An Attraction and Dining Guide to Pittsburgh’s East Liberty Neighborhood

If there is any neighborhood in Pittsburgh that has changed the most in the last few years, it would be East Liberty.

The neighborhood is the poster child for gentrification and is now home to luxury lofts, numerous restaurants, and easy access to the growing tech hub in Bakery Square (in nearby Larimer).

While we could spend a long time discussing the gentrification of neighborhoods like these (we encourage it in the comments!), in our neighborhood guide series we want to take a look at what East Liberty is now and highlight the history and some of the spots we visit when exploring the neighborhood- namely the restaurants and a few limited attractions.

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Bird on the Run Review – Hot Fried Chicken in Pittsburgh

Bird on the Run is a small fried chicken joint in Pittsburgh's East Liberty that boasts late night hours, extra hot chicken, and frozen cocktails for those wanting something just a bit different with their meal.

We went to this one after having drinks in the neighborhood and are really pleased to say that this is not just another a formal sit-down restaurant!

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Pizza Taglio Review – Exceptional Pies in East Liberty

Pizza Taglio in East Liberty is the kind of restaurant that's perfect for so many different situations- it's casual enough to be a good spot for dinner with friends, but also cute and BYOB, making it equally perfect for a date night. But best of all, the pizza is just downright delicious.

In our opinion, it's some of the best in the city.

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Lorelei Brings Alpine Cocktails and Beer to Pittsburgh’s East Liberty

Lorelei is the latest bar concept to open in Pittsburgh and is operated by the team behind Independent Brewing Company and Hidden Harbor in Squirrel Hill.

But rather than adding into their collection of bars at the corner of Forbes and Shady Avenue, this one is located in the heart of East Liberty– bringing a much welcomed addition to the neighborhood's drinking scene.

We were recently invited out by the team at Lorelei to check out the new space, and share our thoughts in this full review!

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Spoon Pittsburgh Review – Gin Drinks and Small Plates in East Liberty

In the ever changing landscape that is East Liberty, Spoon is one of the more established restaurants with a decade-long foothold in the neighborhood. With a stellar gin bar, a mix of classic and creative small plates and fine dining mains, and all-around great service, it's easy to see why Spoon is a mainstay in the neighborhood.

Spoon has long been on our list of restaurants to try, but we only recently made it in. Our hesitation was because on the surface the restaurant seemed like any other fine dining restaurant in Pittsburgh.

But after our visit we're convinced it's more than that with great attention to detail in the food and service, and overall a delicious and memorable dining experience.

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Bar Frenchman Review – French Food and Unique Cocktails

Note: In July 2018 Bar Frenchman changed its name to La Riviera and closed in early 2019.

Bar Frenchman (now La Riviera) in East Liberty is a fine dining restaurant serving up French dishes in a modern, non-stuffy atmosphere. On our recent visit the cocktails were whimsical and impressive, the food was delicious and nearly perfect, and the service was on point.

The restaurant's supremely tall ceilings, tiled floors, and suspended lights all give off a more casual vibe than the Twisted Frenchman, Bar Frenchman's sister that offers a multi-course tasting menu experience on the second floor of the building. The relaxed atmosphere may seem at first a little incongruous with the menu style and pricing, but we think it keeps the restaurant from being too staid.

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Honeygrow Review – Healthy Stir Fries and Salads in East Liberty

Honeygrow is a fast casual restaurant that focuses on healthy stir fries, salads, and fruit parfaits.

We originally did not give this one a second glance after hearing it was a chain, but the folks at honeygrow invited us in for a meal to change our minds and we are certainly glad we took them up on the offer.

What sets honeygrow apart from other chains is its commitment to a seasonal, locally sourced (when possible) menu that's all organic and non-GMO. Basically, the food is good for you and also good for the planet!

With all of those constraints, you might think the dishes would be boring or uninspired, but on our recent visit we found our meals had unique ingredient combinations and sauces that kept things packed with interesting flavors.

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Muddy Waters Oyster Bar Review – Oyster Happy Hour in East Liberty

Oyster bars seem to be having a moment in Pittsburgh with spots like Muddy Waters in East Liberty, and Merchant Oyster Co. in Lawrenceville popping up.

We have to say, before this phenomenon we hadn't really been into oysters, but these restaurants are doing their part at convincing us that oysters are delicious and may end up becoming the next big thing in Pittsburgh.

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The Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology at the Pittsburgh Seminary

The Pittsburgh Seminary wouldn't be your first place to expect to find a museum, but tucked in the basement of Long Hall is a rather unique museum in Pittsburgh called the Kelso Museum for Near Eastern Archaeology.

For those who like history, especially when surrounding the holy land, a visit to this small museum is a must.

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Dinette Review – Pizzas and Small Plates in East Liberty

Occupying a prime spot in the buzzy neighborhood of East Liberty, Dinette offers a menu that changes daily full of seasonal small plates and pizzas.

Although the pizzas sound so good and are hard to resist, we found the small plates on our recent visit to be the winner of the evening.

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