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Off-Campus Dining


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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love the food around the area as there are many different options.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Deluca's and Pamela's are by far the best two diners I've been to in my entire life. Those two places alone make Pittsburgh's food rating five stars for me.

Pamela's for pancakes and home fries. Deluca's for omelettes and breakfast burritos.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: My freshman year I did not explore Pittsburgh very much, however my second year I've gone to new restaurants almost every weekend and have been shocked by the quality of the food. Best restaurants are Burgatory, BRGR, The Yard, Meat and Potatoes, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Union Grill and several others.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You may have to go a little far, but we have UPitt right next to us, which has tons of restaurants around. Each section of pittsburgh has tons of cuisine, it just may take a while to get there.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Craig Street is the closest and you can get there by walking and then there's Squirrel Hill which you need to take a bus to (except the bus is free for students!). The variety is nice, but there's a lot of Asian places and there's a strong Jewish presence in the community so there's a lot of kosher restaurants.


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Most students find the local dining in the city of Pittsburgh to be a welcome relief from the monotony of Carnegie Mellon dining options. The variety of cultures present in each neighborhood makes for dozens of restaurants that are bound to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. For example, Polish Hill, the Strip District, and Bloomfield (the "Little Italy" of Pittsburgh) are all abound with restaurants, specialty shops, and close-knit eateries that students rave about. While these areas outside of the main neighborhoods surrounding CMU are definitely home to the culinary arts of Pittsburgh, most students tend to stick to the immediate surroundings.

Even in the nearby areas of Oakland, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill, students can find affordable and satisfying Thai, Chinese, Indian, American, and Italian restaurants. In Oakland, students frequent "The O" for their cheap and famous hot dogs and fries, and Primanti Bros., where it becomes a contest to see who can finish one of the enormous sandwiches! A quick bus ride up to Squirrel Hill and the Thai restaurants Bangkok Balcony and Silk Elephant are unrivaled in popularity—although it might be best to reserve these slightly pricier places for special occasions. If students don't want to walk too far, they will usually visit Sushi Too and Walnut Grill in Shadyside. These two places make it easy to celebrate with a large group of friends or to wander in to eat during a spur-of-the-moment shopping trip. CMU students might disagree on their favorites, as there are so many from which to choose. What they won't disagree on? The welcome relief from the same old meals on campus.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Eat'n Park
Best Asian
  • Bangkok Balcony
  • Lulu's Noodles
Best Breakfast
Best Coffee
Coffee Tree Roasters
Best Dessert
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Crepes Parisiennes
  • Razzy Fresh
Best Healthy
Whole Foods Market
Best Late-Night
  • South Aiken Bar & Grille
  • Vocelli Pizza
Best Mexican
Mad Mex
Best Pizza
South Aiken Bar & Grille
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Blues
  • William Penn Tavern
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Girasole
  • Silk Elephant
  • Spoon
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Casbah
  • Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
Other Places to Check Out
  • Aladdin's Eatery
  • Chaya Japanese Cuisine
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Dave & Andy's Homemade Ice Cream
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Dozen Bake Shop
  • Eat Unique
  • Elbow Room
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • Gullifty's
  • Hemingway's Café
  • Hokkaido Seafood Buffet
  • How Lee Chinese Restaurant
  • Jitters Café & Ice Cream
  • Kiku Japanese Restaurant
  • Kiva Han
  • Klavon's 28th Street Ice Cream Parlor
  • La Prima Espresso Co.
  • Little Asia
  • Maximum Flavor Pizza Shop
  • Noodles & Company
  • Oh Yeah! Ice Cream & Coffee
  • Oishii Bento
  • Orient Express
  • The Original Hot Dog Shop ("The O")
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Panera Bread
  • Pi Coal Fired Pizza
  • Pizza Bellagio
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Quaker Steak & Lube
  • Ritter's Diner
  • Rose Tea Café
  • Sakura Teppanyaki & Sushi
  • Spice Island Tea House
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Szechuan Express
  • Tamarind Flavor of India
  • Umi Restaurant
  • Uncle Sam's Submarines
  • Waffallonia
  • Walnut Grill

