While the ‘Steel City’ might conjure images of smoky trails of industrial soot, the gentrified city is endowed with a wealth of world-class museums and attractions, bustling restaurants, coffee shops and cafés, and plenty of parks and urban spaces in which to relax and soak up the scene. Pittsburgh is a down-to-earth city that is packed with things to see and do and plenty of romantic restaurants to celebrate love. From sweeping views of the city to cozy, fire-lit dining, Pittsburgh has some restaurants with a lot to offer in the romance department.
Acorn is a cozy spot created by Chef Scott Walton that focuses on fresh, simply prepared, locally sourced cuisine and craft cocktails. Located in the historic Walnut Street District of Shadyside, Acorn is set within a beautifully designed space with a casual neighborhood ambiance and offers a pared-down seasonal menu of New American cuisine with dishes like freshly grilled rainbow trout, tenderloin beef for two, King crab, and roasted cauliflower. The food is accompanied by a wide range of libations from the full-service bar, including global wines, craft beers and microbrews on tap, top-shelf spirits, and signature cocktails. Acorn is open for dinner 7 days a week, and Brunch Saturday and Sunday.
5528 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, Phone: 412-530-5950
© Girasole Restaurant
Girasole Restaurant is an authentic Italian restaurant that serves contemporary, seasonal updates of rustic Italian dishes in a casual and relaxed setting. Meaning ‘sunflower’ in Italian, Girasole celebrates the sun-kissed Italian countryside and the delicious ingredients that grow there and which are used in the dishes that the restaurant serves. Surrounded by rustic stone walls that reflect the ambiance of being in the wine cellar of a villa, diners can enjoy peasant-style dishes of housemade pasta and from scratch sauces, fresh seafood, prime meat and chicken dishes, fresh salads, soups and sides, and mouthwatering desserts. The food is accompanied by a wide range of drinks from the full-service bar, including global wines, craft beers and microbrews on tap, top-shelf spirits, and signature cocktails. Girasole Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, dinner only on Sunday, and closed on Mondays.
733 Copeland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, Phone: 412-682-2130
Altius is a AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant that serves contemporary American cuisine in a beautiful location with scenic city views. Created by B DeFrancis and Chef Jessica Bauer, the new dining concept is a modern outpost for upscale New American dishes and craft cocktails and is one of Pittsburgh’s premier exceptional dining experiences. Translating to ‘higher’ in Latin, Altius celebrates the stunning sights and sounds of Pittsburgh from its spectacular location and brings a modern take on exceptional cuisine, fine wines and gracious hospitality to the dining scene. Altius is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
1230 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211, Phone: 412-904-4442
Situated in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood, Casbah exudes a romantic, Mediterranean ambiance with a Southern European-inspired dining room, a glass-enclosed wine cellar, soft lighting and stone walls, and a year-round heated patio for alfresco-style dining. Casbah promises an exciting, sophisticated gourmet dining experience with a seasonally changing menu of imaginative dishes featuring a variety of meat, fresh seafood, vegetarian options, and house-made desserts. An award-winning wine list boasts over 40 wines by the glass and a creative array of wine flights which can be enjoyed in an elegant lounge, and special tasting menus are offered throughout the year. Casbah is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
229 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206-3912, Phone: 412-661-5656
© Alla Famiglia
Alla Famiglia is a chef-driven, fine-dining restaurant on Warrington Avenue that serves refined Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. The restaurant features a cozy dining room with contemporary décor, an upstairs cocktail lounge with a full-service bar and a charming patio for outdoor summer dining. Six distinctive dining rooms cater for all types of special occasions and a Grand Ballroom boasting décor from the depression Art Deco-era is the perfect room for romantic celebrations. Seasonal menus feature fresh sustainably-caught seafood, prime beef, lamb and veal dishes, housemade pasta and from-scratch sauces, wood-fired pizzas, and fresh salads, soups, and sides. The food is accompanied by a wide range of libations from the full-service bar, including global wines, craft beers and microbrews on tap, top-shelf spirits, and signature cocktails. Alla Famiglia is open for dinner only Monday through Saturday.
804 E Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15210, Phone: 412-488-1440
6.Cioppino Restaurant and Cigar Bar
© Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar
Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar is an elegant steakhouse that serves classic chophouse fare such as fresh seafood, prime USDA cut steaks, and lamb chops, organic herbs, salads and vegetables, and homemade desserts. The upscale seafood eatery features warm décor with dark wood, plush leather seating, and rich mahogany accents, and focuses on using locally sourced and sustainable ingredients to prepare seasonal menus of contemporary New American cuisine. The full-service bar offers a collection of over 300 whiskeys, imported spirits, craft beers and microbrews, specialty cocktails, and fine wines from around the world. An onsite humidor houses a premium cigar collection to enjoy after dinner. Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar is open for dinner only, Monday through Sunday.
