Most Popular Restaurants in Pittsburgh

April 14, 2018 Leonardo Torrence

Pittsburgh has been remade and reimagined. Think 24 miles of riverfront trails, beautiful parks and historic attractions. Home to 90 neighborhoods, the ‘Burgh feels authentic and unpretentious. No visit is complete without a trip to the Strip District or PNC Park, a ride up the Duquesne Incline or a stop at The Andy Warhol Museum. Architecture buffs love Pittsburgh for the amazing downtown buildings. Hollywood producers, do, too—the city has even been called the “Hollywood of the East."
Things to do in Pittsburgh

1. Istanbul Sofra

7606 Forbes Ave, Cros the Frick park, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-3234 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 412-727-6693
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 717 reviews

Istanbul Sofra

Istanbul Sofra has a casual, fresh environment with paprika and cerulean walls, colorful menus and sparkly hanging Turkish mosaic light fixtures. Outdoor seating on busy Braddock Avenue also is available, weather permitting.

Reviewed By Gary F

Eastern Mediterranean cuisine has been a favorite of mine for over forty years and Istanbul Sofra does not disappoint. First off, the moment that you walk in the door, you are treated politely and respectfully. It is impossible to not respond in kind. The menu, which is affordably priced, has typical mouthwatering fare from falafel, humus and babaganouse as appetizers to kabobs (either lamb or chicken), stuffed eggplant, or expertly prepared sea bass for an entre. While trying the delicious looking rice pudding is on my "to do" list, I haven't been able to resist their baklava (spoiler alert: plan to share it with your dinner companion because the portion is enormous). So if you, too, love Turkish cuisine or want a fantastic first time experience, what are you waiting for? You didn't want to cook at home tonight anyway!

2. Gaucho Parrilla Argentina

1607 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4322 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Steakhouse, Latin, Argentinean, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 412-709-6622
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 578 reviews

Gaucho Parrilla Argentina

Reviewed By Victoria B

Went to Gaucho for my mother's birthday. The food was excellent. I especially recommend the pork empanadas. Everyone really enjoyed their meals in our group of 4 and were stuffed. The staff was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. We went at around 3:30 pm so the wait was not bad. The dining area was just a bit loud, making conversation difficult. A couple of pieces of my rib eye were slightly overdone beyond the medium I requested. Everything was still delicious though! Definitely worth going.

3. Altius

1230 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211-1204 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 59 +1 412-904-4442
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 611 reviews

Altius

As Executive Chef & Partner of Altius, Jessica Gibson’s approach to contemporary American cuisine is refined and modern with a respect for the integrity and quality of her ingredient driven menu. Your first visit may be for the view, but you will return again and again to enjoy one of Pittsburgh’s premiere fine dining experiences.

Reviewed By Divepicture - Pittsburgh

Although the atmosphere is somewhat upscale, there is a very comfortable feel here. The staff is very attentive and knowledgeable, but not at all intrusive. The view is spectacular from any table. AND THE FOOD!! I've been here 3 times with groups of four people, and every meal has been incredible, from the bread/butter selection, to the wonderful desserts. Appetizers and entrees are unique and imaginative, and cooked to perfection.

4. Pamela's Diner

60 21st St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4436 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 412-281-6366
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 724 reviews

Pamela's Diner

Reviewed By Chuck S - Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

I've come to know Pamela's in the Strip as being a great and consistent breakfast spot before tackling the shopping for the day. Always busy and often a wait, it is definitely worth waiting for the usual 20 to 30 minutes. Known for their pancakes which are thin and almost crepe like, there are a number of other great offerings. From traditional and some not-so-traditional egg dishes and some nice lunch offerings. The service is fast and efficient and the servers always have outgoing personalities (they need to as there is such a high energy level in the place)! The hash browns are really good and the coffee always plentiful. This has become my family tradition when in town!

Please note, cash only but, the prices are reasonable and you get a great value!

5. The Capital Grille

301 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2420 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 66 - SGD 66 +1 412-338-9100
Excellent
69%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 626 reviews

The Capital Grille

You are cordially invited to join us for an evening or afternoon of relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine. Our impressive menu of nationally renowned dry aged steaks and the freshest of seafood will ignite your culinary imagination as our award-winning wine list of more than 5,000 bottles awakens your inner sommelier. And as our gracious, knowledgeable servers delight you with their uncanny ability to anticipate your every need, you’ll experience firsthand why the American Culinary Federation recently bestowed upon us their “Achievement of Excellence Award.” Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or hosting a business luncheon or dinner, we can help you flawlessly pull off any private dining event. Our event planning staff has extensive experience and the ideal materials to work with—a capital setting, distinctive food and unmatched service.

