The Steel City may be known for its champion sports teams and its industrial past but it is also home to great Museums, a growing art scene, and tons of fun outdoor activities. Pittsburgh is also a great city to be a foodie with lots of new restaurants + great food to eat. Here are some of our recommendations for places to check out while in our hometown, Pittsburgh!
Written by Corinne Hogge + Christina Potenza
BREAKFAST + BRUNCH
Bar Marco ($$)
Bar Marco is an intimate, minimalist wine bar with a winning menu, vino list + creative cocktails in old fire station. Why are they included in the breakfast section? For their amazing weekend brunch that Corinne is obsessed with! Both food menus and the cocktail menu are rotating to highlight seasonal dishes many of which are sourced from local sources. Another unique aspect of this Italian restaurant is that the staff does not work for tips, but is instead paid a guaranteed living wage! Does it get any better than that? If you need space for a private event, be sure to check out their sunny + bright upstairs space, Union Hall.
Address: 2216 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Dinner: Mon: Closed, Tues - Sat: 5PM- 11PM
Brunch: Sat + Sun: 10AM - 3PM
Pamela’s Diner ($)
Pamela’s is famous among Pittsburghers. At breakfast time you will usually find a line forming outside no matter what day of the week it is so we recommend arriving early! Regardless, it is definitely worth the wait if you are hoping to find some warm + tasty comfort food in the morning! With a few locations throughout Pittsburgh you can pick which one to visit based on what else you have planned for the day. Be sure to try their famous hotcakes + lyonnaise potatoes while you are there!
Strip District Location: 60 21st St Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Hours: Mon-Sat: 7AM-3PM, Sun: 8AM-3PM
Square Cafe ($$)
At the Square Cafe you can enjoy your breakfast in a colorful + friendly environment. Using local ingredients whenever possible, Square Cafe has a menu filled with both classics + fun new meals you have never had before. Their menu is labeled to indicate which items are gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian making it easy for anyone to enjoy a meal there. The best part about breakfast at the Square Cafe? Their rich bottomless coffee!
Address: 1137 S Braddock Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Open Daily: 7AM-3PM
La Prima Espresso ($)
With multiple locations across town, Downtown + the Strip District, you can easily grab a cup as you explore the city. In the Strip, you’ll find a simple neighborhood coffee shop frequented by locals + visitors alike, and you’ll always see the regulars speaking Italian outside. Downtown, the vibe is quite different. Located on the bottom of the AC Marriott hotel, you’ll find an updated style of bright wood + crisp blue branding that is strikingly modern yet classic.
Strip District: 1126 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Mon - Fri: 6AM -6PM, Sat + Sun: 7AM -3PM
Downtown: 205 21st St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Mon - Wed: 6AM - 4PM, Thurs - Sat: 6AM -5PM, Sun:7AM - 4PM
Zeke’s Coffee ($)
Maybe you didn’t stop by either Pamela’s or the Square Cafe to take advantage of their bottomless coffee in the morning or maybe you just need some more caffeine to fuel the rest of your day, either way Zeke’s is the place for you! Their coffee is natural, fair-trade, and sustainably sourced so you can feel good about getting a second cup! They also have bagels, ice cream, gluten-free donuts, and other bakery items if you are looking to grab a quick snack!
Address: 6015 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Hours: Mon-Sat: 7AM-7PM, Sun: 8AM-6PM
A small trendy restaurant located in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood, Noodlehead has quick service + great menu options. There is often a wait during dinner time but it’s a great place to stop in for a late lunch if you are looking to avoid the rush! Their small menu is great if you are indecisive but don’t let its size fool you, because they still have plenty of delicious options to choose from! Their menu is inspired by the street markets of Thailand so if you like Thai food you are coming to the right spot! Whether you get the Pad Thai, Chiang Mai Curry, Street Noodles, or the Love Boat, you will leave Noodlehead satisfied + wanting more! Noodlehead is cash only but they have an ATM at the back of the restaurant for convenience. They are also BYOB (with no corkage fee) so feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy for a small 50 cents recycling fee if you finish it!
Address: 242 S Highland Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Open Daily: 12PM-10PM
If you are looking for a quick, casual, and affordable lunch while in Pittsburgh, stop by Arepittas. Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, it is perfect if you are just trying to grab a quick bite before getting back to exploring the city. At Arepittas you can find delicious + authentic Venezuelan Street Food at reasonable prices. Their menu is mostly arepas stuffed with a variety of different fillings! This traditional Venseuelan dish is made out of ground maize dough + is a delicious meal to grab on the go. Not sure how you feel about Arepas? They also have a few tacos + other choices on the menu! Arepittas has limited hours so it is best if you stop in at lunchtime!
Address: 412 Cherry Way Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11AM-4PM
Brugge on North ($$)
Open for Lunch, Dinner, and brunch on the weekends, Brugge on North offers up a Belgian-inspired experience unlike any other restaurant in the city. In addition to a menu stocked with their staples - hint a great place for mussels + frites - they have an extensive drink menu stocked with all the best Brugge beers. This stop is on Pittsburgh’s Northside, but if you find yourself in another part of town, you can stop by one its sister restaurants - Park Bruges in Highland Park + Point Brugge in Point Breeze.
