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Best Restaurants 2018

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Fancy Night Out (cont.)

These are the places for which you should dress up when you visit — special-occasion restaurants that entice diners with high-level decor and service in addition to cuisine. 


umi Japanese Restaurant

SHADYSIDE: 5849 Ellsworth Ave.
412/362-6198, bigburrito.com/umi
Executive Chef
Mr. Shu
  Umi is a trailblazing Pittsburgh restaurant. The nearly 20-year-old establishment became a sushi destination long before there were any options of its caliber in Pittsburgh, and it remains on top of the seasoned rice pile. Executive Chef Mr. Shu’s handiwork is beloved by everyone from Pittsburgh’s professional athletes, visiting film stars and an array of regulars. We recommend the 7- or 11-course omakase offerings, though we also enjoy menu items such as black cod with miso. Make a reservation, particularly if you’re interested in enjoying Mr. Shu’s omakase at the sushi bar. 


or, The Whale

DOWNTOWN: 463 Boulevard of the Allies
412/632-0002, orthewhalepgh.com
Dennis Marron
  Sustainability, seafood and steaks are the buzzwords at or, The Whale, the restaurant at the Distrikt Hotel Downtown. Chef/Owner Dennis Marron and his team are meticulous in their sourcing, working with suppliers such as Jubilee Hilltop Ranch to craft a menu from ethically raised and very delicious ingredients. You won’t feel landlocked with seafood dishes such as dayboat scallops with butternut squash caponata, sunflower shoots, black radish and fingerling potato chips, and selections from the dry-aged steak program, grilled over hardwood fire, are unbeatable. 


fl. 2

DOWNTOWN: 510 Market St., second floor
412/773-8848, fl2pgh.com
Executive Chef
Julio Peraza
Architect Lázaro Rosa-Violán’s stunning redesign transformed the restaurant space at the Fairmont Pittsburgh into Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2018 Delicious Design winner. Executive Chef Julio Peraza’s dinner menu includes shareable main courses such as a whole rotisserie chicken served with an herb salad and braised lamb shank with white-bean stew and double-smoked bacon, as well as delicate dishes such as scallop crudo and cured kampachi. We also love fl.2 for an elegant yet casual lunch or brunch; it’s a perfect spot for a business meeting or quick catch up with a friend.

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