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Pamela's

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3703 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3408
412-683-4066
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7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 84
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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I don't have much to say except get the Banna and Chocolate Chip hot cakes. Worth the visit alone. Very reasonably priced as well. Just know it is CASH ONLY.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Brian W
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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154 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Pamela's on Forbes Ave outside the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh was decked out with fun board game and card game decor from the past few decades, but inside the fun stopped with grumpy service and plain average diner food. The hotcakes we had, more crepes than anything else, were very good but to be fair, as they're really thick crepes,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

I don't have much to say except get the Banna and Chocolate Chip hot cakes. Worth the visit alone. Very reasonably priced as well. Just know it is CASH ONLY.

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Salisbury
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Although there was a bit of a wait for a table, it was worth it for the traditional hot cakes alone. Food is very tasty and great value. We always visit when we are in town.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My girlfriend and I decided to try Pamela's for the first time today; we've received many positive impressions from friends and the internet. We were seated quickly, despite the place being very busy. It has a kitschy diner atmosphere that is fun and down-to-earth. I ordered the breakfast that their menu implied to be large, my girlfriend ordered one of... More 

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Long Beach, CA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Just what I wanted--a comfort breakfast in below-freezing weather! I ordered coffee, scrambled eggs, and the famous crepe pancakes that were said to be President Obama's favorites. The pancakes aren't light like a crepe but have a crepelike texture and a crusty feel that you want to run your tongue across. The coffee is what you'd expect of a stylized... More 

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Kodak
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129 reviews 129 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We ate breakfast at Pamela's - I ordered the Croissant French Toast which is topped with caramel and nuts. It was delicious. I also ordered the lyonnaise potatoes, another excellent dish. My friend ordered the banana chocolate chip hot cakes .... AMAZING! I liked them better than my excellent dishes. We had NO complaints and will probably return for breakfast... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

I go to school at Pitt and so when i have extra time I like to go get good food. This diner has the best homefries! The service is pretty horrible mostly. There are a few servers there that do a great job, but I always seem to draw the one that doesnt want to be there. She is usually... More 

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West Chester, PA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This is a real treat for breakfast on the University of Pittsburgh campus. Even the stuff that you'd find at any diner was just really delicious. And those pancakes are not normal pancakes but really something special. You'll wait for a table, that's for sure, so get there for an early breakfast and you'll be in good shape. No better... More 

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Bensalem, PA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Everyone talks about going to Pamela's when you visit Pitt. It was my daughter's birthday and this was one of the places she request so how could I turn her down. I will say I was not disappointed. Although we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table the service was attentive and fast. I ordered the special of... More 

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Miami, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We had to come to Pamela's as this place is a classic Pittsburgh institution. But it was so spectacular, we came twice in a three night stay, so that should tell you how impressed we were. THe main draw are the hotcakes which are really crepes. The specialty hotcakes come with fillings that are more than worth the calories. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3703 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3408
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh
  • Phone Number: 412-683-4066

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?