Willow
Willow

Willow

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.willowpgh.com/
  • Phone: 4128471007x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; 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 & Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, Wake Luncheons, Baptisms, Communions/Confirmations. Call our Sales & Special Events Manager, Lindsey Custozzo to personalize your special event at Willow!
  • Private Party Facilities: We have three private spaces located on the second floor. All guests must be able to go up and down stairs.
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsey Custozzo 412-847-1007x

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Willow
Proud member of the S+P Restaurant Group with sister restaurants Spoon, Grit & Grace and BRGR

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
47 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (25)neighborhood gem (22)great for outdoor dining (17)special occasion (16)romantic (13)good for groups (10)vibrant bar scene (9)great for lunch (9)hot spot (8)notable wine list (4)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Great Night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We use to eat in Willow quite often, but the last few times we went the food was terrible. I had spoken to some friends and they had been to Willow in the last few weeks and both spoke very highly, so we decided to give it another chance. I'm glad we did, the food was delicious. Mussels in curry sauce, the sauce was so good. Our waiter was excellent! Very knowledgable about the menu, very attentive to our table but not imposing in any way! Will definitely be back again soon to try other items on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New menu is great!
    Kimmie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I'm so glad that Willow finally reopened and with a new menu. The new menu is unique and tasty - excellent change! Sets it apart from others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alcohol absurdly priced
    tilted
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was very good. Limited menu could create problems. Will not return because of alcohol prices. The cost of Maker's Mark and ginger ale was $10.50. Three to four dollars more than other nice restaurants. Tanqueray and tonic over-priced as well. Too bad -- food was quite good.
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  • Meh
    experienceddiners
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Although we had a great time because of our group, we probably will not be back. Our server could not seem to recommend anything specific. Everything was 'good' or delicious'. Also, with only 4 people at the table, and at 5:30, a fairly sparse crowd, he couldn't seem to remember which 2 people ordered salads. The food itself seemed to be prepared to order, and tasted 'good', not 'remarkable'. $6.50 for a Sam Adam's Oktoberfest draft? Not doing this again.
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  • A Disappointing Visit
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Willow has been a favorite of ours for years, so we were excited to visit there last night for our anniversary dinner. Unfortunately the renovations to the menu weren't what we were expecting. The menu is much smaller, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but several old favorites were gone and the choices that remained were uninspired. We couldn't even find a dessert on the very short list that interested us. The two high points were our server, Alan, and the chorizo muscles appetizer. Sorry, but we probably won't be back until we hear that things have changed, again.
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  • Disappointing!
    LilyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We looked forward to the re-opening of Willow as we are huge fans of the "Spoon Group' and watched the remodeling over the summer months. Sadly, the old space was more conducive to dining. The second floor is now off limits to individual patrons and the newly remodeled downstairs space is bland, with bad lighting and uncomfortable seating. The menu is limited and while the food was good, it is more like upscale bar food. Our server, Chris, was most attentive.
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  • Robin
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    There were 4 people in our group for dinner. The salmon and hangar steak were both very good and nice size portions. However, we were disappointed in the portion size for the grouper. We would not recommend this dish for a dinner meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good overall
    newman
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    food was very good, Victoria, our server was excellent, atmosphere was very good. Overall we had a great evening.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hedwig
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    New menu is sparse, but food offerings are good. Only 3 choices of salad for dinner, with none being a "house salad". Miss the house salad they use to serve. It should be offered as a dinner side. No bread offering to nibble on while waiting, although Parker House rolls are offered as an appetizer for $5. Our server was attentive and pleasant. Really appreciate the improved lighting and the disappearance of the near darkness of before. The wait between placing your order and being served was a bit long, but the food was good. Also waiting a bit long for the arrival of dessert, even though the dining room was relatively sparse at that time of night.
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  • Nice new menu
    Bdd1989
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Willow has transformed their menu. Now they have small plate options and some good lower cost food. I had a burger and it was as good as getting one from BRGR which makes sense now that Willow has the same ownership. They have been taken up a notch since the last time I ate there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fri. nite dinner
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Overall the food was very good, but our waiter had was not all that "customer friendly". I requested salt and pepper and vinegar when the meal was served and it was whisked away before we had finished our meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lobster Roll
    DaisyVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Enjoyed a leisurely lunch with friends at this great spot. Convenient location, plenty of parking, great food and good service. My go-to spot for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the wait
    WestViewRossittleleaguer
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I grew up in the North Hills in the 50s and 60s and must have passed by this spot 1000 times in my youth. But my parents were not big on eating out and then I moved. My son now works nearby so the other night when we decided to celebrate a birthday the Willlows seemed a perfect choice. That's what it turned out to be. Recently remodeled the interior is pleasantly contemporary without trying too hard, the service is friendly and attentive, the menu varied and the food delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited menu but delicious food
    Projectstealth30
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Went on a Sunday at 530. Not super busy at that time. Server was knowledgable and staff was friendly. Had the farm chicken and it was delicious. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Willow
    OLDWillowfanVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I was always a fan of Willow. Not anymore..Did not like the new menu, my fish was dry, the agnolotti not very flavorful, and the mussels we ordered for appetizer so very small, you could hardly find them..And it was so noisy you could hardly hear anything, it was just not a relaxing evening at all..not sure I will return. I was truly disappointed.
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  • Fantastic
    Schmezer8
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food, presentation, service, drinks... All fantastic. Great for romantic dinner, atmosphere is terrific! Will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dineout
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Enjoyed the overall experience. I especially liked the small plates and the availability of large plates. I was the only one at my table that ordered two small plates - rabbit and dumpling - lobster salad. Both were delicious. Plan on making Willow part of our regular dining out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    keekVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I was very happy to see that Willow had reopened. The new renovations look amazing--love the newly expanded bar for a casual night. But, the larger rooms look perfect for a bigger group of friends and family to gather. The menu improvements also were very impressive! We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • A new Willow
    jenoopher
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This was my first experience with the new renovated Willow. I was hopeful the menu (while very different) wouldn't disappoint and it didn't! A party of 3 and we each had different salads, large plates, and desserts. All of our meals we're exceptionally delicious. The apple and pear salad was a highlight. The only issue we had towards the end of our dinner was the party of four near us that were so loud we had trouble hearing each other talk. (But what can you do??) Highly recommend trying out the new menu and Willow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The new Willow is worth a visit
    GWexford
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We had a business lunch here and sat outdoors. The new decor is welcoming and seems to have more light than before. The patio is lovely and quiet except for the occasional truck passing by on Camp Horne Road. (It does seem a bit odd that the patio faces the street; there must we some good reason for this.) My lunch was excellent - butternut squash soup and beets & grains were both fresh, healthy, and flavorful. The service could have been faster, particularly if Willow wants to attract a business clientele for lunch. I'm looking forward to coming back for dinner with my husband or an after-work beverage.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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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    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
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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
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    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
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  • 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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1082 reviews are from the Willow reviews archive.
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    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
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    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!
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    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
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    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.
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    special occasion
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  • 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
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    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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  • 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.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    kid-friendly, special occasion
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.