Welcome to the ultimate guide to the best Pittsburgh restaurants.   Since Pittsburgh was named the 2019 Food City of the Year by af&co., we thought… “Well… now there’s nothing more Pittsburgh Beautiful than Pittsburgh food…”, and then we realized we knew that all along.  Our Pittsburgh restaurant page was created last year, and to complement it, we’ve added this guide to the best restaurants in Pittsburgh, broken into 11 categories. That’s right…  110 of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh.  With so many places to choose from…  how do you plan your day?  Easy!  You can have breakfast in Pittsburgh in our Breakfast or Brunch category.    A hearty lunch at one of Pittsburghs favorite dining spots in our Fast Casual Lunch category and, of course, for dinner…  Pizza from one of 10 of the best Pizza places in Pittsburgh.  And that’s just one day!  Heck… you can even find a great vegetarian meal in Pittsburgh, or locate one of the best food trucks Pittsburgh has to offer!

We bet you have some questions about this. Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Did you get paid to include these restaurants? No. They are not sponsored posts in any way.
  • How did you come up with these lists? We came up with these lists through extensive research (gorging), our own knowledge and you, our readers, opinions.
  • Will you include more lists? Yes! Our plan is to add one category once a month to continue adding to this guide.
  • Can we suggest restaurants or categories? Of course! We always love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram or email pittsburghbeautiful@gmail.com.

Now… yinz ready to eat n’at?
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Breakfast or Brunch

1. Pamela’s

Neighborhood(s): 

The Strip, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Mt. Lebanon, Millvale

Dish(es) to try: 

Pamela’s Famous Crepe-Style Hot Cakes, Gail’s Favorite Eggs with Cream Cheese and Scallions, Tex-Mex Omelet

A bit about the place:

Pamela’s has been serving breakfast in the area since 1980. Pamela’s owners have been to the White House and have been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal’s Online Weekend Edition in 2013.

More info here.

2. Central Diner & Grille

Neighborhood(s):

Robinson

Dish(es) to try:

Omelets (there’s over a dozen different kinds), Challah French Toast

A bit about the place:

Central Diner is known for their huge portions and extensive menu. They are a family-owned and operated establishment. Breakfast is a specialty at the diner, with lots of options for all tastes.

More info here.

3. Waffles, INCaffeinated

Neighborhood(s): 

Downtown, Beaver, South Side, Wexford

Dish(es) to try:

The Funky Monkey Waffle (on special every Friday for $6), Chicken and Waffles

A bit about the place:

Waffles, INCaffeinated’s motto is that breakfast shouldn’t be excluded from fine dining. Even if you’re not a waffle person, there’s omelets, French toast, sandwiches and more on the menu too.

More info here.

4. Deluca’s Diner

Neighborhood:

Strip District, Robinson

Dish(es) to try:

The Famous Breakfast Burrito (Strip), Steel City Breakfast of Champs (Robinson)

A bit about the place:

Deluca’s has been in business since 1950, with the Robinson location opening in 2013. It’s been in a few movies, including Passed Away and Jack Reacher. 

More info here.

5. First Watch

Neighborhood(s):

Robinson, Bridgeville, McCandless, Cranberry, Pleasant Hills, Murrysville

Dish(es) to try:

Avocado toast, BLT Benedict, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

A bit about the place:

First Watch doesn’t use heat lamps or air fryers—everything is made fresh. When you arrive, you’re welcomed with a pot of hot coffee and complimentary newspapers and WiFi access.

More info here.

6. The Lot at Edgewater

Neighborhood(s):

Oakmont

Dish(es) to try:

Elvis Toast, Green Eggs & Ham

A bit about the place:

The Lot at Edgewater caters to a lot of tastes. It serves as a diner, cigar bar, steakhouse, bar hybrid. Breakfast is served from 6 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., making it ideal for both early and late risers.

More info here.

7. Pie for Breakfast

Neighborhood(s):

Oakland

Dish(es) to try:

Pie by the slice (of course!), kielbasa and eggs

A bit about the place:

Pie for Breakfast is a whimsical take on your morning meal. In addition to breakfast staples, the diner sells coffee cocktails like the “Get Off My Lawn,” made with caramel-infused Wild Turkey rye and cold brew coffee.

More info here.

8. Point Brugge Café

Neighborhood(s):

Point Breeze

Dish(es) to try:

Leige Waffles, Eggs Benedict with Crab Cakes

A bit about the place:

The Point Brugge Café has been in the Point Breeze community for 14 years and counting. Its Belgian cuisine (including its weekly Sunday brunch) serves as a staple for those in the neighborhood.

More info here.

9. Square Café

 

Neighborhood(s):

Regent Square

Dish(es) to try:

Protein Pancakes, Smoked Salmon Scramble

A bit about the place:

Owner Sherree Goldstein’s seasonal menus include lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The café serves as a place to showcase local artists.

More info here.

10. The Dor-Stop

Neighborhood(s):

Dormont

Dish(es) to try:

Freshly baked cinnamon rolls, Surf & Turf Benedict

A bit about the place:

The Dor-Stop was featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It’s a family restaurant that has been around for nearly 35 years.

More info here.
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Fast Casual Lunch

1. The Pub Chip Shop

Neighborhood(s): 

South Side

Dish(es) to try:

Fish & Chips, Buffalo Chicken Bap

A bit about the place:

The Pub Chip Shop is a fish and chips stop. It also serves as a full Scottish bakery. They also have a food truck.

