Top 9 Spots in Mt. Washington to Dine and Have a Good Time!

February 23, 2019
Shop & Dine
jason wolfe
Image courtesy of Pittsburgh Magazine

If you’re looking to have a good time in Pittsburgh, make sure one of the neighborhoods you check out is Mt. Washington.

Located high above the city, it is well known for giving some of the best views of downtown Pittsburgh. But admiring the beautiful views are not all there is to do here. Some of Pittsburgh’s best restaurants are located on and around Grandview Avenue-- not to mention some of the best bars.

There are lots of other fun activities going on around the area each day-- so no matter what you’re looking for-- you’ll be sure to find it in Mt. Washington. Check out some of the options below if you’re looking to have a good time in this historic Pittsburgh neighborhood.

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1. Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines

Historic inclines with a view of the city

The famous inclines of Pittsburgh
Everyone should ride the inclines of Mt. Washington to see the views of Pittsburgh. Image courtesy of Pittsburgh Magazine
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Mt. Washington
Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines

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Open Daily

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412-442-4000

Run by the Allegheny County Port Authority

Perhaps the most iconic activity for locals and tourists alike is taking a ride on either of Pittsburgh’s Inclines.

How can you not appreciate the history of the incline? The views from either incline are amazing up, on top and back down. Definitely worth a visit if you've never been on one. - Yelp Review

These cars go up and down the mountain, taking passengers-- as well as commuters-- on their way to and from work. The views on both inclines are stunning and offer amazing photo opportunities to see Pittsburgh at its finest.

The Monongahela Incline links Mt. Washington to Station Square at the bottom of the hill. This is a great place to shop and offers some of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh. The Duquesne Incline gives passengers a view of the Golden Triangle and the Point State Park Fountain as well as a sweeping vista of the Ohio River as it flows westward.

2. Shiloh Street Shopping District

The place to shop in Mt. Washington

Shiloh Street Shopping
Image courtesy of Next Pittsburgh. This bustling area is always busy with shoppers and tourists alike.
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Mt. Washington
Shiloh St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Right behind the entrance to the Monongahela Incline is Mt. Washington’s shopping district, Shiloh Street. This little block is full of bars and restaurants that you’ll definitely want to stop in for either a bite or a brew.

The Harris Grill is a favorite amongst the locals, and offers some of the best burgers in town. They have a beautiful outdoor patio that’s packed with people-- and their dogs-- in the summer.

There’s also an ice cream shop, DiFiore’s, which is  perfect for grabbing a sweet treat before you stroll Grandview Avenue. Don’t forget to stop into Packs and Dogs and pick up a six pack and take one of their famous hot dogs to go.

3. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto

Pittsburgh’s premier seafood restaurant

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto view of the city

Image courtesy of Monterey Bay Fish Grotto. This restaurant has the best seafood-- and one of the best views-- in the city.

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Mt. Washington
1411 Grandview Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

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412-481-4414

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Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm
Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm
Sun 5pm-9pm

If you’d like to try something more refined, stop in to the Monterey Bay, which is located at the end of Grandview Avenue.

The restaurant itself is beautiful with all the natural light coming in from the huge windows. The wait staff was very polite and attentive. - Yelp Review

This is a wonderful restaurant that serves some of the finest-- and freshest-- seafood in Pittsburgh. It also happens to offer some of the best views of the city as well.

The restaurant and cocktail lounge are located on the 15th floor and face the Golden Triangle-- where you can see the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River come to a point and create the Ohio River. It truly is the best backdrop to any dinner in the city.  

Make sure you stop by the “Point of View” statue-- which is right down the street from the restaurant-- and also offers an amazing view.

4. Mt. Washington Parks

Hiking on the mountain

The parks of Mt. Washington
Image courtesy of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Take a hike through the wonderful parks of Mt. Washington.
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Mt. Washington
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Sometimes the best way to see a city, is to walk it. That’s exactly what you can do in Mt. Washington.

Great way to get a quick hike within confines of city. Reward is the great views. - Yelp Review

When you’re done walking Grandview Avenue and taking in all the beautiful sites of the city, be sure to check out Mt. Washington’s parks. They are off the beaten path, but off a nice change of pace to walking on the concrete sidewalks. Emerald View Park is an excellent place to start your hike.

It is easy to find and will take you through a well marked path, full of the natural beauty of Western Pennsylvania. There are native plants and trees to see, and it is even good for bird watching. If you’re a dog owner, check out the dog park as well.  There are also some great views of the city to be seen so make sure to put this on your list.

