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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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 564 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.7
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for our Christmas Luncheon and it was excellent! View was terrific! Everyone in our group was pleased with their food. We liked it so much we booked another reservation!

l
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was very good. Love the atmosphere! Will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food ,atmosphere, and especially the service was wonderful....of course the view for the holidays beautiful.....

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was very nice. Kandy, The Rach and I have eaten there several times and always have a very good experience. My cousin Mell was on her maiden voyage to the Zest and she was very impressed with everything.
Thank you!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit. The food was wonderful, service was amazing, the ambiance was lovely. Thank you for providing such an amazing place to dine. My colleagues and I enjoyed our time very much.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Waiter was pleasant and helpful.

HB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overlooking Bethlehem city is a delight. The food is incredible.

J
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant! Another delicious experience. Excellent service, accommodating, and fantastic as usual. Can't wait to go back!

MM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining at Zest. Very nice experience, from having a drink at the bar beforehand, the ambiance and the food. Very enjoyable night.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you! Enjoyed the birthday greetings and ice cream!

j
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with good food.

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great appetizers!!

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Service staff is young and new. They need to be trained better. Food was awesome and so was the atmosphere. High priced for the service.

EF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere -great food -will definitely be back

C
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Friendly, bustling atmosphere the night we were there. Everyone was pleased with their meals. My squash soup and salmon entree were nicely prepared, although the forbidden rice was a new to me and a bit too crunchy. The waitress was a real treat, helpful and prompt without being intrusive. Not a place to go if you are trying to eat on a budget, however.

O
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

We really wanted this place to be good since we are in the area frequently but nope. Food was subpar and overpriced, we won’t be back.

PA
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was a very fun place to eat. Decor is modern and clean. The food was good. I had to track down the waiter to get a soup spoon. The soup was delivered without a spoon.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zest is amazing the food the service the drinks!! I can’t wait to go back!!

CH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice meal with my wife for her birthday and the complimentary Birthday Cake Ice cream was a

unexpected surprise for her Birthday! Great experience!

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 3rd visit everything was great Zest has quickly become our favorite restaurant

CO
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went early on a Monday night for an anniversary dinner. It not crowded, and more importantly not noisey. Food and service is really good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, great service! We’ll definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were greeted fairly early on after seating with Prosecco to toast our anniversary per a mention in my reservation. Nice touch!

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shout Out to Everett! Awesome Waiter and definitely made the experience whole! He knew the food and great recommendations.

VM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everette was an amazing server! My husband and I were celebrating his birthday and both the hostess and Everette made us feel welcome. The drinks were top notch--I tried the ginger mojito and my husband had the Harvestini and the Autumn mule. All 3 drinks were delicious and the food was spectacular! We had the roasted shrimp for an appetizer and my husband opted for the prime steak lunch while I had the autumn apple salad with salmon. We also tried two desserts, the caramel macchiato cheesecake (holy smoke, awesome!) and the caramel apple fritters (heaven!).

I can't say this enough but the whole experience was spectacular. My husband and I both agreed we found a new favorite restaurant and will be returning soon.

RR
Poconos
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and delicious food! Will definitely be going back.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening out with friends to wrap up a busy work week. The Rabenda was fantastic.as was the Duck Breast. Just wish I had saved room for dessert.

B
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my daughter’s 30th. It was phenomenal. Even my 85 yr old mother totally enjoyed the atmosphere, view and food. Good portion size great service from our server and beautiful view. The cost was typical for fine dining but not over priced, well worth it.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere really did the trick at Zest. While our food was mediocre, the drinks combined with the ambiance, music and lighting made it a night to remember. Wait service was great, staff was all friendly and attentive.

OT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about Zest! I wish I lived closer to the restaurant but it's worth the drive from Allentown to Bethlehem! Love it!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have enjoyed the experience each time...

TB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was quite good. Dining area was noisy the night we were there (Saturday). Service was OK but a bit on the slow side. Prices not out of line with other up-scale restaurants in the area. Would go again.

DD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing!!
My friends and I really liked the atmosphere also. Can’t wait to go back in the spring for the food and the views.

r
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first meal at Zest, and we were extremely impressed. From the moment we set foot on the groovy, fun pedestrian ramp that connects the parking garage--don't forget to ask for the free two-hour parking payment voucher when you are leaving the restaurant at the end of your meal--to the last bites of our meals, we were mightily surprised at the quality of food, level of service, and atmosphere/view.

Among the highlights of our meal were the Pumpkin Ricotta Tortelloni which was scrumptious as were the Ginger Roasted Squash, Butternut Squash Bisque, and the Potato Leek Soup.

We absolutely loved sitting in one of the booths, and the view from our booth of the North Side Bethlehem Skyline as well as SteelStacks and other landmarks of the South Side, was extraordinary, another layer of enjoyment.

Two days after our dinner, I am still delighted to have enjoyed such a top-notch meal in such a unique, special environment. It was such a neat experience to be dining on the sixth floor of a building, when most restaurants are located on ground level.

Our server, Rachel, was excellent as well. She had such a lovely personality and was a highly skilled server.

Thank you for a memorable meal and for creating such an exceptional restaurant experience in so many ways. We plan on being regulars and look forward to our next evening at Zest.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and our server Everett was a great guy and made our experience unforgettable. Will definitely be back!

WP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the vegetarian dishes the squash was amazing and the beet salad. My boyfriend is a diehard steak eater

PF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very nice in wishing us a Happy Anniversary and providing us with 2 glasses of Prosecco to celebrate. Entree was delicious and perfectly cooked and all of the dessert choices were very tempting. Very nice space and views of Southside. Will definitely be back.

w
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very empty at lunch time. Food was good. Soup was nice and hot. Prices were ok but a little pricey for lunch, especially for a glass of pino noir, no special label, costing $12 glass.

Views must be awesome at night with the city all lit up. Will go back for dinner

CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome view, menu and ambiance
Family just loved this place. Will return soon

KR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lehigh family weekend visit with son.