Our Summer Outdoor Dining Guide is here. Whether in quaint spaces at a café table for two, or in a vast space with picnic-style seating, Pittsburghers love dining al fresco, and we are so on board with that!
Located on the 9th floor of downtown Pittsburgh’s trendy Kimpton Hotel Monaco is an open-air space perfect for an evening of cocktails and small plates with friends. Their menu offers German-influenced bar bites like the BG Pretzel, a giant soft pretzel served with beer cheese, as well as a smoked & aged cheddar cheese spread, bar nuts flavored with rosemary, cayenne and brown sugar, and a handful of other tasty bites. In addition to refreshing cocktails they offer an exhaustive list of European beer. Sit and enjoy the breeze or play a supersized game of Jenga with a view.
Enjoy Bigham Tavern’s famous wings and elevated pub grub al fresco now in TWO spots this season. Bigham Tavern at Bridgewater, opening this summer, will provide an expansive outdoor dining scene with live music on the banks of the Beaver River. The original Mount Washington location boasts a large covered patio to enjoy those cool, summertime cocktails or a game of corn-hole. They invite you to join them for weekend brunch or their ever-popular Wing Wednesdays and Trivia Thursdays! Contact them for private dining options. Reservations can be made online.
Opened in July of 2022, Blue Sky offers the largest outdoor dining space available in the East End. Replete with a four-season pergola with a louvered roof, retractable screens and heaters (when needed), Blue Sky provides a space to accommodate dining guests as well as semi-private and private events. Open seven days a week, they offer lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and a full bar as well as live music, DJ’s, Pop up Markets, and Drag brunch and Bingo, with more events in the works.
At Eighty Acres, patrons will enjoy three-season dining on the restaurant’s newly renovated patio, designed to provide filtered sun rays during the brightest time of day and warmth on colder nights. The exterior of Eighty Acres recently underwent a full facelift; the facade now matches the modern farm-to-table cozy home aesthetic of the inside. If you love fresh food and fresh atmosphere, there is a seat waiting for you!
A wood-flamed mash-up of Modern Americas with Classic European influences, guests discover just how delicious home-away-from-home scratch cooking can be at Fig & Ash in the North Side. Enjoy an outdoor dining experience on their fully covered patio that’s comfortable in both rain or shine. On cooler nights, the restaurant turns on several outdoor fire pits and heaters to keep patrons cozy. Reservations are strongly encouraged!
An authentic Pittsburgh Italian restaurant tradition, Girasole is located in the quaint neighborhood of Shadyside. Dine Italian-style surrounded by rustic stone walls as if you are in the wine cellar of a villa, or sip and savor delicious offerings on the deck or front walk.
A charming restaurant located in Aspinwall, Luke and Mike’s Frontporch Grille welcomes its patrons to sit — you guessed it — on the front porch. They offer a dog-friendly side porch, too. The beautiful atmosphere and all-American menu will make you feel right at home. Sip a refreshing summer cocktail and enjoy a satisfying meal at this quaint spot. You’ll settle in so well that you’ll need to remind yourself when it’s time to head home.
Located in Lawrenceville, perched atop the TRYP by Wyndham Pittsburgh Hotel, is Over Eden, a stunning rooftop restaurant/bar! Indulge in a delightful experience where exquisite craft cocktails and a thoughtfully curated menu await. Their culinary offerings are a celebration of local flavors. From farm-fresh produce to locally sourced beef, every bite showcases the region’s vibrant culinary scene. Whether you’re enjoying a sunset drink with friends or savoring a delectable meal with a loved one, the rooftop offers a panoramic view of the city that enhances the ambiance.
Built out of a 1940’s era auto garage, Rear End Gastropub & Garage is known for serving familiar regional cuisine with fresh homemade ingredients, seasonal craft cocktails, and a 20-tap locally inspired draft list. Covered patios and an outdoor grass area create a fun relaxed atmosphere complete with an outdoor fireplace and cornhole boards. With live music, taco Tuesday, wing Wednesday, and other exciting events, there is something for everyone to experience and enjoy at Rear End. Family-friendly and dog friendly.
Casual dining in the heart of the Sewickley village, Vivo Kitchen is nestled among the boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops that line Beaver Street. A seasonal menu of eclectic American cuisine is presented in a modern, airy venue with a contemporary vibe that flows outside into the charming courtyard. Try new menu items as well as their perennial favorites like the roasted shishito peppers, and their rightly sought-after crispy garlic chicken.
Story by Star Laliberte / Photography by Laura Petrilla
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