Bonfire: The Upstairs

4.6
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79 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.

Dinner reservations Tuesday- Saturday are for The Upstairs, our second floor.
Reservations Saturday and Sunday 11-3 are for Brunch on the first floor.
We do not take reservations for our first floor outside of brunch.

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!
What 79 People Are Saying
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KE
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meals were excellent and our server was attentive, fun and kind. We had a wonderful seat with good lighting.

DR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Not good , wished we ate downstairs.
Close upstairs and focus on downstairs.

F
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Raw Deal and Beet Salad. Meat loaf was the best and pork chop great flavor

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and the service was great. I’ve their new place

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The menu on the website and taped to the restaurant window are out of date and inaccurate. Even though we were fine to look past that when we went to order from the current menu items were not available. Our reservation was at 7:45...seems early to run out of food. I’ve been there before and had a great experience but this one was disappointing...

OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Bonfili had some wonderful food options. Cocktails were excellent as well.

TB
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my brunch and so did my friend! The service was great, and so was the food! I am going back with another friend for a Christmas brunch!

MP
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husband’s birthday with another couple. The food was superb. Chris Bonfili does not disappoint with wonderful seasonally inspired dishes. Cocktails were unique and well paired to the savory food. Highly recommend for a date night.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My husband and I were in Pittsburgh for our one year wedding anniversary. We stumbled across this place on a food blog. We went for brunch. The food, service, and ambiance were great! It is a little smaller, so we sat at a high top, which is fine. It was just the two of us. I did order the Bloody Mary bar, and it was kind of lackluster. Other than that.. everything as great. If we visit again, we would come back.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious, and our waitress was very helpful with entree suggestions. Great ambiance for a romantic dinner or celebration. Loved this place, such a gem!

m
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, staff, and experience. Highly recommend for your next girls night, date night, or get together

OT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Joe, was extremely knowledgeable of the menu and gave great suggestions. He was very attentive.

s
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food! Superb bar. A lot of options for vegetarians as well which is nice! We had a great time and can’t wait to return.

BD
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good food. A place where one can actually hold a conversation. Excellent service. Good value.

WF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice. We will be back.
Everyone enjoyed their meals.
Mussels were great.

VP
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

'The Upstairs' is advertised as the more pricey and intimate venue, perfect for foodies who wish to be social and mannerly. Yet it is void of any noise absorbing amenities. So when seats are filled on a busy Friday early evening, the room gets crazy noisy. Blared music doesn't add ambiance, but simply ramps up the noise level since people then need to shout not only above the people chatter but also the music. The food is quite tasty and impeccably prepared. But at $65 per person, I wish to enjoy more the social side of the dining experience. Our party of four $250 total bill was for 3 beers, 3 wines, 3 appetizers, 3 entré's, and 2 desserts. It would have been paid more happily if only a worthy social dining experience had been delivered beforehand. PS -- The OpenTable "energetic" indicator for the noise level is misleading; energy is exhausted when one must scream to be heard across a 24" expanse of the table.

L
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I would recommend to a friend who had a little extra cash to spare. For the price you pay the food wasn’t all that great. Actually, mine was quite salty. They offered sparkling water but there was an upcharge. Paid around 90$ for two meals, sparkling water and two scoops of gelato.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner!

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R
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious choices ! Great drinks !

S
Pittsburgh
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jasmine was a great server.

BF
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good, but a bit hidden. Almost too hidden. A little marketing may go a long way, because the foundation is there.

JF
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, 1/2 price wine Wednesday is a great offer. Looking forward to going back!

D
Pittsburgh
92 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really appreciated being able to order from upstairs and eating on the first floor. One of our group could not walk the steps..
Our waitress, Montana, was fabulous! We have had her before and she is delightful...and very efficient...She made our entire dining experience truly exceptional!
Can’t wait to return!

SR
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was quiet, clean and the music was an appropriate level. The food was fantastic and cooked perfectly. The star of this special night was our waiter Joe was attentive, friendly, personable and really made a wonderful day perfect. Can't recommend Bonfire: The Upstairs heartily enough, especially if Joe is working. 10/10

j
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JP
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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 on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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 on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience1

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

C
Pittsburgh
35 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Bad acoustics. So so service. Good food!

JV
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
86 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect. The menu continues to evolve and impress.

AS
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!