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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (37)
Good for a Date (35)
Special Occasion (35)
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Pre/post Theatre (34)
Notable Wine List (31)
Business Meals (28)
Romantic (26)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Cozy (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Great for Lunch (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Casual (7)
Healthy (7)
Authentic (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Seasonal (4)
Fun (4)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 9 hours ago

Solid reliable service food

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

Are you kidding me? The best place in Pittsburgh for food and that special service that is so hard to find! Drinks that you can actually taste the alcohol. Desserts that are so fresh! (The best banana cream pie). Not too many places like this in town. A gen!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

I've lived in Pittsburgh since 1982 and have had many meals in many high quality restaurants. For whatever reason, it's been years since I've had a dinner at this place and I promise, it won't be years till I come back. One of the best meals my son and I have had in Pittsburgh.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Once again the gang of the Carlton Restaurant did not displease. The service was excellent, food incredible, professionalism of the staff all superb and superior. Kudo's to our server Russ.. Fabulous, knowledgeable and approachable. Couldn't ask for a better place to dine in Pittsburgh.
One word sums it up....EXCELLENT!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 4 days ago

We really enjoyed everything, would really recommend the steak and Cajun shrimp pasta!

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

The staff was wonderful even early when I called and they suggested We come a half hour later. Great help with the wine choice. Free parking and ride to Heinzbh hall.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Dinner and service were absolutely five star. Sadly, the waiters also setup the dinning room for the next day while I was otherwise enjoying my dinner. I don’t think it’s appropriate to be rolling around tables in the dining room where a client is eating.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

When in Pittsburgh for a show, we always dine at The Carlton. The food is good, every time, something that doesn't always happen in Pittsburgh.

Being from 100 miles out of town and rural folks that do not desire to navigate the city, being able to park under the restuarnt (for free, to boot) is extremely convenient. In addtion, being able to leave the vehicle there and take their free limo to wherever you are going, both ways, makes the trip as hassle free as possible.

The staff is not only friendly, but they understand the show schedules in the city and will get you in and out in time to make your show, all without being rushed. When we had to go earlier than expected to Heinz Hall because of unusual traffic conditions (which the staff alerted us to), we did not get to enjoy dessert. The waiter, Bobby, said to ask for him when the show was over and he would take care of that. When we arrived back, after the show, the restuarant was no longer serving, but Bobby seated us and brought my wife and I a dessert for her birthday. It was a nice touch that they didn't need to do, but one that will have us dining there anytime we find ourselves in Pittsburgh.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

A great Pittsburgh restaurant. Extremely consistent and excellent food and service. Tremendous wine list, covering a good array of types and prices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Just OK. Expected better given the prices. Service was the issue. Food was just average.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The Carlton always delivers for us. The warmth with which we are received, the impeccable service, the creative and imaginative offerings, the civilized and muted ambiance... all spot-on.
Can’t say enough good things about Mr. Joyce, his staff, and this treasure of a restaurant. Don’t ever go away!
❤️

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Romantic, Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We always enjoy eating at The Carlton and using the limo service to the theaters. However, this time the limo did not pick us back up as scheduled. We waited out in the cold and called twice until we finally had the limo come back for us.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 22, 2017

This was our 4th or 5th time here. Unfortunately, it was the most disappointing visit. The atmosphere is normally quiet and romantic. In this case there was a hockey game and it was loud and boisterous. Normally the wait staff is extremely attentive, but this evening the waiter was somewhat overwhelmed and the dining experience not great. The food was only marginal after many superb meals before. The free shuttle to the theater is part of the reason we dine here and that worked again. We will definitely call this visit an anomaly and go back. Wine selection and price is outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great as always!!

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The food was superb!

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was very good. Ambiance is good.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The Carlton is an old favorite that never disappoints. The menu is dependable yet consistently enhanced by delectable daily specials. A perfect spot for business lunches or just catching up with an old friend over dinner. Even if I haven't been there for some time, the staff never fails to make me feel like family. It can be pricy, however, you definitely get what you pay for. Great overall dining experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

Great place to have great food in the heart of Pittsburgh

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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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