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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 #53 of 1,882 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Lunch
Neighborhood: Central Oakland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had the pad thai, fish cakes, corn cakes, fried egg and spring rolls. Fish cakes too salty, fried egg ok, the rest just average. Had not visited in a long time and was disappointed.

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Lumby, Canada
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28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I recently visited the Spice Island Tea House in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh, Pa. It is a smallish establishment; but not too small with wooden tables/chairs and a dark interior. The cuisine is Asian with a variety of Thai, Malaysian, and maybe even a touch of Caribbean influenced cuisine. The lunch menu also included a good number of veggie... More

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a very unique Asian cuisine experience. They have a mix of Asian fare from China, Thailand, Indonesian and more. Decor and furniture is very eclectic e and has a feeling of really traveling outside the traditional US everything matching chain restaurants. Staff is friendly and helpful. You can BYOB. They also have vegetarian fare, but most of all... More

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Columbia, MD
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84 reviews 84 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It looks like a hole in the wall, but the menu (which is a kind of ratty handmade booklet) has a wide variety of options. The tables and chairs are all different and look like they were picked up at sidewalk disposals. But this is part of the charm . Almost everything is $10.50. Since the Spice Islands cover a... More

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Brookville, Pennsylvania
18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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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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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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36 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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