196 Pittsburgh Restaurants to Consider for Your Next Meal Out


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When it comes to Pittsburgh restaurants, we are fortunate to be home to some of the country's best. From the local favorites, fine dining, international restaurants, to hole-in-the-wall spots, you can find it all here.

One of our quests on Discover the Burgh is to share these great restaurants and help you plan your next meal out. To help with that, this restaurant guide (linking to every single review published on this site) was born!

Please keep in mind that this list is continually updated as we visit more restaurants in the city. If your favorite is not featured here it is because we have either not visited or have not published our review yet.

If you would like to make a recommendation for us to try, please email jeremy@discovertheburgh.com.

About Our Ranking of Pittsburgh Food

Our reviews are lumped into five major categories including “the top 10,” “great,” “pretty good,” “average,” and “least favorite.” We recommend using these distinctions as your overall guide, and we'll discuss their meanings more below.

Please keep in mind that we take a number of factors into consideration when reviewing including taste, execution, consistency, cost, and service. That being said, we also weigh personal preference heavily in how we ordered the list below.

So if you are curious as to what makes our #1 restaurant different from #7 or those at the top of “great”, well, it is simply personal preference. The main five categories outlined above are the bigger categorization you should keep in mind in reading this guide.

The Top 10 Pittsburgh Restaurants

The Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh

The following are our current Top 10 Pittsburgh restaurants. The restaurants that earn this distinction are ones we are certain we can order anything on the menu and not be disappointed.

  1. Gaucho Parrilla Argentina – Strip District – Argentinian meats done right in sandwich form (and on their own).
  2. Federal Galley – North Side – An interesting food hall in the North Side featuring four chefs and a stellar bar.
  3. Fish Nor Fowl – Garfield – Fine dining with an interesting menu and delicious cocktails.
  4. Morcilla – Lawrenceville – Spanish tapas bar with gourmet pintxos and small plates.
  5. Kaya – Strip District – Caribbean fare with the best burger and sweet potato fries in the city of Pittsburgh.
  6. DiAnoia's – Strip District – Modern Italian fare with a great brunch, cocktails, and more.
  7. Bar Marco – Strip District – Modern American, craft cocktails, but rather expensive.
  8. Apteka – Bloomfield – Eastern European, vegan meals coupled with a wonderful bar.
  9. Or, the Whale – Downtown – Trendy seafood and chophouse in downtown Pittsburgh.
  10. Poulet Bleu – Lawrenceville – High-end French fare by the Richard DeShantz restaurant group.

Great Places to Eat in Pittsburgh

The Best Food in Pittsburgh? There are a lot.

If you want to be able to order anything from a menu and anticipate it being good, these restaurants should have it. 

If a restaurant achieves this rating then it is guaranteed that we will go back to try more at some point in the future (or already eat there as regulars). Restaurants towards the top of this list are just as highly rated as those in our Top 10, but are not highlighted above because, well, we chose to only call out ten!

These are also the first we pull out when asked “where to eat in [neighborhood]?” or “what is good Pittsburgh food?” without knowing anymore about what you're looking for.

