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The Bayou Bethlehem

4.5
4.5
1753 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern

The Bayou Bethlehem: Southern Kitchen & Bar is a small local restaurant that offers a creative take on classic New Orleans cooking. The menu is meant to be a shared experience, like eating at the home of a good friend. Pick and choose a mixture of items to satisfy your different tastes and share them amongst the table. Pair your meal with a perfectly mixed cocktail or one of our 24 craft beers. Sit back savor your meal and enjoy the music. There's never a need to rush when you're at The Bayou Bethlehem. And don't forget to say hi to Mo & Cristian, the two are always around, and couldn't be happier to welcome you to their southern kitchen.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm


    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Phone number

    (610) 419-6669

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    John Magsino

  • Neighborhood

    Pennsylvania

  • Cross street

    North St

  • Parking details

    Guest may park in the lot across the street.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Specialty Cocktails

  • Apple Barrel

    apple pie moonshine / goldschlager / cider beer / ginger ale

    • Magnolia Lane

      Hendricks / St. Germaine / lemon / peach / champagne

      • Bourbon & Berries

        bourbon / Chambord / lemonade / raspberries & blackberries

        • Voodoo Juice

          banana / curacao / pineapple / sour / cranberry / secret rum blend

          • Whisky Crush

            bourbon / apricot & banana schnapps / sour / over crushed clementines

            • New Fashioned

              bourbon / orange bitters / Amaretto / clementine / brown sugar

              • Sazerac

                bulleit Rye / orange bitters / star anise simple syrup

                • Cucumber Fizz

                  hendricks gin / cucumber / soda / lime juice

                  • Jalapeño Margarita

                    jalapeño infused tequila / Grand Mariner / OJ / fresh lime

                    • Blue Bayou

                      coconut rum / Peach Schnapps / curacao / pineapple

                      • Hurricane

                        vodka / gin / Bacardi / Amaretto / pineapple / dark rum float

                        For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                        What 1,753 people are saying

                        Overall ratings and reviews

                        4.5
                        4.5 based on all time ratings
                        • 4.6Food
                        • 4.5Service
                        • 4.3Ambience
                        • 4.4Value

                        NoiseModerate

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                        1. MD

                          MarcD

                          Philadelphia

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Reviewed on May 21, 2019

                          overall5foodserviceambience

                          The Bayou is simply the best place to go in the region. Just please don't tell anyone

                        2. R

                          Revrick

                          Philadelphia

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on August 24, 2018

                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                          My wife and I were here for our anniversary, ordered drinks, and Jerry sat down and chatted with us. We shared the pear and arugula salad, which had a scoop of the creamiest cheese ever. For the main course, my wife had the fried chicken and I had the catfish with rice and beans. Both dishes were a festival of taste. We finished our meal sharing the bananas Foster cheesecake. Oh my. We ate every sinful bite.

                        3. GB

                          GBaum

                          Denver

                          20 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          20 reviews

                          Dined on August 21, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Love this restaurant Our son goes to college in Bethlehem and we have had the pleasure of dining here twice and will again. Food is amazing and service exceptional. Will see you again in november. Thank you

                        4. t

                          toms

                          Philadelphia

                          15 reviews

                          4.0

                          15 reviews

                          Dined on August 18, 2018

                          overall4food5service4ambience5

                          This is our go to place for several years. Absolutely love the food and service has always been great. However, our recent visit we were greeted by a hostess that made me feel like we were bothering her. We arrived 10 minutes before our reservation and she said with a condescending tone “ well you’re early so your tables not ready.” I asked if we could sit at the bar and she said “yeah”. Twenty minutes later our table was ready and she came up to me at the bar and asked my name. Thankfully this was our last interaction with her. Once seated our waitress and food were excellent. It amazes me that someone with limited people skills is the first person you meet when you arrive.

                        5. l

                          llfekula

                          Philadelphia

                          37 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          37 reviews

                          Dined on August 12, 2018

                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                          Our go to place after a hard day! Best Chicken in the valley and beer on tap! Never a bad plate! 😎🌴

                        6. DF

                          DanielleF

                          Philadelphia

                          11 reviews

                          5.0

                          11 reviews

                          Dined on August 12, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Always a great time at The Bayou! This time we ordered a bunch of small plates, and they surly didn’t disappoint...especially the ribs and Mac and Cheese!!!

                        7. DG

                          DavidG

                          New York Area

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on August 10, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Loved the cucumber mist cocktail. The fried green tomatoes were perfect- crispy on the outside, tender and flavorful inside. The shrimp and grits were scrumptious with a spicy kick.

