Reach for the Sky and Dine Outdoors in Pittsburgh
Pop over for a drink or settle in for the evening; these porches, patios, terraces, and rooftops provide the perfect setting to absorb some summer heat:
SUMMER STAPLE: Andora Burger
GO FOR: The expansive deck, perfect for group gatherings in a beautiful, removed space.
Andrew’s Steak & Seafood
NEIGHBORHOOD: North Shore
SUMMER STAPLE: Strawberry Tart — lemon short dough, strawberry sorbet, and fresh strawberries
GO FOR: The riverside terrace and bar with a fantastic view.
SUMMER STAPLE: Seasonal Sangria
GO FOR: The dreamy atmosphere of twinkle lights and flowers on a summer night.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Mt. Lebanon
SUMMER STAPLE: Grilled Salmon Salad — with dried cranberries, pecans, goat cheese, and orange poppy dressing
GO FOR: The front wall that opens up completely to the sidewalk, giving the entire restaurant a breeze.
Bocktown Beer and Grill
NEIGHBORHOOD: Robinson Township
SUMMER STAPLE: Clam Strips — plump, juicy clams served with remoulade and lemon
GO FOR: The late night hours and extensive, rotating draft beer selection.
SUMMER STAPLE: Wild Alaskan Halibut — prepared with seasonal ingredients
GO FOR: The unique covered patio, appealing year-round, but especially so when the bright sun peaks through.
Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar
SUMMER STAPLE: Scallops — pan-seared with a roasted corn, tomato, and edamame succotash, plus smoked bacon and balsamic reduction
GO FOR: The updated patio, only a year old. New doors that open up completely to the outside from the bar and outdoor heating provide even more fresh air options.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Mt. Washington
SUMMER STAPLE: Spinach Salad — with mushrooms, red onion, strawberries, applewood bacon, pine nuts, and white balsamic dressing
GO FOR: That unbeatable Mt. Washington view from either the upper or lower deck.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Mt. Lebanon
SUMMER STAPLE: Insalata Caprese — with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and extra virgin olive oil
GO FOR: The cozy Italian feel achieved with fountains and roses on its charming back patio.
Joseph Tambellini Restaurant
NEIGHBORHOOD: Highland Park
SUMMER STAPLE: Copper River King Salmon in various preparations
GO FOR: The brand new awning, which is making the patio more functional than ever in the face of the blazing sun or summer showers.
Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille
NEIGHBORHOOD: Strip District
SUMMER STAPLE: Bloody Mary Bar
GO FOR: Above all else, the fresh and delicious seafood.
SUMMER STAPLE: Bulgogi and Eggs with Kimchi
GO FOR: The unique Asian brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Point Breeze
SUMMER STAPLE: Classic White Wine Moules — in shallots, garlic, and cream
GO FOR: The citywide famous mussels and Euro-meets-Pittsburgh cafe attitude.
The Porch at Schenley
SUMMER STAPLE: Split Pea Risotto
GO FOR: Chef Kevin Hermann’s use of unique and locally sourced ingredients that elevate his cuisine, along with the daily features that keep the menu fresh.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Market Square
SUMMER STAPLE: Fresh, daily fish selections
GO FOR: Market Square’s bustling atmosphere. The porch keeps you slightly removed from the crowd while still being able to enjoy it.
SUMMER STAPLE: Teddy’s Tennis Time — Rye Rebellion, aged brandy, mint, sugar, and black tea
GO FOR: The 24 tap beers, fire pits, and fresh seafood selections.
SUMMER STAPLE: Roast Pork — bok choy, bean sprouts, and crispy egg noodles
GO FOR: The botanical patio, overflowing in greens that transport guests to a Thai garden.
Sienna Mercato’s Il Tetto
NEIGHBORHOOD: Troy Hill
SUMMER STAPLE: All You Can Eat Steamed Alaskan Snow Crab Clusters
GO FOR: The beach town vibes. It’s an easy stop while biking or strolling along the Allegheny River.
Round Corner Cantina
SUMMER STAPLE: Bloody Marin — signature bloody mix with tequila
GO FOR: The flavorful tacos that reflect the zesty good vibes.
SUMMER STAPLE: Fresh, summer seafood selections
GO FOR: The lively backyard — part-terrace, part-beach — with a diverse range of open air seating.
SUMMER STAPLE: Pineapple Seviche with Salmon
GO FOR: The killer happy hour that offers tapas, cocktail, beer, and wine specials.
Sienna Mercato’s Il Tetto
SUMMER STAPLE: Jungle-Fu-Goo Cocktail — Don Q Anejo, Meletti, pineapple, lime, and habanero pineapple jam
GO FOR: The vibrant crowd and unbeatable breezy view. Plus, Tetto Tiki Nights (every Sunday) are the perfect blend of a rooftop beer garden and the Caribbean seaside.
Six Penn Kitchen
SUMMER STAPLE: Diver Scallop Paella — saffron risotto, Spanish chorizo, piquillo peppers, zucchini, peas, and mint
GO FOR: The central location that makes restaurant hopping easy and fun. Plus, the bright green trees (visible from afar!) bring life to the posh rooftop.
SUMMER STAPLE: Grapefruit & Sage cocktail — with Sauza Blanco, grapefruit, sage, agave, lime, and bitters
GO FOR: The brand new tequila wall with hard-to-find and exotic choices, mixed expertly into the inventive cocktail list.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Ben Avon Heights
SUMMER STAPLE: Lettuce Wraps — with roasted pork, bibb lettuce, slaw, and a spicy aioli
GO FOR: The stunning wooded setting that provides its accurate namesake.