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Grit & Grace

Grit & Grace Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://gritandgracepgh.com
  • Phone: (412) 281-4748
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Dim Sum
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: 8 person mezzanine private dining
  • Private Party Contact: Marissa Gulas (724) 255-8970

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fifth Avenue
  • Public Transit: PAT bus stop directly in front of the restaurant
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: street parking, garage parking on block
A word from Grit & Grace
Grit & Grace, globally inspired small plates and American Dim Sum, served in an upbeat, social atmosphere. Full bar menu, communal and traditional dining options. Open for lunch, dinner and late night dining.
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Diner Reviews
  • "ovverrated. Food was decent but service inept. Coffee ice cold. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Following a misunderstanding with our reservation, we were promptly accommodated in the vibrant atmosphere of the restaurant. Starting with the most exquisite dirty martini and Cosmo, the evening took flight. Every course was better than the last. The freshness and crispness of flavor covered each dish with poise and grace. It may became the next Pittsburgh prime."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Great food - a new fun place and venue to experience! "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Only criticism was that I wished our server would've given us some time between the dim sum course and the rest of our meal which was all on the table within a half hour of our arrival. Food was fantastic and servers very knowledgable. They let us hang with wine for a long time between stuffing ourselves and ordering dessert (we ordered all 3, ALL were awesome). I will definitely be going back, but next time will order in steps as I like taking my time when dining out."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "limited menu but what we had was good. dim sum is a nice touch, but selections were minimal"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "G&G - was my first visit & definitely not my last. The food & beverages are so varied & change constantly I won't bother to go into specifics. All you need to know is this - if you are looking for a place that is laid back & casual, yet with a sophisticated food & drink menu, G&G is for you. Everything my fiancé & I tried was outstanding, from the dim sum to the salads, sandwiches, small plates & dessert, not to mention the cocktails at the bar. G&G is super fun with friends & super delicious when it comes to what they offer. I have only three negatives to report - 1) the cost of a meal can add up quickly, 2) the service, especially for first timers could be better & 3) it won't be for awhile until I get to go back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "A light after theater meal. Started with the "dim sum" which came on a tray rather than a trolley - four choices and only came round once. Tastes are fresh, strong and varied. Shared a mushroom salad - again great tastes, a curry crumble - have to try and find how to make - but the mizuna was substituted with spinach - no comment from server, Shared the duck noodle bowl - again fantastic tastes - perfectly cooked duck, great presentation. "Bit pretentious" the server explained the theme was an Asian twist, but tastes like American comfort food - like the duck noodle components mixing to taste like a reuben. The tastes weren't (thankfully!) at all American comfort food. Would go again, but the "comfort food" explanation would grate."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoyed the scallops with Brussels sprouts and pepperoni. The hanger steak with cauliflower braised with kimchi was okay, but we didn't detect any kimchi. The cheesy potatoes in that dish was the best part. The asparagus with bulgar wheat was delicious, too. I liked the chili & honey vinaigrette dressing on the carrot and edamame salad. It was a little spicy but not overly. We liked how the food came out whenever it was ready. Good service. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The chef is very creative. The menu reflects artistry. But taste seems to have somehow taken a backseat to creativity in many of the dishes. I like pickled vegetables as much as the next person but in everything? Salt seems to dominate, as if they are competing for that name. The seafood was good but briney. The pork dishes good, but the salted meats seemed to dominate the dishes, making it seem like an Asian style charcuterie. To be completely fair, our meal was somewhat soured by the hairs intertwined in the noodles. We sent it back and the waitress was quite apologetic and gave us a round of drinks, but no apology from the manager or the kitchen. Maybe that's exepecting too much, but I had higher expectations of a high end restaurant."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had 5:00 Friday reservation but arrived at 4:45 planning to sit at the bar and have a drink, but the hostess seated us immediately. She walked us by all the empty booths by the bar, past the communal tables, and into the back. She sat us at the least desirable table in the restaurant even though the entire restaurant was empty.We were isolated for our entire dinner until they seated a family with an infant beside us. So there was a depressing vibe which ruined the delicious food/drink. As we left, we couldn't help but notice that everyone else that had come in for dinner had been seated up front where the "buzz" was. Not sure why we belonged in the back of the place while everyone else was up front, but we won't be back as a result."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Wonderful array of favors in smaller portions with attentive servers. Somewhat noisy and a little cramped but worth the effort."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Really enjoyable experience. The food was tasty, and I loved the drinks to be shared by 2 people."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Terrific smal plates and easy to go overboard with so many interesting and unusual pairings of ingredients and sauces. Add a full sized dinner per person and you can rack up a sizable bill ( greater than a "traditional" restaurant) w/o much effort. When I go again, it will be with adults who enjoy sharing everything, including the larger plates."