniversary. We live locally and have always wanted to try it. We are very glad we did. The service was extremely attentive but ovely so that it was too much. It was just right (thank you Jennifer). Co-owner Erin came to our table and was very nice as well.
We started off with a bottle of wine (to go along with dinner instead by the glass and I had one of the special drinks...The Remedy. It was very good. Appetizers started with calamari which was amazing and the yellow fin tuna salad which was also very good. The calamari was better.
My wife had the seared scallops and I had the crispy duck leg which were both very very good. The duck skin was so crispy and tasty. We finished with dessert, lemon meringue and butterscotch pudding. I'm not a big fan of butterscotch but that was delicious and so was the lemon meringue.
A few minor negagtives. We had a group seated next to us who were so inconsiderately loud. I was annoying especially one of the women. Not the restaurants faulty. The other negative is this restaraunt is very expensive but worth it. Don't think you will get off cheaply but it is definately worth going.
All in all a great meal! Highly recommended.
My wife and I spent a leisurely couple of hours on Sunday in your delightful restaurant. We sipped wine and enjoyed the pastries; the oysters were outstanding. The salad was the best every and I truly mean it. The lobster rolls were amazing and the fries excellent. All the while the service was efficiently carried out without notice. We could actually converse and enjoyed the eclectic music. We are definitely returning soon.
Nice and would go again but a little over rated
Food and service were excellent. A bit pricey, especially for drinks, but is to be expected due to it's reviews and food/service. Unfortunately, there was a couple two tables from us that were engaged in some arguing, and some comments that should have been left outside the building, and it was inappropriate. Restaurant staff did not interfere.
Outstanding. Bolete is great from the moment you enter their. Will definitely return.
Incredible food, exceptional service, intimate space, great drinks - a perfect spot for a special occasion or date night!
Went there for brunch. Food incredible, service just as good! Would recommend to everyone!
The best in Lehigh valley, and could hold its own against any of the best restaurants in Philly. Service is impeccable. Quality and attention to detail is superb. A noticeable difference and step above what we as diners have come to expect at most farm to table restaurants.
We had a very nice meal at Bolette. Food was excellent and service very good. It was a bit pricey. I can afford so not a concern, but it could be a bit much for some.
This restaurant never disappoints. The food is amazing - always properly seasoned and delicious pairings of ingredients. The service is on point and the wine list covers all necessary pairings. It’s just a great place.
The food was amazing!!! Loved the Sunday brunch
It was my first time so I didn't have high expectations just in case ! But everything was great from the service to the yummy food ! The oysters were super fresh and the carrot soup to die for !
Can't wait to return
My wife and I had the pleasure of having dinner recently at Bolete, and after reading and hearing all about the restaurant, I admit it was exactly as described! It's obviously very pricey, but when you are dealing with local items, handmade and authentic dishes, and prime ingredients, you can't expect anything less. The atmosphere is cozy, a bit noisy, but that helps the somewhat close seating arrangements as your conversation isn't necessarily too easily heard by your seated dinner neighbors. Our First Course and Second Course meals were rich and flavorful, unique and splendidly presented! And one more thing. Our drinks were also strong and unique! The Ghost of Mary and Coffee Martini set the stage for a great overall night! Thanks Bolete!
Fabulous. Fantastic. Enjoyed every minute and every bite!!
The Bolete was always on our "bucket list" of restaurants to visit but we just didn't get it done. I think the reason may have been because I like basic dishes and was scared to attempt the farm to table menu. I don't normally eat carrots or beets but I'm hear to tell you the plate was clean. Compliments to the chef and his staff for the most tasty foods I have ever had. Doesn't mean I'll begin to eat carrots and beets as a steady diet unless I'm eating at the Bolete.
My bourbon was very good and a very generous serving.
Our waitress, Dana, was outstanding!! A beautiful person as was all the other staff
Bolete is a special place and we will return.
Everything was top notch! The food was fantastic and the service was splendid.
Meal was not prepared to the level I have come to expect from Bolete.
a return visit for brunch, just as good as last time; duck egg hash and three egg scramble were great, along with the complimentary mini-scones and muffins. Professional service and a rustic room completed the perfect meal.
Very quaint historic building with a cozy atmosphere, large fireplace. Service was excellent, and menu was fresh and eclectic! Very delicious
Service was excellent. A large table of 6 came in , very loud , could not make conversation at my table. In center of dining room , couldn't get away from. May ask to sit in bar next time. Had the tasting menu . It was excellent and the cocktails were as good as any I have had. This was our 5th visit and we always enjoy the creative offerings.
Food was very good to excellent, kitchen was so slow with our entrees that they gave us a card for $50 off our next visit. We were also pleasantly surprised that all wines under $100 a bottle were half price before 6 PM. We will go back
Food is amazing, service is top notch, drinks are too die for. Never disappointed leaving Bolete.
As always, some of the most creative combinations of ingredients to compliment the protein in the construction of the main dishes. A unique dining experience. Wine list is a worldly selection of bottles largely unknown without any typical California Chards or cabs - this is both favorable and unfavorable. Would like them to offer espresso. Overall, however, this restaurant retains its number one rating for a reason against exceptionally fine restaurants that are plentiful in the Bethlehem/Lehigh Valley area. This is primarily because of the commitment to quality, local ingredients and the creative way the ingredients are combined to create some exceptional dishes.
Excellent 7 courses tasting menu. The rare tuna, the potato leek soup and the duck breast we're outstanding. Wonderful evening, as always.
Went to Bolete with our favorite "foodie" friends for my husband's birthday. We had an 8:30pm reservation and did not get seated until 9:30-- no one's fault...people just lingered at the table before us. The staff was very apologetic...again, no one's fault. The food was FANTASTIC! The "birds nest" appetizer was quite memorable as was the halibut bouillabaisse entree, short rib pho, and lamb. Our friends THANKED us for including them on this wonderful, amazing food outing! We will be back 💯%
IT took a long time trying to get a Saturday night reservation at a time we wanted but the wait was worth it. Other than asking to be reseated due to a seriously strong cold draft by a window in the taproom, everything else went smoothly. Service was professional, friendly, and attentive (but not overly so).
Food was the feature. Every dish/bowl each of us had consisted of multiple ingredients which together resulted in truly enjoyable flavors and textures. Only downside was that we were too full to order a dessert. Next time!
Meal was amazing and a very nice size portion and the sides were a nice complement. However, the Martini's were great but they din't inform you that they charge extra if it's "up" and a second fee for blue cheese stuffed olives. Overall the drink cost twice as much.
continues to be the best restaurant in the Lehigh Valley, creative yet approachable menu with something for everyone; while a bit pricey, it is definitely worth it; friendly and efficient service complete the meal.
Only problem was there was a mix-up with the wine ordered. Apparently the waiter misunderstood our order and we weren’t really aware until the check arrived, but issue was graciously resolved. Meal was great, if a tad pricy.
My wife and I found this gem of a restaurant while on a road trip in PA. Looking for a great meal and that is exactly what we got. The food and service were both amazing. The decor is an old world with the fireplace in this historic carriage house. We would love to come back the next time we are in the area.