Zest bar+grille

4.6
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Waitress was very nice. Very good service. The portion size was not very big. Didn’t help that the food was expensive. If it’s going to be that expensive it better step up to the standards to other restaurants in the Lehigh valley if they want people to come back. Also had one drink that didn’t seem like it was made right. Very strong. And I had ordered a Miller light after that which tasted like it had gone bad. Desert was delicious. They have some things to work on but service seemed to be on point at least

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

It was very loud (was expecting this since it was Valentine’s Day) and echoey but the music playing through the speakers was also loud and comprised of mainly pop hits- not romantic or a relaxing ambiance. Not eager to return as there was nothing about Zest that made it stand out: the food was good albeit overpriced but the restaurant itself wasn’t very memorable aside from being loud. If you are in your late 20s/early 30s you would enjoy it- not a family place and attempting to be with the times.

BB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place in Bethlehem

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience3

My husband has been looking to try Zest for a while; so I figured I would surprise him with Valentines Dinner reservations. I did my reservation via Open Table iPhone app and the option to select was high top seating, which I selected. I also saw the disclaimer of the special 3 course pre-fix dinner for Valentines Day and saw it would be great for him, and I can order the steak..With that said, we arrived for our reservations and were seated; though not at a high top as per my reservation. When I asked, I was declined a high top by the window but offered one near the bar seated closely to other patrons, so I declined. We proceeded with dinner which was delicious. Our waitress was nice, at times a little delayed with returning though always pleasant. When we completed our full meal and dessert, our waitress presented our check, to which I was quite surprised to see was close to $200, as I looked at the bottom, there was a 20% gratuity automatically added and then the tax on top of that total. Given there was only 2 of us dining this didnt make sense and when I referred back to the Open Table disclaimer and menu, there was no such indicator of such being auto added due to it being a holiday. I felt blindsided and as though it was manipulative on the restaurant to do so. No one from the front staff to the waitress, to management as they made rounds to ask how everything was mentioned this. Not saying the waitress wasnt worthy, or that I wouldnt have given that % of tip, though to have it auto added without knowing ahead of time, I didnt appreciate and was enough for me to not care to return. As we were leaving, we stopped by the front to have our parking garage ticket validated and mentioned it. They said oh yea, it looks we missed calling to advise, at least the parking is on us (in a sarcastic tone). I was surprised at the response. Woman mgr then apologized as saying it was their fault, they were to reiterate 20% being added as we sat and ordered.

MY
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my girlfriend to this restaurant for Valentines day after reading a lot of promising reviews. Fortunately this play did not disappoint. My girlfriend and I are very picky and both agreed we have not had a meal like that in a long time. The service was timely, professional, and pleasant. Wait time for drinks and meals was perfectly timed and we neither felt rushed nor forgotten. The meals themselves were obvious put together by a passionate and knowledgeable chef. The ingredients were extremely fresh, well prepared, and the presentation was second to none.

The atmosphere is romantic, offering what I would imagine is the best view of the town available. I would highly recommend this establishment. If they continue to hit their mark as they did on 2/14/2020, you will not be disappointed. My girlfriend and I are from philadelphia and already planning our next trip. We can't wait to sample of the full menu!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day menu and service was excellent!

k
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This was a disappointing experience. The food and service were below average, while the price was above average.

D
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I liked the ambiance here. The food was good. Lobster risotto, Australian lamb chops, filet were all great. I was disappointed with dessert, cannoli Napoleon. Nothing close to a cannoli or a napoleon. View from 6th floor really nice. Bar really nice. Drinks very good. We’ll go again.

DS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 diners, all had an excellent meal. Sea bass was especially good.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night out. Great food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night out at zest

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon was over cooked. The chef remade it. It came out beautiful. I enjoyed that they corrected their mistake. I will be coming back here because the food is excellent!

LD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I ate there for lunch. It was open, light and inviting. Good cocktails, great burger. Will be going back

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, service great.
Overall experience was wonderful

TW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Telling friends about good news

V
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for our Anniversary Dinner and the evening was quite pleasant. The restaurant was quite busy but the service was decent. Food was very good. Overall nice experience. Plan on returning.

