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The Commoner

4.4
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1586 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The Commoner is open again Wednesday to Saturday for socially distant dining and drinks. An meal per guest is required.
All outdoor reservations will be CANCELLED due to inclement weather. Due to limited capacities each reservation for parties of 4 or less will be for one and half hours and parties 5+ will be for two hours. We do require a 24 hour cancellation or there may be a charge of $10/guest.

The Commoner is anything but common and our American classics with a touch of the unexpected will be brought to our Downtown Pittsburgh restaurant for our guests to enjoy a socially distant dining experience.

YOU MUST WEAR A MASK UNTIL YOU ARE SEATED AT YOUR TABLE. The Commoner is complying with all PA state rules pertaining to restaurant health & safety as we re-open. Please visit https://www.thecommonerpgh.com/clean/ to learn more about our approach to keepin

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1586 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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PeterF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Outstanding food quality. Quantity is low relative to overall value, meaning the prices were high considering the amount of food served on the plate.

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MichaelC
Naples
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the outdoor seating for the commoner, not the rooftop outdoor, but out the back door of the restaurant which was a few tables set up in an alley space. It was actually chill and had a good vibe. We had dinner at around eight so it had a nice nighttime downtown feel. Would do again.

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KimberleeP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We had dinner & brunch to celebrate our anniversary this past weekend. The host was super friendly and brought us complimentary champagne! We sat outside, which was super adorable. They had music playing and the tables were properly spaced. The food was fantastic (fries a little too salty, but that’s seriously so minor) and the service was wonderful! We went up to the Biergarten for a late night snack and a few drinks before we ended our night. The only bummer was the Biergarten was booked with a bridal shower for brunch, and we ate inside instead.

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ChadP
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Burger was Fantastic as was the peach julip! Had an 8:30 reservation but had to wait almost a half hour so slightly annoyed at that but didn’t stop us from a great time! Server was excellent and the overall place is great!

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DeborahD
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The Commoner has always been one of the better restaurants downtown, but this time it was a poor choice. The waiter said they were having trouble getting staff to come back to work, possibly they should have waited before opening.

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Kaileytollan
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The menu was very limited which was understandable, but I couldn’t find anything to eat. My fiancé’s fries were the best part. Our server was very nice but they seemed short staffed. Overall not my favorite.

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Chukychez
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Anniversary

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FredM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The menu was so limited it was ridiculous. We were there for our anniversary and have never been so disappointed.

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Diner1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service and atmosphere were good enough, but the menu was extremely limited, and $16 for a smash burger is excessive. The waiter described it as a Smash burger when I tried to order it medium rare, meaning they don't cook it any way but well done. It's just two saucer sized patties, smashed together - just like a Smash burger. And sure enough, it looked and tasted just like a Smash burger. Now, I like a Smash burger, don't get me wrong, but not for $16. Also, $10 for an IPA pint is also excessive. Also, although it was mostly empty, they were playing the music so loud that it was tough for us to hear each other.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The Biergarten was full, so I made a reservation for the Patio on Saturday, relatively early. The patio turned out to be a downtown alley, that was sloped. There were only four dinner entrees choices and between us we ordered three of them. None were particularly tasty, and the sauce on my salmon seemed thrown on and I’ll considered. The accompanying vegetables were covered in a vinegary sauce which was a bit overwhelming. We also ordered two appetizers. The brucietta was good; the peppers, again were bland and the sauce non descript. I enjoyed the time with my kids, but the food experience was disappointing (particularly because the Hotel Monaco restaurant in Alexandria is so consistently good).

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vipMaryD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a fun atmosphere- menu selection is definitely reduced at this time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Limited menu due to Covid restrictions. The appetizers were excellent: shishito peppers and wedge salad. The entries were another story. Every single thing was over salted: the burgers, fried chicken, and French fries. The baked beans served with the fried chicken were under done. The chicken was tasty, but salty. A green veggie on the plate would’ve been welcome too.
The burgers were inedible. The waiter offered to replace the burgers, but I think my guests thought they could deal with it. But by the middle of the sandwich, it was impossible. Our waiter told the chef and there was in fact an issue with a sauce on the burger, but unfortunately the meal was ruined. They graciously removed the burgers from the check and that was very nice. And come to think of it, my margarita had the thickest salt rim I’ve ever seen in a drink. This place loves salt. I would visit again when the full menu is available, but right now it’s just too limited.

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Ndawson
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Way too expensive for what you get, but everything was good

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Limited menu, but outstanding food. I had tuna tartare and pork chops. Tuna was with soy, rice crispies and peanuts, served with lettuce rounds. I didn’t think the rice crispies would work, they did, splendidly. Pork chops were perfectly cooked, still moist, served with maple baked beans.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and a great time. We were outside in the alley. Service was busy. Food was great. Cocktails are great.

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Erica
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Reservations with the Commoner are a bit confusing. We thought we were reserved for the restaurant, but it was actually for the biergarten. Not a big deal to us. It was a lovely evening.

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JosephJ
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Did not eat at the "Commoner". While it takes your reservation under the "Commoner" you are actually eating upstairs at the Beer Garden. The "Commoner" on the first floor is closed.
Food was not bad. Pretzel was good. Mozzarella salad was ok. Had a crab cake sandwich which was acceptable. Served with bag of chips. Limited menu. Nice view. Nice service. Nice place for a glass of wine.

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very nice and clean. The food was excellent and the service was fantastic! We would definitely eat there again!

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vipjma002
Salt Lake City
26 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed. Poor service, so-so food, and bad seating. We were staying at the kimpton and had a reservation for this rooftop beer garden themed restaurant. Our first seating was to be a 6 top table in the middle of the roof. Just 2 of us, very weird. All the 2 tops are around the edge of the roof so we asked to wait for one to clear. The first to clear was in front of the door with people constantly mulling about and going in and out. Another cleared a few minutes later in much more desirable location so we asked to move and were told it was reserved for another couple. Hmmm, we all had to have reservations so not sure why they were “special”. Anyway, nothing to write home about the food or service. The rooftop ambience is nice but that’s about it.

The Commoner, is the first floor inside restaurant but reservations thru open table show up as Commoner. You specify the beer garden in request section of reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Biergarten: Beautiful location and view. The food was disappointing. I knew about the limited menu, but the quality wasn't good for the price. And you can not order from the Commoner's menu.
Very friendly and professional staff! They made sure to follow the pandemic rules, 6 feet apart or more between tables and everything was very clean.

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EvanG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it. Prices seemed a little high but wouldn't stop us from coming back. Thanks again!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lobster roll was very good yet not quote as big as I was expecting it was definitely great though! My date enjoyed the bada blings they were superb especially with a hint of lime I was underwhelmed at the bag of chips they gave me. My date also looked very beautiful under the city lights I had a very special time.

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JoeL
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Love this place. Would love it even more if the food menu had more American options

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to the rooftop! Staff is so friendly and helpful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The menu is way too limited. Only two appetizers two entrees. Served on plastic and extremely expensive. Great deck.

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kenf
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was slow. The food was over salted and very pricey for what it was worth.

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NikkiHP22
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our third dinner at the commoner.... awesome service. Great meals ! Fun cocktails !

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DateNight
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Currently the menu is extremely limited. We got Old Fashions, which were excellent and a giant soft pretzel. The sauces on the side were very basic and not the caliber expected at such a nice venue. The views, ambience and staff were great.

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JustinaS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dominick did an amazing job even in these weird times of COVID-19! He helped us enjoy our meal and made sure we were well taken care of!!

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PhoebeG
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hannah was a great server! Made the experience even better for my Boyfriend's birthday. We were very happy with service, atmosphere and food/drinks.

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Shaz
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience4

Over priced shortened menu and was moved indoors during a nice day. Food was lackluster. I think some of this was due to restrictions.

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JMKA
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious creative dishes, outstanding service, and a chic yet intimate ambience. The food was was even better than I remember.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to celebrate his birthday and had almost everything on the menu. It was all fantastic - we do not have one single complaint. He especially loved the octopus and the tomato tartin, I loved the corn soup and fried mushroom. The burger is the best you’ll ever have. The fried chicken and cavatelli were also outstanding, as were the desserts. Service was great, everyone was friendly and helpful. One of (if not the) best meals we’ve ever had. Chef Dave Racicot is super talented and we can’t wait to go back when he changes the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and relaxing!

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vipChris
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular

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LenoreB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Quiet corner rooftop table. A nice venue to get together with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent; the view, drinks, food, service. The pretzel is massive and delicious! The not a lemon drop is so refreshing.

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vipAmit
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It almost felt normal. Which is a huge win. If there was anything that wasn’t perfect, I’m keeping it to myself and giving them 5 stars all around. Go out, eat, drink, spend time [responsibly] w people, and tip generously.

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Won't be back was very unhappy with the visit. We tried it for my wife's birthday.

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BillW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Limited menu due to COVID. But SO nice to sit outdoors and actually be at a restaurant. Under the circumstances, they did a spectacular job and took every precaution.

FAQs

The Commoner does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Commoner also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (412) 230-4800.

The Commoner is rated 4.4 stars by 1586 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.