2350 Railroad St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Phone: 412-281-6593
7.Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef and Seafood Pittsburgh
© Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef and Seafood Pittsburgh
Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood Pittsburgh is a premium restaurant chain that specializes in prime-aged meats such as bison and wagyu beef, fresh seafood, and fine wines. The upscale contemporary American steakhouse boasts plush décor with warm golden accents, luxurious upholstered chairs, and walls lined with bottles of wine. The menu offers a wide range of hand-cut in-house, hormone, antibiotic, and steroid-free meat cuts, including ribeye, filet mignon, New York strip steaks, as well as appetizers, fresh salads, pasta dishes, and desserts, all of which are prepared using locally sourced ingredients and made from scratch. Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood Pittsburgh has multiple private dining rooms for special events and functions and is open for dinner every night.
Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave #100, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Phone: 412-235-7676
8.Eddie V's Prime Seafood
© Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Eddie V's Prime Seafood Restaurant is renowned for serving a vast array of fresh seafood, including Pacific Ahi Tuna and raw oysters, along with daily-catch fish and salads prepared from the freshest ingredients. A comfortable, intimate bar serves a menu of hand-crafted cocktails, imported spirits, and an extensive wine menu curated by a professional sommelier against a backdrop of live jazz music. Eddie V's Prime Seafood Restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner for two, but also caters for private dining and groups and is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
501 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, Phone: 412-391-1714
Hailed as one of the top romantic restaurants in Pittsburgh, Eleven is an elegant eatery on the edge of the vibrant Pittsburgh Strip District on Smallman Street that serves a creative menu of contemporary cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and highly acclaimed wines. Set in a beautifully renovated old warehouse with soaring ceilings and grandly elegant décor, the restaurant features several dining rooms for different occasions and serves a menu of refined, market-driven cuisine. Tuck into appetizers of foie gras, steak tartare, and handmade sashimi, entrées of sea scallops, crab cakes, and prime sirloin steak and desserts like banana cream pie and dulce de leche mousse. The food is accompanied by a wide range of libations from the full-service bar, including global wines, craft beers and microbrews on tap, top-shelf spirits, and signature cocktails. Eleven is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday and dinner only on Saturday nights.
1150 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Phone: 412-201-5656
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10.Grand Concourse at Station Square
© Grand Concourse at Station Square
Housed in the beautifully preserved Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Station, the Grand Concourse restaurant at Station Square offers a quintessential fine-dining experience. Featuring a magnificent cathedral stained-glass vaulted ceiling, elegant marble columns, and a dramatic staircase, the award-winning seafood restaurant transports diners back in time to the glamorous side of the Progressive Era. Seasonal menus of modern cuisine feature signature seafood dishes, tender prime cut steaks and chops, organic chicken, and fresh salads and sides. The Sunday brunch has been voted as ‘the best in Pittsburgh.’ The Grand Concourse is must for romantic dinners and special celebrations and is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
100 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, Phone: 412-261-1717
11.Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
© Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is an upscale steakhouse chain with a sophisticated setting that serves perfectly grilled meats, fresh seafood, and handcrafted cocktails. Located in North Shore Riverfront Park, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is an ideal dining destination for business functions, special occasions or a romantic dinner for two; the restaurant also offers four different private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 60 guests. A full-service bar serves Happy Hour martinis, signature cocktails, and small bar plates in the evenings and valet parking are available. Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
247 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, Phone: 412-222-4014
© Joseph Tambellini
Joseph Tambellini is a refined Highland Park Italian restaurant that offers a romantic fine-dining experience. Featuring elegant décor, white tablecloths, soft lighting, and a cozy, intimate ambiance, the restaurant specializes in delicious, homemade Italian cuisine with high-end dishes such as appetizers of stuffed banana peppers, sesame calamari, Tambellini's famous fried zucchini, and signature meatballs. Signature entrées include grilled New York strip steak, handmade cheese ravioli, and chicken Marsala, and desserts range from butterscotch pound cake to cannoli. The food is accompanied by a wide range of drinks from the full-service bar, including global wines, craft beers and microbrews on tap, top-shelf spirits, and signature cocktails. Joseph Tambellini Restaurant serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
5701 Bryant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, Phone: 412-665-9000
LeMont is an award-winning five-star restaurant and banquet facility that serves continental cuisine and fine wines in a stylish space with stunning city views. Established over 60 years ago, the upscale eatery is renowned for its exquisite cuisine, world-class wines, impeccable service, intimate atmosphere, and panoramic views of Pittsburgh and is a popular spot for romantic wining and dining. LeMont serves seasonally-inspired menus of sublime cuisine with signature dishes like Sea Bass Tropicana, Tangier Duck, and Elysian Lamb Chops, ending with magical desserts like flaming Banana’s Foster. The food is accompanied by a wide range of drinks from the full-service bar, including global wines, craft beers and microbrews on tap, top-shelf spirits, and signature cocktails. LeMont is open for dinner only Tuesday through Sunday.
