Zest bar+grille

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday experience was great!

GM
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
3 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
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

M
Philadelphia
11 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
70 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

C
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

New Year’s Eve dinner so it was very busy. Wasn’t thrilled about the room we were in but the drinks were great and the food was good. Our server, Jackie, was outstanding and made us feel very welcome. We’ll be back.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Price Fix menu was good but small guantity.

AH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not happy about the select expensive menu. Booked reservation almost 2 months ago and was seated next to a wall with no view. Very disappointed. When I made reservation there was not a select menu or noted and not made aware of it. Could have had a meal equally as good for $100 less. Will not be going back.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday dinner with best of friends! Wonderful dinner and time. Service was outstanding and food excellent.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

$160 bill for a great night - 1000% worth it food is dope

TR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time there. It is a bit of a hike from the parking deck. We had salads. Both were very good. Had lunch and definitely want to go back for dinner.

BL
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really excellent experience this time. Our previous visit about 7 months ago was extremely disappointing as our waitress was awful. This time however, our waitress was fantastic, as well as the other waitstaff involved. The restaurant was full but our food and drinks were not delayed by it. The drinks from the bar were spot on. Our appetizer and entrees were timed just right. And our waitress was very attentive to us. Overall, it was a 5-star experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Food was OK....there was a decent lunch crowd but it wasn’t too busy. Unfortunately, service was very slow and we had to wait a very long time to be waited on, have beverages refreshed or to order the next course.

Overall, we were disappointed in the lags in service.

N
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place continuously amazes me. The food and drinks are so good. My 4th Time here and it’s consistent with good service and good food. They have changed the menu which is nice. I am not a fan of their other restaurant at all. Whatever they got wrong with 3501 they have gotten correct with this restaurant. Keep it up!

SS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Zest is a very attractive venue, but the food was less consistently outstanding than we expected. For example, the Herb Ricotta Tortelloni was pretty good overall, but the cherry tomatoes were oddly flavorless. The Roasted Bone Marrow was a generous portion but marrow in the bones used was more fatty than flavorful.

MK
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good service. Cocktails were good but food was generally pretty meh.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great drink options. Some of the best lobster risotto and scallops I have had in a long time. Keep going back time and time again. Great date night location with great views but a little chilly near the windows...(wish I had brought a sweater)

BH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting, everything was amazing! We're looking forward to the spring for the outdoor seating to open but will likely be back before then.

LK
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We knew we wanted a special meal out, and Zest was the spot! Delicious food and beautiful ambiance!

MG
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! My husband got the sea bass and I got the duck wings.

DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
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
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
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 on December 10, 2019
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 on December 10, 2019
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.