Vegetarian is trending, but many Pittsburgh-ers love a good hunk of top-quality meat, cooked to perfection by a skilled chef. We’re here for the carnivores with a roundup of must-try meat lovers restaurants.

Meat Lovers Restaurants in Pittsburgh

Altius

1230 Grandview Ave, Mt. Washington

Enjoy Mt. Washington views and elevated fare from Executive Chef-Partner Jessica Bauer. Try the Colorado Braised Lamb Shank or Allen Brothers Prime Beef and Filet Mignon with truffled Yukon gold potato purée, baby carrots, tahini dip, za’atar spice and maître d’hôtel butter.

Balvanera

1660 Smallman St, Strip District

Get dazzled by the Strip’s hottest new eatery, featuring soaring ceilings, turquoise banquettes, spot-on service and grass-fed steaks imported from Pampas Argentina and served with fresh chimi and salsa criolla. Don’t overlook the house-made sausages, Spanish Iberico ham, melt-in-your-mouth empanadas de carne or extensive South American wine list, including delightful options from Mendoza’s Durigutti Family Winemakers.

Barcelona Wine Bar

922 Penn Ave, Downtown

In this hip new downtown joint, enjoy shareable dishes with Spanish flair like the Chorizo with Sweet and Sour Figs or spiced beef empanadas, or stick to classics like the New York strip with bagna càuda and short rib with parsnip purée.

Casbah

229 S Highland Ave, Shadyside

In Shadyside, savor a Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar-spin on such meat-centric dishes as the braised short rib and filet mignon. Wine pairings abound. The warm atmosphere encourages you to linger.

A man sits at a blue booth in a Pittsburgh restaurant with a hand on his chin and a chunk of raw meat on a plate in front of him.

Chef/Owner Fernando Navas of Balvanera

Con Alma

613 Penn Ave, Downtown

Take a side of jazz with your carne asada or barbacoa-style Kurobuta baby back ribs at this alluring venue in the Cultural District. In addition to great meat dishes, the restaurant is also strong in their veggie and cocktail offerings.

Fat Butcher

5151 Butler St, Lawrenceville

Pick up locally-sourced provisions to cook at home from this friendly Lawrenceville butcher shop, the vision of Western PA native Steven Dawson.

Gaucho Parilla Argentina

146 Sixth St, Downtown

For a festive Latin-inspired sharing experience at this Downtown Argentinean outpost, dive into the parrillada mixta which combines wood-fired goodies from the house-cut vacío steak to chorizo sausages.

Meat & Potatoes

649 Penn Ave, Downtown

Chef Richard DeShantz created a gastropub featuring meaty staples of American cuisine. The result: an inviting space in which to enjoy steak frites, a double-cut pork chop, or beef Wellington for two.

Morcilla

3519 Butler St, Lawrenceville

This intimate spot for Spanish fare wins over regulars with beef tartare, bistec a la plancha, and smoked beef short rib with horseradish labneh, crispy salt-roasted sweet potatoes, marinated guindilla peppers, cippolini onions. Everything made here is a wonder: come with an empty stomach.

Napa Prime Chophouse

101 Fowler Rd, Wexford

Start with the coal-roasted bone marrow or Maryland-style crab cake before indulging in the Snake River Farms Black Label Wagyu or four-hour slow-roasted prime rib. The service is impeccably professional, which guarantees a wonderful evening.

Story by Corinne Whiting / Photography by Laura Petrilla

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