Open Bottle Bistro
Open Bottle Bistro

Open Bottle Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.open-bottle.com/
  • Phone: (412) 450-8217
  • Hours of Operation:

    Tuesday-Friday: Lunch 11:30am--2:30pm; Dinner 5pm--10pm
    Saturday: 11:30pm--4:00pm ; Dinner 5pm--11:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Global, International, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Jermey Hickey
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details on booking private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Dave DeSimone 4124508217x
  • Entertainment: French, Guitar, Flamenco, Tango, and Jazz music.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Park at metered spaces on Ellsworth Ave or around the corner.
A word from Open Bottle Bistro
At Open Bottle Bistro your experience starts with fun and intriguing wines from around Europe and beyond. Wines with distinct personalities reflecting authentic traditions and flavors to complement food perfectly. Add creative, modern bistro cuisine with authentic ingredients and tempting flavors from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal as well as Asia and Pittsburgh.. Mix in attentive, friendly professional service aimed at making each visit a pleasure. Choose to sit either in our cozy inside dining rooms and bar, or enjoy our intimate, covered patio complete with landscaped garden and small pond and waterfall. Cheers!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Open Bottle Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.8
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (32)neighborhood gem (31)great for outdoor dining (25)fit for foodies (25)romantic (20)special occasion (14)great for lunch (7)good for groups (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Excellent WInes and Nice Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Small restaurant on Ellsworth Ave. run by Dave DeSimone, wine writer. Interesting menu of small plates, sharable appetizers and regular entree's with a bit of a Spanish twist.Food was nicely prepared. Wine choices were well thought and reasonably priced. Knowledgeable and helpful bartender. In good weather, there's ooutdoor seating in a a pretty little garden in back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommended
    Yummy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Everything we've ordered at Open Bottle has bee well prepared from first rate ingredients and very tasty. My husband and I have been there twice with friends, once for lunch and once for dinner. Some of the entrees are somewhat pricy,but good sized portions and worth the cost. I , however, have had the delicious sweetbreads with mushroom wine sauce both times because I love sweetbreads and they are rare in Pittsburgh restaurants. They are listed as an appetizer but sufficient as an entree as are the mussels one of our friends ordered. My husband enjoyed an entree of flounder provencal, a large portion for $30. Both the onion soup at lunch and the cream of mushroom soup at dinner were yummy. We definitely intend to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the Place
    JRCPIT
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Have eaten there several,times and not once was I disappointed in any aspect of th experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    jimbobfoodie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    A true gem! We loved this place. We will be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ellsworth Pub Crawl
    Jake
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Open Bottle Bistro was our second stop on Ellsworth. We love the garden seating out back-that we enjoyed when it was La Casa. (Can they get the recipe for tortilla de patate?!) It's our destination for escargots, and anchovies (the wonderful white kind, in wine) and sangria. They have a lot of great plates to share, and a good cocktail list. We recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Supperclub1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Nice location on Ellsworth. Wine list and menu are lacking. Cheese plate portion was small for four people. The mixed fruit in a small cup on the side was odd. I think grapes on the same plate as the cheese makes more sense. The pineapple salsa on my seafood dish was very skimpy. Two italian wines and the rest french wines. Why not carry some wines from Napa Valley? The atmosphere was bland. It needs more personality. Dust and cobwebs on the light fixtures above the bar is a definite No-no. I think this place has potential but needs improvement.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place!
    Michael
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My only suggestion would be to have music playing. It was eerily quiet in the front room. Also, if the front door is open and people are smoking right outside it's not very forthcoming when eating. Otherwise the service was wonderful and we had a great time!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocrity
    slugdocVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was a very mediocre restaurant. The risotto was like cream of wheat, completely bland. And the chicken was unimaginative, seemed like just tomato paste and pimenton. I cannot recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • There are better places
    LeftBankLover
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service is horrible - 20 minutes to get drinks and a mostly empty bar, never asked if we wanted another drink - we had to flag down the server and ask, server rarely checked on us. One server cut my wife off trying to get to the kitchen! Really, a server jumps in front of a patron while walking down a hallway? The food is under seasoned, poorly executed, and pathetically sloppy plating. Odd menu with a French Spanish mix mash that could work if executed well. This was not. Our server took our appetizer order and put it in only to tell us about the appetizer specials later when she took the dinner order. Did I say the service is horrible?
