The Commoner

4.5
1346 reviews
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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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Philadelphia
756 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic experience! Love the atmosphere and the bar was highly energetic! Thoroughly enjoyed the Commoner Chardonnay. The wings with dipping sauce are the best wings I've ever had! The burger was very good too. They were able to substitute the Brussels Skaw for fries too! Service was great and very helpful in addressing my questions!

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CN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I could not be more pleased with our brunch experience. The food was amazing, and all of it was prepared fresh on-site. The service was great, and all the staff members we encountered were very friendly and helpful. Everything was really top-notch. I can't wait to go back again!

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F
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was not what I would expect from a restaurant of this price point. I ordered the ribeye and was not pleased with the quality of the meat or how it was prepared. I received muffins with my meal that were bland and tasteless. I would not go back again.

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

Food was great but very expensive. Three halves for a deviled eggs appetizer for $9. That’s nonsense. Drinks are astronomical in price but decently strong. It’s a good place for one-and-done experience or for a special occasion.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good after work pub. Good food, nice selection of beers and wine. A bit noisy for my taste, but overall an enjoyable meal.

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1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Cool atmosphere and my burger was very good. Waiter wasn’t the best, but the food runner was super nice.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Expensive for small portions

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Loved the look and ambience of the restaurant.

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EB
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

I have to say from my past experiences here, I was expecting better service. My group entered and wished to be seated, 3 in total. There are multiple empty seats and none have the reserved plaques on them. My group was told that since we didn’t have reservations that we couldn’t be seated. We sat at the bar and I looked at OpenTable and saw that they were open for 7 PM. I booked a reservation and we were sat quickly even though the restaurant was barely full.

I understand that tables need to be held but if that is the case I would like some sort of clearer notice rather than “reservations only”

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NG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Excellent service. This is the 5th time I’ve dinned here, and it was amazing ever time.

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L
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding strip steak on the Black Market special. Pricey at $40 but the portions were to match, I easily made 2 meals of it. Impeccable service. I recommend the fondue as well.

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RO
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food sounded interesting but was not executed well. Was disappointed overall after restaurant received good reviews

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AB
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Our food was fine, but it blows my mind that a small breakfast for two cost $50. This is Pittsburgh- not New York or San Francisco. Service was a little slow for an empty restaurant and had to remind the waitress twice about my bacon after the rest of our meal had been in front of us for awhile. I don’t think we will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was fantastic, food was very good but the menu was incredibly small

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Had to send a burger back three times. The waiter was so embarrassed, but very attentive and gracious.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service! Good drink selection as well

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Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, service and fabulous food.

Good for larger groups, interesting cocktail menu and outstanding food choices. We enjoyed a great meal. Some of our party ordered appetizers, some light fare and some entrees. Our server Matt was perfectly attentive.

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Pittsburgh
29 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my second dinner at The Commoner, and we enjoyed it very much. The menu, for me, could be a little more complex, but I did like what I ordered. My daughter, a teen, had the pork chop entree, and I had the roasted half chicken. We shared a crab dip before dinner, which was very good! Service was also very good, but the pace of the floor seemed a little off, and so we had a few gaps in service as the meal progressed. But I'll definitely return.

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YJ
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, and a comfortable atmosphere. We enjoyed the entire experience.

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S
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My partner and I came here for lunch on our way home from West Virginia. The noise level was minimal dispite being connected to the hotel, since there were only about five other tables dining for lunch.

Our sever, Alexis, was attentive to our needs and had a very kind personality.

We got espresso (La Colombe Roastery) and herbal tea to drink and shared the Pop Style mocktail. We started with the fondu, and split the rigatoni with lobster bolognese, as well as the side of asparagus with lemon Dijon vinaigrette.

Prices were about what I expected for this type of restaurant, although we both agreed the asparagus dish should be more substantial for the $9 it cost. It seemed a bit under seasoned as well.

