Zest bar+grille

4.7
1081 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 1081 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall4food2service3ambience5

I expected more breakfast options instead of 5-6 limited options that were more for lunch than brunch. Also, somewhat pricey..a mimosa tower for 75$??

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Cork63
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was wonderful! Highly recommend.

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Robert
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Our experience with another couple was not good at Zest. No one actually enjoyed their meal. My filet came out well done after ordering medium. Salad was mediocre and price was extraordinary for what we experienced.

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

It’s fun for a romantic date night or a girls night! A nice treat and the food is impeccable! You have to go especially for the view. Also a word of advice make reservations before you go! Reservations is highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Outside dining with heaters and under a tent is wonderful.

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AnnaA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and adult beverages!

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AliceB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful from beginning to end.
The staff was very helpful with any questions asked.
The service was great.
The food was was well presented and delicious.

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HelenaM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, ambiance all top level!

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JohnT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , great service , great atmosphere! I tried the short rib buns and the octopus for apps and everyone at the table enjoyed. My main course I had the sea bass which was over the top delicious! Would def recommend to anyone for any occasion.

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JoanandLuis
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love the crab and mango spring rolls...my new favorite are the crispy short rib buns.

I was disappointed in the lavender mint julep. The mint was way too much and not muddled at all. The drink should’ve been strained. There were so many lavender seeds. I didn’t even finish it.

The service was ok. The server came around once and a while.

The host really made our experience. She was so friendly and kind.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ashley was our very personable server today for the first day of their brunch menu.Things moved along quite smoothly and we weren’t rushed with our meals. My meal ,both the soup of the day and the frittata of the day, was delicious and plentiful. My daughter enjoyed her cocktails, which appeared to be new on the brunch menu. I had mentioned in my reservation to be seated by a window if possible, and my request was acknowledged. My only recommendation to their brunch menu would be to add a couple of desserts, as many of the meal choices are savory and having something a little sweet at the end of the meal would be a nice finish!

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Joshua
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great dinner date. Zest was great from start to finish. Food was amazing. Will come back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here. 100% recommended

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Patrick
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views of Bethlehem from this 6th floor restaurant. They validate your parking pass, so you only walk a few feet from car to elevator (try to park on level three in the garage, where the walkway takes you right to the elevator!) 4th time dining at Zest, and the quality of the food is consistently good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about this place. The stuff was very attentive and the foods was delicious. They greeted happy birthday to my husband when we checked in. I would recommend this place to anyone. The food and appetizers came out real fast compare to other restaurants I have been to. Perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Service and food.

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AmberN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as well as service would definitely recommend!

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HaydeeR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I mean everything on the menu is as good as it looks. Can't wait to go back this time during dinner time.

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MarceloD
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best filet mignon I've ever eaten in my life.

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Joyoflife
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The outside heat lamps are set too high so on a cold night, they are ineffective. Once inside the ambiance is great although noisy. The service was outstanding. The food is somewhat overpriced and very small portions, but the drinks are excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's one of my wife and I favorite restaurant in the Bethlehem area. The food and drinks are always good.

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AylaH
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Views and atmosphere where great also great server - but the food isn’t all it’s cracked up to be . Overpriced overall for what you get drink and meal wise

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UlissesM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice views and friendly staff

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vipHolsB
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food! Attentive wait staff! A little chilly. Even with the heater on for 2 of our companions.

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MichaelP
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Zest to celebrate our anniversary. I had originally requested outdoor seating since it was our first public dining experience in over a year. The hostess could see that we were not very enthused as she brought us to the outside table. She did a great job of reading our minds and immediately inquired about switching to indoor dining. She took us to a perfect table with a gorgeous views of both sides of Bethlehem. With plexiglass dividers and social distancing in place, it was obvious a lot of planning went in place to ensure that everyone was safe. Our server Jackie was outstanding as she paced the arrival of our drinks and meal. A special call out to Social Still for the tasty Southside. My wife had the scallops with quinoa and pea puree which were of course zestful. I had the Brazilian sea bass with forbidden rice. Everything was flavorful and perfectly prepared. Jackie brought us a special added bonus of two glasses of champagne to top off our evening. It was wonderful to return to Zest once again.

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MattL
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner experience! Implemented a classy but covid safe environment

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paperjam79
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Decided on Zest for our anniversary. We were greeted by our hostess withhappy anniversary and asked if we have a preference for seating. We always like a window table for a great view of Bethlehem from the 6th floor of the building. We were greeted by our server and ordered drinks. They make awesome drinks. I had the strawberry margaritas with a rim of salt and my wife had chardonnay. They have a great wine list. We each had the filet mignon and added lobster tail. We asked for medium for filet and it was broiled to perfection. The lobster was also broiled to perfection. Not dried out or tough like some other places we have been to. They go out of there way to make sure you are pleased with your food. We will definitely be back again.

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amanda
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out. Our server Jackie was the best! So friendly and attentive. Gave great food/drink recommendations. Can’t wait to go back

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TAS28
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zest never disappoints! Great food, great drinks, great service.

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VikasY
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always.

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CharlesB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Great cocktail menu, scallops and duck breast all the way!

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Kmikbella
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent we were extremely happy with food and ambiance

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Malika
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and ambiance was inviting . Will definitely dine here again!

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Jesse
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Go to Zest now, whenever, soon, repeatedly!

Location: Great, fresh, new, and if nothing else, enjoy the view of historic Bethlehem from your open-air perch, six floors up!

Parking: Very reasonable and the garage is attached to the restaurant, requiring only a short enclosed walk and elevator ride to a great atmosphere and group of people trying to show they appreciate us there.

Beverages: Covered all bases, and what is not on the menu can easily be requested and provided as a few of my party did, successfully.

Food: Solid, reflecting the current zeitgeist of gastronomic trends and beyond - don't arrive wondering why you don't see wings and mozzarella sticks. The charcuterie board, roasted bone marrow, and spring rolls worked well as shared apps. My duck was delectable, the steak, scallops, and mussels and clams were raved about within our group, and the Irish Coffee was a great finish to my meal.

Pricing: Fair and consistent with what you'll incur at a restaurant like this. Ultimately, speak with your wallet, if you don't like what a place sells at the price they sell it, find a different spot, they'll catch on or eventually fold.

Support local business, they're working hard to present a great product while navigating increasing regulations. Turn off your cell phone, be present, engage your company and take in the experience, good or bad. Every visit will not meet your personal vision of perfection, such is life, roll with it. Be understanding with your servers as most restaurants are understaffed more than ever right now and still they do what it takes to open their doors and make it happen.

Despite what we tell ourselves, we're not sommeliers and Michelin reviewers, we're good, hard-working people enduring tough times and looking for places to gather and share food, drinks, and conversation.

Read reviews, even this one, for what they are - opinions, often based on limited experiences, nothing more. Go out, see places for yourself, they await you - enjoy!

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StephanieK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, from Covid protocols, the hostess, waitress, the ambiance, views, the drinks (which were on point!) oh and let’s not forget about the food. I was just blown away. Get the duck... you won’t be disappointed!

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CB36
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Drinks were just OK for what we paid for. Not a lot of choices for those with gluten issues. The staff was friendly and the view was fantastic.

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Dominique
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rachel was AMAZING! It was my girlfriend & I's 2nd time there and we loved it of course! She was very informative & had a beautiful smile!! Will be back because of her!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic service, and the food was perfectly made. 10/10 would recommend especially with friends

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Roddy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great outdoor seating over looking the city.

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alfredc
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great , from a helpful staff to a fantastic meal, we had FUN! Russ

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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 1081 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.