Finally went back after a few years, the last time I was there I wasn’t overly impressed. This time, however, I was pleasantly surprised. To start, I took the family along. It has plenty of space and you’re not at all crammed in. I had the house sampler, everything was good to better than good. I also had dinner, wow, the food was excellent and there in no time at all and I would consider them busy. My wife also commented how good the food was as well. Overall other than being a bit noisy I thought everything was great.
Cool little place themed after the now-defunct Bethlehem Steel. The menu is adequate and the food I saw on the menu should pair well with one of the five or six fresh brews they have available. I stopped by on a Friday night and had a moderate wait time of about 10 minutes. I had been by here previously on another occassion a couple of years ago and had a beer. This time I went for the sampler - usually six 5.5 ounce glasses of what’s on tap. This time of year they only had five, but I also got some cider that worked well for dessert. One of the brews isn’t listed on ratebeer yet: a Dunkel Weiss (and my favorite of the samplers).
I can’t mention this place without also bringing up the Steelgaarden, which is one floor down. The place boasts over 100 Belgian brews in addition to the house beers (but doesn’t have its own place rating set up on ratebeer). I enjoyed an Achel 8 Bruin as the coeds ordered Miller Lite, which is not carried. I left before 10:00 p.m. on a Friday night, so I can’t tell just how crowded this joint might get, especially when Lehigh U. and Moravian College get into session.
overall a pretty awsome place. Nice location right in down town bethlehem. The place was huge and it needed to be because it was packed. Of course i happened to have gone up there the weekend when some stupid musicfest was going on so it was abnormally packed. Besides that it was still an awsome place. or waitor screwed up once or twice which ticked me off but the atmosphere was well worth it. Beer selection wasn’t all that great. SIx house beers and maybe 2 or 3 others on tap.
biznizness (25) Charlotte, North Carolina | June 16, 2005| Updated March 24, 2007
One of my very favorite brewpubs. The theme is awesome, food and beer is good, and the atmosphere is relaxed. Steelgaarden (downstairs) is awesome and usually draws a young but mature crowd.
I’ve been here numerous times and the staff seem friendly, the Steel Garden has a great selection of Belgians and a nice atmosphere (candles, lounge-like), and the location is good (parking is accessible). Upstairs I sometimes feel like I’m in a mill with the whole industrial theme and that is cool. Tables are evenly spaced and everyone has breathing space. The food isn’t bad either but don’t expect an NYC or Philadelphia gourmet chef to be on hand.
If you’re going for the beer you might be dissappointed. The food on the other hand was pretty good and the service was also good. The location and decor are great. If the beer were only a bit better...
Lots of doors that all say Please use front entrance, which took a while and involved a flight of stairs. Had to wait a long time for anybody to show up to seat us. Decor fairly cool and original. Loud despite being less than half full at lunch. Average service from Bud Bundy lookalike, average beers, average food. "No substitutions" listed a few times on the menu. Worth a visit, but not two. Didn’t go to the Steelgaarden.
Been here for lunch several times. Neat place in the restored downtown section of Bethlehem. Has plenty of seating for dining and at the long bar. Food is good. The beer is OK, with the occasional interesting Belgian available. There is a downstairs Belgian bar that I have not visited, and that is open in the evenings for the later crowd. Worth a visit.