Pittsburgh outdoor dining.
I would like to take my wife out in the city this summer. At least once without kids.
Can you folks give me ideas on who has the best outdoor patio. Best view, decent food? We've done The Pines and Andora so I'll disqualify them for this post. Even if it's just somewhere outdoors to have drink, we would appreciate it.
Luma in Mt. Lebanon has outdoor dining. The food is good but pricey. Make reservations as they are often quite busy.
It's not in downtown Pittsburgh, but Bocktown in Robinson is EXCELLENT. They opened about 18 months ago. They have over 400 beers (any dozen or so of which are on tap on any given day). They make their own superb French fries and have imaginative and uniformly well-executed specials. We have eaten there both with and without our kids probably half a dozen times in the last six months and have yet to hit a dud dish. Be warned that they don't take reservations (the owner told me, "I don't even let my mom make reservations!"), so especially on a weekend night, it's best to get there earlyish--say, before 6:30 PM. Their patio has an unlovely view of a parking lot, but the food is so good, the service so helpful and the music (different bands) so much fun that you probably won't notice the view (and you don't have to pay for it either!). We typically get out of there for well under $50 for the two of us, including several drinks.
Il Pizzaiolo in Mt. Lebanon has an outdoor piazza in back. It's a lovely setting for enjoying a nice pasta dish, salad and bottle of vino. Completely enclosed from street traffic and noise.