More info here.

2. Honeygrow

Neighborhood(s):

East Liberty

Dish(es) to try:

Walnut St. Noodle Salad, cold pressed juice

A bit about the place:

Philly start-up Honeygrow has since expanded along the East Coast and into the Mid-Atlantic states. Founder Justin Rosenberg was new in a plant-based diet and tired of the usual options at older, current fast casual places so he decided to give the Honeygrow concept a try.

More info here.

3. Bae Bae’s Kitchen

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown

Dish(es) to try:

Noodle bowls with Korean fried chicken and kimchi

A bit about the place:

The Korean-inspired Bae Bae’s Kitchen focuses on local, healthy and organic ingredients. Their menu is very straightforward, with a choice of rice, noodles or salad, a protein and veggies.

More info here.

4. CHiKN

Neighborhood(s):

Oakland

Dish(es) to try:

Nashville style crispy chicken breast sandwich

A bit about the place:

CHiKN serves up Nashville style hot chicken. The eatery offers chicken a few different ways in addition to the sandwich—as tenders or in a salad. There’s also crinkle cut fries, extra cheesy mac and cheese and ice cream for dessert.

More info here.

5. Bistro to Go

Neighborhood(s):

North Side

Dish(es) to try:

Seasonal bistro grain bowls

A bit about the place:

Bistro to Go’s Café serves a rotating seasonal menu, as well as sandwiches like an apple, ham and cheddar and cranberry almond chicken salad. They also offer catering.

More info here.

6. Mission BBQ

Neighborhood(s):

Robinson, White Hall

Dish(es) to try:

Texas inspired oak smoked brisket, Bay-B-Back Ribs

A bit about the place:

If you’re craving barbecue, this is the place to go. In addition to the brisket and ribs, there are chicken and salmon options too, as well as sides like mac and cheese, baked beans, green beans and more.

More info here.

7. Duncan Street Sandwich Shop

Neighborhood(s):

Millvale

Dish(es) to try:

Rosemary/brown sugar/black pepper turkey sandwich, Not a Cobb Salad

A bit about the place:

The Duncan Street Sandwich Shop is closed Mondays and Tuesdays and has odd hours for October 2019 (so check their website!). The business functions as three parts—the sandwich shop, catering and monthly dinners.

More info here.

8. Ephesus Pizza

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown

Dish(es) to try:

Pide with Soujcuk (Turkish pepperoni) and cheese, lamb shish kebap

A bit about the place:

This Turkish pizza place serves Mediterranean style dishes. There’s also Turkish coffee and desserts too.

More info here.

9. Eat Unique

Neighborhood(s):

Oakland

Dish(es) to try:

Sweet bean hummus sandwich, cream of tomato soup with basil and feta

A bit about the place:

Eat Unique is a place where you can find a college student, tourist visiting a local museum or a business man or woman popping in for a quick bite. Eat Unique serves up fresh, healthy foods on hearth-baked artisan breads.

More info here.

10. Choolaah Indian BBQ

Neighborhood(s):

East Liberty

Dish(es) to try:

Build your own bowls

A bit about the place:

The tagline of Choolaah is: “Life’s too short to eat boring.” The eatery takes Indian traditions and gives them a modern twist at this fun, fast casual restaurant. Choolaah has a lot of vegetarian options too.

More info here.
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Pizza

1. Fiori’s Pizzaria

Neighborhood(s):

Brookline, McMurray

Dish(es) to try:

Large thick crust traditional pizza

A bit about the place:

Fiori’s is locally and family owned. Their all-natural, hand-tossed pizza is a favorite among Pittsburghers.

More info here.

2. Mineo’s Pizza House

Neighborhood(s):

Squirrel Hill, Mt. Lebanon, North Hills (coming soon)

Dish(es) to try:

Sicilian pizza

A bit about the place:

Mineo’s is celebrating 60 years, three generations and three locations. Mineo’s also caters.

More info here.

3. Pizza Taglio

Neighborhood(s):

East Liberty

Dish(es) to try:

Pizza margherita

A bit about the place:

Pizza Taglio is a cozy BYOB joint serving simple pizzas with a light and airy crust. They often run lots of great specials for their pizzas and post about help wanted on their Facebook page.

More info here.

4. Driftwood Oven

Neighborhood(s):

Lawrenceville

Dish(es) to try:

The Major Tom Pizza, The Bianca Pizza

A bit about the place:

Co-owners Neil and Justin met while working at the Legume Bistro in Oakland. By December 2017, Driftwood Oven was born.

More info here.

5. Piccolo Forno

Neighborhood(s):

Polish Hill

Dish(es) to try:

Antipasto di terra, Piccante pizza

A bit about the place:

Piccolo Forno serves traditional, Tuscan style Italian food. Their motto is “Make Everything With Love.” Family owned, Piccolo Forno has Italian roots making for truly authentic cuisine.

More info here.

6. Pizzeria Davide

Neighborhood(s):

Strip District

Dish(es) to try:

Old World Style Pizza with Soppressata and Mushroom

A bit about the place:

Pizzeria Davide is a newer pizza place from those behind DiAnoia’s Eatery (also in the Strip). Their menu is straightforward and simple, serving old world style pizza.

More info here.

