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Old 09-07-2008, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Default Restaurant suggestions

Some friends and I will be in town for a conference this month. We'll be staying at the Hilton on Commonwealth. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for good restaurants in the area for lunch and dinner. We'll likely be looking for moderately priced ($-$$$) places and if any place has decent vegan options, that would be a plus. Most of us are meat eaters but there is one vegan and a vegetarian so finding a restaurant that caters to both crowds would certainly be perfect. I've never been to Pittsburgh so I'm looking forward to it!!
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:47 PM
 
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Pittsburgh Restaurants - Downtown Pittsburgh Dining Locations

There's also many great places in the city's Strip District neighborhood, which isn't far from downtown, it's within walking distance. There you'll find many reasonably priced bistros, outdoor cafes, and mom and pop coffee shops. I would suggest the Strip District for lunch, downtown for dinner.

Edt: Here's another link. Check 3/4's the way down the page for the downtown restaurants
http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/newdowntownguide0827.aspx (broken link)
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Old 09-09-2008, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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SixPenn Kitchen is only a few blocks away from the Hilton on the corner of Sixth Street and Penn Avenue. It is moderately priced and very good. There are other eateries on Sixth Street. There is an Indian buffet. Indian restaurants tend to cater to vegans and vegetarians.
Downtown Pittsburgh could use more moderately priced restaurants that stay open past 5pm. There are plenty of upscale restaurants that stay open late, in addition to fast food places and pizza shops. For lunch there are a ton of options, but not for dinner in the moderateley priced range Downtown. If you want to head over to Station Square, you will find several moderately priced places open until 10pm or so weekdays and later on weekends.
I work at one of the larger hotels Downtown in Guest Services. Sometimes a family will come to me at 8 or 9 pm on a Tuesday and ask for a sit down, moderately priced restaurant within a five minute walk that isn't fast food. It just does not exist. Downtown needs a Chilis or a TGIF or even a late night diner. Of course, that is the chicken/egg argument and deserves another thread.
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:49 AM
 
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First post here, but I would reccomend Abruzzis which is quite close to downtown, it is on 10th street, JUST at the end of the 10th Street Bridge. The food is excellent, the vegetarians can get pasta with no meat and the service is absolutely outstanding.

Abruzzi's Restaurant Home Page

(No I dont work for them haha I am just a big fan as everytime we go there the experience is perfect, for a quite reasonable price)
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Downtown Pittsburgh could use more moderately priced restaurants that stay open past 5pm.
And on Sundays. I'm not downtown often, but there have been several times where I've been downtown for a show or a movie at the Harris or something, and we wanted to grab a bite somewhere mid-range, and there's nowhere to go.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:29 AM
 
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And on Sundays. I'm not downtown often, but there have been several times where I've been downtown for a show or a movie at the Harris or something, and we wanted to grab a bite somewhere mid-range, and there's nowhere to go.
The cultural district restaraunts are generally open late, and so is Palomino (which IMO is pretty good). Aside from that, downtown is dead after 5 and on weekends.
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Old 09-10-2008, 06:41 PM
 
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Sonoma Grill is downtown, Kaya is in the strip....Lydia's is in the Strip too...
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:57 PM
 
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Sonoma Grill is downtown, Kaya is in the strip....Lydia's is in the Strip too...

All good choices, but hardly in the moderate range.
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Old 09-11-2008, 04:33 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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And on Sundays. I'm not downtown often, but there have been several times where I've been downtown for a show or a movie at the Harris or something, and we wanted to grab a bite somewhere mid-range, and there's nowhere to go.
There is a thread here somewhere that discusses that.
The Grille on Seventh is open on Sundays... I don't remember the others, but there ARE others!
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:54 PM
 
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All good choices, but hardly in the moderate range.
Sorry. OP said $-$$$...

Just checked Citysearch:

Sonoma Grill doesn't have a price listed, but I don't imagine the entrees are more than $40, which is the limit for $$$...

and Kaya and Lidia's is $$$ (Kaya - Pittsburgh, PA, 15222-4428 - Citysearch or Lidia's - Pittsburgh, PA, 15222-4306 - Citysearch )

OP also mentioned lunch, which of course usually costs less than dinner. It also depends on your personal definition of "moderate". Moderate to anyone from a large metropolitan area would consider $30 entrees moderate. But you are correct, here we consider that high end...those restaurants are moderate in my mind, being originally from Phila...
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