Zest bar+grille

4.7
977 Reviews
$30 and under
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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 977 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
service
4.7
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MCreviews
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful the food was amazing, drinks were amazing, and our server Jackie was super attentive and very kind giving us good recommendations. Great music too!

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MarkM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was awesome. I would go again for the service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Wife’s birthday great atmosphere entrees were delicious. Service was spot on our waitress Racheal did a great job.
Would recommend for a special occasion. Can’t wait for warmer weather to sit out outside. Views are amazing at night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special of grilled halibut with Gouda risotto and wild mushroom was fantastic. This should be on the regular menu it’s that good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great meal and great drinks! Everything was prepped perfectly!!

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JoeF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went all Tapas on their appetizers. Glad we did. The entrees looked very good but were honestly safe and common. The appetizers were a bit out of the box. Our favorite were the scallops, edamame flatbread, and that goat cheese salad... yes sah.

Loved the scenery and we'll be back soon.

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Josh
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zest was an amazing experience amazing food excellent service and awesome drinks will be back again!

LD
vipLoDo
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely loved our night out for our anniversary. first time at zest and it wont be our last!

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NicoleJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zest was a terrific experience for us! First restaurant we’ve been to in 2020 (can’t believe it’s Nov!). I was a bit worried about the virus, but my daughter REALLY wanted to eat here for her birthday. The staff was excellent, taking our temperature at the front door, then seated us outdoors. We had no reason to worry, as we didn’t sit close to anyone else, and the staff was very professional in taking Covid precautions. The food was absolutely delicious!! We enjoyed cocktails and charcuterie board to start. I ordered scallops that melted in my mouth - perfectly cooked. My daughter had a steak that was the exact temperature she’d requested. We shared Brussels sprouts that tasted like comfort food. Everything was just soooo tasty! Our desert cocktails were quite festive, and we shared the apple-bake with ice cream... and a candle on top to acknowledge the occasion. (No loud announcement or singing.)
We can’t thank Zest enough for a perfect evening!

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DanaT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

There’s nothing more nail bitting and nerve racking than dining during COVID. With that said, Zest provided an overall safe and enjoyable experience. The staff was friendly & attentive and the the view from the terrace was perfect. On to the food: The fig drink is a must, the mussels app was bread sopping good and the scallop entree was cooked to perfection. My picky eater hubby enjoyed his short ribs which speaks volumes. If you haven't visited yet, I truly recommend going.

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Sally
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Pork chop was amazing, and drinks were delicious. A little overpriced for the area, but worth the splurge on a night out.

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HeatherA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view, food and cocktails!

MB
vipMarleneB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!

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vipMatt
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Always excellent service and drinks at one of our favorite restaurants in Bethlehem!

CN
CelloNYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice place on Bethlehem - nothing special other than the location and the view - the food is OK.

BR
BRod
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Waited 20 mins to be seated for our reservation. Food and drinks took a very long time to come out..Food was not worth the price attached to it but our waitress was very pleasant

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kendallt
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the place I just felt the food prices were over priced. The drink prices were bad at all. But chicken dish for $25 is a little much. I could see maybe $15-$18 tops for a chicken dish. Steak was expensive too, better quality and bigger steaks at Texas Roadhouse for a heck of a lot cheaper. Steak my fiancé got was $38 and the steak was like 3 oz filet

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

Our server was excellent. She was very friendly and personable and took her time to talk with us.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Came in with a group of 6 for my dads birthday. Our waitress was not good. She was late to greeting us and rarely stayed on top of filling our drinks, despite it being a very quiet night at the restaurant. The Caesar dressing was oily and did not taste right. And happy birthday was not sung to my dad even though I had reminded two people in the restaurant prior to dessert and it was on the reservation. Not the greatest night out for a special occasion.

