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Permanently Closed - Prairie

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72 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • 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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Cuisines
American
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fairmount
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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.
Additional
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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4.0based on all time ratings
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4.2
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3.9
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3.8
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3.0Dined on August 1, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2016

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

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3.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Great food. We truly enjoyed our experience.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2016

I took my mom here for Mother's Day Brunch, and it was delightful! Both of us enjoyed our meals, which was basically modernized country food: Pecan pancakes, biscuits, and bacon were in our meals. When the bill arrived, I was amazed at how little it cost too.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Prairie made our Mother's Day brunch very enjoyable! I loved my chicken and waffles, my husband and I enjoyed the cocktails. My kids loved their mocktails and my younger ones ate the kids' farmer breakfast with gusto. They even tried food from my meal. My oldest had the granola and spring salad and loved it. We would go back.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Spring salad was excellent!!

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3.0Dined on May 3, 2016

Our server was very good and knowledgeable. The food however was marginal. we liked the idea of the dishes, but my chicken was overcooked and my wife's burger was not cooked to her liking (overcooked). The drinks were excellent and unique. We may try you again, in case this was a fluke.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2016

Great neighborhood bistro. We enjoyed the English pea theme in the spring salad and mushroom and English pea risotto. Everything was tasty, fresh and very enjoyable. The music play list was great - that night included all our 1980's favorites.

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2016

Sandwiches were both simply not good. Mostly bread. Our server didn't seem to have many tables but her head wasn't in the game

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by Prairie. We were Verde fans, but Prairie's food is just as good. I had the salmon and farro which was excellent! Everyone in our party was thrilled with their choices, but entrees were a little pricey. Price was my only complaint, but overall a great experience. Love the new decor and menu!

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2016

We had been looking forward to getting together with our best friends to try Prairie for the first time. Sadly, we were significantly disappointed. Every dish we tried, including the side salad, and chicken n' biscuit, was overly seasoned and almost intolerably salty --- and I love salt! Why the need to cover up the real taste of what's billed as simple comfort food?! While the menu had a couple of interesting items, it was, on the whole, too limited and devoid of healthy options. The quality of the food wasn't worth the price. The atmosphere is only slightly improved over the prior space when Verde was there. It's just not inviting. I don't think we'll be returning.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2016

Loved the food, had the Bison Meat Loaf with these little crunchy onions. Was delicious. Chocolate cake with salted caramel icing was so good and intense four of us could not finish.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2016

Prairie manages to be modern, hip, and friendly all while serving cutting edge comfort food. Yes, comfort food. 5 of us dined, each ordered different entrees and all were pleased with our respective plates. The burger does not disappoint and the bun remains intact; the risotto was creamy and the vegetables were al dente; the pork tenderloin was scrumptious and the accompanying beans & rice delicious; the salmon was cooked perfectly and the orrechiette was flavorful and hearty. We shared a mac 'n cheese appetizer, which was to die for...cocktails, beer and wine list also did not disappoint. I can personally vouch for their take on the moscow mule and red sangria. The service was excellent. I loved the straight forward, unfussy approach to updating the old standards.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2016

Nice place to eat. Food was quite good and full of fresh, ingredients. Wide selection of scotch/whiskey/bourbons as well as other spirits.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2016

I was really looking forward to trying Prairie because I was a fan of Verde and I love Tender. However, 50 dollars later and I'm not really sure what I paid for.

I got the seitan sandwich, which was supposed to come with cauliflower cheese and marinated vegetables, but it didn't. It was the driest sandwich I've ever had, despite really awesome fries. The bourbon pours were super stingy, and for a bourbon bar, I was not impressed at all with the selection. Nothing I hadn't heard of, a lot of Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, etc.

The cocktail list was not super creative, but the drinks we got were very good. The service was great, if a little slow at times, and our waitress was super sweet, knowledgeable about the drink menu, and accommodating.

