Sunday, March 27, 2011

Restaurant Review: 1741 On The Terrace

Name: 1741 On The Terrace
Location: Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main Street

Bethlehem, PA 18018
Hours: Dinner daily 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
         Sunday Brunch 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Atmosphere: Whether your attending the restaurant for the Musical Sunday Brunch or for a fancy dinner, the atmosphere is cozy, yet spacious and open. During the day, sun shines in through the floor to ceiling windows surrounding the dinning room and at night, the twinkling lights lining the streets of North Bethlehem glitter the restaurant. The walls are made of exposed brick and the floors; hardwood. The overall vibe of the restaurant is very “old Hollywood” and makes any occasion seem special.


Service: The service at 1741 on The Terrace is outstanding. Not only is the staff polite and courteous, but also very friendly and accommodating. I enjoyed our waitress because she was personable yet still formal enough that the night felt special and fancy. The dishes were properly spaced so that just as I was hungry, my dish appeared. Not once did I feel rushed and not once was I looking for my next dish. Also, I have attended large group events at the restaurant and the staff was just as accommodating and attentive. The four-course service at the event was nicely paced as well and the service was not affected at all by the large crowd.


Food: The food served during the Sunday Brunch is impressive; however, the food served during dinnertime is less impressive. Sunday Brunch consists of a variety of stations including a cold food table, salad bar, egg and omelet station, sweet breakfast item table, meat carving station and a dessert table. Although the food is produced for the masses, it is all very flavorful, fresh and constantly replenished. The dinner at the Terrace is good, but not great and definitely not worth the price. The dishes are all very traditional and plain and not anything overly tasty or unique. Salads and Soups include Spinach & Arugula salad, Caesar Salad, Lobster Bisque and Pea Soup. Main courses include items like Grilled Lamb Chops, Sautéed Grouper, Roasted Chicken, Fillet Mignon and Grilled Ahi Tuna. Starter courses including soup and salad were all very small and unsatisfying; however, the dessert was great! I ordered a chocolate torte cake, which was outstanding and my favorite dish of the night.

Score- 4

Pricing: Nothing at this restaurant is inexpensive. Soups and Salads range from $9-$16 while main courses range from $20 -$46. As I stated above, the quality of the food does not match the price and the dishes are far too simplistic for the amount charged for each. The atmosphere greatly outshines the quality of the food during dinner; however, this is a delicious and beautiful Sunday brunch destination.

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