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The Best Brunch Restaurants in Pittsburgh

While a melting pot of business professionals, hipsters, and travel enthusiasts now sit down for the best brunches in Pittsburgh, the city got its culinary diversity from the steel industry. The burgeoning field brought workers from the world over – everywhere from the Deep South to Italy – whose unique tastes indelibly shaped the area’s food scene. But when it comes to finding the best brunch in the area, which establishments do the savviest diners enjoy becoming regulars? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve gathered droves of data from thousands of restaurants across the country to discover where OpenTable’s most discerning users like to sit down for a meal. While culinary options like the charred-but-nearly-raw Pittsburgh rare steak and salads covered in French fries might grab most people’s attention, it’s the variety of choices available that keep them coming back. Check out these irresistible eateries and book a table for a relaxing brunch today!

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20 Restaurants
Updated October 01, 2021
Restaurants:Grand Concourse, Revival on Lincoln, The Cafe Carnegie
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Seafood, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Oakland
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Grand Concourse

$$$$
Seafood
Downtown
4.5
6985 reviews
It’s rare to find some of the best brunch in Pittsburgh available throughout the day, but that’s just what Grand Concourse offers. This waterfront seafood restaurant serves the early-to-midday meal up until 3 pm. Guests can easily identify the building by its old industry appearance, but the interior resembles the first-class section of a luxury ocean liner. Guests who arrive for Sunday Brunch have access to stations for omelets, waffles & pancakes, pasta and even a fresh donut machine. Other dishes include chicken, salmon, turkey and sausage plates.

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Revival on Lincoln

$$$$
Contemporary American
Downtown
4.5
681 reviews
The historic building that houses Revival on Lincoln was constructed in 1902. That was back when fine dining really was fine dining, and this is evidenced by the antique décor, stained glass windows and interior chandeliers throughout the eatery. They also offer some of the best brunch in Pittsburgh with selections that include Buckeye French Toast, the Fremont Fajita and – something that really keeps guests coming back – The Revival Omelet. Just look for the large red house with four impressive columns out front, and delicious culinary options are only moments away.

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The Cafe Carnegie

$$$$
Contemporary American
Oakland
4.4
319 reviews
After a fun visit to the most popular museums in the area, guests head into The Café Carnegie to enjoy one of the most impressive brunches in Pittsburgh. Visitors can only get this meal on the weekends, but the café is open every day except Tuesday. There’s even a bar that’s open during museum hours for those who want to get an early start to a great day. The brunch menu includes deviled eggs, wild gulf shrimp rolls, a chickpea salad sandwich, peach buttermilk pancakes and a walk-up wine bar and espresso machine.

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Paris 66

$$$$
French
Shadyside
4.6
1922 reviews
Those who visit Paris 66 will get to taste of why it was voted Best French Restaurant in the city, but they might just be surprised to also have access to some of the best brunch in Pittsburgh. While the menu is only available on Sunday, it offers delicacies such as breakfast crepes, croissant au saumon, filet mignon, the Paris 66 Omelette and delicious crème brûlée. The gorgeous vintage home is easy to spot from the street – even when covered with snow – but the Old-World décor inside is what really transports guests to Paris.

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Carmella's Plates and Pints

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.7
592 reviews
Those who visit Carmella’s Plates and Pints are treated to some of the best brunch in Pittsburgh. The grilled cheese du jour consistently puts a new twist on the classic favorite, but guests are also privy to bison burgers, southern fried chicken sandwiches, steak & egg tostadas, duck fat fries and the ever-popular Carmella's Breakfast. The outside looks like a traditional bistro, but the interior décor makes guests feel like they’re in a high-end lodge. The open fireplace, stained glass windows, wooden-beamed cathedral ceiling and various examples of taxidermy give this a real down-home feel.

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Cenacolo

$$$$
Italian
North Huntingdon
4.8
207 reviews
The contemporary exterior of Cenacolo is enough to grab anyone's attention in the city. Simple black lettering against a pale backdrop – not to mention the fountain out front – make guests feel like they’re entering a high-end eatery. The interior continues this motif with unique lighting, large wine racks, wooden barrels, and impressive art that ranges from photography to simple black-and-white drawings. They also provide great options for brunch in Pittsburgh that include Raspberry Bellini, the crab and chive omelet, French toast and chocolate pancakes that no one can resist.

