Scratch

4.8
489 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
In the Troy Hill neighborhood on Pittsburgh's Northside, Scratch F&B serves as a haven for those in search of a regionally-inspired dining experience who don't want to deal with pretense.
Serving dinner Tuesday through Saturday, we strive to strike that elusive balance of comfort and creativity in a space that is designed to set you at ease.
ALTERNATE DIRECTIONS:
From the North:
-I-279 South
-Take exit 2B for East St toward PA-28 N
-Continue on East St, turn left on E North Ave
-Continue straight on Spring Garden Ave, turn right on Vinial St
-Turn Left on Troy Hill Rd
-Turn right on Lowrie St
From the South:
-Take Saw Mill Run Blvd
-Take ramp to I-279
-Merge onto PA-65 S, then back on I-279
-Take exit 1D toward PA-28 N
-Turn left on Chestnut St
-Turn right on Phineas St
-Continue on Troy Hill Rd, and turn right on Lowrie
From the East:
-Take PA-28 S
-Take exit 1B for East Ohio St toward I-279
-Take a right on Chestnut St
-Turn right on Phineas St
-Right on Lowrie St

What 489 People Are Saying
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Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was spectacular! This place is amazing. Food is to die for. Honestly you need to come and experience this dining ASAP

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LH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scratch is my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh. Everything comes together beautifully every time. Good for any occasion as well.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed Scratch and would go back. We were warmly greeted. Josh, our server, was good but they were busy and he was tasked with making drinks, as well as serving, which explains our rating. He was nice and took care of us, but we waited approximately 15 minutes between finishing our meal and ordering dessert.

The food was good, the drinks were good. The Lardo was very good! We had been wanting to go to Scratch for a while and we’re glad we did.

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R
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good and interesting food. Realized it was heavy on garlic which proved problematic later and needs to be mentioned. Good service. Whipped Lardo toast not good but pate fab.

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JB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Took my wife to Scratch on Mother's Day not knowing that only a brunch menu was offered. The food was good, but need to go back for dinner to really see if the food is as good as advertised.

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scratch is another perfect example of why Pittsburgh is the best place to live. Unique, thoughtful, and delicious restaurants like Scratch help make it that way. Cheers!

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LM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted by the owner, which has happened every time we eat here. Atmosphere great. Service great. Food great. One of our favorite restaurants in the city. Might be the favorite!

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D
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Eclectic, lighter fare menu - so this place isn’t for everyone, i.e. the most “standard” main dish was a lamb ragu pasta (delicious though!). We didn’t really like the specialty drinks, although the wine list is pretty great. Overall we would go back, but not if we were craving anything hearty.

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BA
Pittsburgh
67 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brought 5 first-time diners with us and all raved and thoroughly enjoyed even though they aren't the most adventurous diners. They trusted my wife and I to try anything and they weren't disappointed.

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f
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our first time there, and will return. Charming unpretenious atmosphere. It was a little loud due to bar happenings, but we were impressed by the manager's sensitivity. He came to the table to appologize when he really didn't have to! The food was excellent, and the menu inventive.

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B
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and service. Well priced and interesting menu.

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F
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pleasant surprise! We had a great meal-the lamb Ragu was fabulous! And the service was wonderful. The casual, relaxed atmosphere was welcoming!

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M
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been to Scratch about half a dozen times. Great food, friendly service and fun atmosphere. Would recommend this place to everyone looking for something a little off the beaten path . Enjoy!

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T
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. We needed a table for 10 and they were able to take care of us on a very busy Pittsburgh Marathon weekend.

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k
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

Arrived at the bar to meet other couples , ordered drinks . Felt rushed to our table - because it was ready .
Ordered appetizers , hadn’t received those and the server was asking for our meal order .
Ate our dinner and then we had 1 menu for 6 to decide on drinks and dessert . We did ask for more menus so we could look faster .
The entire service was just OFF . Food was delicious small portions

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MF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, starting with sharing the pickled vegetables and cheese plate, moving on to the Lardo Toast. The large plates were excellent as well, I had the Pasta Citronette. Everyone enjoyed their cocktails on top of that. Our service was excellent, and the eclectic table set up with mix-matched chairs gave it all a very comfortable vibe. Definitely worth the ride up Pig Hill.

