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Sat, 2/24
Time
11:30 PM
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Willow

4.4
1592 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Proud member of the S+P Restaurant Group with sister restaurants Spoon and BRGR

Voted by Pittsburgh Magazine's 2005 Readers' Poll as one of the Best
New Restaurants and by Pittsburgh Post Gazette as one of 2004's Best Dining Hot New Spots, Willow is recognized for its superb ambiance, simply prepared Contemporary American cuisine and professional tableside service. Willow's name and ambiance reflect the inspiration of its wooded setting, located minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. The unique use of sensual lighting, natural design elements and three fireplaces provide guests with a sophisticated and cozy atmosphere. For business or pleasure, visit their comfortable lounge - the perfect place to entertain.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm
Sunday Dinner: 4:00pm-9:00pm

If you or anyone in your party cannot navigate stairs, please let us know. We will do our very best to seat you on the first floor.
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Phone number
(412) 847-1007
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jacob S. Kuhn
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Private party facilities
There’s always a reason to celebrate! Our newly renovated spaces offer the perfect solution for groups as small as 10 to as large as 150.
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Private party contact
Chelsea Muntz: (412) 847-1007
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Catering
Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions, Holiday Parties, Business Dinners, Baby & Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, Wake Luncheons, Baptisms, Communions/Confirmations. Call our Sales & Special Events Manager, Amanda Kefal to personalize your special event at Willow!
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1592 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Amore (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food, the shrimp and grits in particular, crummy service this time.

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EDB44 (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Party of 4 -- All very much enjoyed the food and atmosphere at our table.
After dinner drinks at bar were minorly marred by a bartender who was noticeably unpleasant and little chilliness (sitting by the door). The chilliness was rectified by a small space heater.
No big worries... We will be back!

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vipBurghFoodie (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

First time visit - for business dinner left us very pleased. I had high expectations ( since the place is run by the same group who owns "Spoon" in East End), and Willow totally met them. We arrived earlier and were able to take advantage of the Happy Hour menu. Everything was very reasonably priced and absolutely delicious. For dinner - we opted for variety of small plates instead of entrees: flat bread, mussels, mac and cheese, and crabcakes were outstanding.
If you have not yet tried this place, plan your visit soon!

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The Willow is a very nice restaurant that excelled in customer service. We went on Valentine's Day which they had a special limited menu that we were unaware of and was not given the opportunity to order from the regular menu. So, my fiance and I are dieting and did not eat the dessert that was included in the $65 price of the meal. The food was really tasty and the presentation was appealing.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My fiance and I went on Valentine's Day. The food was excellent, however, I wasn't please with Willow jacking up their prices in excess of $15 per person because it's Valentine's Day, all with a limited menu. I was never told there was a limited menu, nor was I told that limited menu was $65/person. If I'd have known that, I'd have stayed home and made my fiance dinner instead. A crab cake, a pork chop and a panna cotta dessert should NEVER cost anyone $65. $50, sure. They did have the nerve to tell me that they were offering free Valet Parking, though. It'd have rather parked myself and ordered off of the dinner menu. Just insane.

I will say, the food was excellent, but I would never go back here for any special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Meetup for widowed men and women. Great for conversation.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Victoria is an amazing personable server. We've had her multiple times and she is great, very attentive but not overbearing.

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Dinners (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We typically go to Willow about once a year. Since the last time we were there, the menu has been quite restricted. I felt like I didn’t have as many options. It could just be my perception but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I have in the past. It was not bad; in fact it was quite good. But it wasn’t exceptional as I previously thought it to be.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Crab cakes we're just like you would get in Maryland.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Every thing was excellent

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vipZimmer (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Last minute dinner plans with the family. Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Focused menu with each having some gourmet flair. Each dish selected by our party was rated delicious. Great wine. Pricey, but worth it for that important meeting or special occasion. Attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic service, food and cocktails! Victoria, our waitress, was a delight!

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vipJennifer (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Had not been for brunch before and it turned out to be just as good as dinner. Toward the end of the meal, it got louder as it became more crowded but that is to be expected. Food was amazing, especially as a southern transplant always looking for good grits around here—awesome. Definitely will return!

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johnm (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We have been to Willow many times. We are never disappointed. Love the small plates and interesting drinks.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food great service and our server Victoria really knows her stuff.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Our server Fred was great. Knowledgeable and friendly. Potato soup was more of a puree, and somewhat tasteless. The beet salad was very good tasting, but small portioned for the price. I had the small plate Mac and cheese with chicken as my meal, it was perfect. My husband had the ravioli, which he said was good, but after tasting my meal he said mine was better. Overall the food was average.