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Giant Eagle
1901 Murray Ave.
(412) 421-8161
Daily 6 a.m.-1 a.m.
Giant Eagle Market District
5550 Centre Ave.
(412) 681-1500
Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
Whole Foods Market
5880 Centre Ave.
(412) 441-7960
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bangkok Balcony
Food: Thai
5846 Forbes Ave.
(412) 521-0728
Price: $8-$15
Food: Gourmet burgers
5997 Penn Circle S., East Side
(412) 362-2333
Price: $8-$15
Buffalo Blues
Food: American, barbecue
216 S. Highland Ave.
(412) 362-5837
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Two floors, sports bar
Food: Italian, Mediterranean
229 S. Highland Ave.
(412) 661-5656
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Extensive wine list
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
415 S. 27th St.
(412) 431-7800
Price: $10-$20
China Palace
Food: Chinese
5440 Walnut St.
(412) 687-7423
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Bar
Coffee Tree Roasters
Food: Coffee, tea
5524 Walnut St.
(412) 621-6880
Price: $3-$8
Crepes Parisiennes
Food: French
207 S. Craig St.
(412) 683-1912
Price: $5-$10
Eat'n Park
Food: American
1816 Murray Ave.
(412) 422-7203
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Smiley face cookies, open 24 hours
Fuel & Fuddle
Food: American
212 Oakland Ave.
(412) 682-3473
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Live music, poetry readings, extensive beer selection
Food: Italian
733 Copeland Ave.
(412) 682-2130
Price: $10-$20
India Garden
Food: Indian
328 Atwood St.
(412) 682-3000
Price: $8-$15
Joe Mama's
Food: Italian
3716 Forbes Ave.
(412) 621-7282
Price: $8-$15
Lulu's Noodles
Food: Asian
400 S. Craig St.
(412) 681-7777
Price: $5-$10
Mad Mex
Food: Mexican
370 Atwood St.
(412) 681-5656
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Huge margaritas
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
Food: American, seafood
1411 Grandview Ave.
(412) 481-4414
Price: $20-$40
Food: Breakfast
3703 Forbes Ave.
(412) 683-4066
Price: $5-$10
Pino's Pizzeria
Food: Italian
6738 Reynolds St.
(412) 661-3651
Price: $5-$15
Pittsburgh Deli Company
Food: Sandwiches
728 Copeland St.
(412) 682-3354
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Half-off menu Sunday-Thursday 10 p.m.-12 a.m.
Primanti Bros.
Food: American
3803 Forbes Ave.
(412) 621-4444
Price: $5-$10
Razzy Fresh
Food: Frozen yogurt
300 S. Craig St.
(412) 681-0515
Price: $3-$8
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Food: American, steakhouse
Six PPG Place
(412) 391-4800
Price: $20-$40
Silk Elephant
Food: Thai
1712 Murray Ave.
(412) 421-8801
Price: $10-$20
South Aiken Bar & Grill
Food: American
815 S. Aiken Ave.
(412) 682-6878
Price: $8-$15
Food: American
134 S. Highland Ave.
(412) 362-6001
Price: $20-$40
Sushi Too
Food: Japanese
5432 Walnut St.
(412) 687-8744
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Traditional Japanese atmosphere
Taste of India
Food: Indian
4320 Penn Ave.
(412) 681-7700
Price: $8-$15
Thai Place Restaurant
Food: Thai
5528 Walnut St.
(412) 687-8586
Price: $5-$15
Union Grill
Food: American
413 S. Craig St.
(412) 681-8620
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Outdoor dining, good happy hour specials
Vocelli Pizza
Food: Pizza
4740 Baum Blvd.
(412) 246-0367
Price: $10-$20
William Penn Tavern
Food: American
739 Bellefonte St.
(412) 621-1000
Price: $5-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 118 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 145 responses

  • 54% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 41% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 3% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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