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The Cafe Carnegie

4.6
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222 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Under the direction of James Beard semi-finalist Chef Sonja Finn and Chef Jacob Kuhn, The Café Carnegie brings their approachable cooking using responsibly-sourced ingredients to Pittsburgh’s favorite museums. The newly transformed space features a comfortable full-service dining area, and a walk-up espresso and wine bar for a relaxing break on a museum visit.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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 222 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFoodLover
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love that they have outside shaded seating. Server was very nice. Food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice, sat outside by the fountains, great service and great food. A little pricey for lunch- but delicious!

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RobertF
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was actually our first time eating there since the renovation. It won't be the last. I

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KennethC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, good coffee, excellent cinnamon buns, adequate portion.

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vipEmilyT
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am officially obsessed with this delightful spot. We took our daughter to the museum on Sunday and then brunch at the Cafe. It was fabulous! They made her feel very special and we had a chance to relax. The view of the fountain was a treat for all of us.

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Sara
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Carnegie is a great brunch spot — stylish and a great menu — and also sort of great for children. Very nice service too!

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bruce
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Beautiful place! But it was hard having a conversation which was my main reason for being there. Food seemed appealingly designed and described but the two things my friend ordered for us, the pear sandwich and the ice cream sundae, were both on the bland side. I might have chosen things I would have personally enjoyed more. The noise level was the decisive factor for my not returning to or recommending it , though

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LindaB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Eating at The Carnegie Café is a fun experience because the place is "in tune" with the times, offering a nice selection of appetizers, main courses, and drinks. If just one person at the table is ordering an appetizer, though, it's best to let the waiter know if you want that to come with the meal or before it. In our case, my colleague's soup was brought with her main course, not at all what we wanted, and we'd never been asked to specify. Not a big deal but in a place as classy as this, you sort of expect more refined service.

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Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was pretty bad given the restaurant style, ambience and price. Bread was extremely hard to chew, no flavors and salad was lousy ingredients thrown together.

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Paul
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Carnegie Cafe never disappoints! It's a perfect start or finish to a visit to the Carnegie Museums - especially Sunday Brunch. The menu always has an interesting selection of new offerings. The menu selection is health conscious, but also diverse and creative. Service is excellent (Kristy M has been our waitress several times, and she is always a delight). We have also been treated to special chef's tastings - always fun and surprising. Highly recommended!

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sandib
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

food and selection were surprisingly wonderful. Rivals the Cafe at several New York City museums at a more affordable price. Food has a light italian vibe. Everything is fresh and creative.

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vipAROpenTable
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lunch in Oakland...by far. Service and food both continue to improve and are now flawless.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent!

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sarahs
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was by far the best meal I’ve had there. The only reason I gave 3 stars on service was that the kitchen and servers (not wait staff) was very slow. We had a hard stop at 12:50 and were rushed. Love that the menu has more Vegan and Gluten free now!

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vipJanetS
Pittsburgh
66 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The coffee bar at the Carnegie Cafe is outstanding,. Both the selection and quality of the beverages are notable. Service is top notch and the dining space itself is comfortable. Menu selections are interesting. Some turn out to be very good and others simply miss. I had the strata which was dry and tasteless. The side salad was nicely dressed and fresh, My partner had eggs with lamb which he described as "all right"

I think that they try too hard. I. would like to see a simple eggs and bacon on the brunch menu.

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BethT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great and the service was very good, but I was a bit annoyed that I got an email the next day asking why I missed my reservation--my friend and I were actually a few minutes early, and I clearly stated to the host that we had a 2 pm reservation.

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vipCharlie
Pittsburgh
100 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Our server Steve was gracious, attentive and accurate. Being Carnegie members contributed to excellent menu prices.

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Paul
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch at the Carnegie Cafe was perfect start for a holiday visit to the Carnegie Museum. As always, the service was excellent, and the menu offered a number of new and creative choices. We were also treated to a tasting of a special item prepared by the chef. A pleasant experience, highly recommended, and we look forward to another visit soon.

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vipCarl
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Grace, was exceptional in providing recommendations and explaining various menu items.

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JanO
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Risotto was superb! Friend got the seafood crepes and was equally pleased. Coffee and homemade ice cream finished off a delightful lunch. We were not rushed out, allowing us to enjoy the view and good conversation. Will definitely return.

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Njfoodie
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for brunch right in the museum! The drinks were delicious, and the food was eclectic and very tasty. My biggest complaint as a die hard decaf coffee drinker was that the coffee was really weak. Apparently, the caffeinated coffee wasn't much better. But otherwise, a lovely place for brunch.

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VeggieJude
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was fine but nothing special. Would be fine for an expensive day at the museum, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Had fantastic service and our lunch was spectacular.

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fingers
Pittsburgh
36 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our first experience at Cafe Carnegie was excellent. we had guests with us from England to visit the museum, and they were duly impressed with both the museum, and with the delightful menu at the Cafe, as were we. we will be back, surely.

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travelinmom
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice location in the first floor of the Carnegie Museum, opportunity to sit outside

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AlanL
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal at the Cafe Carnegie. Was catching up with two old friends who were briefly in town, and we wanted someplace in Oakland that was quiet. The Carnegie certainly is that, but it also has the food genius of Sonja Finn behind it, which made for great meals for all of us.

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Paul
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another pleasant Sunday brunch experience. Nice to see new items on the menu. A tasting sample from the chef was a great start. Excellent service. Always look forward to a return visit. The Cafe Carnegie never disappoints.

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ColleenS
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We both had the Croque Madame and it was delicious. Bery enjoysble.

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vipPittsburghConsultant
London
46 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place for a business lunch or special lunch while visiting the museum. Great variety on choices and interesting options. Service was friendly and efficient. top notch coffee bar.

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CarolynM
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is great and the atmosphere interesting, if slightly cavernous. The service was a bit uneven and the waitress unnerved me by bringing me the wrong credit card back. My sense is that at peak times they could use more staff. But all in all, a lovely place to lunch.

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mary
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

nice location, nice to be able to eat outside. Very poor service--40 minutes to get salads for 3 people and burger for one. burger did not come with the side that was requested.

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Paul
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant place for Sunday brunch. Food and service were excellent. The chef provided a sample tasting of a chilled zucchini soup - a nice and tasty surprise! The Cafe Carnegie is always a great stop during a visit to the museums.

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vipArtR
Tampa
82 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Súper savory food, cool setting!

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CarolC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Unable to find close parking. Food is pricy.Waitress very pleasant and efficient.

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JaneO
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The location and ambience were perfect for my group of friends. The food was more avant garde than I was accustomed, but the success of this lunch with my friends outweighed the gourmet menu.

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CincinnatiBob
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Like most museum cafes, the prices are on the high side but your purchase benefits the museum so you can feel good about eating there. We had a chickpea-based, cold veggie sandwich which was just OK. It was bland and rather dry. I would eat here again but I would not order the veggie sandwich again. Service was very good, the ambiance was acceptable and the noise level was low.

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JulieR
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a major improvement over the old cafeteria they used to have. It's always a delight to stop for lunch, a drink, or to go to one of their special evening dinners.

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MayW
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and great service..lovely setting. Would go there just for lunch even without a collection to see.

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umisoba
Pittsburgh
31 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This it my second visit this month. Everything was superb.

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RuthS
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My former colleague & I celebrated our birthdays & had a wonderful meal!

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