It has never been a better time to be a theater-goer in Pittsburgh.
In addition to a summer theater season full of big-name shows, theater enthusiasts can choose from an array of diverse Downtown restaurants to satisfy their appetites before or after a show.
Before you head out for a night at the Benedum Center, Heinz Hall or Downtown’s other entertainment options, check out the Post-Gazette’s guide to Downtown’s dining options:
Address: 940 Penn Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
Specialty: ”authentic, Mexican street fare”
Fun Fact: Besides delicious tacos, Bakersfield has “a selection of over 100 tequilas and American whiskeys,” according to its website. So if you really are not excited about the show you are attending, consider this as a pregame spot.
Social House 7
Address: 123 Seventh St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
Specialty: ”Japanese izakaya style”
Fun Fact: Dan Forster, Social House’s executive sushi chef, is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Address: 901 Penn Ave., 539 Liberty Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday
Specialty: chocolate and other sweets
Fun Fact: Sinful Sweets runs its own baked goods blog, which features posts on everything from 2017 wedding dessert trends to the history of the waffle cone.
Address: 930 Penn Ave.
Hours: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday
Specialty: “Nuevo Latino cuisine”
Fun Fact: Tuesday evenings from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. are for salsa dancing at Seviche, featuring DJ RA.
Nine on Nine
Address: 900 Penn Ave.
Hours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; closed Sunday
Specialty: small plates of Americiana
Fun Fact: Bar Nine, attached to the main restaurant, features a late-night happy hour from 9-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Perfect for a post-show post-game.
Sharp Edge Bistro
Address: 922 Penn Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight, Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday
Specialty: bar food
Fun Fact: If you’re feeling fancy and going out with a large group, you can rent out Sharp Edge’s Loft, a private space above the restaurant with Wi-Fi, multiple power outlets and a 54-inch flat-screen TV.
Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room
Address: 139 Seventh St.
Hours: 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sunday
Specialty: brick-oven pizza
Fun Fact: Even if Proper’s Downtown location is busy, you may be able to find the Proper Pronto food truck driving around the city.
Butcher and the Rye
Address: 212 Sixth St.
Hours: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 5 p.m.- 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday
Specialty: “contemporary riffs on rustic American dishes”
Fun Fact: Butcher and the Rye is, according to its website, the first Pittsburgh bar to be nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s Award for Outstanding Bar Program since 2012.
Peter Allen’s Italian
Address: 613 Penn Ave.
Hours 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
Fun Fact: Peter Allen’s has its own veal menu that features seven different ways to present calf meat.
Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine
Address 124 Sixth St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday
Specialty: “taste of Turkey”
Fun Fact: You can enjoy your dinner at Alihan’s outside with the Allegheny River and PNC Park in the background.
Pork & Beans
Address: 136 Sixth St.
Hours: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Fun Fact: Pork & Beans’ owner, Richard DeShantz, also owns Downtown restaurants Butcher in the Rye and Meat & Potatoes.
Meat & Potatoes
Address: 649 Penn Ave.
Hours: 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
Specialty: “the type of food that a chef would eat after a busy day at work”
Fun Fact: Meat & Potatoes is Pittsburgh’s first gastropub, which is (according to its website) “a public house (aka pub) that serves high-end or craft food and libations that also focuses on the fundamentals of food and education.”
Six Penn Kitchen
Address: 146 Sixth St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday; 4:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday; 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday
Fun Fact: Six Penn Kitchen is owned by the Eat n’ Park Hospitality Group. Don’t expect to find any Smiley Cookies there though.
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