15 Spots for Patio and Rooftop Dining in Pittsburgh
Rooftop tables, backyard patios and beer gardens abound in Pittsburgh, if you know where to look. From riverview seating to casual courtyards, here are some of your best bets for outdoor dining.
Round Corner Cantina
Enjoy one of Round Corner Cantina’s classic La Cantina margaritas on their back patio area, which is now open for the season. The patio offers open-air tables, a partially covered bar area, and a cabana that can be rented for parties. Reservations for outside tables at Round Corner are available on OpenTable.
3720 Butler St.
Located on the ninth floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Downtown, the Biergarten rooftop bar officially opened for the season last month, featuring a bar menu heavy with German beers and tropical cocktails, and a German-influenced food menu, including its standout giant soft pretzel, served with beer cheese and dijon. This season, they’re open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m.
620 William Penn Place
Lawrenceville’s Poulet Blue offers two options for seasonal outdoor dining: Their cozy rooftop seating area (with skyline views), and its outdoor patio. Patio seating is reservation only, and the rooftop is first-come, first-serve.
3517 Butler St.
Farmer x Baker
Enjoy the breeze from the Allegheny River at Farmer x Baker’s Riverwalk cafe in Allegheny RiverTrail Park. Serving breakfast and lunch out of a repurposed shipping container, Farmer x Baker is open seasonally, with outdoor seating along the water. This spring, it introduced a fully vegan/vegetarian menu at its Aspinwall location (it also has a market location in O’Hara), with menu items like the celery root Reuben sandwich and seasonal vegetable frittatas. Farmer x Baker is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
285 River Ave., Aspinwall
The courtyard at Kingfly Spirits is the perfect spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon while imbibing in their fantastic cocktail menu, featuring Kingfly’s own rum, gin and rye in both classic and seasonal concoctions, plus a full line-up of wine, draft beer and hard seltzer options. In the warmer months, Kingfly Spirits also regularly hosts live music in the courtyard, too.
2613 Smallman St.
The deck at Redfin Blues, one of Pittsburgh’s most popular — and few — riverside restaurants, is open for the season. You’ll find crab cakes, fish sandwiches and all-you-can-eat crab legs at this unfussy spot, which is open daily for lunch and dinner.
100 Waterfront Drive
Il Tetto, Sienna Mercato’s rooftop bar area, has 32 drafts on tap, plus a full menu of cocktails, wine and light bites. With a retractable glass roof, Il Tetto is technically open year-round, but visiting it when it’s open-air during the warmer months is the best time to go. Il Tetto is open for the season on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 to 10 p.m., Thursdays from 4 p.m. to midnight, Fridays from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
942 Penn Ave.
Boasting one of the best views in the city, Over Eden, the rooftop garden bar in the TRYP Hotel, opened for the season in April. Seasonal cocktails and local beer and cider are on the bar menu, and the abbreviated, Mediterranean-inspired food menu features snackable dishes like seasonal bruschetta and vegan-stuffed peppers. Over Eden is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4:30 to 11 p.m.
177 40th St.
Shorty’s Pins x Pints
With river views, the outdoor dining area at Shorty’s Pins x Pints along the Allegheny River offers a lovely spot for enjoying beer, wine, or a taco from Shorty’s extensive menu. In addition to plenty of seating, Shorty’s outdoor space also has fire pits for warming up on cooler evenings.
353 North Shore Drive.
The outdoor garden area at Pusadee’s Garden is one of Pittsburgh’s most tranquil dining spots. During the warmer months, outdoor dining is available every day, depending on the weather. Advanced priority for outdoor seating is given to those with reservations, but you can sometimes get lucky by walking in on a quiet night.
5319 Butler St.
OTB Bicycle Cafe North Park
Situated right on Marshall Lake in North Park, OTB Bicycle Cafe has an extensive patio with lovely waterfront views. Their outdoor dining space is open year-round (heaters and fire pits add warmth in the winter), and OTB is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Mr. Stripe or Ms. Star, a pair of bald eagles that frequent the lake, as well as another one simply named the Visitor.
10301 Pearce Mill Road
Mario’s East Side Saloon
With Walnut Street views, Mario’s East Side Saloon’s rooftop bar is open daily until 2 a.m. for all of your late-night drinking (and star-gazing) needs. The rooftop can also be fully rented out for private parties and events.
5442 Walnut St.
You can enjoy Square Cafe’s full menu on its rooftop patio, which boasts views of East Liberty’s Centre Avenue. This summer, the dining spot is featuring frozen cocktails, along with a selection of new non-alcoholic mocktails, too.
134 S. Highland Ave.
The rooftop patio at Cinderlands Warehouse’s Strip District location is open for the season, offering its full line-up of drafts, plus a cocktail menu with local spirits and wines. The kitchen is open Tuesdays through Saturdays for lunch and dinner as well as for Sunday brunch.
2601 Smallman St.
In addition to the PA Market’s stellar backyard courtyard, the Strip District eatery also boasts a balcony dining area, with views overlooking 19th Street. Food is available from the PA Market’s six restaurant concepts (including Argentinian steak, charcuterie boards and pizzas), and its wine room features more than 150 wines.
108 19th St.
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