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Pork bellies can scare me as I am not that adventurous of a diner, but every thing I tasted at Grit and Grace was really wonderful. We tried two different salads, each had a such diverse flavors, I wouldn't have thought they would go together but they did. The dim sum selections was all so tempting, I chose the mortadella rice balls, good choice for me. The seafood sausage and the scallop dishes were really marvelous. The dirt dessert, best dirt ever!!! I will go back soon."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Grit and Grace has an amazing ambiance and the waiters had vast knowledge of all the food that was being prepared. Be sure to test out your drinking skills with the Porron drink!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Stay for everything else. This place is amazing. The plates are perfect for sharing so order one of everything!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This was our first trip to this new restaurant called Grit and Grace at 535 Liberty Ave. There are 2 parking garages at low rates near by and this is the new hot spot in downtown Pittsburgh. This is a great place to share a lot of different types of food and that is really their theme. We found the selection great and the taste/quality outstanding. We found the prices on the food and wine/drinks very reasonable. Since it is located near the Roberto Clemente/6 th street bridge - we plan on going back before and after Pirates games and just walking across the bridge to attend . My wife and I are kind of hard to please but they met and exceeded our expectations. We definitely will be going back to Grit and Grace - soon !"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Enjoyed Grit and Grace from the moment we stepped into the window wall open to the street. An efficient use of space and interesting design from ceiling treatment to lighting and comfortable seating. Alexis was a great server. Mai Tai way cool. Dim Sum apps all great with excellent combinations of tastes and textures--roasted carrots, scallop crudo and veal dumplings. Dayboat scallops and pork ramen were great choices and left us sated. Complainers on other sites may fail to note this is "American" Dim Sum and therefore a novel take on their previous experience. There are at least a dozen other items on the menu I would like to try. A definite asset in the Cultural District!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Grit & Grace combines tastes together in novel ways. The cocktails are no exceptions. Great Gin & tonic with a homemade tonic was amazing and the Dark Storm Rum and Ginger beer had a fantastic bite. The dem sums served by a waiter walking by with a try were excellent, the pig face bites, my favorite, and the small plates easily shared by two. Get a few and share."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Basic run down: Decor is industrial, Staff is down to earth and happy to see you, Cocktails seem to lean on the sweeter side, Wine list is very nice, Dim Sum is a fun way to try a bunch of things. The staff was very Portlandia, and I mean that in a good way. They were all friendly, knowledgeable and passionate. I recommend the Pork Belly Bites and their Short Ribs on biscuits. I tried the Celery Root salad because I was curious, I think plump dried cherries/raisins would have made it. Dim Sum is the way to go - a nice assortment and wines to go with it all. I will be back to try the Goat."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I was excited about trying this place. It was a huge disappointment."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Too few selections in dim sum and very MEAT centric the day we were there. Too Many wait staff...3 waiters for the size crowd .. only 10 folks in the entire restaurant. The hovering was distracting. Made a reservation two weeks in advance and when shown to our table it was in front of the cash register. Several other tables (nearly all in fact) were available. Very irritating to take the time to make a reservation and then be shown to the worst table in the house... Food was B+...Vegetarian Raman and Eggplant sandwich were both excellent. My Roasted carrot salad was very small....but very tasty. Would definitely go back for a drink or late night after the theatre."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Chef Brian brought his flair from "Spoon" and has created an exciting new experience for Pittsburgh. His version of dim sum is playful and delicious. Large and small plate format lends itself to sharing and tasting. Very creative and satisfying."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My dinner guest uses a walker and they accommodated all of her needs. The food was very good. I don't eat meat and would have liked to have had more seafood choices. Great service"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Enjoyed lunch at Grit and Grace with coworkers. The menu is eclectic and vegan friendly. The food was delicious and the service was attentive. We would definitely go back to try other menu items. They seem to still be discovering what they want to be as we asked about a happy hour and they don't have one yet. Beautiful relaxing decor would be a shame not to show it off by hosing happy hour with drink and food specials, especially the Dim Sum - yummy!!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Energetic food and drink scene combined with young crowd allows the entire dining experience to leave a 'want to revisit' feeling. Very youthful crowd but most important the food was great! Definite specific taste menu and good selection of drinks! Wonderful server which topped the evening! Decor is amazing."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We have eaten here twice now, the first time was a quick lunch during the St Paddy's parade. We liked it so much we planned to come the next week after the Pen's game. It was early and quiet when we got there but filled up by the time we left. We liked everything we had, including the cocktails and dim sum (we tried 3.) We also shared a salad (it was just good, everything else was great) and the duck breast ramen, which was amazing.. a little salty but it was pastrami so we expected that. Delicious dessert (dirt?) and coffee, too. We will be back and will recommend to others."