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“Good burger, but slow however friendly service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Pickles Steakhouse

Pickles Steakhouse
3941 Chestnut St, Emmaus, PA 18049
(610) 966-1996
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Ranked #36 of 51 Restaurants in Emmaus
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Reservations
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Good burger, but slow however friendly service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Pickles has been around for a long time according to my memory. My dad and I stopped there for lunch on a Friday afternoon. The place is clean and neat however there was no host/hostess on duty it seemed like the manager had to pop outta his office quick to seat us. But he did so promptly. For a Friday afternoon the restaurant was not crowded for lunch. They had one waitress on, she was run a little ragged and busy with the several tables that where in there eating, it was apparent she was serving the whole dining room alone. Service was very slow for lunch for a burger and chicken sandwich. So I'm guessing only one person in the kitchen as well. But the food arrived, it was hot and fresh and done correctly, and the burger was huge. And she was was on top of getting us refill on our sodas. They seem to have a large beer selection too. Don't know about the hit or miss aspect of it, the few times Ive been there over the years its been good.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Allentown
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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Fish and Chips”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Their fish and chips are amazing. They serve you pickles when you sit down, before the food comes. They have many different kinds of dinners and sandwiches on the menu. The local fire department and EMS guys come in there after shift for drinks and dinner - that proves it's got to be good!

Visited April 2012
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New Milford, Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Horrendous service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

This was our 3rd visit--really enjoyed the previous 2. However, they stuck us off in an area adjacent to the bar because there were 6 of us--and it became obvious very quickly that there was no wait staff assigned to the area. Instead, 1 wait person tried to serve in the main dining area plus the 2 larger groups in the bar area. Everything took a long time, from beverages to appetizer to entres. While tasty, more than 1 entre came with fries and ketchup was requested as the waitress retreated. When she reappeared about 5 min later, the request was repeated and was greeted with a curt "I heard you." Over 10 min later she appeared with a bottle of ketchup, but in the meantime we had spied a partial bottle on an unoccupied table in the area and got that--but the fries were cold by then. I think the food was OK, but the service so undid everything that not even the food was acceptable. We had previously gone to Pickles whenever we could when visiting family, as they had seemed to be child-friendly. From the time we entered until we got our meals was over 1 hr. We decided against dessert and couldn't get out of there fast enough. This was our last visit.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Allentown, PA
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47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“One prime rib, haven't returned”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

The worst prime rib I've ever been served. Totally tough...haven't returned.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Worth a try.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Took my family there for a birthday lunch... The service was incredibly slow.. Finally told the waitress that we were about to phone another restaurant for food delivery, if she hadn't returned sooner- lol - and we were about the only customers there! When food arrived, it was all quite good... Properly prepared appetizers... and the little dish of pickles was refreshed & not left empty... they are always fresh & crisp. We do like the atmosphere & plan to return. Plenty of parking & easy to get to.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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