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Permanently Closed - Saranda's On Broadway

4.2
51 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Saranda’s on Broadway, family owned and operated, showcases an elaborate menu of French cuisine. Our menu ranges from appetizers such as Smoked Tuna Tartare, Duck Napolean and Hudson Valley Foie Gras to house favorite’s Veal Chop, Aged Rib Eye and Chilean Sea Bass. Please take a moment to stop by and take a look at our dinner, bar and brunch menus.

This historic location, 1 of the first 100 structures in the Bethlehem Area, has been retouched, exposing 150 year old wood beams and repointed Pennsylvania Sand Stone walls. Saranda's provides an inviting atmosphere and Fountain Hill now offers a French restaurant that is comfortable and offers good quality food at a reasonable price. Guests have the option of a romantic feel by reserving private dining at Table 7 for engagements, anniversaries, and other special events we’d love to share with you. Saranda's is located 2 miles from the Sands Casino, 1 mile from Lehigh University and just blocks from St. Luke's Hospital.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, European
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
Bar open late Tuesday - Saturday with bar menu available
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Phone number
(610) 861-8181
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Craig Butler
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
S. Benner Ave.
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Parking details
Available Parking:

- Private Lot in rear of restaurant and across Benner Ave.
- Street Parking
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Public transit




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Entertainment
GT3 Jazz Standards at Saranda's every Saturday starting at 6:30p. Cool New York City Jazz at its best! Come enjoy our charming atmosphere and savory cuisine!
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Special events & promotions
Saranda's is the place to celebrate:

New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas Eve
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on August 11, 2016

We arrived on time and place was closed...................................................................................................................................................................................................................????

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2016

This was our first time here and we loved it. My husband and I shared the mussels with a friend and there was plenty for the three of us. The sauce was excellent. My husband had the lamb and he thought it was excellent, cooked exactly like he asked. The other entrees were also very good. We had dessert, the chocolate peanut butter cheesecake, and it was excellent as well. We are looking forward to the next time.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2016

The dinner started off well with a flavorful well-textured crab bisque. Escargot in puff pastry was truly delicious with robust, yet not overpowering, flavors of the provence style, presented beautifully on the plate. The mussels appetizer was interesting but not in a positive way--although the mussels themselves tasted fine, the broth had a very off-putting, fishy smell, something we have never encountered before. The best entrée of the evening was the steak frites that one of our dining companions ordered. The steak was cooked perfectly rare and was seasoned well. Another dining companion ordered the duck leg dish medium rare and it came out more towards medium, but the accompanying sauce and starch/veggies were cooked nicely and very tasty. I ordered lamb porterhouse chops medium-rare. What was delivered were two chops that I couldn't even cut into because of the unusual amount of gristle; what a disappointment. They were inedible. I must say here that this is probably the 3rd time ever that I've had to reject an entrée while dining out. The waiter was gracious, apologetic and offered me another choice, so I went with filet mignon medium-rare. The replacement entrée came out after everyone at the table was finished, no big deal really, as expected in this situation. The filet was nice and tender, but very rare, the asparagus was mushy, and the potato puree was too salty to eat. At this price point, I expect a near flawless dining experience as I've had at many other area restaurants similarly priced. While I can say this was the case for the service, the entrée part of the meal definitely didn't meet my expectations. Truly disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2016

The staff was attentive and knowledgable. Cocktails were especially good but the entres were fantastic! There was also live jazz which made the entire dinner that much more fun.
Try it on a fri or sat night for the full experience

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2016

Added a small jazz ensemble the night we were there for music during dinner or relaxing at the bar.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2016

They were very accommodating to my wife who has celiac disease. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was perfect, and the service was wonderful. We will return soon.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2016

My wife and I went to Saranda's on a recommendation from my brother who frequents the restaurant. The jazz on Friday was excellent and added to the ambiance. The food was excellent and overall so was the service (although a little slow possibly because we were located in the back of the restaurant). That said my wife and I needed a slow and relaxing evening. Despite the cool relaxed vibe this is far from being unexciting. The bar scene looked energetic, but didn't interrupt the dinners. We started with the Escargot and the Fumé Tartare de Thon (which excited my wife as the dish comes with a cover that when opened lets out a waft of smoke). My wife is a huge fan of anything smoked and although the dish wasn't smoked that smell lingered just long enough tease us she ate the Tuna. For entrees I had the Steak Frites, and my wife had the Canard a la Butler, both were excellent and paired very well with the wine that was recommended to us.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

