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3703 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3408
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7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

Worth the wait if there is a line. Had the banana nut pancakes and they were amazing. Husband had the California french toast and he really like it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
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174 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth the wait if there is a line. Had the banana nut pancakes and they were amazing. Husband had the California french toast and he really like it.

Thank Snickerdoddle
Beltsville, Maryland
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112 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is in an old-time pharmacy, that started with a lunch counter. The food is so good they had to expand and put in tables and booths. The food is outstanding, hot and fresh.

Thank John O
Boston, Massachusetts
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98 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time I had the thin pancakes, and they're my new favorite! Tried both the strawberry and banana, and they're equally delicious. Wonderful mix of textures and flavors...satisfying without being too heavy. Lots more on the menu to suit anyone's taste, so I'll definitely return. Kudos also to the servers who set such a welcoming atmosphere, and to the cooks,... More 

Thank megalley
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

After a successful Pitt homecoming weekend we visited Pamela's for breakfast before the long 5 hour journey home. My son graciously got up early to put our name in and get on line outside the restaurant. No reservations are taken and your entire party must be present to be seated. We only waited about 30 minutes in total, but that... More 

Thank Douglas K
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Based on other reviews we decided to stop for breakfast before heading out of town. Should have picked a location that morning that was not near the marathon route; however, we were pleasantly surprised by the prompt seating and service. the breakfasts were amazing. My only wish is they would add gluten free pancakes. Thanks...Would definitely go back when in... More 

Thank Jaye11D
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61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Pamela's is a Pittsburgh institution, but I recently made my first visit. I had the banana-chocolate-chip pancakes. They were decadently delicious. The edges of the crepes were beautifully crisp, and the balance of flavors was great. The only reason I am not giving this restaurant five stars is that the orange juice tasted like it came mixed from a can.

Thank RNatha
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Pamela’s Restaurant lives up the hype. We visited for breakfast on an August weekday morning and were more than impressed. We arrived in middle of a “rush” and had to wait for a few minutes to get a table. Once seated the fun began. The staff is an amazing team—hustle, professional, friendly, and fun. The food is great and plentiful... More 

Thank J_J-Aweigh
Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We moved our son into his dorm at the University of Pittsburgh this weekend and met him for breakfast and he suggested Pamela's. He started to go there during his freshman year and wanted to take us and it was worth it. The breakfast was great and the service was very quick. We got there at 8:30am on a Sat... More 

Thank Richard H
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225 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Stopped here for breakfast on recommendations. The "famous" potatoes were nothing spectacular, the food was fine but nothing better than a million other places. The fresh fruit was mushy. I also thought the prices were a bit high for what you got. Disappointing at best.

Thank wahoowa1213
Garrett Park, Maryland
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Pamela's is a really delightful deli with good eats, reasonable prices, and fun atmosphere. They have a wide selection of deli /dinner food. Lots of comfort dishes, great sandwiches and breakfast fare. The atmosphere is centered around board games and cards. Our table specialized on Trivial Pursuit. This is a favorite spot of the college students. A little wait was... 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: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget


Open Hours
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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?