Cinderlands Foederhouse

4.5
168 Reviews
$30 and under
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Located in Lower Lawrenceville, Cinderlands Foederhouse is a craft brewery and scratch kitchen. In a self-made city like Pittsburgh, rebirth happens through every citizen's decision to start something new, and pursue progress right here at home. At Cinderlands, we make beer and food that reflect the diversity of our community - both contemporary and familiar, high quality and inventive, serious and fun. We capture the evolving spirit of the IPA even as we hearken back to the lagers and ales that took the world by storm. And we invite you in to share in the warmth of that fervor. We're thrilled to be part of a generation of small breweries and independent restaurants with their finger on the pulse of what makes Pittsburgh one of the grittiest, hardest-working, and yet still-shining cities in our country. With our small contribution through the making of beer and food, we believe our cinder-dusted town's brightest days, and best beers, still lie ahead.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 168 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food; excellent service! Fun place to meet friends for a beer

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I love this place. Their beer is fantastic and food is adventurous. I’ve had a few dishes I didn’t love, but others that were best in class. Plus the staff is great too.

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RunnerChick25
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been to Cinderlands a few times and have had the chicken bacon bacon ranch sandwich and diner burger ... so good! The pork rinds and Dutch egg are must tries!! I’ll be going back!

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Pishman
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of four and really thought everything was great. I had the Arch & Dunn draft which was awesome. My wife the Uncle Ebenezer which I tried and it was very good. The food was excellent. I had Cheeseburger Egg Roll & Braised Pork Shoulder which was also really tasty. Little zing on the egg roll was nice. Others enjoyed their meals too, which included the 24 Hour Brisket & Chicken Nacho Sausage Sandwich. Highly recommended!

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lyss222
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious, especially the tripleberry beer and chiccarones!

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vipOpenTable Diner
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, we enjoyed our experience here. Food was tasty and the menu, creative. Our server was helpful, friendly, and attentive. Decor was fun and attractive, but not too trendy or over the top. Menu offered a great selection of varying portions (small plates to shared to entrees), but choices weren’t overwhelming.

The atmosphere was very loud and we were sat upstairs by a fan that added to the noise. It would have been great if the upstairs was a little more closed off to help filter the sounds from below. They were a little heavy-handed with the salt in some dishes, but the portions were very generous. Lastly, the menu had very tiny print and was difficult to read. There also was no large print version offered. I’m sure I sound old with these comments, but they were significant enough for me to mention for our otherwise good experience. Would recommend.

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MicahB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Very underwhelmed by entire experience. Lack luster waitress who did not seem happy to be there nor very attentive to our table. Drinks took at least 15 minutes to arrive. One member in our party ordered an orange juice (went for brunch) which they told her they couldn’t offer because they were reserving for the alcoholic cocktails. Two people in our party ordered the vegetarian breakfast sandwich which was a cold fried egg smothered in a very large portion of a cold spicy sauce and topped with shredded, uncooked brussel sprouts. The sandwich was truly the worst breakfast I have ever ordered at a restaurant. Fried potatoes were good and different than others I’ve had elsewhere which I appreciated but unfortunately they didn’t make up for the rest of the experience. Would not go back .

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Creative food, creative beer. Definitely make reservations. You'll love your experience. Go back often because the menu changes frequently! Loved it.

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Rfoooo
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was good. The food (Alfredo, the pork sandwich, the fries in particular) was so salty it was almost unpleasant to eat. Otherwise the other food (Brussels sprouts, roasted pork plate! was good but not a place I would rave about.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We showed up at our reservation time, and were prompted seated. We had a larger group, so we were seated in the balcony. There was a restroom on the level with us along with another 6 top table. There was ample space for 9 at our table.

Service was good. Our server was attentive and helpful with menu questions

The beer was outstanding, and there was something for everyone at out table.

The food was above average and well portioned.

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DebE
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was okay. I would go again for a beer or two but the food was just ok. My husband said his burger was good but the brisket I had was very disappointing. I didn’t even eat most of it. I think it was overpowered by the mustard or something. I’m not a picky eater so for me to say I didn’t like something is rare.

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LindsayS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous for our bachelorette group!!! We had a great time playing games!! And the food was AMAZING!

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vipNickname
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All the food we had here was really good. The burger, the chicken sandwich, the 24 hour brisket. Quite good. A really sweet spot too.

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Frannie
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Menu is novel and enticing. In the very back room, the noise level is not as loud as in the front near the bar. However it is still difficult at times to hear companions at your table due to how close the tables are placed. Service was fantastic- server knew every detail of menu and she had extraordinary descriptions of beers! Parking in Lawrenceville is an increasing challenge but Cinderlands Foederhouse is well worth arriving early just to get parked so you can chow down!

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lively! Great food, fun atmosphere.! Chicken fried sweet potatoes were yummmy:)

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MonicaD
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here, a night out for my birthday and it was wonderful. The food was AMAZING and the beer was fantastic. We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place gets better EVERY SINGLE WEEK! Yes, I am yelling. The food gets better, the atmosphere is popping right now and the beer is always superb. One of my favorite dishes, Brussels sprouts were changed up a bit, now with an Asian flare. We got several items and split them amongst the table.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun first time there. Good food and beer.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is restaurant week here in Pitt and Cinderlands Foederhouse tops the list!

I noticed something last night that I had not really picked up before, the pervasive good moods everyone is in at this joint. Once it caught my attention, I started looking around and every single person that I could see was smiling, laughing, even dancing a bit (the music being streamed last night was really good!) Given how much negative energy is floating around the world right now, this place promotes and induces happiness. It is one of the reasons I can’t wait to get back.