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Whitfield

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.5
1065 reviews
Those who want an authentic taste of Western Pennsylvania must try the Whitfield Restaurant. It brings together the many culinary traditions of the melting pot of cultures that make the region diverse. Their selection of brunch in Pittsburgh includes warm donut holes, stone cut oats, mushroom gravy and biscuits, the Toad in a Hole and a different soups of the day for each visit. The décor is simple yet elegant, and this is exactly what visitors would expect when heading down from their rooms in the Ace Hotel. Find it in the lobby!

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Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar

$$$$
Contemporary American
Plum
4.8
772 reviews
It’s hard to deny that Eighty Acres has some of the most eclectic brunch in Pittsburgh. There are things that guests would expect nearly anywhere - such as the omelette of the day, French toast and a delicious open-faced BLT. The options that really stand out, though, are the garden vegetable hash, southwestern breakfast tacos, shirred eggs and Berkshire pork schnitzel & eggs. This is only a small sampling of their Sunday brunch options, and guests can enjoy them all surrounded by décor that ranges from farmhouse to contemporary.

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Casbah

$$$$
Mediterranean
Shadyside
4.8
4421 reviews
Warm bread begins the meal at Casbah, but it's everything that comes after that makes it one of the best spots for brunch in Pittsburgh. Guests cannot get enough of the braised lamb & eggs, Casbah Benedict, roasted beet salad and the wide variety of brunch cocktails. Locals will immediately recognize the simple rustic building at its street-side location, and visitors will undoubtedly take note of the non-permanent pediment at the top. This Romanesque feature is amplified by the mythological statues hiding among the interior foliage.

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Walnut Grill - Wexford

$$$$
Contemporary American
Wexford
4.4
1158 reviews
Some of the best brunch in Pittsburgh is just a few minutes away at the Walnut Grill in Wexford. The whimsical fork and spoon designs on the front of the building are easy to notice, and the food offerings are difficult to forget. The pancake stack is a great start for the day, but guests also enjoy cage-free eggs Benedict, chicken & waffles, a "Build Your Own" breakfast, Steak N' Eggs and a breakfast burrito featuring candied bacon. The lighting, art, overhead fixtures and even paint on the walls gives this place an undeniably contemporary feel.

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The Abbey on Butler Street

$$$$
American
Lawrenceville
4.6
815 reviews
Unlike many other options for the best breakfast in Pittsburgh, The Abbey on Butler Street offers an a la carte menu. This means guests can pick and choose what’s included in their meal, and they can even head up to the bar to build their own Bloody Mary. Options on the menu include blueberry French toast, Greek yogurt, the Everything Bagel, sweet carrot bread and edamame hummus. They also provide entrees such as shrimp & grits, smoked salmon hash and a lamb burger. The elegant lighting, coffeeshop fireplace and vintage piano provide a rustic feel for all that visit.

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Walnut Grill - Fox Chapel

$$$$
Contemporary American
Fox Chapel
4.5
905 reviews
On the outskirts of the city rests the Walnut Grill in Fox Chapel. This brand lands on the best brunch in Pittsburgh list twice because guests really enjoy what they offer. Purple lighting covers featured against red walls are already unique enough, but the ceiling and wall décor take everything to a new level of modernity. The WG Big Plate features cage-free eggs along with pancakes and more, but guests also opt for the breakfast sandwich, meat frittatas, protein bowl or Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich.

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The Terrace Room

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.5
830 reviews
Visitors of the Omni William Penn Hotel have undoubtedly encountered The Terrace Room. Those who haven’t need to make a special trip to see what happens when high-end combines with the best brunch in Pittsburgh. The chandeliers are more extravagant than most can imagine, and this combines with an impressive ceiling design, epic art and massive archways to really stand out. Guests consistently rave about the artisan cheeses, steakhouse wedge, gumbo, croque-monsieur and – of course – chicken and waffles. There are also a variety of fancy teas to choose from, but many just opt for the tasty mimosa.