                        8. MW

                          MelissaW

                          Philadelphia

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on August 10, 2018

                          overall4food4service3ambience2

                          Food was great. Very very noisy. There were four of us and hard to converse. Our waitress mixed up the wines and my friend and I were served opposite of what we ordered. I made a reservation well in advance but we were seated next to the kitchen which is not to my liking.

                        9. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Philadelphia

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on August 9, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Outside seating was cozy and relaxing. Great service. Love the grits.

                        10. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on August 5, 2018

                          overall5food5service3ambience4

                          Sun coming in window was glaring. Area was cluttered, kept kicking person across the table. Could hear conversation next to me was very loud tables too close together

                        11. J

                          Jules

                          Atlantic City

                          35 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          35 reviews

                          Dined on August 4, 2018

                          overall4food4service4ambience1

                          Good was great- loved the cornbread! Proportions are ample and ladies can definitely share! The noise volume was very high and not conducive to conversation.

                        12. h

                          happydiner

                          Philadelphia

                          10 reviews

                          5.0

                          10 reviews

                          Dined on August 3, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The bayou was fantastic! Their cocktails are delicious and well priced for what you get. Their jambalaya was spicy but incredibly tasty. The cornbread melts in your mouth.

                        13. P

                          Phoebe

                          Philadelphia

                          2 reviews

                          3.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on August 2, 2018

                          overall3food2service2ambience3

                          The two dishes we got were very salty. I like salt but it was a bit over the top. It was so loud we couldn’t hear each other talking. I would recommend but warn about noise level and the possibility of meal being salty.

                        14. S

                          Sal728

                          Philadelphia

                          6 reviews

                          3.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on August 2, 2018

                          overall3food3service5ambience2

                          We have eaten here many times. Always have a delicious meal. Pricing is fair. Service was excellent. Our server was wonderful. However this time we order fried oysters which were not cheap as an appetizer. They were overcooked. My husband ordered fried chicken and that as well was over cooked. The noise level is horrible. We were seating in the bar area. There was people standing right next to us while we were trying to eat. And the poor server had trouble getting through the aisle. If you want a place where you can hold a conversation, this is not it.

                        15. PJ

                          PatJ

                          Atlantic City

                          4 reviews

                          4.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on August 1, 2018

                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                          Great food as always. However I did request a table when I made my reservation, but was told I had to take a “high” table. Disappointing.

                        16. T

                          Triv

                          Philadelphia

                          2 reviews

                          2.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on July 29, 2018

                          overall2food2service2ambience3

                          I really enjoyed my first time here but this time wasn’t good very disappointed

                        17. K

                          Kristen

                          Philadelphia

                          2 reviews

                          4.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on July 29, 2018

                          overall4food3service4ambience3

                          Steak was cold but they reheated it. Fried chicken was not anything special but the mac and cheese and pork chops were awesome.

                        18. 1

                          1981

                          Charleston

                          7 reviews

                          5.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on July 23, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Very lively and loud but the food and service were excellent !

                        19. GS

                          GwenS

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on July 23, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The Bayou is fabulous! Everything we tried was DELICIOUS! Tanya was also just GREAT! She even gave our friends a rundown of what it is like in New Orleans as they will be going there in the Fall! We were able to eat outside on the patio and everyone and everything was terrific! Thanks to all of you!

                        20. j

                          jackies

                          Philadelphia

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on July 22, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Please include some live Bayou music! Blues, Jazz, etc.

                        21. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Philadelphia

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on July 21, 2018

                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                          Attentive and helpful waitstaff; unparalleled food quality!

                        22. OM

                          OzzieM

                          New York Area

                          9 reviews

                          5.0

                          9 reviews

                          Dined on July 20, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          As always The Bayou does not disappoint! Food is amazing and the staff is awesome !!!

                        23. KE

                          KarenE

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on July 19, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Outstanding food. Outstanding service. Great date night.

                        24. b

                          bellaluna

                          Philadelphia

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on July 19, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Food was fantastic and service was great. Love the outdoor seating area. A hometown restaurant for me, so will definitely be visiting often.

                        25. AJ

                          AJB1

                          Philadelphia

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on July 16, 2018

                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                          The Bayou is simply the most consistently very good restaurant in the Lehigh Valley. Food always great, very nice atmosphere, service almost always terrific. It is just a great place to go for a nice dinner or a very good drink. On our many times there over the years have never been disappointed.

                        26. BW

                          BarbaraW

                          Philadelphia

                          10 reviews

                          5.0

                          10 reviews

                          Dined on July 14, 2018

                          overall5food5service3ambience3

                          Service was a little slow and they would bring more plates and glasses and never remove the old ones. She did not check back very often. The food was awesome... very loud inside kinda wish we would have asked for outside table.

