Acorn - Pittsburgh

4.6
253 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Acorn is the latest installment from Chef Scott Walton featuring Simple.Honest.Soulful Cuisine. Acorn offers something for everyone where each dish is served with an attention to detail in a beautifully designed space with a casual neighborhood environment. Located in the Historic Walnut Street District of Shadyside, Pittsburgh.

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 253 People Are Saying
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ED
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acorn is one of our absolute favorite restaurants...and it fortunately is located in Pittsburgh. Everything about it- food quality, creativity, service, ambiance- is all first rate. We look forward to our next visit in the very near future. Highly recommend this top notch eatery.

P
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding! I’d recommend it to anyone. The service was also top-notch!

LE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is wonderful - the food is extraordinary

D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Although the food was good, the service was unacceptably poor. After a slight delay in delivery of the appetizers, it took more than one hour for the main courses to arrive. When we asked what was happening, the waiter said "the items are being plated" -- but it still took another 10-15 minutes. The waiter attempted to compensate by providing a free dessert (which we did not really want, nor were we offered a choice of items); it took a while for these desserts to come. The evening started by three different waiters introducing themselves as our waiter. Ultimately, none of these did a good job.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch as always at Acorn. Fresh beignets with smoked chocolate and butterscotch made dessert perfect. Glad Acorn is part of Shadyside Walnut St.

EK
Canberra / ACT
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh! Fourth time there and it is consistently so impressive. The food is delicious with great portion sizes and lovely staff.

OT
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good experience. Will add this to my rotation.

n
Pittsburgh
31 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acorn is nothing short of exceptional. Unbelievably innovative and tasty dishes and a truly relaxed atmosphere. Service is impeccable. Acorn receives my very highest compliments

CB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

These guys knocked it out of the park. We started with the BBQ beets and shrimp toast. Both dishes were distinctively flavorful and fresh. The sauces/reductions here at Acorn are quite innovative and flavor-packed. We could have been satisfied with just the BBQ beets and shrimp toast, both were excellent, but we ordered the Tenderloin of Beef for Two. It was outstanding. Cooked perfectly and steaming hot when it arrived at the table. We really liked this South American/Peruvian influenced main course with short rib ragout and butter beans and squash. The food at Acorn is "Out of Bounds" delicious. Service is great also. Nice work. We'll be back soon.

OT
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Acorn the first time because it was convenient and were impressed by the quality of the food. We went back with friends for a second visit and the restaurant did not disappoint! The trout, which I had, was amazing! The others were likewise impressed with their choices.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was very bad. Very slow. The food was
Very over priced

VA
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and in-house made soda. The personnel was very attentive without being intrusive.

ZW
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Our server Eric was great. Will definitely visit again.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Enjoyed Brunch on a Sunday; best to make reservations to ensure a seat. The restaurant could have used a couple more servers to keep up with the crowd.

So many good options to choose from! The Onion Bagel with Scallion and White fish was so good, we bought another to take home! The Scallion Pancake was delicious and very filling. My husband enjoyed the burger and fries.

BR
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have to say I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food only because I didn’t have any expectations. Thought the food was tremendous. Had a trout dish that was fabulous and a nice portion. Highly recommend the place

m
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has always been and always will be one of my favorite restaurants.

JM
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding! We enjoyed the eggplant appetizer, with heirloom tomatoes and feta cheese, the beef I tenderloin for two, and capped it with the beignets, all of which were outstanding and unique. This restaurant is a true find, with multiple cuisines, uniquely prepared.

j
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the Orson Welles cocktail, which was very good. Especially liked the orange ice cube rather than water that dilutes as it melts.

The eggplant small plate was delicious! The gnocchi was good, too, but the eggplant was a hard act to follow.

