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The Carlton

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500 Grant St, BNY Mellon Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (5th)
T-Stop & bus stop
(412) 391-4152
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Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Conveniently located in downtown Pittsburgh, within walking distance of...
Conveniently located in downtown Pittsburgh, within walking distance of the Convention Center & four major downtown hotels. A Pittsburgh favorite for over 20 years. Recipient of the Wine Spectator of Excellence 1995-2006 and The Dirona Award 2000 - 2006 (Distinguished Restaurants of North American). The Carlton has a spectacular cuisine, complimented with an extensive wine list served by polished waiters in a beautiful atmosphere. Pittsburghers know the value of the Carlton making it the spot for business meetings to celebrations.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Past Its Prime

Although known as a landmark restaurant in Pittsburgh, this restaurant failed to live up to its prices and reputation. We had reservations, in advance, for this restaurant and ended up waiting for 25 minutes until a table was available. Once seated, and throughout the entire meal, the waiter... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
janeen55
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pittsburgh, pa
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Reservations
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106 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
pittsburgh, pa
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Although known as a landmark restaurant in Pittsburgh, this restaurant failed to live up to its prices and reputation. We had reservations, in advance, for this restaurant and ended up waiting for 25 minutes until a table was available. Once seated, and throughout the entire meal, the waiter could not have been less attentive. He may have spoken a total... More 

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Mars, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

A better rating would probably have been a 3-1/2. Our food was just good (too much sauce on everything for our liking), our drinks and service were both just good. The place was not that busy and they sat us in the middle of the room. It was old, but ambiance was nice. I think maybe need to update their... More 

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youngstown, ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Upon first entering, I really liked how cozy it felt. Then we met our waiter Domininc, who was excellent and had a great sense of humor. There were many selections of wine, vodkas, etc. As far as the menu I was impresses by the vast selection and specials. My husband got the filet and I ordered the scallops. Our food... More 

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Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

If you have ever been here you know what I am saying. Rock solid food and great service, great drinks. It is very nice to eat here. Trust me it was very enjoyable.

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Pittsburgh
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We had not been to the Carlton in 7 or 8 years but decided to give it a try before a Pens game. First impression was that not much had changed as far as the layout, atmosphere, etc. Our waitresses appeared promptly and was very knowledgeable about how items were prepared and had some suggestions for us. One of us... More 

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Pittsburgh PA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Our group at work needed a place near by with food that would appeal to everyone so I choose The Carlton. I made the reservation through their web site and they had our spot all ready and waiting when we arrived. Everyone enjoyed their food and the service was great. My cajun/blackened barramundi was cooked perfectly and seasoned well -... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you're heading to a show in the Cultural District, the Carlton is a must, if you've never tried it. Great food, friendly service and a polished approach to their pre-theater crowd. They validate parking, whisk you to the theater in a complimentary limo or private car (make sure you tip!) that gets you in your seat before the show... More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We had not been to the Carlton for over 6 months so we decided to give it a try. In the past, I always ordered their beef Wellington but I saw it was no longer on the menu. I was disappointed as it was always such a great selection however they now have seafood Wellington. I do a lot of... More 

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PA
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I note a very poor review recently. I often read the bad reviews first. but folks, I really discount those who really bash a great place, and it is their only review, or they review very little and all are negative. My wife and I eat here very often as we live close. we love it, as do many of... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

My wife and I made reservations and were seated right away which was the only good thing about the evening. We were excited because this was one of the best reveiwed restaurants in Pittsburgh but we were greatly disappointed. Once we sat down we were given bread and water right away. 30 minutes go by, we were actually timing them,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 500 Grant St, BNY Mellon Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    (5th)
  • Public Transportation: T-Stop & bus stop
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (412) 391-4152

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance

Description

Conveniently located in downtown Pittsburgh, within walking distance of the Convention Center & four major downtown hotels. A Pittsburgh favorite for over 20 years. Recipient of the Wine Spectator of Excellence 1995-2006 and The Dirona Award 2000 - 2006 (Distinguished Restaurants of North American). The Carlton has a spectacular cuisine, complimented with an extensive wine list served by polished waiters in a beautiful atmosphere. Pittsburghers know the value of the Carlton making it the spot for business meetings to celebrations.
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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