7. Mercurio’s

Neighborhood(s):

Shadyside, Fox Chapel

Dish(es) to try:

The calzone pizza

A bit about the place:

Mercurio’s serves authentic Neapolitan style pizza. Owned by sister and brother duo Anna and Michael Mercurio, the original shop opened in 2012. Michael is a certified Neapolitan pizza maker by the Italian government and serves as head chef and pizza maker.

More info here.

8. Rialto Pizza

Neighborhood(s):

Greenfield

Dish(es) to try:

The 28″ Rialto Giant Pizza, with 49 slices, ranch steak pizza

A bit about the place:

Rialto’s has been a relaxed neighborhood pizza place for over two decades. They deliver to Greenfield and many surrounding areas. They use Mancini’s bread and Grande cheese on all their pizzas.

More info here.

9. La Tavola Italiana

Neighborhood(s):

Mt. Washington

Dish(es) to try:

Nonna Pina’s Pizza

A bit about the place:

La Tavola is BYOB and being on Mt. Washington, it allows for some great after dinner strolls. The restaurant also offers banquet and catering services.

More info here.

10. Slice on Broadway

Neighborhood(s):

Beechview, Carnegie, PNC Park, East End

Dish(es) to try:

The Cheesy Dreams Pizza, The Slaughterhouse Five Pizza

A bit about the place:

This no-frills pizza joint serves up New York style thin crust pizza or thicker crust should you prefer. There’s also pepperoni rolls, garlic knots and cheesecake for dessert.

More info here.
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Mexican

1. Condado Tacos

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown, Lawrenceville

Dish(es) to try:

Build your own tacos, pineapple guac, signature margaritas

A bit about the place:

Condado Tacos has a popular happy hour Monday through Friday from 5-7 p.m. There are half off signature margaritas and $1 off tacos. They are Ohio based, with their first build your own taco concept opening in 2014.

More info here.

2. Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar

Neighborhood(s):

South Side, Cranberry, Gibsonia, McCandless, Shadyside

Dish(es) to try:

Chipotle Pork Wings, Old School Chimichanga

A bit about the place:

Emiliano’s is warm and inviting, serving inexpensive yet delicious Mexican food. Best of all, there are plenty of locations across the city making it an easy place for most to get to.

More info here.

3. Las Velas

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown

Dish(es) to try:

Burrito Xel-Ha—a favorite in the Riviera Maya, stuffed with rice, chopped onions, cilantro, beans, salsa, melted cheese and meat.

A bit about the place:

Las Velas serves dishes inspired by Mexico City and the Riviera Maya. The space is located on the second floor of a building overlooking Market Square.

More info here.

4. Las Palmas

Neighborhood(s):

Brookline, Oakland

Dish(es) to try:

Barbacoa bites tacos, chicken tacos, green salsa

A bit about the place:

This food truck/Mexican food shop is open all year ’round. If you’re looking to try something new, their chorizo is amazing. They also have a toppings bar with six different types of salsa and pico de gallo.

More info here.

5. Edgar’s Best Tacos

Neighborhood(s):

Strip District

Dish(es) to try:

Carnitas—slow simmered roasted pork with Edgar’s special blend

A bit about the place:

The family owned Mexican restaurant, food stand and food truck catering business includes a full menu of over 10 different tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more. They also serve cold Mexican sodas.

More info here.

6. Round Corner Cantina

Neighborhood(s):

Lawrenceville

Dish(es) to try:

Nachos Supremo Gordo Gigante with chihuahua cheese, queso fundido, refried beans, jalapeno, pico de gallo, corn, guac and cilantro and your protein of choice for $4 more

A bit about the place:

This festive Mexican joint has a huge menu with street tacos, burritos, Mexican party food and more. There are also buckets of beer perfect for any celebration.

More info here.

7. Los Cabos

Neighborhood(s):

Bloomfield

Dish(es) to try:

Enchilada combos

A bit about the place:

This small, BYOB restaurant serves Mexican fare like tacos, enchiladas, chimichangas and more. There’s also tortilla soup, shrimp soup and fish soup.

More info here.

8. Doce Taqueria

Neighborhood(s):

South Side, North Hills

Dish(es) to try:

Carne Molida tacos

A bit about the place:

Calling themselves “Pittsburgh’s favorite tacos,” Doce Taqueria has two locations on the South Side and in the North Hills. There are a handful of different taco choices as well as black beans, nachos and more.

More info here.

9. Tako

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown

Dish(es) to try:

The Cheesy Dreams Pizza, The Slaughterhouse Five Pizza

A bit about the place:

The lively taco joint includes creative Mexican street food in a trendy setting. In addition to tacos, there are small plates like street corn, poke and more. For drinks, try the sangria and spicy pineapple margarita.

More info here.

10. Totopo Mexican Kitchen and Bar

Neighborhood(s):

Mt. Lebanon

Dish(es) to try:

Huevos Rancheros

A bit about the place:

The no-frills eatery has some mouthwatering dishes, including huevos rancheros and con chorizo. If you’re a fan of cilantro and lime, the cilantro lime chicken tacos are amazing.

More info here.

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Asian

1. Sesame Inn

Neighborhood(s):

Mt. Lebanon, North Hills, McMurray

Dish(es) to try:

Chicken egg rolls, General Tso’s chicken, hot and sour soup

A bit about the place:

Sesame Inn features an extensive menu of over 100 entrees, with many unique to Pittsburgh. In addition to Chinese fare, they also feature Thai food and sushi.

