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Zest bar+grille

4.6
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$30 and under
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American
ZEST is the second venture for the owners of Grille 3501 in Allentown, an upscale casual restaurant which has sustained continued growth and success for over 18 years.
Located on the sixth floor of the brand new Gateway Building on the South Side of Bethlehem, ZEST offers New American fare with spectacular 180 degree views of Bethlehem. Features of the restaurant include a partially open kitchen design, an open air balcony, two completely private dining rooms, an open concept bar seating 22 guests, a huge bar area with comfortable banquette and high top seating, and a corner lounge with the best views in the space.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JDDOE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, awesome view. A bit pricey, but worth it.

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DeniseK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Thursday evening to celebrate our anniversary. We had a great experience from the time we walked through the doors. The Crab and Mango Spring Rolls were delicious and I would go back just to have those again! My husband had the Shrimp and Scallop Cakes which were also wonderful. We then shared the Duck Breast and the Short Ribs.

Not only were the apps and entrees nice but the cocktails and desserts were fantastic as well! We will be ordering bourbon from Social Still to make the South Side at home!
Well done, Zest! We hope to be back soon.

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LydiaR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience. Our server was excellent with recommendations—she was spot on with drinks as well as food! We enjoyed it thoroughly and will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to zest 4 times in the last two months. The outdoor dining is beautiful. I love it every time. Staff is so professional, nice and friendly. I work in a restaurant too and know how hard it can be at times. But the service, drinks and food are excellent every time I go. Thank you!!

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JannelB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a lovely time. We enjoyed the view while we ate outside. Highly recommend Zest!

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Holly
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The service was HORRIBLE. Party of 3 celebrating an engagement and 2 ordered apps, all ordered drinks and dinner. When 2 wanted refills, we couldn't because 1 didn't order app. She wasn't nice about it either, she gave attitude when questioned and turned on a heel walking away quick. Several drinks were ordered during dinner, but could not order another without dessert? Caroline's attitude was terrible and may never go back. I don't spend $250 on dinner just to be tricked into spending more money to have a brat as a waitress.

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viprachaelstephen
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Zest on Sundays, lately, as we find that a nice time to enjoy a relaxing early dinner. We love sitting outside and the fact that there is such an extensive outdoor seating area around two sides of the restaurant. The menu continues to be excellent as well as the service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were exceptional!

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Priscila99
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Atmosphere is great , really cool set up . Huge disappointment on the food , it had no Taste and it’s so overpriced. I cook better . Save your money and go somewhere else

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BrianM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great restaurant with great views !

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JudyL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Zest a few times. Everything is delicious and prepared perfectly!

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Debra
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From entering the restaurant to bring seated. Very pleasant. Our waiter was friendly and informative on our menu. Checked on us for any needs. Definitely on our list to return numerous times

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night at Zest! We were greeted by very friendly hosts up front on our way in from the parking garage. We had a perfect table straight in front of the doors. It was a great hybrid between outdoor and indoor dining (the windows were open, but still had a roof over our head). The drinks, and bone marrow and chicken dumpling appetizers were a fantastic start to the night. We were all even more impressed with the entrees that came shortly after. The chicken was fantastic, and my boyfriend loved the pork chop. Both of the servings were plenty big! They even covered our parking in the garage for the night. Very happy to see Zest is back open AND operating safely under the guidelines for dining! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome! Ashley was great!!!

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Fwspear106
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service, great food, great view with outside seating, nice atmosphere inside, amazing appetizers, and good drink menu. Craft beer selection is ok. Overall, amazing place to impress for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for date night, I got the chicken and he got the filet and it was incredible! The chicken was so flavorful and moist and the filet was incredibly tender. The drinks were amazing too! We’ll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great girls night out! Food and drink was amazing

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RuslanK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10th year anniversary dinner. And it was the perfect Dinner. Big thumbs up to our server Jacque, she’s the best! Will definitely return.

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BeJoHowell
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing views, amazing food! Everything we ordered was delicious from the mojitos and margaritas (mango/strawberry yum!) to the appetizers (my bf had the mussels and clams and said it was fantastic and i had the chicken dumplins that were to die for) to the main courses (bf had the mini lobster tails which were great and i had a delicious spiced pecan and goat cheese salad with grilled chicken, cranberries and a pomegranate vinaigrette! The strawberry ricotta cake for dessert was delicious as well. All food looked amazing and tasted as good at it looked. The view was fantastic overlooking steel stacks and the service was great, albeit a little slow but we liked taking our time! Oh and they handled my bf's allergy wonderfully and were able to modify his lobster while still allowing it to taste fantastic (something alot of other restaurants failed miserably to do!) I would highly recommend and can't wait to go back in the fall and sit outside (was a little hot & humid when we were there so we sat inside and felt miles apart from other guests so the social distancing was top notch! Oh and they also check temps going in the door and require face masks when away from your table which helped make everything seem safe.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The location was nice. The ambiance was nice. Setting and view was nice. The waitress was terrific. However, as good and tasty as the food was, which it was, the portions were extremely small for the amount of money spent. I spent my vet $100 on food and I left still very hungry. It was as if I only had an appetizer as my main course. I’m not a small man, I am 6’2”, 240 lbs. the small portions just don’t cut it. I can’t spend $300 on food just to satisfy my appetite.

