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The Carlton

4.7
1334 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(412) 391-4099
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Simon DeJohn
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th
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Parking details
Parking is validated with Dinner if parked after 5:00pm in the One Mellon Center Garage (Ross Street entrance).
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Public transit
T-Stop & bus stop
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 1334 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The seafood was outstanding. My husband had the Norwegian Cod and I had salmon. Both were done to perfection. Our waiter Doug was fabulous!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fabulous Branzino preparation! I can’t wait to go back to get it again.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

April 2018.

We celebrated our anniversary with a terrific dinner at The Carlton. While not our first meal there, it had been over a year since we’d eaten dinner at the Carlton on a Saturday night. I am happy to report that there was a happy, busy mix of couples and large groups. Keep supporting locally owned venues!

There’s no doubt that the building’s attached parking garage is an asset. Thank you for validating our parking pass.

The (many long-term) staff continue to demonstrate top notch professional skills. We were greeted and seated promptly. Our server, Chris, was personable and knowledgeable and helpful.

We could actually hear each other in a busy restaurant! Thanks for avoiding the multiple soundtracks during meals.

The wine list continues to be delightful. We shared the lamb meatball appetizer which was tasty. Our meals (1 4/14 special, 1 from the menu) were attractive in presentation and very good. We did not eat dessert.

The menu and wine prices reflect the value received.

We will return! I will continue to steer business events towards the Carlton.

P.S. As we exited the garage, we passed two limos taking Carlton guests to the theatre. This is a great arrangement!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Before the Pens games! Great food, great service, great selection of wine and beer, they get you to the game in a limousine! Pittsburgh tradition all the way!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Our birthday celebration for a special husband and dad couldn’t have turned out to be more memorable! Seated at a round table for 5, offered conversation with everyone to participate while receiving extraordinary service with Bobby and a delightful, ambitious and friendly bus boy. We save our most treasured occasions for The Carlton that has become a treasured tradition.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Always great food, great service, and top rated experience...

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Superb as always. I do not think there is an item on their menu that is not prepared to perfection. Our favorite.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Fish is delicious. I love that they are so accommodating with special requests. Service is fabulous. Great for a business lunch.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

As always, the food and wine at the Carlton were excellent. Would liked to have a bit more time between our appetizer, salad and entrée.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great meal, atmosphere and service. Felt welcome and always enjoy the experience. Would recommend for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very good service and food, although I wonder why they don’t include a salad with dinner at there prices

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

One of my most favorite restaurants. Great for lunch and dinner. I go often, love love love the waiter name "Bobby" and I always request his section. He goes "above and beyond" every time.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Our server was outstanding and the best that we ever had at the Carlton!! He definitely went above and beyond to meet our needs!! Very pleased!!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Service and food were great today! Perfect for our lunch get together in an hour

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Excellent food with menu options that changes daily! Quiet and cozy place.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We have never had a bad meal at the Carlton. The food is always outstanding and the service is always exceptional! The wine list is second to none!!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The Carlton has always been one of my Pittsburgh favorites. Long term employees as well as a great menu and superior food makes for a superb restaurant. Their service, especially Mike, is impeccable. Free parking and limo service to the theater district and the arena makes for a no brainer.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Saturday evening was our first time at the Carlton. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and food. We use the free parking option and the limo service to and from our show at the Benedum. This just added to the fun and easy of Navigating the busy city on Saturday evening. Highly recommended, we even stopped in after our show was over and got a table for the second time that evening and had a late evening dessert. :)

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We were celebrating my dad’s birthday and his health (after a scare), and we chose the Carlton because it’s his favorite. From the moment I booked the reservation, the staff was genuinely courteous, helpful, and professional. The food was outstanding and the timing of every course was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing about our experience, and I’d encourage anyone looking for a delicious meal in a first class environment to check out this place.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The waiter never came back to ask how our meal was. When he brought the check, he didn’t come back either, good thing we paid cash!

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

While the food and ambiance were nice, our waiter was abrupt and dismissive of our (very few) questions. And although the manager quickly passed by asking how everything was, it was an empty gesture, as he never paused to allow a chance for reply. This was unacceptable for a supposed fine dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We tried the special French wine dinner & had a lovely meal! Service & food was delightful!! We also bought some yummy wine to take home :)

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was fantastic. I had the halibut special, per the recommendation of our waitress, and it was outstanding. Cooked to perfection and full of so many wonderful flavors!! I had the chocolate mousse cake for dessert and it was also very good. I highly recommend this restaurant! I am always concerned about the noise level during lunch/dinner meetings but The Carlton was nice and quiet, so the noise was not an issue at all.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Long term Pittsburgh icon. Always high quality food and best service. I use for business and for family functions. Never disappointing. Always reasonable prices, wine prices are at low end of restaurant pricing with a solid list.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We went for a wedding anniversary luncheon after having checked the menu on line. We were delighted with the variety of fish and seafood dishes available midday. Only criticism concerns the wine-list. What is presented on the table relies too heavily on American wineries, with few European selections.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My Halibut and my wife's Chilean Sea bass were delicious. Wines are modestly priced with a fantastic selection. Service was great. It's been awhile since I've been there but will definitely be back sooner. Our friends were there and commented on their food being great.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

As always, our dining experience was truly wonderful. The food was excellent and Doug, our waiter was exceptional. It’s our favorite Pittsburgh restaurant for celebrating special occasions.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The meal was very good as was the service inside the restaurant. We were there to have dinner before going the concert at PPG. When we finished eating and were told that we could get a limo ride to PPG, the driver would not take us because there were people also going to a different location. Very disappointing and poor service from driver and we had to walk

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Everyone was friendly from the greeter to the waiter and other staff.
Our meals were excellent.
We met Kevin Joyce who was exceptionally friendly.
We have eaten at the Carlton several times and we have always enjoyed our meals and always comment on how welcoming and friendly the employees are.
We usually eat there before hockey games and appreciate the limo ride to PP&G.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable dining experience.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Usually this is a "go to" dinner place for me and I have never been disappointed BUT that changed on Saturday night. The service was excellent as always but the food was lacking...The bread served prior to dinner had several dried out pieces, the salad was drenched in dressing and the main course I had had no flavor to speak of...Very Disappointed!!! I assume it was due to the fact it was after a Pen's home game...I will try again and I hope this was just an isolated night...

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Consistently provides very good drinks, food and service. The limo to and from the theater is a special touch.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We were celebrating our anniversary and our first time at the Carlton. We were surprised by a bottle of champagne pre paid by a family member. Our server was phenomenal! Doug was very informative regarding the menu and very patient with our questions. He made our experience very memorable. We will return on our next visit to Pittsburgh.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Other than being tucked away and a little hard to find, the restaurant was very nice, excellent food and great service. Would recommend to anyone looking for an alternative a few blocks from cultural district. Worth the walk, especially on a show day when anything near theaters is jammed

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Birthday dinner
Faye was amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Our waiter, Chris was factastic. He was helpful with drink recommendations and was very personable. Food and service was great.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Hard to get in/out in an hour, service can be a bit slow

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Always have a great experience at The Carlton

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Outstanding meal and service. One of our favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We were celebrating our 40 year anniversary and we absolutely were treated like royalty. The hostess wished us a happy anniversary and our waiter gave us a free double scoop ice cream with brownie dessert. I had the sea bass and it melted in your mouth. We dine at the Carlton often and have never had a bad meal. I love their wine lists!!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Ballet performance at the Benedum. Service was a little slow after initially being very good. Food arrived a little slow and could have been a little warmer. The food quality was good overall but just could have been a little hotter.

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