Alexis comped us for the Granny Smith crostata dessert when the almond torte, which we had originally ordered, was unavailable.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service has always been a little on the slow side, but love the atmosphere and food.

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PM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything really good but oh my goodness the wait for food was ridiculously long

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EL
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went for father day. My family all had something different to eat and everyone was satisfied. We had a nice time and my father even commented on how he liked the feel of the place.

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CS
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Would go back and try it again. Great ambiance. A few hiccups with my meal...I ordered quiche and it came out tepid. I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be served hot or cold because there were some spots that were cool, some that were warm and some were lukewarm. But the flavor was good. Also I ordered fruit instead of salad but they brought the salad. Nevertheless it was all good and I’d definitely go back.

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DH
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always very good food, drinks and the toffee cake is amazing. One of my favorites in Pittsburgh.

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LF
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Was excited for a second time at this place but sadly was very disappointed in second experience. The appetizer was not well good, undercooked pork. Drink/Cocktail menu was so so if you enjoy mainly fruity drinks. Entree themselves were just as disappointing my date couldn’t finish her pasta due too the over bearing spice they added. My burger was not cooked evenly and hardened bun. Sever was extremely nice and she kept us from hating the evening. Again, this was a return visit but sadly the last time we will go.

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Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Have lost 2 head chefs in under a year. 1st chef was great and award winner. 2nd chef didnt last a year. Hopefully will get a good, solid chef to right the ship.

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TM
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the vibe and the service at the restaurant. We had many choices while visiting Pittsburgh and we were very pleased with the food, service, etc! will definitely come back when I am in town again...

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, reasonable prices.

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Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service. Very cool environment but a bit loud if you're trying to have a conversation. Personable, professional hostess. Will definitely be back.

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H
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and a very creative menu. We enjoyed our visit.

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A
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good brunch spot with many food and beverage options

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The beef burger I ordered was not delivered -but a lamb burger was. I was with a new employee I hired and didn’t want to make a scene- the fries were not consistently cooked - although the basket presentation was cute - but the blob of black pepper on the fries was not appreciated. Price was high for a burger and fries - nothing really would make me say - I want to go there again..

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!

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1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my friend for brunch and I brought my 5 month old son with me. The waiter was so helpful with recommendations and both our cocktails and meals were incredibly delicious. Our waiter was also very helpful and didn’t make me feel the least bit uncomfortable when I had to nurse my son discreetly at the table during the meal. We had a great time and great experience all around.

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MB
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Special cocktails were great, Emma the who tended the bar was really super and knows bartending and creation of cocktails. The dinner seating is nice with a good atmosphere. As you use plates and silverware they are changed professionally. The food was good and deserts limited but nice. Would definitely come back again.

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Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This came up on Open Table with good reviews, so we decided to try it. The ambiance was good and the food was good. Our reservations were for 4:00, so we got the brunch menu. We went with the crab dip for an appetizer and we each got a burger. Everything was very good, but it took a long time. The place was relatively empty, but it took over 45 minutes for burgers. It was odd. Other than that, all was well. I think if the place got really busy, it could get pretty noisy, but I can’t say for sure since it was in the middle of the afternoon.

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Pittsburgh
38 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to grab lunch with family mid-afternoon on a Saturday in Pittsburgh. Our waiter Dominick Carnervali provided excellent service, food and spirits recommendation and added to the overall experience.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary and our son and daughter in laws 9th Anniversary. It was mine and my husbands first time dining at the Commoner and really enjoyed ourselves. Food was outstanding as was our server Hannah.

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HG
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service by server was impeccable. Shrimp added to ceased salad was the best I have ever had anywhere. Going to try to go home & replicate shrimp. Wanted a vodka drink with lemonade. Server suggested a cucumber vodka with lemonade & mint. So good, I had 2! Friends ended up joining & we ordered 2 desserts- sticky toffee & apple one. Couldn’t pick which I like better. Think I’d have to order both next time too. 2nd time there (last time for brunch). Great experiences both times.

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