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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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 541 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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
7 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
25 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.

M
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and ambience. Cannot wait to go back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience1

We arrived at 4:30 and would be done by 6
We requested a booth but while the place was empty we were advised that it would be very busy and they would not accommodate us
Well at 6
The restaurant still had boo

RC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing rooftop restaurant blocks from Lehigh Universities campus. Great service and phenomenal menu.

JH
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall very good. A little slow on service but that service was pleasant and courteous.

OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Little cumbersome to get to ... however we were seated immediately and the service was stellar.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly amazing experience. Staff, food, drinks...all fabulous! Thank you.

z
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I enjoyed a fantastic dinner celebrating a special event together. The service was wonderful, everything we ordered was delicious, and the atmosphere was perfect for our evening. We really enjoyed the crab and mango spring rolls appetizer and the sea scallops entree. We both ordered the same entree and loved every bite and were happy to have leftovers for the next day's lunch. Thank you for making our evening extra special.

D
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Whenever someone comes for a visit from out of town one of the restaurants we want to share is Zest. We enjoy it because the menu is different from most places in the Valley. The views are spectacular and the food is delicious. It can get loud, but it fits in with the feel/vibrancy of the restaurant.

CM
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We found the appetizers to be delicious, but the sea bass was dry and disappointing. The tuna entree was good, but the actual tuna portion was tiny! The cocktails were weak, but imaginative. Wine pours were small compared to other area restaurants.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great!

L
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another Top Shelf visit to Zest, everything was fabulous from start to finish.

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Portions and quality of appetizers and entre were good relative to prices.

C
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Asked for seating at a window and/or high-top. Was not provided. All else went well

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CC
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Great atmosphere

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Better place for a drink then food