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Spice Island Tea House

253 Atwood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4052 (Central Oakland)
(412) 687-8821
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Ranked #37 of 1,880 restaurants in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Lunch
Neighborhood: Central Oakland
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English first
Brookville, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I lived in Los Angeles for thirty years, where there is a Thai restaurant on every corner. I ate pad thai once a week at Singapore Express in the Venice district, (I understand from the Internet that it has since closed.) Now I live in northern Pennsylvania where the nearest thing to a Thai restaurant is a pseudo-sushi restaurant operated... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great food, very fresh. Plenty of options for vegetarians and you can order as spicy as you want. Nice cozy atmosphere and they have some great drinks and teas.

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Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

If you like posh decor and white tablecloths, this place is not for you. BUT, if you like wonderful, fresh, and unique pan-Asian food, run to Spice Island. Do not be deterred by the lackluster exterior. My melt-in-your-mouth chicken curry with coconut rice and small side salad was $11.50. I could barely finish it. My friend could not finish her... More

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7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We were looking forward to Spice Island since we knew they had some Burmese food on the menu, however we were mostly underwhelmed. We got the eggplant purée appetizer. It was Ok, a little salty. We asked to maybe switch out the naan for thousand layer bread and we were rebuffed. The dinners were both good (java fried rice, Burmese... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

It might be a little hidden. Taka the path less traveled and try this place over a chain !! Couldn't decide between Pad Thai and Java Fried Rice. Opted for the Java Fried Rice since I had never heard of it before. IT WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD DELISH. The food comes in one size GINORMOUS. The price for the... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Very good experience for all members of the family last night. I had the chicken pad Thai which was very yummy, my husband had the Java Rice. Very good but watch out!!! Very hot! We will definitely be back!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The outside appearance of Spice Island Tea House may turn some folks away, and if so they have missed out on a pure gem of a restaurant. A mix of Pan-Asian dishes that are off-the-charts great. The place is always full of diners - which should tell you something right away. Inexpensive and a pure delight.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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78 reviews 78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

charming and funky little place with a great tea list and delicious food. service was good and prompt, and the staff seemed happy to answer questions about the menu. my pad thai was delicious, and my husband thoroughly enjoyed his mango pork curry. their dining room is small, and can be crowded for dinner. dining early can help avoid the... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We got take out the other day. An appetizer of Chicken Satay (2 skewers with peanut sauce $5.00). Have had better. Grill marks look like they were made with a hot iron and chicken was hard where the iron pressed into the flesh. The Ever Famous Pad Thai $10.00, was too oily and had a pinkish hue. It came with... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Like having a meal in a foreign country! I was a little put off by the rustic decorations and setting but I noticed how busy the restaurant was. I'm SO GLAD we tried it. Food very good and fresh. I highly recommend this restaurant for a nice change of pace and good food!

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