2011 Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh: Readers' Poll Results

Featuring first, second and third-place winners as determined by thousands of reader-cast ballots and tabulated by Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP.

Best Restaurant

1. Isabela on Grandview
2. Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
3. Salt of the Earth

Al Fresco

1. Pusadee’s Garden
2. II Pizzaiolo
3. Andora Restaurant

American

1. Bistro 19
2. Jackson’s Restaurant and Rotisserie Bar
3. Eleven

Atmosphere/Ambiance

1. Eleven
2. Caileigh’s Restaurant
3. Isabela on Grandview
    Siba Cucina

Authentic Pittsburgh Fare

1. Primanti Bros.
2. Fat Heads Saloon
3. Pamela’s Diner

Bakery

1. Oakmont Bakery
2. Prantl’s Bakery
3. Priory Fine Pastries

Banquet Hall

1. Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at The Priory
2. Rockefeller’s Grille
3. The Chadwick

Best-Kept Secret

1. Spadafora’s
2. Valliant’s Diner
3. Taste of Art Restaurant

Breakfast

1. Pamela’s Diner
2. Valliant’s Diner
3. Eat’n Park

Breathtaking View

1. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
2. Isabela on Grandview
3. LeMont

Brunch

1. The Grand Concourse
2. Coca Cafe
3. Paris 66

Burger

1. Tessaro’s
2. BRGR Bar
3. Five Guys Burger and Fries
    Red Robin

BYOB

1. Piccolo Forno
2. Pure Cafe
3. Avenue B

Catering Services

1. big Burrito Restaurant Group
2. Taj Mahal
3. DoubleTree

 

Cheap Eats

1. LuLu’s Noodle Shop
2. Eat’n Park
3. Taj Mahal

Chinese

1. Sesame Inn
2. China Palace
3. Jimmy Wan’s

Cocktails

1. Embury
2. Seviche
3. Olive or Twist

Comfort Food

1. Eat’n Park
    Six Penn Kitchen
    Bistro to Go

Most Creative Menu

1. Salt of the Earth
2. Tamari
3. Kaya

Deli

1. Smallman Street Deli
2. Carson Street Deli
3. B & Z Deli

Dessert

1. Gullifty’s
2. The Cheesecake Factory
3. Pretzel Crazy
    Dozen Bake Shop

Diner

1. Pamela’s Diner
2. Valliant’s Diner
3. Ritter’s Diner

Family Friendly

1. Eat’n Park
2. Red Robin
3. Taj Mahal

French

1. Paris 66
2. Brasserie 33

German

1. Max’s Allegheny Tavern
2. Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh
3. Penn Brewery

Gluten-Friendly

1. Pasta Lorenzo
    Gluuteny Bakery
2. Eat’n Park

Happy Hour Eats

1. McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
2. Tamari
3. Applebee’s
    Houlihan’s

Hotel Dining

1. Braddock’s American Brasserie
2. Habitat
    The Terrace Room

 

Indian

1. Taj Mahal
2. Tamarind
3. India Garden

Italian Chain

1. Bravo! Cucina Italiana
2. Olive Garden
3. Buca di Beppo

Italian Non-Chain

1. Angelo’s
2. Spadafora’s
3. Girasole

Japanese

1. Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
2. Ichiban Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
3. Chaya Japanese Cuisine

Korean

1. Sushi Kim
2. Korea Garden
3. The Golden Pig

Last Meal on Earth

1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House
2. Eleven
3. Capital Grille
    Salt of the Earth

Late-Night Fare

1. Primanti Bros.
2. Eat’n Park
3. Ritter’s Diner

Latin

1. Seviche
2. Kaya
3. Mallorca

Local Coffee Shop

1. Coffee Tree Roasters
2. Island Bean Co.
3. Crazy Mocha

Locally Sourced Menu

1. Legume
2. Habitat
3. Elements Contemporary Cuisine

Lunch Spot

1. Panera Bread
2. Pure Cafe
3. Jackson’s

Mediterranean

1. Casbah
2. Aladdin’s Eatery
3. Amel’s

Mexican

1. Mad Mex
2. Franklin Inn Mexican Restaurant
3. Patron’s
    El Campesino

Microbrewery

1. Church Brew Works
2. Penn Brewery
3. East End Brewery

 

Middle Eastern

1. Aladdin’s Eatery
2. Ali Baba
3. Amel’s

Most Romantic

1. Isabela on Grandview
2. LeMont
3. Hyeholde Restaurant

Pizza Chain

1. Pizza Hut
2. Pizza Sola
3. Vocelli Pizza

Pizza Non-Chain

1. Mineo’s Pizza House
2. Pizza Sola
3. Fiori’s Pizzaria

Polish

1. Bloomfield Bridge Tavern
2. S&D Polish Deli
3. Pierogies Plus

Pub

1. Piper’s Pub
2. Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle
3. Monterey Pub

Seafood

1. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
2. Red Lobster
3. McCormick & Schmick’s

Special Occasion

1. Eleven
2. Grand Concourse
3. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
    Isabela on Grandview

Sports Bar

1. Jerome Bettis Grille 36
2. Wheelhouse
3. StonePepper’s Grill

Steak

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

Sushi

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

Tapas

1. Ibiza Tapas Restaurant & Wine Bar
2. Silk Elephant
3. Seviche

 

Thai

1. Bangkok Balcony
2. Nicky’s Thai Kitchen
3. Thai Place Restaurant

Theater Dining

1. Six Penn Kitchen
2. Braddock’s American Brasserie
3. The Carlton Restaurant 

Trendy

1. Salt of the Earth
2. Tamari
3. Spoon

Vegetarian

1. Quiet Storm Vegetarian & Vegan Cafe
2. Kaya
3. The Zenith

Vietnamese

1. Tram’s Kitchen
2. Pho Kim 88
3. Pho Minh
    Vietnam’s Pho

Wait Staff

1. The Carlton Restaurant
2. Capital Grille
3. Bistro 19

Wine Bar

1. The Wine Loft
2. Sonoma Grille
3. Toast! Kitchen & Wine Bar

Wine List

1. Sonoma Grille
2. The Carlton Restaurant
3. Toast! Kitchen & Wine Bar

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