  1. Smallman Galley – Strip District
  2. La Tavola – Mount Washington
  3. tako – Downtown – Upscale Mexican
  4. Park Bruges – Highland Park – Belgian
  5. Umami – Lawrenceville – Japanese
  6. Point Brugge – Point Breeze – Belgian
  7. Brugge on North – North Side – Belgian
  8. Noodlehead – Shadyside – Thai
  9. Pizza Taglio – East Liberty – Pizza
  10. Legume – Oakland – American / Fine Dining
  11. Better Maid Donut – Crafton Heights – Donuts
  12. The Harmony Inn – Harmony, PA – German
  13. Driftwood Oven – Lawrenceville – Pizza
  14. Altius – Mount Washington – Fine Dining
  15. Teppanyaki Kyoto – Highland Park – Japanese
  16. Golden Pig – Cecil, PA – Korean
  17. Iron Born – Millvale – Pizza
  18. Coca Cafe – Lawrenceville – Brunch
  19. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto – Mount Washington – Seafood
  20. Baby Loves Tacos – Bloomfield – Tacos and Burritos
  21. Jozsa Corner – Hazelwood – Hungarian
  22. The Colombian Spot – South Side – Colombian
  23. Lorelei – East Liberty – German/Alpine
  24. Cafe on Main – Sharpsburg – Brunch
  25. Spoon – East Liberty – Fine Dining
  26. Udipi Cafe – Monroeville – Indian
  27. Soba – Shadyside – Asian
  28. Azorean Cafe – Bloomfield – Portuguese
  29. Threadbare – North Side – Pizza
  30. Ineffable Ca Phe – Lawrenceville – Vietnamese
  31. Bae Bae's Kitchen – Downtown – Korean
  32. Pizzaiolo Primo – Downtown – Italian / Pizza
  33. Meat and Potatoes – Downtown – Modern American
  34. Penn Avenue Fish Co. – Strip District – Seafood
  35. Butcher and the Rye – Downtown – Modern American
  36. Tessaro's – Bloomfield – Burgers
  37. Eleven – Strip District – Fine Dining
  38. Braddock's Street Side – Downtown – Modern American
  39. Oishii Bento – Oakland – Japanese
  40. Nicky's Thai Kitchen – North Side and Downtown – Thai
  41. Everyday Noodles – Squirrel Hill – Taiwanese
  42. Walter's BBQ – Lawrenceville – Barbecue
  43. Hidden Harbor – Squirrel Hill – Caribbean
  44. Sienna Mercato – Downtown – Multiple
  45. Soju – Garfield – Korean
  46. Duncan St. Sandwich Shop – Millvale – Sandwiches
  47. Pie for Breakfast – Oakland – Breakfast
  48. Spork Pit Barbecue – Garfield – Barbecue
  49. Spork – Bloomfield – Tapas/Italian/Modern
  50. Bitter Ends Luncheonette – Bloomfield – Healthy Fare
  51. Piazza Talarico – Lawrenceville – Italian
  52. Clem's Cafe – Blairsville – Barbecue
  53. City Oven – Downtown – Pizza
  54. Smoke Taqueria – Lawrenceville – Modern American (Tacos)
  55. Totopo – Mt Lebanon – Mexican
  56. Fourth Street BBQ – Charleroi – Barbecue
  57. Ephesus Pizza – Downtown, Aspinwall, and Bellevue – Turkish / Pizza
  58. Pamela's P&G Diner – Various Locations – Breakfast / Brunch
  59. Alla Famiglia – Allentown – Italian
  60. Pork and Beans – Downtown – Barbecue

Pretty Good Pittsburgh Restaurants

Looking for the best Pittsburgh restaurants? We've got you covered.

Pittsburgh restaurants that fall into this category are generally recommended if you are in the mood for a specific entree or cuisine style. The entire menu may not be astounding (although it certainly could be), they may not have the best service, or even be a place you dream of eating at more frequently, but it'll be a good meal if you need to satisfy a more specific craving.

These are the ones we recommend when being asked for “where to eat [cuisine type] in [neighborhood],” so if the cuisine type and location matches what you seek, we recommend giving these a try.

