Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Pittsburgh dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Pittsburgh Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

10 Piccolo Forno
Small in seating but big in taste, this Lawrenceville gem is well known for their specialty wood-fired pizzas and home-made pastas. Everything on the menu is inexpensive - it's all under $16. With brick walls and cozy, yet close quarters, the ambience is relaxed and intimate. So come share a bottle or two, discuss the day's events and, of course, enjoy some great eats with friends and family. (412-622-0111)

9 Le Pommier Bistro Frannçais
Tucked behind the white linen drapes that hang from the tall windows at 2104 East Carson, is an authentic and cozy French spot complete with fireplace. The wine list here is well respected and breads are baked fresh on the premises. (412-431-1901)

8 Cala Lily Cafe
Attractive wrought iron furnishings, red table cloths and live plants adorn this inviting dining room. The exquisite menu draws on European flavors, from wiener schnitzel to Mediterranean-style seafood. Start off with the irresistible Danish brie bake, served with pleurotte mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, garlic, pepper flakes and foccacia. While a few staples such as Caesar salad and New York strip steak are available, the kitchen primarily caters to adventurous diners with artful dishes such as imported pumpkin tortellini alfredo with jumbo lump crab, marinated tomatoes and leeks. On Monday-Thursday, an "early dinner" including main, soup or salad, side dish, beverage and dessert is available for $18-27. (724-443-0315)

7 Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
The Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is more than a meal, it's an experience. You'll marvel as soon as you walk in thanks to the mesmerizing view of Pittsburgh offered here. It only gets better from there, as this Pittsburgh restaurant uses only the finest local ingredients. Start off with the Oysters Rockefeller or calamari. Next, sink your teeth into one of their fresh fish selections, such as halibut or sea bass. They also offer several different juicy steaks and tender chicken. End your night with a tempting dessert, such as the peanut butter cheesecake or vanilla bean crème brûlée. (412-481-4414)

6 Grand Concourse
This historic landmark was once the P&LE Railroad Station, and now offers some of Pittsburgh's best dining with a view. The main room, with grand arched ceiling, is inspiring and usually reverberates with chit-chatty diners. There are also several smaller (and quieter) rooms available. One is able to sit riverside with a good view of Downtown and Point Park. The menu is centered on seafood, as well as steaks and homemade pastas. Piano music is offered nightly and at brunch. Brunch $24. A must while in Pittsburgh! (412-261-1717)

5 Nine on Nine
Modernized bistro chairs, white linen topped and a coordinating minimalist-style, bar counter occupy this dining room, lined with soft gray walls and gleaming hardwood floors. Behind a glass wall, the talented kitchen staff crafts exquisite pieces such as skate wing with white asparagus, peas, wild mushrooms and grilled ramps with champagne Caviar sauce. Other interesting courses include deconstructed chowder (smoked salmon, corn and potato hash) and venison chop with roasted corn polenta. (412-338-6463)

4 The Carlton
It's been described as a masculine affair with an interior rich with dark woods, but The Carlton is especially noted for its extensive wine selection, which has earned it the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The establishment presents a changing menu of American fare, including a much-favored prime rib. The Carlton is also great for a pre-theater meal since it provides complimentary limo service to Downtown theaters. (412-391-4152)

3 Eleven
Diners nestle into semicircular booths in this restaurant's quirky dining room. A frequently changing menu draws on seasonal ingredients and features a raw bar. Intriguing mains might include seared tuna with bok choy, shiitake mushroom, shrimp dumplings and curry broth. More traditional offerings such as prime rib with fontina cheese bread pudding are prepared and served with a creative, modern flair. The tavern menu offers salads, sandwiches and other casual fare. (412-201-5656)

2 Hyeholde Restaurant
Painting white towers adorn this striking European-style manor, where guests dine like kings and queens. Decorated with antique furniture and fabrics, the interior features an authentic great hall. Magnificent fare, from sherry bisque to wild boar ribs to rack of lamb, graces the menu, and it's worth saving room for the final course. Dig into the sinfully rich chocolate mousse cake or opt for the dainty butter-almond financier topped with fresh white strawberries, buttermilk mousseline and strawberry sauce. Afternoon tea served Monday-Friday; reservations required. (412-264-3116)

1 Le Mont
One of Pittsburgh's best restaurants, this elegant five-star restaurant boasts wall-to-wall windows that provide a majestic view of the city. Lovely Continental dishes like lamb osso buco — marinated with seasonal herbs and served with roasted vegetables on a bed of truffle risotto — highlight the menu, while steak Diane and chateaubriand (beef tenderloin with vegetables) served tableside make magnificent spreads. For dessert, try the soufflé du jour, or splurge for a splendid baked Alaska. (412-431-3100)


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Piccolo Forno 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: LAWRENCEVILLE
COST: $
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Le Pommier Bistro Frannçais 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: SOUTH SIDE
COST: $$
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Cala Lily Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: EAST OAKMONT
COST: $$
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Monterey Bay Fish Grotto 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge
COST: $$
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Grand Concourse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: STATION SQUARE
COST: $$$
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Nine on Nine 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, European, French, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$$
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The Carlton 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$$
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Eleven 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: STRIP DISTRICT
COST: $$$
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Hyeholde Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - PIT
COST: $$$
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Le Mont 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: MT. WASHINGTON
COST: $$$
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