You won’t have to search far to find a delicious meal during your trip to Bethlehem, PA! There is a score of incredible restaurants near Sayre Mansion, each with a menu of innovative and award-worthy meals. Here are our picks for some of the best restaurants in Bethlehem, PA, and the surrounding Lehigh Valley region!
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- 1 The Best Restaurants in Bethlehem, PA
- 2 Check Out These Other Great Restaurants in Lehigh Valley
- 3 Looking for the Best Breakfast? Stay at Sayre Mansion
The Best Restaurants in Bethlehem, PA
The Bookstore Speakeasy
This unique restaurant harkens back to the days of Prohibition, where anyone looking for a drink had to find secret hideaways in the back rooms of stores. Today, visitors can appreciate the Jazz-age atmosphere without the need for secrecy at The Bookstore Speakeasy! The menu here features classic American fare with an updated twist. If you’re stopping by for a cocktail and a small snack, why not try their chickpea popcorn or black truffle fries with house-made ketchup? They also have a fantastic selection of small plates that are perfect for sharing with a loved one. Try their blackened brown sugar scallops or escargot served with a Thai basil herb butter. If you brought your appetite, choose one of their entrees, like the mushroom and spinach duxelle-filled pasta, served with roasted butternut squash and fried sage ragout.
The Bookstore Speakeasy is open from Tuesday to Wednesday from 5 to 11 p.m., on Thursday from 5 p.m. until midnight, and from Friday to Saturday from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. It is just a nine-minute walk from Sayre Mansion.
Social Still is part-distillery, part-bar, and part-restaurant. That means that you can start your visit with a tour of the facility and end it with a delicious meal! Their restaurant is located in a Prohibition-era bank, and, as you might expect from a distillery, features some amazing cocktails. You can also get a selection of small plates and snacks, salads, burgers and sandwiches, entrees, and desserts. This isn’t your average bar fare, though. From their upscale smokehouse nachos, which features chopped smoked brisket and a bourbon cheddar fondue, to their tuna tar-tacos, you’ll be surprised by the fine cuisine. For your entree, try the Jail Island salmon, served with edamame, local cherry tomatoes, roasted corn, and a walnut romesco. Top it all off with a goat’s milk cheesecake or their coconut sticky rice pudding, and you’ve got yourself a delicious meal!
Social Still is open from Tuesdays to Wednesdays, from 4 to 10 p.m., Fridays from 4 to 11 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m. It’s just a five-minute drive from Sayre Mansion.
Edge Restaurant has one of the most eclectic menus in town. Chef Timothy Widrick has taken New American and added some French and Asian influences to create a one-of-a-kind experience! The menu is split up by plate size, with small, medium, and large plates available, as well as salads and desserts. The small plates make for a great snack, especially when paired with one of their artisan cocktails. If you’re stopping by for a lunch or a light dinner, try their medium plates, like the baked brie or chicken, smoked gouda, and arugula pizza. If you’re hungry, indulge in one of their large plates. The pan-seared duck breast with mushroom spaetzle, asparagus, and a dried cherry gastrique is not to be missed! Of course, no meal at Edge Restaurant is complete without dessert! Try one of their heavenly treats, or even one of their dessert cocktails, like the Key Lime Martini or Café le Lait.
Edge Restaurant also has a fantastic selection of daily Happy Hour specials. From Margarita Mondays (featuring $6 margaritas) to Sangria Saturdays (where you can get $26 pitchers of house sangrias), there’s always a good reason to visit! Pair that with their food specials, where you can enjoy some of their plates for less, and you have a great afternoon on your hands.
Edge Restaurant is open Monday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and is just a three-minute drive from Sayre Mansion.
The Mint Gastropub
Enjoy “contemporary comfort foods” when you visit The Mint Gastropub. Whether you’re looking for some fried chicken or foie gras, you’ll find something to feed the body and soul! They have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options as well. The Vegan Bank Burger is not to be missed. It features a housemade beet and bean patty, curry catsup, “tofunnaise,” lettuce, tomato, onion, on locally-made ciabatta bread and tater tots. The Mint Gastropub is also known for its selection of mac and cheeses. Enjoy a spicy treat with chipotle bacon, which includes locally-sourced bacon lardons, chipotle spice, and buttered breadcrumbs. If you’re feeling French, order the Parisian, which includes brie lardons, truffle oil, mushrooms, and breadcrumbs.
The Mint Gastropub is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:27 a.m. to 10 p.m. It’s just a five-minute drive from Sayre Mansion.
