The Commoner

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$30 and under
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American
The Commoner is anything but common. American classics with a touch of the unexpected are at the heart of this Downtown Pittsburgh restaurant. The vibrant design recalls Pittsburgh’s industrial past and complements a kitchen that excels at adding modern flourishes to classic comforts. We serve an authentic, locally-focused, ingredient-driven menu that showcases the massive wood-fired oven at the center of The Commoner’s exhibition kitchen. A robust selection of local beers and craft spirits completes the American tavern feel.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Commoner is always a great choice for ambience and service. The food is delicious but certainly overpriced.

k
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

loved the pierogi and egg brunch dish.....generous and tasty

a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was on the later end of a busy Saturday night, but the wait for our food was extreme. The brined chicken was extremely salty, but it WAS brined, so I suppose I should have expected it. Credit to our server for warning us about the wait at the time we placed our order.

I
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Considerable delay in getting our entre on time. The waiter Aimee was really sweet and offered us dessert on the house.

RG
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food as usual! Kitchen seems backed up and food took longer than normal, but server was friendly and accommodating.

BB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went on a concert night @ PPG and thus crowded. Beverage cost were a little on the high side. We ordered a Charcuterie board and took quite awhile to have it come out. When we did receive it, it was a mess, basically everything just throw on a plate, very poor presentation. The server did push for our entree's so we could make the concert on time. The entree's were good but not great. I had the Lamb Pot Pie and my wife had Scallops. Overall experience was ok, but there are better choices for dining downtown.

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was my first time here. Was not impressed at all. My food was so salty, I could not even eat it. Waitress did not bring the correct cocktail drink that I ordered. Desert was awful!

AC
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The acoustics aren't great but the food and service is fantastic!!!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere here and very unique drink options and rotating food menu. Always a good time at happy hour or for a good meal.

JK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We made reservations at 6 to eat before seeing a show at PPG Paints arena at 7:30. We told our server we were trying to make the show, and he let us know that the kitchen was backed up and suggested some food that had a better chance of coming out quicker. We basically all ordered salads and soup, but by 7:15 our food was still not out. We asked if it could be boxed to go, but even that took too long. The manager comped our drinks and we left with no food, starving, and missed the opening number of the show.

CH
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We went to the Commoner before a show and allowed plenty of time. We arrived at 5:30 and the show started at 7:30. First, we waited forever for the food. Our waiter couldn’t provide an update on timing and we were concerned about missing the start of the show. It took an hour to get our meals. When they came out, the fries were cold, my salmon was undercooked and a couple peoples burgers were wrong. At that point we couldn’t do anything but eat because of the show. The manager did give her card to one of our friends and said to email her next time before she comes and she would take care of us. Just not thinking we will go back! Also we could see into the kitchen from our seat. There was a chef using bare hands to plate food and clean the edges. Not once did we see him leave to wash his hands. He kept wiping them on his spiked apron.

SF
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We at breakfast at the Commoner on Sunday before the Steelers game. The food was delicious and well presented. The service was excellent. We will definitely go back!

KS
Las Vegas
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Great location and food was good, but service was slow, choices not great, and drinks so so.

PH
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Saturday night and the crowd was really lively. That said, it's the kind of place that you expect to be super social and noisy. Food was amazing and our service was absolutely wonderful.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

In town from Washington DC and had to make a last minute reservation on a Saturday night and this restaurant was recommended and available. The food was average. We ordered the steak special and the meat was tough and over-cooked. Server and ambiance were great, as were the cocktails and wine. Seemed a little pricey for Pittsburgh though.

T
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 5

Poor service.
Nice ambiance.

CL
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely ambiance.

MD
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at the commoner. I got a Bucs Make Me Cry drink which I was not expecting to come in a little plastic Pirates helmet. Maybe a bit tacky, but I thought it was fun and they let me keep it. The food was great. We got a vegetarian Tikka Masala which was very good, even without meat. We also got fried boneless chicken thighs, which was very good. Cole Slaw could have been more flavorful. All around a great experience.

C
Philadelphia
133 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hot spot downtown! The Commoner was crowded but not overly so, on a Saturday night. We had a reservation and were seated immediately, but it did take some time for our server to arrive. The cocktails were creative, but not overly memorable. The food was all delicious, especially the nightly special (strip steak) and the smoked salmon deviled eggs. The restaurant is definitely loud, but it’s a cool spot so worth a stop- a seat at the bar may be a bit more intimate than one of the dining tables based on the noise level.

