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Dining Room - Christian James at The Joinery, Curio Hotel by Hilton, Pittsburgh, PA

Christian James at The Joinery, Curio Hotel by Hilton

4.2
4.2
177 Reviews
$30 and under
International
Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, Christian James brings together a refreshing and elevated approach to food and fine dining staples. Featuring influences from all over the world, Christian James serves something for everyone.

Some of the favorites of the house include:

35 Day Dry Aged NY Strip Steak
32 oz. Tomahawk Ribeye
24 oz. Porterhouse Steak
Pasta Primavera
Pan Seared Scallops

Be sure to try the renowned wine and cocktail program featuring small and highly sought-after wines from across the world. Set up a private tasting in the wine room which comfortably seats 6 to enjoy the full depth and breadth of our Sommelier-curated wine list.

Located in the Lobby of The Joinery Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton, you can also try Extended Play, our Lobby Bar featuring local spirits and libations with small appetizers curated by the team at Christian James.

Every dish has a story and at Christian James, we bring that story to life.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    International, Global, International, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (412) 443-1618
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women
  • Catering
    As a company that has it's roots in upscale catering and is a premier caterer in the Pittsburgh region and beyond, we can truly make your next event above and beyond your expectations with our years of experience and creativity.
  • Private party facilities
    We have multiple areas on property for special events from our roof top patio which seats 30 to our glass-enclosed private dining room which seats up to 40 guests and our wine cellar, seating an intimate dinner for up to 8 guests. Kindly contact Joshua, Director of Operations, at josh@kimberleyashleecatering.com or 757-438-3036 to discuss needs.

What 177 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Innovative

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Great for fine wines

  • Pittsburgh

    Innovative

  • Pittsburgh

    Great for fine wines

177 Reviews
  1. Anonymous

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food…great service. Hubby and I shared the grilled veggie board, adobo chicken bites and mussels. We may have found our new favorite restaurant.

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  2. MVDancer

    Central Coast

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner at Christian James! Food was freshly prepared and delicious. Server was friendly and the ambiance is wonderful!

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  3. AmandaN

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere, food and service were exceptional. We made quick reservations at the restaurant while we were staying at the Joinery. We had a concert to attend and they made sure that we were served and had everything in time to make it to the venue. We will definitely return!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Service and attentions ✨❤️ Great Food. Will be back soon.

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  5. ALM1

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing time! The host who seated us also picked out the best wine, gave us recommendations for food (we ordered everything he recommended) and also guided us for after dinner drinks. Our waiter was also so friendly and attentive to us. The owner was so welcoming and friendly and really made us feel welcome! This is a great place to have good food, good wine, and good conversation with your friends. Highly recommend!

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  6. lauril

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    There were no veggies for the sides...was offered beet salad then got just cold beets, undercooked salmon, fries not crisp.... Everyone was kind, but the food was unremarkable, not great....

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wine pairing dinner was phenomenal! The chef took into account allergies and tailored our meal specifically to us. Would absolutely be back!

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  8. Tjharris

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The worst meal experience I’ve ever had. The food was prepared poorly and when I reached back out to management and they had no resolution

    1 person found this helpful

  9. PaulB

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Valentine Day preset meal was disaster for us. Kangaroo may be an international delicacy it would be better served on another day not to mention the skewers were terrible.. However, atmosphere is nice, staff was good and management was very understanding and gracious to us. May try again with their regular menu.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice spot and amazing food. Went there for my birthday and I was blown away. The chef introduced himself to us and asked how we liked the food and got the house special dessert. Would definitely go back again!

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  11. EdieH

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I treated my friend to a birthday dinner at Christian James and it was outstanding from start to finish. We were greeted immediately and offered a table near the kitchen. Our server brought out the wine specialist to help us pick a bottle to complement our menu choices. It was a perfect Bordeaux and we enjoyed every sip. We selected their top seller chicken bites and Mac ‘n cheese as our appetizers and they did not disappoint! Simply delicious. We shared the scallops and risotto special as our entree and Chef Tommy personally prepared and presented it to our table. The scallops were expertly prepared and the risotto was rich and creamy and a perfect pairing with the scallops. We finished off our meal with the crème brûlée topped with fresh berries - also a perfect preparation. If you haven’t tried Christian James yet I highly recommend that you do. The ambience is relaxed and elegant and perfect for a special occasion or a weeknight meal. And they had a delightful children’s menu - so go ahead and take the whole family!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I purchased the wine room package for my boyfriend and it exceeded our expectations! Amazing experience overall

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  13. MaryG

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent with generous serving. The service was great far beyond other places we’d been. I would definitely recommend this place.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I will never eat here again in my life. I had a reservation for 4 people at 8pm. We got seated at 845. They did not care. Didn’t do anything to rectify it. It was my moms birthday and I marked that on the reservation- they didn’t care either. Absolutely the worst experience I’ve ever had. The food also was not great. By the time we got it everyone was starving so we just ate it - but I’d never go out of my way to eat there again. The only decent part was our server who was very kind and helpful. Overall HORRIBLE.