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TN
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, delicious food, and live jazz!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time my wife and I have eaten here. If you’re looking for a friendly atmosphere with good food, try Scratch. The brunch was l.e.g.i.t.

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BR
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place !!! Second time —second great meal. Great staff, very attentive.

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B
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant in Troy Hill... Beef Bourguignon was to die for... I wanted to lick the bowl!
Atmosphere lively/ wait staff superb
Would recommend this restaurant

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend had the Trout and it was done to perfection. I had the chicken dish. The beeast was moust and taste. Had an excellent meal.

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ID
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm friendly ambiance.... the owner greets everyone at the door and seems to be on top of all the details that make a great dining experience. We loved the variety of small plates.... all fresh ingredients and interesting combinations of spices. Many vegetarian options.

The cocktails were very good too.

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WM
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our family of four got together the night before my son’s college graduation. We had a really delicious meal and excellent experience for a moderate price. We shared several appetizers, and every one was terrific! My boys really loved the duck pastrami appetizer. The graduate raved about the lamb ragu and pasta. His brother said his pot loin was one of the best he ever had. I loved my trumpet mushroom entree. I highly recommend this place!

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.
Knowledgeable and welcoming staff.
Great atmosphere.
A neighborhood gem.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Fantastic ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food service and atmosphere were great. Portions were small

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MB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in the city. Food was excellent all around. Unique and creative without being pretentious. Prices were very reasonable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Good service. The drinks were creative and tasted great. Lots of variety in menu options for small plates. Entrees were perfect

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time - we hope to return soon!

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JS
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, great service. i would recommend anyone to come eat at scratch

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DK
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Made for a great girls dinner spot. And the food and cocktails we're delicious!

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JL
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried for first time. 4 of us loved our food, especially the vegetarian options. Desserts were awesome too, perfect creme brûlée. Love that they use metal straws in their drinks. Will definitely return

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DW
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the vegetarian options. The Prix fixe menu was outstanding. Unique drinks and good wine list. Great place for foodies/ aficionados of food in particular vegetarian options, albeit also with very good options for meat lovers

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OT
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal very much. The portions were reasonable and we had room for dessert which was also delicious.

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KA
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I learned about Scratch from a review in our local news paper. My husband and i decided to try it and were not disappointed. Great cocktails, starts, small dishes and entrees. Service was attentive. Dessert was also a tasty treat! We will be back.

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l
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very small portions great food

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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar for dinner, the bartender was excellent. Very friendly and attentive. He was also knowledgeable about the menu which was great. We ordered several small plates and everything was phenomenal. We will definitely be back.

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L
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Scratch was a GREAT discovery! Loved the quaint little neighborhood of Troy Hill and especially loved the space and interior of Scratch. Fabulous menu with Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free options -- that's something not so common in Pittsburgh. Thank you for the interesting menu choices and for considering personal dietary needs and concerns. Such a fun atmosphere, drink menu and decor. The service was top notch -- friendly and not pretentious, and the food was FAB!! I will go back -- even took a menu and have shared it with fam and friends already.

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J
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were there on a weeknight, the place was less than half full; our party of four had reservations. The hostess did this weird thing of giving us the worst table, alone in the bar next to a drafty door, and then gave us like the next worst table when we asked to move. Each one is different, part of the eclectic, and appealing, decor. The few best looking tables were unoccupied by anyone the entire night. Not sure of the logic; maybe they were hoping for some more glamorous drop-ins.
That being said, the service was pretty good, and the food was really outstanding. Lots of labeled vegan and gluten free options.
Would def go again.

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PR
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third time visiting Scratch, my mother's first. An excellent experience all around & we can't wait to return! Their food is simply top notch--fresh, simple, deliciously seasoned, inventive but not fussy, locally sourced. So good. And the servers are knowledgeable & friendly, not pretentious, & they make great recommendations & take very good care of you. Also love the whimsical decor (navy painted walls, different salt/pepper shakers on each table etc.). Finally, they made an error & put another table's corkage fee on our bill. We did not notice when paying. They caught the error themselves, called us after we got home to tell us about it & apologize, and immediately refunded the corkage fee. This integrity just made me love Scratch more than I already did!

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