It’s the luxury and service of going out, with the intimacy and seclusion of being at home. Private dining tables are in high demand these days. Check out these 13 places for private dining in the Lehigh Valley. Find the quiet you crave without sacrificing the renowned cuisine and unique experiences offered at some of the region’s best restaurants, inns and event centers.
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Visitors and guests to the 1858 Gothic Revival style Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem, PA can opt to have the complete experience by making a reservation for The Founder’s Table. Feast Like a Founder lets visitors dine in the same surroundings where some of the area’s most notable industrial magnates such as Robert Sayre and Asa Packer held court. In-house caterer Karen Hunter prepares a sumptuous six-course meal for 8-18 guests that’s served in the privacy of the mansion’s formal dining room. Dinner entrees may include Chilean Sea Bass, Roast Duck Breast or Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Quail. Choose from seven menus or customize the meal to your liking. At least 72 hours notice is required for reservations and the meal is BYOB.
The Italian style villa on the 54-acre vineyard near Kutztown offers private and intimate space for gatherings. The Barrel Room accommodates up to 50 guests in a fully functioning wine storage room. The ambience blends modern industrial style and old-world rustic Italian elegance. Menu options feature traditional and re-imagined Italian dishes. Take advantage of the scenic location, a library of Folino Estate wines and authentic Italian fare.
Top Cut Steakhouse
Host a memorable dinner overlooking Center Valley. Top Cut Steakhouse offers two private rooftop rooms boasting floor-to-ceiling windows. Each private room can accommodate up to 28 guests. The restaurant is known for its high-quality USDA Prime Beef. Order from the menu or enjoy a specialty banquet menu that features a three-course plated meal and is available exclusively when Top Cut is closed to the public.
For a lively vibe and modern Mexican fare, book Torre’s first floor private dining room. The space can seat up to 16 guests with flexible seating options. The second-floor mezzanine may also be reserved for private dinners for up to 40 people. Guests may soak up the restaurant’s festive atmosphere while enjoying a separate event space that overlooks the main dining room.
The Sun Inn
This historic landmark on Main Street Bethlehem offers private dining experiences. Operated as an inn since 1760, the building underwent a total restoration to return it to its 18th century appearance. Today guests may reserve one of three museum rooms at The Sun Inn for a private dinner. Historic museum rooms include The Gaststube or “Guest Parlor,” Colonial Kitchen and The Martha Washington Suite. Choose either a small plate or large plate dinner option from the Museum Menu and order additional items a la carte from the Tavern Menu. For a truly immersive experience, a docent from the Sun Inn Preservation Association can give a presentation on the history of the Inn and its famous guests. You may also include a tasting of Christmas City Spirits with a member of the distillery who will guide guests through a flight of either Sun Inn spirits or sample cocktails made with the spirits.
The Barristers Club
The Bar Association of Lehigh County purchased this historic building in Allentown. After a restoration of the 1928 structure, The Barristers Club opened to the public for private functions. Inside the Community Room, up to 40 guests may gather for an intimate event. Event coordinators are on staff to plan and assist. Outside caterers are welcome, so guests may opt for the budget and style of their choosing.
Reserve a private space on this 150-acre working organic farm. Situated amid the rolling hills of Fogelsville, Glasbern Inn offers a variety of venue options. The Grainery is ideal for intimate events. Located inside the Main Barn, the space can accommodate up to 16 guests.
Globe Inn Bed & Breakfast
This historic bed and breakfast in East Greenville has welcomed guests since 1895. Reserve the main banquet room for a private dinner. The space boasts a large gas fireplace and Victorian décor and can accommodate 55 people. Bring in a caterer of your choosing to Globe Inn to customize the meal any way you like.
Historic Benner Mansion
The Benner Mansion has long played host to Allentown’s distinguished social gatherings. The stately home was built in 1914 for William Bonneville, a local cement manufacturer. Today the 18-room mansion again welcomes guests for special events and private dinners. Sit down to a meal in the formal dining room and be surrounded by history.
Three Oaks Steakhouse
Three Oaks Restaurant is a new restaurant in Easton’s historic district created in the tradition of New York City’s classic steakhouses. There are four levels with numerous options for private dining. Roots Wine Cellar is a cozy and intimate space that can seat 20 people. It offers a unique glimpse into the dry aging room. On the second level, The Club Room is tucked behind a repurposed wooden barn door. The space can accommodate up to 30 guests and features oversized globe chandeliers and warm earth tones plus floor to ceiling glass doors that open onto Artists’ Alley.
Melt specializes in Italian cuisine with a modern spin. The restaurant in Center Valley offers four private dining spaces that feature the same coastal European vibe as the main dining room. There are venues to host intimate gatherings of eight people or large celebrations up to 150. Menus may be customized for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Tucker Silk Mill
Known for unique specialty food products, this retail store with outdoor dining and grab-and-go options will soon debut a private dinner club. Guests to Tucker Silk Mill in Easton will be able to dine in the nostalgic setting of a vintage general store.
Zest Bar & Grille
Diners at this rooftop restaurant have a spectacular view of all of Bethlehem. The progressive menu highlights the best of New American cuisine. Reserve the Bridge View Room for an intimate dinner party at Zest. The space can accommodate 12 to 24 guests and boasts views of SteelStacks, Hill-to-Hill and Fahy Bridges, Bethlehem Library, City Hall and Martin Tower.
After experiencing private dining in the Lehigh Valley, retire to the privacy and luxury of a guest room at The Sayre Mansion. Gracious hospitality and distinctive services combine for an ultimate night out. Check availability and book your getaway today. Ask about bringing a bit of The Sayre Mansion to your next function with our off-site catering options.