    2 people found this helpful

  15. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I’ve taken quite some time to write this review as I wanted to make sure I wasn’t too harsh. I read some other online reviews after my visit and they are all over the place, I feel like my experience too, was all over the place. The food was good! The staff was kind (overall) but the experience left a lot of be desired. When we first arrived we were told by a French gentleman that the meal would be a typical French meal and we should relax and expect to be there for 1.5 hours. This message was delivered very lightly, we all thought it was a joke, and the restaurant isn’t French cuisine so it was not taken seriously, at all. Keep in mind, the reason we chose this restaurant for our group was because they had a kids menu. Well, the menu is where the catering to kids ended because we waited almost two hours for our entrees and the kids were served last. On top of that, most of our party got the restaurant week deal which came with dessert, the kids menu also noted dessert but they were out of the kids dessert! They didn’t mention this at time of arrival, or order, or when we asked for our desserts… instead they served all the adults their dessert and when I asked for the kids dessert they said they were out without an option for a substitute. Again, the food was good but at the price it should be! I wouldn’t return again with all the other nonsense that came along with it. If you’re looking for a place for a long date or to catch up with friends for a few hours, this is your spot! Otherwise, I’d keep scrolling!

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  16. CathyC

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the lamb chops. We got the privilege of doing the restaurant week menu, and the three standout items worth repeating were: Lamb chops Steak appetizer (mini tacos) Lobster bisque Desserts were huuuuge! The only terrible thing about the meal was the coffee. They should up their coffee game (I understand it's a hotel restaurant and they have to serve coffee with breakfast but perhaps for dinner...)

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were on a tight schedule to get to a show and the staff were happy to accommodate our request for fast service. We were pleasantly surprised to learn it was restaurant week so it was really hard to choose which menu to go with as the standard menu was the reason we chose to go here. In the end we went with the restaurant week menu as it had some interesting special items. All three courses were fantastic and the craft cocktails were delish. The staff were prompt, friendly and genuine. Looking forward to going back and trying the regular menu next time.

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  18. SybilG

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was wonderful with good sized portions. We had the waitress from hell. Would give the place another try because of the quality of the food

    1 person found this helpful

  19. Markus

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Date night here was a success! Friendly server and manager, great tasting food and drinks all around. Look forward to hitting their brunch we were sold on -

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  20. Lavon

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this place, thank you for a great dining experience on our date night out! Jim & Jody

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  21. Darney

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here after the St. Pattys Day parade and what a bomb! Great Irish specials and loved their fries with the cheese sauce. Beautiful place inside and out, found out there is a rooftop here as well, we will be back!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    David and Evie were fabulous servers. Excellent from beginning to end. The lamb and flank steak were wonderful. Desserts were HUGE. We’ll definitely be back!

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  23. DougZ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ambiance is a 4 because it is a not quite as fancy and flashy as other higher restaurants. Regardless, we didn't go there for the ambiance. And we likely will return because of the food and the service. Both were excellent.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant considering it’s in a hotel. We went for lamb during restaurant week. The food was delicious and we were greeted by Evie and David who handled the food serve with professionalism and a smile. Josh, the sommelier, helped us with our wine selections and they were spot on. All in all it was a very enjoyable evening. It was our first time there and thank you restaurant week for introducing us. We will return for all of the above great reasons and they have lamb on the regular menu.

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  25. tanner

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valet parking was amazing and literally at their front door. Great arrival to a great overall experience at this new downtown restaurant. The lumpia was excellent and my wife enjoyed the salmon which was perfectly cooked while I did their NY strip which was grilled over their wood burning grill, so tasty and juicy. Dessert selection is small but does not disappoint and the bread pudding was the best I've had. Service was friendly and not overbearing. Thank you for a perfect anniversary dinner!

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  26. Morgan

    Pittsburgh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went during restaurant week and what a great menu they had! Very international and everything tasted great. Started with cocktails at the bar which were super tasty, then order wine with dinner which was such a great value compared to other lists I've seen at similar restaurants. Three course dinner was great and the portions were huge (I did the steak app., chicken entree, and bread pudding), so full! What a deal. We will come back for sure.