D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

No Italian we’d wine by the glass, small portions, front staff kinda snooty. No specials. Already tired of the menu. Love the atmosphere. Our server was nice.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great place for date night. Awesome food, great service and not loud. It is super pricy so not a regular place but good for special occasions

OT
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful. But very noisy

DJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful setting with creative and tasty food. Great views and super easy parking with 2 hour validation

MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I went there for my birthday. The service, and the food, were wonderful. Good presentation, attentive server and a menu of food and drink that really covered just about anyone's preference. Why not 5 stars? It was my birthday, the hostess came over to ask whose birthday it was, and then there was no other acknowledgment of it - not ever happy birthday wishes. I assume it was just an oversight, or maybe because we were all too full (try the scallops!!) to order desert. In any event, I look forward to going there again when the outdoor terrace is open during the summer months.

b
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable evening from all aspects. Good service combined with great food. Minor complaint would be the noise level when the room is fully occupied.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Staff was very friendly and kind. Service was superb. Environment is modern and elegant. The crab and mango spring rolls were excellent along with the drinks! All around wonderful time.

MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got reservations for Restaurant Week. We showed up 30 minutes early and were expecting to sit at the bar and have a drink since we were so early. They sat us right away. Food was great as well as the drinks.

KG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Food, drinks, and service were all incredible. Can’t wait to go back!

L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday experience was great!

GM
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Went for the Restaurant Week lunch special. Started out great with an excellent crab bisque. I ordered the double cheddar burger for my entree. Asked for the burger to be cooked medium. Two thin patties that together were barely a quarter pound arrived well done and appeared to be pre-cooked and kept warm in a steamer. Burger also appeared to be mixed with filler.
Diners here have been excellent in the past. I guess my mistake was ordering a weekly special.

CP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great lunch at Zest, mid-week, as such it was not very busy. The menu was creative with numerous interesting items to choose from. Our server, Jocelyn was attentive, professional, courteous and friendly.
Great views for the city as it is located on the sixth floor of their building. Convenient garage parking right next door, connected by an enclosed walkway. I would recommend Zest without hesitation.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and the atmosphere at Zest. We especially enjoy the service provided by Jacque who is an amazing representative of the staff at Zest. Everyone is very friendly and focused on providing customers an excellent dining experience.

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SB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service and overall wonderful experience!!

DP
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

I would only recommend Zest for drinks. The food was not good. The drinks , the view, and the crowd are all great.

MM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I was excited to go because it was associated with Grille 3501 in Allentown. Food was good but I was hoping to find Octopus or Ostrich on menu. I had scallops which was good. I thought it was a tad overpriced especially drinks. Service was slow and not good. The Server was bumped with his tray and water poured all over the table including my friend and her phone. They cleaned it up quickly but never again inquired about the phone. My friend told me the phone seemed fine but I need to check back with her. Wrong food and drinks were delivered to our table and we were charged for the drinks until we had them removed from our bill. All in all, I am going to give it another try. I may not recommend it to anyone untilI try it myself again. I had heard that the service was poor and the drinks were overpriced from other people before going.

DJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tasty food and Beautiful ambiance ! Looking forward to going back again

M
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant!

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DB
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an awesome happy hour meal with a friend. Service and food was great!

OT
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved EVERYTHING!! - Gorgeous, modern decor & friendly, knowledgeable, professional staff. Large portions of fresh food came prepared as requested.

Lobster risotto was very creamy. Bone marrow app with pickled cauliflower was quite unique & delish. Fried cauliflower paired nicely with condiments. Fennel & shrimp soups were both enjoyed by diners at my table. The grilled pear salad contained many textures - was chilled & refreshing. The main entrees (scallops, lobster tail, surf/turf) did not disappoint. All were done to perfection. Zest's creative birthday dessert is house made birthday cake flavored ice cream with cake & sprinkles. This delicious specialty is available to only those celebrating a birthday.Great place & great food! Give it a try- it's a winner!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The menu was great and everything we ordered was delicious. Service was also wonderful! Will be returning!

EB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with great views!!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome! Service was great as well.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Our server Jackie was great