Best Restaurants 2014: Readers' Poll Winners

See the results in our annual poll dedicated to the region's best food, from hot dogs to pierogies and everything in between.


E2 photo by Laura Petrilla
 

 

Al Fresco

➊Pusadee’s Garden
pusadeesgarden.com

➋Arpino Trattoria
arpinotrattoria.com

➌Andora Restaurant
andorarestaurant.com

 

Atmosphere/Ambiance

➊Eleven
elevenck.com

➋Butcher and the Rye
butcherandtherye.com

➌Meat & Potatoes
meatandpotatoespgh.com

 

Authentic Pittsburgh Fare

➊Primanti Bros.
primantibros.com

➋Fat Head’s Saloon
fatheadspittsburgh.com

➌Tessaro’s
tessaros.com

 

Bakery

➊Oakmont Bakery
oakmontbakery.com

➋Prantl’s Bakery
prantlsbakery.com

➌La Gourmandine
lagourmandinebakery.com

 

Barbecue

➊Union Pig & Chicken
unionpgh.com

➋Pittsburgh Barbecue Co.
pghbbq.com

➌Two Brothers Bar-B-Q
2brosbbq.com

 

Beer Haven

➊Sharp Edge
sharpedgebeer.com

➋D’s 6 Pax and Dogz
ds6pax.com

➌Fat Head’s Saloon
fatheadspittsburgh.com

 

Best-Kept Secret

➊E2
e2pgh.com

➋Café du Jour
412/488-9695 (tie)

➋Sunny Bridge Natural Foods
sunnybridgenaturalfoods.com (tie)

➋Isabela on Grandview
isabelaongrandview.com (tie)

➋Valliant’s Diner
valliantsdiner.com (tie)

 

Breakfast

➊Pamela’s Diner
pamelasdiner.com

➋Square Café
square-cafe.com

➌DeLuca’s
412/566-2195, Strip District
412/788-1007, Robinson Township

 

Brunch

➊Grand Concourse
muer.com

➋Meat & Potatoes
meatandpotatoespgh.com

➌Point Brugge Café
pointbrugge.com

 

Burger

➊Burgatory
burgatorybar.com

➋BRGR
brgrpgh.com

➌Tessaro’s
tessaros.com

 

Business Lunch

➊The Carlton Restaurant
thecarltonrestaurant.com

➋The Capital Grille
thecapitalgrille.com

➌Six Penn Kitchen
sixpennkitchen.com

 

BYOB

➊Piccolo Forno
piccolo-forno.com

➋Avenue B
avenueb-pgh.com

➌Arpino Trattoria
arpinotrattoria.com
 

Catering Services

➊big Burrito Restaurant Group
bigburrito.com

➋Parkhurst Event Catering
parkhursteventcatering.com

➌Arista Catering and Event Planning
anaristaevent.com

 

Cheap Eats

➊Noodlehead
noodleheadpgh.com

➋Eat‘n Park
eatnpark.com

➌Lulu’s Noodles
412/687-7777
 

Chinese

➊Sesame Inn
sesameinn.com

➋Jimmy Wan’s
jimmywans.com

➌Chinatown Inn
chinatowninn.net

 


Butcher and the Rye photo by Laura Petrilla
 

 

Cocktails

➊Olive or Twist
olive-twist.com

➊Tender Bar + Kitchen
tenderpgh.com

➌Butcher and the Rye
butcherandtherye.com

 

Coffee Spot

➊Coffee Tree Roasters
coffeetree.com

➋Espresso a Mano
espressoamano.com

➌Big Dog Coffee
bigdogcoffee.net

 

Comfort Food

➊Meat & Potatoes
meatandpotatoespgh.com

➋Union Pig & Chicken
unionpgh.com

➌Eat’n Park
eatnpark.com

 

Contemporary American

➊Eleven
elevenck.com

➋Meat & Potatoes
meatandpotatoespgh.com

➌Salt of the Earth
saltpgh.com

 

Deli

➊Smallman Street Deli
smallmanstreetdeli.com

➋Boulevard Deli
blvddeli.com

➌Szmidt’s Old World Deli
szmidts.com

 

Dessert

➊Gaby et Jules Patisseries et Macarons
gabyetjules.com

➋The Cheesecake Factory
thecheesecakefactory.com

➌Eleven
elevenck.com

 

Diner

➊Pamela’s Diner
pamelasdiner.com

➋Ritter’s Diner
412/682-4852

➌Central Diner & Grille
facebook.com/CentralDinerGrille

 

European

➊Mallorca
mallorcarestaurant.com

➋Max’s Allegheny Tavern
maxsalleghenytavern.com

➌Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh
hofbrauhauspittsburgh.com

 

Family-Friendly

➊Eat’n Park
eatnpark.com

➋Moe’s Southwest Grill
moes.com

➌Mad Mex
madmex.com (tie)

➌The Porch at Schenley
theporchatschenley.com (tie)

 

Food Truck

➊PGH Taco Truck
pghtacotruck.com

➋BRGR Truck
brgrpgh.com

➌Franktuary
franktuary.com

 

French

➊Paris 66
paris66bistro.com

➋La Gourmandine
lagourmandinebakery.com

Note: Third-place eatery closed.

