About Sausalido - Pittsburgh

Sausalido, "The Local Bistro and Full Service Catering Company,” was opened in 2008 by Nicholas Mineo. Mineo and his executive chef, Michael Simpson, present fresh and delicious gourmet dishes by executing authentic New American & European cuisine. The name Sausalido was inspired by the small, intimate community of Sausalito outside of San Francisco in Northern California and by Mineo's grandfather, Lido. By focusing on fresh ingredients, local produce, value, knowledge, and service, Sausalido embodies its namesakes.

Sausalido's "Full Service Catering Company" prides itself on the core principles of the catering business. Service, quality, time, flexibility & value are essential to ensure complete client satisfaction. Sausalido's culinary team is passionate about gourmet cuisine and this is made evident by both their attention to detail and their emphasis on fresh flavors that intrigue the pallet.

4621 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Modern European, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Catering & Private Events Daily: Monday - Sunday: 7 am - 9 pm; Dinner: Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Pearl

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(412) 683-4575

Website:
http://www.sausalido.net/

Catering:
Whether you are hosting a business dinner or planning an elegant wedding, Sausalido's "Full Service Catering Company" is committed to providing you with an exceptional culinary experience! Available DAILY from 7am - 9pm, Sausalido serves Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner for everything from small family gatherings and cocktail parties to large corporate functions and multiple venue partnerships. Our passion for gourmet cuisine that supports & reflects local, sustainable ingredients ensures a combination of flavors to intrigue your palate.

Parking Details:
Public lots within a block of restaurant as well as on street parking.

Public Transit:
Throughout the neighborhood

Executive Chef:
Michael Simpson

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Sausalido - Pittsburgh Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.2

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4.0

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Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 7 days ago

Neighborhood gem -- it was my first visit -- BYOB and no corkage fee.

Different food types -- so be prepared.
Appetizer -- smoked gouda was outstanding.

Polenta and sausage was tasty and not overwhelming.

Service is friendly and professional.

Will return for sure.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

The meals are generally very good. The room is often cramped if it is a Friday or Saturday. We really like the option to bring your own wine for a nominal corkage fee of $2pp.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We selected this restaurant based on the reviews and four stars. Unfortunately, we left wondering why the reviews were so favorable. When we arrived, they seemed bothered, unprepared and surprised by our arrival despite being on their reservation list. A table was not ready in the main downstairs dining so we were shuttled upstairs to the dark and windowless restaurant area on the second floor. The appetizers were the best part of the meal. We should have stopped there. Our main dishes were disappointing, very tough pork tenderloin and under-cooked Swedish meatballs which seemed to be missing something (nutmeg?). The pumpkin ravioli was also under-cooked. The waiter was very friendly and accommodating which we appreciated, however, he stated he was called in last minute and usually only does catering. I hope this was just a bad night, however, we will not return.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have been going to this restaurant for many years. The food is always delicious! We have never had a bad meal. Nick the owner is hard working and very gracious. Mike is an innovative and excellent chef. The hostess and waitstaff are warm and friendly. They all stopped and conversed with us. Very pleasant dining experience!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Unfortunately, my latest experience at Sausalido's was tainted due to the poor service. A 7:00 pm reservation was made via OpenTable a couple of days in advance. I choose Sausalido's as they accept reservations, and I was on a time crunch to make a 9:00 pm event. Unfortunately, Sausalido's did not value my reservation. I arrived 15 minutes early to make sure I was not late for the reservation. I did not expect our table to be ready as I was early, but at least the hostess knew I was ready and waiting. Shortly after 7:00 pm, I asked the hostess if our table was ready, and she noted that it would be ready shortly. After not being escorted to our table, I checked with the hostess yet again at 7:15 pm. With little luck, I then informed on of the wait staff at 7:25 pm, where we were then seated upstairs at 7:30 pm. I waited 45 minutes for a table that I had already reserved for 7:00 pm. Not only that, the table was upstairs, which they could have easily sat us at earlier in the evening. We then had to rush through dinner, so not to be late for our show. Not only that, but one of friends received a cold dish, but we did not want to complain as it would take us even longer. All of this resulted in us then having to spend money to take an uber to our location as we no longer had time to relocate our vehicles and find parking. We did not make it to our show until after 9:00 pm; therefore, we could not find seats together. I was very disappointed in Sausalido's and their service. Now I have been there before, but for a 5:00 pm reservation, so we were seated right away (as there was no one else there yet). If you decide to go to Sausalido's please make sure you either make a 5:00 pm reservation, or give yourself plenty of time to be seated.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The bread and bean dip were really good!!