JS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Recommend for cocktails and snacks. The food is very expensive for what you get. Nice place for stopping before a concert or after.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Commoner is a sexy come-as-you-are restaurant with exceptional food and service.

Our party of four arrived a little early and we hung out on a beautiful brown leather sofa while we waited for our table to be ready.

Because we waited a little longer, we were comped a glass of prosecco and an appetizer. It wasn’t necessary but it was very nice.

We ordered three appetizers: the fondue, the charcuterie plate and wings. All three were excellent. I really liked the charcuterie and the wings. The fondue was good but I didn’t think the cheese paired well with the fruit. There should have been some carbs, too.

Three people at my table got the burger, which they said was amazing. The butter lettuce complimented the salty meat well.

I got the tikka masala. I assumed that if a non-Indian restaurant was serving an Indian dish it had to be good. It did not disappoint.

I added chicken and it was probably the best tikka masala I’ve had in years. I highly recommend it.

Some in our party also got drinks. I forget the name of the drink I got but it had watermelon and peppers and vodka. I wouldn’t get it again.

Overall the Commoner was excellent. I can’t wait to go back.

a
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening at the a Commoner. Brought some friends who were visiting from Chicago. They loved it.

d
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice setting but the food was just OK. The service was very good. Quite noisy, even on a Tuesday evening so not a great setting if you are interested in conversation.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great date night. Was a bit busy but server was quick and food came timely.

JT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The fries are tasty and the drinks are delicious. The mixing vodka and emotions is a must try! The watermelon ice cubes are a nice touch.

Kitchen is a little slow during lunch rush but the service is great and the atmosphere is cool.

KJ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Crab Benedict had poached eggs that were a little too under cooked. Crab smelled very strong. Flavor good overall. Potatoes were mushy.
Bloody Mary bar was delicious. $15 for Bloody Mary bar, $13 for just a Bloody Mary.
A little expensive for the quality.
Atmosphere nice, seating comfortable, staff friendly. Very loud.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Was in Pittsburgh for Steelers game and met up with a relative who recommended The Commoner. Was very satisfied.

B
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My husband and I were very disappointed. The place was very noisy and crowded. We were seated immediately but had To wait for 15 minutes before a waitress came for our drink order. We waited another 10 minutes for her to come back with no drinks as the bar was backed up. We looked st each other and realized this was not the place to celebrate our anniversary. People were dressed in t shirts shorts and flip flops. ?????? I thought the Commoner was an upscale restaurant. We were definitely overdressed. We went to McCormick and Schmick. You need a dress code enforced. Totally unacceptable. We have no interest in returning.

GD
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique food and drink selections. Comfortable seating in a nice environment for double date. Great little gem within a 10-min walk from the PPG arena.

KR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks! Get the pork belly appetizer. You won't be disappointed.

FR
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! it has a real farm to table kinda vibe, which comes through in the taste and presentation of the delicious options.

PM
Pittsburgh
40 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our wedding anniversary here and the evening was brilliant. Our waiter welcomed us with a congratulations and a free glass of bubbly. His service was impeccable and I highly recommend the lamb pot pie. Excellent!

j
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was Fabulous and our waitress was so friendly !

CT
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We were not impressed with the foods, overcooked and not hot.

P
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time my wife and I ate at The Commoner. Both experiences were fine. The host and waitstaff were inviting, polite, and attentive. This time we both ordered lamb burgers and they were delish! I have no idea how my wife finished her sandwich, but she did! The baskets of fries were nicely spiced and fresh.

We began our meal with a shared Caesar salad. The preparation had a unique spin, but was one of the best I’ve enjoyed in a long time. I have to have anchovies, so thank you!

They have a nice selection of draft and bottled beers. I enjoyed Squish from a local brew house, Cinderlands. My wife chose a Justin red wine, a bit pricey but worth the couple extra bucks.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Was ok. The menu description vs what is presented =not what I had in mind

AB
Savannah
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast. Great service

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the duck special and it was fantastic! I would definitely recommend dining here if you are in town. The service was great, and our waitress was very knowledgeable.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service were absolutely amazing! Great drink selection and the menu really had something for everyone. The atmosphere was perfect for a night out on the town.

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