Habitat
Habitat

Habitat

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.habitatrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4127738848x
  • 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: 5:00pm - 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 4127738848x

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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Habitat reviews from OpenTable diners
174 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (98)special occasion (93)romantic (47)great for lunch (44)good for groups (40)neighborhood gem (33)scenic view (30)notable wine list (25)hot spot (25)great for brunch (16)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Memorable!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Dined at Habitat couple weeks ago, after the restaurant was highly recommended to me by friends. High quality ingredients, well-crafted dishes, attention to details in plating, attentive (yet not overbearing) service - this is what separates average restaurant from upscale dining. And Habitat is meets all these criteria of fine dining. Located inside swanky Freemont hotel - decor and lighting adds to a nice intimate ambiance inside. Chef uses only seasonal ingredients. We were impressed by flavors - I had red snapper and my husband had black cod. Aged meat carpaccio appetizier was fantastic as well. Despite being fairly expensive venue (plan to spend around $200 for two) - it was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Difficult to find, but worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I wasn't aware that Habitat was a restaurant IN a hotel lobby. Probably because I am oblivious. But the dining room, the service, and the food were WELL worth finding. Had a great table next to the kitchen, with a great view of all that was going on. Fun for a foodie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our recent visit to Habitat was a nice treat - we had family visiting from out of town, and wanted them to see the classy side of Pittsburgh. Everyone loved the food, and even picky eaters had no problem finding something they enjoyed. Definitely a special occasion spot for my budget, but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Habitat
    AltoonaEd
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had dinner here with two other couples. We were impressed with the multiple menus that took into account folks with dietary limitations or preferences. Lobster & grits were very good as was the snapper. Overall our group had a very pleasant & enjoyable dining experience. The restaurant would have been easier to find had we known it was in the Fairmont Hotel. But then again, we might not have chosen a hotel restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good not Great
    Rob7
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I expected this restaurant to be excellent and it came up a little short. The mushroom bisque was too heavy on too heavy on the cream and too light on the mushroom. The scallops were very good. The wait staff and bar staff could use a little polishing for such a high end hotel restaurant.
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  • Great Birthday Celebration
    mrsox
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We celebrated a birthday at Habitat. Food was great, service was fabulous. Recommend to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New fall menu delectable
    Serenity
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    From the vegetable terrine appetizer to the scallops or roasted Amish chicken to the delectable pear dessert with cinnamon ice cream it was an enticing delicious meal! I has expected more on the ambiance side from description but overall was nice and simple. Entree prices a bit high (28$ for chicken) and pay extra for sides but worth it in the end.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    parking is a problem. The valet parking is very expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Check the Dictionary - It is There!
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    A habitat is defined in Merriam-Webster dictionary as the place where something is commonly found; a natual environment for a species. In the case of "Habitat" - the Restaurant, the "Diner" becomes the species that finds this place so natural. From the moment you reach the welcoming desk and through to your departure, the "Diner" will be enveloped in a habitat strictly tailored to your needs and requirements within the environment that is "Habitat". It is a complete package - summing up to the fact that the Management, Hosts and Hostesses, Wait Staff, and Kitchen Staff at Habitat, in my opinion, offer the best dining experience in downtown Pittsburgh!! Thank you all for your efforts!! Scottish Salmon medium rare - melts in your mouth!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Parking situation needs addressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food is great and the service is excellent. My one complaint is the parking situation. For what you spend on dinner, I think the hotel should offer free parking or at least a discount on parking. Paying $20 to park to spend $200 at the restaurant is not appealing to me. I would be remiss to return because of that when so many downtown restaurants offer free or discounted valet parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Habitat
    was2000
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent food prep. Service for our group of six was outstanding. Only negative - the bourbon drink I ordered did seem to be mostly ice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So amazing!
    Nat0484
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Everytime I bring a friend to Habitat they are always blown away by the exceptional service (our waiter Phil was amazing!) and the accommodating menu (good for vegans and those with other dietary restrictions) as well as the creative and delicious dishes. The pumpkin soup was the best soup I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for pre-show dinner
    jt55
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Very good food, excellent service, convenient parking, and a quick walk to the Cultural District theaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique menu selections
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The choices from appetizers to main courses to sides and desserts made it difficult to make a selection. We loved the fact that the beef and other items were from local farms. The martinis were excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cassoulet Ole!!!
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Red snapper served over cannelloni bean cassoulet with andouille sausage. Stupendous. Fresh grilled asparagus as a side.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual!
    DonV
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We love Habitat! It is great before a show and the food is always delicious. The service is impeccable. Raj, our server, was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lunch for four at habitat
    barney
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    we enjoyed our lunch very much from the valets to the server everyone was very pleasant. The food presentation and taste were excellent. Nice quiet atmosphere to have lunch and still be able to have a conversation. We will be looking forward to coming back in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fabulous food
    texastraveller
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Fabulous food, really lovely waiter, a fantastic find in Pittsburgh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Upscale Dining
    angeatsout
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Lovely presentation, food was very good, local or sustainable foods are their signature. Very modern architecture, with artistic flair. Has a gallery look. Felt luxurious in a way. Quite expensive. Preparation was unique, not your regular fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "Sea" for yourself
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    For this business dinner both of us chose the beet salad as an appetizer and the lobster as a main course. Suffice it to say that all plates were completely empty after each course. Deelishiissss!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    sleigh
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We went to Habitat before a matinee at Heinz Hall, so we were on a tight schedule. One of our party opted for the brunch buffet, which turned out to be an excellent option, with a wide variety of choices. Our server also told us, if there was anything we didn't see at the buffet but wanted, we only had to ask. Two others in our party opted to order off the menu, one of whom is extremely picky. She was pleased with her lunch and we all found the food quality to be exceptional. The most outstanding feature of Habitat, however, was our incredible server. She was warm, thoughtful, and attentive. Overall, I would give Habitat high marks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Downtown Option
    Justafoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First - our server, Raj, was great. He was attentive, but not bothersome and he had excellent suggestions. We ordered the dishes he recommended and loved them. He also pointed out which things were large and therefore best shared. We wanted to be relatively quick because we were going to see a musical, and the service easily accommodated us. we will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good ingredients, tasty food, $$$$$
    DukeMateo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Thought we'd try a hotel-based restaurant near the theatre district. Habitat did not disappoint. Excellent service combined with wonderful presentation and top notch ingredients made this just the ticket for date night/dinner and a show. We had modest portions to be sure but the appetizers were exquisite and the mains of halibut and duck (always tough to get right - slight pun intended) were first class. Our only regret was that we didn't have time for dessert. Be aware though that if you add a nice wine you'll be north of $100 each for the experincene.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food in Pittsburgh
    KfromPA
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    For special occasions my friend and I love to dine at Habitat. The food is locally grown, the menu is seasonal, and the dishes are out of this world! If you go this fall, make sure to try the potato and leek soup, which was our favorite part of our meal during our recent visit. I'm already looking forward to our next dinner there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    PrefersNotToCook
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Habitat was a fantastic dinner celebration for my parents anniversary. We had asked for a table near the kitchen since it's fun to watch all the food prep. Nathaniel was a great server. The food is delicious, creative, and presented beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Enjoyed the food very much. I found the service to be a bit slow, particularly when there was hardly anyone in the restaurant, which I did not understand.
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  • best service ever
    Host25
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Dined for a late birthday celebration and Phil N was our server. He was AMAZING, the birthday girl loved him. And the food was delicious paired with a nice bottle of wine and a an unforgettable dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely casual but high class dining
    mslum
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Nice setting, great food, and a very pleasant overall experience, without being stuffy. This place should definitely be more popular but I think people who are not staying at the hotel don't realize it is there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is fine service struggles
    SnackmasterVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food here is nice...but the service struggles. We had a reservation for lunch on a business day and our server continually wandered away and disappeared to the point that we were worried about getting out on time. In the end it worked out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    katiepotatie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We came to Habitat for our first wedding anniversary, and we are very happy with our experience. Our waiter, Rajesh, was outstanding; he was very knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent recommendations. Every person who came to our table at one point or another during the evening wished us a happy anniversary, even the man behind the bar as we were leaving. The food was delicious and unique, and the cocktails were amazing. We had a lovely evening and are so happy we chose Habitat for our special occasion - they clearly made an extraordinary effort to make it special for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday evening dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant was excellent! The service was top notch, the food, wonderful, dessert was great! We will return to this venue, and recommend to others as well. Foodies, lovers, and first dates, all will be pleased! The restaurant offers an open floor plan that seems intimate at the same time. The spice in the food was not over-powering and the blend of tastes was right-on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a Habit-tat
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This week I had the lobster tail and decided to accompany it with a side of snap/snow peas with pecorino. The lobster was exquisit. the peas tasted as if the chef had just picked them off the vine. Local products are so, so enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much of a hotel restaurant
    DomDom
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Habitat is an architecturally impressive space - as is the rest of the Fairmont. It has an identity - from the locally-sourced produce to the Andy Warhol-inspired artwork. Trouble is, you scratch the surface and it's a conventional hotel restaurant. It's big - ie seldom full - and the way that the room is lit take away any intimacy from the space. The lack of atmosphere is even more telling in a part of the city that now has a vibrant and emerging restaurant scene. Servers in suits or waistcoats with name badges deliver the food, for example, where piercings and tattoos are more de rigeur at the local competitors. The food is patchy too - there are some nice dishes and attractive presentation, but much of the menu is poorly executed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good but definitely not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The menu was interesting and had the potential to be great, but fell short. The naan bread appetizer was amazing. I had the cauliflower and sunchokes and it would have been better if it were cooked longer (my cauliflower was practically raw - I almost had to ask for a steak knife to cut it) and it would have been far better if there were more of the tarragon sauce (there was just a smear on the plate basically). The mushroom risotto was good. The people I dined with said pretty much the same thing - the arctic char had too much bacon and was too salty, the chicken dish was good, the steak and macaroni and cheese that someone ordered looked excellent and would have been a better choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hotel Restaurants?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Hotel Restaurants are a hit or miss. Miss in many cases. I booked the restaurant not realizing it was a hotel restaurant, my bad - was intrigued by reviews of organic locally sourced food. Would not have done so had I known. They seated us at an awkward table, in the middle of a room where noise just bounced around the room making it hard to carry out a conversation. They got an entree order wrong - hard to make amends when that happens. The food was mixed - so averages fair.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As Always
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    All of the food was delicious - well prepared, well plated, well presented by excellent wait staff. I have not found any restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh that meets the standards demonstrated at Habitat!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the restaurant!
    RellenVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We enjoy introducing people to the restaurant since the food, ambiance and service is first-rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is becoming a Habit-tat!!
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Brought a 2 colleagues with me to Habitat. They raved about the place, as i have on all previous occasions. Between the food, the service and the ambiance - hard to pick which is better - as all 3 are THE BEST.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I enjoyed the food.
    Claude
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The steak was delicious, one of the best I've had. Service is timely. Overall, good experience. This is a great place for business' lunches and dinners and for hot dates as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    AprilVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great place for a lunch "hour." Service is fast and food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.