Pittsburgh boasts an eclectic restaurant scene, promising just the right meal for every taste. But, sometimes choosing a restaurant goes beyond what’s on the menu, especially in the summertime. Summer provides the perfect opportunity to sit outdoors while enjoying a leisurely meal and the warm air. Here are the 10 best patios in Pittsburgh that will allow you to do just that.
1. The Porch at Schenley – 221 Schenley Drive
Every table on the patio at the Porch at Schenley affords beautiful views of Oakland and the Cathedral of Learning. Order one of the salads, pizzas, or sandwiches on the menu or simply sit back and enjoy a glass of wine, beer, lemonade, or house made soda.
2. Redfin Blues – 100 Waterfront Drive
Nothing quite compares to sitting along the water in the summertime. Grab a seat on the patio at the Redfin Blues at the Waterfront. Gaze out at the shimmering water as you're shaded from the sun by large umbrellas. Redfin Blues serves lunch and dinner and features traditional seafood favorites, such as shrimp cocktail and crab cakes.
3. Cafe Du Jour – 1107 East Carson Street
Slip into the courtyard of the Cafe Du Jour for a quaint meal. Sip your favorite alcoholic beverage at this BYOB restaurant while dining on entrees made fresh by the chef. Because both the dining room and the courtyard are small, allowing for a cozy atmosphere, make advance reservations to ensure you get a table.
4. Biergarten – 620 William Penn Place
High above downtown Pittsburgh, Biergarten's rooftop patio treats diners to traditional German and European beers accompanied by popular German-influenced food, including currywurst and potted pork. Relax on the patio while drinking your favorite ale or mingle with others for a game of Jenga and Connect Four.
5. Pusadee's Garden – 5321 Butler Street
Step into an outdoor oasis at Pusadee's Garden where you'll sit under a canopy of trees that allow just a smattering of golden sunlight to peek through. An authentic Thai restaurant in Lawrenceville, Pusadee's Garden features an extensive menu of more than 50 different dishes. Toast the beautiful surroundings with your favorite alcoholic beverage. (Pusadee's Garden is BYOB.)
6. Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh – 2705 South Water Street
Close your eyes and take a deep breath. You might just think you've been transported to Germany at Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh in the South Side. Enjoy spectacular views of the river with a seat on the patio. Drink traditional German beer while dining on German-inspired dishes.
7. Meat & Potatoes – 649 Penn Avenue
Sit underneath the golden sunshine, protected by a table umbrella, while enjoying brunch, lunch, or dinner at Meat & Potatoes. Or, simply indulge in a delicious snack, as you savor the summer air, of fried pickles, grilled bread, fried taters, or fried brussels.
8. Shiloh Grill – 123 Shiloh Street
Soak in the atmosphere on the rustic outdoor patio at Shiloh Grill on Mount Washington. The popular mountaintop restaurant features a varied menu of appetizers, salads and soups, burgers, sandwiches, and desserts.
9. Il Tetto – 942 Penn Avenue
Celebrate the summer on Il Tetto's rooftop patio, billed as a beer garden. Chat with other patrons as you wait for your pizza or snacks – deviled farm eggs, hummus, or salty pretzel sticks, for example – and indulge in a glass of wine, beer, or a cocktail.
10. Double Wide Grill – 2339 East Carson Street
Grab the perfect spot to people watch on the outdoor patio at the Double Wide Grill, on a corner of East Carson Street in the South Side. The former gas station turned vibrant restaurant caters to all tastes – carnivores, vegans, and vegetarians. Pair your meal with a drink from the menu of 36 beers.
A visit to one of these 10 best patios in Pittsburgh pretty much guarantees an enjoyable experience. Pittsburgh also has some amazing waterfront restaurants you might want to visit.
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