The 10 Best Restaurants In Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania

Photo of Shyla Watson
9 February 2017

Lawrenceville is one of the largest neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh. It has an up and coming art scene with many thriving galleries, and there are also a number of cozy coffee shops, beautiful boutiques, and live music locales. However, their fantastic restaurants are the true shining stars. Read our list to discover the 10 best restaurants in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh.

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Named one of the ‘Top 50 Best New Restaurants’ of 2012, Cure is one of the tastiest restaurants in the Lawrenceville area. The small Mediterranean menu changes daily, featuring fresh new items that entice visitors. Try different kinds of salumi, a type of Italian cold cuts, in addition to duck entrees, handmade pastas, and fresh oysters. There are wines available by the bottle, as well as craft cocktails and draft beers. If you aren’t hungry for dinner, it’s also a great place to pop in for a late-night coffee and dessert. Try the dark chocolate soufflé cake with a cappuccino on the side.
Address and Telephone: 5335 Butler St. Pittsburgh, PA, USA, +1 412 252 2595

Smoke BBQ Taqueria

Even though they may be delicious with rice, beans, and guacamole, tacos and burritos wouldn’t be complete without deliciously flavored meat. Smoke BBQ Taqueria prepares their meals differently by not just sautéing their meats but barbecuing them as well, bringing a unique flavor to this Mexican cuisine. Fill your flour tortillas with Wagyu beef brisket, chicken, or 100% Berkshire pork ribs, bacon, and chorizo. The meat is so tasty that you can purchase it by the pound. There are also veggie tacos available, in addition to other non-meat items, such as jalapeno apple slaw, mac and cheese, and a hot queso dip. Wash it all down with a refreshing agua fresca or glass of horchata.
Address and Telephone: 4115 Butler St. Pittsburgh, PA, USA, +1 412 224 2070

Kaleidoscope Café

Cafe, American, Vegetarian
Granola | ©Gabriel Li/Flickr
Kaleidoscope Caféis a hidden gem among Lawrenceville restaurants. The exterior of the artistic cafe is covered with a beautiful, abstract mural and the interior is quaint and cozy, inviting visitors in for a casual, fine-dining experience. Feast on delicious pastas, such as the deep-fried gnocchi or classic marinara. There are a surplus of fresh salads on the menu, in additions to soups and sandwiches. Small plates feature crab dip and a duck canola, while the entrees list Cornish hen and filet mignon. Don’t forget to order dessert. On certain days of the week, when you purchase a small plate and two entrees, you get a complimentary bottle of wine. Kaleidoscope is a great place to host an awesome event, and the food is perfect for any catering occasion.

The Vandal

Restaurant, American, $$$
Pork Dumplings at Pusadee’s Garden
Pork Dumplings at Pusadee’s Garden | ©somenametoforget/Flickr
The Vandal is an amazing whole food restaurant, perfect for grabbing a bite of breakfast or spot of lunch. The interior is light and open, with brick walls, white furniture, and plenty of green plants for a touch of color. Open from the morning until the late afternoon, Vandal serves breakfast meals, such as biscuit sandwiches with eggs and bacon or ham and cheddar, yogurt and granola, and larger breakfast plates. For lunch, bite into one of their delicious sandwiches, including the roast pork, squash, tempura hake, or even the classic burger. Add fries, green beans, soup, or salad to enhance your meal. Vandal is a fantastic place for brunch with friends – be sure to try the vanilla lemonade when you stop by.

Pusadee’s Garden

Bar, Restaurant, Thai
Bar | ©Ozgur Cam/Flickr
This green garden is a touch of Thailand in the heart of Lawrenceville. Pusadee’s deluxe menu features an array of classic Thai dishes – try spring rolls, dumplings, pad thai, and fried rice. There are many curry dinners to enjoy, with pineapple, pumpkin, and panang being a few. If you want rice or noodles, meat or vegetables, or soup or salad, Pusadee’s is the place to go. Dine in their warm and cozy interior, or eat out on their premium patio, which is lush with greenery, lit by twinkle lights and lanterns, and structured with rustic wood paneling. The garden creates an atmosphere that is unparalleled to any other restaurant in Lawrenceville, giving visitors an incredible dining experience.

