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Primanti Brothers

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Strip District
American, Fast Food, Delicatessen
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46 18th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 263-2142
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Pittsburgh Legend

What can one say about a restaurant that has been around for decades and puts french fries, salad and meat on Italian bread. The sandwiches are so big you can't eat them without making a mess. It is truly a Pittsburgh experience and you will most likely see some celebrity chomping away next to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
David D
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

Primantis is a Pittsburgh institution for sure--but I think it's over hyped. I get my fries and slaw on the side (and take a lot of heat from wait staff for doing so) and both are quite good. Fresh cut potatoes cooked perfectly in peanut oil the way God intended and nice tart and crisp coleslaw prepared with oil. The... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

What can one say about a restaurant that has been around for decades and puts french fries, salad and meat on Italian bread. The sandwiches are so big you can't eat them without making a mess. It is truly a Pittsburgh experience and you will most likely see some celebrity chomping away next to you. The quality has decreased some... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We visited the one located in the Strip district and the one located just outside of downtown in Harmarville. The atmosphere on Saturday afternoon with college football and Steelers in town on Sunday was wonderful. Had a little wait which is well worth with once you're are seated and the sandwich arrives, couple that with a cold beer and you... More 

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Philadelphia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I'm not from Pittsburgh, so I don't get the hype around Primanti Brothers. The place is average looking, like a Ruby Tuesdays or TGIF, and the food is greasy. The wait staff kept taking smoke breaks, and was impossible to track down. We waited 10 minutes for ketchup after the food came out, then waited 20 minutes after we ate... More 

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Nashville, Indiana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We visited on a friend's recommendation. It was fun and local. Not our favorite type of food but good for the fun of it.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Ok, yeah, the sandwiches are just pretty good sandwiches with french fries on them. But I think the atmosphere is what makes this place so special. First off, you will most likely have to walk through a bit of the Strip District to get there depending on where you found parking, which is great because it’s a perfect introduction to... More 

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Seattle
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is a famous place in Pittsburgh, so we had to give it a try. It is absurd thinking of eating a sandwich on Italian bread, with a slice of meat and having cole slaw, tomatoes and french fries piled on top. The sandwich was an experience, we wisely chose to share one. The place was crowded with regulars, the... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

great place for lunch or dinner.... their sandwiches are awesome!!! have never been to the original restaurant on the strip but this satellite is great!!!

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Minot, North Dakota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The sandwiches here can be a bit messy but the taste with sauerkraut and fries on a burger was great.

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Kitchener, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

After seeing this restaurant on TV, I had to try it upon my trip to Pittsburgh. While the sandwiches are not calorie-friendly, they are oh so good and enormous. One sandwich filled me up for the day. A must try in Pittsburgh.

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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 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Fast Food, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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