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About Casbah

Exploring & expanding upon the cuisines of the Mediterranean region, Casbah is one of Pittsburgh's premier dining destinations. The menu changes daily, offering imaginative new tastes & textures using the season's finest ingredients. Menu selections include a variety of meat, seafood, vegetarian entrees, & house-made desserts. The richly appointed lounge boasts a wine list recognized by Wine Spectator with an Award of Excellence, showcasing over 40 wines by the glass & a creative array of wine flights.
Casbah promises an exciting, sophisticated gourmet dining experience in an intimate, comfortable atmosphere. On the first floor, the year-round heated patio & Southern European-inspired dining room offer elegant seating in an open, warm space. For more seductive & intimate dining, the renovated lower level, with a glass-enclosed wine room, stone-covered walls & innovative lighting provides the coziest of retreats.

229 South Highland Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Tavern Menu (Tavern Only):
Monday - Friday: 2:30pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Alder Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(412) 661-5656

Website:
http://www.bigburrito.com/

Catering:
Off-site catering is available through "Big Catering", part of the big Burrito Restaurant Group. For information please call (412) 361-3272 ex 210.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking as well as street parking.

Executive Chef:
Dustin Gardner

Private Party Facilities:
Casbah offers a newly renovated private dining room in the Wine Cellar for up to 50 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Jen Love: (412) 661-5656

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Now join us for Saturday AND Sunday Brunch!!

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

A credit card is required to hold all reservations.

Casbah Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (74)
Creative Cuisine (72)
Good for a Date (72)
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Good for Anniversaries (69)
Neighborhood Gem (62)
Fit for Foodies (60)
Good for Birthdays (58)
Local Ingredients (48)
Business Meals (41)
Romantic (41)
Worth the Drive (38)
Notable Wine List (37)
Cozy (31)
Great for Brunch (31)
Great for Lunch (30)
Seasonal (29)
Authentic (27)
Bar Seating (27)
Casual (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Good for Groups (21)
Healthy (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Fun (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Hot Spot (19)
Comfort Food (15)
People Watching (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tapas (4)
Vegan (3)
Spicy (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 2 days ago

The evening was just wonderful ! Our sever was great & we all left with our tummies full ! Nice way to celebrate my birthday !

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

We have been going to Casbah for years. The food quality has been consistently good.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 3 days ago

It was a great experience! The brunch was amazing and it was the perfect place to go to celebrate a birthday.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

As always the food was delicious but our waitress was awful! Several parties came and went before we were served our main course. It was an unusual experience and hopefully it doesn't happen again.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

We shared the calamari and rock shrimp appetizer - it was very flavorful and the perfect texture. My wife had the Lobster Gnocchi, and I had the Cavatappi with house-made fennel sausage. Both were excellent; portion sizes were good. Great, friendly service. The complimentary valet parking was awesome - it can be difficult to find parking in Shadyside. Overall a great way to celebrate our anniversary.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Sunday brunch at Casbah is one of the great civilized joys of Pittsburgh. The menu is varied and inventive, execution is wonderful, service is friendly and attentive. I have taken my 20-something daughter, who raved, and, this weekend, went alone and was perfectly comfortable. A good book, a terrific meal, and the best coffee -- what more do you want on a Sunday afternoon? Casbah is also a favorite for cozy romantic dinners.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Birthday dinner

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The food was all fantastic. Service was a bit reserved but that's fine for the atmosphere. The lady hostess who greeted us seemed fun but like she might be more appropriate in a casual setting. I just...the food was SO GOOD!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

enjoyable - why do I have to write 50 characters to submit

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Birthday Brunch
Everything from start to finish was excellent!
My friend and I came to Casbah on a Sunday afternoon. Although we arrived earlier than our scheduled reservation we were seated immediately. Our server was friendly and answered all my friends inquiries regarding the vegetarian options. My sangria was perfect, my friend got the mimosa and she really liked it. A warm basket of fun size biscuits and scones and honey butter were light and just enough if you missed breakfast. The appetizers were crispy calimari with a zesty aioli and roasted beet salad, both were very tasty. My entree, was a satisfying serving of broiled salmon with tsaziki sauce on a bed of braised greens, well seasoned and medium rare. My friend ordered the orichetti pasta with brussel sprouts in an olive and garlic sauce. We were too full to order anything else, but will definitely be back to try desserts!
In my opinion, Casbah has consistently exceeded expectations in fine dining. Fresh Seasonal ingredients seasoned with Mediterranean flavors and expertly prepared!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Seasonal, Healthy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Went for my parents’ 60th birthdays, the food was excellent and the staff was professional. Excellent experience.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent food preparation. Attentive wait staff. Excellent as always.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

I was looking forward to a lovely meal at this highly-rated restaurant. When I arrived, the lighting was so dark at the table that my friend had to take out her cell phone to use as a light source to read the menu.
I ordered the pork chop and risotto for $31. This is a steep price to pay for a pork entree that came served with only bread and butter (no salad or soup). A more reasonable price for this entree should have been around $18. The pork chop was tough and flavorless. The flavored risotto was very salty and the rice was too hard and needed cooked a shade longer.
I've eaten in some of the finest restaurants in the world and found this serving not to live up to the hype. Perhaps it was an off night. But I won't be back at those prices for what I received.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The sound level was too high inside. I could barely have a conversation across the table. I loved everything else but the noise in the inside room

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had the arugula salads, the salmon and pork chop dinners with shared creme brûlée for dessert. Everything was delicious. Definitely going back!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 22, 2017