Industry Public House

Bar, Pizzeria, Pub, Restaurant, American, $$$
Remedy | ©macwagen/Flickr
Just because it’s pub grub doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Industry Public House is a newly established bar and restaurant that has quickly found its way into the hearts – and stomachs – of Lawrenceville locals. Come in during happy hour to munch on parmesan cheese and truffle oil popcorn, smoked brisket tacos, buffalo mac ‘n cheese flatbread pizza, and wild boar bacon – and those are just the appetizers! There are six, juicy burgers on the menu, as well as fish and chips, southern fried chicken, and baby back ribs. As good as the food may be, Industry is still a pub, so check out the drinks. Craft cocktails, premium whiskeys, and refreshing wines accompany the three-dozen beers on tap. If that’s not enough, there is a kids menu and brunch menu, which comes with an entirely new list of drinks.


Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails
Salad at Piccolo Forno
Salad at Piccolo Forno | ©somenametoforget/Flickr
Lawrenceville’s Remedy is larger than life, and we don’t just mean the food. The funky restaurant bar and lounge is three floors tall! The first floor features a bar and restaurant, which serves tasty, casual fare. Some include pulled pork, burgers, tacos, wings, fries and pierogies. The second floor features an additional bar, and a lively dance floor. Dance to your favorite tunes, performed by a live band or DJ. You can also play a game of pool or darts, or cheer on your team on the flat screen TVs. Finally, the third floor is a rooftop lounge area and deck. The patio is a great place to enjoy a conversation in the open air, or catch a few city lights. Remedy also features the work of local artists each month, by placing their pieces on the walls of their main bar area, so whether you’re an up and coming artist looking to get showcased or a regular Joe looking for a place to hang out after work, consider Remedy and swing on by.

Piccolo Forno

Restaurant, Pizzeria, Italian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
Tessaro’s Burger
Tessaro’s Burger | ©Navin75/Flickr
Take a trip to Tuscany when you visit Piccolo Forno. The charming BYOB restaurant serves classic Italian cuisine, with a creative twist. The menu features antipasti dishes, such as bruschetta, baked polenta, baked meatballs, and a plate of cured meats and cheeses. There are at least 15 signature thin crust pizzas, which are prepared in a wood-fired oven. From the vegetable toppings to the cheeses, all pizzas are made with the freshest ingredients; note that there are no substitutions. The many handmade pastas come in a variety of styles and sauces that are sure to satisfy anyone’s carb craving. Lastly, the menu includes a few paninis, cocktails and drinks, and of course, dessert. Be sure to indulge in the tiramisu.


Bar, Deli, Restaurant, Steakhouse, American, Mediterranean, Cajun, $$$
Chips and Salsa
Chips and Salsa | ©pixxiestails/Flickr
Tessaro’s is that neighborhood bar around the corner that everybody loves. People gather there for good food, good beer, and a good time. The old-fashioned American bar and grill is known for their deluxe half-pound burgers, including the ‘Deli Burger,’ ‘Breakfast Burger,’ ‘Cajun Burger,’ and ‘Barbecue Burger.’ The beef for the burgers is all ground in-house and prepared on a hardwood grill. Tessaro’s also serves steak sandwiches, sandwiches and clubs, beef and pork ribs, kabobs, steaks, and salads. No matter what you order off the menu, it will pair perfectly with an ice-cold tap or draft beer, and Tessaro’s has quite the collection.

Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant

Restaurant, Mexican
Now you don’t have to go south of the border to get amazing Mexican cuisine. Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant brings all the deliciously classic dishes to Lawrenceville. Enjoy all your favorites, including tamales, enchiladas, chips and salsa, guacamole, fish tacos, chimichangas, quesadillas, and tacos. Although they serve the traditional dishes, the restaurant knows how to get creative. The carne asada fries are a local favorite and talk of the town and the California burrito is also extremely popular, as are the churros and ice cream for dessert. The best part about Los Cabos, aside from the food of course, is that they have multiple locations in the area, so you never have to be far from your favorite Mexican meals.

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