Step inside some of these restaurants in Pittsburgh and feel as though you’ve journeyed to another country – Spain, Turkey, or Vietnam, for example. The 10 best ethnic restaurants in Pittsburgh will certainly tantalize your taste buds.
1. Istanbul Sofra – 7600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Indulge in authentic Mediterranean and Ottoman dishes at Istanbul Sofra, a quaint restaurant with an expansive menu that features shish kebab, Turkish lamb chops, and chicken adana. Dine at Instanbul Sofra Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
2. Gaucho Parrilla Argentina – 1601 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Experience delicious wood-fired dishes from Argentina at Gaucho Parilla Argentina. The charming restaurant, which also features a food truck during the warmer months, offers such popular entrees as steak plates, chicken dishes, and family style rice. Gaucho Parilla Argentina welcomes guests Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
3. Alihan's Mediterranean Cuisine – 124 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Alihan's Mediterranean Cuisine promises fresh homemade Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, such as eggplant parmesan, doner kebab, shrimp saute, and North Atlantic salmon. Treat yourself to a meal at the upscale Alihan's Mediterranean Cuisine Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
4. Tram's Kitchen – 4050 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Journey to Vietnam when you dine at Tram's Kitchen, an unassuming restaurant with a mom-and-pop feel. Peruse the menu that features such traditional dishes as spring rolls, pho, and vermicelli with mixed meats and egg roll.
Stop by Tram's Kitchen Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
5. S & D Polish Deli – 2204 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Grab a seat at the S & D Polish Deli where you'll be treated to an authentic Polish meal. Choose from a variety of popular dishes, such as stuffed cabbage, pierogies, haluszki, and fresh Polish sausage. Enjoy scrumptious Polish food at S & D Polish Deli Monday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6. Kassab's Restaurant – 1207 E Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Kassab's Restaurant invites diners to enjoy its traditional Lebanese and Middle Eastern dishes that cater to both carnivores and vegetarians. Kassab's is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
7. Conflict Kitchen – 221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
What makes Conflict Kitchen so different from all of the other ethnic restaurants in Pittsburgh comes down to two things: It's a takeout restaurant (with outdoor seating nearby) and the cuisine regularly changes. Conflict Kitchen features dishes (as well as literature and discussion) from a country with which the United States is currently in conflict, such as Iran. Conflict Kitchen serves guests daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
8. La Palapa, Mexican Gourmet Kitchen – 1925 E Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Dine at La Palapa, Mexican Gourmet Kitchen, or order from its popular food truck. The menu features such traditional dishes as tacos, tortilla soup, tamales, and barbacoa. Relish an authentic Mexican dinner at La Palapa, Mexican Gourmet Kitchen, Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
9. Lidia's – 1400 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Lidia's Pittsburgh promises a charming backdrop - a converted warehouse - for a traditional Italian meal. Opt for such dishes as lasagna, gnocchi, grilled chicken, and salmon. Stop by Lidia's Pittsburgh Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
10. Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh – 2705 S Water Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Sit back and enjoy a delicious German meal, washed down with an authentic German beer, at Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh, which mimics a traditional pub in Munich. The generous menu features such German dishes as bratwurst chili, schnitzel, and bourbon salmon. Visit Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m, Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m.