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Cafe Sam

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Italian, French, International
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 7
    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
Tries to be more creative than capable, but very nice people

Their heart is greater than their abilities and it all comes off very heavy-handed 80s; but owners are nice and clearly making an effort. Some hits, some misses, some "what the heck is this?". Very convenient to UPMC and Courtyard Shadyside. Ate here three times, over two visits, mostly because... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
MissElegance
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Philadelphia
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Philadelphia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Their heart is greater than their abilities and it all comes off very heavy-handed 80s; but owners are nice and clearly making an effort. Some hits, some misses, some "what the heck is this?". Very convenient to UPMC and Courtyard Shadyside. Ate here three times, over two visits, mostly because they are open late, try to accommodate food intolerances, and... More 

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Abingdon, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Good presentations, good ingredients, great Greek salad, however, poor seasonings and hostess needs an attitude adjustmen

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Café Sam came highly recommended. They said the food was outstanding. We had a business lunch and mostly ordered salad. The salads were fresh and good, but nothing out of this world. Next time I'm in town I think I'll come for dinner. And try something that could knock my socks off.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Cafe Sam

Address: 5242 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15224-2304
Phone Number: 412-621-2000
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Italian, French, International

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?