More info here.

2. Chinatown Inn

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown

Dish(es) to try:

Fried rice

A bit about the place:

If you’re up for some upscale Chinese, this is the place to go. In addition to lo mein, chop suey, seafood and chicken dishes, Chinatown Inn has a great cocktail list including both hot and cold sake.

More info here.

3. Sichuan Gourmet

Neighborhood(s):

Squirrel Hill, Oakland

Dish(es) to try:

Kung Pao chicken

A bit about the place:

Serving authentic cuisine, Sichuan Gourmet serves hungry office workers and college students in Oakland as well as the Squirrel Hill community. They even offer a student lunch special.

More info here.

4. Sesame Garden

Neighborhood(s):

Mt. Washington

Dish(es) to try:

Veggie egg roll, shrimp in lobster sauce

A bit about the place:

This casual eatery makes traditional Chinese food and a handful of Thai dishes as well. They also do carry out and deliver locally.

More info here.

5. Red Dragon

Neighborhood(s):

East Liberty

Dish(es) to try:

Beef lo mein noodles

A bit about the place:

Serving Taiwanese cuisine, Red Dragon consistently churns out delicious dishes. In addition to typical items like sweet and sour shrimp and chicken and cashews, there’s a fairly extensive vegetarian menu.

More info here.

6. How Lee 

Neighborhood(s):

Squirrel Hill

Dish(es) to try:

Tofu chili pot, fried dumplings

A bit about the place:

How Lee features a large menu with lots of options for everyone. They serve tasty authentic Chinese food, from chicken with broccoli, to beef with broccoli and everything in between.

More info here.

7. Szechuan Spice

Neighborhood(s):

Shadyside

Dish(es) to try:

Pad Thai, veggie lo mein

A bit about the place:

An extensive offering of Asian dishes is at Szechuan Spice. They also offer huge portions, so expect leftovers if you go!

More info here.

8. Wai Wai Chinese Cuisine

Neighborhood(s):

Bloomfield

Dish(es) to try:

Lunch or dinner boxes with egg rolls

A bit about the place:

Wai Wai Chinese serves the Bloomfield area. They’re well known for their lunch or dinner boxes, which include tastes of a few entrees, rice and an egg roll.

More info here.

9. Ting’s Kitchen

Neighborhood(s):

Ross Twp.

Dish(es) to try:

Garlic eggplant

A bit about the place:

The intimate dining space at Ting’s Kitchen is no frills. The restaurant serves Sichuan and Taiwanese food and offers both takeout and delivery.

More info here.

10. Chengdu Gourmet

Neighborhood(s):

Squirrel Hill

Dish(es) to try:

Dry sauteed green beans with minced pork

A bit about the place:

This basic food spot serves both traditional and American style cuisine. Expect to see items like dumplings, chicken with broccoli and more.

More info here.

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Dessert

1. Prantl’s Bakery

Neighborhood(s):

Shadyside, Market Square, Greensburg

Dish(es) to try:

Burnt almond torte

A bit about the place:

Home of the famous burnt almond torte (a Pittsburgh tradition for 50 years), Prantl’s also sells lots of other delicious pastries like thumbprints, wedding cakes and more.

More info here.

2. The Butterwood Bake Consortium

Neighborhood(s):

Lawrenceville

Dish(es) to try:

Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream

A bit about the place:

The Butterwood Bake Consortium is a Lawrenceville café that also serves coffee and tea for to-go or eat in orders. It’s a great place to stop after dinner.

More info here.

3. Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream

Neighborhood(s):

Market Square, Shadyside

Dish(es) to try:

Incline cherry ice cream

A bit about the place:

Millie’s is a classic ice cream scoop shop. They serve one, two or three scoops, milkshakes or pints for sale. Flavors include the usual chocolate and vanilla, coffee, peanut butter and more.

More info here.

4. The Milkshake Factory

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown, South Side, East Liberty, Oakland, McCandless, Cranberry

Dish(es) to try:

Chocolate dipped strawberry, S’mores

A bit about the place:

The Milkshake Factory is the place to grab milkshakes in the ‘burgh. The shop began in 1914 as a small soda fountain and chocolate shop in Lawrenceville.

More info here.

5. Bethel Bakery

Neighborhood(s):

Bethel Park

Dish(es) to try:

Lady locks, turtle thumbprints

A bit about the place:

Bethel Bakery first opened for business in 1955. People travel for miles for the bakery’s cakes. In 2006, the bakery was featured in the WQED show “What Makes Pittsburgh Pittsburgh.”

More info here.

6. Fudge Farm

Neighborhood(s):

Waterfront, South Side

Dish(es) to try:

Carson City Saloon Mania Milkshake, chocolate peanut butter fudge

A bit about the place:

Fudge Farm’s whimsical shops serve mania shakes with clever nicknames, like the Carson City Saloon, made with coffee ice cream and ‘nilla Wafers, and the Jaggerbush, with peanut butter chocolate ice cream topped with chocolate pretzels.

More info here.

7. Peace, Love and Little Donuts

Neighborhood(s):

Baldwin, Beaver, Bridgeville, Cranberry, Grove City, Irwin, Monroeville, Peters Township, Robinson, Strip District, Wexford

Dish(es) to try:

Cherry cheesecake, M&M, Oreo

A bit about the place:

Peace, Love and Little Donuts serves donuts with psychedelic flavors. Fun fact: their mini cake donuts were created by mistake when the machine kept churning out smaller donuts! The rest you could say, was history.

