Best Places to Eat In Pittsburgh

If you’re from Pittsburgh you’re among those who love their town with a loyalty that is not always seen when it comes to a person’s birthplace.  Pittsburgh is a popular destination for many reasons. You can see a lot there, including the famous Hershey plant close by.  One thing that you will find a lot of in Pittsburgh is great, unique and innovative restaurants.

Whether you are in the mood for incredible pizza, the best sandwiches you have ever tried or want something fancier with a beautiful view, Pittsburgh has a restaurant that will fit those desires.  We have listed the best places to eat in Pittsburgh below. This list is meant to be a starting point for starting your own culinary journey around a great city. There is a lot to taste in Steel Town. This list will be the perfect way to begin what will be very tasty trip.

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto

Visit: Monterey Bay Fish Grotto

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto has a philosophy that they apply to every dish they create and serve by asking themselves “Would you feed this to your mother?” Chef Wallace uses this motto with everything that is created in his kitchen. Every dish on Monterey’s menu is created with quality local ingredients, personal care and attention to detail that Chef Wallace supervises. The seafood is flown in fresh, daily to ensure the freshest, highest quality seafood available. Not only is the food incredible but the view is as well. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto offers a breathtaking 360 view of Pittsburgh’s skyline from Mt. Washington. The incredible view, exquisite food and impeccable service makes Monterey’s the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two or other special intimate celebration.

Meat & Potatoes

Visit: Meat & Potatoes

Chef Richards, the chef of Meat & Potatoes, loves to create dishes that are simple and easy to love. It is the kind of food that the chef himself would eat after a busy work day. Meat & Potatoes is the first gastro pub in Pittsburgh and was opened in early 2011.  In case you don’t know what a gastro pub is, it is a pub/restaurant that serves high end food and drinks that focus on the fundamentals of preparation and creation. Menu options include Rock Shrimp Risotto, Lobster Ravioli, Filet Mignon, Lobster Tails and much more.  When you step into Meat & Potatoes, you are doing more than just having a meal, you are coming to relax and enjoy the atmosphere too. There are many dining areas to enjoy including the bar and outdoor patio. Reservations are accepted as well as walk-ins.

Piccolo Forno

Visit: Piccolo Forno

If you are looking for a great Italian Restaurant to enjoy, check out Piccolo Forno. They opened in 2005 and since the first guest walked through the door they have aspired to provide them with high quality food made from the freshest imported and seasonal ingredients available. The menu reflects this love of simple yet quality food that is the mainstay of Piccolo Forno.  The menu has delicious options including several antipasto dishes, tons of delicious pizzas, pastas and Panini. The pizzas are cooked in a wood fired oven and the pastas are handmade daily.  Don’t forget to finish the meal with a delicious dessert.

Altius Pittsburgh

Visit: Altius Pittsburgh

The word Altius means higher in Latin. When it comes to Altius Pittsburgh, the term means not only higher as in location but also in their desire to serve guests a higher standard of food quality in the dishes they have on their menu. Their focus is to use responsible practices in all aspects of the restaurant’s operations including cooking, preparing and serving the delicious foods they offer. This also includes using sustainable, organic and local whenever possible ingredients for their food and drinks. Each dish is created and prepared using fundamental and skillful preparation methods along with delicious, fresh ingredients to provide you with an elevated dining experience that will stand out above the rest.


Visit: Legume

The food you will encounter at Legume isFrench with a lot of European and American influences. The techniques used to create these tasty dishes are decidedly French as well. They are very old fashioned in some regards, still doing things like making meat stocks and demi glaces from scratch which makes a huge difference in the taste and flavor of the food. The menu at Legume changes a little bit each day depending on the season and what is available. A few of the dishes that have been served to guests include pork loin Schnitzel, and Alaskan King Salmon. The objective that Legume has is to serve customers high quality food in an atmosphere that is casual, friendly and warm while still remaining affordable.  They are committed to using local sources as much as possible to help support their community and the lives of the people they serve, the people they employ and the people they do business with as well.

