The Carlton

4.7
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1950 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Conveniently located in downtown Pittsburgh, within walking distance of the Convention Center & four major downtown hotels.
A Pittsburgh favorite for over 20 years. Recipient of the Wine Spectator of Excellence 1995-2006 and The Dirona Award 2000 - 2006 (Distinguished Restaurants of North American).
The Carlton has a spectacular cuisine, complimented with an extensive wine list served by polished waiters in a beautiful atmosphere. Pittsburghers know the value of the Carlton making it the spot for business meetings to celebrations.
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DR
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent wine selection and great prices. Wait staff and personal outstanding. Much appreciate the limo service to theaters.

J
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always outstanding!!!! Great service & we always return... GREAT!!!

9
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined at the Carlton for decades. It is outstanding

S
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family meal just prior to show at Byham. Always a great meal and service.

AS
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal at the Carlton - it is always consistently good. The service has always been excellent. Consistency - that is the mark of a good restaurant. that is a mark of a good restaurant

LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For 30 years it’s been a consistently wonderful environment and meal!

Our family tradition before or preferably after any play or concert!!

Thank you Carlton!

JL
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants anywhere. Great food; extensive, reasonably priced wine list; and absolutely top-notch service. It doesn't get any better than The Carlton.

MP
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mero Japanese Butter Bass - Spectacular!

F
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I usually dine at The Carlton a few times a year. Each time we go we are recognized by our name which is great customer service right off the bat. I usually request Bobby as our waiter and it’s like seeing an old friend. Bobby asks how we are as well as our family.
We usually have a drink before appetizers and Bobby let’s my wife and I talk and enjoy each other before he asks us what we would like to order.
The kitchen never disappoints us. They prepare dinners in a special and different way. It reminds us of how dinners are prepared in Charleston, SC.
Kevin Joyce has kept the Carlton a special place to dine for us and the surrounding Pittsburgh area.

RJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant
Good food, service and ambiance
Lively bar scene

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really attentive service and amazing steak. The Jack Daniels glaze on the New York was awesome.

E
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Generally excellent. The seafood was prepared perfectly. And everything else was first rate.
The big draw here is the wine list, which is extensive and presented on a iPad. Pricing is more than fair, representing better value than any of the other high-end restaurants in the area. It would be wise to peruse this wine list on line before dining since a careful consideration of the hundreds of options could take up most of the evening.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like going back in time. White tablecloths and soft lighting, dark paneling, exceptional service. A great place for a romantic dinner or special occasion.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us had the filet, grilled ranging from blue to medium, and all agreed best steak we’d had in years. Smart hostess helped w reservation, server Douglas supremely professional. Not too loud, you can converse. Welcoming and classy, classic, not snobbish or hipster. Inexpensive wines are appreciated, but sommelier should weed out bad ones and keep only quality wines that are also good value. Overall excellent restaurant experience that is rare nowadays. One usually pays more and rarely gets food, service and ambience this great.

M
Pittsburgh
35 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been enjoying dinners at The Carlton for a decade...it's one of the reliable greats in Pittsburgh. The wait staff is superb - perhaps the finest team in the city. I could go on and on, but a few of the reasons we love The Carlton: 1) reasonable prices on a fantastic wine list; the owner doesn't gouge on wine. Yay! 2) The food is excellent. (Any duck pasta dish is a must.) 3) The service cannot be beat. Truly, you're spoiled by the wait staff. Bobby, Doug & Fay...wow!

j
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was expeditious and friendly. Bobby was our waiter and he was on point. Good recommendations and awesome service abound from him. The food and desserts were phenomenal too. It was a bit noisy as the acoustics inside aren’t great.

KB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was very good and the servers were very attentive. However, the wait for the food was lengthy for lunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All six of us had a fantastic meal & experience.
Our waiter was one of the best ever!

CK
Pittsburgh
51 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our favorite "go-to" restaurants on a theater evening. You can't beat the free parking and the limo service downtown! While prices seem to have increased since our last visit, the food was exceptional. I ate the Halibut Cheeks in a piccata sauce, my husband had the salmon, and our friend ordered the chilean sea bass. Without exception we were totally pleased! Even the sides were tasty and well-seasoned. Our only disappointment with the food was the (very) cold bread and butter and the lack of small side salads. Another disappointment has to do with an unusual damp odor that greets you once you enter the main restaurant from the wine shop. I've noticed this before, and it seems to be consistent. Surely management must be aware. Despite these small issues, we highly recommend the Carlton!

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

As other reviewers said, the Carlton is outdated, especially the bar. The dinner was OK. The service was nothing special. Never had a Caesar salad w/ tomatoes in it. Would not go back.

OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Once again an excellent birthday celebration!

FB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience. Would definitely go back. Would recommend food and service.
Saturday evening great time to go.

C
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service with Enzo. But from bar to coat check to dining... never a disappointment. Great menu and wine list.

BL
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The Carlton never disappoints. Great meal for the price.

A
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent dinner at this older Pittsburgh favorite that has Reinvented itself.We all had seafood including the Mediterranean tuna, scallops, salmon, and shrimp. They have an excellent wine selection including multiple wines by the glass for each of the varietals. The service was excellent as well. On top of all of this is the excellent value of free parking indoors. The best value of all was free limo service to and from the cultural district.I don’t believe that anyone else in the city offers this excellent deal.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely dinner. Food was great as usual and the service provided by Fay was terrific.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The waiter was very polite but forgot what our appetizers were when it came time for the bill. Also, this was for an anniversary and he kindly brought an ice cream dish. However, he wished my girlfriend a Happy Birthday. The food was above average. Nothing jumped out to me that would have me ranking the Carlton over competing restaurants in the city.

AC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience. Our server was the best. And the food was delicious. Truly a five star experience.

OT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine, and service. The menu has a delightful mix of traditional favorites and new tastes, always prepared excellently, and the extensive wine list makes it easy to find the perfect pairing. The service is excellent, making the entire experience very enjoyable. This is our go to spot for fine food.

RM
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlton is our favorite restaurant. We go every year for our birthdays and events downtown. The service is good food is always excellent.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

D
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bobby provided excellent service as always. My entree was superb- it is always appreciated when chef finds a creative presentation of chicken. Nothing ordinary for that dish. Who can complain about the wine selection and the price. Overall, the Carlton is my preferred dining spot in Pittsburgh.

DB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to a Pens game, arrived late, they got us in and out in no time.
With a great meal in between. Service was fantastic.
Shuttle to the game, Is a tremendous perk.

B
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience4

I wasn't overly impressed by my meal at the Carlton. The service was outstanding and the complimentary parking in downtown Pittsburgh was nice but for close to $100, our meal was rather disappointing. We both agreed that we could easily find a significantly better meal at a much, much more reasonable price point.

j
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The last few times there, the service has been slow. I made this reservation a half hour earlier to see if that helped and it did not. We had to leave for the show after an 1-1/2 time from seating to end of dinner.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

DM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The service was wonderful. I highly recommend the toll house dessert.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific as always

DS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal. The Baramundi was excellent. Bobby was a great server - attentive but not overboard. I’d definitely go back as everyone in our group enjoyed their meal.

TV
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server Doug and his assistant did an excellent job of pacing our meal just right to make it a very enjoyable and delicious experience for my wife and I.

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