Polenta was like a brick (I had a Nona and Sunday dinner of polenta that was made in a copper pot, served on wooden board and cut with string) yours basically sucked

Sauasage was grainy - sauce under seasoned.


Tables are unevenly spaced and bolted to the wall.

Server was really nice. I felt like the manager was sent to move us along. Not in a subtle way.

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

The experience was great. The staff was so friendly and helpful couldn't be better. The food was creative and very tasty. The portions were so much larger than expected that we over ordered and were carrying some home, which will be very welcome for dinner tonight. Can't think of anything that needed improvement.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Every time I have eaten at Sausalido they do not disappoint. The service is always great, and on this particular outing with friends we all commented on how we didn't feel rushed by staff to get moving. It's also a major bonus that it is BYOB with a minimal cork fee. We had the Brussels sprouts and Brie and apple crostini appetizers, both were great. Among the three of us we split the mushroom risotto and butternut squash ravioli and we had leftovers to take home. Both dishes were great but if you're between the two Id encourage you to try the ravioli. Overall a great experience and genuinely have no complaints, we love this restaurant and will definitely be back.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were seated almost an hour after our reservation time. Even though they were apologetic and tried to hurry it along , it was still annoying. When we finally ordered they had run out of something that 2 of us had ordered. The menu is small with limited choices, so that made it a hard decision as to what they would eat.
On a brighter note, our waitress was wonderful and she tried in any way that she could to make our evening nicer. She brought the food out quickly and was very pleasant. The presentation of the food was very nice and all entrees were quite tasty.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very disappointed in the quality of service - the food is delicious, but the slowness of our waitress deterred from the overall experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

This was my first time dining at Sausalido. The food was delicious and serving size was VERY generous! Our waitress was so sweet and attentive. I had dinner with 2 friends who I don't see often enough and we had a lot of "catching up to do" . The chef even came out and introduced himself and asked how we enjoyed our meals. We did not feel rushed or pressured to order,finish or leave. I will definitely be back! Thank you!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Sausalido continues to be my favorite Pittsburgh restaurant. Exceptional food, fine service, nice ambiance. The prices are surprisingly low considering the outstanding quality of the food served. Everything is freshly and uniquely prepared. Generous portions. You can't find a better meal at a better price in this city, in my opinion.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Wonderful food, cute restaurant, friendly staff, and lovely experience

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 9, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh. They have a great, seasonal menu with a variety of offerings. Our group had the blackened ahi tuna, which was done to perfection. the seasoning was full of flavor, but not over powering and the wasabi aioli added a nice finish. The southern-style pork chop with grits was tender and juicy, and the roasted duck was perfectly done, thinly-sliced, and served with potatoes w/prosciutto along with spiced apples and pears. The only thing that I can even offer as a critique is that the potatoes were a bit too salty for my taste buds and the dish really didn't need the extra prosciutto because the duck was so delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food was very flat with very little taste. Service was slow

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Have eaten there several times and the food is excellent. High quality and not insanely expensive. Good ambiance and service too. Really great place!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Menu is very diverse. My Ahi Tuna was to die for. Nice atmosphere and friendly service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We decided to try a new restaurant and this came up as a BYOB. The food was excellent. Corkage fee of $2.00 per person. We will definitely dine there again.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 28, 2017

I did not write anything above as something I like another person may not. The waiter was very good, nice and polite. But will give a middle vote as I can not summit it with out

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great job to everyone and we look forward to returning!!!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Seasonal menu with great new options and excellent standby option such as crab cakes, pork chops,etc. Salad was fresh and crisp with marinated beets. I had a fettuccine carbonara which was delightful with bacon and smoked ham

