The Carlton
The Carlton

The Carlton

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thecarltonrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4123914099
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Swomley
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (bar only), Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Carlton offers private space to accommodate from 25 to 40 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Bill, Janet or Russ 4123914099

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th
  • Public Transit: T-Stop & bus stop
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is validated with Dinner if parked after 5:00pm in the One Mellon Center Garage (Ross Street entrance).
A word from The Carlton
Conveniently located in downtown Pittsburgh, within walking distance of the Convention Center & four major downtown hotels.
A Pittsburgh favorite for over 20 years. Recipient of the Wine Spectator of Excellence 1995-2006 and The Dirona Award 2000 - 2006 (Distinguished Restaurants of North American).
The Carlton has a spectacular cuisine, complimented with an extensive wine list served by polished waiters in a beautiful atmosphere. Pittsburghers know the value of the Carlton making it the spot for business meetings to celebrations.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
The Carlton reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (55)notable wine list (49)fit for foodies (36)romantic (36)good for groups (19)great for lunch (17)neighborhood gem (14)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (5)late-night find (4)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Needs improvement
    SurveVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food not as good as it use to be. Stuffed pepper and meatballs was just ok. There was a different spice in the meatballs.
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    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barbara
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food selection is great and different. excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • frequent diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    consistently outstanding!!! Plus validated parking a bonus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always very good
    JonathanVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Scallop Mushroom soup was excellent. Prime rib was very good. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok but nothing special
    Abeflyer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was ok. Nothing special. If hot, maybe feel differently. Service is better at McDonalds. Appetizers before cocktails. Dessert done before got around to being served coffee. The water staff was great...kept filling up glasses. Wish waiter had his energy. Sorry we bothered him to come in. Atmosphere very nice. Will pass on this restaurant next time in Pittsburgh.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was great.
    Barbara
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service was fair. In the past the service has walkways been great. It seemed our waiter was either overwhelmed or just interested in the other people more.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    groundeffx
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    just a good place .nothing special just good not bad. avg. place
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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  • A #1 in our books
    nlnnnnnVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent, which is why we go often. One of the best restaurants anywhere we have eaten at.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ho Hum
    Homecook
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The menu sounded exciting but the food was disappointing. The service and cocktails were excellent.
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  • Carlton
    Derek
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great entrees and desserts for Pittsburgh's restaurant week
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite
    nlnnnnnVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    L and I think this may be the best place we have ever eaten anywhere in the world. We travel quite a bit, but always look forward to our dinners here. I had a solo lunch here today, and again great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We've eaten at The Carlton many times & the food has always been outstanding: innovative, well prepared & presented. On this visit & our last, however, service was spotty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A bit of a blast from the past with old style dining elegance. Lots of great food and many reasonable wine choices.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I won't eat here, ever again.
    DanielVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went here on a Sat. night, lured by an article in the Post-Gazette "weekender" which seemed to say that the Prime Rib usual price of $29.99 was discounted by $10. When we ordered, I attempted to ask the waitress why the discount wasn't noted on the menu. She, apparently not hearing my question, told us that all that was left were end pieces. Thinking this would still be a good meal, we ordered and were served meat which was dried out, unevenly spiced and whose presentation was gross. The coup de grace, however, was the charge - $29.99! We were told that the usual price was $39.99!! When we asked about this, we were given snarky and sarcastic responses. For the record, the Zagat #1 rated steak house in D.C. charges $36. for Prime Rib!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carlton Experience
    thegoodlife
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We forgot just how good the Carlton is!!! We had not gone for a few years, but the experience was perfect. The appearance is very classy. Our waiter Bobby has been there for years and was absolutely the best. The dinner was incredible, from the wine, the appetizer, my fish entree to the awesome dessert. We went before a show at the Benedum. the free parking and the limo service to and from the show make it really easy to get in and out of town. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • excellent experience.
    hungerzone
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I enjoyed every aspect of the experience from the greeting to the dessert.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dining experience
    Diningout2
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food was outstanding, great service in an elegant setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Robin
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary! The dinner was delicious. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The pace of the courses was perfect - not rushed and not slow. The restaurant surprised us with their signature brownie dessert as an anniversary treat. They even wrote 'Happy Anniversary' on the plate using a raspberry coulis. A nice, unexpected surprise. Outstanding restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could be better
    pmnyVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Not overly impressed needs some improvement. Service is very good but the food is lacking
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Carl
    SwenseVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Excellent food - taste and preparation. Service alos fine. Great spot for a company dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • XxxxVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We really enjoyed our lunch. Great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfying, not exceptional
    North1250
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    For a Friday night, it was quite reserved and vacant. Service was acceptable. Waiter missed the "dirty" instruction on the martini, but the pour was generous. I'm not a big eater, but for the price the portion of Veal Portobello was a little scant...more Portobello than Veal. Salad also small, but tasty. Asparagus side dish was served about as plain as possible...7 spears rolling on a small plate and already cold. Parking takes some serious effort in that garage as it's necessary to navigate down (and then back out!) two levels in a tight circle. (I'm not show how anyone in a Suburban can pull it off). My guests enjoyed their meal with no complaints.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great service and food
    Golf4eat
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My husband and I had wonderful service in the bar area for a pre-dinner drink and snacks. As always, the service and food in the restaurant were both excellent. He had a salmon special which he couldn't say enough good things about. Then used the free limo service to attend a show at the Benedum. A great evening!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magic
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Can't beat the free limo service to various events in downtown Pittsburgh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    BeerpictsVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We visited Pittsburgh for the Fourth of July Weekend. I read the reviews on Open Table, and gave the Carlton a shot. The food was excellent - especially the Duck (with candied walnuts and cherries (and more)) over pasta. The Dessert Selection was outstanding - I highly recommend the banana cream pie. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. For taking a chance on a restaurant in another city, it turned out to be a great evening with the family.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Joyce
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Fine dining at its best. Always an excellent meal & service! Wish there were more shrimp entrees. Love their house salad!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic as usual
    James
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Have never been disappointed. It's our Pittsburgh favorite
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • We really love this restaurant.
    Rose
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food is not the same old humdrum you can find anywhere. The servers great and treat you as if you were their only customer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent consistency!
    Patty
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Dedicated Kevin Joyce and his Team never disappoint! They can always be counted on for great food and service. For a really special experience, try one of their wine tasting dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mimi
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The service was excellent, the food was delicious and we have never been disappointed in the Carleton. The limo was an added advantage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    fredh5062
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I went to the Carlton to celebrate our wedding anniversary, as we have done many times before. The waiter was very courteous and efficient. This was the first time that we were disappointed. My wife ordered Coconut Shrimp and was disappointed. It had so much panko that she couldn't taste the coconut. I ordered Mahi-Mahi and the breading overpowered the taste of the fish. They used to provide a small loaf of fresh bread, now it's 4 slices of two kinds of bread. The restaurant was also much noisier than previous visits. Apparently, there is now a foreman that supervises the servers behind the wall in their area. He shouted orders that reminded us of a diner-not a classy restaurant where we spent $120.00! ..Disappointing!
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  • Carlton
    Ruchmrspt
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Always great dining, wonderful menu and great service
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gina Den
    Gina
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We had a lovely dinner food was so good I had the steak mashed potatoes and carrots and my husband had the salmon. We also had the chocolate chip cookie and ice cream for dessert ah heaven
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The food is always excellent as is the wait staff. We've never been disappointed with anything any time we've eaten here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    nlnnnnnVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Like the enigizer bunny, they just go on and on, outperforming everyone else. The food prep, quality and prices are great. The service impeccable. It is our favorite and most frequented by us for dinner, and I often solo lunch there. It is absolutely one of my top ten on a worldwide basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit pricey, but good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Although the food was good, I didn't feel the menu adequately described the dish I ordered. Once the restaurant got busier, our service was very slow.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy place
    Rose
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband and I have been to The Carlton 3 times now and each time more better than the last. The manager heard us say to another couple that we were celebrating our 1st anniversary later this month and he bought us a drink. The food for not of the run of the mill, very unique and very delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE IT!
    Cabo23
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    One of my favorite places to dine in Pittsburgh. The service is excellent and extremely personable. We are always made to feel like family and special. Food is great and we always leave satisfied. It is easy to get to and parking is not an issue. LOVE IT!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great
    TobyVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Attended a special Italian wine dinner with another couple. Seven award-winning wines were served with ample pours. Each food course was excellent from the swordfish to the wild boar rack to the sweet potato creme brûlée bread pudding. The $109 pp price was deemed good value. This was our 2nd visit to the Carlton in the last week -- this is a classy restaurant with food which is consistently great and an extensive list of wines which are modestly priced. We've celebrated many occasions at The Carlton and will continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    DebJef
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We have never had anything to complain about. The food and the service is always superb. We always leave knowing we can't wait to come back. Thank you for always toping off our big celebrations and our for-no-reason date nights to a tee!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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