Romance isn't just for Valentine's Day. In Lehigh Valley, there's always a chance to get out and explore romantic dining locations perfect for date night. We've rounded up six of our favorites for when you're looking to reconnect with your special someone over an unforgettable meal.
Perhaps the most acclaimed restaurant in the region, Bolete offers a true farm-to-table experience. Chef Lee Chizmar (a James Beard finalist) sources the finest ingredients from local purveyors to develop unique menu offerings that reflect seasonal ingredients. Bolete is housed in a former stagecoach inn, providing a cozy and historic atmosphere for an incredible dining experience. And, see if you can snag a reservation for the Outdoor Winter Village—an intimate and elegant dining solution perfect for a pandemic. Be sure to save room for dessert - the butterscotch pudding is a must-try!
Located just off the casino floor at Wind Creek Bethlehem, Emeril's Chop House exemplifies fine dining with top-notch service and some of the most decadent menu items around. Choose from a selection of premium-cut steaks or seafood options, including the impressive seafood tower featuring shrimp, lobster, oysters, and more. If you're seeking a slightly more casual setting but still want the celebrity chef experience, consider Emeril's Fish House, located just a few steps away.
Located on the western outskirts of Lehigh Valley, a night at Folino Estate will leave you feeling as if you were transported to the hills of Tuscany. The Italian-style menu features freshly made pastas and pizzas with a wine-inspired twist, a nod to the on-site wine production. During warmer months, opt to sit outside where you can take in the scenery of the vineyard's rolling hills. Folino Estate also offers a tasting room with wines available by the glass or bottle in addition to the full-service restaurant. If you're staying in for date night, check out fun kits and gifts, like the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Sangria Kit. Or, sign up for Murder at the Malt Shop Murder Mystery Show for dinner, drinks & a show. See their Facebook for more information.
A refined steakhouse in downtown Easton, THREE OAK Steakhouse focuses on high-end experience with a local flair. The restaurant is full of warm wood tones and original brick work, highlighting the history of the city in a modern take. Choose from prime-cut beef that is aged in-house in a Himalayan salt brick-lined dry-aging room. Looking to enjoy cocktails and small bites? Head to the rooftop which features a retractable roof so that the space can be enjoyed year-round.
Take in rooftop views at this gem on Bethlehem's SouthSide. A new restaurant by the creators of Grille3501, ZEST bar + grille brings tasty martinis, an elegant wine selection, and savory dishes to the menu. In addition to panoramic views of the city, ZEST offers open-air dining on balconies looking to the north and east. Even during the cold winter months, the balcony patio is well-heated for even more seating options.
Tucked away in Allentown's West End neighborhood, Greenhouse Enoteca is housed within - you guessed - it a former greenhouse. The restaurant offers house-made pastas and pizzas with plenty of gluten-free options. In the greenhouse space, the restauranteurs are growing herbs and produce that truly go from "seed to fork" and right to your plate. The menu reflects seasonal ingredients so be sure to revisit often for new menu highlights and even takeout specials.
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