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Caffe Amante
Caffe Amante

Caffe Amante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thepipagroup.com
  • Email: mary@thepipagroup.com
  • Phone: (412) 391-1226
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Rosendo Paez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a private room that sits up to 45 for dining or to 60 for cocktail/ hors d’oeuvres parties. In addition there is a semi private area available for up to 100 or you may book the entire restaurant for up to 200.
  • Private Party Contact: Mary McGregor (412) 391-1226
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please visit our website to see weekly lunch specials or other specials at Caffe Amante or any of the restaurants of the PIPA group. http://www.thepipagroup.com/amante.html

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stanwix
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking in 5th Avenue Place garage after 4pm daily and all day on Saturday.
A word from Caffe Amante
Caffe Amante is located on the second floor of Fifth Avenue Place, nestled between the Golden Triangle and the Cultural District. Primarily Italian, Caffe Amante offers "Un po di tutto" a little bit of everything. Pastas, fresh seafood, steak, lamb, chicken, home made soups and salads. A private room is available with an interesting view of the Triangle, great for lunch, dinner meetings or rehearsal dinners. Main dining room reservations available online, please call for private functions. Full bar and wine list available. Free parking for guests after 4PM daily.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a good spot close to the Cultural District that a lot of people tend to overlook. It is on the second floor of an office building retail area, so some folks may not even know it exists. They have good and very reasonable pasta dishes and seafood specialties. Good fried zucchini, too. Service was a little sluggish with a rather unusual waiter, but good overall."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Took a project consultant out to lunch as his engagement was ending. He travels for business so he has had many dining experiences. He said the lunch was great and the tiramisu was perfect. I had eggplant parmigiana and it had the right crispiness with a marina sauce that had the perfect comination of tart and sweetness. The noise level was perfect, not too loud and we didn't have to whisper for fear that everyone could hear our conversation."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "First, I am the biggest fan of Caffe Amante's food. It is absolutely amazing! Their salmon is so tender; their calamari is delicious! However, the only thing I do not care for is their atmosphere. I realize they're a hidden away gem in Pittsburgh; no one uses their restaurant except for local business men and women and Highmark I'm assuming. Whenever I've gone it's nearly empty; even at 5pm at night on a friday. Even though they have terrific food, I think their decor needs an update. The Valances on the windows are something my grandmother would have. The carpet needs ripped out & replaced with something more updated or hardwood/fake wood floors. The chairs are banquet chairs with no covers that desperately need an overhaul as well."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Good traditional Italian dishes, nicely prepared. Easy access to Cultural district performance venues. Free parking even if you attend a show and return late. Excellent service that is willing to get you out in time to make a show. Very reasonable prices. Overall, an excellent choice for dinner before an event."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We return often because it's a great choice for before theatre events. Food is always terrific, service excellent and quiet for conversation."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "A shirt walk from Heinz Hall or Benedum. Service is prompt but not rushed. Waiter asked if we were attending a show or had time considerations. Very reasonably priced. Nice selection on a menu that is not overwhelming. Great food."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I have eaten at this restaurant a few times and enjoyed the food. I was asked for a recommendation for lunch with a work group from out of town and did not hesitate. Menu was extensive enough to satisfy all."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I love Caffe Amante for dinner before concerts...the parking garage is easy to get into from the Northside of town, it's free, and the food is good and reasonable. Can hardly get Virginia Spots anywhere else...and they are good here! House salad and sides were very good and the chocolate ( if it's not chocolate, it's not dessert), dessert is to die for!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We had a party of four that went to Caffe Amante on Monday to celebrate the 85th birthday of my friend's mother. I had asked in my online reservation if they could provide a small cake. About a half hour before, the hostess called to say that they did not have small cakes, and I said that it was okay. A minute later she called back, and said that she was going to go to a local bakery for a cake. When we arrived, there was a small vase of tulips that they provided as a birthday gift. We enjoyed a very nice meal with great service. At the end of the meal they brought out a decorated birthday cake complete with her name. We regularly go to Caffe Amante before going to Heinz Hall and always have excellent service, but this was exceptional."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "CA's prices are low, but they come at the expense of ambiance and quality. The atmosphere was lacking, the food lackluster and the overall experience poor. May be suitable for a price conscious, non-discerning crowd, but not even in the same league as other restaurants in the near vicinity."
