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“Great veal parm!”
Review of Rosa Flamingo's

Rosa Flamingo's
Ranked #2 of 12 Restaurants in Bethlehem
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

I went on a Saturday night with 6 people. We had a great time. We all had great meals and the timing of the meal was perfect no rush and no delays. Best veal parm I've ever had!

1  Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 2 December 2015

I've been here twice, eaten in both the main floor dining room and the basement bar. Food was great both times, and the bar had a fun vibe on taco Tuesday with live music and lots of people enjoying the food, good local beers, and company.

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1  Thank Erin V
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Reviewed 23 November 2015

We dine here every time we stay at the Bear Mountain Lodge, and it is always excellent. Atmosphere is casual, but we still feel like we are treating ourselves to a nice dinner out. The risotto cakes and scallops were fantastic, as was the turkey/kale soup. In past years we have enjoyed pasta dishes, also very good. Great beer/wine selection, friendly service, reasonable prices. We will keep coming back!

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2  Thank ADR2412
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Reviewed 17 November 2015

Great food. We go there every year for the tortellini carbonara. Excellent cocktails and great local brews.

1  Thank Priscilla B
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Reviewed 7 November 2015

We frequently travel to Maine from our home in Vermont, and have driven by this busy place many times. So on our anniversary, we were trying to come up with a new place, and decided to drive the 30 or so miles and give it a try. We were surprised on looking up the website, that it was Italian food and pizza and sandwiches, but we were intrigued. They described themselves as a casual place and although we looked specifically (because we knew how busy it could be) we found no mention of reservations being taken. When we arrived, about 6 pm, we couldn't figure out how to get in to the restaurant, the only entrance we saw was a stairwell down to a bar. That place was quite noisy, with football on the three TVs and lots of people, but we saw the stairwell up to the dining room and went up. (I could not believe there wasn't a handrail on that staircase!). We waited a couple of minutes before we were approached and asked if we had a reservation. We didn't, so she said it would be about fifteen minutes for a table, and suggested we wait in the bar. Back down those stairs, we sat at the corner of the bar and ordered our drinks. The bartender was efficient and personable, although I was a little put off by him calling me 'dear', several times, the final time he reached out and patted my hand! Whaa? A group of people were doing Jaegermeister shots with a man who was allowed to go behind the bar and pour them, he was very loud and boisterous. I don't think anyone in the place had a normal tone of voice, so we were thrilled when the hostess came to tell us our table was ready. (Back up those stairs!)

Well, that fantasy didn't last for very long. We were seated at one of two 2-tops in a passageway from the kitchen to the rest of the dining area. There was a table of four off to the side and they were quite noisy, but it looked as if they had boxes being brought out to them for pizza leftovers, so we figured that would not be an issue. We ordered our soups, Lemon chicken and roasted Kuri soup with pecans, both were delicious, and a fair value at $3 ($5 for a bowl). We also received a small loaf of average bread with some flavorless oil for dipping. Our waitress didn't seem to know the menu, didn't know what the soups tasted like, didn't know how to pronounce the menu items. We had quite a wait between the bread and the cups of soup. Then a party of eleven people arrived for their reserved table, and it was absolutely out of control from that point forward. Lots of running back and forth with the bussing, drink serving, etc. a lot of hustle and bustle and so much noise from those two tables we couldn't believe it. Our waitress couldn't hear us, and we couldn't hear her. We couldn't have a conversation across the table from one another. The louder people got, the more unbearable it became. No one in the place was in charge of the mess. I actually screamed at the top of my lungs and NO ONE but my husband realized it. Our waitress came by to pick up the cups from our finished soups and apologized for it being so loud, but no one did anything to tone the offending parties down. I wonder if the drinking guy in the bar downstairs is the reason why this is allowed to go on. Was he an owner? A manager? He was out of control down there, so I would guess this is the type of crowd that gathers there. If that is your thing, go for it. We opted to leave. The waitress panicked and rushed to get our food packed up, as it hadn't even left the kitchen by the time we decided to call it quits. We spent a total of $75.00 for two cups of soup, two bar drinks, one glass of house pino, and the two entrees. We had the orecchiette special for $20, and the chicken braciolatine, $18. Our food was packed into aluminum dishes with plastic covers, and by the time we got home, it was cold. No parts of the braciolatine were separated from one another in the takeout dish. The grease from the wine sauce had spread all over the chicken and veggies and potato gratinata, so that was a sloppy disaster. The chicken was tough and overdone by the time we got home, of course. The orecchiette heated up well, and was quite flavorful. Both meals were surprisingly small portions, especially when you consider the price!

We were terribly disappointed with the rowdy, out of control atmosphere, and the lack of professional staff. The facility is not well laid out, and it is clear that there is very little concern for the dining experience. But as stated, if you want a crazy place to party hard, this is it. Don't try to enjoy a special meal here, though.

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