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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be offering a special Christmas Eve menu from 5pm until 10pm.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We will be offering a special Christmas dinner menu from 5pm until 8pm.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be offering a special coursed New Year's Eve menu complete with pairings from 5pm until 11pm.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1449 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.5
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Pork chop was under cooked was replaced, the original sat in the window for 20 minutes. Our server was atrocious, unresponsive and uncaring. For people with hearing issues this place is over the top loud. We asked If dessert would take long as he had plans at the theater.
Our waitress said it shouldn't take that long only to have as wait an additional 10 minutes to tell us we could not have the cheesecake as there was no more. At this point everyone was upset we didn't want it they manage her compte as 50% off her bill And invited us to come back. We won't be back. Overpriced and major attitudes. The host stand was rather obnoxious as well. I feel bad for the kitchen staff as they seemed to be hustling.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Enjoyed conversation. Private label wine was a bit pricey and average taste.

m
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Good food but way too noisy to have convesation with the folks at you table.

0
Pittsburgh
69 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative menu prepared exceptionally well.
Attentive and responsive staff.
What more is needed ?

D
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

went there for thanksgiving. The turkey was moist and delicious. Best pumpkin pie Ive ever had! Staff was attentive and friendly.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Sat at bar and had dinner and drinks. Nice service. Over priced special drinks. Third time at Commoner Will Come again.

ME
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We went to the Commoner for breakfast. The fruit and omelet were excellent. However, the home fried potatoes were not edible - overcooked, dry and tasteless; of which we were given large quantities. The waitress was curt with all communication. It was also overpriced, we spent more on this breakfast than we did at dinner the night before at a popular restaurant in the strip.

J
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great meal and great location. Service was excellent. I like that the menu has fewer choices than other restaurants since that means what they do, they do it right.

BC
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for breakfast after light up night as we stayed at Hotel Monaco. Always very good and service is always great. Food is some of the best in the Burgh and a great restaurant and atmosphere.

L
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chicken Pt pie and salmon very good

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific restaurant. Fun retro style with open kitchen line to watch cooking. Low noise level which is awesome. Easy access and close parking. Food was creative and very tasty. Quick turn around time.

m
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was awesome! Libby was very patient while we enjoyed our girls’ brunch. We got three entrees and split them which was perfect because there was too many options! Def will be back for brunch!

RP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A very nice selection on the menu, with some very creative and even humorous cocktails (try the Penicillin, complete with scotch syringe), and well presented food. The interior decor is stylish and comfortably open - didn't feel packed in like some restaurants.

KS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Food continues to be bad. The chef tries to combine too many odd seasonings.

BH
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We had a 4:30 reservation and was told they don’t star serving off the dinner menu until 5:00. That would have been nice to know (when I made the reservation) as we were looking to eat an early dinner before a sporting event. The wait staff was unwilling to accommodate.

Food was fine but not a very broad menu. Minimal options and given that we had young teenagers it was less than ideal. They didn’t have a table ready for us and pretty much felt as though we were just hurried along to make way for the dinner crowd.

I wish I had chosen a different restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good, great beer selection wine selection a little lite. Asked for a high end Cab by the glass that they were out of so they replaced it with something else. Never asked how it was (was not good) and charged me for the higher price. They were slammed though for a mid week concert and I was a table of one so can’t be too critical. Watched the back of the house closely and was impressed with the product they put out. I will certainly go again.

AZ
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We went before the Elton John concert and they were very slow and unprepared.

We got the food 2 minutes before we had to leave, the fried chicken was alright but the corn bread and slaw were terrible.

TB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in Pittsburgh and visited The Commoner before a concert. Would recommend. The cocktails were fun and interesting and so was the food.

b
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location and ambiance. Food was delicious too.

k
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Waitress very slow - actually she left right after serving drinks and sometime later another waitress took over - Food was good, atmosphere was pleasant, Drinks (wine/martini’s) were overpriced for setting - Had a hamburger, 18.95 my wife had salmon 28.00 and our bill was $188.00 with tip - For app. $200 bill lots of other upscale restaurants to choose

DL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seating was comfortable. Service was great. The specialty cocktails were truly unique and delicious. We will surely return soon

JB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We ordered the lamb burgers and asked for them to be medium and they were well done and dry.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ham Benedict I’ve had. Food is delicious, staff is friendly.

ME
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Our server was not attentive at all. He seemed annoyed that I ordered my burger well done even though he recommended it only cooked at medium. Our server did not bring out our food, that wasn't a problem but, he never came over to ask how everything was or give drink refills. It wasn't even busy. He wanted my friend and me to split the bill evenly down the middle even though I ordered a more expensive meal and a drink. I can honestly say that this place is a bit overrated.

F
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Overall it was okay but the fried chicken sandwich was way over cooked. Barely edible.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch with family after a wedding weekend. Fabulous Bloody Mary bar!

LS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The Commoner is our restaurant of choice every time we go to dinner in Downtown Pittsburgh. Prices are reasonable and the food is fantastic. We love the atmosphere, as well.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Our waitress was very nice. But everything including drinks took 20-30 minutes to get. Our reservation was at 8. We were seated immediately.. food was delicious. Drinks were nice but really pricey. $15 for a drink in a short glass...

B
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The atmosphere is rustic/cozy with the exposed kitchen/pizza oven. The service was great with suggestions for drinks and the meal. It was an easy walk from the hotel, so great location.

f
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Modern gastropub.
Good steak tartare w toast/mustard.
Nice service.

SC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

k
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

a
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food1service4ambience3

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.