1114 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211, Phone: 412-431-3100
Legume is a sleek family-owned and operated bistro with an adjacent neighboring sister bar that serves seasonal, locally sourced fare in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. The award-winning James Beard Award semi-finalist nominated eatery has been serving delicious farm-to-table cuisine to the neighborhood for the past 12 years, using fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce, and sustainable seafood. Reflecting the changing seasons, the menu features dishes such as miso honey beets, goat cheese crostini, lamb leg steak, and grilled walleye, all of which are accompanied by drinks from sister bar, Butterjoint, and include global wines, craft beers and microbrews on tap, top-shelf spirits, and signature cocktails. Legume is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
208 N Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, Phone: 412-621-2700
© Mallorca Restaurant
Mallorca Restaurant brings the spirit of the Mediterranean to the heart of Pittsburgh with exceptional cuisine, fine wines, and a warm and welcoming ambiance. Specializing in authentic Spanish dishes such as paella, wild boar, and osso buso, Mallorca Restaurant takes diners on a culinary journey to the sun-kissed hills of Spain without the airfare. Boasting an energetic, vibrant atmosphere, Mallorca features bright décor in the main dining room and a charming terrace patio for alfresco dining in the summer. The menu features authentic Spanish and Portuguese regional classics which are accompanied by over 300 bottles of wine from Spain and Europe. Mallorca Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
2228 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, Phone: 412-488-1818
16.Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
© Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is a premier seafood restaurant with spectacular panoramic views. Located in a stunning spot high up on Mount Washington, the white-tablecloth eatery and bar specialize in fresh, flown-in-daily Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Certified Sustainable seafood, which is paired with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. Seasonal menus feature over 20 kinds of fresh fish prepared and served in a variety of original, delicious styles, as well as succulent steaks, fresh salads, and decadent desserts. The food is accompanied by a wide range of drinks from the full-service bar, including global wines, craft beers and microbrews on tap, top-shelf spirits, and signature cocktails. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is open for dinner, Monday through Sunday.
1411 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211, Phone: 412-481-4414
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© Paris 66
Paris 66 is a warm Parisian bistro that brings an authentic French experience to Pittsburgh. A longtime dream of Frederic and Lori Rongier, Paris 66 celebrates everything French from the language and culture to the delicious cuisine and fine wines. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner; the bistro serves seasonally-inspired menus of classic French fare such as Soupe à l’oignon, Moules Gratinées, Tarte Flambée Alsacienne, Foie de Veau aux Oignons, and Filet Mignon de Porc aux Pruneaux. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of fine French wines, craft beers, and classic cocktails, as well as freshly baked pastries and espresso drinks for dessert.
6018 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, Phone: 412-404-8166
© Soba Lounge
Soba Lounge is an award-winning Pan-Asian restaurant that serves high-end Asian-fusion cuisine in a stylish and sophisticated setting. Housed in a beautiful, three-story Victorian building on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside, the restaurant exudes a tranquil Zen garden atmosphere with a two-story cascading water wall, a spacious first-floor lounge with hand-painted murals, several small dining rooms with multiple dining nooks, and a gorgeous rooftop deck. Daily-changing menus feature signature selections with Asian influences such as rock-shrimp tempura, freshly made sushi, and sashimi, and the food is accompanied by drink specialties of seasonal martinis made with house-infused vodkas, and other classic cocktails. Soba Lounge is open for dinner Monday through Sunday.
5847 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, Phone: 412-362-5656
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Spoon is a contemporary, warm and inviting restaurant in East Liberty that serves delicious modern American farm-to-table fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional cuisine. Boasting a casual-fine dining setting which encourages eating, drinking and socializing in a convivial atmosphere, Spoon serves a seasonal menu of market-driven cuisine featuring fresh seafood, catch-of-the-day fish, prime meat and chicken, and fresh locally sourced salads, herbs, and vegetables. A unique cocktail selection, diverse wine list, and selection of craft beers and brews round off the menu, and the restaurant is open for dinner, Monday through Sunday.