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Acorn - Pittsburgh

$$$$
American
Shadyside
4.6
720 reviews
The dinner offerings at Acorn are simply too good to miss, but those looking for some of the greatest brunch in Pittsburgh should come in a bit earlier. Unique offerings include scallion pancakes, chilaquiles, onion bagel with avocado schmear, "Bubbe's" Matzo Ball Soup and the Everything Bagel. Guests also have access to traditional choices like biscuits & gravy, pancakes and fried chicken. The large acorn out front is difficult to miss, and similar autumn décor continues inside the eatery.

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The Vandal

$$$$
Contemporary European
Lawrenceville
4.6
388 reviews
This neighborhood wine bar has some of the most impressive cocktails found in the city, but it's also home to some of the most eclectic brunch in Pittsburgh. Cinnamon rolls, French toast and the soft scramble are obvious selections. Guests can also choose from unique dishes like lamb burgers, smoked trout, the Lola Rosa salad and fontina mac. The aged brick, clay vases, wooden overhead beams and simple seating provide an ambiance that’s just as memorable as every menu offering.

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The Harmony Inn

$$$$
German
Cranberry
4.4
399 reviews
The Harmony Inn has so much history behind it that many believe the home is haunted. Even with this being the case, guests are brave enough to risk ghostly encounters juts to try some of the best brunch in Pittsburgh. Most everything inside has been left in its original form, and this gives the eatery a truly antique feeling. This is sometimes supplemented with live music for a little entertainment. They don't offer a dedicated brunch menu, but many favorites are still featured throughout the day. This includes a variety of salads, a chicken and waffle sandwich, cedar roasted salmon and the Morning Burger with fried egg and corned beef hash.

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Bonfire Food and Drink

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.4
355 reviews
The round sign out front featuring a flame and purple neon lighting immediately grabs the attention of passersby. Once they're coaxed inside, guests are treated to elegant hanging lighting, unique designs on the ceiling, creative paintings and comfortable seating throughout. Bonfire prides itself on its upstairs dining area, but those looking for the best brunch in Pittsburgh can make a reservation for the first floor. Once seated, they can enjoy the breakfast calzone, spiced rum banana walnut French toast, chicken and waffles, s'mores pancakes and a variety of other selections that simply aren't offered anywhere else.

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ELEVEN

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.7
5321 reviews
Contemporary American flavors are combined with unique twists at ELEVEN, and this easily makes for some of the best brunch in Pittsburgh. Visitors can start out with an order of Fishers Island oysters, but the entrees are where things become really impressive. Offerings include the Polenta Waffle, prosciutto cotto, ramp & cheddar omelete, eggs Benedict and the ever-popular ELEVEN Burger. Enjoy this surrounded by truly unique décor that includes transparent overhead wine storage, intricate steel art and an outdoor dining area surrounded by foliage.

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Barattolo

$$$$
Italian
Greensburg
3.6
43 reviews
Farmington again offers some of the best brunches in Pittsburgh – even with a short drive necessary – thanks to Barattolo Restaurant. Located at Nemacolin Woodland Resort at the former Caddyshack, this eatery provides locally sourced ingredients and a wide variety of dishes that transport guests directly to Italy. While there's no devoted brunch menu, guests are still treated to traditional offerings like risotto, a variety of salads, seafood and even several pizzas to choose from. The interior décor is focused on providing a fun and whimsical experience.

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The Commoner

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.5
2080 reviews
Guests who visit The Commoner are promised 'American classics with a touch of the unexpected.' This is exactly why people keep coming back. The menu is locally focused, and there are plenty of local beers to choose from. Brunch offerings include the Yinz' Need Breakfast, Uncommon Toast, egg white frittatas, bananas foster waffles and even the popular Steak & Eggs. It's one of the most photographed eateries in the city, and this is likely due to its impressive industrial decor, unique artistry and contemporary overhead lighting fixtures.

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