 

Gluten-Free

➊Gluuteny
gluuteny.com

➋Gluten Free Zone
yourglutenfreehealth.com

➌Mandy’s Pizza
mandyspizza.com (tie)

➌Cafe Chocolade
cafechocolade.net (tie)

➌Gus’s Café
gusscafe.com (tie)

 

Happy-Hour Specials

➊Mad Mex
madmex.com

➋Off The Hook
offthehookfish.com

➌Tamari
tamaripgh.com

 

Hot Dog

➊Franktuary
franktuary.com

➋D’s 6 Pax and Dogz
ds6pax.com

➌Station Street
stationstreetpgh.com

 

Indian

➊Taj Mahal
tajmahalinc.com

➋Tamarind
tamarindpa.com

➌Udipi Café
udipicafepittsburgh.com

 


Piccolo Forno photo by Laura Petrilla
 

 

Italian (Non-Chain)

➊Piccolo Forno
piccolo-forno.com

➋Girasole
733copeland.com

➌Arpino Trattoria
arpinotrattoria.com (tie)

➌II Pizzaiolo
ilpizzaiolo.com (tie)

 

Japanese/Sushi

➊Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
eatatnakama.com

➋Little Tokyo Bistro
littletokyopittsburgh.com

➌Umi
bigburrito.com/umi

 

Last Meal on Earth

➊Meat & Potatoes
meatandpotatoespgh.com

➋Cure
curepittsburgh.com

➌Burgatory
burgatorybar.com

 

Latin-Inspired

➊Kaya
bigburrito.com/kaya

➋Seviche
seviche.com

➌Tamari
tamaripgh.com

 

Locally Sourced Menu

➊Legume
legumebistro.com

➋Cure
curepittsburgh.com

➌Habitat Restaurant
habitatrestaurant.com

 

Mediterranean/Greek

➊Mediterrano
mediterranocuisine.com

➋Casbah
bigburrito.com/casbah

➌Aladdin’s Eatery
aladdinseatery.com

 

Mexican/Tex-Mex

➊Mad Mex
madmex.com

➋Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant
emilianos.net

➌Patron Mexican Grill
mexicanrestaurantpittsburgh.com

 


East End Brewing Co. photo by John Altdorfer
 

 

Microbrewery

➊East End Brewing Co.
eastendbrewing.com

➋Church Brew Works
churchbrew.com

➌Penn Brewery
pennbrew.com

 

Middle Eastern

➊Aladdin’s Eatery
aladdinseatery.com

➋Ali Baba
alibabapittsburgh.com

➌Kassab’s
412/381-1820

 

Pierogies

➊Pierogies Plus
pierogiesplus.com

➋Cop Out Pierogies
copoutpierogies.com

➌S&D Polish Deli
sdpolishdeli.com

 

Pizza (Non-Chain)

➊Mineo’s Pizza House
mineospizza.com

➋Fiori’s Pizzaria
fiorispizzaria.com

➌Slice On Broadway
sliceonbroadway.com

 

Pub

➊Piper’s Pub
piperspub.com

➋Monterey Pub
montereypub.com

➌Fat Head’s Saloon
fatheadspittsburgh.com

 

Seafood

➊Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
montereybayfishgrotto.com

➋Off The Hook
offthehookfish.com

➌Penn Avenue Fish Co.
pennavefishcompany.com

 

Small Plates

➊Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bar
ibizatapasrestaurant.com

➋Tamari
tamaripgh.com

➌Grit & Grace
gritandgracepgh.com

 

Special Occasion

➊Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
montereybayfishgrotto.com

➋Isabela on Grandview
isabelaongrandview.com

➌Eleven
elevenck.com

 

Steak

➊Ruth’s Chris Steak House
ruthschris.com

➋The Capital Grille
thecapitalgrille.com

➌Morton’s The Steakhouse
mortons.com

 


Nicky's Thai Kitchen photo by Laura Petrilla
 

 

Takeout

➊Nicky’s Thai Kitchen
nickysthaikitchen.com

➋Eat’n Park
eatnpark.com (tie)

➋Jimmy Wan’s
jimmywans.com (tie)

 

Thai

➊Nicky’s Thai Kitchen
nickysthaikitchen.com

➋Pusadee’s Garden
pusadeesgarden.com

➌Noodlehead
noodleheadpgh.com

 

Vegan-/Vegetarian-Friendly

➊Double Wide Grill
doublewidegrill.com

➋The Zenith
zenithpgh.com

➌Eden
edenpitt.com

 

Waitstaff

➊Paris 66
paris66bistro.com

➋The Capital Grille
thecapitalgrille.com

➌Habitat Restaurant
habitatrestaurant.com

 

Wine List

➊Sonoma Grille
thesonomagrille.com

➋Off The Hook
offthehookfish.com

➌The Carlton Restaurant
thecarltonrestaurant.com

 

Worth the Drive

➊Burgatory
burgatorybar.com

➋Clifford’s Restaurant
cliffordsrestaurant.com

➌Out of the Fire Café
outofthefirecafe.com

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