I need to take a client to dinner in Pittsburgh next month. Being from California, I am quite picky about my fish and fresh produce. Any suggestions near the city for an upscale nice restaurant to impress? I have heard of Casbah, but cannot tell much from the website. Thanks!
I’ve always been a fan of The Grand Concourse located
in Station Square. The building itself used to be the
train terminal which was built in the early 1900’s.
The food (especially the seafood) and service have
always been top notch. I’ve included the below web
site for better information. You’ll most likely receive information on newer establishments but this one is hard
look into Monterrey Bay on Mt Washington, excellent seafood with oustanding view. you may want to log into Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh City Paper for some ideas as well. for great food but noisy crowded atmosphere in a neighborhood atmosphere: Girasole in Shadyside. then upstairs for homemade gelato at Mulberry Street
I second the Monterrey Bay call. Solid seafood restaurant that flies food in daily. I alos love Girasole, partly because my favority bar in Pittsburgh is located directly above it (le Mardi Gras - strongest cocktail I have ever had in my life). But for the overall experience, you could do no better than Moneterrey Bay.
Casbah is part of the Big Burrito Group, which uses locally grown vegetables. You might also want to take a look at Eleven in the Strip District, also a Big Burrito restaurant.
Eleven would be one to impress. It can stand up to scrutiny from snobs from either coast. Monterey Fish Grotto might not on a given night - we've had uneven service.
Another possibility might be the Carlton - probably best wine list in the area.
Six Penn Kitchen might also be a good choice.
Casbah can be very good, but loud.
Whatever, if you're from California, remember that smoking is still allowed in most bars and some restaurants here. If you're not used to it it can be offputting.
re: Panini Guy
As a snob from both coasts, I actually found the execution of both the kitchen and the front of the house to be inconsistent. Not that the food was bad, it just made me miss the best of Boston and the SF Bay Area. Plus, the place is SO big, dark, and over-AC'd. It feels like they are trying too hard to be hip.
You could be right, Big Burrito restaurants have a rep for "scene". It was good nights I've been there. But, service-wise, there isn't anything at the level of Aujourd'hui or L'Espalier around here (I moved here from Quincy). Best FOH service I've received has been at the Carlton.