The Carlton

4.7
1758 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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JK
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with friendly staff who will pour your wine even if it is not their table. Great perk to have free parking downtown and a limo ride to and from the Symphony

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OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food as always...service subpar for the first time for us...admittedly on a very busy evening. Waiter appeared to be harried and did not seem to have the time to attend to our table as he would like.

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

Food was great. Service from Bobby was straight forward and down to earth. I let him choose my dinner selection and he hit the mark. Our first time at The Carlton and we will definitely return now that we know that the food and service are excellent and the atmosphere is comfortable. As I mentioned to my wife a gift certificate received brought us in but the experience will bring us back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great Sea Bass Oscar. World-class preparation.

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L
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It constantly over delivers!
From the greeting to the farewell ...

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P
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife to The Carlton for her birthday, and we had an excellent dinner and experience. The food and service were both outstanding. My wife has dietary restrictions, and Kevin (manager) and Michael (our server) both ensured that her meal was prepared just as she wanted. Friday was graduation night and the restaurant got busy, but we never felt neglected, nor did we have to wait for any part of our meal. Excellent all-around experience. We will definitely return to The Carlton.

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AB
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too noisy
We were seated next to a large wine tasting party

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

Had a great time here before a concert at PPG. You'd be a fool to not come here before an event because they provide free parking (20 to 30 at the arena) and a limo service that takes you right to the front door. For the same money we would have spent on parking, 4 drinks and a junk food meal at PPG, we had a bottle of wine, wedge salad, fish and chicken entrees and amazing creme brule.
Our waiter Bobby was great and the Manager and hostess staff was very knowledgeable. We will definitely be back.
Ignore the snobby reviews and go!

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

Great food and atmosphere!

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D
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bobby was extremely attentive. Food preparation was it standing and his description of the Mero was spot on. Excellent evening

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g
Pittsburgh
45 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We enjoy the food and my favorite dessert in the city.

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Naples
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three people of our group had the Mero fish dinner and it was fantastic. One person had breaded Veal with Portobello and it was very good also. Our waitress was attentive and very knowledgeable of there offerings. Great food and excellent service!

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MF
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

WE had a great experience at the Carlton! Enzo was a waiter and he was very attentive.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional, especially the service. The food was delicious! The only reason I rated the food 4/5 stars is personal preference--texture. We both ordered fish dinners and and although it was perfect, everything had one texture (soft). The only other texture between our two plates was 4 asparagus stalks. Aside from not needing to chew, fantastic. Highly recommended.

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N
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was absolutely delicious. But if you need to be back to work in an hour, go somewhere else. We waited 20 min to have our order taken, and 20 min afterwards to receive our bill. And it was a thirsty wait! During lunch someone filled water glasses once - but it was shortly after we received them. No refills were ever offered for any other drinks and all glasses were empty while we waited. Thumbs up to the Cobb Salad, Burger and Crab Cakes. Prime Rib Sandwich was ok but not a do again.

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M
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday, but we enjoy dining at the Carlton often. The food is always imaginative and tasty. The presentation and ambience is outstanding. The service is attentive and elegant.
I made a special request for their excellent Seafood Wellington. They served it even though it wasn’t on the menu. I enjoyed it immensely.

Thank you Carlton!

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

This restaurant is outstanding! We had great service and the waiter was exceptional. I highly recommend The Carlton!

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RM
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff couldn’t be nicer! They made our anniversary more special! Food was excellent as always!

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

Best restaurant in the city. Always delicious food, impeccable service and a relaxing atmosphere.

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N
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dining experience. Our wait staff Chris was equally great.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The service was great. Definitely looking forward to dining at The Carlton again.

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R
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Carlton never dissappoints, by far the best restaurant in Pittsburgh! Excellent food and exceptional service.

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RR
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a dinner with business clients and the experience was really good. The food quality and flavor were great!

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GF
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great waiter. Service was excellent so was food. Used 25$ birthday coupon.

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9
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Carlton continues to be the premier spot in Pittsburgh as it has been since its inception

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KK
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a delicious dinner and awesome service by Anthony !!!

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PA
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service! very attentive staff and quite friendly. Menu is limited but every dish I've had there has been excellent. This time is was busy (a hockey night in Pittsburgh) and yet it was not too noisy or bustling. I'd recommend to anyone dining in downtown Pittsburgh.

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C
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enzo is outstanding! Food and wine are topnotch! One of our favorite places to eat.

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

Always very good. Don’t get there very often.

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RB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and the entrees were exceptional. Great wine list and the shuttle to the Benedum was a very nice touch. We will be regulars

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NJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster and crab gnocchi was recommended by the waiter and it was amazingly delicious! The waiter's was Bobby, he was patient and nice. Good ambience too.

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JS
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great menu for seafood. Excellent wine list. Quite reasonably priced. We ate here before going to the Point Park conservatory theater. Quite convenient.

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T
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had tickets to a show, waiter was wonderful! Took their limo service to show. It was so convenient. Food was great!

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PS
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service. Free parking and limo service to and from the Byham. The Carlton never disappoints.

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DG
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience in Mount Washington area overlooking Pittsburgh. Our corner table sat overlooking the three rivers and the entire downtown area. We watched the Duquesne Incline carry passengers up and down. Food ingredients are fresh, farm to table. Service is outstanding, and the wine list is very good, although, a little pricey. We cannot say enough good things about the dining experience. A must try for foodies visiting Pittsburgh. Suggest you request a window table to maximize the ambience.

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was warm and inviting. Noise level was perfect for conversation with my friends. Our waiter was funny, engaging and efficient. Everyone enjoyed their meals. We shall return.

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GT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very excellent meal. My husband who is a chef had no complaints at all!

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GD
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a top quality experience. The food, service is always of the highest quality. A business lunch favorite.

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BG
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently went here to celebrate a Birthday.
We had a later reservation (7:00) so the restaurant was very quaint/romantic.
Definitely fine dining in everything but price. It's priced the same as BoneFish (eat there the next day)
However, the experience/service was very high end and the food exceptional with moderate to large portions. (We took 1/3 of the food home)
Be careful they pour a strong drink:) Luckily only had 1. Had to drive home.

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