It was great, but it took a very long time to get our entrees for some odd reason this time. We always love the food here though.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Not overwhelmed. I had salad with sliced chicken breast for lunch. Not as good as can make myself, but I am a very good cook and I hope a high end restaurant would do better than me for the price. 4 very small slices of Chicken just ok, not very tender and included a tough end piece I left on the plate. It was on a handful of greens with a few other items sprinkled in. My guest had an omelette that he liked a lot. It looked kind of lonely on the plate, I would have garnished it or included a nice side. Creme brûlée and coffee were excellent. It was a business lunch so food not so important. Service was fast and efficient not especially friendly. Don’t think I would go back for personal meal.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 21, 2017

As always, the food was excellent and the overall experience was exactly what I was looking for. One of my all-time favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We decided to use my husband's Big Burrito Group birthday coupon to try Casbah's famous brunch. Even without the coupon, $28 per person was a great price for a massive amount of food and a tasty brunch cocktail. I was full just from the complimentary pastries and appetizer, but I stuffed myself with some delicious lamb and eggs. My husband enjoyed his meal, but he said he wished he would have made better choices. His shrimp appetizer was a little heavy on the sweet for his tastes, and his burger was spot-on in flavor but overall too mushy in texture. I would definitely go back, with or without a coupon for an excuse!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful table downstairs in the wine room. The only complaint we all had was that there was a lot of salt in most of the dishes we ordered. If you prefer salt free this is not a good choice. Other than that, everything was wonderful!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We have always wanted to attend the Beaujolais nouveau tasting event but have never been able to fit it in with work and activity schedule. We are very happy we did. I would definitely consider it again and other wine pairing dinners as well.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent meal as usual. Enjoyed the Nouveau Beaujolais tasting dinner on Nov 16. Even though the restaurant was quite busy for our early dinner time, the service was prompt and attentive. It was a great opportunity to sample a few dishes that my wife and I would not normally order as an entrée, and each course was outstanding.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We had a great time!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I often dine out for work, and I went to Casbah numerous times in the past few years. At some it was a go-to place thanks to consistent quality. Lately I find Casbah inconsistent (it was not my choice for the night) when it comes to the taste and preparation. Halibut was bland and didn't go well with garnishing (fruit based). Appetizers were more interesting. On the positive side I like the ambiance of outside area, where you can dine on large tables fairly distant from each other. Service is also good. Finally overall value is low given the high price tags. A simple $10 bottle of white wine was charged $45 (unfortunately that is a common problem, can you explain the need to charge 4X ?) and entrees mostly in the $30-$40 range. So a dinner is about $100 before gratuity and taxes If you also want an appetizer and dessert.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Waitstaff was very attentive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I always enjoy my meal at Casbah. IThe food preparation is reliable, creative and well served.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service has been spotty this year.. it is a turn from usually great service.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was unique and delicious. Our waiter was very attentive and the service was great. I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food and service was great. There were six of us and we all had different plates with a lot of tasting so there was much variety of excellently prepared food. My swordfish was perfectly done which is always a test of a good restaurant since it is easy to dry it out.

The waitress was charming and helpful. One caveat to the evening - One reason we went to Casbah was that it was my birthday and I wanted to use the birthday coupon which I, of course, managed to forgot. It would have made the evening even more special if the restaurant could look up the fact that I had received the card and honored it. That was particularly true since my daughter had called from Minnesota, unbeknown to me, and surprised us with dessert as a birthday treat which brings me to the chocolate raspberry bread pudding which has to be one of the world's best desserts. What a fabulous dessert and enough for two.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was very good although my husband's lamb shank was not as tasty or tender as in past visits

My pork chops was excellent though.

Bartender thought a manhatten was an old fashion and wanted to add sugar and an orange.
cherry.

My favorite though of all the Big Burrito restauratns.

Service is always terrific.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food and great service. The only problem was the noise, both inside and out. Got a sunburn from the heater in the ceiling. Next time I'll wear a hat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 8, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh. I bring anyone here I want to impress, but also come alone for lunch or with my family for dinner. Great wines, best cheese plate, each course leaves you weak in the knees. I find the service to always be outstanding with knowledgeable, friendly, professional staff. Pricey but worth every dime. Great value for lunch with the Gusto menu. Did I mention I love this place?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Bar Seating, Organic, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food was ok. My duck was a bit bland but not bad. The garnish lacked attention and the cheese plate was quite generous but the waiter did not explain five different types of cheeses and spreads. A bit disappointing experience overall.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I ordered eggs Benedict which were undercooked and would have rather had ham instead of prosciutto.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I didn't like the food at ALL. I have eaten Mediterranean food before but this standard is not at all what I expected especially with the Filet Mignon which was one of the most recommended online

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food has been consistently good since the day Casbah first opened.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had an excellent dinner. The moment we arrived everyone was pleasant and knowledgeable. The food was delicious! Looking forward to the next time we can go back!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Nice restaurant, good service and reliably good food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 2, 2017

wonderful restaurant great food and drinks, lovely ambiance. Love to sit on the patio enclosed so it's open even in winter. Everything on the menu is wonderful, I just wish they would change the menu occasionally, I'd like to go more often but the choices are always the same.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

I greatly enjoyed my time at Casbah. My boyfriend and I went there for a celebratory dinner and had a lovely night. The food and wine were spectacular and our waitress was outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for great cuisine and a special night out.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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