Zest bar+grille

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469 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 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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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was extremely friendly. The service was outstanding! We WILL go back!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Date night

e
New York Area
170 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Dinner for four during dinner rush. Busy restaurant but exceptionally slow service. Waitress bungled order missing an entree entirely. Managed to correct but was an effort. For the prices charged expect a much higher level of precision.

Will give another try and hope operational issues are worked out.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Apps good. Drink prices reasonable. Main course weak had the grouper and scallops. Great service.

KS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks, and service. We will be back!!!

M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious appetizers....Excellent dinner...beautiful decor...wonderful view! Will definitely be back to dine here again!

r
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

this was our first time dining here ....
so, with a basically empty restaurant, i was unsure why we were seated next to a work station where not only clean and used dishes were deposited but wait staff felt comfortable standing close by and chatted with each other during our dining experience. the food was good, the service was good, the dining time from appetizers to finish was almost a full 2 hours - again the restaurant only had a handful of patrons. we ordered when asked and bread was brought out with our appetizers?? my husband noted our daughters birthday on the reservation but i had to bring that up to the waitress and she was obviously caught off guard, she handled it well but it was uncomfortable. i would say i’ll try again as i think the idea is right, just the execution was wrong for us tonight.

LL
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Zest- great view, beautiful presentation of food, every app/entree were so delicious. Want to come back again soon.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The lobster was excellent. I appreciated being able to substitute one of the sides for the for forbidden rice. That rice is so delicious.

The server was friendly but I wish she would have checked in with us more than once.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was great food was just ok, I had the Spare ribs and they seemed a little dry-ish.

l
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were lucky enough to sit on the roof. It was perfect weather and the view was spectacular. Our waitress was superb! We had wonderful food and drinks. We will definitely return.

F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and we loved our server, Lindsay!! We weren’t rushed and had spectacular views.

OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome food drinks service we will definitely be going back

J
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant! Food is exceptional, ambiance perfect. This visit was pork chop, Grouper, and Salmon. All were excellent.

RG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice view , attentive service , quality food made with care - I’ll be back !

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view, atmosphere and food! Will be going back!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect!

HC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food in a modern venue with awesome outside dinning. The Bar is very cool with a view of the horizon and the entire restaurant from certain seats. In short, a great place for Adults to hang out!

l
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

We all enjoyed

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent as well as the food. View was exceptional.

GD
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the start to finish I loved the environment. Food was delicious and waiter was great and friendly. It was my first time but I loved it so much I will go again. If you want to sponsor a YouTube video please contact me ASAP @beautybygisell

K
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Menu offerings are superb.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food is delicious, ambience and rooftop dining is the main reason we went. Our service was sub-par unfortunately, as our server forgot to bring us plates and utensils as we ate our appetizer with our hands. Our server also forgot our drink order - besides this, everything else was enjoyable. Would go back.

RS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We’ve been to Zest twice. Made reservations both times and both times were sent to the bar to wait until the table was ready. It wasn’t very busy so I’m not sure why the table wasn’t ready except it’s just their way to get you to buy more drinks. It’s sometimes awkward to hang around the bar if there aren’t enough seats or if I’m not drinking that night.
We have had the same waitress twice and both times she’s been very good. The food is EXCELLENT. Parking in the garage is really easy and is really convenient if the weather is bad. Will definitely be back.

JR
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends from Louisiana
Great time
No rushing us along

Bar service can be slow. Dined here four times and it’s still slow.

Food was outstanding.
Great apps
I enjoyed the duck
Friends had the strip steak, short ribs and salmon.

Our server Tyler was a perfect host.

RK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place...will be back!!
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J
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As advertised. Not to miss food and view. Will return.

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked the reservation 5:00 and arrived early. . . wanted to sit outside on the deck. Had a table to 2 on the deck. The view was amazing. The food was fantastic. . . incredible. . . awesome. Our server, Jacque B, was wonderful. If you happen to be assigned to one of her tables, consider yourself lucky. She was pleasant, helpful, always appeared when she was needed, and extremely accommodating. We will be back.

D
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing! Cocktails were perfect and the food was delicious!

GM
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I requested a table with a view to celebrate ours and a friends anniversary. We were seated at a corner table with a great view and greeted with a glass of Champagne. Service was attentive without being rushed. Apps and food were outstanding. This was our second visit and it continues to please.

BT
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great place to socialize after work, the view was extremely impressive, and the drinks were great!

T
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lunch. Kind of empty. Thinking musikfest hangover. Service was beyond excellent. Feast of appetizers > entrees. The excellent view is thrilling.

DW
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Don't miss the scallops! The filet is a VERY CLOSE 2nd to the scallops! Awesome Salads/drinks and the
appetizer clams are TOP NOTCH. Second time we've got them. We sat outside on the East side of the
restaurant. Awesome views and the shade from the sun was welcomed.

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The view was great and so was the food. Everett was our server and the recommendations he made were on point. He also has a great personality.

KM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit and we came with our dear friends. The food and drinks were amazing and we loved that the selections were different from other restaurants in the Lehigh Valley!

ML
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Both the food quality and presentation were outstanding, as was our server. The only issue I have is the seating. We requested inside seating, as it was a humid day and the terrace appeared to be home to quite a lot of the invasive Spotted Lantern Fly. We were seated at a window table overlooking the 'city,' which was fine. Then the host seated a foursome on the terrace right outside our window, blocking our view. Additionally, the host seated a table of six, right next to us, when there were plenty of other tables that could have accommodated them further from us. Both these situations detracted from our visit.

SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Beautiful view of Bethlehem. The food is mediocre .

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cool experience and such a fun time outside.

MH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun drinks, creative appetizers (LOVE the roasted avocado!), and delicious entrees = a memorable dinner experience. And, did I mention the view? It's amazing!

TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ,friendly professional staff and good atmosphere, the view from the outside seating is great

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