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MaryA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and the service was good. Drinks were good. Not overly priced and you could feel comfortable there whether you had jeans on or dressed up

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Mistymackmid
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly and prompt service, and a view of the city sitting 6 floors up on their outdoor terrace. The 3 walls protected from the wind and the radiating heaters kept us warm and comfortable to be able to enjoy sitting outside. Highly recommend

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Rich
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, staff was super friendly. On the high side for price but the food was good so you pay for good food. Definitely will return

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casualdiner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived on time, were seated immediately. Our server was attentive without being intrusive. Drinks were excellent and the meals, particularly the specials were delicious and well portioned. Overall wonderful.

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Eman
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My wife and I had a nice meal out on the heated patio. The food was very good, but it was a cold night and in spite of their efforts at heating the space, we were by the balcony and cold wind was coming up from the floor and from the side, which made for a less than ideal dining experience. We will go back again and if we're outside again, we'll dress appropriately for the weather (bring lap blankets and wear a hat!).

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just WOW! The service was amazing the food was outstanding overall just spectacular!

MF
vipMicFiggin
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and practiced safety. The food was very flavorful. They even accommodated my food restrictions. I will definitely be going back.

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vipMatt
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Drinks and Food are always delicious and unique. The service is outstanding! Unfortunately the fettuccini carbonara was murdered, but I won’t alert the corner on this one.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Best way to describe is that I will suggest going to 3501 or Melt, but that wouldn’t be my suggestion to go to Zest!
Food was good, not to rave about but the ambiance felt “cold”! Tough times but we go other places and didn’t feel a warmth! A martini was tried, my wife didn’t like or drink! Had to order another! My steak was nothing special, my wife’s chicken was too spicy for her. She shared my steak.

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MichelleS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second time going to Zest, and it doesn't disappoint. We asked to be seated out on the terrace, which I thought was going to be open. However, they had zipped up plastic to keep it more comfortable temperature wise. Had I known that, I would have asked to be seated inside. Our waitress and the manager were delightful and our food was terrific. I would definitely recommend it for any special occasion. I don't drink often, but their cocktail menu was irresistible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great beautiful place to eat dinner. Awesome view of the city from the outside tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall great just hard to find from elevator

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PamS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zest bar+grille is lively and trendy. Modern and industrial design with signature cocktails to please most customers. Foodies would appreciate this menu and it’s tasty choices. I would recommend this to friends and family.

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IvonneT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I be back one of the best places to eat, very clean and friendly, food was delicious.

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KelleyE
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner at Zest. Was our first time there and the food was great! We sat on the outdoor deck and it was comfortable. They have heaters and are definitely diligent with the safety protocols. I look forward to returning.

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BrianaK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Service was top notch, food was perfect.

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Nicey
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Overall a really nice place. I was disappointed because they ran out of the Duck which is what I really wanted.

RS
RobS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zest was the best! The food was great, drinks were great, service was great, the rooftop was a nice touch, plenty of social distancing and COVID safety protocols were in place and adhered to, it was a great experience and my friends and I will be back!!

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BranS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zest was amazing. It is now my favorite restaurant. This is probably the 2nd review I’ve ever done, and I am telling you, whoever is reading this, it’s worth it. Bring your significant other with you.

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Boutiquetraveler
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner with my daughter here on Thursday evening and ate on the veranda. The view was spectacular. The menu was diverse and I was torn between the fish special and a scallop dish on the regular menu because I loved the accoutrements that came with the scallop dish. The waitress suggested I get the fish special with the accoutrements from the scallop dish. I was so impressed with this amazing eatery. My daughter ordered the duck and the Brussels sprouts that came with it were the tastiest I’ve ever had.
The food was delicious and cooked perfectly. My only wish was that there was a warm apple dessert. We ordered the semifreddo which was good, but it had gotten chilly and I was wishing for some warm, bubbly apples and pastry. This will definitely be our go-to spot when visiting Bethlehem.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Zest bar+grille using the Order Online button. Zest bar+grille also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 419-4320.

Zest bar+grille is rated 4.7 stars by 977 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.