  1. Colangelo's – Strip District – Bakery/Pizza/Sandwiches
  2. Bills Bar & Burger – Downtown – Burgers and Brunch
  3. Casbah – Shadyside – Mediterranean
  4. Bird on the Run – East Liberty – Chicken
  5. Pittsburgh Barbecue Company – Banksville and Murrysville – Barbecue
  6. Onion Maiden – Allentown – Vegan
  7. The Grand Concourse – South Side – Brunch
  8. Burk's BBQ – Oakmont – Barbecue
  9. LeoGreta – Carnegie – Italian
  10. Burgatory Bar – Various Locations – Burgers
  11. The Pennsylvania Market – Strip District – Multiple Vendors
  12. Chick'n Bubbly – Oakland – Korean/Japanese
  13. Pusadee's Garden – Lawrenceville – Thai
  14. Bier's Pub – North Side – Burgers
  15. Las Velas – Downtown – Mexican
  16. Muddy Waters Oyster Bar – East Liberty – Seafood
  17. Pittsburgh Poke – Downtown – Seafood
  18. Showcase BBQ – Homewood West – Barbecue
  19. Two Brothers Bar-B-Q – Presto – Barbecue
  20. Siempre Algo – North Side – Modern American
  21. V3 Pizza – Downtown and Lawrenceville – Pizza
  22. Bea Taco Town – Downtown – Mexican
  23. Nu Bistro – Squirrel Hill – Jewish / Sandwiches
  24. Max's Allegheny Tavern – North Side – German
  25. Cafe io – Mount Lebanon – American
  26. Slice on Broadway – Beechview – Pizza
  27. Dive Bar – Lawrenceville and South Side – Modern American
  28. Big Jim's in the Run – Four Mile Run – Italian and American
  29. Piccolo Forno – Lawrenceville – Italian
  30. Butterjoint – North Oakland – Burgers and Pierogies
  31. La Palapa – South Side – Mexican
  32. Bull River Taco – Squirrel Hill – Tacos
  33. Johnny's Diner – West End – Breakfast
  34. Bubba's – Pizza and Polish – Greensburg
  35. honeygrow – Healthy Fare – East Liberty
  36. Casa Narcisi Winery – Italian – Gibsonia
  37. Bigham Tavern – Modern American – Mount Washington
  38. Union Standard – Downtown – American
  39. Station – Bloomfield – Modern American
  40. Scratch – Troy Hill – Modern American
  41. Badamo's Pizza – North Side and Mt. Lebanon – Pizza
  42. The Vandal – Lawrenceville – Modern American
  43. Independent Brewing Company – Squirrel Hill – Modern
  44. Proper Brick Oven – Downtown – Italian / Pizza
  45. Monterey Pub – North Side – Irish Pub
  46. Burgh'ers – Lawrenceville and Harmony – Burgers
  47. Huszar – North Side – Hungarian
  48. Condado Tacos – Downtown – Tacos
  49. Dinette – East Liberty – Pizza and Small Plates
  50. Fiori's Pizzaria – Brookline – Pizza
  51. Brian's Barbecue – Finleyville – Barbecue
  52. D's Six Pack and Dogz – Regent Square – Hot Dogs / Burgers
  53. Mike & Tony's Gyros – Multiple Locations – Gyros and Modern
  54. Merchant Oyster Co. – Lawrenceville – Seafood
  55. Coughlin's Law – Mount Washington – Gastropub
  56. Peppi's Old Tyme Sandwich Shop – Various Locations – Sandwiches
  57. Quik-It Chicken – North Side – Fried Chicken / BBQ
  58. The Porch – Oakland – American
  59. Royal Myanmar – West View – Burmese
  60. Caliente Pizza and Draft House – Bloomfield – Pizza
  61. Lidia's – Strip District – Italian
  62. Joe & Pie – Downtown – Pizza
  63. Eighth & Hays – Homestead – Wine Bar / Modern American
  64. Taiwanese Bistro Cafe 33 – Squirrel Hill – Taiwanese
  65. DeMore's Pizza – Millvale – Pizza
  66. El Burro – North Side – Mexican
  67. Police Station Pizza – Robinson Township – Pizza
  68. The Pub Chip Shop – South Side – British
  69. Kavsar – Mount Washington – Uzbek
  70. Pizzeria Davide – Strip District – Pizza
  71. Acorn – Shadyside – Modern American
  72. Cinderlands Beer Co – Lawrenceville – Modern
  73. Tram's Kitchen – Bloomfield – Vietnamese
  74. Aiello's – Squirrel Hill – Pizza
  75. Superior Motors – Braddock – Fine Dining
  76. Cambod-Ican Kitchen – South Side – Cambodian
  77. Bakn – Carnegie – Brunch and American
  78. Ki Pollo – Lawrenceville – Korean and Argentinian
  79. The Original Oyster House – Downtown – Fried Seafood
  80. Beto's Pizza – Beechview – Pizza

Average Restaurants in Pittsburgh

Although we'd call them average, odds are good if a restaurant's offering fell into this range there were some good components and some bad. Most restaurants here we may not fully recommend from a personal standpoint, but there could be reasons we'd go back for a re-try (such as seeing a dish next to us that looked amazing, new menu items being added, etc).

