The Mediterranean diet has been proven time and time again to be one that is very healthy-- but also very easy to stick to.
It’s easy to see why when you think of all the types of cuisine that fall under the Mediterranean heading-- Turkish, Greek, Lebanese, Spanish, and Moroccan just to name a few. These countries use similar ingredients but all have their own unique cuisine. The restaurants on this list all use basic, fresh ingredients and mix them with spices and herbs that create some of the most wonderful flavors you’ve ever tasted. Below is a list of just some of the places in Pittsburgh you can grab some Mediterranean food.
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124 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine is one of the most popular spots to grab lunch in downtown Pittsburgh. They have all of your Mediterranean favorites-- including hummus, baba ganoush, fresh salads and gyros.
The owners of this place are also some of the most friendly-- and work hard to create a welcoming environment for their customers. So if you’d like to try something new-- or perhaps just one of your favorite dishes-- make sure to stop in to Alihan’s where you’re sure to have a delicious meal prepared fresh just for you.
“If you're looking for Mediterranean food in the city this is the place to go!
From the moment you walk in you can tell that this place is proud of the foods they serve. The decor was beautiful.” -Yelp Review
408 Smithfield Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Madonna’s Mediterranean Cuisine is another great place in downtown Pittsburgh that offers some amazing Mediterranean food. The pride themselves on always having the freshest ingredients for your gyro, falafel, or Greek salad.
In addition to the delicious smell of pita bread baking-- you can also smell their kebabs cooking on the grill around lunchtime each day. Make sure you take time to stop into this little spot downtown!
“From the moment I walked in I wanted to eat. The room smelled absolutely delicious. There food is absolutely deliciously and freshly prepared, you can taste it.” -Yelp Review
1207 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Kassab’s Restaurant has been a part of the South Side food scene for years-- and once you step in their welcoming restaurant-- it’s easy to see why. There aren’t many places in Pittsburgh that can boast of having shawarma as delicious as theirs.
Whether you have a group of two-- or a group of 10-- the friendly staff at Kassab’s can handle both with ease. They’ll also be happy to make an recommendations to you off their large menu.
“A southside hidden gem! Head to Kassab's if you are craving classic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-style food.” -Yelp Review
1011 Brookline Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Jolina’s Mediterranean Cuisine is a wonderful spot right in the heart of Brookline to get a delicious Mediterranean meal or snack. You’ll instantly feel at home in this lively restaurant that offers pick up, delivery, or sit down meal options.
Make sure to try their famous grape leaves-- either with or without lamb-- that have the perfect balance of lemon juice and olive oil. This family-owned restaurant always seems to be busy around lunchtime-- so either come early or stop in a little later.
“I absolutely love Jolina's! The staff is so inviting and friendly they truly make you feel like you are being welcomed into their home rather than a restaurant. The food is incredible…” -Yelp Review
10 Smithfield St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
If you’re looking for some of the freshest ingredients as well as consistently amazing Mediterranean food-- stop into Palmyra Mediterranean Cuisine located right across the Smithfield Bridge in downtown Pittsburgh. Customers love that no matter what they try on their menu-- it’s sure to be a delicious and flavorful.
The owner is always welcoming and the entire staff is more than willing to help you decide what to try. If you can’t-- maybe take a little sampling of a couple items. You’ll definitely be glad that you did!
“What makes a great restaurant is definitely in part the staff. Everyone here was incredibly friendly and welcoming. I visited with a friend who eats here frequently...Will definitely be back soon!” -Yelp Review
808 Ivy St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Pasha Cafe and Lounge offers Pittsburghers a fantastic option for Mediterranean food. In the warmer months, this little spot in Shadyside opens up their deck-- you can easily spend a couple hours lounging here.
This restaurant is also BYOB, so feel free to bring your favorite wines to pair with all their Mediterranean options. After you finish your meal, make sure to top it off with traditional Turkish tea or Turkish coffee-- a favorite of the locals!
“Pasha is one of my go-to spots in Shadyside! Love the feel of the restaurant and the food is delicious! Service is friendly.” -Yelp Review
663 Washington Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Mezza Grill 663 is a great place to stop in and grab a quick bite if you’re in the Mt. Lebanon area of Pittsburgh. Their location might be small-- but they have a huge menu full of all your favorite Mediterranean dishes. They even offer a couple of combination platters that give you a sampling of different options-- the most popular is grilled shish-kebab chicken, served with fresh pita and a house salad.
You can’t go wrong with any of those options-- as well as your favorites like hummus, falafel, and tabouleh. But if you’re unsure what to try, just ask for some suggestions from the friendly and helpful staff.
“Mezza is one of the few eateries in the South Hills that is absolutely worth going to. The menu isn't huge, but it's got a great selection of traditional Balkan food. You can't go wrong with your selections at this place.” -Yelp Review
4705 Centre Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Salim’s Middle Eastern Food is the perfect place to grab all the ingredients to your favorite Mediterranean dishes-- that way you can try making them for yourself! This place in East Liberty carries many hard to find ingredients that are essential in Mediterranean cooking. The owners have been here since 1979, and are definitely a thriving part of the Pittsburgh community.
In addition to offering catering services, Salim’s also has quite a selection of prepared foods. This place boasts of some of the freshest hummus, gyros, and pitas in the entire city.
“Salim's was EXCELLENT... Everything was excellent and full of flavor. Price was very affordable, ingredients very fresh.” -Yelp Review
Pittsburgh has so many choices when it comes to Mediterranean food. This list only scratches the surface of all the restaurants that serve these kinds of delicious meals. What restaurant would you have included on the list? Let us know in the comments!