If you’re having a getaway with the girls, be sure to book our Girl’s Night Out Package to enjoy dinner for two at Melt! This hip eatery is one of the best Italian restaurants in Bethlehem, PA, and features an outstanding wine list. For your antipasto misto, you can select from their selection of cured meats and Italian cheeses. They also have a selection of traditional Italian appetizers, like burrata or pasta e fagioli. For secondi, enjoy an excellent preparation of bistecca vesuvio, a grilled eight-ounce NY strip steak served with fingerling potatoes, sweet peas, and a red wine sauce. Melt also has a $31, three-course prix-fixe menu that is available from Sunday to Thursday. It includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert.
Melt is open every day of the week, with varying closing hours. Check out their website before you go. They are just a 10-minute drive from Sayre Mansion.
Bethlehem Brew Works
Part-brewery and part-restaurant, Bethlehem Brew Works is the best place to go for a cold beer and some delicious food! This brewpub has garnered worldwide recognition, with two of their beers winning golf at the World Beer Championship. They have a fantastic Happy Hour, which takes place Monday to Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. There, you can enjoy Fegley’s Flagship Drafts for just $3 and their “Five for $5” snack menu! Many of the dishes on their menu include their brews, like the BREWschetta, which is a classic bruschetta topped with a sauce that incorporates their Space Monkey Raspberry Saison. The Bessemer’s Bratwurtst features savory sausages with a mustard gravy that incorporates Fegley’s ESB, one of their most popular beers. In fact, President Barack Obama enjoyed one during his visit in 2008!
Bethlehem Brew Works is open every day of the week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. It is a two-minute drive Sayre Mansion.
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The Hamilton Kitchen and Bar
The Hamilton Kitchen and Bar, an Allentown favorite, specializes in fine-dining comfort foods. They use locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. For example, their cheese curds appetizer uses Kirchenberg Farm curds, and their Bresaola Toast starter uses Pennsylvanian cheddar, served on a marble rye and topped with cornichons, pickled shallots, and mizuna. The Hamilton serves lunch, dinner, and a brunch that is not to be missed! Enjoy perfectly prepared Southern classics like fried chicken and waffles or biscuits and gravy. Pair your meal with their County Coffee, a classic cup of Joe with a splash of bourbon.
Hamilton Kitchen and Bar is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, it’s open from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m., and on Sunday it’s open until 9 p.m. It’s about a 20-minute drive from Sayre Mansion.
The Grain Restaurant
The perfect spot for a romantic date in Allentown is Grain. The dim lighting, wood paneling, and exposed brick combine to make a wonderfully intimate and warm atmosphere. The menu features upscale Southern dishes. Try their biscuits and gravy appetizer, which is served with homemade buttermilk biscuits, chicken sausage gravy, and a smoked corn and black bean succotash. The glazed brisket is decadent and delicious. It’s paired with mashed root vegetables, succotash, and a rosemary and red wine demi-glace. Grain also has a fantastic vegetarian menu. The stuffed eggplant is especially tasty, with parsnips, beets, rutabaga, carrots, mixed grains, romesco, and your choice of vegan mozzarella or feta. Save room for dessert! The coconut panna cotta, banana pudding, and olive oil cake are scrumptious! Grain also serves brunch.
Grain is open on Sundays, and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It’s about a 15-minute drive from Sayre Mansion.
With an amazing selection of cocktails and beers, award-winning food, and a unique atmosphere, Grille 3501 is one of the best restaurants and martini bars around. It’s a 10-time winner of Lehigh Valley Style Magazine’s Decadent Dish Award and a six-time winner of Lehigh Valley Magazine’s Best of the Valley Award. The cuisine features classic fine-dining dishes, like foie gras (preparations varies) or tuna tartare, as well as some modern plates. If you’re in the mood for something different, try their ostrich steak with sweet potato bread pudding, caramelized onions and Brussels sprouts, and a shishito pepper jam. Stop by during their Happy Hour, from Monday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., for select half-price appetizers.
Grille 3501 is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. It’s a 20-minute drive from Sayre Mansion.
Looking for the Best Breakfast? Stay at Sayre Mansion
We’ve listed our picks for the best restaurants in Bethlehem, PA, but if you’re looking for the most delicious breakfast in town, the choice is clear. When you stay at Sayre Mansion, you’ll start your day off with a scrumptious meal served in our elegant dining room. With a buffet of fresh fruit and home-baked muffins, breads, and pastries, as well as a selection of hot entrees, it’s no wonder why countless guests choose to stay with Sayre Mansion.