Zest bar+grille

4.7
1512 Reviews
$30 and under
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 19 years.
Located on the sixth floor of the 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1512 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great

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Suoer7
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great team. Excellent hot sauce. Request it! Excellent on Sunday omelets.

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CarolS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend & I went to Zest for the first time. We had brunch & it was wonderful. We will be back!

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SabrinaW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch on the heated outdoor patio was amazing! The views of Bethlehem from the top floor were breathtaking. Service was attentive and we felt we could take our time enjoying our brunch with drinks and a view. Food was phenomenal as always. Lots of vegan options to choose from!

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Heath
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal and service!

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Steph
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time this month visiting Zest. I always have an incredible meal and wonderful experience. Zest never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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CherylS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience at Zest, we had a nice table by the window offering a view of Bethlehem. Service was excellent. Hannah at the bar makes the best drinks! We will definitely be back.

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vipDiningwithJ
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best view in Lehigh Valley by far

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vipjdk4560
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding night at Zest. We were seated outside on the patio which was extremely comfortable. Food and service was great. Highly recommend the Filet Mignon, Salmon, and Braised Ribs. Our server, Caroline, was attentive and helpful.

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vipRebeccaT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for 14 on the same day. So appreciative that they were able to accommodate. Best Bethlehem dining experience!

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Skumy
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very friendly staff and the waitress was very knowledgeable of the menu offerings.

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KarinaF
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent, everybody was so friendly. Our waitress was clear with the specials and was very nice !! Our family will definitely keep going .

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VanessaP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it ! My waitress was absolutely amazing. The food was phenomenal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was fantastic! Beautiful views and delicious brunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at Zest. The food , service and ambiance was excellent. We ordered from their brunch menu and it was delicious. Highly recommend!

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JamesM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the tomato soup was very good. And the short rib hash was incredible. The server was very friendly and helpful.
This was our second visit to Zest but first for brunch and we will definitely be back.

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HopeS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Beautiful place! I got duck breast which was cooked perfectly! And the drinks weren't too strong nor weak. The only thing is the charcuterie board could have used some more bread.. and they need to figure out the parking situation. The parking says "your phone is your ticket" then when they tell you at the restaurant you'll get a parking voucher, they wouldn't give it to us because we needed a paper ticket. Not a huge deal, but can be a bit inconvenient. Other than that, I love ZEST.

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rosemaryb
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Well-managed restaurant with original dishes, excellent service and a nice view.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great! Food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

I just want to note that this is my first open table review. I have used OpenTable over 100 times and have dined out many and this is actually the first time I’m taking the time to write a review because I am so disappointed in this restaurant.

First, I must first say that I was so excited to dine at Zest. When we walked in we were extremely pleased with the atmosphere. It provided a Industrial vibe.

I would say the server we had was good. She just had a very aggressive personality, which was not a good mix with our party.

Now to the most important part THE FOOD. The menu had a lot of trendy new items, which was exciting for a foodie. However the food was a 2 out of 10 at best. We were told they were famous for their chicken dumplings, but they came out tasting like something you would buy at Sam’s Club in the frozen food section. The crispy duck wings should be called soggy duck wings. We had to send back the octopus because it tasted off. Very fishy. Then the manager came over and said that if they remade the dish it would still come out fishy. SMH. The bone marrow appetizer was so salty. I had to scrape off all of the salt to be able to eat it. The salad was average and it looked like something you would make and serve at home. Nothing fancy and to me very poorly displayed.

Overall I would never go back and to me a total waste of money. Maybe the kitchen was having an off night, but my experience was that the food was below average. I would have been happy to have stayed home and ordered Pizza Hut over this place.

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Bobb
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and well-timed service. I was surprised that they “were out of” a specific, mid-shelf brand of gin that I requested. Odd that a restaurant that prides itself on customer experience would run out on a Friday evening.

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DonaldF
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and waitress was friendly, and efficient , atmosphere was FABULOUS!

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DrDianne
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to be there. Food and service are excellent and we’re always made to feel welcome.

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EvelynG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place amazing food , drinks and service

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vipBGT1
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zest is a fun place, with good food and friendly service in a great atmosphere and view.

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DonnaH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambiance and service are superb

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ParveenS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really loved our visit. Our server Hannah was very sweet and kind.

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Pris
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch and the food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Excellent menu options!

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MelanieR
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I have had in a long time. Our server was super friendly and helpful. The view can’t be beat for the valley. ❤️❤️❤️

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AshleyO
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and view were great. Great service and beautiful place

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MackenzieV
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere and food!

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viprachaelstephen
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at Zest. We were eager to try the new autumn menu, and it did not disappoint. The soup of the day was butternut squash which was scrumptious and among the very best butternut squash soups we have ever eaten. It had the perfect balance of flavors, and the pumpkin seeds on top were a nice touch. Another highlight were the chickpeas which we always order for an appetizer. Now, they are available with vegan feta which is even more tasty than regular feta! The carrot cake dessert is delicious. Not being raisin fans, we are delighted that Zest's version does not have raisins or nuts (which we don't like inside cakes) inside the cake. Our server was Hannah, and she was, as always, top-notch. Thank you for another exceptional meal and dining experience! As always, we applaud your consistency in both food quality and service.

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Teesha
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing but excellence when my daughter and I slide through.

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JoeW
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My wife and I went to Zest to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.
Food was delicious and the service was great!
Some of the food seemed a little overpriced, especially the salads.
When I made the reservation I requested a table for two that would be a little more private. They ended up putting us at a four seat hightop table by the window. View was great but I was a little disappointed that no one noticed my request. There was a group behind us that was pretty noisy.
All that being said, we had a good time and would definitely consider visiting again.

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ridn4life
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great birthday dinner. Wonderful atmosphere, food, and service!

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vipJLeigh524
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Drinks were good, dessert was good lunch was average. Nice place, though. Would consider trying again. Front desk was pleasant but a little disjointed.

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Shannon
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the view was excellent. I recommend sitting outside of the weather permits because it’s so beautiful.

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You can order delivery directly from Zest bar+grille using the Order Online button. Zest bar+grille also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 419-4320.

Zest bar+grille is rated 4.7 stars by 1512 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.