The Top 9 Places for Irish Food in Pittsburgh

April 19, 2019
jason wolfe

Irish food is known for being hearty and filling-- and perfect for a cold winter’s day.

If you’re looking to warm up with some stew, soup, or even a meat pie-- you’ll definitely want to check out some traditional Irish food. Pittsburgh has some fantastic spots for you to get your Irish food fix-- check out any of the places on the list below for a delicious, home cooked meal. Even if you’ve never been to the Emerald Isle-- you’ll feel as if you’re already there!

GiftYa electronic gift cards are accepted at all the wonderful spots below that serve up traditional Irish food-- as well as many other restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. Sending a personalized gift card is super easy too-- all you do is pick out the restaurant, choose the amount and the recipient and that’s all! They’ll receive it electronically and they can transfer the amount to their debit card.

1. The Claddagh Irish Pub

This spot is modeled after traditional Irish pubs


The Claddagh Irish Pub
Image courtesy of The Claddagh Irish Pub. The Irish food here is some of the best in Pittsburgh.

South Side

407 Cinemas Dr.

Pittsburgh, PA 15203

412-381-4800

Mon 11am-12am

Tues-Thurs 11am-1am

Fri-Sat 11am-2am

Sun 11am-1am


The Claddagh Irish Pub is a fantastic spot to try some traditional Irish food. The atmosphere is welcoming and lively-- just like a traditional Irish pub. In fact, that’s exactly what it’s modeled after! When you walk in you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported from the South Side Works and to Ireland for an evening.

This spot is home to live Irish music during the week-- as well as other local Pittsburgh bands as well. Make sure to try the shepard’s pie-- which is one of the most popular items on the menu-- and don’t forget to wash it down with a traditional pint of Guinness.

“My friends and I cannot get enough of this place! This is another of our go-to spots for good drinks, chill atmosphere, and dancing!” -Yelp Review

2. Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle

One of the most authentic Irish pubs in Pittsburgh


Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle
Image courtesy of Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle. Join them for live music and live Irish dancing! 

2329 Penn Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

412-642-6622

Tues-Thurs 11:30am-1am

Fri-Sat 11:30am-2am


Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle is the best place in Pittsburgh to catch live Irish music each week. In addition to music, there is also a weekly Irish dancing performance that even allows the patrons to join in and perhaps learn a dance step or two.

The food here is delicious-- and filling-- just like any traditional Irish fare. There are always great Irish beers on draft, and make sure your check out their extensive collection of Irish whiskey.

Some of the bartenders here are from Ireland, and contribute to the warm, friendly atmosphere that comes from any Irish pub.

“Wonderful pub with excellent craic! Fish and chips are spot on and they have a great Irish whisky selection. Excellent service and good music!” -Yelp Review

3. Riley’s Pour House

A little bit of Ireland in the heart of Carnegie


Riley’s Pour House
Image courtesy of Riley's Pour House. Everyone should try a Guinness from this Irish bar!

215 E. Main St.

Carnegie, PA 15106

412-279-0770

Tues-Thurs 11am-11pm

Fri 11am-1am

Sat 8am-1am


Riley’s Pour House might be a little smaller, but it sure knows how to pack them in for live entertainment. Some Pittsburghers might argue this spot in Carnegie is the best place in the entire city to have a Guinness.

The food here is traditional and delicious, and they’ll even make you a traditional Irish breakfast on Saturdays. Locals love to stop by their outdoor patio during the summer and catch some live entertainment as well.

“What a cool Irish pub.  Plenty of personality and such warm feeling inside.” -Yelp Review

4. Piper’s Pub

This place serves Scottish and Irish food


Piper’s Pub
Image courtesy of Piper's Pub. Make sure to drop by on the weekends for some fantastic British and Irish soccer matches,


South Side

1828 E. Carson St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15203

412-381-2797

Mon-Fri 11am-11pm

Sat-Sun 8:30am-11pm


Piper’s Pub is a wonderful place to enjoy a pint or two amongst friends. It’s also a great place to fill up on traditional Irish-- and Scottish-- food. This place is packed most Saturday and Sunday mornings for screenings of Britain and Ireland’s soccer leagues.

If you go by in the evening, you’ll most likely see a full house of customers enjoying some fantastic beer along with delicious bites.

