179 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.

A Few Notes About Our Rankings

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 Pittsburgh Restaurants

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. Cure – Lawrenceville – Cured meats, inventive cuisine, and overall one incredible menu.
  2. Gaucho Parrilla Argentina – Strip District – Argentinian meats done right in sandwich form (and on their own).
  3. Federal Galley – North Side – An interesting food hall in the North Side featuring four chefs and a stellar bar.
  4. Umami – Lawrenceville – Japanese food you've likely never had before in an amazing bar setting.
  5. Morcilla – Lawrenceville – Spanish tapas bar with gourmet pintxos and small plates.
  6. Kaya – Strip District – Caribbean fare with the best burger and sweet potato fries in the city of Pittsburgh.
  7. Fish Nor Fowl – Garfield – Fine dining with an interesting menu and cocktail pairings for every dish.
  8. Bar Marco – Strip District – Modern American, craft cocktails, but rather expensive.
  9. Apteka – Bloomfield – Eastern European, vegan meals coupled with a wonderful bar.
  10. Or, the Whale – Downtown – Trendy seafood and chophouse in downtown Pittsburgh.

Great Meals in Pittsburgh

Great Pittsburgh Restaurants

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]” without knowing anymore about what you're looking for.

  1. Smallman Galley – Strip District
  2. La Tavola – Mount Washington
  3. Poulet Bleu – Lawrenceville – French
  4. tako – Downtown – Upscale Mexican
  5. Park Bruges – Highland Park – Belgian
  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. Coca Cafe – Lawrenceville – Brunch
  18. Istanbul Sofra – Regent Square – Turkish
  19. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto – Mount Washington – Seafood
  20. Baby Loves Tacos – Bloomfield – Tacos and Burritos
  21. Jozsa Corner – Hazelwood – Hungarian
  22. Lorelei – East Liberty – German/Alpine
  23. Cafe on Main – Sharpsburg – Brunch
  24. Spoon – East Liberty – Fine Dining
  25. Udipi Cafe – Monroeville – Indian
  26. Soba – Shadyside – Asian
  27. Azorean Cafe – Bloomfield – Portuguese
  28. Threadbare – North Side – Pizza
  29. Ineffable Ca Phe – Lawrenceville – Vietnamese
  30. Pizzaiolo Primo – Downtown – Italian / Pizza
  31. Meat and Potatoes – Downtown – Modern American
  32. Penn Avenue Fish Co. – Strip District – Seafood
  33. Butcher and the Rye – Downtown – Modern American
  34. Tessaro's – Bloomfield – Burgers
  35. Eleven – Strip District – Fine Dining
  36. Braddock's Street Side – Downtown – Modern American
  37. Oishii Bento – Oakland – Japanese
  38. Nicky's Thai Kitchen – North Side and Downtown – Thai
  39. Everyday Noodles – Squirrel Hill – Taiwanese
  40. Hidden Harbor – Squirrel Hill – Caribbean
  41. Sienna Mercato – Downtown – Multiple
  42. Duncan St. Sandwich Shop – Millvale – Sandwiches
  43. Spork Pit Barbecue – Garfield – Barbecue
  44. Spork – Bloomfield – Tapas/Italian/Modern
  45. Bitter Ends Luncheonette – Bloomfield – Healthy Fare
  46. Clem's Cafe – Blairsville – Barbecue
  47. Smoke Taqueria – Lawrenceville – Modern American (Tacos)
  48. Ephesus Pizza – Downtown, Aspinwall, and Bellevue – Turkish / Pizza
  49. Pamela's P&G Diner – Various Locations – Breakfast / Brunch
  50. Alla Famiglia – Allentown – Italian
  51. Pork and Beans – Downtown – Barbecue

Pretty Good Meals in Pittsburgh

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

Average Meals 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 our reviews, 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. Revel and Roost – Downtown – Modern American
  6. Spak Brothers – Garfield – Pizza
  7. The Yard – Shadyside and Downtown – Grilled Cheese / American
  8. Rowdy BBQ – South Hills – Barbecue
  9. City Works – Market Square – American
  10. D&G Pizza – Beaver Falls – Pizza
  11. Spirit and Slice Island Pizza – Lawrenceville – Pizza
  12. Industry Public House – Lawrenceville – American
  13. The Abbey on Butler Street – Lawrenceville – Pub Fare
  14. Pizza Parma – Downtown – Pizza
  15. The Warren – Downtown – Sushi and Bar Fare
  16. Grandma B's – Hill District – Breakfast
  17. Blue Dust – Homestead – Sandwiches
  18. Chengdu Gourmet – Squirrel Hill – Chinese
  19. Primanti Brothers – Strip District (and Various Locations) – Sandwiches
  20. Area 51 BBQ – Belle Vernon – Barbecue
  21. Giovanni's Pizza – Dormont – Pizza
  22. Wilson's Bar-B-Q – North Side – BBQ
  23. Streets on Carson – South Side – International
  24. Square Cafe – Regent Square – Breakfast / Brunch
  25. Lola Bistro – North Side – International
  26. Zen Asian – Lawrenceville – Chinese
  27. Casa Reyna's – Strip District – Mexican
  28. Double Wide Grill – South Side – American / BBQ
  29. 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. Caffe Mona – Bloomfield – Brunch
  2. Mineo's – Squirrel Hill – Pizza
  3. Pizza Fiesta – Multiple Locations – Pizza
  4. Subba Asian – North Side – Nepali
  5. Mendoza Express – East Carnegie – Mexican/Tex Mex
  6. Doce Taqueria – South Side – Tacos
  7. Fuel and Fuddle – Oakland – American
  8. Pho Van – Strip District – Vietnamese
  9. Barb's Corner Kitchen – Lawrenceville – Breakfast/Diner
  10. BRGR – East Liberty – Burgers
  11. 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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