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The food was excellent and the dessert was best ever toasted almond torte. It is a comfortable place to dine for special occasions or just everyday.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We went with another couple. Knew it was BYOB, so took our own wine. Tuna was way over seasoned! The crab cakes and steak options were both great. We used an Entertainment coupon and saved $18. Bill was $132 for four meals and two appetizers. The smoked Gouda was out of this world. No drinks ordered, just waters. Was a nice atmosphere early at 5:30 PM. Did get louder as more tables showed up, but not intrusive. Overall, an okay experience.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food was excellent and a nice menu. We will be back!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Naples)·Dined on May 26, 2017

There were six of us, each raved over the dinner that was selected. It was easy to see that each item was freshly made. We were easily able to hear ourselves speak to one another. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Our waiter brought the wrong food 3 times. Very long wait for our order. Not checked back on for drinks - had to flag down the waiter.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Sausalito is consistently a good value. The prices are reasonable; you don't get nickeled and dimed for salad; the bread and spread are good, too. It's BYO, so you can keep the price down that way, too. The menu isn't huge but always seems to have a nice variety so everyone in a group can find something they want. I would recommend it for supper or a get together with friend.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The food choices were wonderful as usual. Everyone enjoyed their choice. The service was strained as only one waitress covered the entire first floor. Separate checks should be available regardless of the number at a given table.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Very pleasant experience. Young male server we had that evening needs a little more training and experience. He has a good heart and attitude, so that is a good start.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 14, 2017

The restaurant has greatly improved its appearance since the last time I was there for lunch. The tables were somewhat sticky from whatever substance was used to paint them, but they were visually pleasing.
The menu had plenty of non-meat options for Good Friday, and I chose Eggplant Parmesan Risotto. It came out of the kitchen at room temperature and needed to be sent back. It was better though not hot. It also was quite bland and I needed to ask for salt and pepper. I brought home more than 3/4 of it and didn't bother to eat it.
The service was generally good and quick, perhaps a little too quick. We were never asked about coffee.
Prices were great, and it's BYOB, so that's a great appeal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 6, 2017

We have been here before but this was the best by far, from the appetizer, to the salad and our entree. And Our waiter, Andrew , wss attentive and vety friendly. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Great food , great staff. Center cut pork chop is a must have. Smoked Gouda appetizer was so tasty!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Very good atmosphere and food. Great server! We will continue to return!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Dinner last Friday night before concert. Server Justin made sure we on pace to finish in time to get to show. Food was excellent. Had pappardelle pasta and trout special. BYOB so makes this place an incredible value. Place is small so reservations are recommended if you're going on saturday night or special occasion.

I'll be back

Tags: Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Outstanding food, excellent service from a fun staff!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on March 29, 2017

My husband and I ate there on a Wed afternoon following an appointment. We arrived early before evening service began, but they were very gracious in seating us, opening our BYOB wine, and providing delicious bread and dip to nibble on. My husband got the tuna entree and I got the salmon. Both were perfectly prepared. The corkage fee of $2 of person is one of the most reasonable around, so the overall meal was a great value.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Definitely request the upstairs seating area. The 1st Floor seating area is tight and not up to par with the price your paying for meals. The upstairs is much more quaint.

Made reservations on open table requesting​ the upstairs seating area. Got there they didn't even read the reservation notes (special requests). I had to ask then twice to read. Was a special birthday dinner just 2 of us. Was told that there was a private birthday party upstairs.

After reading the reservation they moved us upstairs to a table in same area. Only two small sections of upstairs seating. But still our own table. Later as we were leaving they seated about separate group of 3 young girls at the remaining separate table upstairs.

It seemed like they wanted to fill up the downstairs seating first no matter what. Sigh. Other then that which did make a rough start to the night, the food was good, large portions. Would have gone with cup of soup for appetizers instead of bowl. Too large for a person with a meal too. Good sized meals and deserts.

Byob was great only that charge per person. We brought 2 bottles of wine.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 9, 2017

We had the entire restaurant to ourselves for a weeknight dinner. The waiter was so kind and took $20 off our bill just for being kind customers! We will definitely return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Food was excellent ! Wait was too long, but we would go back

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 24, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. We were unaware of the fact that it's BYOB. The manager recommended a bar two stores down, so it was a quick fix, handled by our friends, who arrived early for our reservation. The service and food were outstanding. The four of us will definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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