Fancy restaurant in Pgh.
I'm coming in to town to celebrate my dad's 85th birthday. He wants to go somewhere "fancy". (So I guess price is no object when it comes to dad...?) Anyway, I was thinking of LaMont or the Grand Concourse, or maybe the William Penn. Any other thoughts of something opulent?
I haven't been there in a few years but LaMont was the place we always took Mom and Dad to. Great view, good old-world service, conservative food.
A place Downtown without the view is McCormick and Schmick. As I recall, they print their menus daily and will print menus with personalized birthday greetings at the top of the page if you notify them in advance. They have a fairly traditional seafood menu, no surprises.
Downtown there's also the Carlton and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, I haven't been to either but I've heard very good things about the Carlton. There's also the Capital Grill, same kind of place, I think.
I'd recommend The Casbah, or the spanish place on the South Side...
LaMont is only great for the view...
If your Dad is 85, odds are he'll love LeMont. The service is very professional, he'll feel like a king (especially if you get Angel as your maitre'd) and the menu options would be very accessible to an old-timer.
The other suggestion for white-tablecloth dining would be The Carlton. Again, not the most contemporary menu, but everything is executed superbly and again, service is very professional. The bonus with the Carlton is the wine is generally priced at only $10 over cost, which, if your group likes wine, could be a significant savings.
Please, please, please don't go to McCormick & Schmucks and support their awful business ethics. Thanks.
re: Panini Guy
You don't have to bring CH into it, I have another reason...I've only been there twice, but both meals were horrible. Food to service. Considering the occasion, I would highly recommend LeMont. Not progressive, but perfect for Dad. While I love the Carlton, the view from LeMont just can't be beat!