Coal Lounge and Grill
Food was an excellent, as was the service. Ambiance was good, however, would not recommend for a first date, as much of the seating is side by side rather than across from each other. A little bit awkward but otherwise highly recommended!
The positive aspects of Coal Lounge and Grill are (1) the friendly staff (server and chef were both very nice and attentive), and (2) good value for the money.
The negative aspects include the fact that many of the items listed on the menu were not available (even tho' dinner was on a FRIDAY evening!) -- i.e. no beef, no curried rice, unavailable appetizer (kelewele). In addition, altho' the restaurant has a liquor license, it ran out of beer that evening.
My wife is not tolerant of spicy food, and we asked our server if her food could be made "plain". We were assured that the chicken she ordered would have no spice added. When it arrived, she struggled to eat it because it was so heavily seasoned.
Meals are eaten from modified packing crates, which in itself is 'atmospheric'. The problem is that the meals are then placed at the level of one's knees, making it challenging to get food to one's mouth without dropping it. Also, half of the seats are backless stools, potentially adding discomfort.
It is difficult to foresee a future for this restaurant until its issues are resolved.
We went to Coal for Bethlehem Restaurant week so we got a nice variety of food. All of the food was delicious. The service was excellent. They had just gotten their liquor license but hadn't stocked up on wine and beer so we went to Franklin Hill Vineyards across the street and bought wine. When you make a reservation call to find out what the status of their alcohol is if you would like to drink with your dinner.
Interesting place. Food a bit spicy overall. The chicken kabob is the less spicy option
The food was excellent and the servers were attentive, but the kitchen seemed unable to get more than two dishes out at a time. We arrived and received appetizers almost immediately, but it was well over an hour after we ordered before we received our entrées with only five tables seated in the restaurant. I really hope that they can make their kitchen more efficient, because while the food was amazing, I’m hesitant to go back unless I have 2 to 2 1/2 hours to spend for dinner. I highly recommend it if you’re willing to wait, again, the food was amazing.
Appetizer loaded kelawe (plantains) was fantastic. Shish kebabs were also very good. Service a little slow but that may have been because chef decided to re-do my daughter's dish because he didn't like how it came out.
Will go back again!!
We always have a fantastic experience at Coal! The food is delicious and the owner/chef is great! He always makes an effort to chat with his guests to see how their dining experience goes! The staff help walk you through the menu and are very tentative! Absolutely wonderful!
Fantastic experience. Loved the ambiance and the food was incredible. Staff was super friendly and the chef/owner even comes out to introduce himself and chat. 10/10!
Heard a lot about this place and it lived up to our expectations. Very customer satisfaction driven. Our wings were smaller than normal and they only charged us half price. This was fully their decision, we did not even notice the wings were smaller. Very friendly and relaxing place.
Food, ambiance, and service wise this is the best restaurant in Bethlehem and maybe even the Lehigh valley.
The reviews are spot on. Friendly personal service, excellent food, bring wine because you’re going to wait a bit, but it’s well worth it. Can’t wait to go back!
Very interesting food. I will definitely go to Coal again. It's a very relaxed setting with couches and low tables. I ate my food with the plate in my lap. Others bent over their food on the table. Couples can sit side-by-side, but facing each other is farther than I prefer. But definitely TRY it!
Dinner was amazing at Coal. The service was impeccable with the chef explaining the dishes to the first time visitors. The food was delicious and ambiance was very unique. Will definitely be back again for another dinner.
Great atmosphere, great service and great food at a reasonable cost...Would to see a lot more food varieties ,drink varieties and a shorter wait time for the food
Absolutely fantastic. My parents took my boyfriend and I here for a night out (he’s from Ghana) and we loved it. The food was delicious, and that’s coming from me who’s a very picky eater. The owner and chef came out to talk to us and make recommendations which made it so much more personal. The lounge ambience was very different but it was a fun experience. Not the most comfortable seating but that was overlooked above all of the other things.
I cannot believe this place is not more popular. Coal is the place to be! The chef waited on us, and thus was able to answer all of our questions. He made great recommendations and was incredibly friendly. The service was great, food came out fast, and the ambiance very calm and just what we were looking for.
But, the best part: THE FOOD. So, so incredibly fresh, well seasoned, and delicious. We had the chicken kebobs and the red red stew as well as the loaded kelewele. I have never had West African food, but this was just truly outstanding. We will definitely be back to try some more of the chef's creations.
Wonderful food. Not the same old cuisine. A truly wonderful dining experience!
