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Primanti Brothers

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Strip District
American, Fast Food, Pub, Delicatessen
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46 18th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 263-2142
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch is never anywhere else than Primantis.

This is really a "going home" must do visit. Great place, great food in a great touristy area. Don't miss PRIMANTIS!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Mlyn10
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant's claim to fame is that they put French fries and coleslaw on their sandwiches, rather than on the side. The original Primanti's is in the Strip District where all the meat and produces wholesalers are located. Primanti's would be open long hours to accommodate truckers who had dropped off their loads in the wee hours of the night.... More 

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Thank OntheBikeTrail
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is really a "going home" must do visit. Great place, great food in a great touristy area. Don't miss PRIMANTIS!!

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Thank Mlyn10
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My first stop in Pittsburgh was the original Primanti Brothers. I personally thought the food was bland and extremely salty. The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming to the guys from California in town to watch SF Giants play.

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Thank brayden s
Branchburg
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been traveling to Pittsburgh for many years. A co-worker first introduced me to Primanti's and I have been a regular since then. The first time I saw one of their sandwiches, fresh sliced bread, meat, cheese, cole slaw,and those fries, I couldn't believe it. Put fries on a sandwich? Yup, and they are great! A must place to... More 

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Thank benbI8049WH
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105 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Honestly...if you didn't see Food Network or Adam Richmond or Andrew Zimmern eating that Oddity of a sandwich with AGHAST! fries and cole slaw ON IT, you wouldn't even bother. The lunch meat is par, not even extraordinary cuts, basic.basic basic.

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Thank Lbro878
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went to the original. We have been told by locals it is the best one. There was four of us. We had two black angus steaks, one sausage and one pastrami. Nobody thought the sandwiches were very good. The dining area was interesting as there were many autographed pictures etc. and the staff was friendly. Just did not appreciate the... More 

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1 Thank mortkat
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The sandwiches are a great idea, a little confusing to order at first, but I just wish they would toast the bread!

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Thank Rachael H
Indiana, Pennsylvania
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102 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My sandwich was good but years ago I remember it being a tab bit higher than the good scale. My daughter and I were not disappointed and will try it again on a different day.

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1 Thank shottsinthedarkpara
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I suppose the reason I noticed the swarm of flies hovering around the overhead exhaust for the grille the last time I was in this place is that I was the only one there who was not falling down drunk. The food is absolute garbage; the world famous steak sandwich, with the greasy fries and disgusting cole slaw jammed into... More 

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1 Thank david w
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a Pittsburgh tradition so you should try it. I just can't get past the mushy bread. I really like good crusty bread and this isn't it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 46 18th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Strip District
  • Neighborhood: Strip District
  • Phone Number: (412) 263-2142

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Fast Food, Pub, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget

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