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Cafe Sam

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Italian, French, International, Eclectic
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5242 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15224-2304
412-621-2000
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Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Hidden gem!

What a great find! My husband and I stumbled upon here while staying the weekend in Shadyside. As soon as I walked in, I knew it was going to be great. We sat at the bar and spent a few hours enjoying the company of the wait staff and other guests. We had soup and sandwiches which were great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 31, 2014
alynn
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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78 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Italian first
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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

You cannot judge a restaurant on something not to your liking because it was flavored sweet. I think many things need to be sampled before passing that judgement. I chose the vidalia onion soup and I found it to be sweet, but the salad and the main meal of their 4 course meal options we're spot on. I had the... More 

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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

After almost 27 years of eating at Café Sam, we continue to be amazed how consistent and fabulous the food is. My only regret is not being able to eat more meals there. Wine list excels too and low prices... CAN'T BE BEAT

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Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The veggie lasagna was the best I have ever had. I've been back twice and they had run out both times.... Lovely old building - great service!

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State College, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Had a very disappointing meal from start to finish. From duck to filet Mignon to chicken. The only thing that was good was the ice cream for dessert.

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Claysburg, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Café Sams is a gem. Prices are very reasonable and food is always great and may I add consistent. Their list of specials change frequently and are voluminous--in fact so many they give you an index card to read as there are too many to remember when they tell them to you. It is hard for me to tell you... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

After a three year hiatus, I took my visiting family to Cafe Sam for a delicious meal. The PRO's: the waiter was attentive and made all of the mistakes right. The veal dishes were nicely portioned and very tender. The meal ended with the best chocolate chip cookies I ever ate. Unfortunately, the list of CON's goes on & on...... More 

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I have been eating at Café Sam for 28 years. Mary, Dan, Andrew, have kept the restaurant up to its original standards. Everything about the restaurant, dinning experience, is fabulous. Regional dishes, full variety of menu items, everything exceptional. Best priced wine list of any white table cloth restaurant. Cordial and friendly wait staff. I go there every time I... More 

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South Park Township, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

After dining at Cafe Sam for over 10 yesrs, I have nothing but praise for this restaurant. Today we had a mid-afternoon dinner and were quite pleased. I started with the special steak and cabbage soup that was full of flavor along with beef and cabbage. My husband could not believe the size and delicious taste of his hot bacon... More 

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Massachusetts
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90 reviews 90 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I was in Pittsburgh on business and staying in a hotel for one night. Around the corner from my hotel I found Cafe Sam. I first sat at their very nice bar and was immediately greeted by a friendly bartender. It was a Tuesday evening so the bar and restaurant were not very crowded. The ambiance in the bar and... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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30 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

What a great find! My husband and I stumbled upon here while staying the weekend in Shadyside. As soon as I walked in, I knew it was going to be great. We sat at the bar and spent a few hours enjoying the company of the wait staff and other guests. We had soup and sandwiches which were great. Their... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5242 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15224-2304
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh
  • Phone Number: 412-621-2000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, French, International, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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