Zest bar+grille

4.7
1174 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 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1174 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.8
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Just delightful! Visited for my birthday, outdoor seating. Awesome view. Be prepared for college night life down on street level. Otherwise must go!

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vipLindaF
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Setting, service, and food were outstanding! We will definitely be going back!

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KeriW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great view, excellent service. Food was very tasty!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent. We sat outside from which the view was great. Service was pretty good although we were never asked if we wanted another drink even though both our glasses were empty for quite awhile.

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LucyS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Let me just tell you, we have been in seclusion due to COVID, but over the last 2 months decided to start eating back out again. We just visited Kome and Melt within the last few weeks and had a a good time at both. However, the food at Zest bar + grille blows both places right out of the water. I had the salmon and pasta dish that was on the special menu and I can not stress enough how incredible this meal was!!! My husband had the duck and my 3 boys had chicken and pasta and there was not one plate left with any food in it. Incredible!!! From the food, to the ambiance, wine, view, staff, etc...this restaurant tops our list! Please continue to impress us!!!

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JuanM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome food and environment. Great views of the surrounding areas and the sunset is awesome, if you're there at that time. Prices are moderate and the food is well worth it. Parking is adjacent to the building and you get to cross a sky bridge to get to the restaurant. Kind of exciting actually... I loved my time there and will return soon.

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vipAniekaSouthern
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day Brunch

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Emily
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single time I’ve been here I’ve had a great time! Great view, great waitresses, great food, great drinks. I have recommended it to many friends and family and will continue to do so!

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Komalia
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Lobster is on the regular menu and not a special so there should be no reason to run out. We opted for scallops and while they tasted good, they were overpriced for just 4. The food itself took an awfully long time to come out and once it did, my filet was cold. They brought a second steak out but this was under cooked and charred. Server was apologetic and sympathetic which we appreciated but we likely won’t return for dinner.

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MimiB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, service was excellent, and we enjoyed being able to sit out on the patio where it's safer and we could watch a lovely sunset!

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SharonW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time I have dined at Zest! The restaurant was very cool, I especially love the view. The food was awesome and moderately priced. I will definitely return!

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Carlotta
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner was delicious but one person, in my party, said his steak was a bit overdone. Also, we originally were seated by a door. When people were going in & out to the outside patio the door would bang shut. We asked to be moved and the host immediately complied.
Overall everything else was above average.

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CarolynD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food great service

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JuneF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good set up for social distancing. Always a go to place when foodie friends come to town fir a visit.

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RobertH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice!

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DebiB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wonderful filets!

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RobertM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views. Excellent food. Lots of outdoor seating.

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AnishaMW1234
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really great vibe, food, and service. A little pricey, but worth the price.

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NishiaC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The waitress was not personable or attentive. My steak was not cooked properly and my drink was too strong. But I enjoyed going to zest and will return.

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vipAnthonyG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We had high expectations as we have heard very good things and have been wanting to go here ever since it opened. My spouse and I finally were able to have a date night and time by ourselves. When we got there, we were seated almost right away, but it took almost 15 minutes for a server to come over and greet us and take our drink order and another 10 minutes to get our drinks. We ordered a charcuterie board which barely had anything on it (not worth it for the price of $19). We then had our meals and the sides that came with my meal were so bland I had to ask for salt. My spouses duck was also over cooked and his sides were bland as well. We left without ordering dessert because we were so disappointed with everything else. Our server was nice, but not attentive. I am not usually a complainer, but when you only get so many date nights, it was disappointing.

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vipfoodjunkie
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner at ZEST! From drinks to dessert and everything in between is was fantastic! It is a wonderful venue and is one of our favorite places!!

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CoryH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could not be happier with our choice to visit Zest for a special date night. The food and drink selections were great, the view was nice, and the service was excellent.

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CindyS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We had to pay $10.00 to reserve a table. Who does that? The food was terribly spicy and weird. Also, very expensive! It was terribly overpriced for the amount of awful food. Will not go back.

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CourtneyB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service! Karly was absolutely incredible polite and caring on our special date night. Food was jaw dropping just like the views of the valley on the clear day we had. Sitting outside the heat lamps were on so it was absolute perfection. Also the bartender did not disappoint. Our new favorite date night location.

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vipBobT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the new menu and the vibe at zest is amazing.

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Marlene
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were very good, however the menu is very limited and the dishes tend to all have ingredients/spices that are not familiar to the average person. If you're someone who likes to experiment with different kinds of foods/tastes, then that's a good thing. But if you're the kind of person who likes to stick with what you know you like, then the menu choices may be to your liking.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I wish they didn’t get rid of happy hour!

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JosephF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, the outdoor patio is an incredible place to have a nice meal

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall very good

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LisaM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and service were wonderful!
Highly recommend!

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LacretiaL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this restaurant from the food, the drinks, and our server. I highly recommend that everybody check it out.

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AngelaK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience of sitting out on the balcony was so perfect and beautiful, especially this time of year (Spring). The waitress was the nicest person ever and the food was delicious! The portion sizes were larger than I thought they'd be, which was awesome. The chicken in the chicken and waffles was so crispy and crunchy on the outside but so tender inside, it was delish! And the mimosa tower is just pure joy! I will definitely come back for brunch and try dinner to see the skyline at night!

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sfarkas
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a Sunday brunch. It was beautiful out and great service and food was delivered quickly! Charcuturie board was my favorite!

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KrystalA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was amazing and the staff were phenomenal.

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MeganB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zest Brunch is a must schedule for any and all Sunday brunches. Whether it is with family, long time friends, or a brunch date it is worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good first experience. The mimosa tower was an experienced and were very good. Food was good but they would not allow substitutions which was disappointing. Would like to see them expand the brunch menu a little more. I’d definitely return. It’s a bit out of the way but worth it on a beautiful day like yesterday

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DanielleL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit and I loved it! It was a beautiful day for Sunday brunch and we sat outside enjoying the beautiful view of Bethlehem. Very timely, lovely staff, and great food

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the ambiance. Our waitress was amazing as well and very good at remedying issues. I’m a vegetarian (or pescatarian when it’s hard to be full vegetarian) and they were sold out of the two things I was able to eat however they put together a lovely tofu dish with the same sides as the sea bass and it was amazing! I would definitely order that again and encourage any vegetarian to do so as well! I also ordered a strawberry mojito and as someone who doesn’t even like alcohol this drink was delicious! The crab, mango spring rolls are so good and everyone was pleased with their dishes as well. Filet mignon was cooked to perfection for my fiancé and friends and dessert was great too. Definitely will be coming back!

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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 1174 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.