If you're on this page, you’re probably not searching for Pittsburgh’s most adequate restaurants, or even if its slightly above-average restaurants. You’re looking for the best restaurants in Pittsburgh, doggone it. And while this is merely our opinion, we doubt these five eateries will let you down:
For one of Pittsburgh’s best meals, you have to visit one of Pittsburgh’s most-historic buildings. Palm Court offers traditional afternoon tea Monday through Saturday from an elegant perch overlooking the lobby of Steel City’s most-prestigious hotels, the Omni William Penn Hotel. When it opened in 1916, the now-Pittsburgh landmark was called the “grandest hotel in the nation,” and has since hosted four different U.S. presidents. Its gilded-age-inspired lobby (with several stunning chandeliers) makes the ideal setting for an elegant tea.
See what actual customers say about William Penn Hotel’s Palm Court:
“Such a lovely experience...even my husband enjoyed it! Beautiful lobby. You just don't get to see architecture like this anymore. The tea was fabulous. All of the little sandwiches and scones/sweets were top notch. Will be back to do it again!” - Debbie L.
“This is the second time we have used a Groupon for the high tea at the Omni William Penn, and we have purchased another set. We had an excellent experience both times. This time we had young girls with us, and the staff catered to them and made them feel 'all grown up'. It is relaxing and the food is excellent.” - Karen M.
“What an elegant, beautiful afternoon to spend with a dear friend. The waitress was friendly and professional, the food was delicious and beautifully presented, and the atmosphere makes one feel special. I absolutely love it!” - Pam M.
Whether you’re in downtown Pittsburgh for business, to catch a show, go to a museum, or to head over the river to PNC Park or Heinz Field, it’s good to have solid dining options. That in mind, here are our favorite downtown Pittsburgh restaurants, in no particular order:
The “micro” in Micro Diner is evident the moment you step into the Mt. Washington restaurant: located inside a tiny former law office, the diner only fits about 20 people. But that just makes the space more cozy, and the food somehow feel a little more special. From classic breakfast grub to old-fashioned burgers, Micro Diner’s menu makes it a winner for early-morning meals...or late-night grub, if you’re stopping by on the weekends.
See what actual customers have to say about Micro Diner:
“This place is just absolutely fabulous! I have nothing but great things to say. The staff was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was small and cozy. The decor was nice with lots of pictures of Pittsburgh. ... The burgers are huge! Lots of toppings. This place is also BYOB. ... Thumbs up!” - Kris V.
“Everything about it is excellent. The staff is very friendly and polite. They take your order in a timely manner. The food is not costly and it is brought to you without a long wait. The food is serviced hot just the way I like it. The fries are the best I ever had.” - Debra M.
“Food was delicious—killer fish sandwich, fries, and slaw. Customers and staff super friendly. Great vibe and a good time. Looking forward to next visit.” - Ray O.
When you’re hankering a bit of fried dough, rest assured there’s a top-quality donut somewhere around the corner. A great town like Pittsburgh deserve great donuts, and luckily there are several bakeries who answer the call:
A dozen delicious mini-donuts—all different colors and flavors—temptingly laid out in front of you. Sounds pretty far out, right? That’s the idea behind Peach, Love and Little Donuts: lip-smacking tennis-ball sized donuts with a side of psychedelia. There are 50+ different flavors here (nearly one for every Phish live bootleg), so you can try everything from chocolate chip pancake to the savory salted-caramel macchiato to the Snickers-topped “Snick Jagger.”
See what actual customers have to say about Peace, Love and Little Donuts:
“I love going to Peace, Love and Little Donuts! The girl that waits on me is very nice, always in a good mood and makes the trip enjoyable! The donuts are the best, especially in the a.m., when they are still warm!” - Danielle F.
“What a great place for a little something extra special. Great donuts, made right in front of us. The staff is awesome. We will be back.” - Donna E.
“I was amazed at the burst of flavor from the very first bite. First time trying them. Loved them. Will definitely be a repeat customer.” - BJ P.