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The Carlton

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500 Grant St, BNY Mellon Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2502 (5th)
+1 412-391-4152
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I’ve read many reviews for this restaurant and, frankly, the mixed bag has kept me from trying this long time Burgh institution. We decided to give it a try and made reservations through open table. We entered and were quickly and pleasantly greeted by the hostess who sat us promptly. The waiter Bobby presented us with menus, a cocktail menu... More 

Thank Muskywin
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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383 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Week day lunch-reunion with an old college friend who recommended the Carlton. So our socializing disrupted the normal service routine. Our friend was a regular, well known to the staff who offered very personal service. The waiter offered a dazzling array of specials and once ordered the food arrived promptly. Our party ordered an array of meals; everything from Etouffee... More 

Thank G C
Pittsburgh PA
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369 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 484 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at 5:30pm Saturday (2/25) for our 6pm reservation to have cocktails at the bar before dinner & show at the Byham. Hubby parked in Mellon garage (hostess validated the parking) while I got seats and ordered cocktails at the bar. Ready to relax and enjoy our night started off a tad difficult do to the bartender complaining, complaining,... More 

Thank elf.dml
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

A few of my coworkers and I like this restaurant very much. The soups and salads are always fresh and tasty. They change the specials often so it doesn't get old or boring. Fay has been our server several times and she does a fabulous job.

Thank Melissa F
East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Dined at the Carlton before a Pens Hockey game.. best decision of the day! Ordered the fresh veal chop...grilled to perfection and melted in my mouth ! Lovely dining experience with first class service !

Thank Lovethecoopers
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

We made reservations at The Carlton to celebrate our 41st anniversary. We were greeted both by the receptionist and our waiter with Happy Anniversary (I told them of it when making the reservation). From the very high level of service (thank you Bobby!!), the excellent quality of our meals, the recommended wines (Bobby again), the personal visit by the restaurant's... More 

Thank Russ Y
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Great food and service! The lunch menu has a wide variety and the service was prompt and professional

Thank Andrew S
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184 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

I know it must be boring for those reading all my reviews of the Carlton. I do so often as it is our favorite restaurant. Chef Simon has some amazing creations. Prices for food and wine are very good. And even from day 1 many years ago, (when we were newbies) the service has been excellent.

1 Thank NLtravels
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We had dinner here with a customer. The atmosphere was wonderful, from the lighting to the décor. We were seated quickly and our wait staff was attentive without being overbearing. The meal was delicious and we each had something different, from the beef tenderloin, salmon and sea scallops. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the portions were perfect. They have a... More 

Thank Kristin H
Freedom, Pennsylvania
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343 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

For less than $50 including the wine pairing to accompany the three course, three choice special you couldn't go Wrong. Warm welcome, professional service, outstanding wine selection at minimal markup, it's always a quality dining experience . The consistency is what keeps this venerated place always worth a visit.

1 Thank Sweetwater

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 40
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Validated Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Grant St, BNY Mellon Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2502
  • Public Transportation: T-Stop & bus stop
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 412-391-4152
Conveniently located in downtown Pittsburgh, within walking distance of the Convention Center & four major downtown hotels. A Pittsburgh favorite for over 20 years. Recipient of the Wine Spectator of Excellence 1995-2006 and The Dirona Award 2000 - 2006 (Distinguished Restaurants of North American). The Carlton has a spectacular cuisine, complimented with an extensive wine list served by polished waiters in a beautiful atmosphere. Pittsburghers know the value of the Carlton making it the spot for business meetings to celebrations.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?