Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Picks

Published On August 1, 2014 | By JimJam | Food & Drink

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week is back for another week of phenomenal food, crafty drinks, and great people. From August 11 to 17, Pittsburgh will showcase local restaurants through a fine and fresh experience. This event appreciates world-class dining at a reasonable price that you will only find here in the ‘Burgh. Each restaurant will provide different options of their speciality in a multi-course meal at a discounted price, or exclusive offers for under $25. Restaurants in the 412 have been working hard to create worldly dishes that we’ll all enjoy and spread the word about. Below are our picks for you to check out during this year’s Restaurant Week.

Photo credit: Avenue B
Photo credit: Avenue B

Avenue B

In Shadyside, Avenue B serves up top-notch American Bistro style food. Their blackboard-style menu changes every day. Sometimes they offer cocoa coffee ravioli or a refreshing heirloom tomato & watermelon salad. There’s always something new to try. Avenue B is a BYOB establishment. Check out the menu online here so you can pick-up a bottle to go with it. During Restaurant Week, they’ll be offering a multi-course meal featuring daily menu items for the great price of $35.14.


Located in the Fairmont Hotel downtown, Habitat uses all local ingredients in their international dishes. Knowing where your food comes from is only one of many cool things about this restaurant. Habitat is 2014’s “Open Table Dinner Choice” award winner. During Restaurant Week, they offer a $35.14 multi-course meal and a $14.00 lunch special where you can choose from items like Local Mushroom Risotto and Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops. Check out the full menu here.


Photo Credit: Butcher and the Rye
Photo Credit: Butcher and the Rye

Butcher in the Rye

Butcher in the Rye chef and owner, Richard DeShantz, is preparing mouth-watering dishes for Restaurant Week including, pumpkin risotto with oxtail and carrot cake topped with coconut-lime ice cream for dessert. For $35.14, you get a multi-course tasting from their special menu. Since opening in 2013, Butcher in the Rye has made an effort to get our attention. They’re fancy upstairs, but they keep it real on the ground floor with their saloon-style shelf holding over 300 different whiskeys and bourbons. Yes, please.


Matteo’s in Lawrenceville serves tutto Italiano. That means ‘everything Italian.’ The perfect preparation and execution of pizza, spaghetti, and veal are only a few of Matteo’s specialties. Matteo’s is participating in the Restaurant Week Kick Off Party on August 7, and has a $25.14 multi-course meal offer with wine pairings for an additional $15.00. You can start with the grilled cajun wings with garlic sriracha buffalo sauce matched with dreambird pinot noir and end with chicken saltimbocca with mushrooms, prosciutto, and sage in marsala brown sauce paired with the red zingara montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Check out their full Restaurant Week menu and wine pairings here.

Photo credit: Osteria 2350
Photo credit: Osteria 2350

Osteria 2350

Osteria 2350, an Italian tavern, creates traditional Italian dishes with a more relaxed feel. Located in the Strip District, they are members of The Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance, a group that promises the use of local ingredients within 100 miles of the city of Pittsburgh. Like the farms they buy from, their menu changes seasonally along with the ingredients. During Restaurant Week, they’ll be offering a $20.14 three-course dinner a local corn and tomato salad and house-made squid ink pasta with grilled calamari and littleneck clams.

The Porch at Schenley 

The Porch at Schenley is a casual, no reservation required restaurant smack dab in the middle of Oakland that serves dishes using fresh, local ingredients. During Restaurant Week, The Porch is serving their bbq short ribs that cause the Pitt students’ mouths to water while they’re on their way to the library. Their multi-course menu is only $35.14 and can be seen here.

Photo credit: notion
Photo credit: notion


Specializing in upscale American cuisine, Notion, located in East Liberty, adds flair to their modern dishes. During Restaurant Week, Notion is offering guests the option to choose between two three-course tasting menus comprised of items from the current restaurant menu. You could start by making the hard choice between red pepper shrimp prepared with zucchini and a sherry vinegar, or the tartare. This multi-course meal is only $35.14. For all you who want to learn how to properly prepare shellfish, inquire about their shellfish cooking too!

That’s where we’ll be participating. Share your course with us on Instagram #NYOPghRWPick. To check out a full list of the restaurants featured in PGH Restaurant Week 2014, visit here.

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