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Butcher and The Rye
Butcher and The Rye

Butcher and The Rye Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.butcherandtherye.com
  • Phone: (412) 391-2752
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food, American
  • Executive Chef: Richard DeShantz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Penn Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are many public parking garages surrounding the restaurant.
A word from Butcher and The Rye
Butcher and the Rye is the second restaurant of Chef Richard DeShantz and will be opening in October of 2013. More information to follow.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "I moved to DC about a year and a half ago and nothing in Pittsburgh really compared to the flavors I met while dining in DC until Butcher and The Rye. This place was truly amazing. We tried a few small plates, the cheese board, and between 5 of us we split 3 large plates. The brussel sprouts were probably the best I've ever eaten and the pig wing was to die for. The steak melted in your mouth and the butcher burger was tender and seasoned perfectly. The cocktails were wonderfully crafted creating interesting concoctions. The witch doctor was my personal favorite. Make a reservation ASAP! This is exactly what Pittsburgh needs to revamp it's nightlife! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Amazing food! Best dishes of the night were the pig candy, beef tartare, edamame and the scallops with crab risotto. Will definitely be back soon"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I really wanted to love this place. I excitedly made reservations 1.5 weeks out and we got all dolled up to go on our date night. I loved the ambience and was excited for this whole experience. The food was so disappointing. Wasn't prepared well. The red beets on my salad weren't cooked and there was a blob of dressing in the middle (wasn't evenly spread and too citrusy not to be), the steak was very chewy I couldn't even eat it. Pretty disappointing for all the hype."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I understand the theory behind Butcher and the Rye: use strong flavors so nothing will taste bland. However, the flavors are so strong that they actually overpower the taste of the food. The actual pure goodness of something like pork belly or cauliflower is completely lost in a sea of spices. It overwhelms instead of entices. In addition, although Butcher prices itself in the fine-dining range, the service is so-so. It lacks the actual personal, warm experience I've found in truly excellent restaurants. Butcher isn't awful, it's okay. I never need to go back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My husband and I are both foodies, so I have been dying to finally get a reservation for a weekend - and we did this past Friday - to celebrate our birthdays that had been that week. We were so excited! The service was great, the appetizers - great. The drinks - great. My husband's meal - the rabbit pappardelle - great. I was disappointed with my Waygu - because it was just too salty... but it was a solid experience overall and we'd definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "After trying several times to get a reservation, we finally planned far enough ahead and were able to make one and it was worth the wait! Our waiter was very knowledgable and all of his recommendations were fantastic! The Pig Candy appetizer was so tender that it really was like candy and melted in the mouth! We liked it so much that before we left we made a reservation for the next show!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went to Butcher and the Rye for my husband's birthday. Our group of 4 shared lots of plates, some better than others. We loved the brussel sprouts, cauliflower, edamame, and scallops. We tried two salad (beets and goat cheese and kale caeser salad), neither of which was very impressive. The baked camembert came out very underdone. But the restaurant was lively and fun. Drinks were great (loved the bees knees and the alcoholic cider). We would definitely return--as much for the feel of the place as for the food itself. We had a great time, even if the dishes were uneven"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The whiskey/bourbon list was substantial and impressive, which was expected. The small plates appetizers were awesome! Our table split 4 of them and they were all very good. Entrees were also quite good, well-seasoned, and reasonably priced. Definitely worth the visit if you haven't been there yet."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Butcher and the Rye is amazing! If you haven't tried it yet you must! Its a NYC style restaurant with fantastic ambiance, food and cocktails."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food choice was limited to heavier dishes, the roasted chicken was seasoned to heavily for a summer meal, but the place is decorated well."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I had a great birthday dinner at Butcher and the Rye. Our server was so nice and attentive. The pig candy small plate was so delicious--I wish we ordered two servings! The scallops over blue crab risotto exceeded my expectations. There was no better way to finish it off than with the s'mores dessert. I can't wait to come back and try out the other menu options."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "It was my first time at Butcher and the Rye and it was absolutely wonderful. The food and cocktails were amazing, and the service was excellent. I will definitley be back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Interesting menu and décor; however, some sections are quite dark - had to hold candle next to menu to read it. Friendly staff."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great menu to try some shareable treats that you may not want just for 1. The food and presentations were great. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable about the location, the food and the drink menus. We tried the Bone Marrow and we weren't a huge fan. Without asking they immediately removed it from our bill and just thanked us for trying it. We loved everything else we tried. The food is fresh and well designed - you can tell the Chef cares and has a great staff. Would definitely go back again. Very impressive!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for amazing food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Terrific design of the space, creative and tasty food. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food was well executed with great flavors. Server seemed overwhelmed and confused at times. Cocktail selection was top-notch and drinks were perfectly prepared, what an outstanding bar program!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "What a happening place. Noisy, crowded, good food, good drinks. Great location"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food was exceptional and service was outstanding. Staff was very friendly."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Fantastic location for dinner and conversation. Ambiance of the restaurant is great - well designed decor and table arrangements. Excellent selection of small plates - favored these over the large plates. One criticism is too much salt on the dishes."