Bonfire: The Upstairs

4.6
36 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Welcome to The Upstairs at Bonfire, where we offer a curated, contemporary American dining experience unlike any other in the city.

Located on the corner of 21st and East Carson St, The Upstairs at Bonfire offers a relaxed, yet sophisticated atmosphere above East Carson Street on Pittsburgh's historic Southside.

Reservations Saturday and Sunday 11-3 are for Brunch on the first floor.
Reservations Tuesday through Friday 11-3 are for Lunch on the first floor

If you are unable to find your preferred seating time, please do not hesitate to call the restaurant to speak with a reservationist, we're happy to help!
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CH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tastes with visually attractive presentations for all 6 of us. Sharing entrees and small plates are welcome.

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Delicious food. Fantastic server. Nice environs, but nothing special.

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OT
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were big fans of Avenue B and were excited to try Chef Bonfili's new endeavor. The upstairs restaurant is very attractive, but far too loud.

The food, for the most part, was quite good. The only disappointing dish was the pierogies. They were beautifully presented, but lacking filling. The ratio of filling to pasta was way off. The rest of the dish (mushrooms, onions, broccolini, beets) was delicious. Two of the four of us had halibut and would recommend it. Desserts were pretty, clever and delectable.

Service was probably the worst part of the evening. The food took an inordinately long time to come out, despite the fact that the restaurant was not full.

Overall, it was a nice night out and we wish Chef Bonfili much success.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious
Service was outstanding
Upstairs was noisy making it difficult to hold a conversation

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A
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good, just not spectacular. We had previously dined at Avenue B and really had a fantastic meal and experience there. Expected a similar experience at Bonfire, unfortunately, we were disappointed.

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D
Pittsburgh
84 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner. We especially liked our server… Montana.
She was very accommodating and was a pleasure to have as our server

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B
Pittsburgh
32 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where can you find a hidden gem in the Burgh?! Right here. Wonderful ambience, stellar food, exceptional service and a management team that cares if your needs were met as expected!

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C
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We know Chris from Avenue B and Cafe in Sewickley. He has it now, right on!! Other places were great but BONFIRE is the real Chris. Lots of excitement at the bar and upstairs was perfect. Can’t say enough good about the food, the service and the noise level upstairs. He has paid a lot of attention to details. We could actually carry on a conversation, and it was a lot about how fabulous the food was. I think he will be there a long time. HOORAY

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TP
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Upstairs...downstairs...always a terrific experience at Bonfire. The food shines, of course, and staff is as good as it gets. I suspect the differentiation between the two floors is still a work-in-progress. I embrace the quieter, finer dining experience upstairs, but I wonder if the differentiation requires a little adjustment. For example, regulars like me may have favorites from the downstairs menu that would be nice to have upstairs (or vice versa). While while the difference in ambience is thoughtful (noise level, music playlists, etc.), could it be a little stronger (tablecloths upstairs, for example?)

Anyway, I love both floors and have no doubt they will continue to evolve.

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EP
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new space in the southside is super cool, comfortable and noise level is good it was very easy to carry on a conversation.
Service and Food exceptional always very consistent as far as food goes.
We had a Friday evening reservation and didn’t have any problem parking right out front there’s about a half block away so no worries there can’t wait to go back

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R
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had brunch downstairs. It was so noisy that you could not hold sa conversation with the person across from you. When did people begin shouting to each other in a restaurant? Also I was mildly disappointed in the menu. This is not what we were used to at Chef Chris' Avenue B.

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MF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and most importantly the service was outstanding here. There was a new menu and the wait staff were acquainted with everything on it.

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

We had a delicious dinner . Great wait staff. Absolutely love d the Brussel sprout appetizer. ,the mussels. Tuna tartare and chicken entree. Fun night and we were not rushed .

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SR
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Bonfire. The atmosphere was very relaxing where we started off the evening with a cocktail. Our server explained the dinner selections and the food was beyond our expectations. The presentation was beautiful. Dessert was large enough for the 4 of us. We definitely will be back.

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NM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had mushroom soup, green lettuce salad, and the arugula pesto tagliolini. Both the soup and salad were good, my friend said the soup was outstanding. The pasta was bland. Nothing wrong with it, but for $25 for plate with little additional protein added - just the noodles plus sauce and some pine nuts, it seemed pricey and we kept adding salt and pepper. I couldn't taste the peppery bite you would expect from arugula and with only a few basil leaves as garnish, the dish was very bland. I will try again with a different entree at some point. I had a cocktail before dinner - something with gin, lavender and egg white, and it was delicious. The bartender was also our waitress and the service was perfect.

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D
Pittsburgh
85 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our first dinner at Bonfire Upstairs.
The sauce for dinner he mussels was delicious!
My husband thoroughly enjoyed his triple tail.
We look forward to returning!

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LU
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Newly opened second floor is a welcomed addition to Southside restaurants.
Quiet open setting. Food and service were excellent which is even more remarkable for such a new restaurant. Sampled 2 appetizers and 4 main courses, each distinctive and excellent.
Great find and addition to an ever expanding list of go-to restaurants in Pittsburgh.

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TP
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

The experience was terrible. We were upstairs, and the noise level was so bad I could not talk with my husband who was across the table. We were long time Avenue B diners, and loved our many experiences there. We will not return to Bonfire unless the sound is remedied. According to my husband, who is an architect, there are some things that can be done to soften the noise.

