2012 Best Restaurants: 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.


Salt of the Earth photo by Laura Petrilla

Al Fresco

➊Pusadee’s Garden
pusadeesgarden.com

➋Il Pizzaiolo
ilpizzaiolo.com

➌Andora Restaurant
andorarestaurant.com

American

➊Bistro 19
bistro19.com

➋Six Penn Kitchen
sixpennkitchen.com

➌Atria’s Restaurant and Tavern
atrias.com

Atmosphere/Ambiance

➊Eleven
bigburrito.com/eleven

➋LeMont
lemontpittsburgh.com

➌Dish Osteria and Bar
dishosteria.com

➌Isabela on Grandview
isabelaongrandview.com (tie)

Authentic Pittsburgh Fare

➊Primanti Bros.
primantibros.com

➋Fat Head’s Saloon
fatheads.com

➌Szmidt’s Old World Deli

Bakery

➊Oakmont Bakery
oakmontbakery.com

➋Priory Fine Pastries
prioryfinepastries.com

➌Prantl’s Bakery
prantlsbakery.com

Banquet Hall

➊Grand Hall at the Priory
pittsburghsgrandhall.com

➋Rivers Casino
theriverscasino.com

➌The Chadwick
chadwickevents.com

Best-Kept Secret

➊Kaleidoscope Cafe

➋Spadafora’s Bar & Restaurant
spadaforas.net

➋Valliant’s Diner
valliantsdiner.com

Breakfast

➊Pamela’s P&G Diner
pamelasdiner.com

➋Eat’n Park
eatnpark.com

➌DeLuca’s

Breathtaking View

➊LeMont
lemontpittsburgh.com

➋Isabela on Grandview
isabelaongrandview.com

➌Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
montereybayfishgrotto.com

Brunch

➊Grand Concourse
muer.com

➋Paris 66
paris66bistro.xbuild.com

➌Coca Cafe
cocacafe.net

 

Burger

➊Burgatory
burgatorybar.com

➋Alchemy N’ Ale
alchemynalepgh.com

➌BRGR Bar
brgrpgh.com

BYOB

➊Arpino Trattoria
arpinotrattoria.com

➋Avenue B
avenueb-pgh.com

➋Piccolo Forno
piccolo-forno.com

Catering Services

➊Parkhurst Event Catering
parkhursteventcatering.com

➋big Burrito Restaurant Group
bigburrito.com

➌The Taj Mahal Restaurant
tajmahalinc.com

Cheap Eats

➊Eat’n Park
eatnpark.com

➋Primanti Bros.
primantibros.com

➌Lulu’s Noodles
lulusnoodles.com

Chinese

➊Sesame Inn
sesameinn.com

➋China Palace
chinapalacepittsburgh.com

➌Jimmy Wan’s
jimmywans.com

Cocktails

➊Olive or Twist
olive-twist.com

➋Salt of the Earth
saltpgh.com

➌Andys Wine Bar
andyswinebar.com

Comfort Food

➊Bistro To Go & Co.
bistroandcompany.com

➋Meat & Potatoes
meatandpotatoespgh.com

➌Atria’s Restaurant and Tavern
atrias.com

Most Creative Menu

➊Salt of the Earth
saltpgh.com

➋Tamari
tamaripgh.com

➌Spoon
spoonpgh.com

 

Deli

➊Smallman Street Deli
smallmanstreetdeli.com

➋Boulevard Deli
boulevarddeli.com

➌Zuppa’s Delicatessen
zuppasdeli.com

Dessert

➊Gullifty’s
gulliftys.us

➋The Cheesecake Factory
thecheesecakefactory.com

➌SweetHouse Bake Shop
sweethousebakeshop.com

Diner

➊Pamela’s P&G Diner
pamelasdiner.com

➋Ritter’s Diner

➌Valliant’s Diner
valliantsdiner.com

Family-Friendly

➊Eat‘n Park
eatnpark.com

➋Red Robin
redrobin.com

➌Kings Family Restaurant
kingsfamily.com

French

➊Paris 66
paris66bistro.xbuild.com

➋Brasserie 33
brasserie33.com

➌Café Du Jour

German

➊Max’s Allegheny Tavern
maxsalleghenytavern.com

➋Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh
hofbrauhauspittsburgh.com

➌Penn Brewery
pennbrew.com

Gluten-Friendly

➊Café Chocolade
cafechocolade.net

➋Gluuteny
gluuteny.com

➌Pasta Lorenzo
pastalorenzo.com

Happy-Hour Eats

➊Mad Mex
madmex.com

➋Andys Wine Bar
andyswinebar.com

➌Tamari
tamaripgh.com

Hotel Dining

➊Habitat
habitatrestaurant.com

➋Braddock’s American Brasserie
braddocksrestaurant.com

➌The Terrace Room at the Omni William Penn
omnihotels.com

Indian

➊The Taj Mahal Restaurant
tajmahalinc.com

➋Tamarind
tamarindpa.com

➌India Garden
indiagarden.net

 

Italian Non-Chain

➊Spadafora’s Bar & Restaurant
spadaforas.net

➋Angelo’s Restaurant
angelosrestaurant.com

➌Arpino Trattoria
arpinotrattoria.com

Japanese

➊Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
eatatnakama.com

➋Little Tokyo
littletokyopittsburgh.com

➌Ichiban Hibachi Steakhouse
ichibanhibachisteakhouse.com

Korean

➊Sushi Kim
sushikim.com

➋Golden Pig

➌Green Pepper
greenpepperpgh.com

➌Korea Garden
koreagardenpa.com (tie)

