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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Pittsburgh / Western PA

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Pittsburgh / Western PA? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The LAB at Armen’s Barrels restaurant
4.8
4.8 (233)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Washington
About the restaurant
An exquisite dinner menu along with classic martini's, craft cocktails, a wide variety of beer and of course, our handpicked selection of wine from all over the world.

Top review
G5Guyvip
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
We went because we learned about it from whiskey wine and chocolate festival that was in Pittsburgh. We are really glad we went. The service was great. Our server Brandie did a super job all night and even helped us with a bottle to take home. Food was outstanding and we will definitely be returning.
A photo of Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1026)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Plum
About the restaurant
Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar is a relaxed restaurant featuring New American cuisine with a farm-to-table emphasis. We are a family-owned and operated restaurant, with head chef Don Winkie leading the kitchen. At present, with business hours adjusted due to challenges of re-opening during the pandemic, Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar is serving a modified brunch, dinner, and take-out Thursday-Sunday from 11:30 am - 9pm. The patio is open! Please call us directly to reserve your spot on the patio. Due to social distancing, reservations are strongly encouraged for bar and dining room seating. Current menus can be viewed at eightyacreskitchen.com.
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DianeSvip
Dined 5 days ago
Kayla was very good. Enjoyed the shrimp risotto, lots of shrimp. Delicious. Our friend had the filet steak and said it was very good too.
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4.8
4.8 (972)
$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.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent service and well prepared and beautifully presented food and drink. The amuse bouche were such a wonderful touch and the cocktails were spectacular! What a special way to spend our anniversary ♥️
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4.8
4.8 (6129)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Mt. Washington
About the restaurant
As Executive Chef & Partner of Altius, Jessica Bauer's approach to contemporary American cuisine is refined and modern with a respect for the integrity and quality of her ingredient driven menu. Your first visit may be for the view, but you will return again and again to enjoy one of Pittsburgh’s best premiere fine dining experiences. With modern surroundings, higher hospitality and an organic and sustainable wine menu, every part of your experience has been thought of and designed with care.
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SandraMvip
Dined 4 days ago
It was amazing! Highly recommend especially for a special occasion.
A photo of Kaufman Tavern restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1367)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Cranberry
About the restaurant
A landmark experience. A dining and drinking destination. A historic tradition. Since its inception, the Kaufman House has been a gathering place for travelers, neighbors and friends. Today, Kaufman Tavern continues and updates the tradition, providing a warm welcome, restorative libations and a fun, comfortable, exquisite dining experience. The food is the real star here: a top-notch, scratch-made, local, eco-friendly and--most importantly--delicious dining experience. Our menu reflects the best of the US and the bounty of our region. Cajun and creole. Northern and Southern. The East and West coasts and beyond. This is hand made, lovingly crafted, just plain good food. Kaufman Tavern is new American cuisine at its finest.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
food and service stellar ❤️✨ Our server Ethan was excellent ❤️😂
A photo of 40 North at Alphabet City restaurant
4.8
4.8 (661)
$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
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Hooda
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Nice place, decent menu, good food. Could have better white wine (I think Australian and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are superior to Eastern European ones). Good service. Addition if good bread on the table would also be a nice addition.
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4.8
4.8 (125)
$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.

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JP33
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
The foood was amazing. The menu focused on local ingredients resulting in unique dishes and flavors for which I would expect to pay a lot more. Chef came out to walk through ingredients with a member of our party who had allergy concerns. The staff was charming and gave me hope for our future. Definitely going back!
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4.7
4.7 (2012)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Northside
About the restaurant
A wood-flamed mash-up of Modern America with classic influences, guests will relish just how delicious home-away-from-home scratch cooking can be. At Fig & Ash, we provide seasonal sustainable comfort dishes, in a warm rustic setting. Fig & Ash offers a new take on old favorites and new adventures that will become favorites.

We allot one hour and forty-five minutes for each party of two and two hours and fifteen minutes for each party of four. Please keep this in consideration when dining with us to ensure a great experience for everyone. We can accommodate up to a party of five in our Main Dining Room. Please contact us for larger reservations.

We have outdoor patio seating available equipped with commercial overhead heaters. Please contact us for more details.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Was our first time there and we will be back! Very impressive service with a laidback feel.
A photo of The Cork 1794 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2185)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Erie
About the restaurant
Executive Chef: Aaron Busch | General Manager: Scott Williams

Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence 2023 & 2024"

The Cork 1794 debuted in 2014, setting a new standard for cuisine and comfort.
With seating for more than 200, we offer a setting to match your mood.

The chef’s table and cozy clock room provide an intimate experience, while the dining room’s banquettes and outdoor patio, complete with fireplaces and TVs, are the ultimate gathering spot.

The bar is the perfect place to unwind – with an unrivaled collection of beer, cocktails and liquors curated by our own beverage master or a glass of wine poured from the expansive selection displayed in the cruvinets.

The delicious menu, painstakingly developed by our talented Culinary team, delivers everything you’d expect from The Cork 1794 and more. Each plate is crafted to be the best in its class. We think you’ll find the result is on par with the finest establishments in the world.

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MomandnurseMilwaukeevip
Dined 4 days ago
The appetizers could be my complete meal. So many options and they’re all delicious. Food comes out warm and in appropriate time. Servers were friendly
A photo of Ritual House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1137)
$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.
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Rams
Dined 4 days ago
Chief Jeremy was fantastic, Stephen our server was also fantastic, they wanted us to try a hors d’oeuvre I was hesitant but Jeremy brought it out on the house and I must say it was really good. Our dinners were also so very good!! Loved the restaurant
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