Scratch

4.7
718 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 718 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LaurenG
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Scratch. Consistently a favorite dinner spot for us. Casual inviting ambience, upscale inventive menus. We love this restaurant and will be back as much as possible.

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vipMarscup2
Pittsburgh
43 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Terrific vibe! The duck confit was out of this world. Honestly, like we were back in France. The rock playlist was pretty awesome too.

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Jessica
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks were fantastic!! Server seemed to be the server, bartender and had to run back inside and outside.

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SusanD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner and loved the ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Awesome service. Great cause. tips go to charity. Great date night vibes. Grab some dinner here of you can

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Montifresh
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this place! Exceptional service, cool atmosphere, and FANTASTIC cuisine. A true Pittsburgh gem!

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vipTman24
Pittsburgh
47 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Very nice place. Corner restaurant. Service could have made the experience better. Staff was friendly. Food was very good. Great Vegan options and cool relaxed atmosphere.

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vipNoah
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Reasonable prices and a great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful little place we stumbled upon met one of the owners while we were there wonderful convo on why they are working on for the future with sustainable goods they will sell in house that they use for their food also and everything is locally sourced I think it’s wonderful for the community and love their enthusiasm towards it. Best of luck guys. As far as the food it was hoagie night and it was to die for was prime rib and brined turkey and a pasta salad that was out of this world so delicious and I recommend the old fashioned it was perfect. Cheers

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laxmom
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service. Wonderful neighborhood vibe.

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DaveF
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Scratch is a Pittsburgh treasure. It's an easy drive up the hill from the North Side to Mt. Troy, and the food is always healthy, unique and cooked to perfection. Local meat and always good selection of interesting, main dish vegetarian options. Also a great selection of specialty liquor and liquors (like Amaro). Awesome place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We’ve been to this restaurant many times and have loved the food. Apparently there is a new chef and we are very underwhelmed. Unfortunately I don’t think this restaurant will stay on our go to list. :(.

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JimT
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service, atmosphere, and drinks were great. The food menu, though, was very limited and the entrees a bit lacking, in our opinion. Just be sure to check the menu before you go.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just loved the way Scratch has pivoted for Covid. We felt so safe, from the moment we arrived to the moment we left - all the necessary precautions were taken and then some.

Ordered a perfectly paired bottle of wine for the beet grain bowls, had a side of fries, then a fall cocktail to round it off. Menu is curated, and each item is absolutely delicious! 10/10 would recommend. And as if their food and drink weren’t enough, they donate to a food bank in lieu of tips! Such a gem in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill.

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vipCara
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The new menu is disjointed such as salads not complementing entree options. And the food isn't really a known style. My cannelloni tasted neither sweet not savory and the mushroom bechamel was thick. Fairly disappointed with this new experience compared to past visits. I won't go back.

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vipBobABooey
Pittsburgh
83 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great food and dining experience. Doing a great job working through the Covid-imposed restrictions too.

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vipDonW
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed sitting outside in the neighborhood. It was active, but not noisy. My cannelloni was really good as was the veggie bowl shared with my wife. the portugese potatoe and kale stew was fair, bland small and pureed

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BlairV
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food

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vipDanielleC
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Our experience was not good. Truth be told, not all was the fault of Scratch. There was a car alarm, the continued to sound during our meal. A PAT bus decided to do a U-Turn while were eating (cause terrible smells and sounds).

What Scratch could control ... I felt that their menu had "bait-and-switch" pricing on their wine list. We wanted to order a bottle of wine and were then told that the price on the menu was not the price. We needed to add 20.00 to each bottle for "corkage fee". Now, I've heard of a corkage fee at BYOB establishment to cover the cost of being able to use their glasses and settings. However, we were purchasing the bottle from Scratch. It changed the price of a La Marca Prosecco to almost 45.00. That was insanely expensive.

The food was just okay. Just an overall flop of an experience. I will not go back.

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ScottH
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night. Can’t wait to go back. Staff made us feel very safe

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FrancisD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great, safe outdoor dining

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vipmargarita
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Service could have been better.
Really felt the waiters did not care much if we were there or not.
Food was good.

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vipJenniferK
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome concept with people who are dedicated to keeping people safe during COVID, providing high quality food, creating sustainable processes and giving back to the community. Excellent as always.

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vipDebP
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pleasant experience in spite of CoVid restrictions. Food was great!

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greatdate
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

I had been to Scratch 2 years ago and loved it so was looking forward to taking a friend from out of town there. Nothing was the same. NOTHING. I knew/understood we’d be eating outside due to covid. But the menu had dramatically changed into more of a deli vs farm-to-table healthy restaurant that I fondly remembered it to be.
I had a hard time choosing. Because nothing sounded that appetizing. It’s more of a takeout menu vs restaurant anymore.
I wish they had changed there name when they changed everything else about their business. So disappointing.

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SareneF
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staff, food and drinks! Really doing well with masks, Covid etc Love Scratch!

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ToyaT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious, enjoyed the atmosphere, will be going back!

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vipChefK
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Scratch creatively adapted to the current environmental controls and with the city's cooperation, secured access to a blocked-off street to create an outdoor dining facility. I imagine it is ideal as the sun is setting, for much of the street is exposed to sunlight and I did not see any sun umbrellas. We benefited from one of the few tables deep in the shade of the restaurant building.

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vipDavidD
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This our first visit. They have adjusted their menu a bit due to COVID. All of our food was excellent. We really enjoyed the vibe and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Fermented veggies were very good! Fries were heavily salted but great flavor and nice thick “potato patch” style of a cut. I had the pulled pork and wasn’t crazy about the sauces or pork, it lacked flavor. My brother had the burger and I stole a small piece and it was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had! Service was good, a little slow to take our order and slow to give us our check considering we were the only ones in the restaurant. I also serve so I’m a bit picky on service. Also told him I didn’t like the pork and he had no response., I only had 2 bites. He didn’t offer anything else, didn’t offer a discount or removal from the bill.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Our first time in this restaurant. Very slow service due to current covid situation, perhaps. Food was great and our server was attentive. But, not sure if one hour wait for our food (ordered mostly sandwiches) to get to our table is worth the second visit.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Different menu, same great food and drinks.

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StephenW
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal and experience. The menu was fairly eclectic (bacala deviled eggs, etc.) and the food excellent. Our waiter was taking care of a number of tables and was attentive to all. In short, I would recommend it highly.

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Salem
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful brunch! When my dining companion tasted the Japanese pancakes I ordered, he said "every tastebud is exploding with delight". Funny, but true!

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Foodmebeerme
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really liked our first visit to Scratch. The cocktail selection was nice and the food was great. My only complaint was that we sat in a relatively empty dining room at what I assume was a table they got for free somewhere that wasn't steady and small while there were other 4 tops close by that were much larger and nicer. I would think first-come, first-serve for nice seating, but that's just me. The staff came over and stuck something underneath to keep it from wobbling, so I'm grateful for that.

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vipMatthewW
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a great place to bring friends. great cocktails and interesting menu items.

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DesMoinesDiner
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible, as always! Went for my partner’s birthday, and we had an amazing time. Shared some wild boar chili with grilled cornbread, lamb ragu (insanely, insanely good), and duck confit. Delicious and exciting food, interesting drinks and excellent service. Prices are reflective of quality (locally sourced) ingredients and perfect portions. Can’t recommend enough!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem- will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. We'll be going back again and again.

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EmSmith
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was great music and the food/drinks were incredible. Everything is high quality including the staff!

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Scratch is rated 4.7 stars by 718 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.

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