Restaurants in Pittsburgh

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Without any question, Pittsburgh’s food scene has entered a new era. Many believe chef Kevin Sousa’s Salt of the Earth restaurant—which opened in 201... Read More

Without any question, Pittsburgh’s food scene has entered a new era. Many believe chef Kevin Sousa’s Salt of the Earth restaurant—which opened in 2010 and has since closed—served as an unofficial springboard of sorts for the next level of culinary innovation in the city. His raised benchmark made room for restaurants like Cure and Morcilla, led by chef Justin Severino, to win numerous awards and local accolades.

Even hotel restaurants like Whitfield at the Ace Hotel and the Commoner at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh are gaining praise. Whitfield, for instance, is riffing on traditional Pennsylvania fare, while at the Commoner, they’ve introduced arguably the largest and most complex bloody mary bar on the East Coast. And there are the foods that have always been here: pierogies, for example, or any of the Italian offerings in the city’s Strip District. In these instances, it’s comfort food with a heaping side of history that brings travelers a little closer to the stalwart culinary traditions of Pittsburgh.

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  • Butcher and the Rye

    The whiskey wall with over 600 varietals of whiskey should be reason enough to try out this downtown restaurant by owner chef Richard DeShantz. But... Read More

  • Butterwood Bake Consortium

    Those with a sweet tooth or a hankering for seasonal pies should swing by this little Lawrenceville bakery. The cakes are elaborate confections of... Read More

  • Commonplace Coffee

    This Pittsburgh coffeehouse and roastery has six unique locations around the city, each with its own cool vibe that is a far cry from Starbucks. Their... Read More

  • Cure

    Since chef Justin Severino opened Cure in 2011, Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood has become a sort of foodie enclave. Along with his wife,... Read More

  • Dinette

    From your seat at Dinette’s bar, it’s surprisingly entertaining to watch the chefs fan out pizza dough before it hits the oven. Owner and chef Sonja... Read More

  • Gaucho Parrilla Argentina

    Down where the restaurants taper off in Pittsburgh’s Strip District is the new Argentinian eatery, Gaucho Parilla. You can smell the wood-fired grills... Read More

  • La Prima

    Ask a local from the Strip District where to get a fancy cup of coffee and chances are they’ll tell you to go to La Prima. The owners are Italian, and... Read More

  • Legume

    What’s great about the family-run Legume is that everything—from the menu to the dining room—is the result of an active dialogue and thoughtful... Read More

  • Meat & Potatoes

    This gastropub in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District serves simple, tasty lunches, brunches, and dinners that are as straightforward as the establishment’s... Read More

  • Morcilla

    Half the delight of going to Morcilla is sitting in the cozy, floor-to-ceiling honey wood–paneled dining room and watching the waitstaff, chefs, and... Read More

  • Muddy Waters

    This oyster bar has a Russian owner with good taste in champagne and a Cajun chef who adds southern comfort foods like po’ boys and gumbo to the menu.... Read More

  • Pamela’s

    Pamela's is an iconic Pittsburgh breakfast staple. The original Squirrel Hill location opened in 1980 and they've since added five more in Oakland,... Read More

  • Piccolo Forno

    This rustic Tuscan-style trattoria serves wood-fired pizzas and house-made pastas in an intimate space. Read More

  • Primanti Brothers

    Primanti's is home to the Pittsburgh-born sandwich you've probably heard of—yes, the one with the french fries and crunchy cole slaw piled right on top... Read More

  • Smallman Galley

    Smallman Galley doesn't call itself a "unique dining experience" just for kicks. It's a 6,000-square-foot food hall in Pittsburgh's Strip District that... Read More

  • Tako

    Just browsing the menus at Tako will tell you that its chefs take Mexican food to another level. There is a build-your-own-guacamole menu, from which... Read More

  • Tessaro’s

    For the last 25 years, Tessaro's has been slinging beef patties on their hardwood grills, which you can smell wafting from the restaurant when you walk... Read More

  • The Cafe at the Frick

    What makes the Cafe at the Frick so great is not its leafy green surroundings on the Frick Museum estate. It’s really all about the gingerbread-house... Read More

  • The Commoner

    Not many Pittsburgh establishments have a Bloody Mary bar like the Commoner’s. This English pub–inspired restaurant below the Kimpton Hotel Monaco... Read More

  • The Pretzel Shop

    Since 1927, this Pittsburgh institution has been turning out chewy, warm, salty pretzels on the city’s South Side. They are hand-twisted, as they’ve... Read More

  • The Vandal

    Many Pittsburghers like the Vandal because it’s really like no other restaurant. The weekend brunch menu offers rich dishes like scrapple with chicken... Read More

  • Whitfield

    This self-described neighborhood tavern at the Ace Hotel, led by Pittsburgh native Brent Young, roots its menu in local and regional ingredients and... Read More

  • Zeke’s Coffee

    Pittsburghers swear by this beloved family-owned small-batch roastery on Penn Avenue, which also has a drive-through down the block. Read More

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