Address: 40 W North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Hours: Mon: Closed, Tues - Sat: 11AM - 10PM, Sun: 11AM - 9PM
For vegans and omnivores alike! B52 is chic all-day vegan eatery for Mediterranean-American fusion dishes served in a cool, modern space. They make their almond milk in house that makes for great coffee drinks if you need to run in for a coffee! They also serve delicious dishes that are great for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Regardless of which meal we are eating, we always start with the Mezze platter. There are six options in total - hummus, fried cauliflower, baba ghanouj, falafel, labneh and fried tomatoes (+ served with pita or gluten-free bread) - and guests can order 1, 3, or all 6. We don’t like to limit our options, so we love getting them all!
Address: 5202 Butler St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15201
Hours: Mon, Wed - Fri: 8AM - 9PM, Sat: 9AM - 9PM, Sun: 9AM - 3PM, Tues: Closed
DiAnoia’s Eatery ($$)
DiAnoia’s is another Pittsburgh-favorite! If you like Italian food you are going to love DiAnoia’s. They have just about every Italian dish that you can imagine but what DiAnoia’s is known for is their gnocchi. The gnocchi is served with meatballs (made using a family recipe!), red sauce, and pecorino romano but if you are feeling ambitious, order the gnocchi in the bread bowl. The bread bowl is made using fresh baked pizza dough + the gnocchi is made with fresh idaho potatoes to create the ideal meal for any carb-lover. This meal is delicious + super-filling so we recommend sharing it with a friend!
Address: 2549 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Hours: Tue-Thu: 5PM-9PM, Fri+Sat: 5PM-10PM
Federal Galley ($$)
Federal Galley is a food hall located in Pittsburgh's North Shore. What is a food hall? It is a launch pad for noteworthy new restaurant concepts in Pittsburgh. At any given time, there are 4 different restaurants serving up varied dishes for guest. The space is sleek + sprawling, but believe us - it fills up! Stop in for tacos, burgers, pizza, plus a full bar + beer garden. If you find yourself hanging out in the Strip District, you can stop by the Smallman Galley - the first of the Galley family in our fine city!
Address: 200 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Hours: Mon - Thurs: 11AM - 9PM (Bar open until 10PM), Fri: 11AM - 10PM (Bar open until 12AM), Sat: 10AM - 10PM (Bar open until 12AM), Sun: 10am-9pm
Although it is located in a converted warehouse, you would never guess Eleven’s past from its elegant + modern interior. Eleven serves modern American cuisine using a seasonal menu that changes frequently, so even if you have been before, there is a good chance that you will discover something new next time you stop by! Enjoy menu options like the raspberry point lobster or ricotta cavatelli while you sip on a glass of wine from their extensive wine list. Eleven is a popular dinner option for those wanting a nice night-out in Pittsburgh so reservations are recommended.
Address: 1150 Smallman St Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Dinner Hours: Mon-Thu: 5PM-10PM, Fri+Sat: 5PM-11PM, Sun: 5PM-9PM
The Milkshake Factory ($$)
The Milkshake Factory is a small family-owned + operated restaurant that now has several locations throughout Pittsburgh. Whether you are looking for a classic flavor like vanilla or chocolate, or a flavor you can’t get anywhere else, the Milkshake Factory is the place for you. At the Milkshake Factory you can choose between 30 different milkshake flavors including vegan + dairy free options! They also have sundaes and hot chocolate or root beer floats on their menu if you aren’t in the mood for a milkshake but still want to end the day with some ice cream. Whether you go for the s’mores, fried ice cream, caramel macchiato milkshake, or something else entirely you are sure to leave with a smile.
Southside Location: 1705 E Carson St Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Hours: Sun-Thu: 11AM-10PM, Fri+Sat: 11AM-11PM
Prohibition Pastries ($$)
Tucked away near Pittsburgh’s Frick Park + Frick Museum, Prohibition Pastries is packed full of all the sweet treats that you can imagine. All of their products are made in small batches with ingredients sourced from local farms in order to ensure that you are getting the best dessert possible. They also bake with locally produced craft beverages to add an unexpected (but delicious) flavor. Don’t worry, the alcohol is cooked off during baking so their treats are safe for the whole family! Try one of their cupcakes, cookies, or breakfast pastries to see how delicious Prohibition Pastries is for yourself.
Address: 7105 Reynolds St Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-7PM, Sat+Sun: 10AM-3PM
There is a new kid in the Strip District. The Cinderlands Warehouse is the big sister of the original Cinderlands in the Lawrenceville neighborhood down the street. It has two floors of dining space, an outdoor patio, and viewing platforms of the brewing so you can get a glimpse of the action. The beers are always interesting and rotating - like the Peach Cobbler Tartshake Double IPA, and the menu is classic brewpub fare with an elevated + global twist. Don’t forget to stop by the cooler before you leave to grab a 6-pack to go!
Address: 2601 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Hours: Mon: Closed, Tues - Sat: 11:30AM - 11PM, Sun: 11:30AM - 10PM
The Pittsburgh Winery is a winery in the Strip District who make PA wine with CA grapes. They offer a wine club, wine tastings, social events, live music and more! Right now they are in the midst of renovating their space to make even more space for great wine + fun activities. Want to learn more? Check out their feature on our blog.
Temporary Address: 2710 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Future Address: 2815 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Hours: Wed + Thurs: 12PM - 7PM, Fri - Sat: 12PM -8PM, Sun: 12PM - 5PM