10 Amazing New Restaurants in Pittsburgh

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Helene McQuaide

10 Amazing New Restaurants in Pittsburgh

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Helene McQuaide

It’s always fun to discover a new restaurant, particularly if it offers cuisine you’ve never tried before or the chef has found a way to liven up old favorites! Whether you’re a newcomer to Pittsburgh or a lifelong resident, you’ll want to try these amazing restaurants that are relatively new to the area and can save you from a day in the kitchen.

Sugar and Smoke

4428 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224


Located in Bloomfield, Sugar and Smoke brings a taste of the south to the Burgh. The restaurant offers two dining rooms, a bar and an outdoor patio. Start your meal with classic Southern favorites like Cajun hush puppies or fried green tomatoes, then tempt your taste buds with one of the restaurant’s many entrees. The menu features shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, ettouffe, barbecue meatloaf and New York strip steak. Slow-smoked barbeque brisket, a favorite of area diners, is unbelievably tender and flavorful. If you enjoy a before- or after-dinner cocktail, the Georgia Peach Margarita, The Perfect Gentleman Martini or Southern Blues Lemonade are good choices.

Fl. 2

Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market Street, Floor 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


You’ll never guess where Fl. 2 (floor 2) is located. That’s right – the second floor of the Fairmont in downtown Pittsburgh. The elegant restaurant is the perfect spot for a celebration, romantic dinner or business meeting. Fl. 2’s menu features locally-sourced ingredients and plenty of homemade items, such as half-roasted chicken, whole Laurel Hill trout, cast iron rib eye, Japanese cheesecake and a decadent chocolate tart. Cocktails, beer and wine can be enjoyed with your meal or at the spacious bar.


5528 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232


Have you been looking for a restaurant that offers entrees that are a little out of the ordinary? Acorn, one of Shadyside’s newest eateries, is sure to please. Selections are amply sized and designed for sharing. Dishes like chicken fried rabbit or Timballo, a tasty combination of crepe, octopus, licorice, tomato, romaine and red wine, are ideal for diners who enjoy bold flavors and unusual ingredients. Local draft beers, a selection of cocktails and wine by the glass or bottle offer the ideal accompaniment to your meal.

Driftwood Oven

3615 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201


Originally operated from a food truck, Driftwood Oven has finally set down roots in Lawrenceville. Although the restaurant is known for its fresh, tasty pizzas, the menu also includes salads, meatballs and sourdough sandwiches. Driftwood Oven uses 100 percent organic pizza dough, hand-pulled mozzarella and fresh meat from a Butler farm. The menu is updated daily, as it relies on seasonal and local ingredients.

Threadbare Cider House

1291 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


The Northside’s Threadbare Cider House’s offers an inventive selection of hard ciders using locally sourced apples and other seasonal ingredients. Selections range from the Farmhouse, an off-dry, tart, full-bloodied cider, to Perry Pear Cider, made with ripe pear, orange peel, apricot and honeysuckle. The cider house also offers a selection of meat and cheese platters, small plates and artisan pizzas to accompany your cider or cocktail.

Whether you want to heat up restaurant leftovers or create your own unique dishes at home, an updated kitchen makes the experience much more pleasant. The design/build pros at Master Remodelers can help you expand your Mt. Lebanon kitchen or create a luxurious kitchen/dining/ family room combination in your Pittsburgh home.Contact usto discuss the possibilities for your home remodel.

Hidden Harbor

1708 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217


What better place to enjoy the tiki tradition than in bustling Squirrel Hill? Hidden Harbor, one of the area’s newest restaurants, embraces Polynesian culture and cuisine with an ample menu of drinks and bar food. The tiki spot offers the usual tropical cocktail favorites, like zombies and planter’s punch, along with a selection of interesting drinks, like the Kokomo, a combination of coconut-washed vodka, lime, hibiscus liquor and ginger beer. You’ll also find a variety of island-inspired bar food, including grilled pineapple tacos and a pu pu platter big enough to share.

Pallentina Tapas y Paella

810 Ivy Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15232


Pallentina Tapas y Paella is the latest addition to Shadyside’s tempting array of restaurants. The Spanish tapa restaurant offers tortillas, paella, soups and salads, in addition to their famous tapas. With a full of menu of old favorites and seasonal additions, you’ll find plenty to like at Pallentina Tapas y Paella, like the Bistec, featuring Warrington Farms Flank Steak, chimichurri and a free-range egg. The restaurant also offers several vegetarian options.

Adda Coffee and Tea House

200 South Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Also located in Shadyside, Adda Coffee and Tea House is the place to go for a great cup of coffee and a snack. The restaurant features a full array of coffee drinks, plus herbal, black, green and white teas. It’s the perfect place to visit if you need a little sustenance after a busy day exploring Shadyside’s busy shopping district. Adda offers quiche, scones, pasta salad and caponato and hosts a popular high tea service held on the second and fourth weekends of every month.

The Vandal

4306 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201


The Vandal, located in Lawrenceville, offers a locally sourced menu and is BYOB – without the corkage fee. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a weekend brunch. Have you ever considered salad for breakfast? Vandal’s breakfast salad features spring greens, bacon, cured egg yolk and pickled fennel. If you’re visiting for dinner, try the prawn with roast corn or the chicken with spaetzle and sumac apple chutney.


5202 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201


It’s not always easy to find good vegan food, but if you live or work near Lawrenceville, you won’t have to travel far to enjoy the fusion of American and Middle Eastern cuisine. The restaurant offers a variety of traditional favorites, such as falafel salad, moussaka, kabobs and shiitake mushroom flatbreads. Indulging in B52’s homemade baked goods and chocolates is the perfect way to end any meal.

We’re always on the lookout for great new restaurants to try. Since these eateries are located in the neighborhoods you’ll find us working on home improvement and remodeling projects, you might run into us in one of these establishments.


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