It happens all too often: you’re on your way to eat out, only to discover that the restaurant you had in mind is closed because… it’s Monday. So the next time you’re in the mood to splurge on a meal you don’t have to cook at the start of the week, visit one of the below Pittsburgh restaurants that are open on Mondays.
Casual dining with outdoor seating options, ideal for those nice weather days in the ‘burgh. Sandwiches make up the majority of Luke & Mike’s menu offerings, alongside seafood items and salads.
The Forge serves up small Mediterranean plates in a space with a big atmosphere. Find pizzas, flatbreads, shareable platters, and plenty of veggie-heavy dishes. Note that The Forge is a 21 and over establishment, so leave the kiddos at home for this one.
Pair your meal with a beautifully crafted cocktail at this downtown restaurant, whose goal is to provide food and beverages that engage both the eyes and tastebuds. Outside, Bridges and Bourbon features an outdoor dining area dubbed BridgeHouse, where up to four guests can eat their meal privately inside a clear igloo.
Soba’s relaxing atmosphere and fabulous menu of Asian fusion cuisine will ease you into your new week. Located in Shadyside, popular menu items include Pad Thai, Korean-style Miso Black Cod, and Crispy Tofu. Vegan options are available, and don’t forget to try the Sake!
Look no further for elevated, delectable bar food. Shady Grove’s kitchen is open 11 am-10 pm every day and offers menu items ranging from wings to salads, Asian-inspired eats, tacos, and more. Their pizza, whose dough is made with honey, is a can’t-miss.
This Strip District industrial restaurant offers an exceptional wine list alongside its always-changing seasonal menu of seafood, salads, and meats. Expect fresh locally ingredients thanks to ELEVEN’s work with PA and Ohio farms.
Located inside the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, The Commoner offers both early morning and evening hours on Mondays and serves up a seasonal menu of elevated classic comfort food like French Toast with yuzu curd for breakfast and a burger made of wagyu beef and drizzled with a secret sauce for dinner.
Seafood, steak, and live jazz. What better way to start your week? Happy Hour runs from 4 to 6:30 pm — pair one of Eddie V’s balanced cocktails or expansive wine selections with your meal.
For all your tropical cuisine cravings, delight your taste buds with Kaya’s expansive offerings of soups, salads, and handhelds. Seafood and chicken make up most of the menu, but vegan and vegetarian options are available, along with mocktails using Seedlip non-alcoholic spirits.
Start your day with Square’s lunch and breakfast offerings, with plenty of vegetation and gluten-free offerings. The popular East Liberty spot recently debuted an open-air rooftop area for outdoor dining. And if the beginning of week scaries are setting in, Square’s cocktail menu ranges from classics like a French 75 to a S’Liberty Cold Brew: whiskey, vanilla extract, simple syrup, cold brew concentrate, and half and half.
Go for dinner, stay for the view. Sitting atop Mount Washington, Altius offers an evaluated (pun very much intended) dining experience with craft cocktails and seasonal dishes. Here, Executive Chef/Partner Jessica Bauer believes that an exceptional meal starts with honest ingredients.
Find Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Casbah and a patio open year-round, a rarity in Pittsburgh. Share a plate of burrata or hummus with friends and loved ones, or chow down on your own seafood dish or bowl of soup.
It’s not often you’ll find a restaurant open during lunch on a Monday. From soups to salads and plenty of sandwiches, Butterjoint features fresh American eats with a twist. Take their Fancy Crispy Chicken Sandwich, for example, which is made up of house-brined chicken thigh, hot honey, blueberry compote, lettuce, pickles, and aioli.
Story by Jordan Snowden / Photography by Dave Bryce
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