Pittsburgh might not sit on sandy white beaches but we’ve got something just as good: The Allegheny, the Monongahela, and the Ohio Rivers, which provide a perfect backdrop for water sports, entertainment, and, of course, dining. Add a beautiful view and delicious food and what do you get? The 10 best waterfront restaurants in Pittsburgh.
1. Redfin Blues – 100 Waterfront Drive
Sit back and relax under the umbrella on your table while indulging in a drink from the open bar at Redfin Blues. The popular waterfront restaurant features a variety of seafood entrees, salads, sandwiches, and a kids menu.
2. Hofbrauhaus – 2705 South Water Street
Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh promises the perfect setting for a day or an evening out. Outdoor seating overlooks the river, a worthy background for selfies. Toast the gorgeous atmosphere as you dine on German-named entrees, like the Munich Market Salad, and drink traditional German beer.
3. Bar Louie – 240 West Station Square Drive
A seat outside of Bar Louie guarantees one thing: Pristine views of the sweeping downtown Pittsburgh skyline shimmering in the sunlight or twinkling in the moonlight. Enjoy traditional bar food – burgers, flat breads, sandwiches, and salads – while soaking in the view.
4. The Grand Concourse – 100 W Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh's favorite brunch is even better when you have a seat next to the window to watch the activity on the river and to peer out at the city's skyline. The Grand Concourse in Station Square features a traditional seafood menu but many diners head to the popular restaurant for Sunday brunch between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
5. Jerome Bettis' Grille 36 – 393 North Shore Drive
Ask for a seat outdoors at Jerome Bettis' Grille 36 on the North Side where you'll look out over the river and the Pittsburgh skyline. The popular former Steeler player's restaurant beckons visitors with its menu of traditional steaks and burgers, sports memorabilia, and for those amazing views.
6. Rivertowne North Shore – 337 North Shore Drive
Views of Mount Washington await at Rivertowne North Shore where outdoor seating abounds. Choose from an expansive menu of pizza, wraps, subs, sandwiches, and entrees while kicking back and enjoying the beautiful view.
7. Allegheny Mariner Restaurant – 1301 North Water Street, Kittanning
Grab a seat by the window at Allegheny Mariner Restaurant for unobstructed views of the lush greenery on the river's edge, the river, and of the boats docked in the water at the side of the restaurant. The popular restaurant features such favorite entrees as pot roast, steak, catfish, and salmon.
8. The Baja Bar & Grill – 1366 Old Freeport Road
Stare wistfully out over the river at the Baja Bar & Grill in Fox Chapel. Allow the summer breeze to wash over you if you visit on those evenings the restaurant has scheduled musical entertainment. The Baja Bar & Grill serves traditional bar foods like nachos and wings as well as burgers, salads, steaks, wraps, and pizza.
9. Mitchell's Fish Market – 185 West Waterfront Drive
Mitchell's Fish Market sits at the water's edge, welcoming diners to sit on the outdoor patio that overlooks the river. The restaurant features an eclectic seafood menu, including an oyster bar, salmon, and gumbo.
10. Silky's Crows Nest – 19 River Road
Surround yourself with lush green trees hugging the river when you snag an outdoor seat at Silky's Crows Nest. Watch as the motorboats meander down the river and, even if you prefer seating indoors, you'll have beautiful views of the water from the picture windows. Silky's Crows Nest features a menu of traditional seafood, steaks, sandwiches, and subs.