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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 #24 of 1,854 restaurants in Pittsburgh
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
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Fleetwood, PA
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73 reviews 73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Would never have found this place, nor gone inside, without Tripadvisor recommendations. Glad we did. Adventurous menu with some delicious offerings. The focus is on the food, not the decor.

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Dothan, Alabama, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Tried this restaurant based on the rating in Trip Advisor and close location to PITT and CMU. On a side street off of Forbes Ave. The outside may be plain but the inside is perfect. The menu is simple design with recipes that have been honed over the last ~18 years. We had the Ever Famous Pad Thai and the... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Busy on a friday night, service was good enough, but the food was great. It is a gem in a college campus saturated with food options.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

Don't judge this book by its cover. From the outside the restaurant is a bit deceptive; however once you are seated you will know what I am talking about. The food is fantastic! Everything that I have ordered from the Java Fried Rice to the Penang Chicken to everything in between was terrific. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

From the outside, the restaurant doesn't even look like it wants customers. There are tall plants inside the restaurant, blocking the windows, there are posters and stickers stuck all over the door and window, and every single source of outside light is kept out in the inside. The sign of the restaurant is also faded that you basically have to... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I love SE Asian food having travelled to the region quite frequently. The food at Spice Island was good for Western standard. I had the beef rendang which lacked the spices typical for this Malaysia or Indonesia dish where it originated. The special some type of African stew was quite bland and forgettable. The Burmese cake for dessert was quite... More

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