13 food options Downtown for a night at the theater

Wednesday, 05 July 2017, 10:00:33 PM. Headed to a show at the Benedum? Check out the Post-Gazette’s guide to Downtown’s dining options.

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:

13-food-options-downtown-for-a-night-at-the-theater photo 1If you enjoy a margarita or two before a show, Bakersfield will do the trick.(Joshua Axelrod/Post-Gazette)


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.

13-food-options-downtown-for-a-night-at-the-theater photo 2Between its Japanese-inspired menu and robust bar, Social House 7 is a great way to begin an evening of food and theater.(Joshua Axelrod/Post-Gazette)

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.

13-food-options-downtown-for-a-night-at-the-theater photo 3Grab something sweet before or after the main event at Sinful Sweets, which has locations on both Penn and Liberty Avenues.(Joshua Axelrod/Post-Gazette)

Sinful Sweets

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.

13-food-options-downtown-for-a-night-at-the-theater photo 4For a less traditional take on Latino cuisine, give Seviche a try.(Joshua Axelrod/Post-Gazette)


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.

13-food-options-downtown-for-a-night-at-the-theater photo 5Try Nine on Nine if you are into smaller versions of classic American dishes.(Joshua Axelrod/Post-Gazette)

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.

13-food-options-downtown-for-a-night-at-the-theater photo 6Sharp Edge is where it's at for a more standard bar experience.(Joshua Axelrod/Post-Gazette)

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.

13-food-options-downtown-for-a-night-at-the-theater photo 7In the mood for pizza? Proper has you covered.(Joshua Axelrod/Post-Gazette)

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.

13-food-options-downtown-for-a-night-at-the-theater photo 8Butcher in the Rye is where you go for some freshly smoked meat and a glass of whiskey.(Joshua Axelrod/Post-Gazette)

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.

13-food-options-downtown-for-a-night-at-the-theater photo 9What you will get with Peter Allen's Italian is pretty self-explanatory given the establishment's name.(Joshua Axelrod/Post-Gazette)

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

Specialty: Italian

Fun Fact: Peter Allen’s has its own veal menu that features seven different ways to present calf meat.

13-food-options-downtown-for-a-night-at-the-theater photo 10Check out Alihan's for dinner and a view.(Joshua Axelrod/Post-Gazette)

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.

13-food-options-downtown-for-a-night-at-the-theater photo 11According to Pork & Beans' website, "Where there's smoke, there's swine." There you go.(Joshua Axelrod/Post-Gazette)

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

Specialty: barbeque

Fun Fact: Pork & Beans’ owner, Richard DeShantz, also owns Downtown restaurants Butcher in the Rye and Meat & Potatoes.

13-food-options-downtown-for-a-night-at-the-theater photo 12Just like Peter Allen's Italian, Meat & Potatoes' name says it all.(Joshua Axelrod/Post-Gazette)

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.”

13-food-options-downtown-for-a-night-at-the-theater photo 13Six and Penn has a rooftop garden where you can eat while admiring the beautiful flora.(Joshua Axelrod/Post-Gazette)

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

Specialty: Americana

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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