If you’re looking for the appropriate venue for an anniversary dinner, a special occasion, or just feel like spending some extra cash for a unique experience, Pittsburgh offers several restaurant that fit the bill.
1211 Braddock Ave
Superior Motors, an upscale restaurant in the economically depressed town of Braddock, is definitely no longer a well-hidden secret.
With its industrial setting and design, it’s certainly off the beaten path for most people in search of an upscale dining experience--but the food and atmosphere are well worth it. With its inventive menu and cocktails, you will want to try a little bit of everything.
Among the unusual ingredients on the menu, you will currently find seitan, octopus, juniper, and tonka bean. If you want to get high-quality food and taste lots of unusual flavors and dishes, this is the place to do it.
“...Almost EVERYTHING on the menu looked great and everything we got was delicious. If you want amazingly good food and are willing to pay for it, this is a must try. Our service was amazing. Though we drank a lot of water (and some alcoholic beverages), our glasses were never empty. The waitress was able to explain everything on the menu (we had some questions) perfectly and offered tips we might not have thought about. If you're looking for a nice meal at a fancy restaurant with great service, give this a try!.” - Kat V. Yelp Review
372 Butler St
A restaurant that just opened in late 2018, located in Etna, is already causing a stir in the fine dining scene.
Currently only open three evenings a week, it offers tasting menus with 4, 6, or 8 courses and is BYOB.
Not only is the food as locally sourced as food can get, but the head chef has experience working at some of the country’s most renowned restaurants, such as Alinea in Chicago, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York.
Now might be the best time to go, as this restaurant has not received widespread coverage yet--so don’t waste time and go!
“One of the best restaurants Pittsburgh's ever going to see. They've got some amazing dishes and the chef uses techniques which are most definitely fine dining certified, pretty sure you're not going to get any better as far as ingredients. We were lucky enough to get a spot at the chef's table and got the VIP chefs grand tasting experience. Of course it's the expensive thing on the menu at $139 (keep in mind there are other options with 4 courses starting at $65, 8 courses at $95, do the math). For the finesse that you're getting on the plate. You won't find it anywhere else in Pittsburgh. Probably closer to a $250-a-plate meal in Manhattan.” - Alex A. Yelp Review
545 Beaver St
A French-American fusion restaurant in Sewickley, Cocothé might seem a tad hidden away, but its location away from the hustle and bustle adds to its charm.
Guests can either choose from regular menu items or opt for a tasting menu, which is priced at $90, and an additional $60 for wine pairings. Check out the current menu here.
While the focus of the menu lies of traditional high-end ingredients, such as oysters, caviar, and foie gras, other ingredients are a little less common, such as quail eggs, lingonberry, and yuzu.
In terms of the ambiance, the interior is very sleek and simple, which places a heavier emphasis on the food and its presentation.
“This is a great restaurant. It's a hidden gem and it's in Sewickley. The chef is amazing. It's the same chef they have had since they first opened up next door. It used to be in a smaller place but now it's next door and remodeled. It's very pretty inside with a black & white motif. Our waitress was very efficient & pleasant. The food was superb. The desserts were homemade too.” - Bev F. Yelp Review
1001 Lafayette Dr
Lautrec, located in the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, has been a fine dining staple for many years now.
Boasting a Forbes Five-Star rating, among other high ratings, this restaurant might be the pinnacle of luxurious dining in Western Pennsylvania.
With a 1,200 bottle wine list and a tasting menu costing $115 per person ($215 with wine), this meal is probably a once-in-a-lifetime expenditure for most. However, the high quality of ingredients and luxurious ambiance make for an unforgettable experience.
“We dined here while staying overnight at Nemacolin. This was the most amazing dining experience I've ever had. We both had the price fixe menu and were impressed with each and every course. A little pricey but, it made our special occasion that much more memorable.” - Jeremiah B. Yelp Review
214 North Craig Street
Sporting a menu that changes daily, Legume is another restaurant that has become a go-to for many Pittsburghers in search of a high-quality dining experience.
Butterjoint and Pie for Breakfast both belong to the same owner, with the former being the bar extension to the restaurant.
Among the current menu items, you will find Pork Kielbasa, RIb Steak, as well as more unconventional choices such as Spicy Tripe Stew and Chicken Liver Mousse. The menu always includes a vegetarian entree choice, and those who have tasted the chocolate truffle cake know it to be the most sinfully delicious dessert available in Pittsburgh.
And for those who do not want to fork over what would amount to over $100 for two people, Legume hosts monthly Cheap Date Nights, which are priced at $50 for two people and include three courses and a drink (not bad, right?).
Check out their website here.
“This was our fourth time dining here over a number of years and I have to say, it just keeps getting better! Fantastic service, fantastic ambiance, and fabulous food. We love this place and often dine here for special occasions like our anniversary or a special birthday. You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.” - Stacey B. Yelp Review