Scratch

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669 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 669 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.7
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PD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Staff was friendly and helpful. Food was good. My only complaint was the noise level. The jazz band playing was too loud to have a conversation and then there was a large group at the table next to us that also very loud. Next time I’ll ask to be seated in the other room.

j
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - obvious attention to detail in both the food and service. We'll be back for sure!

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch here. The food was delicious, and the menu had an interesting variety to choose from. The gravlax was cured well. My husband enjoyed the Devonshire very much. Looking forward to coming back!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best meal we’ve had in quite a while. We will be back!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. We couldn’t pick a favorite dish. The mushrooms, risotto, and lamb Ravi were all to die for.

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. The food, the service, the drinks - absolutely phenomenal. The owner made a point to great us both times I dined there. He's very cool and down to earth and seems determined to provide the best experience possible. The staff is also extremely knowledgeable and excited to answer any questions you may have -- or in my case, describe in great detail the culinary adventure I'm about to go on. Definitely a foodie's dream.

L
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service is impeccable and the food is always amazing. This place never disappoints!!

RV
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, very relaxing environment! Lived it!

D
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! Our meals were portioned perfectly and the quahog the food was amazing. There is nothing negative to say about our dinner. We will definitely be going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Extremely thoughtful and attentive staff also.

m
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic dining experience at Scratch! We brought some friends and they were very impressed. Will return soon!

T
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots. Innovative cocktails, great food, attentive staff.

L
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We tried Scratch Food and Beverage on Friday.  The major reason we chose it was because of all of the gluten free options.  Typically restaurants have grilled/baked chicken or a steak, but not here.  We decided on salt cod deviled eggs, falafel, and gravlax for apps and beef bourguignon for the main!!!  Because the apps were so filling, we split the main.  They gave us individual portions.  Although it was enough food, once I tasted it, I wished we hadn't split! This is a must try!! Every dish was better than the last. I cannot wait until summer to try it out when the doors and windows open. :).

V
Munich
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there and it was excellent! Boeuf bourguignon was so tender and flavorful.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing, what more do you need to know

OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch. Really great options. I don’t eat eggs and still had many menu items to choose from. They don’t subscribe to the increasingly tired hack of “just put an egg on top of the dish” and call it brunch. Will definitely go back soon.

FP
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is AMAZINGGGGGG!! The culinary team is five plus stars all around!! The service was team service, so we really didn’t know who our server was, but they were friendly and helpful.

E
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Friendly service from the moment we walked through the door. Greeted and seated right away.
Menu is very well done. Our server knew menu well and answered our questions easily.
After finishing our 3 starters to share, salads came out before starters were removed, rather than remove plates from the table, the 2 (new) bus boys placed salad course on the table.
Moments later they returned to pick up starter plates. That’s it, other than that nice place and we will go back for sure.

w
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

nice lil neighborhood gem . great food and service . good drinks , vermouth flight ,infused tea . limited happy hour offerings . on street parking . close to down town , Penn brewery , wiggle whiskey north side location . quaint dining room .

EM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone working there was polite and helpful.

k
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food and the ambiance were truly outstanding and interesting. The service the evening we were there was a wreck. There were several instances of mixed up food arriving at our table as well as a very significant error (> 40 $) on the bill which was only corrected after we caught it and brought it to the server's attention. A different waiter actually brought us a second round of deserts after we had paid the bill and tried to convince us we had ordered them! . We'd try this place again as the food was delicious, but the back end services are in need of real organization.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, service, and menu options. Everyone was super friendly and accommodating. Our meals were delicious. My only suggestion would be to include cocktail descriptions on the drink menu.

C
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience! Good cocktails and the meal was one of the best I have had in Pittsburgh. Definitely give it a try.

LS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Band was great! The lamb ragu was excellent!

I think my group would’ve drank more
If the staff would’ve come over more often :)

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Fabulous server

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can not rave about our experience enough! The food, service and decor were all phenomenal. The brunch was indescribable but my son ate most of my corned beef hash and the beignets were perfect pillows of deliciousness. We will be back!

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Frisée salad is absolutely scrumptious. It is a must. The chocolate cake was also super rich and delicious. Also a must eat.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed ourselves and will be dining there again

DJ
Pittsburgh
93 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our family dinner for 6 was excellent overall. The food and service were great in all respects. We definitely will return.

MT
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here a few times. Always sit at the bar. Great cocktails and good service. Bar snacks and food from the regular menu are really delicious! Highly recommend.

SP
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Scratch. Great good & service! Gnocchi was great!

C
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We liked Scratch. Party of 4. First visit. We were juggling the time of our reservation and the restaurant called us three times to make sure of our arrival time within a 15 minute window. So I felt like they were really running the front of house very well.

I had the Restaurant Week menu - a chicken stock based soup, beef tartare and a boar pasta with a banana bread dessert. Could they substitute anything for the beef tartare? No. So we eliminated that course. Soup was very good. Simple and well made. Boar pasta bolognese, very good. Many small chunks of boar meat in a tomato sauce. No Parmesan. There was a chunk of the pasta melded together, I just set it to the side. Banana bread disappointing, dry and over baked Whipped cream on the side. My husband had the gravlax appetizer, trout main course. He thought the gravlax was very good, the trout fair. Drinks fine, no iced tea. The best decaf coffee I have ever had. The room is attractive, an interesting crowd; you feel like you are in a competently run place. Pricey but they are trying to be very high quality. Interesting enough to go again. We all felt that way.

CP
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We went on a cold evening were seated next to the very drafty window. What was especially weird was that there was only one other couple in the whole restaurant and we were seated side by side. We asked to move because of the cold. The curtains around the door at the entry are weird and do not serve to cut down on the cold air every time someone enters. We were happy with the entrees, but will not return due to the general ambiance. This was our second time there.

RW
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's restaurant week and they nailed it!

MR
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week -- the drinks and the food were stellar. Can't wait to go back and try normal menu items!

ME
Pittsburgh
156 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice dinner. Went during Restaurant week. Scratch featured one tasting. The steak tartare was the standout. You must try it! Also loved my cocktail. The wild boar pappardelle was good. I cannot wait to return.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience in all redpects. Will return

GC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have already scheduled our next reservation. Interesting & delicious menu selections.
Great service. Excellent cocktails. Very accommodating.

HD
Pittsburgh
98 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent as usual. The place was a bit loud and crowded - we had to wait a good bit for a table (even though we had a reservation and it was later in the evening).

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I have been here previously. This time We had some issue with the reservation but the owner was very apologetic and solved the issue very promptly. He also provided appropriate compensation for the situation! A few of the meals were sold out but regardless my meal was delicious! Chocolate cake was wonderful with the perfect pinch of sea salt. I highly Recommend Scratch!

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