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Bay Leaf Restaurant

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935 W Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101
(610) 433-4211
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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 72
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
An Allentown tradition

With all the comings and goings in downtown Allentown, I'm so glad the Bay Leaf has endured. I've been going there for 30 years, and still love their food. Their mushroom chablis soup is fantastic!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Lisa K
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Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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112 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

With all the comings and goings in downtown Allentown, I'm so glad the Bay Leaf has endured. I've been going there for 30 years, and still love their food. Their mushroom chablis soup is fantastic!

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Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Have been to the Bay Leaf many times since it first opened. The service was never great, but kept going back because the food was very good. Hadn't been for a while and our last visit may be just that, the last time we go. The venue is old and dated, but the food remains very good. The service though... More 

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Macungie,PA
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

Went with another couple on a weeknight. We were handed our menus, and a quite a few minutes after that, drink orders were taken. We were not in a hurry, but it was at least 30 minutes before my friend caught a server's attention and asked if we could order. The response was not very apologetic, just that he "did... More 

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New York City, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Food was excellent -- far better than most of the Thai we've had in NYC. A real gem in downtown Allentown.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I never am disappointed when I eat at Bay Leaf. The taste is only surpassed by the creativity. One of the best reasons to head downtown.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

My wife and I have been dining at the Bay Leaf since it opened in the mid 80's and we have never had a bad meal. Everyone pays extreme attention to detail and that is why they have such a loyal following.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

The good: the fillet tips with oyster sauce were cooked to a perfect medium rare with tasty sauce and oysters; the crab cake appetizer was the best ever. The not so good: the steak au poivre was medium well rather than medium rare and very tough; Overall the the food was overpriced based on its inconsistency and portion size.

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Center Valley, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Bay Leaf is one of the first Thai food restaurants I was introduced to in the Lehigh Valley. I was hooked! Lunch has been consistently delicious each time; good presentation and excellent service. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for lunch; however, not my first choice for dinner if you're looking for Thai food; more of a Thai-fusion.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is one of the best restaurants in downtown Allentown. This restaurant has been in downtown Allentown long before "downtown Allentown" was cool. The food is fabulous, wait staff is attentive; never had a bad meal here!

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We've eaten here at least 100 times over the years and the food is always fresh and delicious. The staff and kitchen go out of their way to honor requests.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 935 W Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Allentown
  • Phone Number: (610) 433-4211

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, French, Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?