Our evening was outstanding. Service was impeccable. Food... Sublime. Can't wait to go back with friends!!!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

Don't let the neighborhood put you off, the food is great if you like French. My wife had the filet mignon and I had lamb chops, both prepared as requested and both with just right amount of sauce to add flavor without overpowering the meat. Bill, our server, was knowledgeable and entertaining but not intrusive. We'll brave the neighborhood to go back.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2016

Great place but took 30 minutes to get our check and then pay. Had to take it to the bar. Id till go back.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2016

food was excellent and would have been more enjoyable if we had a waitor who knew what he was doing. Waited 20 minutes till he came to our table which was located in the noisy bar area.
he did not know the menu reading from his cheat sheet. then came back 15 minutes later to tell 2 of us there was no lamb available. had to ask him for everything. our bus girl was excellent and should have switched places with our waitor. she was compensated for her outstanding service.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Great food! Great jazz music. Friendly staff. Only issue was that our server didn't pay attention and the guest of honor never got his dinner. Wait staff should learn to just check the table from time to time. But we would definitely go back! Great rose infused syrup to die for, excellent soup. Lovely, lovely food.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2016

The food and service at the restaurant are outstanding. Nice environment.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2016

The filet mignon was amazing. I can't wait to go back to have the aged rib eye.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2016

We went to Saranda's for Mother's Day Brunch. We had a wonderful meal. They were very accommodating when we asked for two appetizers that we not on the Brunch menu but on the dinner menu. Everyone raved about the scallops. They were done perfectly. I highly recommend this restaurant for Brunch, Happy Hour & Tappas & dinner. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Great find, we will be going back again and again. Loved it!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

If you believe that French restaurants serve small portions, this place will definitely change that perception. Service was a bit slow at first, but once we got our assigned server, his sense of humor was an added bonus to an enjoyable meal.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Outstanding in all respects .... Pure palate joy

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3.0Dined on April 30, 2016

Food was good. Service was awful.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2016

My wife and I sent our wedding anniversary. We had never been there and were nicely surprised. The food was outstanding! Best duck I have ever had. Staff professional and attentive. On the expensive side, but worth it. Try it, you will not be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2016

One of the best restaurants in the Valley. I had the sea bass, and it was cooked to perfection. My friends had the risotto dish with shrimp, crabmeat and spinach and both said it was delicious. The bar menu was excellent. Many types of specialty cocktails and an extensive wine list. The decor was a huge change from the old days, completely renovated with warm wood floors, beamed ceiling and stone interior walls. We enjoyed it very much. Not a place I would take children to, as it is much more upscale and "fine dining" service. Nice place for couples and girls night out.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2016

I had to try this restaurant as I love French food. The escargot was absolutely delicious! The waiter, Bill, was a riot. He started by telling us that one time he told customers about dessert, but after they ordered he had to tell them they didn't have what they wanted. He said he learned from his mistake. More later about that.
So, my husband asked for more bread which came promptly, but without butter...? The special sangria that night was a pear. It was wonderful. I would really like to try their other drinks. I ordered the veal and my husband got the ribeye. Both steaks looked great, however, I am sorry to say neither seemed to have any seasoning as they were very bland. We did not eat most of them (they were huge) and although we took them home, we never finished.
So....dessert. Well we were told about the wonderful selection of tarts. However, we ordered one and guess what? We were told they were out of three of them. It was a Saturday 4:30 reservation. There was hardly anyone there! So we ended up with the only dessert that seemed to be left and it was not what I wanted. It was a special and I would not order it again.
I will try this place again, but for the prices that we paid, I expected much more. If my next experience leaves me feeling unsatisfied, that will be the end.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2016

The food was fantastic, the drinks are amazing, and the service top notch! Will definitely tell friends and family to visit Saranda's.
P.S. Crab bisque is AMAZING!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2016

My wife and I decided on giving Saranda's a second try. We were there in January and I though the the service was terrible and the food just fair. We elected to go during the week for a light dinner at the bar. We both had the mussels in white wine and butter sauce and they were excellent. My wife had the Duroc Bone in Pork Chop with the duck confit casoulet and it was absolutely fabulous. I had the onion soup which was underwhelming. Simply had no taste.
The service was better and the bartender was friendly and helpful. I am sure we will dine there again.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2016

