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Habitat Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.habitatrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (412) 773-8848
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Dalling
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Habitat offers many options to accommodate your private dining needs including an intimate communal table, semi-private dining near the exhibition kitchen and bar seating perfect for cocktail receptions. All private parties enjoy the impeccable service and cuisine for which Habitat is known.
  • Private Party Contact: Nicole Thomure (412) 773-8848

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th and Liberty
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet and self parking are available for an additional fee
A word from Habitat
At Habitat, your table is set at the center of culture, cuisine and community. Let our staff share with you how Executive Chef Jason Dalling expertly blends locally-sourced ingredients to create a menu that ranges from internationally-inspired to traditional American dishes. Enjoy food that is tastefully unique and truly memorable in an atmosphere that is engaging and comfortable. Habitat is a place to call your own.

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Diner Reviews
  • "I really appreciate the gluten free menu options! I enjoyed both teh soup as well as the sndwich withthe Gluten Free bread. A treat!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Great food and service. But when seated inside, beware being seated with the sun beaming inside--quite hot."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I capped off our restaurant week on Saturday with a trip to Habitat. From the get-go, our server was extremely friendly and knowledgable of the menu, something I always really appreciate. We ordered the risotto and salmon tartare to begin. I thought both were very tasty, albeit very different dishes. I preferred the salmon just because that is more up my alley at this time of year than a heavier risotto. For our entree, I ordered the duck (per chef's suggestion at medium rare), and my boyfriend had the scallops. He does not prefer the al dente preparation of scallops, and the chef was happy to cook them through. Both dishes were fantastic. Dessert was to die for. We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu. Risotto and salmon tartar appetizers, black cod and duck entrees, all done well. Attentive service. An attractive table setting. A good experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had pretty much every course from restaurant week. The standout for us was the salmon tar tar and the scallops. The mushroom risotto was flavorless and gummy. They also ran out of the signature dessert. However, our waitress was so fabulous and allowed us to pick to others off the menu and even create our own little combination of desserts, since there was no other chocolate option on the menu. The atmosphere is what you would expect- “tryin to be modern” hotel restaurant decor."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "When one thinks of a hotel-based restaurant, less than inspiring meals usually come to mind. Not so with Habitat, which presents a beautiful space, service that goes above and beyond to make dining a pleasure, and food that will leave you bragging to your friends. It's not the cheapest night out in Pittsburgh or, perhaps, the trendiest, but Habitat has earned our repeat business."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Considering value to food quality tahis place ranks about a five out of ten. Very expensive, expectations were high and disappointment was evident. Although fish was done very well but sides and other combinations were off. would not return."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We went for restaurant week. The restaurant is beautiful. Loved the fun water pitchers. Our server was fantastic, I think his name was Nate. He really knew the menu and the wine list. He explained to us how the giant table was made, after we told him we loved it. He gave us the advice we needed for planning a holiday dinner there. The only negative, $20 parking with Valet for a 2 hour dinner. With tip $25. A ridiculous amount, pretty much the cost of overnight parking downtown. Other than that, i would highly recommend this restaurant and I look forward to sampling more of their menu on future visits!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food and service were outstanding. We ordered the duck and black cod and enjoyed the risotto and salmon tartare as an appetizer."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "First: I ordered the scallops. The only flavoring was salt and lots of it. I sent them back. The second edition was just as bad. Second: I made my reservation via Open Table. I requested 7:30. The response was either 6 pm or 8 pm. I chose 6. We arrived to a completely empty restaurant and one that remained that way until well after 7. We could easily have had a table at 7:30. When I asked why we didn't get 7:30 I was told "we have had a lot of cancellations". I don't like being lied to and Open Table seems to be given less than accurate info on availability as well. For these two reasons I will not return and will be sure to dis this place when given the chance. One more thing: standard cocktails (vodka gibson) are expensive."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Habitat is one of my favorite places for lunch - consistent quality and service, great atmosphere, innovative menu and reasonable prices."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Great food. Pricey. Restaurant week should have been $30.14. Also there should have been a wine pairing for additional.. 2oz pours or something bc $16 martin is is a little silly."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We went for restaurant week and the menu was amazing! We have been there twice before and loved it every time!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Excellent food that was locally grown. Wait staff was very informed of the menu and made great recommendations."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I attended Habitat for restaurant week. The menu from which we ordered was abbreviated, since it was specifically made for restaurant week; however, all of our dining selections were superb. The staff was very attentive. The overall ambience was delightful, and we especially enjoyed the open kitchen concept. We will certainly be back!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Located in the Fairmont hotel, downtown Pittsburgh is a elegant, sleek, yet comfortable restaurant. First time in the city, I made reservations from the pittsburgh restaurant week list. We had a little of a hard time finding it b/c we didn't know that it was located in the Fairmont hotel/suites. We were dressed for the ball game so wasn't sure about fitting in, at first. Not a problem at all. We ate the express lunch that was featured for the event. Delicious and fresh!! A change from most heavy foods in the area. A viewable large, open kitchen was a great feature to watch the chefs in.action. The service was impeccable along with the food. Portions were perfect. Great break from the hustle and bustle of the city."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Habitat always presents delicious meals. Everything is plated beautifully."