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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Pittsburgh / Western PA

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Pittsburgh / Western PA? 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 Samurai Kitchen & Sushi restaurant
5 (280)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Voted best Sushi and Best Asian restaurant in Erie.

SAMURAI kitchen sushi offers a relaxing dining experience featuring high quality Japanese and some southeast Asian cuisine. Intimate, modern dining room. Hibachi is expertly prepared in kitchen.
An extensive and varied sushi and sashimi menu has appeals from beginner to expert. We offer everything from traditional rolls to our Chef Special roll items.
Carefully selected beer, wine and sake menu including ciders. You may bring your own wine if you prefer, there is a corking charge.

Unparalleled, and always fresh
Locally owned and operated, SAMURAI kitchen + sushi offers unsurpassed quality, exceptional service and reasonable prices in our family friendly, modern dining atmosphere. Perfect for an effortlessly enjoyable night out.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
We booked a company dinner for outside, the weather did not look like it was going to cooperate & I received a call asking if we would like to change to inside. Great communication! The food was delicious & the service was great!
A photo of Eddie V's - Pittsburgh restaurant
4.9 (3612)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Eddie V's Prime Seafood is a luxury dining destination known for the seafood flown in from pristine waters around the world, as well as its premium hand-carved steaks. Dishes are artistically prepared and feature an ever-changing array of seasonal seafood, along with critically acclaimed prime center-cut steaks broiled to perfection. The restaurant's award-wining wine list, which has been recognized by Wine Spectator, has more than 300 wines curated by Eddie V's very own Advanced Sommelier. In the V Lounge, guests can sip classic and creative cocktails, and enjoy signature appetizers against a backdrop of live music trios.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
It's always a treat to dine at Eddie V's, especially for special occasions. We were celebrating a birthday and an anniversary - and the table was strewn with rose petals and tiny, little birthday cake and Happy Birthday signs. Service and food always outstanding. Thank you for another memorable evening!
A photo of Gi-Jin restaurant
4.8 (800)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Gi-Jin is a gin and raw bar that re-imagines the sushi experience where we marry global ingredients with traditional Japanese flavors to create inspired combinations of color, technique, and style.

Our intimate space operates on a reservation-only basis for parties of
no more than FOUR (4) people per table and ONE/TWO per seating at our counter.
Online reservations are always open with real-time availability.
Each reservation seating is designated 2 hours per booking.

We do not allow any outside alcohol. if you have a request for a specific beverage please email info@gijinpgh.com prior to your visit and we will try our best to bring it in!
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
The food was phenomenal and the staff/service was amazing. We will definitely be returning.
A photo of Ritual House restaurant
4.7 (1107)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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
Dined 2 days ago
Had an incredible time celebrating my husband’s birthday at Ritual House. We didn’t take photos but we’re good at giving credit when it’s due. It was absolutely due, thanks to the attentive service and a beautiful meal that speaks for itself. We had the fried burrata, shrimp cocktail, fig and prosciutto flatbread and the deviled eggs to start.. (can’t tell you what’s my favorite because they were all delicious). Then came short ribs, tuna sashimi and salmon teriyaki, plus a bonus of an incredible salmon dish with crab and a moutarde a l’ancienne type sauce (divine). Dessert was celebratory, with fireworks and was a fantastic chocolate cake with homemade cotton candy, and red fruits sauce. We also had the delightful rocher chocolate dessert. It was to put it simply a wonderful and perfect way to celebrate another year with family. Can’t thank JP and the team enough !
A photo of Bahama Breeze - Pittsburgh - Robinson Township restaurant
4.5 (616)
$30 and under
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
Dined 3 days ago
Great night out. The food was good, we had a very nice server and he was good. The appetizer was a little cold. I had the margarita flight it is was tasty. We were outside and there was live music, it was a great vibe.
A photo of The Rebel Room restaurant
4.5 (41)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Rebel Room is a neighborhood bar and restaurant located in Downtown Pittsburgh offering guests a new take on American fare. Experience an inviting atmosphere punctuated by The Rebel Room’s eclectic design inspired by the rebels who made Pittsburgh what it is today.

We ask that you please respect our reservation size regulations. Due to the size of our dining room, we cannot always accommodate parties larger than six. Please call, if you wish to reserve a table or section for a party larger than six. Although these reservations can not be guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate you. We look forward to seeing you!

*A gratuity of 18% will be automatically added to parties of 6 or more*
Top review
Dined on May 18, 2024
This was my first time at The Rebel Room and I loved it. Great service and amazing food and drinks. Will be back.
A photo of CADENCE+ Cellars Speakeasy restaurant
4.5 (121)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Welcome to CADENCE+ At The Strip. Our historical venue remembers the heritage of this iconic building. A modern day speakeasy, it’s a place to gather with your friends in a convenient downtown Pittsburgh location on Smallman Street. Our renovated space features made from scratch cooking, including lunch, shareable plates and full dinner service. You will find a curated selection of craft beers, specialty cocktails and fine wines, along with performances from local musicians. With an 8500 square foot event space upstairs, our restaurant, Cadence+ Cellars also features great spaces for hosting smaller, private events.
Top review
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Food and service were good. Sat at the bar. Was a little put off by having to provide a credit card for $25 hold to make reservations. Could understand if restaurant was overly busy but there were plenty of open tables. Did not like having to do that and not sure I will in the future. Plenty of other great places to eat without having to secure reservation with credit card.
A photo of Blue Sky restaurant
4.4 (115)
$30 and under
East Liberty
About the restaurant
NOW OPEN!! Blue Sky is an elevated casual restaurant and bar with a scratch menu, based on local ingredients.
~ Large outdoor space
~ Twist on American classics
~ Craft cocktails and pitchers
~ Relaxed + warm hospitality
~ Brunch served on Saturday + Sundays
~ Happy Hour offered everyday from 5-7pm

Across the street from the Hotel Indigo.
Outdoor games on the patio like Corn Hole.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 14, 2024
I visited blue sky when I went to a conference nearby—not from the area. The food was fantastic! I had the bahn mi sandwich and my friend had a grilled chicken salad—the best she’d ever had. Food tastes fresh and really delicious. Went back the next day for more! Place wasn’t crowded at all— but it should be, with food this good.
A photo of Hard Rock Cafe - Pittsburgh restaurant
4.3 (464)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Hard Rock Cafe is a global phenomenon with 185 cafes that are visited by nearly 80 million guests each year. The first Hard Rock Cafe opened on June 14, 1971, in London, England, and from there the brand has expanded to major cities and exotic locations around the world.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Slow service. Chicken tenders came a little over fried.
A photo of Bill's Bar & Burger - Westin restaurant
4 (333)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Bill’s Bar & Burger brings award winning burgers, delectable entrees and over 120 craft beers and spirits to downtown Pittsburgh. With a seasonal outdoor garden and lounge area, along with happy hour and weekend brunch, Bill’s is the perfect destination to enjoy good company, your favorite sporting events and great food.

Validated Self Parking at The Westin Hotel when dining.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 25, 2024
Good food service was good but perhaps a bit robotic. Server was good but lacking any level of enthusiasm.
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