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Bay Leaf Restaurant

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935 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101-1138
+1 610-433-4211
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Miami Shores, Florida, United States
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47 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

I can remember this place being open in 1983 when I worked in downtown Allentown, and even then it wasn't new. So if my memory is correct and it has been open nearly 40 years, that A) Tells you something good and B) Embarrasses me that this was my first visit! The interior is as funky as I remember the... More 

Thank Jesse W
Copenhagen, Denmark
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

What a wonderful dinner. Healthy food served aesthetic, fresh and healthy. Good fusion kitchen. My best meal on this trip to the US. Great wine selection, too. Do order some of the appetizer. Orange Salat with shrimps, and tuna with wasabi perfect.

Thank birgit23
Vandalia, Illinois
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

When I saw the name of this restaurant come up on our Garmin, I fancied something healthy and eclectic. One can eat healthy here, but their specialty is Asian. Our knowledgeable waiter Richard, who has worked there for 17 years, recommended the Thai Orange Salad for me. It was perfect since I didn't want anything heavy or large. Chicken, shrimp,... More 

Thank Sue H
Montpelier, Vermont
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Had dinner at Bay Leaf tonight with my husband. We started by sharing the spring rolls and mixed green salad with apples and gorgonzola cheese. I had the chicken with shrimp and walnuts special and my husband had the stir fried siamese chicken. The vegetables were fresh, the meal was hot and the service was polite and prompt. I would... More 

Thank ASteeltownGirl
Allentown, PA
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92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013 via mobile

Definitely good Thai food, but not superior food. I was at Bay Leaf for a weekday lunch recently. The server seemed entirely uninterested in working at the restaurant - he never even asked if we would like something to drink, and I didn't even notice until he had already stepped away after taking our order at which time I decided... More 

Thank housevet
Boston, MA
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180 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

We had a fine meal here, with a variety of Thai dishes -- we ate five appetizers -- and all were delicious. Our friends, who tried entrees, were similarly pleased. (For example, we had a salad with duck breast: the duck was perfectly cooked, you could actually taste duck! and the salad complemented it and didn't overwhelm it.

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washington dc
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

My husband and I have been going to Allentown every August for over 20 years and have NEVER been to this restaurant. We decided to try it based on Trip Advisor reviews and we were not disappointed. Located in down town Allentown, this little gem is worth a visit. We started with drinks and had wine with our entrees. I... More 

Thank lutzboy
West Palm Beach, Florida
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102 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

This is the best restaurant in the Lehigh Valley. It has an extensive menu. The best salads ever. Reasonably priced. Exceptional quality and preparation. Always served piping hot. Timing is right on. I have never had to send a meal back to the kitchen. The food is delicious. The parking in the rear can be challenging at time. And, it's... More 

Thank TastyBake
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

Had the spring roll appetizer and the pita sandwich. Spring rolls were hot and crisp, but a little salty. The pita sandwich also had good texture but was not otherwise particularly appetizing. Ambiance was comfortable, pleasant and service was generally good. But if this is the number one spot in Allentown then that would be disappointing.

Thank dan m
Townsend, DE
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121 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

This has been a friends favorite local favorite "go to" restaurant for some time. I loved the appetizer special of oranges, coconut and shrimp- light and flavorful. The other app I chose off the regular menu was less tasty, it was crab ravoli. The martini was good and they have a nice wine selection. Tables around us left empty plates... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, French, American, Thai
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 935 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101-1138
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Allentown
  • Phone Number: +1 610-433-4211

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?