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here as a surprise for her birthday, and it was an absolutely lovely evening. Parking downtown is tough (we caved and did the $20 valet due to a Pirate's game that evening), but for a special occasion, not enough to keep us from coming back. Our service here was exceptional and the food was amazing. This is the place to go to try upscale dishes that have a unique twist. The chef and server were also very accommodating to a dairy allergy (the chef even sent us a special sauce to make sure problematic ingredients were substituted, not just omitted like we have experienced at many other upscale places). Make sure you come thirsty, too. We tried several of their specialty cocktails. Each one was fantastic."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food excellence. Service excellence. Ambiance excellence."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Dining at Habitat was perfect for a special occasion. Our waiter made us feel very welcome and did not rush us. The noise from the band downstairs was a bit distracting, but luckily we were closer to the kitchen than to the entrance where it was quite noisy."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Quiet for business dinner. Atmosphere stuffy; no bar activity. Food looked better than tasted."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food is exquisite. The service even better. Wait staff treat you as a member of the family. Food preparation and presentation was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My wife and I typically go to Habitat for our evenings out. It is never too crowded, the noise level is always low, the food is fantastic, the service is outstanding and we love its location! Habitat is perfect for people who like organic food. It's so hard to find a restaurant in Pittsburgh that has grass-fed beef, organic chicken, and locally grown vegetables."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The restaurant was wonderful if you are downtown and looking for something hip for a nice evening this is a perfect choice!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "It's always a pleasure to bring new friends to Habitat. First timers feel instantly comfortable when walking through the Fairmont's lobby; smiling employees always offer a friendly hello. The staff in the Habitat's dining room are warm and gracious; book window-side table across from the open kitchen, if possible. The views to the street below and the busy kitchen staff are great. Food prep is inspired, with local, fresh ingredients and the menu changes seasonally. The chef's features -- coq-au-vin of cornish hen on this night -- are always a good pick. You can really taste flavor profiles. Portions are just right, allowing room for dessert. Our table was amused by the "hemp" ice cream! What is that? Unusually delicious!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I really enjoy the fact that most of the food here is locally sourced and fresh. It really lets the diner know that you can have great, tasty food that doesn't have to come from 1000 miles away. It is a little pricey, but I have never been disappointed. One of my favorite restaurants. Love what they do with the in season veggies, whether soups, salads or incorporated into the main dish."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It was a thursday night and the place was half empty. 3-4 tables at the most. But the food and the staff were amazing"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great ambiance. Friendly waiter (Phil). But food took a LONG time to arrive and we had to shovel the food into our mouths in order to not be late for our show. Here's the weird thing. When our food came, it was cool. Would have complained but we had to run."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "It was my second visit to Habitat where I had the express lunch and it was fantastic. The food is always fresh and delicious. I will be a regular."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Service was very attentive. We received 2 complimentary desserts which were amazing! Everything was good. Vegetarian and celiac friendly. Prices high, but not unreasonable. Dinner for two with two appetizers and desserts came to $77."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was a return to Habitat after about a year's lapse. I wonder why I waited so long. Unlike so many restaurants in Pittsburgh, Habitat's noise level allows the group to conduct conversations without all the din. The menu offers selections for all kinds of taste buds. Our diners had the scallops (done to perfection), the lamb chops from the fall menu, and the grass-fed beef tenderloin. All were done perfectly and served picture-perfect. The beet salad has been something I have ordered on every visit to Habitat and it has never disappointed me as well as the Naan bread. The other important thing about Habitat is their high standard for cleanliness - the wine glasses and cutlery shine. No dessert for us because a cake was at home."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The service was amazing, very nice lay out and the food was good. Because it is located in the Fairmont you enjoy a great atmosphere but are charged accordingly to reflect your location not necessarily the level of the food."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Habitat combines business and social atmospheres and provides delicious menu items. Their seasonal menu updates are always interesting and reflect an air of freshness that parallels the local ingredients in all dishes. Excellent service from knowledgable staff."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Previous review by me expressed disappointment with food and service. This time everything was excellent. Last time our food (duck breast, lobster) was undercooked. Sat. Nite my wife ordered scallops and the waiter told her that they usually leave the center a bit cool. She was given the option of having it cooked more thoroughly which turned out to be perfect. Desserts are OUTRAGEOUS!! Go there just for dessert. At any rate, Habitat lived up to its reputation as a place that skillfully prepares locally-sourced meats and veggies of the highest quality."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Interesting menu with a variety of healthy and unique food options. Very high quality food preparation."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Took a client and had a lovely lunch. Staff was excellent- and place was quiet and could chat. Good quality food."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "At here with out of town colleagues and a local opinion leader. It was the perfect setting and just upscale enough, but not too extravagant."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great place for dinner... Great service and the food was also excellent"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was unimpressive...our lobster was very undercooked. A wedding was taking place in the ballroom down the hall, consequently, we could barely carry on a conversation due to the music. But our waiter was attentive, charming, and helpful. Way to go, Phil!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Underdone main courses and poor service on a Saturday night in an 80%-filled dining room. Great drinks and wine list. We wouldn't hurry back because there are so many other great restaurants in Pittsburgh now."
    Dined on 6/28/2014