More info here.

8. Page Dairy Mart

Neighborhood(s):

South Side

Dish(es) to try:

Nancy B’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae

A bit about the place:

Page Dairy Mart has been around since 1951. The ice cream shop can currently be found at the intersection of Becks Run Road and E. Carson Street. Noteworthy menu items include Arctic swirls and specialty sundaes like Nancy B’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae and the Yinzer Sundae.

More info here.

9. Waffallonia

Neighborhood(s):

Shadyside

Dish(es) to try:

The Charleroi and the Antwerp

A bit about the place:

If waffles are your thing, you’ll want to pay a visit to this desserts shop. Waffallonia serves six different types of waffles (or a make your own option) and milkshakes, including a speculoos cookies and cream variety.

More info here.

10. Priory Fine Pastries

Neighborhood(s):

North Side

Dish(es) to try:

Burnt almond and brownie delight cupcakes

A bit about the place:

Pastry Chef Jim Lazeration makes almost all his sweets entirely from scratch. Priory Fine Pastries is best known for their cupcakes—they offer over 50 different varieties!

More info here.

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Special Occasion

1. Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown

Dish(es) to try:

Steak a la lobster, Bacon Gruyere dry-aged burger

A bit about the place:

The Pittsburgh location is part of a handful around the country. Come for delicious steaks, seafood and mouthwatering gourmet burgers.

More info here.

2. Gaucho Parrilla Argentina

Neighborhood(s):

Strip District

Dish(es) to try:

Empanadas, Parrillada Mixta

A bit about the place:

This Argentinian restaurant serves up delicious South American dishes. Fun fact: below the main dining room of Gaucho and the 16th Street Bridge is “The Bodega,” an intimate private dining space that accommodates 24 diners.

More info here.

3. Meat & Potatoes

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown

Dish(es) to try:

45 oz. ribeye, brisket mac and cheese

A bit about the place:

Simple yet filling entrees are the point of Meat and Potatoes. Cocktails harken back to the Prohibition era.

More info here.

4. Butcher and the Rye

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown

Dish(es) to try:

Dirty pasta, mac and cheese

A bit about the place:

The two-story Butcher and the Rye is known for its whiskey collection and modern take on rustic American food. It was the first Pittsburgh bar to be nominated for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program.

More info here.

5. Altius

Neighborhood(s):

Mt. Washington

Dish(es) to try:

Hokkaido scallops, Duroc pork chop

A bit about the place:

Chef Jessica’s chef-driven menu features playful dishes and more familiar ones alike. There are also plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options.  The chef-driven menu features the very best our region has to offer and features seasonal, sustainable products whenever possible.

More info here.

6. The Grand Concourse

Neighborhood(s):

Station Square

Dish(es) to try:

Sunday brunch

A bit about the place:

The Grand Concourse’s Sunday Brunch includes a buffet station with eggs, bacon, sausage and more. There’s also a carving station, salads and a donut machine too.

More info here.

7. Eleven

Neighborhood(s):

Strip District

Dish(es) to try:

Blue Bay mussels, Beef tenderloin with potato gnocchi

A bit about the place:

Eleven is located in a rehabilitated warehouse. Their kitchen features seasonal items amidst an industrial interior, paying homage to the Strip District of years past.

More info here.

8. The Twisted Frenchman

Neighborhood(s):

East Liberty

Dish(es) to try:

Beef Wellington for two, Parisian gnocchi ratatouille

A bit about the place:

The Twisted Frenchman offers dinners in four, six or a whopping 18 courses. Guests are immersed in their dining experience with each dish, whether it’s grilled tomato soup, lobster spaghetti or ratatouille.

More info here.

9. Le Mont

Neighborhood(s):

Mt. Washington

Dish(es) to try:

Filet mignon, French onion soup au gratin

A bit about the place:

Le Mont’s dress code is business casual. The Lounge at Le Mont features easy listening live singers Friday and Saturday nights.  This is a great place to try your first Pittsburgh rare steak!

More info here.

10. Spoon

Neighborhood(s):

East Liberty

Dish(es) to try:

Dan Dan lo mein noodles, Spoon burger

A bit about the place:

Spoon loves celebrating Pittsburgh’s “restaurant renaissance” by constantly reinventing their food and cocktails. They’ve been around for nearly a decade and currently employ nationally renowned chefs and sommeliers.

More info here.

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Seafood

1. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto

Neighborhood(s):

Mt. Washington

Dish(es) to try:

Scallop cacio e pepe, Monterey Bay Signature Crab Cake, angel food grilled cheese sandwich

A bit about the place:

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is Pittsburgh’s premiere seafood restaurant. The menu features seasonal local ingredients with fresh flavors.

More info here.

2. Roland’s Seafood Grill

Neighborhood(s):

Strip District

Dish(es) to try:

Lobster roll, fish sandwich

A bit about the place:

Roland’s has been a part of the Strip District for over 60 years. They support local businesses through the use of the Strip’s produce, seafood and other goods.

More info here.

3. Mallorca

Neighborhood(s):

South Side

Dish(es) to try:

Garlic shrimp, paella negre

A bit about the place:

Mallorca has been treating Pittsburghers to nearly 30 years of fine dining. They also offer outdoor patio dining and private event bookings.

More info here.

