The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar
A welcoming approach to old-world hospitality with an urban vibe and new-
world flair. The Hamilton will take you back to the days of the public house, where both locals and visitors gathered for a heartwarming, good meal, great conversation and flowing libations.
The Hamilton will showcase seasonal American cuisine, featuring takes on regional classics from around the country and the family dinner table.
Always a pleasure, great staff, great food. Good vegetarian options.
The noise level was actually the WORST part of our dinner. It also took close to 10 minutes for our server to acknowledge us after the hostess sat us. But, back to the noise level. Not only was there a festival right outside the restaurant, which, is not the restaurant problem, in hindsight, but we should also have asked to be placed away from the main entrance. I wish the restaurant had the insight as well to sit the patrons far away from such a noisy area though. Once we got over that, the bar was so loud and the noise is so poorly handled in the interior design, we could clearly hear a conversation a small party was having (granted--they were shouting). We brought up this concern to the server and he dismissed it. The food was great as always as well as the cocktails. I'd come back, of course, but certainly away from the bar and the entrance.
Well, after reading reviews before I booked my reservation I was a bit hesitant. However, being a local (born and raised in this city) I decided to give it a go. I understood that there was a recent change in ownership/management and have visited & dined here before the changes and was always very happy. Unfortunately things in the kitchen are not working out. We were seated upon arrival, 15 min before our 6:30 reservation time. I was very happy as we were attending an event at the PPL Center at 7:30P. The server was very attentive. We ordered drinks and were served them within just a few minutes after being seated. We ordered our dinners at 6:20 and were still waiting at 7:05 for our meals! Upon surveying the rest of the restaurant it seemed that most tables were experiencing the same waits. Our server checked on us many times and eventually told us that she would have the manager come see us. Our meals arrived at about 7:15 and they honestly were quite average. My daughter ordered the crab cake and house salad. I had the zucchini noodles with salmon. Not complicated dishes and definitely not needing an hour to prepare. The manager did approach us after we ate. I explained what occurred and she just nodded her head in agreement and apologized and did take care of taking care of our meals. I appreciated it and really do hope they can improve. I will give them another try in about a month and truly hope they can turn things around. This is a beautiful restaurant in the heart of a revitalized downtown Allentown
I was disappointed with the BALT sandwich I ordered. Bacon/Avocado/Lettuce/Tomato. I was expecting a big ole sandwich on fun chunky bread, but what I got was a thin white bread sandwich with a sliver of tomato, sliver of avocado, sliver of lettuce and one slice of bacon. I left still hungry.
Hate to be negative, but: Four of us were there for over an hour, and only got our food 5 minutes before we had to leave. We'd told them of the concert across the street. There was only a limited menu (due to the concert crowd?), so we thought that would speed things up. The food was OK but bland. The waitress was friendly (not her fault). She said the kitchen was having some kind of problem.
We went to this restaurant prior to attending a concert across the street. We expected it to be busy. We did not expect to not get drinks, appetizers, salad, or our entrees for an hour.
Server was not very attentive. Had to flag her down for drink refills and bread. We were seated 55 minutes before food arrived. It was noticeable that items were waiting awhile before being brought to the table, as the gravy on the chicken and dumplings was congealed and the burger was barely warm. The quality of the food was just mediocre, certainly not worth the price. When we were able to flag the server down to ask when our food was coming, she stated "soon" and the kitchen was crazy busy. As it is across from the PPL Center and an evening when there was a concert for which we had tickets, I would have thought that the staffing should have been beefed up to accommodate the rush of diners with tickets to the concert.
