Finding the perfect spot to dine in Pittsburgh is never really difficult. The hardest part is whittling down your list to only one restaurant. Make your choice even more challenging next time by considering these incredible restaurants within an hour drive of Pittsburgh that promise delicious food and beautiful settings.
1. Clifford’s Restaurant – 514 Upper Harmony Road, Evans City, PA 16033
Reserve a table at the enchanted Clifford's Restaurant, approximately 35 minutes from Pittsburgh. The charming family-owned restaurant features American and European cuisine, offering such entrees as fresh salmon, boneless trout, and chicken Romano. Top off your meal with a scrumptious dessert: Chocolate mousse, creme brulee, or fruit cobble.
Clifford's Restaurant welcomes guests for dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you want to dine at Clifford's Restaurant on a weekend, call at least three weeks to month ahead for reservations.
2. Hyehold Restaurant – 1516 Coraopolis Heights Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108
Dine in a fairy tale setting at Hyeholde Restaurant, only 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. The enchanting restaurant, sat in a castle, has been a favorite of Pittsburghers since 1938. Enjoy a traditional meal inside of the castle; opt for a seat at the Chef's Table, or have a picnic outdoors (weather-permitting).
Hyeholde Restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
3. Tree Tops Restaurant – 187 Evergreen Lane, Acme, PA 15610
Sit under the shade of a towering tree on the outdoor deck or sink into a cozy seat in the dining at Tree Tops Restaurant in Acme, nearly an hour from Pittsburgh. The charming restaurant serves both lunch and dinner, featuring such delectable dishes as the smoked chicken salad sandwich, chicken capers, and portabella ravioli.
Eat among the trees at Tree Tops Restaurant, which welcomes guests Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
4. Foggy Mountain Lodge & Restaurant – 117 Foggy Mountain Lane, Stahlstown, PA 15687
Take just about an hour drive of Pittsburgh to the charming Foggy Mountain Lodge and Restaurant for a delicious meal. Peruse the menu that sports such dishes as peppercorn steak, chicken Marsala, and juicy burgers. Sunday features brunch with a carving station, an omelet bar, and a dessert bar.
Foggy Mountain Lodge and Restaurant is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
5. Out of the Fire Café – 3784 PA-31, Donegal, PA 15628
Merge onto the turnpike and set your GPS for Out of the Fire Cafe in Donegal, about an hour drive of Pittsburgh. The family-owned restaurant, which offers both indoor and outdoor seating, promises a unique mountain setting. Sit in a cozy chair or glance into the open kitchen to watch your food being prepared. Out of the Fire Cafe features such entrees as Scottish salmon, New York strip steak, and seafood pasta. Bring your own beer/alcohol.
Experience Out of the Fire Cafe Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
6. Harmony Inn – 30 Mercer Street, Harmony, PA 16037
Indulge in a delicious meal at the Harmony Inn Restaurant, only a half an hour from Pittsburgh. The charming restaurant - which features such traditional fare as burgers, pasta, and salads - also houses the paranormal. The apparitions in the restaurant, including a little girl named Emily, are all friendly with Emily staring outside of an upstairs window.
Visit the Harmony Inn Restaurant Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
7. DiSalvo’s Station – 325 McKinley Avenue, Latrobe, PA 15650
All aboard for a delicious meal at DiSalvo's Restaurant, a former train station and train car that's now a cozy restaurant. Opt for a seat in the spacious railroad-themed dining room or in the authentic rail car. Tantalize your taste buds with a scrumptious entree, such as filet mignon, New York strip steak, or salmon. DiSalvo's Restaurant also hosts brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Plan a meal at DiSalvo's Restaurant, open Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What other restaurants, within an hour drive of Pittsburgh, would you add to a part two of this list? For a delightful meal closer to home, try one of these
family-owned restaurants in the Burgh.