Last Meal on Earth

➊Salt of the Earth
saltpgh.com

➋Ruth’s Chris Steak House
ruthschris.com

➌Eleven
bigburrito.com/eleven

Late-Night Fare

➊Primanti Bros.
primantibros.com

➋Eat‘n Park
eatnpark.com

➌Mad Mex
madmex.com

Latin

➊Seviche
seviche.com

➋Mallorca
mallorcarestaurant.com

➌Alma Pan-Latin Kitchen
almapgh.com

Local Coffee Shop

➊Coffee Tree Roasters
coffeetree.com

➋Crazy Mocha
crazymocha.com

➌Espresso a Mano
espressoamano.com

Locally Sourced Menu

➊Legume
legumebistro.com

➋Habitat
habitatrestaurant.com

➌Restaurant Echo
restaurantecho.com

Lunch Spot

➊Arpino Trattoria
arpinotrattoria.com

➋The Porch at Schenley
theporchatschenley.com

➌Habitat
habitatrestaurant.com

Mediterranean

➊Mediterrano
mediterranocuisine.com

➋Casbah
bigburrito.com/casbah

➌Aladdin’s Eatery
aladdinseatery.com

 

Mexican

➊Mad Mex
madmex.com

➋El Campesino
elcampesino.net

➌Emiliano’s
emilianos.net

Microbrewery

➊Church Brew Works
churchbrew.com

➋East End Brewing Co.
eastendbrewing.com

➌Penn Brewery
pennbrew.com

Middle Eastern

➊Aladdin’s Eatery
aladdinseatery.com

➋Ali Baba
alibabapittsburgh.com

➌Amel’s
amelsrestaurant.net

Most Romantic

➊Isabela on Grandview
isabelaongrandview.com

➋LeMont
lemontpittsburgh.com

➌Dish Osteria and Bar
dishosteria.com

➌Hyeholde
hyeholde.com (tie)

Pizza Non-Chain

➊Mineo’s Pizza House
mineospizza.com

➋Fiori’s Pizzaria
fiorispizzaria.com

➌Il Pizzaiolo
ilpizzaiolo.com

Polish

➊Bloomfield Bridge Tavern
bloomfieldbridgetavern.com

➋Pierogies Plus
pierogiesplus.com

➌S&D Polish Deli
sdpolishdeli.com

Pub

➊Alchemy N’ Ale
alchemynalepgh.com

➋Piper’s Pub
piperspub.com

➌Riley’s Pour House
rileyspourhouse.com

Seafood

➊Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
montereybayfishgrotto.com

➋Mitchell’s Fish Market
mitchellsfishmarket.com

➌Red Lobster
redlobster.com

 

Special Occasion

➊Eleven
bigburrito.com/eleven

➋Grand Concourse
muer.com

➌Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
montereybayfishgrotto.com

Sports Bar

➊Jerome Bettis Grille 36
jeromebettisgrille36.g3restaurants.com

➋Wheelhouse
theriverscasino.com/dining/wheelhouse

➌StonePepper’s Grill
stonepeppers.com

Steak

➊Ruth’s Chris Steak House
ruthschris.com

➋The Capital Grille
thecapitalgrille.com

➌Morton’s The Steakhouse
mortons.com

Sushi

➊Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
eatatnakama.com

➋Umi
bigburrito.com/umi

➋Tamari
tamaripgh.com

Tapas

➊Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bar
ibizatapasrestaurant.com

➋Seviche
seviche.com

➌Tamari
tamaripgh.com

Thai

➊Nicky’s Thai Kitchen
nickysthaikitchen.com

➋Smiling Banana Leaf
smilingbananaleaf.com

➌The Green Mango
thegreenmango.com

 

Theater Dining

➊Six Penn Kitchen
sixpennkitchen.com

➋Meat & Potatoes
meatandpotatoespgh.com

➌Braddock’s American Brasserie
braddocksrestaurant.com

Trendy

➊Salt of the Earth
saltpgh.com

➋Meat & Potatoes
meatandpotatoespgh.com

➌Spoon
spoonpgh.com

Vegetarian

➊Quiet Storm Vegetarian & Vegan Cafe
qspgh.com

➋Kaya
bigburrito.com/kaya

➌The Taj Mahal Restaurant
tajmahalinc.com

Vietnamese

➊Tram’s Kitchen

➋Vietnam’s Pho
vietnamspho.com

➌Pho Minh

Wait Staff

➊Bistro 19
bistro19.com

➊The Carlton Restaurant
thecarltonrestaurant.com (tie)

➌The Capital Grille
thecapitalgrille.com

Wine Bar

➊The Wine Loft
thewineloftpittsburgh.net

➋Toast! Kitchen & Wine Bar
toastpittsburgh.com

➌Sonoma Grille
thesonomagrille.com

Wine Selection

➊Sonoma Grille
thesonomagrille.com

➋Wooden Angel
wooden-angel.com

➌Eleven
bigburrito.com/eleven

➌Toast! Kitchen & Wine Bar
toastpittsburgh.com (tie)

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