“Every time I am in Piper's I am overwhelmed by how nice the staff is. Friendly, helpful and attentive.” -Yelp Review

5. McFadden’s

Some great Irish food on the North Shore


McFadden’s
Image courtesy of McFadden's. This bar is always packed with customer enjoying the Irish beer and fare.

North Shore

211 North Shore Dr.

Pittsburgh, PA 15212

412-322-4470

Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm

Fri 11am-2am

Sat 4pm-2am


McFadden’s is one of the best places to stop in for happy hour after work, or catch the big game. It’s located near both Heinz Field and PNC Park, and right across the river from busy downtown Pittsburgh.

There is always something going at at this spot, and patrons come in for the warm Irish hospitality as much for the food and brews.

“Went there on a Friday night for some drinks. Never had to wait more than a minute to be served. The bartenders are really nice. Nice open space.” -Yelp Review

6. McMinn’s

Fun Irish pub with great bar food


McMinn’s
Image courtesy of McMinn's. You can always expect to see a friendly face in this Irish bar.


Castle Shannon

3925 Willow Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15234

412-344-2900

Mon-Fri 3pm-2am

Sat 2pm-2am

Sun 12pm-2am


McMinn’s is located right on the T line in Castle Shannon, and is a popular spot for locals as well as those looking for some good Irish food and beer. From the minute you walk in you’re greeted with friendly service and a bar full of locals.

Don’t be afraid to pull up a chair and stay awhile-- and try out some of the items on their delicious pub menu.

“Fantastic local bar. Great bar food & a nice beer selection. Good vibes & people too.” -Yelp Review

7. Murphy’s Tap Room

Hidden gem that serves great Irish fare


Murphy’s Tap Room
Image courtesy of Murphy's Tap Room. Stop in here for a great pint of Irish beer.

Regent Square

1106 S. Braddock Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15218

412-241-9462

Mon-Fri 11am-2am

Sat-Sun 12pm-2am


If you’re looking for a no frills place that serves great Irish beer and food, look no further than Murphy’s Tap Room. Located in Regent Square, this place has been a neighborhood staple for years.

The locals keep coming back because of the amazing Irish beers, and the friendly Pittsburgh service. Make sure you stop in during their happy hour as well!

“This is a great little Irish pub. Several pool tables and darts.  Cold, cold beer!! Big space and a nice staff that were friendly.” -Yelp Review

8. Jamison’s

Great local spot to get some Irish food


Jamison’s
Image courtesy of Jamison's. The locals love coming here for the music and friendly hospitality.

Dormont

3113 W. Liberty Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15216

412-561-3088

Mon-Fri 3pm-2am

Sat-Sun 12pm-2am


Jamison’s is one of the best spots in the South Hills to catch some live music. Friday and Saturday nights are usually packed with patrons excited to hear some local Pittsburgh music. Jamison’s also happens to have some fantastic food and Irish beer.

Here you’re always served with a smile, and the atmosphere is as welcoming as any Irish bar can be. When St. Patrick’s Day comes around, be sure to try out their Irish beer sampler!

“I have eaten here more than I can count and I've never had a single thing that wasn't excellent!!!  Good beer selection, old school mugs and a darn good drink.” -Yelp Review

9. Monterey Pub

Quaint Irish pub on the North Side


monterey pub
Image courtesy of Monterey Pub. A traditional, welcoming Irish pub in Pittsburgh's North Side.

North Side

1227 Monterey St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15212

412-322-6535

Mon-Sat 3pm-12am


Monterey Pub is located near the historic Mexican War streets of the North Side. This bar is always ready to welcome you in for a pint of some great Irish beer or to sample some of the fare on their extensive menu. The chef here mixes traditional Irish fare-- with the not so traditional-- but it’s all delicious!

If you happen to be in the North Side, make sure to drop in and grab a seat by the fire and relax. This spot is a fantastic place to meet up with friends and have a chat!

“Had the fish and chips--tasty and flaky light breading. Crispy fries. Atmosphere was fun in the bar--old wooden church pew like seats. Very cozy.” -Yelp Review

No matter which restaurant you choose on this list-- you’re guaranteed a delicious Irish meal. When cold winter weather hits, fill up on some of the tasty fare offered at any of these spots! What’s your favorite Irish restaurant in Pittsburgh? Let us know in the comments!






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