4. Penn Ave. Fish Company

Neighborhood(s):

The Strip District, Downtown

Dish(es) to try:

Rosemary scallop pizza, crab cake sandwich on ciabatta

A bit about the place:

Penn Ave. Fish Company offers seafood for sale and also includes a delicious dine-in menu. The menu includes sandwiches, fish and crab tacos and more. There’s also soups made fresh daily.

More info here.

5. The Carlton

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown

Dish(es) to try:

Calamari, mahi mahi

A bit about the place:

The Carlton has been a part of Pittsburgh for over 35 years. Fun fact: The Carlton still offers complimentary limo service to all cultural events at Heinz Hall, Benedum Center, Byham Theater and more.

More info here.

6. Mitchell’s Fish Market

Neighborhood(s):

Mt. Lebanon, Homestead

Dish(es) to try:

Spicy Asian shrimp appetizer, calamari

A bit about the place:

MitchelI’s offers an “all-in” dinner menu Sunday through Friday, 4-6 p.m. for three courses for $25. They also now serve Sunday brunch beginning at 11 a.m.

More info here.

7. Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille

Neighborhood(s):

Strip District

Dish(es) to try:

Hot lobster roll with lobster bisque on top, lobster and shrimp pizza

A bit about the place:

Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille is the brainchild of  Luke Wholey, who has a passion for his family’s business (Wholey’s anyone?). He started a fresh fish route when he was young, delivering fish to neighbors in his trusty red wagon. Wholey has also had a lifelong obsession with fishing.

More info here.

8. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown

Dish(es) to try:

Bacon wrapped filets Oscar style with King Crab

A bit about the place:

Eddie V’s serves seafood and steaks in a trendy atmosphere. The restaurant offers live jazz in the V Lounge.

More info here.

9. Cioppino Restaurant and Cigar Bar

Neighborhood(s):

Strip District

Dish(es) to try:

Cioppino (fish stew)

A bit about the place:

Cioppino’s menu is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free friendly. Complimentary valet parking is offered after 4 p.m. daily.

More info here.

10. McCormick & Schmick’s

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown, South Side Works

Dish(es) to try:

Chesapeake buttermilk fried shrimp, salmon pesto rigatoni

A bit about the place:

McCormick and Schmick’s is a national chain. It first began when Bill McCormick and Doug Schmick teamed up in the 1970s. They have now established over 80 restaurants around the U.S.

More info here.

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Family-Friendly

1. Threadbare Cider

Neighborhood(s):

Troy Hill

Dish(es) to try:

Three cheese pizza, apple cider donut cake

A bit about the place:

Threadbare’s name is inspired by Johnny Appleseed, who walked from Massachusetts to Pittsburgh in his threadbare clothes. Families love the adult beverages for mom and dad and the fun menu for kids, including pizza and desserts.

More info here.

2. Federal Galley

Neighborhood(s):

North Side

Dish(es) to try:

Provision Pittsburgh’s fried chicken, Guapo’s Nachoooooooooos, Shaka’s Hawaiian egg rolls, Which Came First’s chicken breast wrap

A bit about the place:

Federal Galley is a great place for families, as it includes four restaurant concepts within one food hall—everyone can choose what they want. The patio at Federal Galley is also dog friendly!

More info here.

3. Church Brew Works

Neighborhood(s):

Lawrenceville

Dish(es) to try:

Potato and cheese pierogies from the kids menu, pepperoni rolls from the adult menu

A bit about the place:

Church Brew Works is located in a restored Roman Catholic church. It’s a great place for kids, as the restored church makes for constant conversation.

More info here.

4. Burgatory

Neighborhood(s):

Fox Chapel, Robinson, Homestead, Murrysville, North Shore, McCandless, Cranberry, PPG Paints Arena, Heinz Field

Dish(es) to try:

Standard deluxe, bacon and cheese burger from the kid’s menu

A bit about the place:

With locations all around the city, Burgatory is a fun place to bring the family for a night out. Fun fact for mom and dad—they have boozy milkshakes!

More info here.

5. D’s Six Pax and Dogz

Neighborhood(s):

Regent Square

Dish(es) to try:

The Big Ben dog

A bit about the place:

D’s Six Pax and Dogz was born in 1999, after the DeFlavio family realized hot dog shops were severely lacking in the ‘burgh. In addition to an extensive hot dog menu, there is a brunch menu too!

More info here.

6. Hofbrauhaus

Neighborhood(s):

South Side Works

Dish(es) to try:

Hobrauhaus pretzels and bier cheese, Schnitzel sandwich

A bit about the place:

At Hofbrauhaus, every night is a party. The German restaurant is a great place for families, as it has family-style seating. There’s also an extensive menu for even the pickiest of eaters.

More info here.

7. Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Neighborhood(s):

South Side

Dish(es) to try:

Chicken fried rice from the kids menu, Pittsburgh Penguins roll

A bit about the place:

Families in the mood for sushi don’t need to worry about picky kids because Nakama’s kids menu offers shrimp, chicken or steak with a choice of soup or salads, fried rice and a dish of ice cream. Specialty kids drinks come with a complimentary light-up cube.

IMore info here.

8. OTB Bicycle Café/OTB at the Boathouse

Neighborhood(s):

South Side, Allison Park

Dish(es) to try:

Rachel Carson panini, “The Tricycle” aka three chicken fingers from the kids menu

A bit about the place:

Over the Bar Bicycle Café has a fun atmosphere. The Allison Park location is located in North Park and has plenty of outdoor seating.

