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The Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Pittsburgh's dining scene has much more than your standard "meat-and-potatoes". Sure, you'll find plenty of traditional cuisine and comfort food here, but the transformation and growth of the city have provided a creative boost for the best restaurants in Pittsburgh. Visitors to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will find everything from local favorites like pierogi and kielbasa to delicious Italian dishes and fine seafood within the city limits. But where are the in-the-know diners in Pittsburgh going out for their meals? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We've examined data from hundreds of Steel City eaters to find out the best spots. From those traditional neighborhood favorites to cutting-edge experimental hotspots, book a table at one of these best restaurants in Pittsburgh today.

Restaurants:Acorn - Pittsburgh, Siempre Algo, The Vandal
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Contemporary European
Neighborhoods:Shadyside, Downtown, Lawrenceville
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Acorn - Pittsburgh

$$$$·American·
Shadyside
319 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
This restaurant is a perfect spot for dinner after exploring Squirrel Hill or a show at the Pittsburgh Center for the arts. Acorn is an intimate spot in the Shadyside neighborhood Read more
91% recommended

Siempre Algo

$$$$·American·
Downtown
188 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Siempre Algo is a cozy spot in one of the best areas of the city. It's a quick walk from the waterfront, PNC Park, Allegheny Commons Park, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Travelers whoRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Pittsburgh / Western PA
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The Vandal

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Lawrenceville
186 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
As far as Pittsburgh restaurants go, The Vandal is a perfect “catch.” Sorry about that pun. The Vandal is a bustling coffee shop in the lively Lawrenceville neighborhood by the AllRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Pittsburgh / Western PA

Scratch

$$$$·American·
Downtown
608 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Cross the Allegheny into the Troy Hill neighborhood to try Scratch Food and Beverage. It's a great spot for late-night dining, with a lively and entertaining atmosphere. Try one ofRead more
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Pittsburgh / Western PA

The Cafe Carnegie

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Oakland
205 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Great for Brunch
The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are two of the best tourist destinations in all Pittsburgh. If visiting the Museums - or wanting a great meal - stop in the Cafe CaRead more
93% recommended
Great for Lunch in Pittsburgh / Western PA
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Senti Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Lawrenceville
918 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
For Italian food in Pittsburgh, it doesn't get much better than Senti. This fine restaurant in the Lower Lawrenceville neighborhood has with authentic Italian ambiance. From the caRead more
89% recommended
Notable Wine List in Pittsburgh / Western PA

Spirits & Tales

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Oakland
137 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
This is one of the newest and most talked-about restaurants in all Pittsburgh. In the heart of the North Oakland neighborhood and a short walk away from the Carnegie Museum, SpiritRead more
Scenic View in Pittsburgh / Western PA

Station

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lawrenceville
350 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
The welcoming “Friendship” neighborhood is the location for Station. It's an appropriate area for this celebrated eatery, one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh. The atmosphere Read more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Pittsburgh / Western PA

Umi Japanese Restaurant

$$$$·Japanese·
Shadyside
397 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for a Date
The name of this intimate Japanese restaurant means “Sea.” It should come as no surprise that this restaurant offers up some of the best sushi in all Pittsburgh. There's a full meRead more
Best Service in Pittsburgh / Western PA
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Garbarino's

$$$$·Italian·
Shadyside
284 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Bar Seating
Garbarino's is a new version of a fourth-generation family restaurant. This version is in the middle of the hip Shadyside neighborhood. The long Garbarino's wine menu provides an eRead more
86% recommended
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Floor 2

$$$$·American·
Downtown
590 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
Only a short walk away from the point where the three rivers of Pittsburgh converge is the Floor 2 brasserie. This hip restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh, is in Read more

Whitfield

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,001 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
Whitfield in the Ace Hotel is from celebrated Pittsburgh chef Bethany Zozula. This spacious and engaging neighborhood tavern is in the Ace Hotel space. Its inspiration comes from tRead more
88% recommended
Great for Brunch in Pittsburgh / Western PA
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The Twisted Frenchman

$$$$·French·
East Liberty
326 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
The Twisted Frenchman has one of the best names and some of the best cuisine in Pittsburgh. This spot from chef Andrew Garbarino is in the same location as its counterpart restauraRead more
Notable Wine List in Pittsburgh / Western PA

Legume

$$$$·American·
Oakland
2,138 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
French speakers can guess what the focus is at this renowned restaurant. Vegetables are the foundation of Legume's cuisine, though the restaurant is not a vegetarian place. The conRead more
94% recommended
Healthy in Pittsburgh / Western PA

Casbah

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Shadyside
3,352 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
The Casbah is at the top of the list when it comes to Mediterranean cuisine in Pittsburgh. There's a distinct feel of the Mediterranean within this Shadyside restaurant. The welcomRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in Pittsburgh / Western PA
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Spoon Pittsburgh

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Shadyside
1,853 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Spoon is one of the Steel City's top high-end dining destinations. It's an upscale lounge atmosphere in Spoon, ideal for a night on the town at one of the best restaurants in PittsRead more
89% recommended
Contemporary American in Pittsburgh / Western PA
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Or, the Whale

$$$$·American·
Downtown
640 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
This seafood and chop house restaurant takes its name from the full title of Mellville's Moby Dick. The Whale is in Pittsburgh's historic Salvation Army building. Its slogan is “FaRead more

Merchant Oyster Co.

$$$$·Seafood·
Lawrenceville
84 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Great Beer
Merchant is one of the best options in all Pittsburgh for oysters. This celebrated seafood spot has a full menu of East and West Coast oysters. It's also a great spot for chowdersRead more
Great for Brunch in Pittsburgh / Western PA

Superior Motors

$$$$·American·
Braddock
1,263 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
This super-fun restaurant is one of the most entertaining spots in Pittsburgh. Superior Motors takes its name from its location. This intriguing spot is in the place of one of PittRead more
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Pittsburgh / Western PA

The Commoner

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,455 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Downtown Pittsburgh gets British flair at The Commoner. The menu is full of creative pub favorites with a modern twist, like milk and honey pork belly and a six-minute scotch egg. Read more
84% recommended
Great for Brunch in Pittsburgh / Western PA
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