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“Gourmet Dining at it's Best/Worst ?” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Benner Street Restaurant & Bar - CLOSED

Benner Street Restaurant & Bar
1028 Broadway, Fountain Hill, PA 18015
(610) 861-8181
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Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Old stone building in southside Bethlehem near Lehigh University. Great food. It definitely needs to be included in listings
Bath, Pennsylvania
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Gourmet Dining at it's Best/Worst ?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Dined at Sarnada's on Valentines Day with my wife and another couple. The restaurant was only 1/3 full that evening, possibly due to the cold weather but more likely to the menu. Unfortunately my wife needed to wear her heavy winter coat throughout the evening to stay warm, even after we notified our waitress of the cold.

The renovations of the interior compared to our prior visits (previously known as Benner St.) were rustic and well-done. The live one-man entertainer was a nice touch for a special evening. However, we were unpleasantly surprised when informed that a pre-selected 6 course menu selected by the chef was our only option @ a prix fixe of $65. We noticed one couple leave after being seated when informed of this

Service and food presentation were good. This is obviously a restaurant for the French "gourmet" diner with very small servings and an emphasis on the sauces. The first 4 courses were one/two bite selections from the Appetizer menu, i.e. crab & cavier, scallops, duck and red snapper respectively. My wife's main course consisted of a miso cod that only gave her 3 bites and my ribeye steak yielded maybe 3 ounces of meat after I trimmed away all the fat. The taste of each course was good but not spectacular. For us the best part of the meal was our bottled craft beer and the final course of homemade ice cream with fresh fruit.

This may be a restaurant enjoyed by the sophisticated elite but it just isn't for us. For $100/person, which included one drink and tip, we expect a more satisfying meal . We can now check French gourmet dining off our bucket list. We'll just accept the fact that we're not sophisticated diners and won't return to Saranda's in the future. As the saying goes "Be careful what you wish for."

  • Visited February 2015
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Exceptional Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The food was excellent and the menu was adequate. The bar mixed very good cocktails and the service was good. Last minute reservations are almost impossible. Parking is difficult at times. Consistency is a big plus. A little pricey but worth it.

Visited July 2014
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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86 reviews 86 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“OOB”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Finally...out of business. And, it couldn't have happened to nicer people. The owner was always most unpleasant. And, they didn't think they had to honor their contracts. I hope the successor is much better.

Visited November 2014
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Allentown PA
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59 restaurant reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“The name has changed to Saranda's on Broadway, but great tasting food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

If you call Benner street, you'll get a different answer, the name is now Saranda's on Broadway. The remodeled resturant is lovely and the food terrific. I had short ribs, with wonderful pull apart tenderness, and generous portions. The scallop salad beforehand was marvelous. Hubby had cauliflower soup, that was a small serving, and beet salad. Not bad, just not big. I shared!
The new friendly family, are working hard for four weeks open. The dining room was clean crisp look but too bright...the bar perfect... Depending on your group. Music brought in by local fellas, was sweet. Be careful not to get a table facing the kitchen door, rather distracting. If you want romance, the bar has the right lighting, but if you get a rowdy crowd...who knows.

All together a nice meal, it's close the the Christmas city, and easy to get in, try it, and let us know!!!

  • Visited December 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
“Viva la France!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We were here on a snowy night before Thanksgiving. My wife cooked all day to prepare for our huge feast the next day. Naturally, she didn't want to cook dinner, so we decided to check out the new place in town.
What a great place! All fresh food on the menu, it changes with the seasons, and what is available locally. The menu is French, but very approachable if you never had French food before. We had a ton of appetizers and got so full, we never made it to the main courses. That will be our next trip!

The interior is completely renovated and they have a cutout of the Hill-To-Hill-Bridge dividing the bar and dining room that s very cool. It's located in the old Benner Street Restaurant, but it doesn't resemble it anymore.

The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable, The owner offered us a cappuccino from the machine they had imported from Italy. That alone is reason to come back!

  • Visited November 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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