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Zest bar+grille, Bethlehem, PA

Zest bar+grille

4.7
4.7
1896 Reviews
$30 and under
American
ZEST is the second venture for the owners of Grille 3501, an upscale casual restaurant which has sustained continued growth and success for over 20 years.
Located on the 6th floor of the Gateway Building on the South Side of Bethlehem, ZEST has had the honor of being awarded the Lehigh Valley's favorite rooftop of 2021, favorite atmosphere of 2020, and favorite new restaurant of 2019. Chef Justin Cogan brings New American cuisine to life with signature dishes including braised beef short ribs and crab & mango spring rolls. The views whether you choose to sit indoors or outdoors are unparalleled. The 130 seat balcony lets you take in the sights of the southside like the steel stacks, Fahy and Hill to Hill bridges, and Bethlehem city hall in the distance. ZEST also features a partially open kitchen design, large 20 seat bar, and an indoor space with panoramic accordion sliding windows that let you experience the best of both worlds.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (610) 419-4320

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Justin Cogan

  • Private party facilities

    ZEST offers a variety of private dining and multiple semi-private options.

  • Private party contact

    Jacque Buz: (833) 917-0947

  • Neighborhood

    Bethlehem

  • Cross street

    Third and New Streets

  • Parking details

    Zest provides parking vouchers for free parking in the New St Parking Garage for up to two hours. . Open-air pedestrian bridge located on level 7 of the parking garage Park on either the third, fourth, or fifth floors to walk access the indoor walk across bridge. Take the elevator to the sixth floor when inside our building.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,896 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Lehigh Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Lehigh Valley

    Great for Brunch

  • Lehigh Valley

    Hot Spot

  • Lehigh Valley

    Outdoor Dining

  • Lehigh Valley

    American

  • Lehigh Valley

    Most Booked

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  1. EF

    EricF

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated us right away, great service and food. It was our first time here and we will return.
  2. JP

    JackP

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love this place
  3. MB

    MimiB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was really good and the food and drinks were delicious! Good to be able to eat outside on the patio, too!
  4. r

    rachaelstephen

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another lovely dinner at Zest! As always, we were very pleased with the food as well as the wonderful, attentive service from Kayla, our server, as well as all support staff! Zest continues to deliver a degree of consistency and excellence that is nearly unheard of nowadays. We continue to commend management for setting the tone and standards as well as the staff who are equally committed to providing an extraordinary dining experience.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants. Did not disappoint.
  6. B

    Beth

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good food and drink. Travis, our server was outstanding.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The blueberry yuzu creme brulee slaps
  8. TF

    ThomasF

    Wilmington

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Views are great. Food very good
  9. K

    Kirstin

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks with fast service. Kayla was the best server ever!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It took a significant amount of time for the entrees to come out, but other than that things were great
  11. E

    Ebell

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was amazing. Beer could have been better. Service for food great. Atmosphere outside was really nice. Friendly server. Prices were high. Overall highly recommended.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me encanto el ambiente , el servicio el camarero fue muy muy gentil , nos aconsejó acerca de los platos y sus ingredientes al igual q las bebidas , el brunch estuvo riquísimo yo pedí unos CAPRESE BENEDICT y que ricuraaaaa y la mimosa estuvo riquísima igual !!! Mis compañeros pidieron unos huevos rancheros y también quedaron fascinados con las bebidas y los tragos de verdad que me gustaría que este servicio de brunch estuviera en la semana también pero dicen que en la semana es flojo !! Pero si pueden pasarse un domingo por allá PERFECTAMENTE RECOMENDADO AL 100%
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, service was excellent, drinks were fab
  14. WS

    WestShoreDiner

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Clearly, the main attraction here is the view. There are lots of tables on the outdoor patio overlooking Bethlehem's Southside, and we were there on a beautiful day, so it was a very pleasant atmosphere. The food was very good, but not spectacular, and quite pricey for what it was. But again, one is paying a premium for the view and setting. (For dinner for 4, with a total of 5 drinks, and a total of 2 appetizers and 2 desserts for the table, our tab was about $280, before tip.) The service was top-notch, very friendly and attentive, and the server gave the impression that she truly enjoys her job, which is always a plus. We will be back, but only on another lovely day when we can enjoy the outdoor seating. (I suspect that indoor tables near the windows are nice, too.)
  15. MF

    MFalcone15

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints!
  16. MC

    MichaelC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For those dining in South Bethlehem, Zest is definitely a unique fine dining experience. The view from this rooftop floor establishment alone, is worth the visit. Attentive staff, Creative "New American" menu.
  17. GH

    GuacHeaven

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Anniversary dinner was ok. We had the charcuterie & the duck. It was cooked well just not that great or anything standout. The cocktails were very good.
  18. R