                        27. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Charlotte

                          2 reviews

                          4.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on July 13, 2018

                          overall4food5service3ambience5

                          Great food, not so great service! But, I'll try it again!

                        28. J

                          Jason

                          Philadelphia

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on July 11, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Wonderful service, great food. I’ve been here several times now and have never been disappointed. One small plate from the original menu was just ok, but that has since been changed in a menu update. Speaking of menu updates, they do a great job at keeping their menu & specials fresh and new. I’m a big fan of that. I would highly recommend for anyone looking for a nice night out with amazing food & creatively delicious house cocktails.

                        29. f

                          frankiegoestohollywood

                          Philadelphia

                          3 reviews

                          4.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on July 9, 2018

                          overall4food4service3ambience3

                          everything on the menu is good. the chef knows what he's doing! the gumbo is amazing, so is the sweer tea!

                        30. j

                          jbfood

                          Philadelphia

                          4 reviews

                          4.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on July 8, 2018

                          overall4food5service3ambience3

                          Visiting our son and his lovely wife. Very pleased with menu and food. Service was a bit inconsistent - e.g., long wait for water refills but minor. Same with noise and ambiance on patio. Nice but could have been easier to talk over music. Will definitely be back! Highly recommend!!

                        31. SA

                          ShannonA

                          Atlantic City

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on July 7, 2018

                          overall5food5service3ambience5

                          My Husband and I made reservations at The Bayou for our 1 year wedding anniversary and my birthday. We love this restaurant and the Mac n cheese is to die for. Our waitress was a bit “blah” but that won’t keep us from returning again. The Bayou has an amazing atmosphere and you can’t go wrong with ordering just about anything on the menu.

                        32. FT

                          FusionTed

                          Philadelphia

                          28 reviews

                          5.0

                          28 reviews

                          Dined on July 7, 2018

                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                          Great food & drink. My meal (shrimp & grits) looked exactly like the photo on their website.

                        33. LC

                          LC14

                          Philadelphia

                          1 review

                          2.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on July 6, 2018

                          overall2food1service2ambience3

                          Most of the food ordered was overcooked and dry. No reply from establishment after expressing disappointment.

                        34. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Philadelphia

                          5 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on July 6, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great food as always!!! My favorite place!

                        35. PJ

                          PatJ

                          Atlantic City

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on July 5, 2018

                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                          The food and drinks were amazing and our server was great. Great night with friends!

                        36. SH

                          SHEKY

                          1 review

                          2.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on July 3, 2018

                          overall2food2service4ambience2

                          Second time there and again the cook poured a bucket of salt into the collards....they are AWFUL!!! Mac and cheese? Eh..not creamy cheesy enough and what’s with the peas in it? Rest of our meal...shrimp P.O. boy, fried chicken, ribs...were nothing special like other people rave about! The only thing that was excellent and possibly I would only do a stop drive by to pick up is the corn bread, it’s fabulous! We gave u guys 2 tries and sorry...we will not be back! But good luck.

                        37. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Philadelphia

                          12 reviews

                          5.0

                          12 reviews

                          Dined on July 3, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Have been wanting to come here for a while, but you need to plan ahead because it's really popular. Thoroughly enjoyed the cornbread, red beans and rice, oyster po boy, and peanut butter mousse. Drinks are a little stronger than I expected (not a bad thing!), so plan your Uber accordingly 😁

                        38. B

                          Bull

                          New York Area

                          5 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on July 3, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          One of the best in the Lehigh valley ✅ food was excellent and service even better

                        39. DB

                          DBT749

                          Philadelphia

                          14 reviews

                          5.0

                          14 reviews

                          Dined on July 3, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          This was a repeat visit for us and it lived up to our expectations. Our friends were there for the first time. They liked to decor and ambiance. We ordered a few apps and small plates to share as well as two large plates. Not only were we satisfied, a large amount of food was taken home. Servings are generous. Our waitress was outstanding and pleasant.

                        40. JA

                          JamesA

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on July 2, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Offered a free meal for veterans. My 14 year old took me out for dinner. Had a great night with great company at a great restaurant!!!

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                        The Bayou Bethlehem is rated 4.5 stars by 1753 OpenTable diners.

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                        • Cross street

                          North St

                        • Neighborhood

                          Pennsylvania

                        • Hours of operation

                          Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


                          Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm


                          Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

                        • Cuisines

                          Southern, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

                        • Dining style

                          Casual Dining

                        • Dress code

                          Casual Dress

                        • Parking details

                          Guest may park in the lot across the street.

                        • Payment options

                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                        • Executive chef

                          John Magsino

                        • Additional

                          Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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