Whitfield

4.6
879 reviews
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Whitfield, led by Pittsburghers Executive Chef Bethany Zozula and James Beard award-nominated Pastry Chef Casey Renee, serves fare from Western Pennsylvania. With influences culled from the rich and varied culinary traditions of the region's Polish, German, Eastern European, Italian and Jewish settlers, Whitfield's menu honors Pennsylvania's cultural heritage, bountiful agriculture and distinct way of life.

The menu changes with the seasons, but always features hearty, farm-driven food sourced from local ranches, purveyors and artisans. Our steaks are our forte, grass-fed, grass-finished, butchered in-house, dry-aged for 21 days and meant to be shared.

We are open daily for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner, along with weekend brunch.

Whitfield was named to Bon Appetit's 2016 "Best New Restaurants" list.

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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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AM
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were there on a Monday night, so it was probably quieter than it would be on a busier night. The food was excellent, well prepared and creative (e.g., the "wedge" salad was actually half a small head of iceberg served like a bowl, with a light, not gloppy, blue cheese dressing). I could have used a tiny bit more of the dressing, but overall it was a very successful dish, with pork belly lardons instead of simple bacon bits. The meat was cooked exactly how we asked for it -- actually rare, not medium rare -- and the dessert (strawberry rhubarb pie) was beautifully presented and properly prepared, not overly sweet. We loved the grilled escarole, too. Our server was pleasant and helpful, but not too obtrusive.

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EF
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whitfield is my go-to for everything--parents visiting, brunch, casual dinner, drinks with friends. Where else can you listen to Mariah Carey on a turntable?

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MS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice place, but noisy. Food is very good. We had trout that was well prepared.

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

I took my office to lunch and I was disappointed. The Cobb Salad was a misnomer. There was hardly anything in it. I had to ask for the avocado. But the whole salad was not worth anything. The shrimp I ordered with it for another 8$ were good. Plus they have decided not to offer some of the desserts from the evening menu during lunch. I had told them how good the bombe was and the lemon dessert. All in all, I would not go back for lunch.

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LS
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration. Eclectic space . Fresh tasting cocktails . Waitstaff attentive yet not intrusive. Smoked trout , smoked chicken dinners excellent. Different tastes and textures complimented well. Truffles intensely chocolate - delicious! Get a Cosmopolitan!

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F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and I went on a Wednesday night for the Lamb series dinner. From the beginning service was timely. the server was very informative suggesting the lamb neck over the shank saying it had more meat. It was delicious and hearty. The server informed us that the chef had missed our dinner order so our main courses would be delayed, but more than make up for it with a complimentary order of charcuterie. the Jamison lamb was superb. We had very good reasonably priced wine by the glass. Can't wait to go back again for the lamb series.

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NL
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We always enjoy our visits to the Whitfield. All of the staff, from when you enter the restaurant until the time you leave are all incredibly polite and attentive. I brought my mother here for Mother's Day since its her favorite place to eat when she's here in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, our server was not very good. It was unfortunate that other staff, who were busy with their own responsibilities also had to pick up the slack with our table. I was disappointed because the subpar service from our assigned server upset my mom on what was supposed to be her day.

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JS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great all around experience, as is usual for Whitfield.

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D
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for brunch. Interesting food choices and a nice fun atmosphere.

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GB
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I would definitely go back for drinks and apps but I found the main dish too salty. I appreciated the bartender adjusting the drink I ordered to my preference (I dislike grapefruit) and the portion sizes for sides and apps are generous. I will absolutely go back.

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NL
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful as usual. My mom loves this place and we came here to celebrate her birthday. Food, drinks, and desert were delicious. Fred, as well as all of the service staff took great care of us

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NL
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience whenever I visit.

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EH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, quirky atmosphere, overall a very good experience. We will go back.

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n
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whitfield is always solid. Great food and great service. I also like the ambiance and the eclectic diners. It is a casual place to get a truly great meal.

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N
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Odd, barely-rehabbed YMCA location and somewhat uncomfortable seating doesn't detract from what is some of the best food in Pittsburgh.

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TC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Whitfield accomodates both my wife and I who have multiple allergies. They are willing to make changes to things on the menu so we can eat there. The food, by the way, is excellent and the wine list is very good. I love the fact that the dining area is in an old YMCA with architectual touches more than 100 years old. This where we spend every important celebration.

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HL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from start to finish. The wait staff was very knowledgeable and friendly and attentive. When we walked in, the aromas that hit us said, this is a place for foodies. We enjoyed the charcuterie plate, focaccia, seared duck breast, and arguably the best burger that my husband ever had. Excellent cocktails, unique wine list too.

