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Rose Tea Cafe

Squirrel Hill South
Taiwanese
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5874 1/2 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217-1602
412-421-2238
Today
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Bang for your buck!

I'll be reviewing the Oakland branch since I visit that way more often. Although this place is small, with a small food menu and majorly famous for bubble tea, their food is pretty awesome! My staple dish here is the Curry chicken (or sometimes the curry fish). It is really good, spicy and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
UtsavDrolia
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
via mobile
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43 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

I'll be reviewing the Oakland branch since I visit that way more often. Although this place is small, with a small food menu and majorly famous for bubble tea, their food is pretty awesome! My staple dish here is the Curry chicken (or sometimes the curry fish). It is really good, spicy and flavorful and surprisingly similar to Indian curry... More 

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Huntington, West Virginia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This weekend trip is my first time visiting Pittsburgh. We were excited by finding this restaurant online. My boyfriend is a Caucasian but he has been trained to appreciate Asian foods in the past. Ambitiously we ordered five dishes: steamed dumplings (appetizer), fried stinky tofu (appetizer), stir-fried veggie with garlic (蒜炒空心菜), chicken with basil (三杯雞) and fried pork chop with... More 

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Virginia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My friend who comes from China frequently talks about this restaurant, and indeed, this was the main (only?) reason she wanted to visit Pittsburgh with me. I as an American don't think I can appreciate it the way she does, but service was friendly and the food was fresh and tasty. She says they have some of the best "smelled... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I've been months without fried stinky tofu (炸臭豆腐) and had resigned myself to a life without said food unless I make future trips to Taiwan. Well, yesterday, I found out about Rose Tea Cafe having said food item, and I immediately gathered myself to end up there for dinner. My brother-in-law and I showed up, were seated promptly, and the... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great little place on the main strip of Squirrell Hill in Pittsburgh. Try the Kimchi hotpot, it is delicious! Super casual atmosphere, was totally packed when we went there. The staff was super nice and helpful and we had 8 people.

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Gainesville, Florida
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84 reviews 84 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Lots of options for carnivores and vegetarians alike. We had some scallion pancakes and broccoli with garlic sauce and rice. Delicious meal with quick friendly service. A large choice of boba tea flavors as well. Perfect spot between the Carnegie and Pitt campuses.

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NYC
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

Being from NYC, we were taken to the Rose Tea Cafe by friends who were locals. We found the soups for two almost a meal itself for two. The smoothies were rich in fruit. The Eggplant with Garlic Sauce was tasty. If this restaurant were in NYC, I would be a steady monthly customer, it was that good.

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My wife and I were near Carnegie Mellon University and was looking for a place to grab a quick bite to eat. We were attracted to this little cafe and wanted to give it a try. The place was rather quaint which was fine by us. I ordered the chicken and broccoli with rice and my wife ordered the noodles... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

The service is not really good is so rough and poor. The portions that you're paying much money for is rather on the small side, and the food come out really greasy and lot of MSG It is true, the quality of this place has gone down, for the past I would rate a 4.5 but now a mere one.... More 

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New York City, New York
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78 reviews 78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

It is not a fancy restaurant but the food is great! I like basil squid hot pot, seafood noodle and chicken with broccoli and black pepper sauce. Service is very fast. Menu is great! They serve lots of traditional Taiwanese food that I never tried before. I wish they have brown rice option.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5874 1/2 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217-1602
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Squirrel Hill South
  • Neighborhood: Squirrel Hill South
  • Phone Number: 412-421-2238

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Taiwanese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?