The 10 Best Local Restaurants In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
A cultural melting-pot, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is home to an exciting and diverse dining scene. This is a city where you can get everything from upscale seafood with stunning city-scape views, award-winning beer and delicious gastro-pub fare in a former church, and authentic Brazilian churrascarias. Here’s a list of the top 10 dining establishments in the city.
The restaurant's stately interior | Courtesy Grand Concourse
Never mind the menu, the beautiful Grand Concourse – housed in the faithfully restored Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Station originally built in 1898 on Station Square – is feast in itself, albeit for the eyes rather than the stomach, with its high columns, towering ceilings and original stained glass windows. That’s not to say that Grand Concourse’s menu isn’t equally delightful. Focusing on upscale seafood, the restaurant offers mouth-watering fare such as the tarragon glazed salmon, roasted on a cedar plank to give it a rich smoky flavor and served with roasted vegetables and red skin potatoes alongside a number of pasta, steak and poultry dishes.
Located at the top of the Mount Washington neighborhood, Isabela on Grandview offers guests breath-taking panoramic views of Pittsburgh’s skyline from its stylish, elegant interior featuring intimate seating and mood lighting. Due to this, Isabela has been described as one of the most romantic restaurants in the country. Offering a seasonal seven course chef’s tasting menu based around international flavors and local ingredients, Isabela on Grandview features an open kitchen where guests can see dishes like acorn squash soup with crab apple puree, hickory nuts and sage being prepared by chef Jacqueline Wardle.
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Located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Meat and Potatoes is an exciting gastro-pub open daily for brunch, lunch and dinner. Established in the spring of 2011 by chef Richard Deshantz, who believes food should be simple and approachable, the Meat and Potatoes menu is populated with high-end pub fare with a contemporary American twist. It features the likes of mac ‘n’ cheese with chorizo and pulled pork, and entrees including wagyu flat iron steak with charred carrots, queso fresco cheese, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, radish and a chilli-sherry vinaigrette. Dine inside in Meat and Potatoes’ smart, stylish interior or outside on warmer evenings.
The restaurant's elegant interior | Courtesy Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
Located atop Mount Washington, with equally stunning views over the city, is Monterey Bay Fish Grotto – a fine dining restaurant serving upscale seafood at its best. A fixture on the Pittsburgh dining scene for almost 20 years, the restaurant opened in 1996 and over the years has been a consistent winner of Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best Seafood award. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto prides itself on using only the very freshest of fish, of which it has over 20 varieties that are flown in from the East and West coasts and Hawaii, offering dishes like shrimp and scallops with spinach fettuccine and alfredo sauce.
The Church Brew Works is an award-winning brewpub in Pittsburgh’s historic Lawrenceville neighborhood that, as its name would suggest, is located in a former church – the 1902 built St John the Baptist Church. The church’s spectacular original interior was lovingly renovated, with many original details providing spectacular surroundings in which to enjoy its modern American menu.
Zenith's interior and antiques | Courtesy Zenith Tea Rooms and Antiques
A must-visit for lovers of antiques, Zenith Tea Rooms and Antiques is a quirky mix of vegetarian restaurant, art gallery and antique store all in one. Located in the city’s historic, vibrant South Side neighborhood, the venue stays true to its locale’s diverse, bohemian community, and Zenith is the perfect place to stop by for a bite to eat before strolling the aisles looking for the next perfect antique or artwork for your home. Zenith’s menu offers dishes like the curry chickpea burrito – chickpeas, potatoes, raisins, peas, onion and curry spices in a flour tortilla – and savory stuffed portobello mushrooms. A wide range of herbal teas are also available.
With a clever name that is both a nod to its location on Mount Washington overlooking the city, but also to its high-end, elevated cuisine, Altius strives to offer each guest a sublime dining experience via high quality ingredients, culinary creativity and an immaculately designed space. Established in spring 2014 by restaurateur Josephine DeFrancis and executive chef and co-owner Jessica Bauer, despite its short life Altius already has a strong reputation, receiving rave reviews from diners for its upscale, contemporary American fare. Dine on dishes that include American red snapper with saffron leek, sautéed white bean and carrot, fennel pollen and tangerine oil while taking in Altius’ stylish surroundings designed by architect Teresa Bucco.
Grit and Grace is a restaurant that prides itself on pushing creative boundaries when it comes to its dishes, combining disparate flavors and recipes with a sense of culinary adventure. A concept from proprietor Richard Stern and co-owner and chef Brian Pekarcik, Grit and Grace first opened its doors in early 2014 and has since been wowing guests with its innovative menus offering appetisers, entrées and American-style dim sum plates perfect for sharing as a group. Try an adventurous main of braised goat with garlic-ginger smashed potatoes, curry, lime and crème fraiche or a selection of dim sum dishes like beef tartare and pork belly bites.
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Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Serving a menu of modern American cuisine built around farm-to-table fare, Spoon is a stylish restaurant located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s vibrant, up-and-coming Eastside neighborhood. The beautifully designed, inviting restaurant offers guests three distinct spaces in which to relax – its stylish and modern bar where a range of specialty cocktails can be enjoyed, a lively lounge area offering small plates designed for sharing, and its contemporary dining room full of warm tones and sumptuous banquettes. Menu highlights include the grilled octopus starter with potato salad, celery, bacon, olives and spicy red pepper vinaigrette and the roasted chicken breast entrée with a teriyaki glaze, smoked chicken thighs, sesame-zucchini fritters, Swiss Chard and chili aioli.
A slice of California in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, The Sonoma Grille is a restaurant and wine bar serving eclectic international dishes with a distinct Californian twist. Established in 2004 by noted chef and restaurateur Yves Carreau, the restaurant’s interior is West Coast chic – airy, spacious, and full of vivid colors with a warm ambiance. Executive chef Jeffrey Caulkins delights diners’ palates with dishes like rye-crusted Loch Duart salmon with butternut squash risotto, dried cranberries, Swiss chard and ham shank broth, while the restaurant’s award-winning wine list, voted the city’s best in Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2014 Reader’s Poll, features over 300 varieties.