O ften overlooked as a city for foodies, Pittsburgh has lately been going through a culinary renaissance. While you’re in town, make some time to try out one of these great restaurants! We’ve listed them by neighborhood (plotted on the map above) so you can find one that’s along your way to other local attractions.
Great music, excellent cocktails and Chef Paul’s gourmet burgers make Benjamin’s a neighborhood favorite. Parador Inn guests get a free dessert – just bring your copy of your Parador registration and show to your server.
This gastropub and speakeasy features a creative American menu, live jazz and other activities nightly. Guests: enjoy a craft draft beer and appetizer at half price – just show your server your Parador registration!
Carmi Soul Food
Voted best soul food in Western PA, Carmi serves comfort favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting. Bring your Parador Inn registration and get 10% off your check when you show your server.
Prime Steakhouse offers riverside dining between Heinz Field and PNC Park – a great spot to grab a cocktail or glass of wine. Have The Parador Inn make your reservation for a free appetizer and priority seating.
The gorgeous interior sets the stage for an elegant dining experience at brunch, lunch or dinner. Get VIP seating and a free appetizer or dessert of the day when we reserve a table.
The Church Brew Works
This Brew Works puts the beer on an altar – literally! Great drinks and food are the sermon in this converted church. Our guests get a complimentary handcrafted beer or soda and priority seating.
Blue Dust, family owned and run, is a casual eatery that has some amazing food in West Homestead. Try Jerry’s smoked items – a sure bet. Bring a copy of your Parador registration for a free appetizer.
Restaurants by Neighborhood
Nicky’s Thai Kitchen
Right down the street from The Parador, Nicky’s has the best Thai food in the city. Local hint: in nice weather, try to get a table in their courtyard. BYOB
Chef Paul has a special blend of meats that make his burgers gourmet. Great music and interactive jukebox to find just the right song. Full Service Bar
Parador Inn guests get a free dessert – just ask your server!
Very neighborhood-y local watering hole and restaurant, a five minute walk from The Parador. American menu with an English pub accent. Full Service Ba
Legends of The Northshore
Has some of the best Italian food in the city. Small place, but remember: it’s all about the food. Reservations recommended (to needed). BYOB
James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy
James Street Gastropub, also on the Northside, has a full service bar and a creative American menu. Live jazz in their Speakeasy and other activities: check out their website for schedule. Full Service Bar
Parador Inn guests: enjoy a craft draft beer and appetizer at half price!
Max’s Allegheny Tavern
Serving an authentic German menu since the early 1900′s. A quaint warren of rooms behind the original tavern. Full Service Bar
Carmi Soul Food
Voted best soul food in Western Pennsylvania, Carmi serves up Pittsburgh’s best fried chicken as well as other comfort favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Show the registration form for your stay at The Parador Inn and get 10% off your check!
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
Located on the river between Heinz Field and PNC Park, Hyde Park is an ideal spot to rub elbows with pro athletes, coaches and sports media, enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine – and have a fantastic steak with a great view.
Get a free appetizer and take advantage of priority seating when you have The Parador Inn book your reservation.
Most downtown restaurants are clustered around the Cultural District and Market Square. As such, you might want to pay attention to when the big showtimes are: these restaurants can get jammed with performing arts patrons!
The restaurant I find myself at most often is Sonoma Grille: it’s fairly affordable and its ever-changing menu always gives new and fresh ideas to choose from.
Six Penn Kitchen
The Six Penn Kitchen is a nice option with a creative menu that gives many choices and prices depending on your mood.
Seviche has a Spanish tapas menu.
McCormick & Schmick’s
McCormick & Schmick’s has excellent fresh seafood and steaks right in the center of town, across from the new PNC Tower being built.
The Capital Grille
Almost next to McCormick & Schmick’s is The Capital Grille. This dining spot is known for its aged beef, wine list and even some private dining rooms.
Nine on Nine
Nine on Nine does a nice job in the heart of the Cultural District with its upscale American menu.
Meat & Potatoes
Though they have a full service menu, their emphasis is locally sourced meals that lean hard toward beef entrees. Always a nice option for your carnivores.
A Parador favorite casual restaurant “up there”. Great food, staff and hysterical menu.
Monterrey Bay Fish Grotto
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is the pricey restaurant where I usually end up – when willing to pay. They obviously lean towards seafood, but have a full menu. Great staff and views.
LeMont is one of the original Mt Washington restaurants. Dress code is business casual.
Tin Angel is the other long standing Mt Washington restaurant that requires a business casual dress code.
A very local pub with excellent sliders. A great place to watch sports without going to a “sports bar”.
La Tavola features Sicilian cuisine and is one of Pittsburgh’s best kept secrets. Because of its small size, reservations are recommended.
Southside can become pretty unpleasant with drunken college students after 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, so plan accordingly.
Dish Osteria Bar
Dish Osteria Bar is one of my favorite Southside restaurants. Very low-key. It’s located in a small house, so you may get a table in what once was the living room, dining room, etc. Italian cuisine.
Pittsburgh Steak Co.
An affordable steak house compared to Ruth’s Chris, etc. This restaurant, with a casual atmosphere, has been in the heart of Southside for years.
Mallorca & Ibiza
Sister restaurants Mallorca and Ibiza are right next door to each other. Like the Pittsburgh Steak Co., Mallorca has been around for years offering quality Spanish cuisine. Little sister Ibiza specializes in tapas.
