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Las Velas

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Mexican, Southwestern
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21 Market Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1822
+1 412-281-8180
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 23:00 - 23:00
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Dade City, Florida
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165 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not good Mexican food. It is what many northern people have come to expect to be Mexican. There is good Mexican food in Pittsburgh, but this is not it. Service is severely lacking too. I don't recommend this place.

Thank Travelling2havefun
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Celebrated husband's birthday with our adult children. I had the shrimp tacos with house salad and rice - piled it on the soft shell taco - very good. Had a basic margarita - think it was a mix but it was good. Son had a specialty margarita with a small bottle of Cointreau - really, really good. Son and daughter... More 

Thank Linda B
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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366 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

This place has the best Mexican in the city. Truest authentic. Highly recommend the tacos chechandole!

Thank Apes44
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

The food was actually quite nice. No complaints there. The 2nd story view over Market Square is nice. The place is usually pretty busy, so that should tell you they are doing something right. I went there twice. When we sat at the bar, service was good, we enjoyed a nice lunch. When I went the next time we sat... More 

Thank MarcellusMan
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Great view of Market Square (it's on the 2nd floor) and great value for quick, friendly service, great drink menu and casual atmosphere. Fresh-made Mexican food with enough choices to please a group and some of the largest cocktail glasses we have seen!

Thank Angela G
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172 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Recently my wife and I, along with another couple, went to PPG Place to see the skating rink, Christmas tree, and other holiday sights at PPG Place. While there, because we had an Enjoy Book coupon, we ate at Las Velas, which is on the second floor of a building, overlooking a portion of PPG place. Since it was a... More 

Thank Twistedintheburgh
Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

This is a great restaurant. Great drinks and a large menu, with the food being very good. Would recommend.

Thank amborland05
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

I did not have great expectations for this place based on reviews, but if you are looking for a solid Mexican restaurant with good ambiance, good drinks that is fun for friends, this is the place. The queso and chips are delicious, margaritas were well concocted, and all our dinners including fajitas, chile relenjo, and Mexican specialty dishes were excellent.... More 

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Found this gem of a restaurant on Market Square where other restaurants' signs and location are more prominent. Chose Las Velas after looking at the menu at the bottom of the flight of stairs up to the restaurant. We made a great choice! The food was excellent and very reasonably priced. Service was outstanding including our server charging my wife's... More 

Thank Lonnie Y
Washington, DC
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We were in the square and noticed this place. We were not disappointed, the service as well as food was terrific. Cheap prices, but wonderful food. Would go back if I am in the area again.

Thank terps14

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
23:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Market Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1822
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 412-281-8180
Las Velas Mexican Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh in historic Market Square above Prantl’s Bakery and Mancini Bread Company.Opening in fall of 2009, it includes a fun atmosphere, excellent bar options, and a flavorful menu of recipes inspired by Mexico City and the Riviera Maya region of Mexico.

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