Where to Eat in Lower Burrell: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Venice Greaves

Lower Burrell is a city in Westmoreland County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Located approximately 18 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh, it is part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The population was 11,761 at the 2010 census.

1. Villa Ballanca

2740 Leechburg Rd, Lower Burrell, PA 15068-3130 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 724-339-6111
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Villa Ballanca

Reviewed By SMFSanFran - San Francisco

Southern Italian that tastes homemade and authentic. Rich thick red sauce, not overly seasoned, with huge portions and the most generous pour of Chianti we've seen in a long time. Good service. Family friendly atmosphere. We had "casseroles" - eggplant Parmesan (good) and baked meat-stuffed ravioli (delicious). It's worth finding -- it's a neighborhood right out of the 1950s and quite affordable -- maybe because it's a bit off the beaten path.

2. China Lobster

3215 Leechburg Rd, New Kensington, PA 15068-2805 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Asian, Sushi Lunch, Dinner +1 724-339-5555
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

China Lobster

Reviewed By o2cthesea - Mercer, Pennsylvania

A favorite stop for girlfriends & I as our husbands dont care for oriental cooking. Even though there are American dishes on the buffett. Alcohol served & Many variations of old favorites--crab rangoons, coconut shrimp, pot stickers, fish, cookies, eggplant, fish, egg foo young, & even sushi, many more on menu but we ALWAYS get the buffet! Scrumptious!!!

3. Tarentum Station

101 Station Dr, Tarentum, PA 15084-1543 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol American, Italian, International Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 52 +1 724-226-3301
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Tarentum Station

Reviewed By Loretta S - Johnstown, Pennsylvania

This restaurant is in an old train depot. Regular trains go by it and they are loud. The spaces in the parking lot are narrow so don't come with your huge SUV's or trucks. Our large private party (15) met upstairs. (They cannot accommodate more than 40.) I felt bad for our waitress who had to make all those trips. She was friendly and efficient. The appetizers were fried eggplant with sauce (good), Mushroom Caps Imperial (good), Italian Bruschetta (good), + stuffed banana peppers (don't know, didn't go near them). I had the French Onion Soup (extra $) which was very good. Had lots of melted cheese, but a tad too much paprika on top. My husband had the tossed salad - plain, nothing special. He had the Veal Parmigiana which was good, but he felt it was a small portion. I had the New York Strip steak. It was very good - a good sized portion, done to my liking (not too charred) with a tasty sauce on the side. It came with a baked potato. For dessert, my husband had the chocolate creme brulee which was very good. I didn't choose that because I wanted the usual flavor. Unfortunately, my vanilla creme brulee had a ton of rum in it which I did not want or care for. All in all, I would recommend this place.

4. Loafin Bakery Cafe

2865 Leechburg Rd, Lower Burrell, PA 15068-2540 +1 724-212-7258
Excellent
72%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By Burger_timetravel

Quaint, local bakery with a delightful selection of goodies. Whenever I can stop by, I grab a tea and a scone in the morning. The service is always quick and the treats are divine.

5. Capri Restaurant

2103 Freeport Rd, Natrona Heights, PA 15065-1526 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Reservations Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 724-224-1187
Excellent
77%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Capri Restaurant

Family Owned and Operated Since 1991. We cook for our customers like we cook for our family, because everyone is family. Stop in and have dinner with us!!!

Reviewed By OffAgain22 - Freeport, Pennsylvania

I eat at Capri approximately twice a month. In the past, I would not describe the wait staff as friendly. However, tonight we had a wonderful waitress and another staff member was very attentive to any refills that were needed.

I do not care for their meat sauce for I find it quite boring. Their Bolognese sauce is another story. I do not deviate from their spaghetti with Bolognese sauce so I can only comment on that entree. Their bread is absolutely wonderful and the wedding soup is delicious. The portions are large, so much so that I ALWAYS bring home half the soup and half the spaghetti.

The restaurant is on the small side and the atmosphere is very comfortable. It is the perfect choice for this ridiculously cold weather!!

6. Donut Connection

100 Tarentum Bridge Rd, New Kensington, PA 15068-4670 +1 724-339-3865
Excellent
40%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Reviewed By copperdragon66 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Forget the national chain, you should go to the Donut Connection instead. Donut Connection makes their donuts fresh every day - the national chain's donuts are frozen. After you try Donut Connection, you will never go anywhere else for Donuts, IMO. My favorite are the vanilla creme, but the blueberry cake are also outstanding. Their coffee is also pretty good.

Locally owned and operated. Staff are friendly and helpful. I've never waited more than two minutes to be served.

If you're buying donuts for a group, make sure you stop and get them from Donut Connection. Your co-workers will rave about how delicious they are.

7. Vibo's Bakery

881 Brackenridge Ave, Brackenridge, PA 15014-1401 +1 724-224-0250
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By Klspears - Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania

hands down the best pizza rolls and bread around< always happy to serve you and I love this place 100% Italian

8. Elena Restaurant & Cafe

191 Hillcrest Shopping Ctr, Lower Burrell, PA 15068-3504 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Italian Dinner, Lunch +1 724-339-0100
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Reviewed By PamelaK O - North Canton, Ohio

I met a number of family members here for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. The menu is extensive and wonderful...so many tempting things to choose from. I started with the pasta and fagioli soup and it was outstanding. For my entrée, I opted for the cheese ravioli with marinara sauce and a side of meatballs and it was great. The pasta could have been cooked a tad less, but otherwise I completely enjoyed it. Everything else my dining companions sampled was reported to be consistently delicious. I would happily return many times.

We didn't have dessert but did purchase some of the nut roll cookies and pizzelles on our way out. The nut rolls were very good...although I do think they would benefit from a dusting of powdered sugar...and the pizzelles were the best I have ever had.

9. Rey Azteca

Tarentum Bridge Road, New Kensington, PA Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 724-285-2600
Excellent
46%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Rey Azteca

Reviewed By denniswoy - New Kensington, Pennsylvania

Ray Azteca in all of their locations is really authentic Mexican food. A menu that will please everyone from those who enjoy mildly spicy to those who enjoy all the peppers. Staff is always friendly, service is quick and the salsa and chips are fantastic.

10. Park View Bar & Grille

907 1st Ave, Brackenridge, PA 15014-1411 +1 724-224-2124
Excellent
67%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By drifter1dc - pgh, pa

Cold beer, friendly staff, especially Shannon and great wings and rings make for an all around a+.

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