134 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206-3968, Phone: 412-362-6001
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Stagioni is a charming Italian eatery with a rustic setting that serves traditional Tuscan fare using local, seasonal ingredients in a warm and welcoming space. Located on the south side of the city, the farm-to-table restaurant serves seasonal dishes such as cannelloni with rabbit, polenta with poached octopus, and made-to-order mozzarella, along with handcrafted cocktails made with locally sourced fruit and herbs, and imported spirits. An extensive wine list features a variety of fine wines from Italy and further afield, and other drinks include craft beers and microbrews by the bottle and on tap. Stagioni is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
2104 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, Phone: 412-586-4738
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Located in the luxurious Omni William Penn Hotel, the Terrace Room is an elegant fine-dining establishment that is renowned for its exceptional cuisine, world-class wines, impeccable service, and intimate, romantic ambiance. Based in a magnificent dining room dating back to 1916 with soaring original molded plaster ceilings, sweeping mahogany arches, and striking murals and historic photographs, the restaurant serves creative dishes of culinary delights prepared with fresh, natural, local ingredients and regional produce. The food is accompanied by a wide range of drinks from the full-service bar, including global wines, craft beers and microbrews on tap, top-shelf spirits, and signature cocktails. The Terrace Room is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, Phone: 412-553-5235
© The Carlton
Located in One BNY Mellon Center, in the heart of the Pittsburgh’s bustling business, hotel, and cultural district, The Carlton is an award-winning, fine-dining white-tablecloth restaurant that is nationally recognized for being one of the finest restaurants in the region. Established over 30 years ago, the stylish restaurant serves a highly acclaimed menu of modern, seasonal American cuisine and world-class wines from a notable wine list featuring rare vintages from around the world. The Carlton offers the very best in prime meats, fresh seafood, and house-made pasta, all made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. Wine aficionados can choose from more than 550 labels of excellent vintages, and complimentary limo service is offered to special events downtown. The Carlton is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
500 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, Phone: 412-391-4099
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23.The Twisted Frenchman
© The Twisted Frenchman
The Twisted Frenchman is a modern French restaurant and upscale spot that serves inventive contemporary French cuisine along with classic cocktails and global wines. Located on the second floor of the historic Royal York Auction Gallery building on Baum Boulevard, the elegant restaurant is helmed by Chef Andrew Garbarino who creates an array of seasonally changing menus including four, eight and 18-course prix fixe menus. Each menu features a variety of culinary delights prepared with local ingredients using state-of-the-art cooking techniques and is accompanied by a wine list of terroir-driven selections from classic French regions both by the glass and by the bottle. The sommelier team also offers wine pairings for the tasting menus and cocktails are available from the first-floor restaurant, La Riviera Bistro. The Twisted Frenchman is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
5925 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, Phone: 412-665-2880
24.Vallozzi's Pittsburgh Restaurant
© Vallozzi's Pittsburgh Restaurant
Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh is one of a family-owned and operated chain of Italian restaurants that serve imaginative Italian fare and an extensive list of wines in a stylish and sophisticated setting. The restaurant reflects the Vallozzi family’s rich culinary traditions with an enticing menu of Italian meats and cheeses, house-made mozzarella, wood-fired pizza with various toppings, homemade pasta with from-scratch sauces, fresh seafood, prime steaks, and Helen's famous gnocchi. The cuisine is accompanied by an impressive wine list that features mostly Italian wines with a smattering of California gems and presented by attentive and knowledgeable staff. Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
220 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Phone: 412-394-3400
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© Vue 412
Sandwiched between Bella Vista and Le Mont in Mount Washington, Vue 412 is a stylish three-level restaurant that boasts spectacular panoramic views of the city and serves New American cuisine paired with cocktails. Featuring an expansive multi-room dining space with impressive views of the city’s prominent landmarks and towering skyline, the restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling mirrors, an elegant lounge and a full-service bar with sports memorabilia of notable Black and Gold players. In addition to the main dining room, the Chef’s Room seats eight people for private dining affairs and offers the best view of the city. Vue 412 is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two and is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
1200 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211, Phone: 412-381-1919
25 Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh, PA
- Acorn, Photo: Acorn
- Girasole Restaurant, Photo: Girasole Restaurant
- Altius, Photo: Altius
- Casbah, Photo: Casbah
- Alla Famiglia, Photo: Alla Famiglia
- Cioppino Restaurant and Cigar Bar, Photo: Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar
- Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef and Seafood Pittsburgh, Photo: Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef and Seafood Pittsburgh
- Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Photo: Eddie V's Prime Seafood
- Eleven, Photo: Eleven
- Grand Concourse at Station Square, Photo: Grand Concourse at Station Square
- Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Photo: Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
- Joseph Tambellini, Photo: Joseph Tambellini
- LeMont, Photo: LeMont
- Legume, Photo: Legume
- Mallorca Restaurant, Photo: Mallorca Restaurant
- Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, Photo: Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
- Paris 66, Photo: Paris 66
- Soba Lounge, Photo: Soba Lounge
- Spoon, Photo: Spoon
- Stagioni, Photo: Stagioni
- Terrace Room, Photo: Nestor/stock.adobe.com
- The Carlton, Photo: The Carlton
- The Twisted Frenchman, Photo: The Twisted Frenchman
- Vallozzi's Pittsburgh Restaurant, Photo: Vallozzi's Pittsburgh Restaurant
- Vue 412, Photo: Vue 412
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