The Carlton

4.6
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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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BM
Pittsburgh
29 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come here we ask ourselves Why don't we come here more often? The food is always exceptional and Enzo our server was outstanding! Everyone thanked us for dining with them during the trying time and a young lady came around and gave all the women a green carnation! Kevin Joyce is a master restaurateur!

A
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently good, servers are nice and knowledgeable and wine prices and selection make it an easy choice for us. The limo to the shows and parking validation make it a home run...

PS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to disappoint. Always fantastic food, libations, and service.

c
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was and has always been consistent. The limo to the theater is an added plus

J
Pittsburgh
107 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always an excellent restaurant in Pittsburgh. We had the steak/shrimp and prime rib dinners. Both excellent. A great wine list, both in price range and depth. Table was excellent.

EG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start to finish, an excellent meal. The service was exceptional, the wine list was extensive, the meal was exquisite.

s
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mu go-to restaurant when I'm in town. Free parking and a ride to a show is an added bonus!

JK
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is wonderful from the time you arrive, through the service and when you leave. Great value with the free parking and limo to the cultural district and service there is top notch also

P
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, wonderful food, and fabulous service as we have come to expect!

DD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food! Great place for dinner before any event!

CD
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabby was an excellent server. She made fabulous recommendations for each part of our meal. We enjoyed a relaxing dinner along with a complementary limo ride to the Benedum Center.

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food!

EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Russell was a great waiter and all 3 of our fish dinners were excellent!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Our server was very sweet, and we could tell that she was nervous. Super nice girl! She knew a lot about the menu, which is great. However, for a restaurant that has over 600 bottles of wine to choose from, all servers should be more than familiar on how to open a bottle of wine. Practice using the wine key (easiest way to open a bottle when used properly) so that the cork doesn’t break, practice pouring so that it doesn’t spill all over the white table cloth. Both the short ribs and filet were decent, not great.

AT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time I tried the lamb chops. The meal was outstanding, which is the highest rating I give food.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Dined at the Carlton. Food here is always really good. We had the prime rib and swordfish, and we also got a couple apps that were really good. Unfortunately tonight, service wasn’t really that good as it usually is. We never got our salads and weren’t really attended to that well which usually never happens here. Whenever we come back, I hope the service is a little bit better.

M
Pittsburgh
38 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Carlton is one of the classic restaurants in the city. Always terrific! Especially recommend the pork chop, halibut cheeks and sea bass. The restaurant deserves diners’ appreciation for holding the margins on the excellent wine choices too!

FL
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu and food are always great. The staff is friendly and attentive. Loved taking the limo to and from our show. That is a fabulous feature to offer.

DB
Cleveland
30 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our meal was excellent! The waiter suggested a wonderful salad and an exquisite Chardonnay! Had a wonderful experience.

A
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and impeccable service !

MC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and great staff

CF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Carlton is my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh. It never disappoints!

N
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the shuttle to Heinz Hall for the Speakers Series, too.

PP
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So, when the 4 of us entered the restaurant for a 5 o'clock reservation, it obviously was not very busy. (Trust me, it filled up real fast). So, the hostess says to the young lady who is to seat us, "Put them in the back." I'm thinking, "What?!?!? IN THE BACK!!!" We were casually dressed for a hockey game that night, just like a lot of other people when it is a "hockey night in Pittsburgh." To my surprise, the back isn't really a hidden table or out of the way for people who might have forgotten their deodorant that morning. It was a great table with a nice view of the lobby of the skyscraper. The service and the food were extraordinary as usual.

RR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Carlton never disappoints! From the moment you arrive, staff is welcoming, courteous, and focused on providing you with everything you request. Even though it was Valentine's weekend, the quality and service did not suffer. Yes, are table was not quite ready at our reservation time but the staff in the bar took excellent care of us while we waited. We will be back every chance we get!

CT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been coming to the Carlton for many years and the food and service have always been and continue to be excellent. Every time we go we think “why don’t we come more often?”

P
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

They were late to seat us roughly 15 mins. Not a big deal. Once sat it took the waitress 10 mins to get us menus. They ran out of bread. Our meatball app was cold. The restaurant was very dirty with plates on empty tables throughout our dinner. Once the food arrived it was average at best. I would not recommend to another party.

EH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The wait time was too long but the service and food were really good

PS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! My husband and I both loved the food. I had the sea bass and he had the scallops. I never had my fish cooked in such a different way.

DZ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Very friendly and accommodating staff.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Was very slow with service took way longer than normally does

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to The Carlton for dinner before a Penguins game to celebrate a birthday. The food was absolutely amazing, the service staff was engaging and kept the table clear at all times, and we had an amazing experience at the restaurant. Definitely plan on coming back again in the future!

TC
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Spent a lovely Valentine's Day dinner with my girlfriend at the Carlton. Was immediately welcomed by the hostess and asked if we were attending a show later (an incredible service is the offering of limousine service to the theater district!). We declined, and then were shown to our reserved table, where our server introduced herself to us and made us feel welcome.
Upsides are the great ambiance, friendly service, and delicious entrees (she had the salmon, and I enjoyed the vegan lasagna), limo service if needed, and free parking in the BNY Mellon garage.
Downside was being seated for a quiet, romantic dinner next to a large table of 6 or 8, when there seemed to be many other tables available that would have provided a quieter environment. (My reservation was at 5pm, so not as yet crowded.)

We will likely return, especially when we have tickets to a Cultural District show, but will be more proactive in requesting a more romantic table.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu with an old world vibe. Mike our professional waiter was awesome. Free parking in garage also a nice perk. Food was served at just the right pace and was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fantastic and it was some of the best food we’ve had.

TD
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food selection .... excellent professional service.... value the parking....good location to Ppg paints

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I happened upon this place and what a treat. Food was perfect, menu interesting and service excellent. Bobby took care of us and he was spot on. My husband is French and is trained in front of the house from a school there and he was impressed! Definitely come back

CP
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The restaurant was not crowded but the service was very poor. We had to flag down the waiter the each time to request service. The waiter took approximately 15 minutes after we were seated to take our initial drink order. We needed to remind him several times to bring things that we had ordered. The Carlton is just too expensive to be receiving service that you'd expect to receive in a greasy spoon diner.

We ordered a bottle of White Zinfandel, preferably Sutter's Home or Berringers. The waiter couldn't locate either, but provided us with another brand which was satisfactory. When we ordered a second bottle, we were given a different brand and he informed us that we had drank the only bottle of the first brand. For a restaurant that advertises its wine selection, we found the inventory to be lacking.

I have been to the Carlton many times over the years and it is my wife and my favorite restaurant. However, we noticed that most of the entrees included hot and spicy seasonings, e.g. cajan and southwestern. Perhaps this is what your customers are asking for, but if the menu continues to favor hot and spicy items, I won't be coming back.

I hope that this was just a bad night for the Carlton. I will be back but if I have a similar experience, I will write the restaurant off for lunch and dinner.

DD
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I hadn’t been to the Carlton in sometime. I was pleasantly surprised that all of our meals were very good.
I would recommend the Carlton

JS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was great, if a bit dark. The food was delicious, and dessert even more delicious! I had the Chilean sea bass special, and I was very impressed. Husband had the pork chop, which was cooked beautifully. For dessert I had the banana cream pie - best crust I’ve ever tasted! Yum. Service was outstanding as well, very attentive staff. Would recommend and will visit again!

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