This was our first time but definitely not our last. From the moment we walked in until we left we were greeted like special guests. The hibiscus tea with mango was yummy. Then came the best chicken wings ever. My friend and I shared the lamb and beef skewers prepared perfectly. We swapped out the regular salad for the bulgar salad and were not disappointed. We are everything including the home made peanut brittle made to order.
What a feast.
The food was delicious and the service was excellent!
My husband and I brought our friend from West Africa to Coal to celebrate her birthday. Our group of 3 tried a variety of menu items and enjoyed all of them. We had kelwele, jollof rice, the mixed meat skewers with delicious sauces, salmon, red red stew, and lamb indomie. The seasoning on everything was delicious, just enough heat for the Americans. Our West African friend requested a hotter sauce which Kofi, the chef, provided. We brought home plenty of tasty leftovers. Kofi answered our questions, took our order, and checked back often to make sure everything was to our liking. The hostess seated us quickly and kept our water glasses filled. The restaurant is small so I would recommend making a reservation.
Looking for somewhere a little difference then Coal Lounge is a good choice. We had a group of six and nobody was disappointed with their meal choice. Plantains and grilled vegetables were both great appetizers, and the grilled meats we had for main course were well seasoned and perfectly cooked. The service was not the quickest, but the relaxed atmosphere was ideal. Our server provided plenty of good advice on things to try. The restaurant it BYO.
Very nice ambience in this BYOB restaurant. Great lighting. Comfortable seating. We where waited on by the chef as they were short handed when we visited. He did a terrific job of cooking and serving us. The food was all fantastic. Hands down the best kabobs I have ever had for flavor and preparation. We also had a great appetizer and my wife’s chicken and homemade noodle dish was both well prepared and very flavorful. Overall Coal exceeded our expectations and is worthy of its great reviews!
Great! Excellent food. Something different and exceptionally good!
Great restaurant! Lounge type atmosphere...like have a meal in your livingroom. Food was delicious!
Beautiful restaurant, excellent location, and most of all delicious food. We were four people who ate 4 different dishes and all shared the kelewele appetizer. Everything was delicious!
This place is a GEM! Everything about it was so incredibly good. Highly recommend the grilled veggies, but i don’t think you can make a wrong turn. Went with friends and it was a great space to hang out, we never felt rushed, food was amazing, chef is incredibly nice and the prices were totally reasonable. Stop reading my review and book a table already!
Small menu but excellent. Spices & flavor exceptional.
Our meal was excellent! This place is an instant favorite for my wife and I with the best seasoned beef and lamb that we have ever had from a restuarant.
We loved the decor of this place. The food was good and the wonderful spice combinations weren't too "hot", and very tasty. We enjoyed the music, which mostly was at a level that allowed conversation. We'll definitely go back!
I cannot rave about the experience nor the food at Coal enough! Amazing value, excellent food, great atmosphere and ambiance, friendly staff and the Chef comes out to speak to everyone. This place is absolutely, hands-down amazing.
An amazing restaurant from start to finish. I recommend highly. The service was stellar and the menu was thoroughly explained. The food was fantastic. The chef came out to chat which was such a unique touch that you don't see often any longer. Very friendly and super talented. Coal is a must location to try & to frequent! You will not be disappointed!
Delicious food, beautiful setting, excellent music (but not too loud).
I love the vibe and food was great. I will definitely be back very soon. This is a must for date night or just a relaxing evening with friends and hood food
So different from your run-of-the-mill restaurants. Menu is limited, but quality is outstanding. Seating is so comfortable & relaxing. Have already spread the word & will return next week.
Food was excellent. Would recommend and will be back.
Unfortunately they had staff call out tonight, so service was slow but the owner took care of us and couldn’t have been nicer. The ambiance is really cool and the food was delicious!
The chef was really nice. My family and I enjoyed the food and the new experience eatting at a West African restaurant. We told jokes as we waited for our food since it is cooked to order and we did not mind one bit. We look forward to eat to,g there again
A very different and unique experience. The food is West African which is pretty spicy, but I am sure a request to adjust the spice would not be a problem. The menu is limited but then it is made to perfection.
The seating is at long low glass-topped plank tables lined with a settee on one side and two hassocks on the other side. This was a little awkward only because you need to hold the plate while eating from it. However, this is part of the uniqueness and what made it such a fun experience.
The chef came to our table and we chatted for at least 20 minutes with him. A very charming young man with a wonderful passion to share his love of his native African food.
All four of us in our group agreed we will most definitely return.
Friendly staff, great atmosphere. Highly recommend.
A small menu but great options and excellent flavors. Didn’t realize it was BYOB but fortunately there is a good wine store around the corner. The staff was very friendly and the chef came out to talk with everyone. It was great to hear a little bit of his story.
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