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  27. SamanthaB

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dined last night for Restaurant Week and their three course dinner was such a great value! Excellent tasting dishes across the board and very friendly service. Loved the African Lamb chops expecially! The English bread udding was to die for. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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  28. CianaG

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food Was Undercooked. I asked for a vodka infused dessert I got expresso bean, food was undercooked. I heard a worker say she's been sitting there for a long time for a dessert that takes 6 minutes to make. I was the last person in there sitting there for 15 to 20 minutes I'm going to post to social media & let everyone know not to go there. There is a reason why this place is unknown & not as popular as eddie v, del frisco, vue 412, Lemont etc‼️. 🫶🏾

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  29. Doug

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a blast at the bar with friends. Bartender is on it and makes a mean dirty martini. Their cheeseburger is probably the best i've had.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. Darney

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Started off PGH Resto week here and was extremely pleased with the menu they put out! Very international and tasty, the lamb was seasoned perfectly. Bread pudding was huge, enough for two! Service on point with valet parking, taking our coats, tableside, and goodbyes from the owner. Great experience, thank you ~

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  31. Lavon

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dined last night for Restaurant Week - cool menu and very different from what you will find at other participants for the week. Blown away by the flavors incorporated in the dishes as was able to taste my wifes as well. Friendly and down to earth service, approachable. Great cocktails as well. Loved the place once I pulled up and smelled their wood buring grill going which can be seen from the dining room. We will be back.

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  32. Markus

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Faith renewed! First time I was here I rated a 4 last year. This time was a 5. Better management obviously and a new chef as the food was a step up!! Looking forward to trying their wine experience listed on this site, sounds good.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. tanner

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ate here last night and was served by the bartender. Sarah was so kind and welcoming, loved the evening with our friends. Great location and parking was a breeze with their valet waiting which is such a plus in downtown. International food doen well and the New Zealand lamb was cooked perfectly. Bread pudding was to die for, never had the side of semifreddo (sp?) to it but it rocked.

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  34. tina

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    cool spot in downtown, glad we found as we were staying at Fairfield and they reccomended as a short walk away.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. Steve

    West Virginia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was great. Food was good. It was New Years Eve so not real busy.

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  36. Brooke

    Pittsburgh

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Well, our server seemed like she was on something- All of our food was cold - the $65 ribeye was cold and was mostly fat- There were just 2 of us and the other 2 tables that were sat after us had their food and paid their checks and we were still waiting for the food. The head bartender needs an attitude adjustment - I have been served by her at least 3 dif times over the past year and she acts like the patrons are bothering her. Just a bad attitude all the way. Lots of improvement needed at this restaurant before I would ever go back.

    2 people found this helpful

  37. tina

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sweet - great spot we found as we just moved d-town. Super friendly crew here and their cocktails were amazing along with the wings and lumpia....

    1 person found this helpful

  38. tina

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful spot and love the valet parking. Dinner was exceptional with the lumpia to start (they really do Filipino well!) and the rack of lamb was perfectly cooked. Love the open kitchen and wood burning grill, enhances the flavor on that lamb rack. Service was friendly and not over-bearing, thank you. Craft cocktails are seasonal and delicious. Bottled wine priced to buy, much better than the local steakhouses I visit. Will be back, thank you.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Waited over an hour for our main course (post ordering) and our food was cold when it finally came with the exception of one dish - party of four. The restaurant only had one other party at the time we were there and the way the staff addresses the issue was also extremely poorly handled I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone

    2 people found this helpful

  40. tanner

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried CJ's for the first time for our wedding anniversay. Well thought out menu and theme. Lumpia was tasty as was the Mussel special. We split a salmon special as well which was great. They have a lot of additional features to the menu you find online which was nice. Great wine selection and priced decent compared to other downtown restaurants. Glad we went and service was on point.

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

Christian James at The Joinery, Curio Hotel by Hilton is rated 4.2 stars by 177 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 2 times today
Google Map for Christian James at The Joinery, Curio Hotel by Hilton

453 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Blvd of the Allies & Cherry Street. Public Parking Garage on Cherry St
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    International, Global, International, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women
  • Phone number
    (412) 443-1618
  • Catering
    As a company that has it's roots in upscale catering and is a premier caterer in the Pittsburgh region and beyond, we can truly make your next event above and beyond your expectations with our years of experience and creativity.
  • Private party facilities
    We have multiple areas on property for special events from our roof top patio which seats 30 to our glass-enclosed private dining room which seats up to 40 guests and our wine cellar, seating an intimate dinner for up to 8 guests. Kindly contact Joshua, Director of Operations, at josh@kimberleyashleecatering.com or 757-438-3036 to discuss needs.
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