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cWeed
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner as expected! Our server Suzy was amazing, atmosphere was pleasant and the food was great!

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KristaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on a Sunday evening, during the pandemic. There were plenty of people dining, very spaced apart and no one at the bar due to the governor's guidelines, so the noise level was pleasant. We visited before the pandemic and with a full restaurant and a packed bar, the noise level was really too much for us. Otherwise the food was excellent and service on par. We are looking forward to going again when the weather is more bearable to sit outside. It was 90 with high humidity this weekend. The view is stunning.

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MIJO
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We waited over 40 minutes to sit after previews reservation and one more hour after we order our food!

Then the manager called after a couple days being unprofessional and with an unethical attitude.

First and last time here!!

Zest bar+grille
Responded on July 28, 2020

Hello, My reason for calling was because I noticed there was no gratuity left for your server on a $200 check. This caught my attention so I called to follow up with you to make sure your everything was alright with your service, which you told me was good. I apologize if I sounded unprofessional at any point, I was just trying to check in to see why no gratuity was left for our server. I am sorry to hear you do not plan on returning, please stay safe during the pandemic. Best, Anthony Trapani

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MitzyL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very expensive. You should really tone down the prices because it’s NOT NYC. I’m from NYC and there are amazing restaurants with better views that are not that pricey.

I won’t go back. I had to send my plate back because it was too much.

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DarrylL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Nice ambiance to the restaurant, food taste outstanding.

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vipAnthonyG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent Service outstanding

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect table with great comfortable weather to have some Zest signature drinks with music playing at a perfect volume . The dinner that my wife and I were done perfectly .

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Rizzo
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will be returning very soon. Than You. Everything was very good.

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LucasS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and awesome view! Look forward to coming back!

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dine2live
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my friend fir her Birthday, good was excellent and the drinks too! They brought ice cream with cake under it with a candle. Service was great too.

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ChrisH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great rooftop atmosphere, service was very good. Yummy drinks, food was good although I think a bit over priced for what we ordered. Salads were fresh & tasty & all the food presentation was well done! We will definitely go back.
They took our temps at check in, waitstaff wore masks & gloves & our booth was partitioned (I think it had been already like like, it was our first time). They are going above and beyond with protocol, which we appreciate.

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ShirleyZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is among my favorites!! I’ve never had a bad meal here! The staff is always pleasant. Great view!!

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BenKristin
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Was a bit more
Crowded than I would of liked to
See.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!!

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ShanelleR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the host stand to my server Jacque to chef Justin I can go on forever about the wonderful dinning experience I had Saturday night with my siblings. The stop at the host stand was filled with compliments and good vibes. Jacque wow she was a joy she Impressed me in every way she was right on and knew her stuff . She was kind and very upbeat she was the perfect service for my table. The kitchen did not let me down And neither did the bar .. thank you zest

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UlissesM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Would like to have some bread or something while waiting for Our food lol.

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HoniT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Ashley was great server, excellent conversation!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

This is our second time at Zest. First of all, the server was amazing (Paula?) She was super kind and attentive. My fiancé ordered the filet. He asked for it rare-med rare. When it came out, it was medium+. He never sends food back, but he really can’t eat meat that’s been cooked that long. The manager comes over and let’s us know she will bring out another. Great! Well, the second one came out, he cut it in front of the manager and it had some pink.. more like medium again. I didn’t really appreciate her comment of it being “close.” He ate it anyway. The server could tell he wasn’t happy about it. She went ahead and told the manager (who seemingly thought everything was ok) to remove the steak from the check. I thought that was very nice of her to go out of her way since she noticed an issue. It was just unfortunate to receive the same error in the filet TWICE.. but we always take care of the server - especially since she took care of us! I just hope when we return, my fiancé will actually want to order the pork chop, but I know because of what happened, he may shy away from it.

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Christiana
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Came out quick and service was also great!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So impressed with the entire Zest staff. So professional. We felt safe and well taken care of the entire night. Great quality food and quality service.

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Zest bar+grille does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. Zest bar+grille also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 419-4320.

Zest bar+grille is rated 4.6 stars by 804 OpenTable diners.

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