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Bay Leaf Restaurant

935 W Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101
(610) 433-4211
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Ranked #4 of 371 Restaurants in Allentown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, French, Italian
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is our "go-to" restaurant on our once a year visit to Allentown. We go there for the wonderful salads and appetizers, the inventive cocktails, but most of all....the lamb. A tricky meat to prepare well and they do so every time. It is a do-not-miss meal. The fusion concept of asian and american works here. We always try something... More

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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This place from the appetizers to the entrees was an incredible treat for the taste buds. Wonderful combinations of food - fresh chopped mango with crab meat in a special sauce, for example. Just a real delight.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

I've given this place two attempts to impress me because people say they like it. Needless to say, it confirms that people in the Lehigh Valley do not know food. This restaurant doesn't know what it is. Thai? ItalIan? French? It fails equally at all of them. Nothing about this meal was good. I will not return.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

One thing you can count on is the way the BayLeaf stays the same,either good or bad.The food is always good and thats a testament to the chef/owners that bring a Thai flavor that is unmatched in the area. Consistent every time. Also consistent is the crap waiters that think that it is cool or needed to try to give... More

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Turner, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

Our group of 10 was in Allentown for a graduation weekend. We knew the choices were limited for restaurants. We picked the best there was to eat at every night. I would not return to the Bay Leaf for several reasons. All of them had to do with service. A restaurant serves food, granted. The reviews for this one are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I had not been to The Bay Leaf for quite sometime. Many of the more popular restaurants are now in Bethlehem or Easton. However, you don't need to leave Allentown to get a consistently great meal, with knowledgeable servers, wonderful asian flavors, and reasonable prices. We have never had a bad meal, nor dining experience. In spite of hard times... More

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Macungie, Pennsylvania, United States
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243 reviews 243 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

The Bay Leaf is a hidden gem in Downtown Allentown. It is a mostly Thailand menu with an upscale touch. The fact that it has lasted so long in a less than perfect setting attests to the food. Service is excellent. Pad Thai was great. Menu also had interesting choices like chicken a La banana and some non Thai choices... More

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The Bay Leaf has been a consistent treat in downtown Allentown. The restaurant is unassuming and pleasantly so, belying the great cuisine offered at this comfortable dinning haven. The service is kind and efficient. The menu is well-balanced and enticing. The food is prepared with passion, presented with tasteful elegance and never fails to satisfy. Try it, you'll like it!

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Always excellent food freshly prepared. Good service but can be slow if crowded. Decor could be updated .

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

One of our favorites! Parking usually easy on Hamilton St near by. Not sure about when the new hockey rink is open, however. Reliably good Thai food.

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