Bonfire: The Upstairs

4.6
54 reviews
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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

We do have a separate entrance leading to the Upstairs at Bonfire, just follow the sign next to the main entrance!

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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j
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Service from Montana was top notch. She described everything well and was efficient, neat, and unobtrusive. We all enjoyed her professionalism. The food was exquisite. We had the very fresh tasting fish which melted in your mouth. We started with The Raw Deal, which was salmon tartare. Everyone agreed that it was excellent as well, with the sesame, ginger, oriental flair. My boyfriend had the meatloaf, which he also enjoyed. The ambience was good, expecially after dark, with the nice subdued pin lights on the ceiling. I think it would have been cozier with tablecloths, but maybe they left them off for restaurant week? Anyway, we will return. I brought my friends here and everyone loved the place.

JJ
Naples
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a delicious meal! The Raw Deal is always so fresh and tasty. We were there for restaurant week and I loved the smaller portions and wish restaurants offered these for us smaller eaters!! I wish it wasn’t so loud but otherwise had a wonderful dinner and will return.

EG
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb, service was excellent, ambiance was fantastic. Will definitely be back!

JP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took friends for dinner and were so happy with our choice! Food was really terrific and the servers were great. Three in our party ordered from the Restaurant Week menu and I ordered from the regular one. Everyone was very happy with their meals. Definitely will be back

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

I really enjoyed Bonfire! The meal was excellent! The popcorn bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce was the best dessert I have had in years. The dessert melts in your mouth. I took it home and it did not last long.

BM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 1

We had a great experience. I would definitely recommend going. Best new high end dinning in Southside that is not stuffy.

C
Pittsburgh
33 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited this restaurant for restaurant week and was very impressed. The upstairs was just the right size. The food was delicious and the service was quick. The decor was beautiful. Will definitely return.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Bad acoustics. So so service. Good food!

JV
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The upstairs is very noisy. We were a party of four and we had time hearing one another at the table.

Our waitress was very good. She was extremely helpful and friendly.

g
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and overall look of the restaurant was really wonderful. Excellent meal, very attentive service at dinner on a Saturday evening.
The noise level was almost unbearable upstairs. The surfaces of the restaurant are all "hard." So sound bounces off these surfaces and makes conversation possible only if one yells across the table if the restaurant is busy. Some sort of soundproofing would likely help in this regard.
Otherwise, this is a great new find.

HD
Pittsburgh
75 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Service was very good - food was good but a bit high. The acoustics are a bit hard - the noise level was way too much.

l
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Glad to see this one open, as I so miss our B Gourmet in Sewickley, which closed. (Same owners) When I came into Bonfire, though, I kind of wished I could eat downstairs. The burgers looked fabulous, and we were kind of looking for a bar feel. But Upstairs, the service was exquisite, the food (two of us had the steak, which was cooked to a perfect medium-rare, the other of us had the "Raw Deal," which was extremely tasty, tuna and salmon ceviche-style, as well as the Halibut, which I sampled. Even as a non-fish lover, this was a fabulous dish. All in all, our time at Bonfire was a huge success, and I'm happy to have been there. But next time? Downstairs for a try at that burger!

LB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the new venue for this restaurant. The food was awesome. We really hope this new location will be successful. We will def be back!

RF
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. The menu continues to evolve and impress.

AS
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate at the bottom level and the food was great so we wanted to try upstairs. It did not disappoint! The food was creative and delicious. The presentation of the food was awesome as well. We will be going to back to eat at both levels of the restaurant!

RE
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came just for a weekend dinner and were really pleased with everything. This place is fantastic! We ordered nearly every starter and were really satisfied. The plates look and taste unbelievable!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Wait staff very attentive until we got our bill. We found it odd to be rushed out of the upstairs. It took longer for our food to be served than we were allowed to sit at the end of our meal. Lights tuned down then back up a few times. It was 10:00. We had brought guests and felt uncomfortable with this action.

CH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

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

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.

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

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.

D
Pittsburgh
86 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

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!

C
Pittsburgh
3 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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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.

D
Pittsburgh
86 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!

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.

TP
Pittsburgh
21 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.

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!

MP
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed it much more the second visit.
Actually on a 3rd visit enjoyed the bar. Downstairs more.
There are still a lot of inconsistencies. But honestly that is what Avenue B was like also. Quirky. Sometimes things work sometimes it didn’t sometimes the surfers for excellent sometimes they work. Sometimes the dishes came together and were fabulous other times they were just weird. I think this place has a lot of potential. They seem to need to do more to pull their act together.

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

Service was outstanding, so was the food!!!

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.

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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