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NotMaryAnne (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

They got off to a bad start; I arrived early, checked in and said I'd be at the bar. Did not see my guest come in, he checked in and was seated but not told that I was there. We both sat in different spots thinking the other was late for 15 minutes - finally called his cell to find him -- staff never figured it out, despite the fact that I had a reservation for two. Sloppy.

For the meal each of us had two of the small plates -- excellent. Service was good, although not outstanding. Price was very fair for the quality.

Would go again, but wouldn't try to meet someone there.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Lovely place. Went for brunch and were seated next to the fireplace. Very cozy and the food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife and I went out for New Year’s Eve. This was our first time trying Willow. My wife ordered a filet mignon and I had a pork chop. The pork chop was enormous. It had to be a 4” thick chop. Anyway, the “filet” was not a filet. It looked like a cheap piece of meat. My wife said it tasted alright, but she wasn’t impressed. My pork chop was ridiculously dry. Also, it was bland. I couldn’t eat too much more than 1/4 of it.

The crab cake and lobster bisque that we had for an appetizer were very good, as was the chocolate cake we had for dessert.

Overall, we’re glad we tried it since we’ve driven by so many times and vowed we would. However, I don’t think we’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to willow for NYE and had a reservation. We have been there many times but this time was not the best experience. We sat upstairs in a banquet room and it was not at all like sitting downstairs. It was cold and not nearly as nice as the rest of the restaurant. The food was pretty good but for the prefixed menu price of $170 for 2 people it wasn’t that good. The service was very disappointing. It’s normally great but our waitress was not friendly and you could tell she was super overwhelmed. It took forever to just get a water refill. Never again do I want to sit upstairs, seems like a totally different restaurant. Just overall not happy with our experience for the price.

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Catt (Pittsburgh)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Willow was either over scheduled or understaffed for NYE dinner. Our reservation was for 7:30pm and we weren’t finished until 10pm, and that was because we asked for our dessert and checks at the same time. The food quality and service was tremendously better last NYE (2016). We were very disappointed in the quality of the food, the value (I get it NYE is an expensive meal) they definitely didn’t match. And to top it off our meal took almost 3 hours. Willow has traditionally been great and we have been there numerous times and enjoyed it, but they struck out this time and I will be rethinking going back for any special occasion. :(

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BrianM (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The food and service were excellent as always. The prix-fixe menu selection had enough choices but small enough to not be overwhelming. All of the selections that we had in our party were very good and our waitress was very attentive and friendly.

The only detractor was the layout of the tables. They had one or two too many tables where we were sitting so we were often bumping into other people while we were seated and people had to squeeze past to get to their tables, bumping into ours. We eventually moved to another table that was properly spaced from others and had an excellent time for the remainder of our visit.

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timmytom (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

New year's Eve crowd was handled very smoothly. Mark our waiter was very conscientious with our needs. Went there last year and will go back. Making it a tradition NYE event.

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PellJ024 (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Went to Willow on NYE. We've been there 4 times in the past and have always enjoyed it. This time the food was dry, overcooked, and overpriced. The service was great.

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vipLarsM (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Restaurant was chilly. Focus seems like it was on preparing for New Years Eve instead of the people in the restaurant.

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mgmg47 (Pittsburgh)
2.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

My boyfriend and I went to Willow because we had a gift card but would definitely not be returning again (especially with our own money involved!). With the high prices and luxurious vibe, we expected a delicious and quality meal. However, we were severed disappointed and underwhelmed. To start we ordered the chicken and brie flatbread as an appetizer and within minutes it was delivered to our table. The flatbread was cold and lacked flavor. I ordered the pork chop for dinner, which was extremely overcooked and very very tough. Downtown Pittsburgh is close in proximity and offers dining experiences at comparable prices but significantly higher quality. Don't waste your money or time at Willow!

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vipjdan (Pittsburgh)
2.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Our service was incredibly slow. It was a Saturday night, but NOT crowded. The four of us sat down at 7 pm, we ordered, we got our first course (salads and soup) at 7:40, we got our main course (two of the four orders were only pierogies!) at about 8:10. Very disappointed. (And our waitress NEVER acknowledged that our orders were slow in coming....is this normal??)

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mconradpa61 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

I spent the afternoon there for a long leisurely lunch with family and friends. We ordered a lot of different things from the menu and there was not one bad dish served. It was all delicious. The decor is beautiful, service excellent, ambiance abounds. A gem in Harrisburg.

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vippdiner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Loved everything except some really loud children seated nearby, but not sure what I could have done to avoid them except ask not to be seated by them. Xmas Eve is a hard time for children, so just a part of the experience, I guess.

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