More info here.

9. Sunny Jim’s Tavern

Neighborhood(s):

Emsworth

Dish(es) to try:

BBQ pulled pork sandwich, the Original Chicken Basket

A bit about the place:

Sunny Jim’s has been serving the Pittsburgh area since 1934. They smoke their meats over local hardwood daily. Also, kids eat free Mondays!

More info here.

10. Stack’d Burgers

Neighborhood(s):

Shadyside, Oakland, Wexford, Hampton

Dish(es) to try:

Buffalo wings

A bit about the place:

Stack’d is a no fuss, burgers and beer place. It’s great for families as it offers a build-your-own-burger option.

More info here.

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Vegetarian or Vegan

1. Onion Maiden

Neighborhood(s):

Allentown

Dish(es) to try:

Crucifer Rising dumplings, Come My Pho-natics pho noodle soup

A bit about the place:

The rock n’ roll themed joint is cash only, specializing in veggie-based Asian and American comfort food. They partnered with friends at Worm Return to compost food waste and also use eco-friendly products.

More info here.

2. The Zenith

Neighborhood(s):

South Side

Dish(es) to try:

Menu changes often, but the sesame tofu stir fry is good, as is their hummus

A bit about the place:

Zenith is one of the oldest Pittsburgh vegetarian restaurants. It is part restaurant, art galley and antique shop all in one.

More info here.

3. Apteka

Neighborhood(s):

Garfield

Dish(es) to try:

Golabki, pierogi

A bit about the place:

Apteka is an entirely vegan restaurant. They are set up like a café–you order at the counter, grab a table then the staff brings your food to you.

More info here.

4. Kaya

Neighborhood(s):

Strip District

Dish(es) to try:

Seared salmon, green bean and carrot paella

A bit about the place:

Kaya is not strictly vegetarian, but has plenty of vegetarian dishes. They mainly pull their cuisine inspiration from the Caribbean, South America, the Pacific and beyond.

More info here.

5. Legume

Neighborhood(s):

Oakland

Dish(es) to try:

Menu changes a bit daily but recently there was a vegetarian tasting menu and a savory sweet potato ravioli

A bit about the place:

The family owned and operated Legume has been serving the Pittsburgh area for a dozen years. They got their name because the French word legume means vegetable and vegetables drive the restaurant.

More info here.

6. B52 Café

Neighborhood(s):

Lawrenceville

Dish(es) to try:

Falafel salad, red lentil soup

A bit about the place:

The cozy vegan eatery serves food with a Mediterranean twist. They have lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch menus.

More info here.

7. Soba

Neighborhood(s):

Shadyside

Dish(es) to try:

Spicy tuna roll, miso braised eggplant bao buns

A bit about the place:

Soba is a neighborhood restaurant and lounge that serves Asian food, with lots of vegetarian options. It is located in a remodeled brick row house in Shadyside.

More info here.

8. East End Food Co-Op

Neighborhood(s):

Homewood

Dish(es) to try:

Curry, corn cakes

A bit about the place:

The café at the East End Food Co-Op has lots of options catering to all diets, including vegetarian and vegan choices.

More info here.

9. El Burro

Neighborhood(s):

North Side, Regent Square

Dish(es) to try:

Rice, bean and cheese burrito and sweet potato and cauliflower tacos

A bit about the place:

There’s minimal seating at El Burro, so it’s a great place to grab some takeout and eat at home or work. They have a handful of vegan and vegetarian options with flavors like sweet potato, cauliflower, avocado and more.

More info here.

10. Nicky’s Thai Kitchen

Neighborhood(s):

North Side, Downtown, North Hills

Dish(es) to try:

Panang curry, Thai style fried rice

A bit about the place:

Nicky’s Thai Kitchen has lots of options for vegetarians, as a lot of their dishes offer tofu, shrimp or seafood as the meat choice. They also make a delicious Thai iced tea.

More info here.

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Food Trucks

1. Burgh Bites

Neighborhood(s):

Depends, but they do have a brick and mortar restaurant in Heidelberg

Dish(es) to try:

The Schmucker sandwich

A bit about the place:

Chef-Owner Ricci Minella grew Burgh bites from a food cart in 2011 to a full-service food truck and catering business. He is a 2005 Chartiers Valley High School and Duquesne’s School of Business.

More info here.

2. Mac & Gold Truck

Neighborhood(s):

Spring Hill, Strip District, Millvale and more

Dish(es) to try:

Bacon, roasted brussels sprouts and caramelized onions mac and cheese

A bit about the place:

Mac and Gold Truck calls themselves “the original Pittsburgh mac and cheese specialists, with a mobile twist. They offer rotating seasonal dishes.

More info here.

3. PGH Po’Boy

Neighborhood(s):

North Hills, Harmony, Mars and more

Dish(es) to try:

Muffaletta, voodoo Mac

A bit about the place:

PGH Po’Boy is a food truck that serves Cajun and Creole food like po’boys, gumbo and “whatever else they feel like making!”

More info here.

4. Gyros N’at

Neighborhood(s):

Braddock, Millvale

Dish(es) to try:

Gyro combo, falafel wrap

A bit about the place:

Mobile restaurant Gyros N’at has a simple menu—gyros, falafels and more.

More info here.

