2010 Best Restaurants Readers Poll Results

Our Best Restaurants Readers Poll selections are picked based on anonymous balloting from our readership in print and online and complement the editors' picks.




BEST Restaurants
2010 Readers’ POLL

BEST RESTAURANT

1 Isabela on Grandview
2 Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
3 Bistro 19

AMERICAN

1 Bistro 19
2 Eleven
3 T.G.I. Fridays

BAKERY

1 Sweethouse Bake Shop
2 Dozen Bake Shop
3 Prantl's Bakery

BARGAIN

1 Eat'n Park Restaurants
2 The Taj Mahal Restaurants
3 D's Sixpax and Dogz

BEST VIEW

1 LeMont
2 Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
3 Isabela on Grandview

BREAKFAST

1 Pamela's
2 The Square Café
3 Eat'n Park Restaurants

BYOB RESTAURANTS

1 Piccolo Forno
2 River Moon Café & Tea Co.
3 Legume Bistro

CATERING SERVICES

1 big Burrito Catering
2 The Taj Mahal Restaurants
3 DoubleTree

CHILD-FRIENDLY

1 Eat'n Park Restaurants
2 The Square Café
3 Red Robin

CHINESE

1 Sesame Inn
2 P.F. Chang's China Bistro
3 China Palace

CONTINENTAL

1 Bistro 19
2 Eleven (tie)
Pangea (tie)

DELI

1 Smallman Street Deli
2 Kazansky's Delicatessen
3 Carson Street Deli

DESSERT

1 Gullifty's
2 Sweethouse Bake Shop
3 Cheesecake Factory

DOWNTOWN LUNCH SPOT

1 Franktuary
2 Six Penn Kitchen
3 Primanti Brothers

FOR VISITORS

1 Primanti Brothers
2 Isabela on Grandview
3 Church Brew Works

FRENCH

1 Le Pommier
2 Paris 66
3 Legume Bistro

GERMAN

1 Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh (tie)
Max's Allegheny Tavern (tie)
3 Penn Brewery

HAMBURGER

1 Tessaro's
2 Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries
3 Red Robin

HOLIDAY RESTAURANT

1 Grand Concourse
2 Atria's (tie)
Eleven (tie)

HOTEL DINING

1 Omni William Penn Hotel/The Terrace Room
2 Sheraton Station Square/Pittsburgh Rare
3 Original Fish Market

INDIAN

1 Taj Mahal
2 India Garden
3 Tamarind

IRISH

1 Claddaugh Irish Pub
2 Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle
3 Piper's Pub

ITALIAN CHAIN

1 Bravo! Cucina Italiana
2 Olive Garden
3 Buca Di Beppo

ITALIAN NON-CHAIN

1 Girasole
2 Piccolo Forno
3 Joseph Tambellini Restaurant

JAPANESE

1 Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
2 Ichiban Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (tie)
Chaya Japanese Cuisine (tie)

KOREAN

1 Sushi Kim
2 Korean Garden
3 The Golden Pig

LATE-NIGHT STUDENT FARE

1 Essie's Original Hot Dog Shop
2 Mad Mex
3 Primanti Brothers

MEDITERRANEAN

1 Casbah
2 Aladdin's Eatery
3 Mediterranean Grill

MEXICAN

1 Mad Mex
2 Franklin Inn Mexican Restaurant (tie)
El Campesino (tie)

MICROBREWERY

1 Church Brew Works
2 East End Brewery
3 Penn Brewery

MIDDLE EASTERN

1 Aladdin's Eatery
2 Ali Baba
3 Kassab's Restaurant

MOST AUTHENTIC PITTSBURGH

1 Primanti Brothers
2 Eat'n Park Restaurants
3 Fat Heads South Shore Saloon

MOST ROMANTIC

1 Isabela on Grandview
2 The Ivy Café
3 LeMont

OUTDOOR DINING

1 Harris Grill
2 Pazzo
3 Jackson's (tie)
The Pines Tavern (tie)

PAN ASIAN/FUSION

1 Soba
2 Tamari
3 Plum Pan Asian Kitchen

PIZZA CHAIN

1 Vocelli Pizza
2 Pizza Hut
3 Papa John's Pizza

PIZZA NON-CHAIN

1 Mineo's Pizza House
2 Aiello's (tie)
Fiori's Pizzaria (tie)

POLISH

1 Bloomfield Bridge Tavern
2 Pierogies Plus
3 Gooski's

POST-THEATER DINING

1 Six Penn Kitchen
2 Seviche
3 Bossa Nova (tie)
Café Zao (tie)
Nine on Nine (tie)
Sonoma Grille (tie)

PRE-THEATER DINING

1 Six Penn Kitchen
2 Sonoma Grille
3 Café Zao (tie)
Nine on Nine (tie)

SEAFOOD

1 Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
2 Mitchell's Fish Market
3 McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurant

SOUP

1 JAC's Café
2 Panera Bread
3 Eat'n Park Restaurant

SPECIAL EVENT

1 Eleven
2 LeMont
3 Grand Concourse

SPORTS BAR

1 Jerome Bettis Grille 36
2 Damon's Grill
3 Buffalo Blues

STEAK

1 Ruth's Chris Steak House
2 Capital Grille
3 Morton's The Steakhouse

SUNDAY BRUNCH

1 Grand Concourse
2 Square Café
3 Six Penn Kitchen

SUSHI

1 Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
2 Umi
3 Little Tokyo

TAPAS

1 Ibiza Tapas Restaurant & Wine Bar
2 Tusca
3 Silk Elephant

THAI

1 Bangkok Balcony
2 Thai Place Restaurant
3 The Green Mango

TRENDY

1 Tamari
2 Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (tie)
Toast! Kitchen & Wine Bar (tie)

VEGETARIAN

1 The Quiet Storm Vegetarian & Vegan Café
2 Kaya
3 Aladdin's Eatery

VIETNAMESE

1 Tram's Kitchen
2 Pho Minh
3 Pho Kim 88

WINE LIST

1 Sonoma Grille
2 Toast! Kitchen & Wine Bar
3 Casbah (tie)
Eleven (tie)

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