Restaurants in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh are a bit more family-oriented and upscale than in most other Pittsburgh neighborhoods outside of the immediate downtown radius. This offers Shadyside diners a wonderful choice of atmospheres and cuisines.
1. Avenue B
5501 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh
Since opening in November 2009, this charming American bistro has been receiving rave reviews. They offer a short, printed menu, along with a nice assortment of daily dishes - displayed on big wall-mounted chalkboards. The food -- even the seafood -- is delightfully fresh, and the restaurant's service and attention to detail complete the delightful dining experience.
229 S Highland Ave., Pittsburgh
This popular Shadyside restaurant is a staple on many best Pittsburgh restaurant lists, known for its Mediterranean/southern European cuisine. It's pricey and a bit cramped, but the food is consistently good and they have one of the best wine lists in Pittsburgh, especially when it comes to wines by the glass. Try the outdoor tented patio for a special dining experience.
736 Bellefonte St, Pittsburgh
International cuisine is on the menu at this small, upscale restaurant just off Walnut Street. The fresh, eclectic menu is especially loaded with appetizer choices, featuring bold flavors and fresh, local produce. The casual, yet upscale setting is warm and welcoming, with earthy colors, hardwood floors, soft lighting, and well-spaced seating.
5847 Ellsworth Avenue, Pittsburgh
One of three Big Burrito owned restaurants in Shadyside, the upscale Soba is known for its diverse pan-Asian menu. For a cozy dining experience, enjoy small plates and unique cocktails while sitting on a cozy leather couch at the downstairs bar or on the second-story deck (summer only).
242 S. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh
Japanese, Korean and Thai influenced dishes pair well with almost two dozen wines by the glass at this delightfully relaxing modern restaurant. If you're the adventurous sort, try the weeknight Buzz dinner option, a multi-course, fixed-price meal of 5-7 chef-selected dishes.
5102 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh
This new Shadyside darling won its first Wine Spectator award in 2009, with a wine list of about 180 bottle selections and 50 wines by the glass. Accompanying the wine is a delicious, ever-changing menu of small and large plates with fresh produce supplied under exclusive arrangement with a local farm. Several, small seating areas round out the intimate dining experience.
One of Pittsburgh's favorite sushi restaurants, Umi is all about the art of food. Combine that with modern traditional Japanese décor and impeccable service, and you just can't go wrong. For those who prefer food of the cooked variety, there are many excellent seafood dishes, plus tasty tempura. Expect high prices and to need a reservation.