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 Restaurant in Pittsburgh Courtesy of Butcher and the Rye
    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 Cafe in Pittsburgh Courtesy of The Butterwood Bake Consortium
    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 Cafe in Pittsburgh Nicole Jarock Photography
    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

  • Pittsburgh Guide Adam Milliron/Courtesy of 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

  • Pittsburgh Guide Courtesy of 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 Restaurant in Pittsburgh Courtesy of Gaucho Parrilla Argentina
    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 Coffee Shop in Pittsburgh Courtesy of La Prima
    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 Restaurant Pittsburgh Matthew Conboy

    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 Restaurant in Pittsburgh Courtesy of Meat & Potatoes
    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

  • Pittsburgh Guide Adam Milliron/Courtesy of 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

  • Pittsburgh Guide Courtesy of Muddy Waters Oyster Bar
    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 Diner Restaurant in Pittsburgh Courtesy of Pamela's Diner

    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

  • Pittsburgh Guide Courtesy of Piccolo Forno
    Piccolo Forno

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

  • Primanti Brothers Restaurant in Pittsburgh Courtesy of Primanti Bros.
    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 Restaurants in Pittsburgh Megan Swann
    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 Restaurant in Pittsburgh Courtesy of täkō

    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 Bar in Pittsburgh Courtesy of 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 in Pittsburgh Courtesy of Frick Art and Historical Center
    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 Restaurant in Pittsburgh Adam Milliron
    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 in Pittsburgh Courtesy of The Pretzel Shop
    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

  • Pittsburgh Guide Christopher Testani
    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 Restaurant in Pittsburgh Rob Larson

    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

  • Pittsburgh Guide Courtesy of Zeke's Coffee
    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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