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!
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407 Cinemas Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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
2329 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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
215 E. Main St.
Carnegie, PA 15106
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
1828 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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
211 North Shore Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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
3925 Willow Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
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
1106 S. Braddock Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
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
3113 W. Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
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
1227 Monterey St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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!