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had a perfect experience at Butcher and the Rye. Their bourbon list was outstanding, and the food was creative and flavorful. Try the pig candy - it will amaze you. Will definitely be returning. I think this is my new favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I've been there twice and both times every food item that was ordered was excellent. I had the seared scallops which they call a "large" dish. For a woman it is totally enough food, might not be so for a man. The scallops sat on the right amount of risotto with the crispy kale on top. It was a mouth watering dish. My husband had the hangar steak and he thought it was the best he's ever had. We shared the beet, goat cheese salad and it is big enough split. Previously I had been there with 5 girlfriends and we each ordered a different "small" plate. They were all a hit but I have to say the brussel sprouts were the bomb - they melted in your mouth."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Fantastic restaurant with a great menu. The seared scallops with blue crab risotto and the flank steak were both done to perfection. Sexy scene with romantic table spots all throughout. Got a bit noisy when they cranked up the background music- twenties/thirties style jazz but overall a phenomenal place!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "the ambiance is excellent as is the décor. the foor quality and service were excellent"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was top notch. I will remember my scallop entree for years to come. However, the cocktails were insanely overpriced. My husband ordered a dirty kettle one martini. First, it wasn't a full martini pour. Second, it was a $12 kettle one martini!?! That is insane, and I don't just mean for Pittsburgh. His second drink was a glass of the house cider. He was expecting a pint but received a wine pour. The price tag for 6 ounces of this house cider? $8 - insane! My craft cocktail was good, but overrated and overpriced considering the amount of liquid I actually received. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem $$ on a great cocktail. So sad; the food was so memorable. But the drinks took a 5 star experience to 3 stars. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My recommendation is the crispy pig wing & manhattan. The foccacia bread is also really good. Unfortunately they were out of half of their specials. It was very uncomfortable around close - staff shut off music at 11:46 instead of verbal communication. A cool touch is the small guest books that they present the bill inside. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "A lot of buzz about the restaurant, and it didn't disappoint. The caesar salad was unique and very tasty with kale. The flank steak was done perfectly. All 3 desserts were tempting, but a daily pot de crème cannot be passed up."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Highly recommended place for food, cocktails for couples or friends!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The house made duck pasta is hands down one of the best dishes I've ever had. An expected preparation for duck and the pasta was perfect. The decor is a bit over the top, but works "right now". My partner had the hangar steak and also confirms it was memorable (as was his Old Fashioned)."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Don't be fooled that this is just a bar or a late night drink spot. Butcher and the Rye has a menu that is great for a quick bite or for a full meal. The space is unique and a spacious. There are multiple levels of seating and it is not too loud. The combo of small and large plates really offers a lot of variety for dinner choices base on your hunger level. My dinner partner and I had the baby kale caesar salad and a large plate. It was just the right amount. The pappardelle pasta and the seared scallops were both scrumptious. This is definitely a dinner spot that you want to check out."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "to the local food scene. We were crowded though, between two other tables so much so that we could have had one conversation among all of us."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We've been to Butcher several times and have always enjoyed the experience. The cocktails are wonderful! (Lost in Thought and Butcher's Bride are particular favorites.) Don't miss the Brussels sprouts and the cauliflower and farro salad. The specials are always enticing. We will definitely be returning. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The food tasted wonderful, but I had to use the flashlight on my phone to see it! My party sat in the bar area upstairs (on the couch) and even though it was still daylight outside, we could not read the menu without my flashlight. If I return I would want to sit outside or near a window. The mushroom soup was wonderful and the rabbit over pasta was excellent. I would suggest better lighting in that area for eating, for drinks it was fine. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Exciting noteworthy drinks to fantastic food with a twist, Butcher and The Rye had it all. Melissa knew the menu perfectly and shared the inside scoop on each dish. Four of us were amazingly satisfied with our whole experience. If you want a big city feel and warm welcome, this is it!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I'm between a 3 and a 4 here. Dinner was very, very good, but not spectacular--we had the trout, scallops, and the cauliflower small plate. Dessert was a standout--sundae with coconut ice cream was great. Cocktails very good, whiskey list impressive! Service was very good, a little awkward at times. Speaking of awkward, nothing like walking into the women's room and the first thing you see is someone sitting on the toilet. Partitions and doors are only waist-high, and in a small space with a big mirror, well--you will see and be seen. Not sure what the point of making customers uncomfortable would be. I would definitely come back for the drinks alone, though after two I'd head somewhere else and use the bathroom in the next place!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I always look for good food when I travel. Excellent service started from the time I stepped in the door. Every person was engaged in taking care of the customers. Loved the décor and music. (Bill Withers always makes me smile.) It was funky and fun. On the other hand the menu and whiskey list (I-pad presentation) was serious business. :) My server Scott was fantastic. Scott gave great suggestions-I started with the Around the World 12-yr Whiskey flight. Very nice. I enjoyed a few small plates but the Pig Candy was my favorite. I have to find a way to make apple kimchee! Finished the night off with the brownie/ice cream. Wicked good! It will be a definite stop anytime I'm in town. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The table was too small. I tried 2 different cocktails & neither was that good. The atmosphere was nice. The servers were fine. The food was just fine. I'm glad we tried it to see what the fuss was about. But I doubt we'll ever go back."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We found the Butcher and the Rye to be a delightful and eclectic place to dine. The Bourbon and Rye flights were excellent. The Wild Mushroom soup was extremely unique and very flavorful. I found the scallops and the blue crab risotto to be superb. All in all in recommend and would return in the future."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Everything from the giant wall of whiskeys to their table setting was fantastic. Not a fan of a lot of their cocktails, but I could tell they were all well crafted. Very fun experience."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We went there expecting it to be catered more to the whiskey crowd. We were pleased to find that the food was fantastic, and the service was outstanding. We were seated promptly, and our waitress was always on point with refills and answering any questions we had about the whiskey samplers. The décor is fun and cool, and the noise isn't so bad that you can't hear your table's conversation. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014