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TP
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food and service. My husband and i love the place!

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a
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was surprisingly not very good. That is all that matters to me. Decent service, decent atmosphere. I had duck that was tough and raw in some places. (I like rare but raw is different) My friend had smoked trout and its an interesting idea not well carried out.

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N
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was knowledgeable and answered our questions about the delicious, made fresh food. The Lamb dish wash great as was the Dandelion salad. We will be back to try more items on the menu.

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DD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad experience at Whitfield. Amazing food, staff, and ambiance!

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NM
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Noisy though, not a place for an intimate dinner or careful conversation.

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HT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service. We shared the new york strip and it was among the best steaks I have ever had. I grew up on a ranch in the great plains -thus this says a lot.

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A
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the old YMCA building and the food was different and delicious. Hash brown beet patty and parsnip bread. So delicious!!

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P
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

No longer the hot new restaurant, just reliably great food and good service. Go or go back. You’ll be glad. On a Sunday night, we could order from the bar menu, which was nice.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch at a fun place - I would highly recommend it!

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P
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Our meals were tasty, well thought out and presented. Duck breast and steak tartare were spot-on. Our server Sean was energetic and pleasant as well as informative.

However, the noise level was so horrendously loud, we considered leaving before finishing our meal. It made for a very unpleasant experience. I understand the historic nature of the building, but I am certain there are noise abatement structures that could solve this problem. It is probably an OSHA violation that you subject your employees to deafening levels of noise for extended periods.

Unrelatedly, what is the wire structure with the trailing philodendron doing in your restaurant/hotel. It appears a rather sad grandmotherly type room divider.

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AA
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at the Whitfield several times - it is our "go-to" place for special events. Recently, we celebrated our anniversary there. We enjoy the bar/lounge area as well. The one downside concerned the dessert: several items were on the menu but not available. We will return again!

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N
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! Everything was amazing , I can’t even pick a favorite cause everything was so good!

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D
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best brunches in Pittsburgh.

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D
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The atmosphere was a bit unexpected but ok. The place...windows and steps from the street could use a good cleaning and repair...broken steps but manageable.
Of the two dishes ordered one was very good and one was just OK. The pork was delicious and well prepared. The walleye fish was supposedly blacked but an excess of seemingly chili powder was used masking the true flavor of the fish. It was served with greens that were also "hot" in nature due to the red chilies added. The wine choices were limited but satisfactory.
The best part of the service was the waitstaff..knowledgeable, friendly and very competent. I liked that the wine bar was in the dining room so there was no wait on that service.

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

Best meal I've had in a long time. My new favorite restaurant in Pgh for special occasions. Cool atmosphere.

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t
Pittsburgh
100 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the NY strip, mac 'n cheese, carrots, specialty bread, ipa, our waiter

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had lunch there on Monday. The food was very average, poor presentation for the price; country potatoes were totally burned, toasts had no butter or jam.
Service was very slow, despite the fact that place wasn’t busy at all. Also, they don’t mark my visit for the Open Table reservation, which caused additional emailing. Overall, we are disappointed.

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MB
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were having a reunion of sorts. We were there a long time and we got noisy at times.
The wait staff was accommodating and friendly.

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AE
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The blackened stripped bass was not memorable - solid, but nothing special. The accompanying boo-choy was over salted. The roasted chicken that was ordered by dinner-mate was similar: not bad, but not great. However, the grilled escarole was very good and delicately flavored.

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. Friendly, helpful staff. Generous portions. 10/10 recommend. It’s loud, but it’s also a revamped YMCA so it makes sense.

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I found the duck pate too acidic and the bss chowder very salty and too sicy-although I eat spicy food , eg, Indian, Thai, spice level6+, the chowder the fish was in was overwhelming. I was with company, so I was reluctant to send it back. Sorry to have been so disappointed, because I wanted my guests to really be impressed with the Ace.

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E
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! We had family in town and it was at the top of our list for brunch. The only thing that was tough was the noise level. We had some older guests and they had a really tough time hearing. A lot of echo.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Came here for brunch. The service was terrible, the food was okay - my pouched eggs were completely hard, the waitress asked if I wanted to keep my food and she would bring out two new pouched eggs - if you like any type of eggs Benedict you know the runny eggs are the best part, but you also know, it all just goes together when made well, with the delicious sauce on top. I am not one to write poor reviews, but I was so disappointed, I felt it necessary. Also, the $40 pitcher of Blood Orange Aperol Sprits was watered down, had so much ice and did not have any bubbles, despite saying it had Prosecco and Soda in it. To be fair, the hash appetizer was delicious. But other than that the rest of the food was not good. And then to have bad service, they need some improvements.

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