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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.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
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Parking is validated with Dinner if parked after 5:00pm in the One Mellon Center Garage (Ross Street entrance).
T-Stop & bus stop
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
As usual the food was fabulous. It was restaurant week however, so we were late being seated, and very late getting our food, as they were extremely busy. We even had to ask our waiter for menus. We love the Carlton so we'll definitely be back but this was not our best experience
Food and wine were great. Only complaint was that service was a little inconsistent and slow (30 minutes to have order taken and drinks brought), but as it was restaurant week and every seat was filled it was understandable. Wait staff was hustling and doing their best to meet everyone's needs and bring food out hot and fresh while re-filling drinks, taking dessert orders, and getting checks closed). They were also personable and apologetic about service when problems arose. It was simply a case of having a restaurant packed with customers. If you had other plans such as a show or concert the delays and overall length of dinner (almost 2 hours from start to finish) could have posed a problem. Excellent value of restaurant week menu and demeanor of wait staff made up for minor service issues. I have eaten here several times before and will do so again. On a normal Friday or Saturday night none of these issues occur and you can easily have dinner and get to a show, concert, etc... without issue if you plan accordingly. Overall it was a great experience.
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