Olympia Park in Mt. Washington is where locals go to walk, jog, or play some baseball. It has a dog park as well!

5. Le Mont Restaurant

Continental cuisine with a beautiful view

Le Mont overlooking Pittsburgh
Image courtesy of Le Mont Restaurant. The most elegant restaurant in Mt. Washington with a fantastic view.
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1114 Grandview Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

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412-431-3100

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Tues-Thurs 5pm-9pm
Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm
Sun 4pm-8pm

When Pittsburghers want to celebrate a special occasion in style, they go to the Le Mont on Grandview Avenue. Known as one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh, it is a step above in elegance and service.

The food was great. Marco, the waiter was perfect, attentive but not too attentive. The view is the best in Pittsburgh. - Yelp Review

The food is French continental and the staff is extremely knowledgeable-- they seem to anticipate your every need.

The view that the Le Mont offers is also extraordinary. If you’re able to, request a table right by the window-- you won’t regret it! Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or an anniversary, the Le Mont is where you can make that occasion extra special.

6. Chatham Village

A small bit of England in the city

Chatham Village
Image courtesy of Chatham Village. This interesting spot is a bit of greenery amongst the urban city.
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Mt. Washington
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Another unique part of Mt. Washington-- and one that everyone should see-- is a little community located right off of Virginia Avenue, known as Chatham Village. The idea behind it was to create a community that combined an English country village but in an urban setting.

These homes are all nestled away from anything that resembles city life. Instead you encounter beautiful green areas and large, old trees.

Since 1932 Chatham Village has changed little-- and property here is in high demand. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2005, Chatham Village continues to defy what it means to live in the city. It is one the best places to grab a coffee and take a walk in Mt. Washington.

7. La Tavola

Fantastic family dining

La Tavola
Image courtesy of La Tavola. Delicious, home cooked Italian food-- sure to satisfy any hunger.
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Mt. Washington
1 Boggs Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

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412-481-6627

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Tues-Thurs 5pm 10pm
Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm

Family owned and operated, La Tavola is a well kept secret amongst the locals.

...a Mount Washington staple! It may not look like much on the outside but it's easily one of the best restaurants on the Mount! Family owned and operated it's been around for years. - Yelp Review

This down to earth restaurant creates hearty, authentically Italian fare. The owners use traditional family recipes-- and the patron’s just can’t seem to get enough. This is also a BYOB restaurant, so you can enjoy any selection of wine you choose.

Make sure to check out the cooking classes offered by the owner and her daughter-- you’re sure to learn a thing or two about how to make delicious Italian food!

8. Yoga on Mt. Washington

Greet the sunrise on Mt. Washington

Yoga on the overlook
Image courtesy of MoWa Yoga. Yoga with a view of downtown Pittsburgh-- the perfect way to start your day!
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Mt. Washington
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

What could be better than the view of Mt. Washington-- the view as you watch the sunrise with a morning yoga session!

Beautiful, relaxing space - I highly recommend this studio for all levels of physical fitness for yoga classes in Pittsburgh. - Yelp Review

This is an amazing way to not only get a great view, but to have some fun doing it. Every summer, MoWa Yoga has classes in either the morning or the evening on the Mt. Washington lookouts. They fill up fast, so make sure you definitely sign up in advance.

BYS Yoga in the Southside also offers occasional classes on the Mt. Washington lookouts as well.

9. Bigham’s Tavern

The best wings in the ‘Burgh

Bigham Tavern
Image courtesy of Bigham’s Tavern. The best wings on the Mount-- make sure you stop in for wing night!
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321 Bigham St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

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412-431-9313

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Mon-Fri 11am-2am
Fri-Sat 10am-2am

Bigham’s Tavern is the best place in Mt. Washington to get some wings, have a few drinks, and watch the game.

... [I] frequently order takeout from here and it's always very delicious and hot! The build your own Mac are my favorite! Good appetizers as well. - Yelp Review

It serves delicious bar food, and always has lots of craft beer on draft.

Their back patio is a favorite spot in the summer and fall, so if you’re looking for a nice, relaxed time with friends stop and check out Bingham’s Tavern.

When you’re looking to have a good time in Mt. Washington-- no matter what the occasion-- be sure to check out any of the options on this list. Don’t forget, they all accept GiftYa cards as well! What’s your favorite thing to do in Mt. Washington? Let us know in the comments.

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