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Open Bottle Bistro
Open Bottle Bistro

Open Bottle Bistro Details

  • 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, Contemporary European, Global, International
  • 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 (412) 450-8217
  • 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!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Really lovely experience, nice staff, good food and wine and terrific outdoor seating area! We will go back when we are back in Pittsburgh."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    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. !!!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Love that sweetbreads are on the menu. Only place I know in town that has them available."
    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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "...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!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and very friendly staff. Food is only mediocre. Once that gets addressed this place is a gem."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Loved his previous place, and delighted for his new one. We enjoyed our first visit here, and will be back for many more."
    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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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!"
    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. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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"
    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"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "lunch outside on a lovely day was great. had crepes ..friend had an omelet also outstanding.. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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!'"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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. "
    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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "we ate there during grand opening weekend. food was great. but customer friendliness lacking: we had to eat with our coats on and asked mgr to close front door since it was so cold. he nodded and proceeded not to do anything. i had to get up and do it myself. also, we were celebrating a birthday. they had no candles! how very odd and, again, not customer friendly. really too bad."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Open Bottle Bistro is a great addition to this Shadyside neighborhood. And Dave is a gracious host."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "adventurous cuisine, lots of fun appetizers, and "Life Changing Desserts" "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "First and foremost, our food was delicious. My salmon and my wife's roasted red pepper were gone before we could even consider sharing. The staff was very knowledgeable of wine pairings which brought some education to go along with the meal. They were also very friendly and attentive without hovering. I was impressed to hear that after being open only a short while, our waitress already knew the couple next to us as return customers. We will have to try the outdoor area next time. It looked like a very romantic setting and unique to many of the restaurants we have been to in the area. I would strongly recommend giving this restaurant a try and finding out on your own. We will be back."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The menu and wine list are thoughfully selected and carefully prepared with a delightful Spanish/Portuguese inclination. Prices and selections vary widely to allow an inexpensive bistro or tapas experience (try a bottle of the vinho verde) or a full, multi-course dinner. The ambience is warm and fun and you can dress it up or dress it down. The flavors are wonderful and run the range from fiery to mellow-ask your waiter. There are always things to criticise in a new place as they work out the kinks----just have another drink and enjoy the evening with the assurance that owner Dave and his cast are doing it right. There is not a lot of seating so reservations are a wise idea. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We ate here with two of our friends on a Saturday night. We made a reservation and arrived 15 minutes early. We were promptly seated at the bar while they prepared our table. The bar tender gave a wonderful recommendation for a wine for my wife. She loved it. We had a drink at the bar and by the time we were done, our table was ready. From the wine, to the food, everything was fantastic. I had the lamb meatball and my wife had the filet kabobs. Both dishes were flavorful and cooked to perfection. Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a trendy new place with great food."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This place just opened, so I expected some growing pains. The owner greeted us, and he seems like a very nice guy. Service was a little slow; the waiter, a young man, was friendly but a bit pretentious. The food is a bit heavy for a place that positions itself as a bistro; my wife had a chicken dish that was drowned in heavy tomato sauce, for example. It seemed a bit out of place. The wine list is a good beginning, although I think some of the selections were poorly chosen. The 2011 Rhones, for example, were disappointing. But otherwise, some hiccups are to be expected in the early going. It was very busy the night we were there, and hopefully they can keep it going."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I was very excited when I heard about Open Bottle Bistro's opening. They did not disappoint. We were greeted with smiles and recommendations of food and wine pairings. Very impressed with our server, Lisa and the Bar Manager John White. Creative food presentation including appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Simple and very tasty. My favorites, Pinchos Tapas, Steak Tartar. I don't usually order dessert but I appreciate the upsale from Lisa. The chocolate mousse was light and robust. So yummy! Also, very impressive was getting to meet the owner, Dave. If you have a chance, ask him about his travels in Europe. I was intrigued learning about the Basque region of France. Anyway, my two cents...Can't wait to go back for lunch and happy hour."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Friendly staff, very knowledgeable and passionate about their food and wine. All the food made fresh from scratch. Delicious wines. If you're looking for an intimate, classy evening, do check out Open Bottle Bistro. Or check it out if you enjoy being pretentious about food and European wine. Whatever, just check it out!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014