Acorn - Pittsburgh

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

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JB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acorn is always a memorable meal. Great flavors

p
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about a Acorn was wonderful, but the carrot cake was spectacular and I don’t even like carrot cake. It was a work of art that I now crave. Natalie was the best.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food - appetizers, entrees, side dishes and cocktails were EXCELLENT! While I have been to Acorn a couple other times, this was the first time that I had a whole meal.
Our waiter was a bit “stiff” yet the servers were not.
We were disappointed, however, that the restaurant was not very busy in a Saturday night.
Please spread the word that Acorn is definitely worth a very good dining destination!

RR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First visit to Acorn. We had a great experience! This is one of Pittsburgh’s best restaurants.

L
Naples
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we can't wait to return. Everything about our recent dinner was fun and memorable - the cozy ambiance, our very knowledgeable and professional server, and the food. Oh the food! With advice and guidance from our server we chose several of the small plates to share. Each dish was so far beyond our expectations and the rather modest menu descriptions. This is extremely creative and fresh food and every bite of each dish was like an individual flavor explosion. I am still thinking about the gnocchi with trumpet mushrooms and the "tomatoes" which was a dish that almost had us licking the plate. Oh, and the carrot cake is a must. We were effusive in our praise to our server and he in turn was thrilled that we were so pleased. This was a delightful meal full of surprises created by a very talented and skilled chef. Enjoy!

TK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was creative and delicious. The service was professional and friendly; paced our courses perfectly.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner with generous portions.

DR
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The gnocchi appetizer was great. However the other items were had too much salt. Was disappointed in those dishes. But The waitstaff asad phenomenal and the ambiance was great.

D
Tampa
36 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great location with many interesting shops. I assume the rent is off the charts and thus the necessity for pricing at the high end. I ordered a simple cocktail that was served not in the glass that is typical. Was not chilled and, while the place advertises its specialty drinks, this certainly missed the mark. The menu was limited, offering limited choices. The pork loin entrée was good while the salmon entrée was small and not very appealing. The server was joking and jovial, perhaps more of an act that would appeal to some. Bottom line, better experiences can be found elsewhere. Sorry for the negativity, but the place fell far short of previous diners' ratings.

SD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC food!!! Def a bit pricey but 1000% worth it it is so good. The linguine is one of the best dishes I have ever eaten. Period. End of story.

SI
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was really good, no complaints. The only thing that is not the first time happen to me is that they always pick the worst table for us. The one close to the bathroom, kitchen or stairs. We reserved a high chair seating and we didn’t get it. I asked the hostesses if we could have another table and she says that this was the only table available for two. So what is the deal? Do we have to be more than two?

JM
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food, including the eggplant appetizer, which was full of savory flavors, the tuna, which out of this world, and beignets, which were the best I have tasted since New Orleans. Wonderful and knowledgeable service from Natalie.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very pleased with Acorn. The food is fresh, unique and very tasty. We ate 2 small plates, shared and entree and dessert. This allowed to experience more variety and everything was delicious. Highly recommended.

ED
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
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 on August 17, 2019
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 on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is wonderful - the food is extraordinary

D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
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

T
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acorn has become one of our favorite restaurants. Food is excellent, and service is just right—attentive without being intrusive.

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
4 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
9 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!

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