Willow
Willow

Willow

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.willowpgh.com/
  • Phone: 4128471007x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00 - 9:00pm

    If you or anyone in your party cannot navigate stairs, please let us know. We will do our very best to seat you on the first floor.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John Mottinger
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions, Holiday Parties, Business Dinners, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, or any occasion-Willow is the perfect choice for you. Our banquet menus are posted online, or call our Sales & Special Events Manager, Lindsey Barbati to personalize your special event at Willow.
  • Private Party Facilities: They have room minimums for private events wishing to book an entire room. They can accommodate a semi-private event. They have three banquet menus for larger events.
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsey Barbati 4128471007x

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Willow

After service on July 12, 2014, Willow will close to complete renovations on the first and second floors. When we reopen, we will be joining the S+P restaurant group with sister restaurants Spoon, BRGR and Grit and Grace.


Voted by Pittsburgh Magazine's 2005 Readers' Poll as one of the Best New Restaurants and by Pittsburgh Post Gazette as one of 2004's Best Dining Hot New Spots, Willow is recognized for its superb ambiance, simply prepared Contemporary American cuisine and professional tableside service. Willow's name and ambiance reflect the inspiration of its wooded setting, located minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. The unique use of sensual lighting, natural design elements and three fireplaces provide guests with a sophisticated and cozy atmosphere. For business or pleasure, visit their comfortable lounge - the perfect place to entertain.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Willow reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)great for outdoor dining (14)special occasion (14)fit for foodies (13)romantic (13)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (5)notable wine list (4)scenic view (3)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Menu change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Although the food was good they had very few entrees on the menu and most were small plates like rabbit or boar!!! Our waitress was like a robot lacking personality and wanted to rush us through. The Caesar salad was exceptionally small and the cost of a lunch size. My quinoa and beet salad was good but my husband left hungry. We would not return and neither would the couple who came with us. It appears they are looking to accommodate the bar scene and not the dinner crowd. We won't go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The new Willow
    BearVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Had lunch at the new Willow recently. Redecorated, new menu, same good food. The upstairs is apparently now being reserved for private events, so plan on dining downstairs. The menu is a bit more limited and with lower price points. I didn't understand the lower price points as we always found that prices at Willow were quite conservative. I had the lobster rolls for lunch - full of nice meaty pieces of lobster on Parker House rolls. My companion had the falafel pita. He said it was very good, but particularly praised the french fries, which he claims are the best in Pittsburgh (they are the same as the old Wllow's.) Good place for lunch or dinner., I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the new Willow
    anonVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The change is good! It's brighter and seems more vibrant. The menu is short and delicious ~ and includes those fabulous BRGR hamburgers! We wish them well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    Mason
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The staff at the Willow were friendly and very attentive to our small groups needs. The restaurant has recently gone through a remodel and it looks really nice. Would recommend a go-to place for group gatherings or business lunch meetings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Darbs
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    There was nothing not to like about this dining experience. I look forward to returning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed but menu a bit persnickety
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Have been there multiple times but this time I wished there were a little more on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Sevice and Dust
    Jukebox
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Enjoyed our meal. We had the dinner special stuffed sole with crabmeat and spinach. Served well and quickly. The restaurant is undergoing construction, and dust is in the air. Otherwise is a great place to eat. We have been there several times, and will be back after the construction is done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Divine Dinner
    FineDiningSearcherVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    A select group of our church took our pastor for dinner and to share camaraderie. Environment was perfect; we asked for a received a private space - - The Woods Room, all to ourselves! Our drinks came quickly as we enjoyed conversation. Shortly, we learned of the daily special, which the majority of us ordered and loved! Service was efficient and in the background, which is always why we choose Willow!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disapointment
    BestofnewVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    It has been a long time since we have dined at Willow. First the building, noticed outside was getting run down and needs attention or it will be a dump in a year. Inside unfortunately wasn't much better. One wall in the bar area actually has clear tape to keep the plaster up. The bathroom well reminds me of a bad dirty gas station. The food friends pork chops looked good and they said they were good. My wife had duck which was terrible and was deduced from the bill. My three scallops were fair and frankly too few for the price. Waiter Chris was great and very attentive. He deserves a better restaurant around him.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great neighbor restaurant
    Chriscam
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We met some friends here and had a wonderful dinner! Willow is in the middle of remodeling but the service and food was outstanding. Wonderful drink menu, too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1078 reviews are from the Willow reviews archive.
  • Hidden Gem
    Freedom2Live
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Willow is a hidden gem, great scenic view where quality and quantity embrace eclectic cuisine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much Improved
    VegetarianFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I was at Willow this past February, just before there was a revamping of its ownership. The current owner has revitalized the menu and restored the quality of the preparation of the food. Our server was attentive enough, but somewhat less engaging than other servers we have had there in the past. I'm more inclined to return after this dining experience than I was after February's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE the ambiance!
    Kori22VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The risotto & pork chop were so delicious! Love the ambiance as well!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great mother's day experience
    colindean
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The wait staff was wonderful for entertaining my patents when I was unavoidably detained and an hour late arriving. Delicious food and a fantastic playlist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FranVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was not great, the cranberries in the salad were stale and so hard that you couldn't even chew them. The food came out Luke warm.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Experience
    JoeDVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had the opportunity to visit Willow for lunch on Mother's Day. Limited menu for the special holiday, but still had something for everyone. The food was exceptional as was the service. I've been here before and had exceptional food and service before as well. Would definitely recommend Willow!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Mother's Day
