Hardwood Cafe

4.4
78 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located on Route 8, just outside of Butler, PA, the Hardwood Cafe has been a family operated staple in the area since 1990. Our sports bar and grille has become a favorite among restaurants in Butler PA due to our great atmosphere, friendly service, innovative dishes, and wood fired ovens that add a whole other dimension of flavor and taste.

With a loaded menu that includes appetizers, quesadillas, soups and salads, dinner entrees, sandwiches, pasta plates, gourmet pizzas, and specialty burgers, there’s truly something for everyone. Seasonal beer, fine wines, and awesome service round out the Hardwood Cafe experience – making us a favorite among Butler PA restaurants.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 78 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dater
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome place to go for food. Food was amazing and wait staff was perfect. Will return for sure!!

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TimothyF
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and friendly service

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NatalieM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so amazing and had a very laid back environment. I went for homecoming dinner and it didn’t feel weird to be all dressed up while there were people in boots and jeans as well. amazing restaurant. Hopefully eating there again soon. Amazing food!

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Roymike
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Ordered an $8 pepperoni sticks app and it only came with two rather small ones. Steak on the open face sandwich was good but came with cold mushrooms and nothing else but a small side of fries. Overall not happy with the value and food quality was fair at best. Service was good but when told about these issues waitress did not offer to accommodate us at all. Pre pandemic this place was awesome but I will not be going back for a while.

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MarsArea
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I enjoyed their previous dining area in the front of the restaurant. Did not completely enjoy the present sort of bleak area.

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TerryB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great and our waitress was the best. Food arrived quickly and was very good

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The main reason for the poor review is because I did not feel that COVID-19 precautions were in place. Our waitress (Aimee) was serving us food immediately after she was bussing tables. When I asked her for a refill on my soft drink, she went to grab my glass. I asked for a new glass and she rolled her eyes at me. She must have missed the memo that restaurants are not to be refilling used glasses at the drink stations. I was happy with the distance between tables, but due to what I already mentioned, I didn’t feel safe and did not appreciate the waitress’s poor attitude. We will not be returning to the Hardwood anytime soon. :(

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here and we loved it. Perfect neighborhood place not too expensive not to cheap. Really glad we randomly found this place:)

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vipRobertB
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

All 4 of us agreed that none of the food was seasoned at all.
Soup was not hot, appetizers not worth the price, crab dip was tasteless and not served hot. Waitress was very nice, but overworkednot her fault.

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RobH
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Do yourself a favor, go somewhere else. Service beyond poor and food just as bad.

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vipJXS1
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to get together with friends and have an adult beverage and food.

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JLC04
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I enjoy eating at the Hardwood, although, some of the items you do not get your bang for your buck. Also, we get the chip appetizer all the time and the last three times we get them given to us cold, which are to be warm etc....

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was not very good and overpriced for what we received

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Eric
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere . Very nice people. I love to go to a restaurant that’s so clean and always compliant. I highly recommend it. 👍Eric

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JanetZ
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great at Hardwood Cafe. We have been there many times.
We took friends there we enjoyed everything.

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JeanK
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Service was great! We love it there!

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vipNeedone
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, and service. Seated on patio, lovely evening. Low noise. My only complaint of sorts is the bourbon/whiskey list. The list had been touted as extensive and impressive. While it offered multiple selections, as bourbon lovers, we were not blown away.

I was told about this list from a friend, and I can't be certain of the origin describing the list. Therefore, I'm not faulting the restaurant in my review. Simply consider it a heads up.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They ran out of lettuce for our salads but had someone already out getting more. We weren’t in a hurry so we got our salads and our meals and everything was great.

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MAWFreehling
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We finally got back to Hardwood after all the quarantine ups & downs. We missed Hardwood and loved our meal there last weekend. Looks like Hardwood is following guidelines to keep diners safe. Our meal was delicious and the server did a great job. Looking forward to going back soon!

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AmyC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Cajun chix pasta and salad with homemade ranch dressing.

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DwightK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Always have enjoyed the Hardwood Cafe and though C-19 has put a damper on the usual inside ambiance, we enjoyed being able to have a meal there. In somewhat cooler weather we might have enjoyed the outdoor dining. The service was excellent and the food selection was much as it has been in the past and it was quite tasty, as is per usual. We are anxious to get back to what might be called normal dining out.
We definitely give our approval on this experience.

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3ofus
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful day and with the "walls" open it was great! Very spacious, very good food, great atmosphere!

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kmlfood
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

nice casual dining,
menu very diverse. Strawberry salad always great.
Awesome chips appetizer

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vipKenK
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Dining room was like a dark dungeon. Ckicken was



overcooked. Green beans were bad flavored.

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ChristineE
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Hubby had crab sandwich very good with lots of lump crab meat. I Had chicken Marsala it was good but the $2 up charge for asparagus not worth it. Asparagus was soggy & only got 5-6 spears. Service a bit slow as our waitress has customers on patio & indoors.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I was happy to see the restaurant was following the governor’s social distancing requirements and all of the staff and most customers were wearing masks. The only thing that prevented me from awarding 5 stars was my wife’s sandwich was prepared using the heel of the bread. I suggest throwing away the ends of the loaf and serve bread slices.

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Denise
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

First time eating here. Nice place. We will come back!

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Foodie
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good first experience. Will be back.

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viptopam777
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Great little place for families looking to have an easy dinner. I ordered the Salmon, as it was their special, however, it was not very good. The Agave salad and house chips were great! There is really nothing special about this place other than it's easy to get to for a quick meal.

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BillW
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy going to the Hardwood. They have done an especially going job since opening up after the lockdown. Tables are spread out inside, more tables outside, and a unique way of social distancing at the bar. Good menu and wide selection of craft beers available on cell phone scanned barcode.

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DaveP
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Quiet place and the service was superb. Food was good and the prices are fair

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Neighbors
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, consistently good food and draft list.

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ButchB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great it did not feel like there any restrictions to enjoy the night out with friends even tho they had restrictions in place great job hardwood

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SharonS
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was outstanding and the appetizer was very good. The ruben was not good at all. We got there during happy hour and the drinks were very reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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KrisR
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hometown place to eat and catch up with friends!

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BarbC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love coming here to eat. I always get the Cajun chicken pasta which is one of my favorite meals anywhere. The atmosphere is great here and the staff does a great job.

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome we had a wonderful dinner party of 7 and a party of 8 next to each other. Thank you Hardwood Cafe for making are kids Graduation day wonderful.

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danielc
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

nice place-has a bar like a sports bar in back with music and a quieter place up front for restaurant. Food and service was great.

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BruceB
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has it all. Bar area is busier and more noisy but has all the TV's etc for that atmosphere. But if looking for quiet dinner they have that too! in the original restaurant area that has been completely remodeled with a smaller quieter bar area there as well. They are doing it right here... Can't wait for summer to come back.. bar area opens up to outdoor with some limited outdoor seating. And by the way the food is great too!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Hardwood Cafe using the Order Online button. Hardwood Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (724) 586-5353.

Hardwood Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 78 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.