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 18 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
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RS1126
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience1

The restaurant was empty. The $8 soup was out of a can. Atrocious!! The salad was the only saving grace.

Zest bar+grille
Responded on March 15, 2020

Although we're glad you enjoyed your salad, we're so sorry to hear the soup did not meet the same standard! All of our soups are made in house, however, never from a can. As for the restaurant being empty, we are experiencing the same negative effects that many other businesses are facing from the current virus situation. If you choose to give us another try, please feel free to ask for me by name, as I want to ensure your experience is a positive one. Dani Johnson, Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Great food and drinks and the ambiance was great. Went there for a birthday and they came out with house made birthday cake ice cream! Delicious!

Zest bar+grille
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a positive review! We appreciate it.

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

Zest bar+grille
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a positive review! We appreciate it.

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DoreneD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed! I have been wanting to try Zest, and I was not disappointed. Te food was wonderful and the service was so very efficient. Our server was excellent and most personable (I wish I could remember his name!). I will definitely go back and I will recommend it to all my friends!

Zest bar+grille
Responded on March 10, 2020

Dorene, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a positive review and recommending us to your friends! We appreciate it. Everette was so thrilled so receive your kind words and was happy to contribute to your overall experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. Excellent food, excellent service, excellent views all around.

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LaurenW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food and atmosphere but waiter was inattentive.

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PatriciaS
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four us had dinner at Zest on a Saturday night. Very busy which made the nose level quite high. The food was wonderful, our server was very good and she had quite a few tables but always managed to appear when we wanted her. Overall, we had a lovely evening and will definitely go back.

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Yummy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Our server was fantastic! Great venue!

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josev
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, great attention

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Eating467
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Zest. Parking is easily available in the attached parking garage. The atmosphere was very sleek. The food was delicious. Crab mango spring rolls and the sea bass. The best meal I have had in a long time. Excellent value for the quality and quantity of food. Being on the sixth floor allows for a panaromic view of Bethlehem. Definitely will be back soon!

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bikerchic
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone loves their meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, delicious food, wide variety of drinks, spectacular views. No other restaurant in the area like it.

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Bela
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous with excellent service ! Don’t wait... reserve your table!

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CristinaD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great however it was our first time at your restaurant and we were disappointed by our table placement. We thought we would have a view out the window, and we’re never told we were going to be seated in the back room. In fact, I was asked if I wanted a hightop table – which I had said yes to because I knew that would place us in the lively part of the restaurant.Disappointing.

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vipKevin
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We have dined here several times and the food and atmosphere was great. Unfortunately, this last experience was less then average. The food had no taste, took forever and the service was sub par.

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Rudy
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jackie, our server, was excellent and very attentive. The only thing is we had trouble finding the entrance since we had no idea it was on the 6th floor and there is no real sign at ground level. However, once we found our way inside, the experience was excellent

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MelissaB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went to have dinner before a show at the casino. Very nice place, great ambiance, friendly service and good was really good. We sat in a room off the bar so i felt we separated from the restaurant and view. If you go, request to sit in an area with a view. The room was stuffy.

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Gregoryg
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Second time there, just as delicious as the first time! Will be back this spring/summer to enjoy the outdoor seating!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was really over the top amazing, other than the filet - bland and just ok. Great experience though. Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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BB58
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place in Bethlehem

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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MatthewY
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day menu and service was excellent!

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kevinm
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

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Delicious
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
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.

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DaveS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night out. Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night out at zest

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Bishop
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!

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LindaD
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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipTylerW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Telling friends about good news

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vipVeridical
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.

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Donna
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful. But very noisy

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DebbieJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

FAQs

Zest bar+grille offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 419-4320.

Zest bar+grille is rated 4.6 stars by 641 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.