Zest bar+grille

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$30 and under
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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 17 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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Ring in 2020 with our chef's three course celebratory menu! All while enjoying the best views in the Lehigh Valley

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 509 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow, waitress was slow coming back to us for drinks, then ordering, etc. Food was good but not great and for the money I would have expected better. OK overall but not compelled to go back.

L
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Only for drinks and ambiance. Food was just ok and server was very nice but apps came out before drinks. Dinner was room temp.

D
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was wonderful and did a great job. One suggestion would be that the manager should have come over and made an appearance after I ordered the bottle of Cristal. Giving attention special attention to those who are spending money in the business makes those people return.

But it was a great night with great food and drink

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate my birthday and was not disappointed. On the pricey side but food service and views were fantastic and worthy of a celebratory special night out.

s
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with a view. Meal was top-notch. Service was excellent.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, wonderful service. Easily one of the best restaurants in the Lehigh Valley.

CC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Great atmosphere

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Better place for a drink then food

e
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot for the view and pre-show dinner when going to the Wind Creek. Easily accessible to the venue with an innovative menu. I tried to order something new and when it came to my table, I realized I ordered the same salad as a previous visit. Guess you cannot mess with a good thing (Pecan and Goat Cheese Salad)

JJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

My wife and I live around the corner and she's wanted to visit for awhile. This was the first real date night we've had since we got married 2 months ago and it was spectacular. The food was pricey yes, but once they set it down in front of you it becomes clear why. It is worth it. From the service, to the drinks, to the meal, everything was great and I can't wait till our next availability to visit!

RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Service at the bar and from our waitress was excellent! Waited over an hour for our food was the only downfall.

BL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I don’t know if it was the service or the kitchen but it took a long time for our food to come out. Plus my vegetables weren’t warm. We’ve been there 3 times before and everything was perfect

D
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just as amazing as our first time and they were even able to get us through a 3 course meal quickly so we could catch our show at zoellner.

BW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined on a Tuesday night, so it wasn't too crowded. The service was great and the food excellent.
The weather was perfect, so we chose to eat outside and the view was a nice bonus.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and our waitress was great! The view was also excellent! Would definitely recommend

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great drinks and great service! Loved the pumpkin tortellini appetizer, goat cheese salad and short rib entree.

TK
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Not a very diverse or big menu. Only 1 thing for me to eat. Small section of vegetables

KS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not worth the hype. Food descriptors are the menu are great, but what we received was a bit bland.

JC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good but not great. My Wife's scallops where alright but nothing special along with the apps. of Lamb Chops, because we just returned from a cruise and the Lamb Chops where way better on the cruise.
Now I am one that will not send my food back and I think when you pay top price you sure get better food then you can get at places like TGI Fridays.

g
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there many times, Deff one of our favorite places. The FOOD was awesome, Our waitress did a fantastic job. making sure it was done to our liking, The mixologist preparing our drinks, yea she as always was GREAT!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

We booked a particular table a month in advance as it was a special occasion. We were told there would be a $10/person cancellation fee if we cancelled within 48 hours of our confirmed res. 48 hours before our reservation, we received a call that we were being bumped in favor of another party. No adjustments were offered to our bill, no free round of drinks, not even an appetizer. We will not use Zest as a special occasion destination again.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ashley gave us fantastic service!

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great table with an incredible view of Bethlehem. Our waitress was quick to fill our requests and the wine list was very good.

IK
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is spectacular and the service, stellar. This is a new restaurant on the top floor of the building. The views of the city of Bethlehem added to the experience. We’ll be back!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful al fresco dining. Great waitress!!!

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

The food and service were lackluster. Portions were extremely smalll, and I am a very petite woman who never says there wasn’t enough to eat. My drink was so sweet I couldn’t take more than one sip. Waitress did not deduct the charge from the menu despite my saying I couldn’t drink it. Entire experience was disappointing- I’d never go back and don’t recommend it at all. The one good thing is the great view, but not worth the money for that.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our dinner. The atmosphere was very nice for a date. The waitstaff were very pleasant and accommodating. Will be returning

D
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good, with the butternut squash and clam appetizers. and sea bass entree as standouts. The service was very friendly and efficient. We sat outside and it was a lovely view on a lovely night. The outdoor furniture feels rather flimsy and higher quality furniture would be an improvement. Overall, a very nice date night at zest.

BS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleasantly surprised with Zest!
We went for the rooftop patio but weren’t expecting much in the way of food or service. Wow we’re we wrong. The service was great. The food was amazing. The rooftop was a really pretty place to enjoy dinner.

E
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner was excellent. Our server Jackie was fantastic, very attentive, helpful and knowledgeable. Love Zest!

WS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here. Let me tell you the service was fantastic and so was the food. The restaurant had a hip modern vibe and isn't too loud but there is a lot of energy. I had the boneless short ribs and they were amazingly tender. They were very accommodating and let me switch up my sides. We will definitely return .

DS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere and setting fantastic. Bar staff wonderful. Food good but not as good as 3501 and prices good. Will definitely return!!

M
Poconos
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The staff was impeccable and made the visit. Martinis, wine, lobster risotto a must! Nothing was good, it was AWESOME.

DR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

No issues! Great place to enjoy a nice upscale meal. NOT THE RESTAURANT FAULT. “Spotted Lantern flies” on balcony seating, Was a nuisance.

AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for a date, Anniversary, etc.. Can’t wait to go back

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very loud with the bar right there

Food good but not worth the price

Appetizers were good

Service- server barely came back to check on drinks

View from restaurant nice

OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Apps and drinks were great, dinner overpriced.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Easy parking in the garage next door. Very accommodating and Ashley our server was great. We had a light lunch of carrot soup, clams and seared tuna salad and the food was very good. We were not rushed and were allowed to sit and catch up after we were finished eating.

OT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent dining experience with amazing food and great views of the Lehigh Valley. I can’t recommend enough!

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