Mad Mex Shadyside

Visit: Mad Mex Shadyside

Mad Mex Shadyside is the perfect place to join friends and family for delicious margaritas or tequila and fresh lime juice while munching on chips and homemade salsa and guacamole. It is the ultimate place to relax in a fun, lively atmosphere. This is a place you can wear shorts and not feel like you should have dressed up.  Almost everything that Mad Mex serves is made fresh daily, never frozen.  They believe that the freshest ingredients make the best tasting food and after you try some of their dishes you will agree. They put a quirky spin on their food, creating an American “mashup” of Southeast Asian, Spanish and Mexican dishes that will please every palate.  Choose from such choices as chips and a variety of homemade salsas, burritos, quesadillas, wings, enchiladas, and so much more.  The tortillas are made fresh as are the red, yellow, white and blue chips.  Mad Mex celebrates all of your favorite Mexican flavors while providing a perfect atmosphere for you to get the most out of your meal.

Andrews Steak and Seafood

Visit: Andrews Steak and Seafood

There are many different kinds of steak houses in the United States. Andrews Steak and Seafood is a lot more than just a steakhouse. The offer guests the chance to enjoy quality, fine food in an atmosphere that is sophisticated without being stuffy. The menu is full of aged steaks, unique appetizers, fresh, creative salads and fresh seafood. Try dishes like the Lobster popcorn or the Risotto Carbonara. There is also chicken, rack of lamb, veal and other things for those not in the mood for steak. Don’t forget to try the delicious lobster Macaroni and cheese and Andrew’s signature steak fries that are cut by hand.  The impeccable and professional service staff will help you choose the perfect wine for your meal as well if you choose from either domestic or international wines. The bar is a great place to meet friends or business associates as well.  The staff at Andrew’s Steak and Seafood will do everything in their power to ensure that your experience here is one that exceeds your expectations.

Nakama Japanese Steakhouse

Visit: Nakama Japanese Steakhouse

Japanese steakhouses can be so much fun with the knife wielding skills of the hibachi chefs. Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi bar is the perfect place to have a celebration meal, a first date, or even dinner with the family. The restaurant offers guests a trendy, chic atmosphere while they enjoy the showmanship of the chefs who cook right in front of them. The sushi served at Nakama is made fresh with the focus on creativity, quality and tradition.  There are over 70 choices of made to order sushi available all served with a flair for perfection and creativity. If you love sushi you will be in sushi heaven here. If hibachi is what you want, you’ll find that in abundance here too. The preparation of your meal is part of the whole experience, so sit back and relax and enjoy the show while you dine on delicious sushi while your meal is being prepared. Don’t forget to order one of the 25 unique tap beers or a cocktail. The kids will love it here too.

Dor-Stop Restaurant

Visit: Dor-Stop Restaurant

You will definitely feel the friendliness of the staff when you walk through the doors of Dor-Stop Restaurant. This family owned and operated restaurant has been run by owners Bob and Vicki Lawhorne for over 29 years. They are passing the torch to new owners Justin and Jennifer Berger and are retiring from the restaurant business. The Bergers are continuing the traditions that the Lawhornes have made a household name such as made from scratch food, friendly, welcoming service and reasonable prices that allow you to treat the entire family.  Make sure to try the World Famous Hot Cakes or the delicious Meatloaf Melt Sandwich that is served with crispy potato pancakes.  Other selections include plenty of yummy sandwiches like the Chicken Cordon Bleu or the Hearty Monte Cristo. There is also a full breakfast menu with delicious pancakes, Eggs Benedict, breakfast burritos, French toast. Don’t forget they have soups, salads and burgers too.

Primanti Bros.

Visit: Primanti Bros.

If you are a sandwich fanatic you will have to make sure you stop at Primanti Bros. They have been serving unbelievable sandwiches since they opened in 1933. They do offer other things like wings, pizzas and snacks but their claim to fame and what people love them for the most is their huge selection of sandwiches. Well, and maybe their incredibly delicious pizza with hand-tossed dough, house-made sauce and your choice of fresh, delicious ingredients. The appetizer list a lone is impressive with 11 different appetizer selections to choose from.  There are also wings, salads, fries and then there are the sandwiches… tons of different kinds from baked crostini sandwiches to the grilled meat sandwiches topped with melted provolone, fresh cut fries, sweet n sour slaw, tomatoes and their signature Italian bread.  You will never look at sandwiches the same way again once you have dined at Primanti Bros.