From fusion to French, downtown Pittsburgh boasts a wide array of culinary attractions to please even the most discriminating of palates. Check out these favorite downtown Pittsburgh restaurants for something new! The list stretches the traditional downtown borders a bit, but Pittsburgh is a tiny downtown anyway. All restaurants on this list are in downtown proper, or the nearby Strip District or Lawrenceville - less than five minutes from downtown by cab, if that.
1. ElevenThis upscale, innovative restaurant in the Strip District seems to end up on everyone's list of favorite Pittsburgh restaurants. It's the flagship restaurant of the big Burrito group which manages several other popular Pittsburgh eateries (including Kaya, Casbah, Soba and Umi). The food is amazing, the presentation is gorgeous, the ambience is unpretentious and the wine list is impressive. What else could you ask for?
2. SevicheIn the heart of the downtown Pittsburgh cultural district, this Nuevo Latino tapas restaurant and bar serves up fresh, lively Latin cuisine and delicious island cocktails. The decor is just as bright and fresh as the food!
3. KayaThe big Burrito Group shines again with this fun, fusion restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh's Strip District. If flavor is your top priority in a good restaurant, then Kaya is a good choice - with plenty of spicy and flavorful menu items inspired by a mix of Latin American, Southeast Asian and Caribbean cuisines - fusion at its best!
4. Nine on NineA bit different than you might expect to find in a downtown Pittsburgh restaurant (think Paris or Manhattan), Nine on Nine features a sophisticated, cutting-edge menu (everything from sting ray to quail) and a warm, elegant, understated dining room. The wine list is also respectable with more than two dozen wines available by the glass.
Nestled inside the upscale, LEED-certified Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel, this sleek but elegant restaurant is not your typical hotel restaurant. The fusion menu has an international flair, with a strong emphasis on fresh, local ingredients (within a 100 mile radius of Pittsburgh) and unusual small plates. Be sure to save room for dessert!
6. The CarltonIt's a Pittsburgh staple, but still a favorite. Family owned and operated, the Carlton's atmosphere is upscale and formal with delicious food and one of the best wine lists in Pittsburgh.
Contemporary cuisine at Elements, which opened in Gateway Center in 2010 draws inspiration primarily from France, Italy and the Mediterranean with bold flavor and beautiful presentations. The menu features local, fresh, seasonal ingredients, including locally sourced meats and cheeses for their extraordinary charcuterie list. Elements' Executive Chef Justin Severino has been nominated by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the Best New Chefs in America.
It's a little further from central downtown Pittsburgh than the rest of the restaurants on this list, but it's still only a few minute cab ride from the golden triangle. Casual, yet stylish, Tamari offers up Latin-Asian fusion with an enticing menu of small plates, ceviches, a full sushi bar, and Pittsburgh's only robata grille, a charcoal-fired hearth used to cook skewered meat, chicken and fish that originated in Japan. Various seating areas offer a choice of atmospheres, but expect noise and buzz. This place is popular.