A small residential neighborhood located between Schenley Park and Point Breeze, Squirrel Hill has many laid back restaurants that are perfect for a relaxing night out with friends or a family get together. Here is a list of 10 of the must visit restaurants in this area.
A simple cafe offering Lebanese and Middle Eastern Cuisine, Aladdin’s Eatery is full of bold aromas and great tastes. The service is quick, and guests can try a variety of dishes prepared with different herbs and spices, like mint and parsley. The restaurant serves a large vegetarian platter in addition to several vegan and gluten-free options to accommodate all diets.
Murray Avenue Grill is a fast and friendly establishment that gives guests the chance to relax in one of their plush booths and enjoy a meal after a day of touring. The menu is full of gourmet salads and burgers for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, and each dish comes in large portions to ensure that everyone leaves happy and full.
The high ceiling of this Thai tapas and wine bar creates an open environment perfect for a night on the town with friends. Silk Elephant is trendy and chic, and offers a menu with a blend of sweet, sour and herbal flavors. Each dish is artistically arranged, and can be accompanied by any of the wines from their curated wine list.
In Feudal Japan, ‘Chaya’ was known as a resting place where travelers could rest and enjoy a light meal, and this is something that Chaya Japanese Cuisine seeks to recreate with their gorgeous restaurant. The menu is prepared by Fumio Yasuzawa, the owner and chef, who had over 40 years of experience; each dish is prepared with same way as they would be in Japan, but with American sized portions to accommodate large appetites.
A small restaurant specializing in specialty noodles and tailor-made ramen, Ramen Bar is the place to go for a steaming bowl of firm noodles and savory broth that is guaranteed to warm the soul. The menu has pre-created options with the choice to create-your-own combination of noodles and toppings. There is a wide range of curry, kimchi and seafood udons, as well as ramen with a shoyu base or a side of gyoza for a snack.
Located in a quiet part of the neighborhood, Point Brugge Cafe is a European-style bistro featuring Belgian dishes. The restaurant is popular with a wide range of people from all age groups, and offer indoor and outdoor seating. Guests can partake of a menu full of fresh ingredients, with choices of charcuterie or cheese boards, savory duck confit, classic moules frites or a simple Chevre Chaud salad. This is a perfect year-round spot to spend a meal with friends and family after a day of visiting museums or a walk in the park.
Pizzaria, Restaurant, American, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Consistently listed in the Top 25 Best Restaurants list by Pittsburgh Magazine, Dinette is a chic restaurant that features a daily menu full of locally sourced ingredients.The menu is full of dishes that can be shared, and guests can pick from an ever changing list of dishes such as chorizo pizza or tomato and fennel soup, where the tomatoes are picked fresh from the rooftop garden.
A quiet and romantic restaurant, Sun Penang is ideal for a night out where you’re craving small plates to share. The restaurant features a mixed menu of Malaysian, Thai and Chinese cuisines, including a selection of cart-style dim sum. Each dish is prepared with passion and care, and each meat dish is tender and savory.
A hard to find restaurant, Mediterranean Grill is located underground and required walking down a few steps to get there, but the search is worth it. The friendly staff are quick to answer any questions about the extensive menu and offer various suggestions. Guests can try the tabbouleh, moussaka, lentil soup or shish kebab with their own bottle of wine or beverage of choice to create a meal that satisfies their own taste preferences.
A hip, laid back restaurant, NU Jewish Bistro serves visitors in a quick and amicable manner. Their menu is full of dishes comprised of cured, pickled and smoked meats, where visitors can dig in to flavorful reubens and pastrami sandwiches. They also offer several different soups and salads, including the popular matzo ball soup, which is perfect for brisk autumn days and Pittsburgh’s cold winter months.