It’s here! My guide to the best Pittsburgh restaurants.
I’m finally sharing some of my picks for the best Pittsburgh restaurants and a few of our favorite spots to go.
We’ve been working on this post for ages but last week on instagram live, I promised you it was coming very soon. This is one of the questions I get asked constantly and while I mention my favorites here and there, you’ve asked me to put it all in one post for you for years.
There are so many amazing places to eat in Pittsburgh right now. There are tons of lists for the best Pittsburgh restaurants and I probably could have added 10 more places to this list, but I wanted to keep it to our absolute favorites right now.
When I go to a new city, it can be so overwhelming to find a great place to eat. With the exception of dinner, we tried to limit these categories to the best of the best! Food and service that is really good too.
Speaking of dinner, I left out the brunch category for this exact reason: a bunch of the places where we love to eat dinner also serve an amazing brunch. I added an asterisk to the places we love the most.
There are also a few (hopefully helpful!) notes for some places below.
Where to eat & the best Pittsburgh restaurants:
Espresso a Mano in Lawrenceville. Go for the iced latte (seriously the best you will ever have) or a macchiato.
De Fer in The Strip District. Their coffee is so delicious. They roast their own coffee and it is fabulous. They also have amazing nitro cold brew on tap!
Commonplace Coffee: various locations. The iced lavender latte is my favorite!
La Prima Espresso in The Strip District.
Arriviste Coffee Bar. The best pour over.
Bella Christie and Lil Z’s. This is my go to for cakes and cupcakes for parties! They make the most gorgeous and delicious cakes and cupcakes. They also have over the top milkshakes and the most fun/creative desserts in the shops. Cute glitter bon bons and donuts too.
Oakmont Bakery. Seriously just get one of everything. You cannot go wrong here. The white cake is just the best we’ve ever had. And the Oakmonter is beyond!
Prantl’s. They are famous for the Burnt Almond Torte. It has been voted the best ever – nationally.
La Gourmandine. OMG – pastries. The most amazing croissants. The almond croissant is the best I’ve ever had and the chocolate almond croissant is fantastic. They also have delicious bread.
Driftwood Oven. Bon Appetit named this one of the best restaurants in the country this year and it does not disappoint. The sourdough crust is to.die.for.
Il Pizzaiolo. The most amazing Neapolitan Pizza.
Piccolo Forno: We love their pizza so much and the pasta is great too.
Morcilla. Everything on the menu is SO good. Everything is made to share and so fun to go with a group.
Butcher and The Rye. We love this spot for date night! Fried brussels are amazing.
Poulet Bleu. The most delicious French bistro. The decor is so beautiful and chic.
Gaucho. Seriously the best food and worth the long line wait.
Meat and Potatoes.* We still love it. It’s always named in the best Pittsburgh restaurants.
Floor 2.* This is where we had The Pretty Dish launch party. It is a gorgeous spot. The drinks are amazing and we love everything on the menu. Also stop by the bar at Andy’s in the lobby for a drink and jazz!
Smoke. The queso and homemade chips are everything. They also have amazing margaritas.
Vallozzi’s. We are obsessed with the arancini.
Noodlehead. The best noodles ever. The pork buns are SO GOOD. And the crispy chicken is perfect.
Umi. The best sushi. The omakase is unbelievable.
Umami. The sashimi is SO good!
Soba. Love sitting in the bar for dinner.
Soju. The food is wonderful. The Bibimbap is the best and the korean bbq dish is so delicious.
Dianoias.* Pro tip – if you go during the day the sandwiches and pizza are so good. We also love brunch here. The gnocchi in a bread bowl (pictured above) is an experience that everyone should have.
Mediterra Cafe: This place is so cute! The breakfast sandwich and the tuna melt are amazing! They make their own bread and it is fabulous.
Pear and the Pickle. The best breakfast sandwich. When you get the breakfast sandwich, order a Rialto to go!
The Best Places for Kids (breakfast, lunch + dinner!)
These are the best places to meet friends and take kids out to eat. They are open seating, loud (but not overwhelming), quick, and so delicious. Both are restaurant incubators and have at least four different restaurants (+cuisines!) to choose from.
In the summers, we also love to go to the night market in Market Square, eat something there and then go to Millie’s.
I’ll continue to add to this post as time goes on and I find new favorites. I’d love to hear some of your faves below!