Great Pittsburgh Restaurants to Try Downtown

Interior of Kaya, including the bar


From fusion to American, downtown Pittsburgh boasts a wide array of culinary attractions to please even the most discriminating of palates. Check out these favorite downtown Pittsburgh restaurants for something new. The list stretches the traditional downtown borders a bit, but Pittsburgh is a tiny downtown anyway. All restaurants on this list are in downtown proper, or the nearby Strip District or Lawrenceville—less than five minutes from downtown by cab, if that.

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1150 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
Phone +1 412-201-5656

This upscale, innovative restaurant in the Strip District seems to end up on everyone's list of favorite Pittsburgh restaurants. It's the flagship restaurant of the big Burrito Restaurant Group, which manages several other popular Pittsburgh eateries (including Kaya, Casbah, Soba, and Umi). The food is amazing, the presentation is gorgeous, the ambiance is unpretentious, and the wine list is impressive. What else could you ask for?

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2000 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
Phone +1 412-261-6565

The big Burrito Restaurant Group shines again with this fun, fusion restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh's Strip District. If flavor is your top priority in a good restaurant, then Kaya is a good choice. It features plenty of spicy and flavorful menu items inspired by a mix of Latin American, Southeast Asian, and Caribbean cuisines. It's fusion at its best!

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The Carlton

500 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA
Phone +1 412-391-4099

It's a Pittsburgh staple, but still a favorite. Family owned and operated, Carlton's atmosphere is upscale and formal with delicious food and one of the best wine lists in Pittsburgh.

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Butcher and the Rye

212 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3102, USA
Phone +1 412-391-2752

This two-story restaurant offers creative spins off rustic American dishes. It also features an ambitious cocktail menu. The restaurant's bar earned the first nomination of a Pittsburgh-area bar for the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Bar Program.

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134 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
Phone +1 412-362-6001

Preparing modern American dishes with international influences, Spoon constantly updates their menu with high-end plates. A sample menu may include chicken with golden beet tahini and tabouli alongside a foie gras-topped burger. They also offer a wine list that's been honored multiple times with Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.

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Great Pittsburgh Restaurants to Try Downtown