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Zest bar+grille

4.7
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905 reviews
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 905 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and service was excellent! We were able to eat outside and it was so gorgeous. Our server, Ashely was so knowledgeable, gave us great recommendations and was so prompt and friendly! The food exceeded my expectations. The fall menu is amazing and i would highly recommend it!
Will 100% go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husband’s birthday and the service, food and atmosphere was perfect.

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viprachaelstephen
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal at Zest! Service was attentive and efficient despite the fact the restaurant was quite busy. The food as usual was top-notch. The new autumn menu offers an array of choices, something for everyone! The new dessert, the Zest Bar, is absolutely scrumptious and will be our go-to dessert! It tastes as delicious as it is creative. We love that you continue to be open for Sunday dinners; few quality restaurants are! Eating at Zest on Sunday is a lovely way to mark the end of a weekend.

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Dinner42
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I recently dined at Zest and everything from the service, appetizers (crab & mango spring rolls, mussels) our entrees (filet mignon & scallops) was a wonderful dining experience. We will definitely return!

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JustineR
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad thing to say about Zest. Perfect day for outdoor dining.

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TaniaP
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The only thing is they are limited on entrees due to the pandemic, but everything else was great

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BeachGirl
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! The view is the best of south side Bethlehem. It's a pretty restaurant. The staff are very nice and helpful. Ambiance.

Love our meal! Drinks were great too. A little different menu so you can choose a normal meal or something more exotic.

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Beautybygisell
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great but little pricey. I got the 3 half tail for that price. Would’ve been great 2 full tails. My opinion

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Kristine
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roof felt a little slanted but everything was phenomenal service, food, view ect!

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pickyeaterattimes
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an all together great dinner! The food was excellent, the staff were very pleasant, it was clean and great atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The view and place is beautiful.. the food was good. My mango mojito was amazing!

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CarolH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service, the atmosphere is all outstanding. Treat yourself to a great experience.

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PatriciaS
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We arrived early for our Sunday 5:00 reservation and they happily accomodated. Food was great as was the wine ordered. Appreciated the quiet vibe at that time and day. View is exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool rooftop to sit and have a couple drinks and appetizers!

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RogerR
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little expensive but worth it! Food was amazing!

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IeshaO
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to enjoy an evening dinner. I recommend it!

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Cassidy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

been to zest a few times and I have never been disappointed! Great food and experience as always.

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LISA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Beautiful restaurant! The place is gorgeous and the outdoor dining has a spectacular view! At this point in the season, I might recommend outdoor heaters if the space can accommodate them, as several other parties did ask to be moved inside. We were chilled, but decided to stick it out. Overall, the food and drinks were great. Highly recommend the edamame toast!! Really I only have two complaints that made the night less than perfect...

We ordered the house made “cinnamon toast crunch ice cream” which came topped with maple syrup. A few spoonfuls in, my hubby and I agreed that there was not a speck of cinnamon or anything else mixed into this dish of vanilla ice cream. We assumed it was a mistake and in a good natured manner, brought it to our waitress’s attention. She took it, returned empty handed, and removed it from our bill. When I asked, she said the kitchen was too busy for her to ask what happened, but they don’t serve plain vanilla so that couldn’t be the mistake. I was disappointed by the lack of regard, and bummed to finish such a great meal without dessert. (I found it odd that we were not offered a replacement? Or something else?)

Lastly, a caution.... the restaurant provides a 2 hour parking voucher. If you exceed 2 hours, even by a few minutes, you have to pay a dollar for the additional time. By credit card. If you are like my husband and get annoyed at charging $1 to your card, heads up.

Would I go back? Absolutely! The place was lovely! Just a few things to keep in mind...

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and drinks! Service was great!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for our Anniversary!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful place and atmosphere! The drinks and appetizers are amazing!

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ChrisH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Zest was outstanding. We enjoyed our drinks and food. Our service was also outstanding.

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RebeccaB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my son to dinner for birthday. Gluten free options were more varied than many other places. Jackie our server was terrific. And the fish special was really so very good. Look forward to our next visit!

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NicholesG
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was beautiful, our server was really friendly, and the food was amazing 10/10 !
We will be returning !

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DonnaG
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Food was great and so was service. Food is a little pricey but it holds up to the price! Must eat outside!

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ToniV
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food the service and the whole atmosphere was perfect for a date night. Highly recommended!!

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HeatherS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Apps and drinks amazing. The meals were way over priced....neither dinner was seasoned well. The filet was good but bc its filet, nothing special. I could have gone to the Hamilton and ate the steak frites for less money with much more flavor!

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DottieL
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and Everet our waiter was very good. However, I like to make a suggestion, when they bring out bread and a plain oil to dip it in, the oil needs some seasonings in it so, it's not so bland but, my overall experience was wonderful, and hopefully I will get there again soon.

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MargaretK
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent steak but the mashed potatoes were cold and so was the asparagus. Ambiance was beautiful a bit loud outside but lovely. Would definitely go again!

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NormS
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a restaurant with amazing food, fantastic drinks and a service staff that is friendly and there when you need them but not hovering, then this is your place. Oh and the view from this 7th floor restaurant is amazing and in this time of Covid restrictions, there is plenty of outside seating and the staff follows all guidelines to keep everyone safe. This is not only our favorite place to eat in the Lehigh Valley but in the entire region.

I really do love this place that much!

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MariaC
Poconos
6 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit. Great ambiance and wonderful views of Bethlehem. The food and service were fantastic! Look forward to visiting again.

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Eatoutoften
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Zest many times. The food is consistently great. The service is great. The place is cool and the retractable windows were open so we were outside even though we were inside. It’s a must go to from the foodies that we are!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Location was phenomenal. Outdoor seating with a beautiful view. But, food was pricey for the quality of what we received.

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vipStephanieS
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We chose to sit indoors but they have a beautiful outdoor area equipped with ceiling fans and heaters for colder days. Service outstanding, good food and drink!

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StephenB
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another great experience at Zest. (Previous time was pre-Covid.) The menu is imaginative and delicious. Jackie's service was superb--attentive without being intrusive. No long waits between courses that made me get a bit impatient. And Jackie came with the check just as I was about to ask for it. The restaurant is pricey--our meal for two was $112 before tip. Wine is $10 a glass.
We were able to sit outdoors with a nice view to the Stacks and the Lehigh River. Street noise from muffler-impaired cars or motorcycles can be loud but that's sporadic. The area where we sat was otherwise quiet until the conversation volume from a group of 8 women who were later seated nearby began to increase.
We'll be back. But it's too expensive to make it a regular dinner out event. So we keep it special.

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AlexP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was amazing. The waitress (Kayla) was very engaging and made the evening a ton of fun for my guest and I. Highly recommend!

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vipannie
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything after the rude pushy customer and easily distracted hostess was great.

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vipDelighted
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was amazing!!!!

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PhillyMom
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

This is a special occasion restaurant. Beautiful view. The food is good its just that you don't get a lot for the price. For $32 I expected more than 4-5 scallops. They were delicious though! We enjoyed our dinner just be prepared to order more and pay more!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on a Sunday afternoon and it was a great experience. The service was impeccable and food was delicious. Our server, Mika, did an outstanding job. We’ll return for sure.

FAQs

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

Zest bar+grille is rated 4.7 stars by 905 OpenTable diners.

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