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Las Velas

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21 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-281-8180
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: Las Velas Mexican Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown...
Las Velas Mexican Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh in historic Market Square above Prantl’s Bakery and Mancini Bread Company.Opening in fall of 2009, it includes a fun atmosphere, excellent bar options, and a flavorful menu of recipes inspired by Mexico City and the Riviera Maya region of Mexico.
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    Very good
  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Mexican food in Pittsburgh nothing to write home about

I was touring Pittsburgh and I was craving Mexican so I picked this restaurant located in the beautiful Market Square area in Downtown. The food was just ok. I was not impressed with the food at all. The guacamole dip did not taste like what a guacamole is supposed to taste like. Ditto for the 4... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Neil R
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Jackson Heights, New York
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Jackson Heights, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I was touring Pittsburgh and I was craving Mexican so I picked this restaurant located in the beautiful Market Square area in Downtown. The food was just ok. I was not impressed with the food at all. The guacamole dip did not taste like what a guacamole is supposed to taste like. Ditto for the 4 cheese enchiladas with the... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Located above market square which is nice. Food was mostly good but nothing to write home about, though one dish which was prepared with tequila was totally drowned in it and the alcohol was not burned off properly which really ruined the dish. The service was was willing but not so much able.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I am a Pittsburgh native. I have been fortunate enough to travel the world. I have dined in many restaurants in the past 30 year. Las Velas is by the worse food and service and I have ever experienced. To begin we patronized this subpar establishment on a Tuesday evening. The dining area was less than half full. After we... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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52 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We visited Las Velas on a Sunday around 1PM. There were only 3 or 4 tables occupied, and we were able to be seated by the window. The restaurant is located on the 2nd floor, which provides nice views of Market Square. We noticed our table was slightly dirty after sitting and our waitress wiped it down promptly. We ordered... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I am a huge fan of Mexican cuisine and always ready to try a new restaurant. I have been going to Las Velas in Market Square for about a year now, usually 3-4 times per month. This is, by far, my favorite place for Mex. Very authentic - they make all their own stuff including chips (extra crunchy) and salsa... More 

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New Castle, Delaware
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20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Nice choice of Mexican food. Service was good. Good location. Food was above average. Good lunch and dinner choice.

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Akron, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This restaurant overlooks Market Square, which is now decorated for the holidays. Decent food and drinks. The evening we went (11/28), there was a table of about 12 by the windows who were very drunk and very loud, so that took away from our experience a bit. (Family with two kids under 8) My husband and I split the Velada:... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I visited La Velas last weekend and once again had a great experience! Hugo, our server, went above and beyond and was very helpful when it came to ordering drinks, margaritas, and food. overall great food and good macaritas!!

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Pittsburgh, PA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

If you are looking for a mainstream Mexican restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh, this one will do fine. There will be no big surprises, positive or negative. My meatless quesadilla was as expected; good mixture of cheese and veggies, not spicy, with guacamole, sour cream and salsa on the side. My friend's tostados were likewise just what you'd expect in an... More 

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Lumby, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I recently dined at Las Velas in Pittsburgh, PA which is located in the very popular Market Square - well known for their numerous dining spots. This is a very popular and well known restaurant in the Pittsburgh area. A flight of stairs leads to the restaurant and the dining and bar area is large. A light and airy restaurant... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 412-281-8180

Description

Las Velas Mexican Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh in historic Market Square above Prantl’s Bakery and Mancini Bread Company.Opening in fall of 2009, it includes a fun atmosphere, excellent bar options, and a flavorful menu of recipes inspired by Mexico City and the Riviera Maya region of Mexico.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?