    Ruby

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was amazing. Outdoor dining was spectacular!
  19. VD

    ValerieD

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing view, delicious food and wonderful service.
  20. HM

    HollyM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful space with a friendly attentive staff and delicious food. Our favorite Bethlehem restaurant.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at Zest. The location is perfect, beautiful restaurant with an amazing view. The bar is has a good variety of wines and liquors and mimosas a must. We went for my husband’s birthday and it was a really good first brunch experience. Will come back for regular dining.
  22. XB

    XavierB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wish I could give them 10 stars. Me and my wife loved the scenery and environment. The food is also marvelous. We celebrated our first anniversary here and it was definitely a night to remember. Our host was excellent, the kids menu was great for our children and my family loved the experience. We cannot wait to come back and would highly recommend Zest!!
  23. PJ

    PaJay

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had seen great reviews of this place, and it lived up to its' expectations. We were seated on time for our reservation, they accomodated our request to sit outside where we had a nice view of the city. Waiters and staff were prompt and courteous. Drinks, appetizers and entrees were creative and extremely good. Can't remember the last time I've had a meal as good as this. If anyone writes a bad review about this place, then they are the type that cannot be pleased (like that teacher or professor that always had a negative comment)!
  24. PP

    PatriciaP

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and ambiance, spectacular view. I had the pasta dish of the day. The fettuccine, the sauce, and the shrimps were so tasty. my husband had the salmon, which was also super delicious. the Picante margarita was so special too. we leave about 2 hours away, otherwise, this would be a place to visit often for sure.
  25. H

    Hoppy

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Overall loved the rooftop experience, drinks where good love the carb and shrimp spring rolls as for my main course the Mahi Mahi fish with zucchini had no seasoning at all and for the prices of those main dishes they should have lots of favor to them. My 1st time here and I was not impressed at all!
  26. s

    steve

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at Zest! What a view of Bethlehem! Food was amazing and service was equally as good! Thanks Zest! We’ll be back!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent! A bit noisy.
  28. CC

    ClydeC

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The view was great. The service was awesome. But the food was terrible both steaks came out horrifically over cooked when ordered med rare. The potatoes where so hard it was like they where never even cook along with the carrots. The asparagus was over cooked. I would have to say I will not be returning. And neither will my family or friends. Shame it could be a great place.
  29. j

    johnny47

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Started out at the bar for happy hour and was seated for a delicious meal. There aren’t a lot of dinner entre choices, but all of them are expertly prepared. Don’t expect any children’s meals, so recommend leaving the kiddies at home.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and drinks, as always. Our server was also super friendly. I had my four year-old son with me and they were so kind to him. They have a recent kids menu too.
  31. LJ

    LorraineJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & service were excellent. Will definitely be back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Graduation
  33. MS

    MattyStarr

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best view in The Valley! Great food and drink as always! Love EST!
  34. AB

    AnnB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a great server, very friendly and prompt. The selections on the menu all looked wonderful and we all really enjoyed being outside as it was a perfect day! Two minor complaints: my husband's burger came well done when he specified medium rare and my daughter's egg benedict came with one of the eggs hard cooked. Everything else was very good. We'll be back!
  35. JL

    JessiLyne

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Accommodations were spectacular at Sunday brunch. Provided my table of 7 with a great location, got all of our beverages quickly, and were able to service any food allergies. I had the crispy palisse to start - delicious, warm, filling, with the mole, sunflower seeds and radishes. My entree was the vegetarian sausage sandwich with a side salad. Beautiful presentation, wholesome, and delicious Beyond patty with fennel - so happy with my experience!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary! Awesome food & drinks! The view was amazing!!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last night was my second time at Zest in as many months. I was with my parents and sister, who was visiting from South Carolina. I was expecting a wonderful evening and it turned out to be an even more superior event! It's not merely a restaurant, it's a destination worth every dollar! 55 years of going out to eat and Zest is the GOAT.
  39. M

    Matt

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Old menu, in need of updates. Chicken Dumplings were overcooked and served cold. Not ready to invest in dinner if appetizers are not prepared well Drinks were excellent and service impeccable.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere, service was excellent

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 1896 OpenTable diners.

Zest bar+grille does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today
Google Map for Zest bar+grille

306 S New St Bethlehem, PA 18015

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Third and New Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Bethlehem

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Zest provides parking vouchers for free parking in the New St Parking Garage for up to two hours. . Open-air pedestrian bridge located on level 7 of the parking garage Park on either the third, fourth, or fifth floors to walk access the indoor walk across bridge. Take the elevator to the sixth floor when inside our building.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Justin Cogan

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (610) 419-4320

  • Private party facilities

    ZEST offers a variety of private dining and multiple semi-private options.

  • Private party contact

    Jacque Buz: (833) 917-0947

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