My wife's birthday! Had flowers sent from a florist 3 blocks away, absolutely beautiful. From arrival to departure 3 hrs later, everything was wonderful. Dana the head barkeep makes some of the most exquisite cocktails in the Lehigh Valley. Our favorite(s), a Ketel One Cosmo, a Ketel One dry martini w a twist for him. So light and as close to frozen as you can get!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2016

This is a great place, off the beaten path with lots of yummy food.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2016

Excellent service, good food, nice ambiance. Attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. The cocktails we had were fantastic. Wanted to note that there was a band in the bar area that night. They seated us in the bar area so it was fairly loud. For that reason and the fact there was a consistent draft where we were seated, I would suggest asking for seat out of the bar area.

Went expecting more traditional French items, but saw the stereotypical items like foie gras on toast, chicken cordon bleu, and salad nicoise. Don't get me wrong, the food was very well prepared and thought out, but it was not necessarily the French experience I expected. My wife had mussels and the Scottish salmon, while I had the scallops/pork belly and dry aged rib eye. All of the dishes were very well prepared.

All in all, we plan on returning to try more menu items.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2016

Food was very good, as was the service. A bit on the pricey side, but overall a very nice experience.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2016

We had a feeling of being in a middle of French countryside. French music is a very nice touch.
The food was excellent with a variety of different flavors to satisfy everybody's taste. It was fresh, high quality food made to perfection!
The owner/chef Andy greets every guest which adds to the coziness of the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

Veal chop, sea bass and grav lox salad were all delicious. Service was attentive and entertaining. A jazz duo played in the bar which greeted a nice vibe in the whole restaurant. We stretched our meal into a 2+ hour experience and enjoyed every minute. Even though we had to send back one dish, the friendly service and respectful feedback from the chef showed the classiest of the management.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

I was so excited to order the crispy duck breast... Let's just say it wasn't crispy at all. Taste was ok, thought it could of been seasoned better. No salt or pepper on the table, that's fine if seasoned properly. The rolls that we received where cold inside like the where frozen and the butter was so cold you couldn't spread it. Overall it was ok. I will try it again but not anytime soon and not on a special occasion. We had reservations and still had to wait 20 min which we understood and wasn't a problem, but was not impressed the rest of the evening.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Great experience, I will definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

This was our first experience with Saranda's and the food was excellent. I got the filet and my husband had the lamb shank. Both dinners were outstanding. They did not overbook the place for Valentine's Day so the service was very good. It is a small restaurant but has a great atmosphere and a nice bar with specialty drinks. Overall it was a great first experience and we will definitely go back. The only thing to mention is that they say there is a parking lot behind but the parking lot is not marked well for the restaurant so the way the signage read, we thought it was parking for something else because it indicated tenant parking only and ended up parking along a side street which was a bit inconvenient.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

My husband made a reservation for Valentine's Day at Saranda's on Broadway. He found the restaurant through Yelp. When we arrived, the owner/host told us about the restaurant and how they bought it from a husband/wife team a year ago. The decor was nice, and the food and service was excellent. So happy we got to experience this wonderful restaurant!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Hoping OT responds to my email

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Excellent and funny wait staff really made the visit enjoyable. Great cocktails. Solid french onion soup. Almond marzipan tart was amazing! A bit chilly inside, but the French music and farmhouse vibe was fitting. Try this place!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Good was satisfactory but service was lacking. Orders were mixed and bread never came with the brunch entres.
Bloody Mary was a highlight.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

This place is a gem. Very cozy, quaint, friendly and superb food. Definitely a 5 star find. Had a problem finding a place for Valentines weekend. Found Saranda's on Open Table. It is close by and I have heard wonderful things about it, so I booked the reservation. Very good decision!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Saranda's on Broadway was an absolutely fantastic find. We found the restaurant on Opentable and selected it because of it being a French restaurant. We had no idea what to expect but were more than pleased. Everything we ate was simple fantastic, from the soup to the dessert. I had the veal chop and enjoyed one of the best meals i have ever had. Service was fantastic as well. We didn't even plan on having a dessert but our outstanding water sold us on the creme brûlée and it was very good. All around an excellent place and I would drive the 2 hours each way to eat there again!

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2016

Nice restaurant in the Southside of Bethlehem. Food was good and service was friendly. Will definitely return.

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