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Overall review (Bad, OK, Good): Food = Good; Service = Good; Ambience = Good Food: Pork belly can have a very fatty taste to it but this was prepared well where you don't really taste the fatty part. The ramen had a great balance of flavor. The broth, prepared for two days, had bold flavors - you can taste the pork, chicken, and mushroom flavors; it was unlike your typical ramen broth. The banh mi had a strong cilantro taste (typical) but if you take a bite with all components it's well balanced. Service: The server was attentive and very knowledgeable on the various foods and also had first-hand knowledge of them. Ambience: Trendy. Having been to the prior restaurant in the same space, the decor of newcomer Grit & Grace is trendy."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Yummy dim dum (get the pork belly!) is brought to your table. Menu is small but it doesn't lack on creativity and taste. Great cocktail & wine selection. Service was very good. I think the sound level was moderate but the restaurant was full. Definitely go if you're a foodie."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Dined here during restaurant week and overall enjoy the experience. Food was unique and innovative and the dim-sum type menu for $5 a plate allowed us to try many different dishes. The larger entrees were also delicious especially the goat curry. Dinner for two with drinks ran about $100 and for that price I think there are some better restaurants in town but G&G should still be on everyone's must try list."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "and it won't be the last. It was excellent! If you are looking for a different menu that is outstanding, give this place a try. I had the pigface sandwich and it was really, really good. Everyone at the table had something different and we all commented about how delicious it was. There was even a skeptical person at our table with very basic tastes and he was surprised about how much he liked it. The waitstaff was very helpful, friendly and quick."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "G&G fills a gap in the downtown dining scene by both serving food late and serving such innovative dishes. The dishes are small--tapas or dim sum--yet may be shared. The wine list is distinctive and not overpriced; there are good beers on tap, as well as interesting cocktails. Immediately following concerts and theater, the atmosphere is vibrant and the noise level fairly high, but before that, or as some parties depart for the clubs, the noise goes down, and the room remains attractive, warm, and contemporary. Saw the concert soloist there with his entourage greeting "groupies." Steamed bun, roasted mushroom salad, dim sum Brussels sprouts, G&G's version of fried rice (with mild kimchi)--excellent combinations of flavor and texture."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "went there for lunch for the first time and would go back. several options for vegetarians which is a major plus. prices very reasonable. only criticism... was seated in the back and the music was blaring... a bit much for 12:30 so we had to shout to speak. asked them to turn it down, but i don't think that happened. Ordered the mushroom salad having no idea what to expect... except a little bigger of a portion based on how the waiter described it. they plated in on the massive plate and only on one side covering 1/5 of the plate which i found a little odd and it made it look even smaller. nonetheless, it was only $8.00 and very satisfying because the flavor profile was amazing!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My wife and I visited Grit & Grace for the first time and could not ave been more pleased. Amazing food and superb service. We are definitely going back again soon!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "My first review of Grits and Grace was generally not favorable. I had some issues with the food preparation but thought the menu had promise and so we went back. I have to say that it was better the second time around. Had the beef shortribs which went well with the cheese biscuits they were served with. Also stayed away from the hanger steak and went for the chicken thighs. A bit salty for my taste but the chicken was prepared well. Dinner with a glass of wine and 1 beer for w people with tip ran around $100."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My wife and I had a good experience. The Dim Sum was very good and for me having food ready to eat come around is ideal. $5 per and 4-5 choices. The entrees are a bit difficult because some are large, some small and its hard to determine. I asked about portion size and they said price is the tell, but only 2 scallops where at a comparable price can get 4 other places and its a pricier item - they were good though. Sandwiches are large and so are the noodles entrees. Short ribs small but excellent. All combined, the food is well prepared and very good. I will go back, but this will probably not be a frequented place and most likely become a great spot for a light dinner before something else we are doing downtown. Worth a try!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The food was wonderful! The ambiance was great! The service was good! I appreciate the fact that Grit & Grace is opened late. I LOVE the dim sum! Thank you for not only bringing Dim Sum to Pittsburgh, but putting your own spin on it as well! Very innovative!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "They serve tap water in a wine bottle. Small portions, expensive, and just average in taste. Design of restaurant is nice and trendy. No dessert menu."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Sophisticated look, reconfigured space, Grit and Grace brings a hot spot to downtown theater goers, concert goers and young après workers. Food-although portions are not generous, every bite is delicious and interesting!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Our new favorite restaurant! Love the imaginative flavors, textures...wonderful!!!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014