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "Caffe Amante is a great place for good food at reasonable prices!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I travel to Pittsburgh about once year. I always make it a point to have dinner one night at Cafe Amante. Food is very good, atmosphere is quiet so I can interact with my team, and the service is good. Menu is limited in number but the everything tastes great and is certainly of adequate proportion."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The decor is a little dated and servcie is fair at best (although friendly). However, the food was very good and not expensive. If you're looking for low key, good meal, then I recommend it. But, I wouldn't expect great service or consider it a special occassion place."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food and service are always very good. I enjoy eating here monthly."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "On a Saturday night it was able to accommodate us at the last minute. The reason became obvious when we realized that it stopped serving at 8:00 PM making it the least attractive of the area restaurants for dinner unless you were going to the theater. Since my date and I arrived after 7:00 PM we were rushed and did not enjoy our meal which was unexceptional as was the service. It is probably a better place for lunch since it is in a good location with a pleasant atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A very nice dining experience. Although menu limited, it covered a nice range. Food was excellent and well-prepared. Service attentive, and dining area very attractive. Any background music was very subdued and not a distraction. Prices were quite reasonable and much lower than one would expect for the type of dining place and downtown location. I would definitely return for any other trips to Pittsburgh."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My wife tells me that I'm obsessed but I can't keep quiet about what I consider to be a great find. This is how I see the Caffe Amante. I love the fact that it's never crowded, the food is very good, the place is quiet, and parking is free. It's also so close to the cultural district. I love everything about this place. Oh, and the prices are very reasonable, another great find considering its location."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We needed a last minute reservation for dinner before an evening lecture nearby at Heinz Hall. The reviews were spot-on. The decor is indeed tailored to the elderly, but it's comfortable and spatious and quiet. Low ceilings, spaces between the tables, and relaxed environment is ideally suited for the older crowd and those hard of hearing. But, I would definitely go there again because 1) the food was well-matched to the prices which were very reasonable, 2) the menu was sufficiently diverse and not too trendy so that many people could be happy, and 3) the service was excellent with attention to getting us to our event on time. This is one of those oldies but goodies reliable restaurants for people who don't want surprises."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The restaurant is clean and comforatable. The service was excellent and the food was very good . Cocktails were reasonably priced and well prepared. A plus is the free parking in the garage below. This was terrific for us because we attended a show after dinner and did not have to pay for parking. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "On a busy night downtown, they were able to serve us quickly without feeling rushed. Food was great, too!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was very good. No somewhere you should go to celebrate anything"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We booked this for Fri night as nothing else seemed to be avail and the reviews were very good. I see why people say this a gem. Hidden in an odd spot, but the food and the service were very good. This is going to be our "go to" restaurant in Pittsburgh when we are not able to get in to any place new that we want to try (each trip we try to find a different restaurant). The Cafe Amante was very reasonably priced and quite delicious. A great find indeed. Atmosphere a little different as it is inside a mall and all the chairs are those banquet style chairs. So nothing to rave over about that. Great to go if you want a quiet evening and easy conversation at your table (not loud at all). We will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I went for Valentines Day with my girlfriend and it was absolutely phenomenal. The food was delicious and the service was quick and friendly. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was not wow'd by any of the dishes. Everything tasted like one would expect, but there was no WOW factor. It seems to me you get a little more than you pay for, but not much more."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The Salmon Salad was very good - they used a grilled salmon to you taste and the house dressing was perfect. This is a very good place for a business lunch and the service was spot on. One of the party had the veal meatball special and remarked how good it was."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "As a frequent diner at Caffe Amante, I have nothing by positive comments for the men and the servers."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "We were looking for a place to grab dinner before a show at the Benedum. The reviews varied, but we decided to try it. Overall, it was decent, and fine for what we were looking for. The food was good (we ordered the fried zucchini appetizer and it was HUGE, the pasta "side" portion with my chicken parm was very small and only ok, my husband's pasta dish was a bit on the small size for him). When we arrived it was empty (only one other table of diners), but granted it was a bit early for dinner. By the time we were done, the room was almost full (mainly of an aged crowd, but there was also a group with a few small children). Our waiter seemed nervous, but competent. The wine cost as much as our meal. The views of the city were nice."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Better than expected, service was quick, food was good, a little dated inside but we would go again before a show"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "we dine there often. Although the menu is limited, the food is very good and the pricing is very reasonable. They also validate for parking."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Great place to have dinner prior to theater. Window seat the best, reasonably priced, good atmosphere!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Good food, good wines, and your are able to have a private conversation, because You are not elbow to elbow with the table next to you! Salad and side are included! Great service, Nice sized portions at a reasonable price for dining in town just block from the cultural district. The menus is varied, so there is something for every pallet."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Good food, free parking in theater district....don't understand why this restaurant isn't more crowded...but I'm glad its not...always enjoy having dinner at Cafe Amante..."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Been exactly one year since our last visit and now I remember why... Room-temperature/wilted "bag-o-lettuce" served on warm plates; nasty jarred garlic used in the entrees; dessert was, well we'll never know since we weren't offered any; wait staff not sure of what's going on and not professional at all (watched as stopped in the middle of the dining room and empty coffee from a saucer directly on the floor and then continue on). OT needs a "stay-away-from" warning if I try reserving again next year."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We saw this restaurant on Open Table and opted to try it. We were more than pleasantly surprised to view the menu and see outstanding dishes at moderate prices, all within the confines of a shopping mall!!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The food was fine, nothing overly exciting, but certainly edible. I ordered a flatbread and ended getting a pzza. Maybe flatbread means something different in NY vs. PA? The staff was friendly but the decor would remind someone of going to grandma's house circa 1987."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Food was awesome, I recommend the crab cakes, the spped of service was excellent and the wait staff are so very kind. Great place to have lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "I wasn't aware of this place until I did open table and needed kind of a quick xmas setup luncheon for my group of 8 people. It's in a building on the 2nd floor so you don't see it unless you go there a lot. Pleasantly surprised - the food was very very good. Comfortable setting and good service."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "....been at the Cafe before....never disappointed. Our table had veal, gnocchi and the "spots" --- ever dish was voted delicious! Keep up the great work!"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Price was right. Food was great. Service was below par but we had plenty of time so it was OK"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The dinner was great - we were only the second table filled in the dining room. The waitress was excellent -very attentive and my chicken piccatta was amazing. My dining partners had the crab cakes and the salmon - both excellent choices. We'd definitely go here again - park free in the parking garage at the Highmark Building."
    Dined on 12/2/2013