Reviewed By MPK440

My buddy and I stopped here after the game we sat at the bar because we didn’t have a reservation the staff at the bar were excellent took very good care of us we both had the New York strip the lobster Mac n cheese and the Brussel sprouts simply out of this world this is a must stop if your in the city.

6. Point Brugge Cafe

401 Hastings St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206-4505 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Belgian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 412-441-3334
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 291 reviews

Point Brugge Cafe

Reviewed By Divatrails - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Point Brugge cafe is the perfect place for a quick late night get together with friends. Located in a tree lined quiet neighborhood with street parking within walking distance. Every item on the menu is perfectly prepared and can be easily shared by 2 or 3 people. The cheese plate with a mediterranean inspired choice of variety of spreads, marinated olives and crusty bread. Start with a sublime whimsical cocktail "walk in the rain", citrusy, light and refreshing not too sweet. Nice selection of wines pair well with the menu. We ordered the moules with the garlic and white wine, so delicious with the warm crusty to dip in the broth. Followed by the braised spare rib poutine, was thoroughly enjoyed by both adults and teens. Can't wait to come back and try dessert.
A place that you can have interesting drinks and a delicious bite with friends served by a friendly attentive staff.

7. Tako

214 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3102 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 412-471-8256
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 173 reviews

Tako

Richard DeShantz is the Chef/Owner of Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group in Pittsburgh, PA. The group includes Meat & Potatoes, a seasonally-inspired gastropub; Butcher and the Rye, an acclaimed rustic Americana restaurant with an extensive whiskey program; täkō, a farm-to-street fusion taqueria focusing on fresh ingredients and chef-driven tacos; Pork & Beans, a Texas-inspired BBQ and smokehouse; and Poulet Bleu, an American Bistro in Lawrenceville.

Reviewed By PLsimmons - North Lima, Ohio

This restaurant was recommended to us. It is a smaller space and reservations are needed unless you go when they open at 5pm. This is the best Mexican food i have ever had!!!! The homemade tortillas are fantastic!!! Cheese fundido great. Go early and next time i will try the guacamole menu! Cant wait to visit another day.

8. Noodlehead

242 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206-3937 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Noodlehead

Reviewed By jfdjr - Pennsylvania

Had a very enjoyable meal here. Thai/Asian cuisine. Most dishes involve noodles -- obviously. Mine came in a very flavorful curry with clams. My niece had the pad thai which included chicken. We also tried a few appetizers -- dumplings and I thing she had steamed buns with pork. Both were tasty. No reservation. Cash only. No phone. Gets very busy. But once you eat there you'll understand why.

9. Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room

139 7th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3403 Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, American, Bar, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 412-281-5700
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 505 reviews

Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room

Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room is a beautiful dining and drinking establishment located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh's bustling Cultural District. We serve hand-crafted pizzas from our wood-burning oven, fresh pastas, house-made desserts, 30 craft beers on tap, wines by the glass and bottle, and signature cocktails. We are independently owned, Pittsburgh-proud, and supportive of other local purveyors, farms, breweries and suppliers. Join us for the freshest food, best drink list, and warmest ambiance in town!

Reviewed By fiamma11 - Vienna, Virginia

I don't understand the few previous posters who disparaged the pizza. We ordered the Forest and it was so good. Delicate mushrooms, excellent cheese, amazing crust garnished with a balsamIc glaze. It was yummy. Nice service with an excellent selection of brews and wines. What is not to like? So happy we found this spot. Amazing Pizza.

10. Everyday noodles

5875 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217-1601 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner 412-421-6668
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

Everyday noodles

Reviewed By jwills08 - Pittsburgh

I found the food to be OK. The homemade noodles were obviously the stars of the dish, but the flavors of most dishes were not significantly better than many lo mein and dim sum dishes that I have had at other Asian restaurants. One of the dishes was so spicy that it was practically inedible. I will return and give it another chance if in the area, but in no hurry to do so.

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