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About The Carlton

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.

500 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
5th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(412) 391-4099

Website:
http://www.thecarltonrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is validated with Dinner if parked after 5:00pm in the One Mellon Center Garage (Ross Street entrance).

Public Transit:
T-Stop & bus stop

Executive Chef:
Simon DeJohn

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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The Carlton Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (35)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Special Occasion (32)
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Good for a Date (31)
Notable Wine List (29)
Business Meals (24)
Romantic (21)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Cozy (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Great for Lunch (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Authentic (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Healthy (6)
Fun (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Casual (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

When we arrived, Janet referred to me by name and what makes that special is my wife and I dine there only 3 or 4 times a year. Janet seated us at a very nice window table where my wife and I enjoyed our evening in privacy.
Our waiter Bobby gave us the the best service. We've had the pleasure of Bobby's service in the past and he is the best. We always get a chance to chat about our families and whatever else is going on with Bobby and that makes him special to us.
Our food was excellent. My wife commented to Bobby that it was the best meal she's had at the Carlton since we've been going there. She enjoyed the Halibut "cheeks" dinner.
Our evening was topped off with a complimentary desert that we enjoyed.
Thanks to Janet, Bobby and the rest of the staff at the Carlton for making our evening great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

Not the Carlton I remember from 20 years ago. Menu, food and service was more typical of a hotel restaurant.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

Great place to have great food in the heart of Pittsburgh

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 7 days ago

Lamb cheeks w/sweet potato gnocci was fabulous!! As was the “antipasti” salad!! YUM, YUM, YUM!!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I have been to the Carlton many times and it never ever disappoints. It's a treasure in Pittsburgh and has only improved over time. We went for our anniversary and it was as special a meal and service as was the event. Thank you.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Still the best prime rib in town. Excellent service. Traditional.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is our favorite place to go for a special occasion. The food is amazing and the service is always spot on. The staff make you feel comfortable and you are never rushed . We just love this restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food and service were outstanding! The steak was prepared perfectly. Added bonus was the complimentary limo service to Heinz Hall!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Cobb salad was very poor. It was basically steak with some lettuce thrown on top. Tasted well but looked aweful.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Wonderful melt in your mouth food- we had scallops, swordfish and beef tenderloin! Wow

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I have dined here for many years. As always, the consistency and atmosphere allows for a good meal in a convenient downtown location.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great spot for dinner before heading to the cultural district - parking is free and so is the limo ride to the cultural district

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Always good. Great service. Never s disappointment.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food was excellent. Prepared perfectly. Service was slow even though the place was mostly empty. Very nice folks, but still slow.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was good. I was surprised that after making reservation on OpenTable that we were told we had to wait almost 20 mins for a table.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The Carlton continues to be one of our favorite downtown restaurants. The extensive wine selection, great menu with daily specials and superb service keep us coming back. The lamb chops are the best! We highly recommend the Carlton as a great dinner venue before the theater or a hockey game.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My husband and I ate at The Carlton 3 weeks ago. Everything was perfect, so I recommended to our dinner group that we dine there Sat night. I was so embarrassed. Took forever to get cocktails the first and second time. Service was slow for everything. Our waiter acted as though we were an imposition. He never welcomed us, never made us feel comfortable. The only attentive person was a bus boy. Food was good for most, but my husband's lamb chops were practically uneatable . He didn't want to send them back because, by the time a fresh order came, the rest of us would have been finished. I must add that the salad plates were warm. Carlton salad should be served cold. Our waiter never got a personality until he delivered the check---angling, I'm sure, for a generous tip. We will never return.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was good, however, the service was terrible. The waiter forgot our salads and appetizers and he rarely came around checking on us. I probably won't go back anytime soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 17, 2017

As usual, our experience at the Carlton was great. The food was delicious as was the wine. The service is always perfect.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Back in "The Burgh" for a wedding and we had to do dinner at one of our old favorites The Carlton. It was my wife's birthday after all, and we knew that we would find exceptional food, wine and service at The Carlton. From the drinks at the bar, to the dinner in the dining room, everything was top notch. We asked for Michael, our favorite waitstaff and sure enough, he was working this evening. It had been two years, but he remember my wife and I and treated us as if we were still his regulars. Can't say enough good things about this restaurant!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very good as usual. You can count on the Carleton for good food, wine friendly and value meal. Love it before the Pens games. Service is friendly but can be slow.

I had the veal chop and the portion was smaller than expected. My wife had the grilled romaine salad and it was great. She also loved the scallops. We always enjoy it here.

Don't forget the shuttle service to theatre or Pens games. Nice touch.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The Ahi Tuna was outstanding!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great stop for a birthday dinner and trip to the symphony with complimentary parking and a limo to Heinz Hall

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great meal and great service from Bobby

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Mike is the best waiter, service and food are always great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The first thing we noticed when we walked in was that the whole place smelled like smoke - like something had been on fire recently. The servers were inattentive, leaving us alone for a long time when we were trying to order. We asked for the wine list, and after giving it to us, they never came back for us to order a bottle. The BBQ shrimp appetizer was raw - they took it off the bill, but the damage was done. The rest of the food was pretty good. Overall, terrible experience and wouldn't go back.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My first post . Not good. Like dining at my grandparents country club

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 30, 2017

My husband and I each ate the house salad and golden snapper. Absolutely delicious. Service was gracious.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Every time my wife and I have dinner at the Carlton the food and service have been fantastic. Whenever we go out on a special occasion, we go to the Carlton. Occasionally we discuss going to a different restaurant, but why, we always have loved our meals, so we head back to the Carlton for another fantastic meal!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The original Carlton salad is fabulous. I look forward to having it when i dine there. The chicken marsala was delicious as was my friends dinner which was a fish dish. We were going to a show so time was of the essence but the service was friendly and efficient. The restaurant was full with people going to the show but i noticed that none of the service workers were frenzied, they just did their work efficiently and pleasantly.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Mediocre service, food equally so, except for the fact that it is SUPERBLY overpriced. Wine list is a joke (with the punch line being that it is delivered in the form of a goddam iPad--just like the really posh places at airport terminals). Several exceedingly loud patrons, most trying to get the attention of the two who looked like they were taking some time off from streetwalking.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The Carlton always does a nice job! Great food, extensive wine list and good service to match.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Our server Mike was tremendous - fantastic service and knowledge. What a pleasure it was chatting with him.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Romantic, Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Excellent service food and atmosphere for over thirty wonderful years. Always a reliably excellent night out!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Ordered from the Restaurant Week menu. Great value. Prices for wine bottles also quite reasonable.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was excellent as always and good value. Requested our favorite waiter George just to find out when we arrived that he is no longer employed there. Extremely disappointed. Chris was ok but no George. We will greatly miss his sparkling personality and exceptional service. It will sadly be awhile before we return. Need to get over disappointment.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 1, 2017

My top very best of Pittsburgh. I eat, no I dine, here often.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The Carlton never disappoints - great food, excellent service, a go-to place for birthdays and anniversaries.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great as usual, been customer for over 30 years. Great salmon, fish and service

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

A perfect place to celebrate a special anniversary.

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