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Open Table is a great local spot. The food, service and ambience were all outstanding. Go for lunch or dinner and you will be pleasantly surprised.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Really lovely experience, nice staff, good food and wine and terrific outdoor seating area! We will go back when we are back in Pittsburgh.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice outdoor dining
    lebeukVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The back patio is fun and lively. The lobster risotto and lamb sliders were delicious, as was the caprese salad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ChristinaB
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have been to Open Bottle a handful of times. Each time I go, I find something new to enjoy on the menu. Along with great food, the atmosphere is lovely. David, the owner, is always kind and gracias. The staff is wonderful. For me, it was a truly fabulous find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Logan
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great new restaurant for Pittsburgh. Very friendly staff. !!! Great outdoor area and everything we ate was very good. We will be back soon. !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service...
    Foodiegrl
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went here for dinner with friends. The wine list is good. The service here was great. The food was fair. We started with oysters rockefellar with were small and dry. The caprese salad was unimpressive. The menu is small with little flavor. We chose different kabobs with saffron rice, not bad but not worth a second trip.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovely garden
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We enjoyed our visit to Open Bottle Bistro. Staff was incredibly kind and helpful, and the outdoor garden was a lovely setting for a summer evening dinner. Although the wine list was inviting, we ordered house sangria, which was festive and light. The menu had some interesting options. We especially enjoyed the ceviche appetizer (although small, it was very filling), the endive and beet salad, and stuffed pepper. The chicken kabobs got mixed reviews because of the seasonings on the rice (not a favorite). The restaurant ran out of the gazpacho special which was both disappointing and surprising, because they weren't very crowded when we were there. Overall, it was a pleasant evening, and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great night
    19TKo53
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    You just can't beat the back patio at Open Bottle for a really enjoyable evening meal. The staff is great and the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 36 reviews are from the Open Bottle Bistro reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Love that sweetbreads are on the menu. Only place I know in town that has them available.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Run of the mill wine bar
    lasagnalover
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Two for dinner. I liked: the concept, small plates and several wines by the glass. The bean dip and chorizo appetizers tasted good. The service was excellent. My company did not like the salmon dish. The wines I tried were not quite to my taste. There is nothing wrong with this place. It just did not inspire me enough to try to come back.
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  • Didn't know...
    ChryslerVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    ...this place existed until I saw it on Open Table. What a wonderful place and worth every penny we spent. If you are in this area of the city, make this a must stop experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't Go Back
    Jontan1966VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Our waitress was very nice as it was her first night and the quality of the meal was not her fault. First I started with crisp sweetbreads which was good. Then after this it took forever to get our entrees (lamb chop special $46 and filet kabobs $18). As other diners got their food before us even if they arrived later, we were then disappointed when our meat was over cooked. Both came out well done. After a brief disagreement from the owner, he did send the food back and the meat came out cooked properly. However, the meat did not taste good, particularly my wife's filet kabobs. Besides having no flavor, the meat was gristly and tough. The owner did not give us any credit or offer anything to compensate for the long wait.
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  • Another winner for Dave DeSimone
    PK12
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great food and service. Another gold star for management. The venue in Shadyside is so very charming and warm. A perfect evening, with a lovely and nicely diverse menu. Recommend One Bottle Bistro highly. Great attention is given to quality and comfort. The serving staff was well informed and so very eager to accommodate our every wish. What's not to love!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bastille Victory
    Pghfood
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Our first visit to Open Bottle Bistro was an excellent experience. The accordian music was fun. The food was terrific from the lobster crepes to the Nicoise salad. Dave has found his spot on Ellsworth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to Pittsburgh!!
    Localfoodie
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This was our second time eating here (the first was GREAT!) and this was great as well. It was Bastille Day so they had an accordion player playing music & the prix fixed menu was excellent. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great atmosphere and very friendly staff. Food is only mediocre. Once that gets addressed this place is a gem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad Dave is back
    nlnnnnnVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Loved his previous place, and delighted for his new one. We enjoyed our first visit here, and will be back for many more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Patio Perfect
    19TKo53
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We dined on the patio on Wednesday. Twosome. The space is very pleasant and it's one of the very few intimate outdoor spaces in Shadyside. Couple the environ with the food and service, and OBB is a very enjoyable night out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh what at night!
