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Cafe Momentum - Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Cafe Momentum - Pittsburgh

4.8
4.8
103 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Café Momentum is not a normal restaurant. Café Momentum is a non-profit restaurant that offers a locally sourced, chef-driven menu and serves as a culinary training facility for young people impacted by the juvenile justice system.

Café Momentum’s program teaches critical skills that allow youth to re-enter society in a safe, real-world environment of nurturing accountability. By participating in our program, the youth rotate through every aspect of the restaurant, from waiting tables to washing dishes, while working side-by-side with Chef Peter Henry.

Don't miss our famous smoked fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, ham hock collard greens, buttermilk biscuit, and black pepper gravy.

We are BYOB! $5/person corkage fee.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (412) 315-7765
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Peter Henry
  • Catering
    Learn more about our catering, private event options, and view the menu at https://cafemomentum.org/cafe-momentum-pittsburgh-catering/.
  • Private party facilities
    With our stunning event space, state-of-the-art kitchen, and a tailor-made menu to suit your vision, Café Momentum is the perfect place to host your private event. By choosing us, you're not just serving a meal; you're helping write a success story for Pittsburgh’s justice-impacted youth.

What 103 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Innovative

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Good for groups

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Healthy

  • Pittsburgh

    Innovative

  • Pittsburgh

    Good for groups

  • Pittsburgh

    Healthy

103 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful meal and great service. The young people are hardworking and attentive. More importantly, as a nonprofit, you are supporting a program that provides wraparound services for youth who have intersected with the juvenile justice system.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is amazing! I highly recommend going we had a great valentines here!

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  3. Chris

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'm not sure where to begin other than these young people really understand how to give great service on top of the delicious food. Very well done and will absolutely be back.

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  4. JustSayJulie

    Pittsburgh

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food (we all had the salmon) and service.

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  5. JimW

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu changes seasonally, but we love that they always have a vegan option. The vegan Fig and Chocolate Cannoli is fantastic.

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  6. ConnieP

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the mission of Cafe Momentum. Also, the food is great!

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  7. Tasha

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best food in Pittsburgh with the best mission. 1000% go to this wonderful place.

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  8. SarahD

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant. Delicious food. I found it difficult to find menu items I can enjoy having a pork allergy. Luckily I was able to make a few substitutions to have the smoked chicken dinner with sprouts instead of greens. They made the accommodation without issue. The service was fantastic. It did have a tendency to get loud once it started to fill up but not so much you couldn’t talk at your table. I thoroughly enjoyed it and we will be back.

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  9. RSadoo

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. The mission is wonderful but the food stands on its own.

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  10. jeremyw

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great night and amazing cause! Seasonal menu is always delicious.

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  11. GinnyJ

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service and mission! Highly recommend!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional experience. Everything from the ambiance to the service to the food. Love this place.

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  13. MikeE

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best "fine dining" experience I've had in town lately.

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  14. ConnieP

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The special menu for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week was one of the best meals I’ve had in quite a while. I’ll definitely be back.

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  15. guest

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sous chef came to the table to look at the menu relative to my allergies. He was very helpful.

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  16. Belladonna

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time, but we'll be back often. Absolutely love the mission of this non-profit venture, and the great food was only surpassed by the customer care. Five stars!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe momentum has an amazing story and their restaurant week menu was innovative and delicious. All three courses offered something unexpected in flavor and/or texture pairing but truly let elements show. They did run out of the restaurant week dessert, but we were able to order anything else of off the regular dessert menu.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for the food, will return for the mission. Meeting the young people cafe momentum filled my heart, and the amazing food filled my belly. Thank you cafe momentum for what you’re doing in Pittsburgh!

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  19. Josie

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is truly incredible. The mission is great and so is the food. I’ll be back here time and again.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, great mission! Will be back!

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  21. Christian

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been here twice in the last 10 days. I’ve owned restaurants and love amazing food and this restaurant should be in the running for a Michelin Star. The very locally sourced products from 15+ farms is just the beginning of the success here. The Menu speaks louder than most in Pittsburgh but softly surpasses most if not all in Pittsburgh. Easily Top 5 restaurants in Pittsburgh. Go before everyone finds out. It’s byob so bring a good wine to complement the food. Pricing is very good for portions and the service is vibrant and adaptable to the customers.

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  22. TammyW

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite and flavorful appetizers, salads, entrées and a scrumptious variety of sides. Excellent services and a strong sense of mission.

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  23. RobertH

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are vegetarians and there were good selections for us in appetizers and entrees. The service was excellent but not overbearing. The quality of the food was very good. I thought my gnocci was a bit oversalted but otherwise very tasty. And we thought the cost was very good value for what was an enjoyable evening.

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  24. BarbaraD

    Pittsburgh

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant funtions as a one-year training program for at-risk teens on a sStrictly voluntary basis. The food is excellent (full-time professional chef) and a good value. The smoked fried chicken is fabulous, as is the charcuterie flatbreads. Service is .... well-intentioned and enthusiastic. Have been there 4 times and will be back many more. This is an important place in Pittsburgh and we need to support it.