Now, for the food! We picked a few different things from the restaurant week menu, Caesar salad, cheeseburger egg rolls, cauliflower fettuccine Alfredo, and the chicken nacho sausage sandwich. I really don’t know how Eric does it, but he continues to introduce new flavors to the world. All of it was absolutely stellar, but I have to say the sandwich topped the evening, that sausage was wicked good. We capped the evening off with a couple of delicious cookies and Cinderlands Gingerbread stout!

Great way to end a fairly stressful week!

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Birthday
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went during restaurant week because it’s a great opportunity to try out new places and sosoSO glad we did. We were sat up in the balcony area which was perfect. Everything was delicious. Tried several house brews and so much food. Two appetizers, two entrees, and a cookie. Everything really was incredible. Can’t wait to go back again soon

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DaveL
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow
We live restaurant week because we can try places that we don’t know about or might not venture to otherwise
Our dinner here was a delight ....the cheeseburger eggs roll was a knockout as well
As rest of meal
We plan to be back

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Darose
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Ok, but Unless you live or work close to the neighborhood it's not worth the struggle to find a place to park. Beer's ok. Food's ok, but not that great. Fries and wings were the best things we had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great vibe at Foederhouse last night! Placed was packed, music jumpin, food and beer extraordinary! Actually, I guess I can no longer call their food extraordinary since their perfection is just now ordinary for them.

We didn’t try anything new this time, had the Brussels sprouts and CBBR, delicious as ever. The care that Eric and Kelly put into the experience is second to none. Can’t wait to hit them at restaurant week this coming week. What Eric has planned is going to be spectacular.

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MikeM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and service at both bar and table were excellent!!!!

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LoriW
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Two beers and two sandwiches with fries was $55. The food was decent, but not outstanding (pulled pork sandwich and double burger). Very greasy and on the smaller side. Nice atmosphere but probably won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, very welcoming. Interesting beer and food. Very happy with it all.

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Kristen
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always enjoy the food and beer. We had the whole upstairs to ourselves, it was very nice.

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vipChalfontFoodies
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our third time here and the food, beer and service never disappoint. Standouts this time were a pierogi appetizer and a grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup entree. Our waitress was awesome and we always enjoy Cinderlands’ beers. The Squish was especially yummy. Due to a kitchen error on one entree we received 3 fresh cookies as a courtesy that were also delicious. Not necessary but very nice touch! We will definitely be back.

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CaseA
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent brunch! Great ambiance and very tasty house beers.

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Annamarie
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was phenomenal and I love the whole feel of the place. However if you are seated at a table at the front, the walkway can become overcrowded with people mingling around the bar. People standing by our table were so clustered they were literally pressing up against our booth, which was not only incredibly uncomfortable for us but was clearly frustrating for the servers trying to wait on the booths by the bar and had to push themselves through the crowd. I am unsure if there is a real solution for this, as the walkway is so narrow and people tend to mingle around a bar; it's a very unfortunate consequence of the layout. That said, I would certainly love to return, but I'll probably request seating back from the bar at my next visit, even if I have to wait for it.

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vipgumbrinus
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tasty food and crafty brews in a semi-industrial space. We dined in the bright and airy back room, beholden only to ubiquitous televisions, slightly abrupt service, and outdated menus that made for a frustrating first round of ordering. But the plates were flavorful and generous once on the table. Reservations recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eric and Kelly run the best restaurant in Pittsburgh, maybe the country. I don’t think you can find a more passionate chef than Eric, he lives and breathes his culinary creations. The Brussels sprouts were off the chart, not sure how you make sprouts taste that good. Hands down, our favorite restaurant anywhere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily my favorite restaurant of all time! We are there no less than every other week. We have even been there twice in one day.

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ClaraB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my boyfriend here because I saw they had some decent stuff on tap - was not expecting the food to be so good! We started with the chicharrones, which neither of us had ever had before. We cleaned the plate off! I got the turkey meatball sandwich for my main meal, and it was delicious! The tad of spice from the red pepper made it even better. My boyfriend got the pulled pork, and he loved it! He also cleaned his plate entirely off. Our waitress was very kind as well; I wish I remembered her name. Overall, we loved this place, and both want to go back to try out other items on the menu!

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aDiner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I go to Cinderlands probably every two weeks. Burger was outstanding as usual, beers great. The squash appetizer, I think a new addition to the menu, was quite bad.

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ReetikaS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks are expensive. Food is yummy
Ambience is good
Waitress was friendly

JD
JamieD
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

a great meal every time! The fall pierogis were such a great dish

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MaryY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Cinderlands is excellent! I have been there twice and had the Harissa Chicken and it was amazing. Perfectly cooked and seasoned. The crispy potatoes that come with it are also incredible. The prices are also really good. The service we had both times was great with a very friendly and helpful waitress. I have eaten in much more expensive restaurants and have not has as good a meal as I had at Cinderlands and for so much cheaper. I did think the drinks were overpriced but they did have a good variety. We are not from Pittsburgh but will visit Cinderlands often when we do come into town.

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Joseph
Pittsburgh
30 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The veggie omelet and potatoes were tops! I really enjoyed it

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect birthday dinner. Burger and pulled pork were incredible

FAQs

Cinderlands Foederhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (412) 251-0656.

Cinderlands Foederhouse is rated 4.5 stars by 168 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.