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.


Mt. Washington

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.

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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!

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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.

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Airport - Pit

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.

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Strip District

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.

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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.

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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.

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