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Permanently Closed - Prairie

72 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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Prairie is known for its traditional American cuisine and vegan options. The restaurant has an open dining room layout with rustic walls having different types of paintings. The ambiance is causal and inviting with bright lighting, making it suitable for anyone looking to have breakfast, lunch or dinner with a group of people or in solitude. The waiting staff is responsive and friendly, and provides timely service in a professional manner. Prairie holds brunch and supper on weekends, as well.

The menu at Prairie is a mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The food is served up fresh, prepared using freshly harvested ingredients, which can be paired with a variety of drinks. The restaurant has a private parking lot and bike parking facility, as well. Customers can choose to eat their meal in fresh air as there is an outdoor seating option available. The premises is wheelchair accessible, kid-friendly, and allows pets.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Supper menu begins at 5pm and available until 9pm Sun, 10pm Mon-Thu, 11pm Fri-Sat. Weekend brunch begins at 11am and available until 3pm Sat-Sun
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Phone number
(412) 404-8487
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Prairie is is a great place for larger groups, and private dinners, whiskey tastings, or even full buyouts are offered to interested parties. Please contact us for details.
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Cross street
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Parking details
As a city restaurant, please respect our neighboring residents and businesses by parking only in designated areas. For convenience, a parking lot is located behind our building offering designated spots for Prairie guests. Otherwise, street parking on Penn or Fairmount is typically available.
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Public transit
Save the parking hassle and take the bus! Consult the Port Authority website for details on the 88 (up/down Penn Ave), 87 (from downtown), 77 (from Monroeville), and more.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CandiW (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on August 1, 2016

little pricey, vegetarian dishes were a little bland but still good

OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on July 12, 2016

I'm sad to see this place go but it was a hidden gem within the Friendship/East Liberty area. The food is a bit over priced for American cuisine, though the ambiance was really magnificently rustic. Our waitress took our order without a pen and pad so it was understandable that some of our orders were slightly messed up. Feeling bad, our waitress gave us a round of tequila shots on the house as a kind gesture for the mistakes from the kitchen. Her kindness made the experience all the better.

TessaR (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

This was our second trip to Prairie and it was just as good the second time as the first. The fried green tomatoes were outstanding! The Woodford Mule is honestly worth a visit alone. I haven't tried any other drinks even though the drink menu looks really interesting because the Mule is so good.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

The food is unremarkable and quite bland. Everything needs more sauce, such as the chicken and meatloaf. They are too dry.

I've been there twice and both times I ordered the chocolate cake and both times it was frozen!

RalphM (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

We stopped in for Father's Day brunch at 2pm. It was nearly empty. The food was really excellent; my steak and eggs were great.

OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

Our reservation for father's day brunch was very nice. My dad loved the pecan maple French toast which included fresh berries. I enjoyed a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on a large (burger sized) homade biscuit, along with potatoes. And my mom had the traditional breakfast with eggs , bacon, sausage, and potatoes. It was all very good. The service was very good, but the kitchen was a little slow for the small crowd they were serving. Over all great experience as we got to enjoy the out door patio. We'll be returning soon to try some of the drinks and dinner menu!

KarenZ (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on June 17, 2016

This could be a great place but for a Friday night, it should be packed & was barely filled. Despite being barely filled, it took a very long time for the entrees to arrive. The menu is interesting and the food was very good. New marketing techniques may help. This could be a great place but word is not out.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 5, 2016

Recently ate brunch at Prairie with a party of eleven. Even though we were a large party the food came out together and everything thing was delicious. Will definitely go back and highly recommend this restaurant.

Jimmie (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

Great service. Friendly staff. Food? Perfect. Drinks? Perfect. Sitting outside forces you to deal with car and street traffic, but it is so worth it. I'll defiantly be returning.

Pickyvegetarian (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on May 31, 2016

we went on a warm weekday evening - sat out on the patio, which was a little noisy as it was close to the road, but not terribly so. The Brussels sprouts gratin was perfectly cooked and flavorful and just the right size for 2 people. I had the pasta orrechiete, vegetarian and the flavors were delicious, light and summery. My husband who had the trout said the same of his dish too.
Dessert - bread pudding was one of the best we had tasted, as was the pecan cookie. the strawberry rhubarb pie in a jar was more rhubarb than strawberry, which is fine if you like rhubarb. the apple crumble however was a a bit of a disappointment as there was not enough crumble to offset the tartness of the apple.
Service was great. Would definitely go back to try their other menu items at a different time and if they change it seasonally, we plan to visit again to check that out too

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2016

Too many restauants seem to be going eclectic or daring to carve out their own niche. Prarie is taking a great take, normal american dishes prepared at a level that most chefs arent capable of. A half roasted chicken with biscuits seems simple but this was unreal. Crispy skin, moist meat, the gravy underneath instread of drowing things and the best buttermilk biscuit ever.

OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

Excellent atmosphere, great bar and the mixed drinks were delicious. The food was a bit disappointing for the prices paid.

vipGina (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

For months, I've been dying to dine at Prairie, and I'm glad I finally made it here. From their menu online, I could see there were good vegetarian options which makes it a must-try. We came late on a Saturday evening, but the atmosphere was calm and relaxing. The waitress was very friendly and checked in on us often.

We ordered the cornbread as a starter. Overall, it tasted great: crispy on the outside, nice and fluffy on the inside. However, the jalapeño taste overpowered the rest of the flavors and made the cornbread spicier than I would have liked it to be. The green onions were an interesting touch. I was not a fan but my boyfriend loved it, so to each his own, I guess.

I chose the Seitan Hoagie as my entree, and it was delicious! The seitan itself could have used more flavor. Most of the favor came from the marinated vegetable topping. I was excited to try the cauliflower "cheese" but there was barely any on the sandwich to be able to taste it - disappointing :(

My boyfriend got the Prairie burger which tasted good except for the fact that the patty was unevenly cooked. He ordered it medium rare but the center looked like it was ripped right off the cow while the sides were too well done.

Even though it wasn't a completely smooth ride, I would still recommend trying out this place. It's vegetarian-friendly and the prices aren't too bad for the quality of food you get. Definitely check it out!

vipGojo (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Great food. We truly enjoyed our experience.

OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

The food was very delicious and the portions were generous for the prices. Overall a great experience.