J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. Overall a really nice dining experience

k
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite! Our first time at ACORN and we are going back tomorrow night. We are food snobs to be honest - we live in NYC and eat well but are from PGH and come for visits every year. We always try to find new restaurants while also visiting old favorites. Acorn is a new favorite - maybe the best food we've had here. That good. And we've had great meals at Eleven and Legume and Altius and Cure and Spork etc. The chef at Acorn is doing wonders with flavors, textures and presentation. We had fantastic gnocci as an appetizer and followed up with sockeye salmon and beets. Who knew beets could taste like this! We promptly canceled our rez for tomorrow night at another place and made a new one for Acorn. Also excellent wine suggestion from our very professional server who was great all evening (service has been a constant issue this week at other places, weirdly). Very nice ambience. All in all a great dinner.

DE
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I had an early dinner as I watched the action on the street. The staff were wonderful. I was not very hungry so the mussels hit the spot. The wine list is outstanding.

W
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Presentation and food excellent. Pasta with pistachios outstanding. Always a safe choice for great food.

S
Pittsburgh
54 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice birthday dinner. Arrived was great and dishes were creative. Bartender made a special birthday cocktail for my girlfriend.
Server was very knowledgeable around the menu and helped with gluten free options.
Sat in the back and the upper part of the restaurant was empty. Felt a little stark.

PF
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always outstanding. Very creative dishes that are absolutely delicious. Nathan is an amazing waiter, his upbeat personality as well as his knowledge and descriptions of the food add to the whole experience.

FE
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden Gem on Walnut Street. Gourmet food full of flavor and unique menu. Excellent service. Modern eclectic atmosphere. Nice option of small plates and entrees. Full bar with craft cocktails. A delightful dining experience.

NB
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Everything that we had was amazing. Visit... you WON’T regret it!

EK
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Acorn is an upscale farm-to-table gastropub on Walnut Street in Shadyside.
It's fairly easy to locate and has a sparse but comfortable ambiance.
They have a well-stocked array of spirits and mixed drinks.Their beer selection is limited but is compiled of some very good local brews that you don't see often.
The food itself was scrumptious and pleasantly-presented.
The service was impressive and the waitstaff was well-versed in all facets of the meal.
All in all I would highly-recommend Acorn for any occasion and/or a pleasant dining experience.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I would say everything was “ok.” Not bad, just not great.

DJ
Pittsburgh
89 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My pasta entree was outstanding but our other dinner, the lamb, was disappointing. Service and ambiance were very good. Cocktails were very well executed but the wine selections are limited, unusual, and overpriced. The desert, beignets, was great.

OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The bread was burnt. But overall the other food was good.

BC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious food and modern atmosphere. I recommend the tenderloin to share and the shrimp toast. Excellent cocktails also.

T
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here and we will definitely be back. The salt cod and bread & butter were excellent starters. Entrees were the rainbow trout and veal osso bucco. Both of our meals were also excellent. Our server was outstanding. We had a lovely time and look forward to going back.

h
New England
64 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal. My wife and I were in town for a few days and were looking for a good option in Shadyside. We weren't sure what to expect from the menu since it's on the short side, but had a terrific meal which we thoroughly enjoyed. Will definitely try to go back next trip.

P
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very limited menu. Could use more appetizers and salad and sides. Main items limited and most prepared with shell fish.

GS
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Three courses, plus a comp’ed dessert... dishes were hit and miss. The kitchen owned it (and comp’ed it), but I doubt we will go back. Server was knowledgeable, professional, and attentive.

EB
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beignet special every time 😍

S
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was delightful and the food was very well prepared and flavorful. I really enjoyed the Orsen Wells cocktail.

P
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch. The best salad I have ever eaten! Honest - it was incredible and the citron dressing was amazing. It was not busy so my noise rating may not hold when it is full.

JS
Pittsburgh
61 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Acorn has just gotten better and better. I always enjoy their brunch. The selections are very original and well executed. Wait staff are friendly and service is timely--no long waits. I really love their mocktails. The only problem is the noise level. I would suggest reducing the sound level of the music. Otherwise, Acorn is a gem.

W
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The usual, it's one of the best foodies restaurant Pittsburgh has to offer.

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