The Grand Concourse
The Grand Concourse is worth a visit for two reasons. One: its architecture is amazing. Two: it’s the train station formerly owned by Joshua Rhodes, the gentleman that built the mansion that now hosts The Parador Inn. When Chuckie Muer’s restaurant group remodeled and opened the derelict station, it was outstanding. Football coach Tom Landry has a chain of restaurants and the Concourse is now a part of that organization. It’s worth going in just to see the interior.
Ask The Parador Inn to book your reservation and enjoy a free appetizer or dessert of the day and VIP seating.
Kassab’s can easily be missed with all the other eateries along Carson Street. But if you are looking for authentic Lebanese food, this is the spot for you.
Strip District is a wildly popular shopping district right on the edge of Downtown and has some excellent dining options.
Kelly O’s Diner
Kelly O’s has taken over the location of Jo-Jo’s diner across from the Cork Factory apartments. This diner has some fabulous breakfast specials, some real creative omelets and good lunch specials.
Big Burrito Group has two of their themed restaurants in the Strip. My preference is Kaya with a Caribbean themed menu. Naturally.
The other Big Burrito Group restaurant in the Strip is Eleven, a more upscale restaurant with contemporary American cuisine.
Roland’s Seafood Grill
Roland’s serves reasonably priced seafood, but it can get a bit crowded so consider a reservation.
Lidia’s is an upscale Italian restaurant by famed New York Chef Lydia Bastianich.
A visit to Pittsburgh isn’t complete without at stop for a sandwich at Primanti Brothers, as featured on many television restaurant shows. The sandwich is a complete meal with the coleslaw and French fries right inside. The Strip District originally was strictly wholesale: you had to own a business to shop there. Back then, the city didn’t permit large trucks anywhere in the city except from 10:00 pm until 6:00 am. Primanti’s came up with the idea of combining all three courses on one sandwich for these working drivers. Since then, the restaurant has become wildly popular. Now a chain, there are 16 Pittsburgh locations and even 3 in Florida. If you are going to experience Primanti Brothers, you really should go to the 24 hour original.
An authentic Mexican grocery and restaurant. I particularly like the grocery because the knowledgeable staff can almost always answer questions – and if they can’t, Reyna herself is generally around.
Pamela’s P&G Diner
You can’t talk Strip dining without including Pamela’s original location (there are several now). Famed for their paper thin pancakes – it’s Michele Obama’s favorite breakfast spot (they’ve brought Pamela’s staff to the White House).
Lawrenceville is a very hip area of the city with a lot trendy small artists in residence shops, boutiques and restaurants. Several of my favorites are include here.
Tamari features an interesting Latin-Asian fusion menu and an open kitchen so that you can sit at the counter and watch the culinary professionals at work on your meal.
The Church Brew Works
The Church Brew Works is a pretty unique dining option. Housed in the old St. John the Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, most of the original architecture is still in place. They have their brewing equipment where the alter used to be for all to see them making their beers. There’s a four foot wall going down the length of the church where the main aisle used to be. On the left side is the bar (called “The Bar”) and on the right side there is no bar (creatively called, “The Restaurant”). An insider tip: they are famous for their brick oven pizzas, but they consider this bar food, so if you sit in The Restaurant, you may have to ask for the pizza menu (they will be happy to serve it).
Get a complimentary handcrafted beer or handcrafted soda and priority seating as a Parador guest.
One of the many great Italian restaurants in da ‘burg. Piccolo Forno features authentic Tuscan cuisine and your favorite wine: it’s BYOB. The restaurant is very popular but doesn’t take reservations so prepare to wait for a table. The restaurant has done so well, that will be anchoring the Garden Theater project here on the Northside when they open a second location.
Round Corner Cantina
Round Corner Cantina has reasonably priced Mexican food – and is the location people waiting on a table at Piccolo Forno use as their hang out-bar.
Legume is just a block past the Carnegie Museums and features a fresh menu made each day. They take great pride in locally sourced products and creative uses of them.
Casbah has a Mediterranean/European menu and caters to vegetarians and vegans as well. Casbah is a part of the Big Burrito Group.
Soba is an pan-Asian restaurant, another of Big Burrito’s themed restaurants.
Girasole is a small Italian restaurant that’s very popular in the Shadyside area.
Salt of the Earth
Salt of the Earth is Chef Kevin Sousa’s first venture. Set in an old car showroom, it’s family style seating with an a la carte menu posted daily on a chalk board. Kevin “goes to market daily and sees something that strikes his fancy and then he pairs it up with other items.” As you’d expect, a very eclectic menu. Kevin’s other current ventures are Union Pig & Chicken, Station Street Food and Superior Motors (to open) in Braddock in 2015).
A real mom and pop, recent start up with Caribbean-style cuisine in Beechview. Casa Rasta has been so successful since opening less than two years ago that they have left their storefront’s initial restaurant to take a full service establishment with full bar two doors down the street – and even another storefront of Federal Street here on the Northside.
Located in Greentree, Mendoza Express reminds me of all the small Latin “greasy spoons” you find all over in South Florida. Very affordable and authentic, without being gourmet.
Blue Dust, family owned and run, is a casual eatery that has some amazing food in West Homestead. A sure bet is any one of Jerry’s smoked items. Bring a copy of your registration at The Parador Inn for a free appetizer.