    Jukebox
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was a perfect evening of food and wine. A casual rather than formal attitude. It was our anniversary. Foie gras that was heavenly and light. Gazpacho and Ceviche that were very tasty. Filet Mignon with Béarnaise sauce and Rack of Lamb that were finely prepared and well executed. A dessert of Crème Brule and chocolate cake was finished by the best cup of coffee in Pittsburgh. Dave DeSimone has knocked it out the park with the bases loaded.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal and Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Thanks to Dave and his staff for a great meal! The food is great and the wine is amazing. A great new addition to the Shadyside restaurant community and a cannot miss restaurant! The patio is a nice touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You must go !
    FAROUK
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Excellent cuisine and wine list. David is very hospitable and if you have any question he will guide you through.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly fine dining
    SLL14
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Between the excellent Mediterranean cuisine and the friendly vibe cultivated by Dave, the owner, and his lovely staff, this place is a hit. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Am I in South of France?
    FAROUK
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    From the time you enter you feel that you are not in Pittsburgh, PA. We were 3 on our party and all of us thought we were in Europe. The Food and wine list were great. You need to go there to experience the feeling you be disappointed. Talk to David the owner, he is a good listener.i am going back on Monday night with another couple. Bon appetit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first experience
    sandy
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Waitress was exceptional. Knew and loved the menu and was patient and helpful. Menu was interesting. Food presentation lovely. My husband tried the chicken, which looked lovely and which he described as OK. My dinner of seared ahi tuna was not the best that I have had. It was nicely presented on a bed of rice; but, the rice came cold. The waitress was quick to take it back to reheat. In the kitchen, they were all too willing to make it right, providing a completely new kabob of tuna. The rice was still cold. All in all, the space was pleasant. We may return because of the people and place. The menu was a bit too limited for us and the food just seemed to be too interesting
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great new place
    Localfoodie
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great new restaurant with eclectic wine list and nice scotch at the bar. Service was excellent with out waitress's recommendations of wine and food all great. Portions are bigger than you may expect, which wasn't a bad thing/had left overs to take home. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great new addition
    lebeukVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I have eaten two dinners and one lunch here, and all were great. The wines are very nice and well-priced. Dave DeSimone has a winner here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thoroughly enjoyed
    marciaVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    lunch outside on a lovely day was great. had crepes ..friend had an omelet also outstanding..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A big score for Shadyside
    Oftenfordinner
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The Shadyside neighborhood has another restaurant gem! The Open Bottle Bistro provides a wonderful casual dining experience. Our group of 8 was seated immediately and was greeted by the owner. He made an excellent suggestion for a bootle of wine and the wait staff took over from there. The meat plate, cheese plate, and hummus plate with wonderful crispy french bread were delicious and could have been a great late snack by themselves. I chose the steak tartar as my entre and it was superb . All of our entres were very tasty! we highly recommend this fine new bistro to area diners!'
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising Find
    NatalieAnnVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Pleasantly surprised with our meal here. The restaurant was completely empty when we arrived which worried me. My concerns were put to rest though. John, our waiter, was wonderful: knowledgeable on the menu, specials and wine list not to mention was so friendly! We wanted to try as much of the menu as possible, which gave us a range of fantastic meals and some that could use some more flavor. The Savory Spread App was good (the hummus and bean were delicious) Escargots were okay (could have used a little more flavor). The rest of the meal was fantastic though: french onion soup was amazing, the Meat & Potatoes special was juicy and perfectly cooked and we ended our meal with the Creme Brulee: fresh and delicious. We will no doubt be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The place is new so we thought we would give it a try but the food was poor. Extremely bland and without flavor. The seating was cramped.
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  • Changed location, still great
    Michael
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Open Bottle, originally the Bridge restuarant on the South Side moved into trendy Shadyside with great appetizers and interesting fish etc main. The ris du veau, grille Foie gras were stand outs. Reasonable wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.