Generally speaking, we walk out of these saying the meal was “fine” with little fanfare beyond that.

The following restaurants are also places we could recommend to specific people if we knew they had different tastes than us. When reading each restaurant review, odds are good you will know if this is you and some of the following could be worth checking out.

  1. Pig Iron Public House – Cranberry – Modern American
  2. Floor 2 – Downtown – Fine Dining and Brunch
  3. Banh Mi & Ti – Lawrenceville – Vietnamese
  4. Waffles, INCaffeinated – South Side – Breakfast / Brunch
  5. Fogo de Chao – Downtown – Churrascaria
  6. Revel and Roost – Downtown – Modern American
  7. Smokin' Toad BBQ – Sarver – Barbecue
  8. Spak Brothers – Garfield – Pizza
  9. The Yard – Shadyside and Downtown – Grilled Cheese / American
  10. Rowdy BBQ – South Hills – Barbecue
  11. City Works – Downtown – American
  12. D&G Pizza – Beaver Falls – Pizza
  13. Spirit and Slice Island Pizza – Lawrenceville – Pizza
  14. The Commoner – Downtown – Modern American
  15. Industry Public House – Lawrenceville – American
  16. The Abbey on Butler Street – Lawrenceville – Pub Fare
  17. Pizza Parma – Downtown – Pizza
  18. The Warren – Downtown – Sushi and Bar Fare
  19. Grandma B's – Hill District – Breakfast
  20. Blue Dust – Homestead – Sandwiches
  21. Chengdu Gourmet – Squirrel Hill – Chinese
  22. Choppin' Block BBQ – Strip District – Barbecue
  23. Primanti Brothers – Strip District (and Various Locations) – Sandwiches
  24. Area 51 BBQ – Belle Vernon – Barbecue
  25. Giovanni's Pizza – Dormont – Pizza
  26. Wilson's Bar-B-Q – North Side – BBQ
  27. Streets on Carson – South Side – International
  28. Square Cafe – Regent Square – Breakfast / Brunch
  29. YinzBurgh BBQ – Bloomfield – Barbecue
  30. Lola Bistro – North Side – International
  31. Zen Asian – Lawrenceville – Chinese
  32. Casa Reyna's – Strip District – Mexican
  33. Double Wide Grill – South Side – American / BBQ
  34. Doughboy's Pizza – McKee's Rocks

Our Least Favorite Meals in Pittsburgh

When it comes to bad meals, a restaurant has to miss a fair bit for it to be featured here. Generally speaking, the entrees we tried had little redeeming factors, and the meals of others next to us (when available) did not look that inspiring either to warrant a second try.

  1. Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe – North Side – Breakfast and Sandwiches
  2. Caffe Mona – Bloomfield – Brunch
  3. Mineo's – Squirrel Hill – Pizza
  4. Pizza Fiesta – Multiple Locations – Pizza
  5. Subba Asian – North Side – Nepali
  6. Mendoza Express – East Carnegie – Mexican/Tex Mex
  7. Doce Taqueria – South Side – Tacos
  8. Fuel and Fuddle – Oakland – American
  9. Pho Van – Strip District – Vietnamese
  10. Barb's Corner Kitchen – Lawrenceville – Breakfast/Diner
  11. BRGR – East Liberty – Burgers
  12. NOLA on the Square – Downtown – American

Check back soon as we add Pittsburgh restaurant reviews every week as we eat our way around the city! 

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