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Zest bar+grille, Bethlehem, PA

Zest bar+grille

4.6
4.6
2103 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 54 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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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Lehigh Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Lehigh Valley

    Hot Spot

  • Lehigh Valley

    Outdoor Dining

  • Lehigh Valley

    American

  • Lehigh Valley

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing night to end my birthday. My friends and I will definitely be coming back to dine. The service was more than wonderful, and the staff was calm, yet energetic. I loved it.
  2. G

    Gallantlady

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The brunch was fantastic! The shrimp BLT and the chicken sausage benedict were both excellent. Great bloody Mary's!
  3. r

    rachaelstephen

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our most recent Zest dinner was a lovely experience, as usual. Kayla provided top-notch service, and all the courses were scrumptious. The tomato soup was the best it has even been; we loved the taste of the chive oil on top. Pasta mains with the black garlic cream sauce were delicious. As a bonus, our table had a gorgeous view of both South and North Bethlehem. Thank you for yet another wonderful experience and dinner!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Boring menu food is subpar.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Our favorite date night restaurant!
  6. G

    Gigi

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Host at the front rolled her eyes at me when I asked about my reservation as well as while I was waiting the three hosts were using very vulgar language b word f word this is not what I expect when I’m at a restaurant that is considered higher end. Then the main item we wanted was already sold out the huevo ranchero it wasn’t even 1 pm yet brunch on a Sunday! Ridiculous awful service we left and took our business elsewhere
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing scenery, great location, and food+drinks were delicious!
  8. AB

    AnnB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent! Will be back again. Everything was delicious.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and wonderful service
  10. JT

    JT24

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time there. The food was absolutely delicious. Our server was wonderful.
  11. FS

    FerneS

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we return to Bethlehem we will be making a repeat visit. The food and presentation were great!
  12. JM

    JanM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the waitress was very helpful
  13. SB

    SB123

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great, drinks were tasty, and service was excellent.
  14. MN

    MichaelN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went for an anniversary date with my girlfriend on a busy Saturday, but with our reservation we were sat in minutes. Tanner, our server, was great and managed his time well between us and other tables. Only complaint was that my girlfriend ordered her filet medium well and it came out medium bordering on medium rare. It didn’t stop us from having a great night, the outdoor seating was well heated and we recommend trying it out.
  15. C

    Carissa

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent time at Zest this evening. The pork chop is amazing, my daughter’s Mac and cheese was “epic,” and my husband’s steak was great. Without a doubt we will keep coming back.
  16. RL

    RosemaryL

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and really like the restaurant setting
  17. HF

    HeatherF

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. I was very excited to sit on the patio, however the traffic noise made it hard to converse with those at the table. Certainly not any fault of the restaurant but I think next time I’d prefer sitting inside.
  18. KH

    KellyH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent setting, creative and savory food, attentive staff
  19. DR

    DanR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Bleah - the food here is overpriced and poorly done. Nicely plated, with fancy micro greens on every dish. But just ill-conceived. Gordon Ramsay would not be happy. Corn cakes in particular were terrible.
  20. CR

    CindyR

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    This was my second time here and had high expectations since I was bringing a friend from out of town for dinner for her birthday. Totally disappointed. Highlight of the evening was Travis, at the bar, who made a fabulous Manhattan and dazzled with his friendliness. Folks at the front desk were disengaged and less than welcoming. Nice waitress but really couldn’t help us choose between a special (flat iron steak) and the short ribs. Said that since the short ribs was always on the menu; go with the special!! Oil for the bread was just oil and pepper, Caesar Salad was romaine, cheese, a few croutons with mostly oil!! After a very long wait, flat iron steak was just two pieces of meat atop Yukon mashed (not bad) with half cooked and mildly warm asparagus. Waitress apologized for the long wait for food and suggested we come back again during the week when there are less people!!! We decided to skip dessert. Totally unhappy with the overall experience except for Travis. Need to really step up the quality of service and food. Sorry, so disappointed.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The beef ribs was fantastic. So was the prime steak.
  22. RB

    RobertB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambience, food, and wait staff!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience
  24. JC

    JulieC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved it so much, we made another reservation on the way out! Food was served hot and tasted wonderful.
  25. CC

    ChristineC

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was wonderful. Our server Travis was terrific! Another great experience at Zest!!
  26. a

    alexdubchik

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice environment, friendly stuff. Menu could include more items.
  27. k

    krushmoto

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had anniversary dinner at Zest. Had a nice meal and was able to sit outside on an unseasonably warm night. Will definitely be back.
  28. JD

    JaneD

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service! Our waiter Travis was very attentive to us even though it was a very business Sunday Bruch🙌 Good variety on the menu and awesome drinks. The mimosa tower was fabulous idea. Will def go back.
  29. FM

    FeliMax

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an excellent brunch here. There were vegetarian offerings which I appreciated. Our server, Travis, was very attentive and friendly. The view of the tree tops in their fall colors were spectacular. Highly recommend.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    2nd time to zest. Bar was overcome by a private event. Our server seemed very timid and in my opinion needs some training with fine dining. Or is this fine dining with staff wearing jeans! Our server kept looking over her shoulder, had to ask for bread. I asked for the Apple cake (horrible) and a to go box right away because I will not eat it all. I then had the bill dropped, she came back and said oh you didn’t get your cake. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I work at a fine dining restaurant and was disappointed.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience all around. Even though they ran out of waygu steak, the filet mignon was perfectly cooked medium rare and well seasoned. Will be returning for more meals.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Beautiful night!
  33. SE

    SteveE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Kimberly was outstanding … polite and respectful.
  34. r

    rachaelstephen

    Philadelphia

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last night was another lovely dinner at Zest. Hannah, our server, was wonderful. She was attentive, friendly, and provided excellent service. We always enjoy seeing the rest of the Zest staff as well and are always impressed by the quality of staff members. It is truly a rarity to dine at a restaurant where there is such a consistency of high food quality as well as high staff quality. We continue to be grateful to Zest for maintaining such high standards in a time very difficult for all restaurants and restaurant employees. Thank you for providing such an oasis for us in these stressful times. Finally, the aerial view of the city was gorgeous with the fall foliage.
  35. G

    Goodeats

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. The noise here can be a challenge - we asked for a table in the corner which helped. I imagine it’s less noisy in spring and summer when you can sit outside and it’s spreads the noise around more. We all had a great time and wonderful meals. On the pricey side but look at the setting!
  36. B

    Bucka

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, service attentive, nice view
  37. FM

    FromMacungie

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was excellent. Front desk staff extremely accommodating. The waitress although friendly, was not as attentive and on top of service timing as she should have been. At times we found ourselves looking to get her attention. We ordered drinks when are meal arrived and they did not show up until after we completed eating. Not sure if she was over extended or just not on her game.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service as usual!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zest is our usual spot and has never let us down, and today did not disappoint! From the service to the food and everything in between, we had a spectacular brunch experience. The biscuits and gravy were life-changing, the quiche of the day (salmon) was impeccable, and Kayla kept us laughing and smiling during each interaction.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    I didn’t like the food and neither did my friend but their drinks were amazing. Their service was great and the vibe of the restaurant is very cute. I loved their heated outdoor area as it lets you enjoy the outside even when it’s really chilly outside. Only giving them 3 stars because the food was just not good at all and that’s coming from a person who’s not a picky eater.

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 4.6 stars by 2103 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 54 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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