Downtown/Cultural District/Market Square
The following restaurants are within a ten minute walk from the William Penn Omni Hotel.
Meat and Potatoes / $$$ / 649 Penn Avenue
One of the hottest new restaurants in Pittsburgh, this gastropub features first-rate cocktails and offerings that range from global cuisine to innovative variations of comfort food classics. Reservations are recommended (412-325-7007).
Seviche / $$$ / 930 Penn Avenue
A great place for happy hour, this lively tapas bar features Nuevo Latino Cuisine, cocktails ranging from mojitos to Pisco Sours to margaritas, and South Beach Art Deco decor.
Reservations are encouraged (412-697-3120).
Sonoma Grille / $$$ / 947 Penn Avenue
This West Coast kitchen and wine bar has a warm and relaxed ambiance. Offering entrees or prix fixe of small plates, each dish features local, organic, or sustainable ingredients. Sonoma Grille also offers a jazz brunch on Sundays and happy hour on weeknights from 5-7. Reservations are recommended (412-697-1336).
Nine on Nine / $$$ / 900 Penn Ave
With a menu that features Contemporary American cuisine, Nine on Nine offers fine dining in an intimate, elegant setting. Live music is performed on Saturday nights. Reservations are recommended (412-338-6463).
Eleven / $$$ / 1150 Smallman Street
Eleven offers elegant service and innovative, contemporary American fare in an upscale, urban atmosphere. A tavern menu is also available. Reservations are recommended (412-201-5656).
Il Pizzaiolo / $$$ / 8 Market Square
A great place for Neapolitan pizza, pasta, and Italian wine, Il Pizzaiolo’s menu offerings are made from hand-made and artisanal ingredients. Reservations are recommended (412-575-5858).
NOLA on the Square / $$ / 24 Market Square
NOLA is a New Orleans-style jazz brasserie which serves Nouveau Creole cuisine and frequently features live jazz and blues music in a colorful, lively atmosphere. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Since seating can be limited, reservations are encouraged (412-471-9100).
Butcher and the Rye / $$ / 212 6th Street
Farm-to-table gastropub that features two bars, a whiskey/bourbon collection with over 350 offerings, and an innovative menu of small plates. Many of the tables are open seating, but there are also tables for dining. Reservations are recommended (412-391-2752).
Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room / $$ / Pizza / 139 7th Street
Offers wood fired pizzas, housemade pasta, and 30 craft beers on tap in a casual, warm setting. As Pittsburgh City Paper’s observed in its glowing review, Proper fills the “need for dining spots between deli and haute cuisine” in Pittsburgh’s downtown area. Open for lunch and dinner; reservations are only accepted for parties of 6 or more (412-281-5700).
Winghart’s Burgers and Whiskey Bar / $$ / 5 Market Square
This is a burger joint with an emphasis on freshly ground ingredients; the owner is a certified butcher who grinds the chuck roll for the burgers every day. Winghart’s also offers veggie burgers, pizzas, salads, and wings in a casual atmosphere. Winghart’s does not accept reservations
Nicky’s Thai Kitchen / $$ / 903 Penn Avenue
Nicky’s serves fresh and tasty traditional Thai cuisine and a limited alcohol selection in its downtown location. Nicky’s has earned rave reviews and local awards: Pittsburgh Magazine name it one of the ‘burgh’s best restaurants for 2012 and 2013, and it was voted best Thai restaurant in the City Paper’s reader’s poll three years in a row. Nicky’s serves lunch and dinner, and reservations are recommended for dinner (412) 471-THAI.
Sharp Edge Bistro Penn / $$ / 922 Penn Avenue
A casual, Belgian-style bistro and bar, Sharp Edge offers pub grub and an extensive beer selection, including 36 taps and over 200 bottles. Reservations are not required, but they are accepted (412) 338-2437.
Franktuary / $ / 325 Oliver Avenue
No ordinary hot dog joint, Franktuary’s motto is “Redeeming fast food, one frank at a time.” Committed to local, ethical food, it serves up a wide variety of hot dog styles with creative toppings and fresh ingredients in a hip, airy setting. Vegetarian offerings are also available.
Primanti Brothers / $ / Sandwiches / 2 South Market Square
A local institution since 1933, Primanti Brothers offers the true Pittsburgh sandwich, with french fries as the featured topping. Great for groups, and open from 10 am-12 pm.
Crazy Mocha / $ / Coffee / Two PPG Place
An original Pittsburgh company, Crazy Mocha is a great place to stop for a cup of local joe or a dessert as you are taking in the sites of Pittsburgh’s downtown and Market Square. Free Internet service is offered to customers.