I was looking forward to eating here as I have heard so many wonderful things about it. However, not only was I disappointed, I didn't even get to try any of the food. A few friends, myself and my daughter went there before a concert at the PPL center. The concert started at 7:30pm and we had a reservation for 5:45pm. We were promptly seated as the restaurant looked busy but was not full. The waitress came and took our drink order. My daughter asked if they had lemonade and the waitress was unsure as they made it another night but didn't know if they had it that night. We gave our food order, we all ordered salads with chicken, I also got the tomato soup, and since they do not have a kids menu, my daughter ordered french fries and my friend's daughter ordered mozzarella sticks. Then we just waited. My friend used the restroom and there was no soap, so she went to the front to tell them and there was a guy behind her and he asked her if she was waiting for her food, at that point we were waiting probably 25 min, so no big deal. He had told her he had been waiting for an hour. We continued to wait longer, no it was 7:10 and we still didn't have food, the kids were hungry and the concert was starting in 20 min. My friend went to go find a manager and as she was gone, a woman walked up to our table and asked us how long we had been waiting, we told her quite a bit and she had said they had been there since 5, and still had not received food 2 hours later! The manager came over and said she would comp us all of our food and drinks and pack it up that they were still making the chicken??? We told her that we can't take the food into the PPL center so it was a waste to pack it up, and that we had to leave. She was apologetic, but also didn't have a reason as to why this happened. Like I said it was "busy" but not crowded, and there was also an event going on, so you think they would have been staffed properly. I was super disappointed.
The service was very poor and the wait time was extremely long. The food was good (once we got it) but had to rush to eat it to get to our concert on time. There were 5 of us and when the server finally brought the last 2 orders, she proceeded to tell me that she forgot to put in my order and now the kitchen was out of the special that I had ordered and suggested I look at the menu to choose something else. At this point we would not have had enough time to wait for them to cook me another order, even if they "rushed" it as she suggested. Everyone in the restaurant seemed to be experiencing long wait times that evening. Not sure what was going on but it was not a good experience.
We went there before a concert at PPL Center, early reservation. We weren't aware that the menu had been totally changed with fewer selections. Waiter was attentive. Drink was tasty but very small, half a small glass for $14! Likewise, the wine pour was skimpy for the prices. Tomato soup was tasty but crostini in bowl was impossible to break apart. Crab cake was good but sauce was forgotten to be put on plate. Lemon meringue pie wasn't good. Tough crust, runny lemon & soft meringue. Waiter immediately volunteered to take it off bill which was nice.
We'd been there many times and thought it was very good. This last visit, not so much sad to say.
Great food and service. There was live music on Friday evening so it was a bit challenging to talk at dinner. I recommend this place to anyone in the market for delicious and original food.
Food was terrible and while the server was nice enough, had apparently never been a server before. The only thing good about the meal was the martini.
Menu change is still a work in progress, with staples being removed and cheaper to make fare being added. Service was disjointed: dinner sides came out with appetizers and lack of understanding of drink options was on full display.
The Hamilton Bar & Grill is a lovely space and the server was friendly, but the service was crazy slow even though the restaurant was half empty and we had reservations! It took 10 minutes after being seated to flag down someone to give us the cocktail menu and 22 minutes before just our drink order was taken. When the server returned with our drinks (a good 10+ minutes later), she insisted on only taking our appetizer order. One person with the grain salad the the two people with tomato soup enjoyed those dishes, but the French Dip, pot roast, and other dishes were described as very disappointing. Also, it was noisy enough (half full) that we couldn't hear the person directly across the table from us. Overall, very disappointing.
2 seater tables so deep we felt like we were miles apart. Most recent menu is less inventive than in the past and meals were just ok. Cocktails were not chilled enough.
Service was awful - waiter thought he was making a speech and did not acknowledge us at all - his main objective was trying to build a huge tab. We ordered our food at 5:35 and it arrived at the table at 6:30.
Happy that i invited another couple and my wife and they enjoyed the entrees they otdered
3rd experience at Hamilton... decent place but over priced considering the quality of product delivered. Will likely spend my $ elsewhere
The food was delicious, the wait staff AWESOME and very knowledgeable. It was my daughter's first Mother's Day and she was very excited.
I love the interior of this restaurant. The seating is comfortable and you are easily able to have conversations. The menu was limited but everything came out as ordered and very tasty. It was a nice evening out.
