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For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
Time
9:00 PM
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The Carlton

4.6
1291 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Good for a Date (53)
  • Good for Anniversaries (47)
  • Special Occasion (41)
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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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 1291 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HaleyM 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The food and service were incredible! I told my bf that I wanted to go out and eat upscale and dress up fancy and he delivered with the Carlton! The building has its own parking garage, and they reimburse you for parking. The servers keep up with your needs but aren’t overbearing, the noise and ambiance was romantic, nice silverware and tables and chairs and booths and carpet and lights and everything. The servers and managers and staff were cheerful and polite, and very helpful. I had an absolutely wonderful time and would definitely go back next time I go out fancy!

The only complaints I have are:
1) we sat next to the kitchen, so there was a little more noise than the other areas. Not too much and it didn’t take away from the experience ever, so it wasn’t that bad.

2) a couple ended up sitting in the table next to us (we had an open table that had a long booth on one side) and they had their phones out and were playing videos and being distracting. That kind of disappointed me, being attached to my phone myself even I knew this place was too good to for that. I shut my phone off minus to take one picture, and I never shut off my phone. Not even for church! They were loud enough to bother me but I didn’t complain about them. This was my first time at a fancy restaurant and I wasn’t sure what was appropriate. I know it’s not the restaurants fault for it’s customers so I still rate 5/5.
Overall the customers were dressed all fancy and were polite and not loud and did not have their phones out. So it was just my luck they came and ended up sitting next to us.

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PGHFoodie1 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

WOW! The Carlton was such a great experience. The staff was so welcoming and kind. I ordered the surf and turf and it was by far the best meal I have ever eaten! To top it all off I had the banana cream pie for dessert. I cannot wait to go back to the Carlton for another great night out with even better food.

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jester (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

food was great, server was slow and almost missed our time to leave for the play. Had to rush to pay the bill.

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Scherzo (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

We have been patronizing the Carlton for several decades. But I must say the most recent visit (2-15-18) was disappointing. For one thing, the service was painfully slow. Our reservations were for 7 p.m. Our entrees finally arrived at 8:15 -- and the place was practically empty. So it wasn't because they were busy.

The first plate of bread that arrived was substandard -- a pitifully small amount for four people, certainly not enough to include a variety especially if we're going to be waiting more than an hour for our entrees to show up.

Secondly, the food just doesn't taste very good any more. There seems to be a need to put an Asian twist into too many dishes. The Chilean sea bass used to be wonderful, but the most recent treatment just isn't very good. Far better the Chilean Sea Bass of yore with Asian Slaw and Basmati Rice. (Yes, I realize it has an Asian twist.)

All in all, it was a disappointing experience and one that we wont be soon repeating, which is a shame after all these years. The Carlton is an attractive restaurant, although not the easiest to access. There are too many excellent new restaurants to make the effort to get to the Carlton worthwhile.

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vipFrequentMeatballer (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This place is consistently awesome. If you haven’t been there; go. If you already go..... then you already know! Lol

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vipSusaneats (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great space for larger groups

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Bobby was a great host and server

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

One of our favorite places! Food is excellent and the service and presentation is exceptional. We recommend it highly and will continue to be one of many boosters!

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pgholdmom (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great food and great service. Parking is challenging.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

I visit The Carlton often with friends and business associates. The food is always wonderful and the service exceptional! Highly recommend you stop in for lunch!

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JudyR (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent evening; wonderful food; waiter very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food and service. Extensive, reasonably priced wine list.

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NattyP (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The chef took my off menu request and didn't hesitate. It was the best version of entree that I have ever had! Our waiter was outstanding and went above and beyond for us.

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Hollis (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Russell was our waiter. He did a great job. I had lamb chops and they were cooked perfect. My wife had the Bronzino which is a Mediterranean fish. Very tasty. Went to Heinz Hall after dinner to see the PSO. The Carlton supplies the limo which allows you to not worry about parking. Very nice evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Fantastic place, don't know why I haven't been there before, will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Perfect business lunch for a very picky client and we both were happy

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MaryJo317 (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Staff was terrific! Food was delicious!!! Will recommend to friends!

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AnitaF (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The food, service, ambiance, desserts and limo service to WICKED was beyond perfect. I will be back! I will refer you to my friends and colleagues.Never felt rushed at all.

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JLynn (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Incredible service & food. I will not go anywhere else before a show.

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Winston1961 (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great dinner with friends before the Pen’s game. I changed the reservation from 4-6 on Thursday with no problem. JeffJoyce had a wonderful restaurant.

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Ollie (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent, as always. The chef prepared a wonderful entree for our vegan daughter and we enjoyed impeccable fish selections. The waiter was professional, friendly and helpful. We highly recommend The Carlton.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

The Dinner and Wait Staff were outstanding and having access to limo to theater is fantastic!

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Schober (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

I often got to The Carlton as I work at BNY Mello. I had the Halibut w/mash potatoes & green beans. You honestly could not tell the fish from the potatoes. The Halibut was very very soft and mushy - horrible texture.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Absolutely melt in your mouth deliciousness!! I’ve never been disappointed in any sense at the Carlton. Perfect for any occasion

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BonnyDiver (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

We know it's special but it was so mind blowing and perfect. The staff, food was amazing! Wine great! and they have free parking then took us to and from the musical we were going to see. They are so amazing!! Thanks for a special night and tasty menu! Worth the price!

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Delicious food! Will be back when we visit Pittsburgh again!

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vipJonathan (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful as always. While we usually get the outstanding prime rib, we decided to go seafood this time. Lobster and crab gnocci appetizer was really nice. Main courses of branzino and stone bass were both really well prepared. An old fashioned pecan ball made for a nice finish. Service, as always, was excellent.

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vipMarc (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Every time my wife and I dine at the Carlton we finish the meal asking each other "Why do we go anywhere else?" The combination of food, service, ambiance and convenience make The Carlton a true gem in the Pittsburgh dining scene. The menu, with specials, always has several tempting choices. The Carlton house salad is wonderful and the wine selection has a wide range of selections and prices. Add the free parking and shuttle to the theatre or symphony and it is a no brainer.

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Alicia (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Fantastic ! Always a wonderful experience !!

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PepcBK (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We went to The Carlton for Restaurant Week. It was the first time we've been at this restaurant during the Restaurant Week specials so we were interested in seeing how it compared to a normal Saturday night. The place was busy - not sure if that was normal or due to Restaurant Week but I'd bet it was due to Restaurant Week. We had our choice of the normal Restaurant Week dinner menu or pairing it with wine. Since The Carlton is so known for it's wine we took the wine pairing option. The first course we both got the crisp breaded crab risotto balls and it was paired with a Sauvignon Blanc. The risotto balls were spectacular and the wine paired with it perfectly. I could have just had a plate of those and been happy. But the 2nd course arrived - I got the short rib pot pie paired with a cigar zinfandel and my table mate got the pork chop paired with a Malbec. We were both raving on the food and the wine. For the dessert course I got a chocolate cheesecake and my table mate ordered the banana creme pie. Both were huge portions so we ended up taking most of it home with us. No skimping due to Restaurant Week at all. We appreciated that the wait staff was very attentive without being bothersome. We even got a table visit by the owner, Mr. Joyce. And never did we feel rushed so the table could be turned over. All and all a delightful evening!

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