Also, I commented to our server that the chef had a heavy hand with the salt. My entree was the Potpie. She commented that she had four complaints about the salt that evening.

We were terribly disappointed. Had hoped this place would be as good as Avenue B. You have lost good customers.

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DD
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food, service and Ambiance. The only issue was the noise. It was really noisy toward the end of our meal... could hardly hear each other!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding, so was the food!!!

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JD
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Chef Chris and really enjoyed his newest venture. The food was fabulous with new menu items skillfully prepared and presented. The staff was spot on with the service. The new surroundings are lovely.

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JD
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal dining experience! Chef Chris Bonfili is a true master with what he creates from appetizers to dessert! Looking forward to coming back again very soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, service was excellent. We were here on Mother's Day so it was busy, but you couldn't tell from the attention the wait staff gave us. I would definitely eat here again!

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D
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I would go back to Bonfire, because food and drinks were REALLY tasty, but first experience could've been better. First, reservation was for The Upstairs, but we were seated in downstairs area and told they were getting Upstairs ready for dinnertime. Reservation was 2:45 p.m. on Mother's Day, so that made sense, but could've let me know that when they called to confirm 2 days earlier. It wasn't very busy, but we waited a LONG time between table visits (drink refills, checking on our food, etc.). Server said she was new (to explain why she didn't know the menu well), and although she was sweet, she seemed busier flirting with someone sitting at the bar than making sure we were OK. She ordered our food wrong, so brussels sprouts that were supposed to have hazelnuts on the side came with them on top and a burger that was supposed to have an egg on it came without one ("fixed" by serving us a side of scrambled eggs afterward -- ??? -- FOR WHICH WE WERE CHARGED $2, even though they weren't what we'd ordered). A manager didn't seem to have been alerted that we might not be 100 percent happy, although they should've been. Even so, the food & drinks were really great -- interesting combinations, good flavor, nice variety. The brussels sprouts were so good that my son who doesn't usually like them gobbled them down! The lemon parfait dessert was great but could use more fresh whipped cream (and less lemon cream) to lighten it. Chicken & waffles was good except a bit of REALLY spicy pepper got mixed into the greens on top of it (seemingly by accident, as it was in only one bite) and I prefer waffles that are just a little spongy instead of super-crispy on the outside. Blood orange mimosas were perfect -- not overly sweet, with plenty of bubbles. So there's lots of promise, and I look forward to trying it again sometime!

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JP
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Tuna and salmon tartar was great. Soft shell crab special was delicious. Very noisy atmosphere made conversation difficult.

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

Great service and exceptional food!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We liked the space, service was awesome, music was perfect for a Sunday brunch. The Brussels sprouts were amazing and everyone liked the poutine. The entree portions were big - almost too big to eat so we took some home. The Smores pancakes were rich and good (except for the harder pearl type things, which we weren't a fan of)) - the chicken and waffles was devoured, the breakfast calzone was yummy and huge, the basic AF breakfast was good and so were the eggs benedict. Huevos Rancheros meal was good, but didn't knock my socks off. Overall, the staff was welcoming, service was wonderful, food was delicious, and we'd definitely come back again! 👍

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MP
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Bonfire is new and therefore I think certain things should be allowed while they adjust. The service is very good and we felt that the atmosphere upstairs in the final dining area was very nice. However there were certain inconsistencies in the food. One entrée which was the fish was so dry that it tasted more like wood. It was sent back, and when it returned - it was essentially raw. I did not tell them this. While they took the fish off the bill-I would have preferred that they fix the fish correctly and charge me for it. My husband’s pasta dish by my estimation was extremely dry but he did not want to say anything about it. I Noticed that the manager brought comp drinks with the check before people left - which they did not do for us. That seems unacceptable. They screwed up two entrées, so I guess they only give a drink to people who rave. Either the food is right or is it not right and a customer pointing out that is not right should not be an issue. We eat out in many restaurants and while I liked the place, and their previous place, this was not up to par.

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Bonfili is one of the best! Fantastic menu, delicious and well prepared dishes, and such a lovely space for a special dinner. We love this gem!

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S
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We would give this restaurant another try. The service was rather slow and the food was not hot. One person in our party had to request another cup of coffee because it was cold. However, the seasonings were interesting and the platings were attractive.

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MW
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Joseph our waiter was great. He served as bar tender as well and was knowledgeable on the menu and ingredients. Lovely room and friendly staff. We will definitely go back.

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TB
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Wait staff are very knowledgeable about the food and beverages. Food was outstanding. Would definitely go back. Would like to try the menu on the 1st floor as well. If you are dining on the 2nd floor you cannot order from the 1st floor menu and vice versa.

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SL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When we went it was not busy so we had dedicated service. But you can tell yhe the service would be great even ir busy - friendly, smart staff. It was our first time there and we felt very welcome. both appetizers and entrées were extremely good and the menu had a very nice drink selection. The entrées were a tad pricey but the quality and preparation was first rate. The South Side really needs some high tier dining and this place fits the bill. I will be back.

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AD
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the service. Menu was unique. Food delicious. I will be back soon!

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RE
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were fantastic. Tried the roasted root vegetable pot pie which was delicious!

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KW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal and service we had at Bonfire 2nd floor was AMAZING. Everything we had was top notch. I cannot wait to visit again.

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