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  25. WesleyS

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food--best pork chop I've ever had.. Great staff. Music was quiet enough to have a conversation without straining. Price was beyond reasonable for the quality.

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  26. JeffS

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was really good food, with amazing presentation. I love the mission and was really happy to get a great meal while supporting it.

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  27. EarlW

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Cafe Momentum is a nonprofit restaurant designed to teach justice system-involved youth ages 15-19 employment and life skills. So it was even more impressive that this But when you come to the restaurant, you're not coming to a charity. You are dining at an upscale establishment that serves excellent food. I had a jerk sauced pork. My dining partner had a tuna steak that was grilled to perfection. Both tasted amazing and the presentation was attractive. The service was a bit uneven, which I sort of expected given that the waitstaff is 15-19 years old, but it was always friendly and caring. We will be back, and you should give them a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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  28. Steve

    Pittsburgh

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVE the concept of this place. Give those who are in a not so perfect situation and giving them an opportunity to be productive and work, PERFECT. If you do go here, the booths are pretty tight meaning not much room between you and the table and they are set in place (can't move them). For the food, very good and the pricing is very reasonable. I didn't catch this when I made the reservations but it is BYOB. The noise level is HIGH. Nothing to absorb sound (people talking) so it's difficult to hear. The servers were very polite and attentive but they need to speak slower and louder. All in all, a good experience.

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  29. PGHDiner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will be back! Food was good and service was great. Portions were generous. The smoked fried chicken was a hit!

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  30. Kayla

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service by the staff, everyone was extremely friendly and helpful.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The best part was supporting the program. The staff weee great.

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  32. LisaE

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very impressed with the menu and caliber of food served. Prices may be high, but community-focus and uniqueness of meals is well worth it!!!

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  33. BruceW

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden gem in downtown Pittsburgh with a great cause!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Not a great experience. I appreciate what they are doing for young people in transition. But the food was sub par across the board. My ribeye was grass fed and had a funky flavor. I didn’t finish it. I would have appreciated knowing it was grass fed. Other dishes were mediocre. Fried chicken had an artificial smoke flavor added to it. Unfortunately the best part of the meal was the wine we brought with us.

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  35. Tarotlee

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only thing better than the food and the service at Cafe Momentum is the mission. In addition to having a terrific meal, we had a terrific conversation with the Chef de Cuisine, Peter. He and the rest of the staff (Faith and Leia were our server and hostess, respectively) were hospitable, welcoming and terrific.

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  36. BarbaraD

    Pittsburgh

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Cafe Momentum is a restaurant and a training program for at-risk youth, located just off Market Square next to the Hilton Garden Inn and Market Square parking garage. The food is very, very good. Service is pretty good - this is a training program for teens and they are not yet experienced, sometimes shy and occasionally make minor goof-ups with orders (goof-ups are quickly corrected). Hey, these are kids who are trying to re-boot their lives with the help of the Cafe Momentum leadership staff, so we'll be patient with all that. Food is an excellent value - do not miss the Fried Smoked Chicken - it's fabulous. And the flatbreads. BYOB Just go!

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  37. AnneMarie

    Pittsburgh

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was quite good, the service attentive. Literally my only complaint is that the cookies I ordered for dessert were a little dry.

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  38. luvfood

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! What a wonderful and inspirational concept for internships. Chef came out to meet us personally. Everyone was very welcoming. Interesting flavors. Tried 3 of the 4 “Boards” - all unique and tasty. The monkfish, gnocchi, and pork chop were amazing entrees. Try this place - it is a truly unique dining experience!

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  39. Antanas

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 2nd meal at the Pittsburgh Cafe Momentum. We've eat often at the Dallas Cafe when we lived there. They are both terrific, never disappointing in their offerings, and always, always great fried chicken with collard greens and mashed potatoes. The pork chop is also one of our favorites. Last night we had the gnocchi--so good. Not your grandfather's gnocchi. The lamb and pork meatballs melted in our mouths as we savored them (we often share two dishes and did last night, altho I reluctantly give up the fried chicken). The young serves and wait staff are attentive and the chef often makes the rounds talking to folks. We try to get to the Cafe once month when we have tickets to modern dance at the Byham. If you've never been, go. And donate a bit of dough when you pay.

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  40. ClaudineO

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We completely enjoyed our dinner. Not only was the food great but the staff was friendly and attentive. We will definitely return and recommend to our friends. Moreover, it is a great cause with an important mission.

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FAQs

Cafe Momentum - Pittsburgh is rated 4.8 stars by 103 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Cafe Momentum - Pittsburgh

268 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Peter Henry
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Vegan
  • Phone number
    (412) 315-7765
  • Catering
    Learn more about our catering, private event options, and view the menu at https://cafemomentum.org/cafe-momentum-pittsburgh-catering/.
  • Private party facilities
    With our stunning event space, state-of-the-art kitchen, and a tailor-made menu to suit your vision, Café Momentum is the perfect place to host your private event. By choosing us, you're not just serving a meal; you're helping write a success story for Pittsburgh’s justice-impacted youth.
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