    thimmy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Took my mom here for the first time for Mother's Day. The servers were all very polite and the food was very good! A bit pricy considering portion sizes however I'm sure my waistline is thankful. Drinks were expensive and not very impressive. The crab cakes (which they said they were known for) were very good but I didn't feel were anything special as I've had better. We sat on the upper porch and there was only 1 other table outside so it was very quiet. I would like to see what the atmosphere is like indoors next time. I will be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Definitely enjoyed the food and venue. Only odd part of the event was that they kept the dining area cold, too cold for comfort. We mentioned this and the waitress said not to worry, it would warm up, but can't say that was the case. Hopefully just an odd occurence, but it wouldn't put us off from returning to Willow.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner experience
    Honnestreview
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our 3rd time to Willow and it was for our 5th wedding anniversary. I have to say it has gone downhill since last time. Their menu is completely new and not as good as the last one but that was not the biggest disappointment. The service was awful, we had to wait 15mns just to get a drink despite having reservations and the waiter was nowhere to be found. The food was good though but we couldnt really enjoy it because we were so annoyed by the service by the time the food came.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Willow never disappoints. The ambience is casual cool, service is very good, and the food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for outdor dining
    loveoutdoors
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Very nice patio with choice of open or under a roof. Comfortable chairs. no smoking even outdoors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Foodiez4lyfe
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Willow was such an amazing restaurant and had an amazing atmosphere with terrific food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    Kat4121
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food was Lackluster. Nothing special. Service was ok. Got there early and checked in at hostess stand. Said they would come get us at the bar when the table was ready. 15 minutes after our reservation I had to go over to the hostess stand again to ask about the table. It was ready, they just never came and got us. Not impressed. However, drinks were really good!
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  • Too cold for comfort
    Gigi
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Food was great, but AC was on and it was so cold we had a difficult time enjoying our meal. We mentioned to server-finally went off while we were warming up with hot coffee and dessert!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with a caveat.
    Cranky21
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Love Willow but , the cigar smoking on the balcony filters back into the dining room ... Bad design , if you can't fix it nix the cigars . Also miss the Lobster Mac n cheese , should be a menu mainstay.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    rcrice
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Great atmosphere and absolutey terrific food!! We love the Decour of the restaurant and the fireplaces are absolutely beautiful!!
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening out
    Alan
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This was the second time I have been to this restaurant. The food and service are excellent. Brian K our server was knowledgable, helpful, attentive but not intrusive. We will return. As many say, the crab cakes are excellent. The pear clafoutis dessert was superb.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Meal
    Kevin
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food from salad through dessert were excellent. Our server, Fred, was attentive, knowledgable and made the evening a big hit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place off the beaten path
    Yorktowner
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Willow is a lovely little place in North Hills that's thankfully far from the traffic and hustle of the main drags. Food and wine always good. Our server was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going going ----
    JLC55VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Willow,to me has degraded a little in service level. There were obscure and incorrect add ons that made no sense to me when paying for the meal. The waitress had no good answer when questioned. Hummmm! The good news... The food is good and portioned well. I will go back when the patio is open. The patio and food together are good together...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    Moosey
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Food was very flavorful. I had the beet salad and a "side" (enough for a full meal!) of polenta with greens. Both were excellent. The homemade focaccia with olive oil (complimentary) was addictive. Wines by the glass were limited, and they were out of the one I selected. Dessert (some type of chocolate cakes with mousse) was also very good and easy to share (two little chocolate cakes, two dollops of mousse, two white chocolate decorations). Service was friendly and attentive, waitress (Kilene) offered helpful suggestions.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Dave
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    We moved to the area a few years ago and looked for that special place to go for good food and GREAT service. We found it at the Willow. Try it you won't be sorry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • do not go
    jeffrey
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    we were looking for a quite night out without our kids. what we got was a loud room full of kids running around. We do not have a problem at all with children as we have 4. But for a date night out without kids, we don't want to listen to it. They should put families with kids in a different area of restaurant away from couples looking for a quite dining experience. Food was just ok for the price. Service was very friendly and knowledgeable. BUT...we will never return here. if we are going to shell out this kind of money there are much more romantic and quite places with much better food in and around the city
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our server was terrible. He
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Our server was terrible. He was brut and inconsiderate, often interrupting our conversation without courtesy and reaching over each person while serving some item. He wasn't friendly or particularly warm. My husband tipped him 21% but he deserved nothing more than 10%.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great meal
    Brie
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I invited a group of my friends to try Willow, and they loved it! A lot of the food was new to them and it was a much different experience than they were used to, and no one was disappointed by the delicious food and drinks or by the elegant environment. Excellent time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Amanda
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We love eating here. Wonderful for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our 'go to' spot
    tdandjjcVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Always a good meal. Wonderful salads. Outstanding wait-staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good meal
    ahac
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    we had a good meal and excellent service. took advantage of the half price wine specials before 7 pm
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic service
    Melissalynn3
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Willow has very good food. A nice variety and unique dishes too. The drinks were very good,excellent lemon martini. Above all however, was the service! We were never rushed, always covered on drinks and extremely well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    Larry
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Went to celebrate our anniversary. As always service was very efficient, food was great, very good selection of wines and great ambiance in front of the fireplace on a chilly March evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet