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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Pittsburgh

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Pittsburgh? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Morcilla restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1718)
$50 and over
Spanish
Lawrenceville
About the restaurant
The Morcilla team brings contemporary Spanish influenced cuisine to the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Enjoy a mix of pintxos, house made charcutería and large plates meant for sharing from our family-style menu. End your experience with churros and chocolate hazelnut fondue to round out the evening. Our beverage program features craft cocktails, an extensive wine list, a deep sherry and vermut selection and local craft beer. Our dining room is intimate, perfect for celebrating your next special occasion with your favorite person. If you prefer bar seating, the full menu is available there too. We do recommend reservations, but hold a few bar seats for walk-in diners. Refer to www.morcillapittsburgh.com for our current menu.
Top review
Sammy
Dined on May 10, 2024
Everything was excellent - every dish, the service, the timing, etc. I left saying I'm pretty sure Morcilla is the best restaurant in Pittsburgh. Thank you for a great dining experience!
A photo of Cafe Momentum - Pittsburgh restaurant
4.9
4.9 (116)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Café Momentum is not a normal restaurant. Café Momentum is a non-profit restaurant that offers a locally sourced, chef-driven menu and serves as a culinary training facility for young people impacted by the juvenile justice system.

Café Momentum’s program teaches critical skills that allow youth to re-enter society in a safe, real-world environment of nurturing accountability. By participating in our program, the youth rotate through every aspect of the restaurant, from waiting tables to washing dishes, while working side-by-side with Chef Peter Henry.

Don't miss our famous smoked fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, ham hock collard greens, buttermilk biscuit, and black pepper gravy.

We are BYOB! $5/person corkage fee.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 9, 2024
Went here for dinner with a friend. Cafe Momentum is doing great things for the Pittsburgh community and supporting local businesses while delivering amazing food. Best BYOB in the burgh for sure.
A photo of Spork restaurant
4.8
4.8 (956)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
East Liberty
About the restaurant
Spork is a seasonally ingredient driven restaurant. Our menus food, beer, wine and cocktails are developed and implemented, first and foremost, by what we are able to source at its peak. As a restaurant that prides itself on scratch preparation, taken to the extreme, we understand how reliant we are on the local farms, butchers, seafood houses and a few select distributors that we partner with to execute our vision. Our team includes a farmer, a published author, a baker, and a sommelier, in addition to the usual array of chefs, bartenders and service staff. To turn out our menus, we have on-premises, programs to: Bake all of our own breads (including in-house grain milling) - Extensively ferment and pickle vegetables - Grow and harvest a large percentage of our produce - Hand craft a full line of pastas - Smoke meats, vegetables - Produce a full range of pastries, ice creams and plated desserts.
Top review
Fran
Dined 5 days ago
This place was amazing from the moment you walk in. It honestly feels like they are working to be a Michelin star restaurant. The attention to detail was amazing as well as the food. I loved the Koji ToFu and my boyfriend had the koji chicken. Honestly so impressed, 10/10!
A photo of Siempre Algo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (589)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
We believe that hospitality comes from optimism, compassion, and trust.
By fostering a culture that values collaboration and encouragement, we make it possible to take chances and grow, and to have hospitality be an expression of who we are.
The resulting offerings are carefully crafted food and beverage, and a welcome that passes our care for each other and our profession on to our guests.

Top review
MichaelCvip
Dined 4 days ago
This is the best restaurant in Pittsburgh. Great drinks, great food and great service.
A photo of 40 North at Alphabet City restaurant
4.8
4.8 (645)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Northside
About the restaurant
Chef-run establishment helmed by Bethany Zozula. Beverage program directed by Kara Selberis. Located in the Alphabet City building in Central Northside Pittsburgh. Lamb specials daily. Happy hour 4:30p-6:30p
Top review
Dourily
Dined on May 9, 2024
We were here for a show as well as dinner and everything was outstanding! The show at City of Asylum was great, too! 40 North has a wonderful, ever changing menu with items that are very well thought out and well prepared. Each member of our party was extremely happy with their food. We also split an appetizer and shared three selections from the dessert menu. The desserts were so impressive! The servers are wonderful as well. They are attentive and thoughtful without being obtrusive while being very cognizant of the show -- just perfect! I honestly can't wait to come back! 1
A photo of The Vandal restaurant
4.7
4.7 (561)
$31 to $50
Contemporary European
Lawrenceville
About the restaurant
Laid back neighborhood restaurant, focusing on intently seasonal food and cocktails. Small, ever changing menu ensures that you are experiencing the most exciting food in the most intimate of experiences.

With respect to simplicity and execution, we try to highlight the awesome product from our local purveyors with minimal "fuss"



Top review
ChristineN
Dined 3 days ago
As always, it’s was an incredible meal and experience. The food is elevated, special and so delicious. The menu is always changing but never misses.
A photo of Ritual House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1034)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Spirited food and drink in an atmosphere designed for the senses. Ritual House was inspired by the world travels of friends who also have a passion for Pittsburgh. Inspired art, devilish details, and comfortable, luxurious surroundings, are just the start of the experience. Located in the iconic Union Trust Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, Ritual House features innovative modern American food with global flavors and artfully crafted cocktails imagined by Lisa & Herky Pollock. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Saturday and Sunday brunch.
Top review
Jmg32vip
Dined 3 days ago
Get food and cocktails. Consistently delicious yum
A photo of Bahama Breeze - Pittsburgh - Robinson Township restaurant
4.5
4.5 (615)
$30 and under
Caribbean
Downtown
About the restaurant
Bahama Breeze Island Grille offers a To Go menu with easy online ordering. Take home a taste of the islands today. Bahama Breeze offers all your favorites: burgers, salads, seafood, chicken-all with our island flair. From jicama or plantains to jerk chicken pasta, you can enjoy the islands one taste at a time, discovering new flavors along the way. If our Latin and Caribbean-inspired recipes sound delicious but you're not sure you're ready to explore, ask us about the ingredients or preparation. We're always happy to share our knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.
Top review
Nancygvip
Dined on May 1, 2024
Tropical chicken salad delicious. Waiter, Harry, very attentive.
A photo of Christian James at The Joinery, Curio Hotel by Hilton restaurant
4.2
4.2 (195)
$30 and under
International
Downtown
About the restaurant
Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, Christian James brings together a refreshing and elevated approach to food and fine dining staples. Featuring influences from all over the world, Christian James serves something for everyone.

Some of the favorites of the house include:

35 Day Dry Aged NY Strip Steak
32 oz. Tomahawk Ribeye
24 oz. Porterhouse Steak
Pasta Primavera
Pan Seared Scallops

Be sure to try the renowned wine and cocktail program featuring small and highly sought-after wines from across the world. Set up a private tasting in the wine room which comfortably seats 6 to enjoy the full depth and breadth of our Sommelier-curated wine list.

Located in the Lobby of The Joinery Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton, you can also try Extended Play, our Lobby Bar featuring local spirits and libations with small appetizers curated by the team at Christian James.

Every dish has a story and at Christian James, we bring that story to life.

Top review
JohnJ
Dined 7 days ago
Any bumps were more than smoothed over by David. Great host.
A photo of Tapville Social - Wexford PA restaurant
4.2
4.2 (28)
$30 and under
American
Wexford
About the restaurant
A socially-driven dining experience celebrating the people and places that make us say "Cheers!". The perfect escape to create fun and memorable moments with friends. From our creative cocktail flights and pairings to our self-pour wine and beer walls, Tapville Social removes the obstacles of the restaurant experience and puts you in control of the journey.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
My first there & I love itttt🤩 the strawberry rose mimosas was a Hit !
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