We’ve all been there.
Whether it’s after a night out or a classic late night craving, sometimes there’s nothing quite like a great meal in the wee hours of the morning. If you’re not interested in paying Grubhub or Uber Eats delivery fees, luckily there are plenty of places in South Hills for you to drop in for a late night bite.
The cost of eating out is definitely something that can keep you from ordering something fried at 1am, but it shouldn’t if someone’s already paid for the meal. Treat a friend or loved one to a Giftya of any amount, giving them up to $100 to any merchant you choose. Send it with a personalized message right to the recipient’s phone. Choose any of these spots in South Hills to treat your fellow Pittsburgher to a midnight snack—and hope they bring you with them!
A pizza joint-turned South Hills staple for burgers and beer
1819 Washington Rd
Right next to the movie theater, check out BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery after a date night flick for some grub (or before the movie if that’s more your style). BJ’s has been open for nearly forty years when they started out as a pizza place.
Though their menu has evolved, they still know how to make excellent pizza, especially their signature deep dish, buffalo chicken, or build-your-own pizzas. They also offer gluten free and vegetarian pizzas, as well as the legendary Pizookie—that’s right, pizza cookie—in flavors like Chocolate Chunk and Monkey Bread.
If pizza isn’t for you, this place has plenty of other options. They have plenty of burgers, including Bacon Cheeseburger, Bacon-Guacamole Deluxe, and Crispy Jalapeno Burger Specials. BJ’s also offers a variety of tacos (some in a pita shell) and sandwiches.
In addition to your post-movie meal, order one of BJ’s handcrafted brews to go with your pizza/burger/sandwich/taco. Try a Hopstorm IPA or one of the seasonal/local beers they’re featuring for a delicious and satisfying pair to quench those salty late night cravings.
“BJ's restaurant offers daily meal specials and a varied menu. It is an informal dining experience that we like to choose when getting together with friends and relatives. The service is very good and the staff is very friendly. Highly recommend.” -Opentable review
A South Hills location of the Pittsburgh classic
1000 Cool Springs Dr Unit 6
If you’re a Pittsburgh native, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with Steel Cactus. But if you’re new to the area or visiting (or giving a Giftya to a friend doing the same), this place is perfect for some late night grub on the weekends.
Steel cactus offers classic cantina/restaurante fare for pallets of all types. If you’re just snacking, opt for the guacamole, one of their amazing salsas—such as the pineapple salsa or the sweet and spicy chipotle—or a plate of nachos with carnitas or steak. But if you’re stopping in for dinner, you can go for tacos or a burrito, both offering classic specials and a build-your-own option. They also have plenty of platos principales such as fajitas and enchiladas.
If the night’s not over yet, Steel Cactus has an excellent drink menu. You can try one of the classic margaritas, or opt for one of six flavors of Yinzerita. If you find yourself coming back to Steel Cactus during average dining hours, their happy hour offers $2 off specialty cocktails and $10 margarita pitches, plus $5 apps.
“Good food, great service! Try the molcajete bowl, delicious! Dip trio is the best way to go because you can try a salsa, queso, and guacamole!” -Yelp review
An old-fashioned diner to take you and your tastebuds back in time
2937 W Liberty Ave
We’re not talking about the ’80s song by Suzanne Vega. We’re talking about South Hills’ Tom’s Diner. This place replicates a classic American/Greek diner with a black and white checkered floor to prove it.
Their menu features breakfast favorites and tasty lunchtime wraps, many of which made with Greek inspiration. Tom’s offers a Gyro Salad, a Gyro Omelette, and a Greek breakfast burrito with—you guessed it—Gyro meat (lamb, beef, or pork with tomato and onion). Of course no diner experience is complete without a milkshake, and Tom’s has four flavors to choose from: vanilla, chocolate, chocolate chip, and strawberry.
Tom’s has a sister location in Southside on Carson Street, but the Dormont location is the original store. How much more local can it get?
“Great diner great home cooking and Greek specialties, very very good hamburgers and great fries. If you like Gyros I believe they have the best in the Burg. Try the gyro omelette for breakfast world class.” -TripAdvisor review
A local pizza joint for that tasty late night slice
103 Capital Ave
Nothing satisfies late-night cravings like pizza, whether that be sharing a few slices or biting into the whole pie yourself. Whatever the case may be, Fiori’s Pizzaria is near South Hills and it’s a perfect place to drop in late at night. As late as 1am that is.
Fiori’s pizza is hand-tossed and made fresh daily—a recipe for the perfect pie—and it’s family owned and operated. If you plan on branching out beyond a classic pizza, Fiori’s has got you covered.
Their menu offers calzones with gourmet toppings and various finger food apps. They also have a hoagie selection, including the pizza steak. Diners can choose from a variety of pastas as well. If there’s any sauce you fall in love with during your meal, they sell it to go for you to throw in something you create at home.
“Stopped in here for pizza. Let me just say we will be returning customers! Great pizza & Great service! We love pizza & this is some of the best! Good stuff! Can't wait to come back.” -Facebook review
A charming Italian staple of the Brookline community
530 Brookline Blvd
Dynamic duo Luciano and Toni Defelice bring Italian cuisine all the way from PizzoFerrato to Brookline. Moonlite cafe has been open for more than 20 years and is a warm and friendly place to go for some pasta at the end of a long night, since it’s open until 2am every night of the week.
In addition to their pasta selection, Moonlite offers fresh andmoo new Italian starters such as fried mushrooms and a zucchini mountain, and while they’re not Italian, let’s not forget about the wings. They have plenty of sandwiches, burgers, and wraps in addition to fresh pizza and calzone. Their specialty pizzas include the Chicken Chu Chu, Potato Bacon, and Prosciutto & Arugula.
They also have a bar with a special every day of the week, such as $3 captain Morgan on Thursday and $4.50 Stella Artois on Friday. The menu includes a pitches of domestic beer and wings for $11 from 8-10pm. If you find yourself there at brunch, try a $5 Bloody Mary from 11am-3pm.
If you fall in love with Moonlite Cafe after a few moonlit meals, try their banquet hall for special events with a lovely space and a delicious Italian buffet.
“This combination bad and Italian restaurant is a wonderful gem within the Pittsburgh food scene. The food options include a decent variety of Italian entrees and am delicious array of appetizers. Of course, the two best parts of the Moonlite Cafe experience are the authenticity and the taste.” -Yelp review
Desperately hungry in South Hills late at night? No need to fear, there are plenty of options nearby to choose from. Help make the same choice easier on a friend by giving him or her a prepaid GiftYa to the restaurant, and hope they save it for a night when you’re there!