5. The Coop Chicken & Waffles

Neighborhood(s):

Lawrenceville, Sharpsburg, South Side and more

Dish(es) to try:

The Chick-N-Waffle, a fresh Belgian waffle with chicken tenders baked inside, cinnamon roll waffle

A bit about the place:

The Coop Chicken and Waffles makes a classic sweet and savory dish—Belgian waffles, either with fried chicken or sweet toppings.

More info here.

6. Alberta’s Pizza

Neighborhood(s):

Sharpsburg, other neighborhoods

Dish(es) to try:

The Calabrese Kid

A bit about the place:

Alberta’s Pizza was founded three years ago as a pizza pop-up and catering company by New York City native Beau Mitall. The shop is named after Mitall’s late mother.

More info here.

7. Billu’s Indian Grill on Wheels

Neighborhood(s):

Ellwood City, varies

Dish(es) to try:

Chicken tikka masala, spicy fried cauliflower

A bit about the place:

Billu’s serves up classic Indian food like chicken tikka masala, tandoori chicken and more.

More info here.

8. Gus & Yia Yia’s

Neighborhood(s):

North Side, varies

Dish(es) to try:

Shaved old-fashioned ice balls

A bit about the place:

Gus & Yia Yia’s has been in operation for over 80 years. They serve peanuts, popcorn and their signature old-fashioned ice balls.

More info here.

9. Cool Beans Taco Truck

Neighborhood(s):

North Side, Millvale

Dish(es) to try:

Street tacos with roasted chicken, loaded tater tot bowl

A bit about the place:

Cool Beans Taco Truck serves up street tacos and a delicious tater tot bowl with all the fixins. They are available for catering too.

More info here.

10. Smokin’ Ghosts BBQ

Neighborhood(s):

Chateau (North Side)

Dish(es) to try:

Smoked brisket sandwich with homemade pickles

A bit about the place:

Fresh mouthwatering and authentic barbecue food is Smokin’ Ghosts BBQ’s specialty. They have all the typical barbecue, like pulled pork, brisket, chicken and sides like mac and cheese and more.

More info here.

Italian

1. Piada Italian Street Food

Neighborhood(s):

Oakland, Northway Mall

Dish(es) to try:

Create your own pasta

A bit about the place:

Piada Italian Street Food has lots of delicious pasta options, fried calamari, meatballs and more. They are home to the “Piada Stick” in pepperoni and parmesan—piada dough hand-rolled into long, skinny versions of our pepperoni rolls.

More info here.

2. Senti

Neighborhood(s):

Lawrenceville

Dish(es) to try:

gnocchi, lasagna

A bit about the place:

Senti’s cozy atmosphere is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and a house-made gnocchi with a sauce of the day.

More info here.

3. Girasole

Neighborhood(s):

Shadyside

Dish(es) to try:

spinach ricotta ravioli

 A bit about the place:

The word Girasole means sunflower in Italian and is the family who owns the restaurant’s last name. They like to consider themselves sunflower-like, blending the old with the new. They have been in business for 15 years and counting.

More info here.

4. Sienna Mercato

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown

Dish(es) to try:

Make your own meatballs, Quattro formaggi pizza, fried provolone

 A bit about the place:

Sienna Mercato includes actually three restaurants in one—a meatball place, wine, charcuterie and pizza, and a rooftop beer garden.

More info here.

5. Piccolo Forno

Neighborhood(s):

Lawrenceville

Dish(es) to try:

braised lamb with olives, lasagna

 A bit about the place:

The beginnings of Piccolo Forno started 30+ years ago in 1989. The idea grew into the restaurant it is today. Owners Domenic and Carla Branduzzi always work with this saying in mind: “Fare Tutto con Amore,” or “Make everything with love.”

More info here.

6. Joseph Tambellini Restaurant

Neighborhood(s):

Highland Park

Dish(es) to try:

fried zucchini, wedding soup, chicken parmesan

 A bit about the place:

Joe Tambellini opened his restaurant with his wife Melissa in 2007, after working at his father’s restaurant (Robert Tambellini’s) and then Louis Tambellini’s eatery.

More info here.

7. Vallozzi’s

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown, Greensburg

Dish(es) to try:

ravioli, bread with homemade cheese and olive oil

 A bit about the place:

Vallozzi’s began when Helen Vallozzi started making gnocchi in her basement in 1955. She soon outgrew her basement and eventually, Vallozzi’s was born. It has been a premier Pittsburgh restaurant for over forty years.

More info here.

8. Alla Famiglia

Neighborhood(s):

Pittsburgh suburb of Allentown (not the PA city)

Dish(es) to try:

Smoked provolone appetizer, the giant meatball

 A bit about the place:

Alla Famiglia brings plenty of Italian traditions and trades to the Pittsburgh area. They make their dishes fully homemade and from scratch, tasting like they just came from grandma’s kitchen.

More info here.

9. DiPietro’s

Neighborhood(s):

West View

Dish(es) to try:

Linguine diavolo, chicken parmesan

 A bit about the place:

DiPietro’s specializes in traditional Italian cuisine. They love serving all aspects of a good Italian meal, from antipasti to pastas and more. They have been in operation since 1978.

More info here.

10. Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room

Neighborhood(s):

Downtown

Dish(es) to try:

brisket mac and cheese, pizzas

 A bit about the place:

This casual Italian eatery is a great place to head to if you are craving some wood fired pizza or comfort food like brisket mac and cheese.

More info here.

 

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