The last time I was at Hamilton was about two years ago. I seem to remember it being much better back then! Our server was nice but super awkward and not well trained. The dinner menu is odd - lots of sandwiches and lunch type items on the menu. My husband ordered the burger which seemed fine and came with good fries. My kids ordered lasagna which looked pretty good. I ordered Chicken Paprikash which arrived to the table cold and not very tasty. I guess it's more of a happy hour place and not the greatest for food.
Was super loud and the menu was very small. We have been there many times and always enjoyed the food. This time was disappointing with few appetizer choices and few main meal choices.
Very noisy atmosphere and could not here each other’s conversations without raising voices and leaning into to listen. Food was average but not to the quality that was expected for the price. Service was good but because of noise levels very hard to understand server. I would not recommend this restaurant mostly due to noise levels.
We had the worst service we have ever had. We were seated an hour and twenty minutes before our food arrived.
Every aspect of the dinner was excellent. Service was great, I felt like I was the only customer. The decor, the building lovely.
Not busy for a Saturday night..several light bulbs out throughout the restaurant..sat us at dark booth before we asked to be moved..the food and drinks were overpriced..the soup was good but the pot roast had too much sauce..disappointing because i want to see downtown allentown thrive.
The evening started out a bit off as our drinks were very slow to arrive. Then two of them were made incorrectly. That SNAFU took awhile to be fixed. They didn't bring bread until we asked for it . The food was good but we had some issues with it not being warm enough.
Our waitress seemed to have some difficulty paying attention to details.
Easter. Great atmosphere, food and service.
Easter dinner. Food was cold
been there 8-15 times over 2 years. It started slow but gained momemntum Really enjoyed the venue and the drinks. . Since it changed hands went down hill quickly. Menu sparse to say the least. Wasn't loud (Friday 7:00ish). Ten people max in the dinning room. Janele the waitress was the bright spot.Seemed to really enjoy working with people.
Note to new owners NEEDS WORK
So bummed with my dinner here. The bright spot: The service was good - friendly and pretty quick. I've had dinner here several times and after tonight won't be back. The popovers used to be fresh, warm and soft but tonight were crunchy and overdone. My husband ordered the NY strip, rare. It came out medium rare to medium and was incredibly bland. Just overcooked and under seasoned. I got the scallop dish, which was also under seasoned. The flavors were there, just needed something more. The cauliflower rice was dry and bland and honestly unrecognizable from any cauliflower rice I've had before. There were 4, maybe 5 medium sized scallops and 4 small slices of sweet potato. Paid $34 and left hungry. For that price with the size of the dish it should have been impeccable but it really fell flat.
Then there's the drink menu. I used to love the drink menu here, there was a decent variety of herbal-ly drinks, fruity drinks and then the bourbon drinks. There was a total of 6 drinks featured on the menu. A Manhattan, an old fashioned, an Autumn version of both of those, and 2 other Autumn drinks. It's April! The beer menu was also outdated.
I felt too bad to complain to the server, because he did his job well, but we paid over $100 for dinner and left disappointed. I'm sad this place changed ownership and hope the new owners get it together, but I won't go back to find out
The Hamilton wasn’t “The Hamilton” it used to be. Since merging with the other restaurant and having their management change it isn’t the same. They took some great stuff off the menu, and didn’t even have a menu listing their whiskeys.
menu has gone far down hill. It used to be a favorite, but I don't think that Ill be going back. Servers were friendly but not very knowledgable
Loved the fact you don't have 40 items to choose from. Excellent bread before dinner, ambiance, service and cuisine.
Chicken was dry, crab cakes have a weird flavor to them.
Great food, nice room, nice atmosphere. Lively, but we could still talk and hear each other without yelling.
I have dines at HK several times and have always enjoyed good food and service.
Over priced food for small quantify of high markup food
The Hamilton Kitchen recently changed ownership and we can’t help but think that affected our experience. The menu has been scaled down tremendously and some of the items left are very eclectic. The tropical entrees ranged from a New York strip to a chicken sandwich. Although our food tasted good, the experience didn’t leave us with anything as a WOW. We will give it another try again soon though!