What You'll Get
Bed-and-breakfasts are known for their homey morning meals and for the old bearded men sitting in rocking chairs who were turned into eternal guests after eating the enchanted food. Taste a delicious, non-cursed meal with today’s Groupon: $40 for $80 worth of dinner cuisine or $15 for $30 toward breakfast or lunch at Habitat Restaurant, located downtown at the Fairmont Hotel. This Groupon is not valid on holidays.
Habitat's internationally inspired, locally sourced menu saves tongues from taste depression by sprinkling their buds with flavor squeezed from ingredients that come from within 100 miles of the hotel. At breakfast, where guests can conclude their nightly anti-food vigils with a plate of malted Belgian waffles with toasted pecans and maple syrup ($12) or a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins ($8). Lunch options include tandoor-baked naan bread ($5) served with three homemade chutneys or pad thai ($18) prepared with tiger shrimp, chicken, or vegan themes. Both breakfast and lunch feature executive express options during the week ($18) for those in a hurry or practicing for the annual county casserole-eating race.
If you’re visiting the hotel for dinner, start with stir-fried baby vegetables with ginger and sesame ($6) or the soup of the day ($6), and then move on to platters of wild halibut in mussel broth ($28) and plates of Maine-lobster curry ($36) with kafir lime, lychee, sugar-snap peas, and Thai black rice. Panna cotta, tarts, and puddings are available on the dessert menu.
Habitat's exhibition kitchen lets diners watch chef Andrew Morrison—a native of Cheshire, England, who comes to Habitat from the Four Seasons Atlanta—in action alongside his staff as they use knives and laser-heat vision to transform former plants and animals into edible delights.
Reservations are required for Friday and Saturday nights (and are subject to availability), and are recommended for other times.
Habitat Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel was recently featured and reviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which gave it an overall 2.5 stars out of four. City Paper gave it a three-star average, and Pittsburgh magazine wrote a glowing review of the restaurant. Nearly 80 OpenTable reviewers give Habitat an average of 4.1 stars.
- It is pleasantly easy to eat light at this restaurant, not because portions are small (although they aren't enormous) but because the food is simpler and prepared with a lighter touch than most restaurant food. – China Millman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- An excellent lunch choice is the jumbo lump crab cake ($16). True to the way Pittsburghers like it, this dish comprises a loosely held mound of fresh white crab with a very mild and well-paired lemon Dijon sauce. – Valentina, Pittsburgh magazine
- It isn't often that we see a menu so confident, so focused. We ordered, then sat back and waited to be amazed. – Angelique Bamberg and Jason Roth, City Paper
- The food was excellent. Delicious from beginning to end. The fresh, organic produce and grass-fed beef was exquisite. – An OpenTable reviewer who dined on 06/25/2010
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 16, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Only valid for meal option purchased. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 6 or more. Reservations required for Friday and Saturday nights (based on availability). Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid on holidays. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.