I most likely wouldn't come back, though. It's not right for the price. I'd rather spend the same money at his other place, Tender, where everything is always perfect.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2016

I had the Chicken and Biscuit and my boyfriend had steak. Both were nice Pittsburgh size portions and really delicious. Service was good. We will definitely be going back for Whiskey Wednesdays.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2016

This new place is in the space previously occupied by Casa Verde. Although I am sorry to see them go, the new restaurant has a nice menu, and the décor is progressive and comfortable. My college aged son had the Prairie Burger and really liked it. I had the Skauna Bay salmon, which was grilled to perfection, crispy on the outside and soft and flakey on the inside, without being overcooked somehow. The fish was delicious, although the red beet coulis was a little heavy and overpowering for delicate tasting fish. the wild rice was tasty, and the cake and ice cream was a great way to finish. It was large and my son and I shared it. I will come again with my wife sometime.

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2016

Entrees were very good. Bread pudding was great!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2016

Do not miss the brussel sprouts- the salmon and risotto were both excellent!

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2016

Everything was fine at Prarie to start with. The drinks were fine, the cheese board was great, and my partners meal, the $20 bacon-wrapped meatloaf was well presented and very tasty. However, the most expensive item on the menu, the $28 Steak and Potatoes, was truly mediocre. I had the steak cooked medium well, and t came to me medium. It was extremely tough to cut into, even tougher to chew, and the paltry amount of potatoes and sprouts was pathetic. The plate it was served on reminded me of an Eat 'N Park plate, and honestly this plate wouldn't belong at Eat 'N Park for how lousy it was. For an $90 tab, it was not worth the cost.

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2016

Drinks were spot on .. Food was alright but nothing special .. Service was friendly and accommodating .. Was really hoping for slightly better food since their reopening as Prarie. Had nice gluten free options but nothing was outstanding was really hoping to impressed and just was underwhelmed .

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

Prairie's claim to fame is the quality of their food. Quality food, cooked just right. Servings are large and the atmosphere is just right, neither too loud nor too formal. Downsides: taste is just slightly (very slightly) subpar for a nice restaurant. A little pricey (only a little) given the quality level.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

First time visiting. Small menu but all our choices were great. Loved the corn bread, Brussel sprouts, winter salad, pork and mushroom risotto.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2016

Great menu with new twist on comfort food

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2016

There were 4 of us in our party and we went on a Tuesday night. We shared the Pennsylvania Cheese Board and Kettle Corn Basket for appetizers. Both were very good. For my entree, I ordered the Pappardelle and Sausage and it was so delicious and filling. I also had the Squash soup before the pasta so I was too full to have dessert. All of the food was outstanding and so was the service. The drinks were tasty and they have a nice beer selection too. I would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2016

I met a friend for dinner during the week. Easy to get a table. Waitress was very friendly and accommodating. The menu is small but has a nice variety. Chicken and biscuit was delicious. Perfectly fried chicken. Crispy on the outside and tender and moist inside. My friend had the pork shoulder and that was delicious too. Only complaint is one I have of most places. They served a lovely cheese tray but it had 3 or 4 small toasts on it which wasn't enough for the amount of cheese . We asked for more and got a dish with 3 more. Why so skimpy on the bread? Otherwise, everything was very good. Definitely going back for the fries I was watching people eat.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2016

Gave us a reservation for 10 on Friday evening. Servers lovely. drinks, appetizers, vegan & veggie were very good. Steaks expensive. Chicken not cooked through; re-served only after others finished their meals.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

My wife and I had a Valentine's Day dinner at Prairie in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh. They serve a variety of American dishes. Entree prices vary from 20 to 30. They offer a wide variety of cocktails, draft beers and "mocktails" for those guests that don't drink.

The staff was friendly, courteous, and efficient. The food was awesome. We opted for the price fixe menu, so each of us got an appetizer, entree, and dessert. My wife also got a cocktail and a glass of wine.

The Brussels sprouts with bacon and Parmesan cheese were perfectly roasted. The two squash soup was excellent. Entrees were also excellent. She had the steak and roasted vegetables and I had the salmon. Everything was picture perfect and flavorful. The spicy triple ice cream dessert was decadent and the spicy chocolate ice cream definitely lived up to its name. The chocolate covered strawberries were also good.

We would definitely go there and have already recommended Prairie to family members that like to dine out often.

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