Wear Stretchy Pants to These 7 Delicious Pittsburgh Restaurants

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Looking for a delicious place to eat next time you go to Pittsburgh? Check out the seven Pittsburgh restaurants on this list and make sure to visit each and every one. But wear your stretchy pants! You’ll need them. From the South Side, to the Strip District, to Downtown, these seven delicious {and family friendly} restaurants are not to be missed! Pittsburgh skyline at night

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Wear Your Stretchy Pants to These Delicious Pittsburgh Restaurants

If you think smelly industrial town when you think about Pittsburgh, think again. I was very pleasantly surprised by this fun cosmopolitan city during a recent press trip. From fun, family friendly activities and museums, to lovely downtown scenery, and 446 different bridges (for real!), Pittsburgh is a really lovely city.

Not only will you have a lot of fun there on your next visit, but you also need to make sure to pack your stretchy pants because the Pittsburgh restaurants are really delicious. Here are a few you will certainly want to try next time you go to the City of Bridges!

Pittsburgh Strip District Restaurants

The Pittsburgh Strip District, otherwise known as Pittsburgh’s Historic Market District, is filled with fun stores to browse, delicious restaurants, and art and cultural organizations. It’s a pedestrian friendly area you must visit when you’re in Pittsburgh. Here are a couple of Pittsburgh Strip District restaurants you shouldn’t skip.

Primanti Bros Pittsburgh Strip District Restaurants wear stretchy pants

Primanti’s Bros.

Primanti’s Bros. first restaurant opened in the the Pittsburgh Strip District in 1933. Famous for enormous sandwiches topped with fries, coleslaw, and tomatoes, you definitely need to bring your appetite to finish one of these sandwiches! I had the double roast and cheddar sandwich and it was wonderful. You haven’t really been to Pittsburgh unless you’ve tried one of these sandwiches, so make sure to add Primanti Bros. to your food list while you’re in Pittsburgh.

double roast and cheddar sandwich at primanti bros in pittsburgh

Find Primanti Bros at:

46 18th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222



24 hours, 7 days a week!

Kelly O's Diner Pittsburgh PA

Kelly O’s Diner

Another one of the iconic Pittsburgh Strip District restaurants is Kelly O’s Diner, known for their famous Pittsburgh style breakfasts. From Eggs Benedict to their Famous Grilled Cinnamon Roll and Homemade Raisin French Toast, you can’t really go wrong at Kelly O’s. For an indulgent breakfast, I highly recommend the Famous Grilled Cinnamon Roll served with vanilla ice cream. Why not? You only live once, right? The Eggs Benedict Pittsburgh Style served with kielbasa and pierogies is also worth trying!

What to eat at Kelly O's Diner in Pittsburgh

Find Kelly O’s at 

100 24th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-232-EGGS (3447)

Monday thru Saturday 5:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sundays 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

South Side Pittsburgh Restaurants

South Side Pittsburgh is across from Downtown Pittsburgh located along the  Monongahela River. Home to many bars, restaurants, shops, and more, it’s another area of Pittsburgh you must visit. Here are a couple of delicious restaurants to choose from when you’re in South Side Pittsburgh.

hofbrauhaus pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Hofbrauhaus

Maybe not iconic Pittsburgh, but a fun stop nonetheless, you’ll want to hit a couple of South Side Pittsburgh restaurants like the Pittsburgh Hofbrauhaus. With huge portions, plenty of beer, and a gorgeous setting, you’ll love the Hofbrauhaus – especially if the weather is nice and you can sit outside. I grew up in Germany so all things German will always have a soft spot in my heart. I have to say, the food is on the heavy side, but the pretzels are delicious and I’m always up for a Radler Beer (half beer / half lemonade)!

food at the hofbrauhaus pittsburgh

Find the Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh at

2705 South Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 224-2328


Daily from 11 am – 11 pm, 12 am or 2 am

Happy Hour daily from 4 – 6 pm

chicken and waffle from Waffles, INCaffeinated

Waffles, INCaffeinated

For a great breakfast, head over to Waffles, INCaffeinated. If you guessed that they serve waffles, you’re right! But they also have beautiful coffee and delicious eggs too. We loved the chicken and waffle, Funky Monkey, and Bananas Foster!

Find Waffles, INCaffeinated at:

2517 E. Carson St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Milkshake Factory

What list of restaurants is complete without one focused on delicious desserts? Pittsburgh’s Milkshake Factory is the perfect place to take the kids after a long day of touring. They’ll love the fresh milkshakes as well as chocolate dipped berries and homemade candies as well.

Find Milkshake Factory at:

1705 E Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
United States
Phone: (412) 488-1808


Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm

Downtown Pittsburgh Restaurants

charcuterie plate at Mezzo in Sienna Mercato

Mezzo in Sienna Mercato

This unique space in downtown Pittsburgh is actually three different restaurants under one roof. The first floor is a meatball joint. The second floor offers house made charcuterie, wine, and wood fired pizzas, and the third floor is a roof top beer garden. All of the food is made from scratch Italian style. We ate at the Mezzo (second floor charcuterie and wine) and it was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend the large Butcher’s Board and the Broccoli and Tomato Salad. Scrumptious and a very fun atmosphere. We also tried the Duck Speck pizza, which while good, was not my favorite.

Find Sienna Mercato at:

942 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, Pa 15222


Call ahead for reservations for Mezzo

The Porch at Schenley in Pittsburgh

The Porch at Schenley

Located near the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Porch was one of my favorite stops in Pittsburgh. With a seasonal menu sourced from local as often as possible, as well as their own rooftop garden (with bees!), this cute restaurant is fresh and delicious. They serve homemade soda, delicious cocktails, wonderful salads, and amazing pizzas too. I highly recommend the rare seared tuna nicoise salad and you must try the biscuits and cinnamon rolls too! So good!!

food at the porch at Schenley

Find The Porch at:

221 Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213



Monday – Friday, 11 am – 11 pm

Breakfast Window, 7 am – 11 am

Saturday, 10 am – 11 pm

Sunday, 10 am – 9 pm

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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