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3703 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3408
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Washington DC, United States
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So everybody raved about the hotcakes. Big deal. Then I see the President went there. Big deal. Then I see the Obama's invited Pamela to the White House to make pancakes for them. And then I asked people if the place really was that good. And they all laughed and said, "absolutely! How many people have to tell you that... More 

Thank Mike S
Douglassville, Pennsylvania
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96 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Came for breakfast after moving our son into his apartment for the start of the new school year. We had no wait at about 830am as it was still considered "off season" because school was not in session yet. We were greeted warmly and promptly seated. The very friendly server recommended the special hotcakes of the day, peanut butter banana... More 

Thank Lisa B
Newport News, Virginia
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The breakfast is amazing! The environment is very outgoing! Don't let how packed it is keep you from coming here! The wait is a lot quicker than the estimated timing that they give you! Must try!!!

Thank michaelaleighfle
Lakewood, Ohio
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We stopped in on a weekday morning after a late night. Everything was perfect! We ordered a little bit of everything and each item was delicious.The service was top notch and the portions were right on for the price. Its a cute place, the walls are covered in board games and all kinds of 70's and 80's decor. When I... More 

Thank LittleOldUs
London, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

This is a lovely place to take lunch but remember to bring cash as they don't take cards. Pamela's is a lovely diner with a twist - one section of the diner is covered in board games (i am still unclear why). This roving Brit and his US business partner popped in for a quick lunch and for cheap eats... More 

Thank Roving_Bill
Mount Laurel, New Jersey, United States
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

The corned beef hash and banana pancakes were awesome. The pancakes were thin like crepes. The service was quick and efficient. If you plan to go on a weekend, go early because there's a line by 9 am. We went on a Monday morning on our way out of town around 9 am and were seated and served quickly, but... More 

Thank Melissa R
Bluffton, South Carolina
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51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

A quirky place with great food and service. The pancake (crepes) are the best...don't be fooled by the name! Coffee served hot and a pot left at the table, so no waiting for a refill. Eggs were done just right . Next time ,maybe order lunch?

Thank mch682015
Elmira, New York
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

We travel extensively for hockey in the winter season and in February of 2016 we ventured to Pittsburgh for a President's Day weekend tournament. Before parting on these ventures we always frequent Trip Advisor for restaurant recommendations. Pamela's high reviews were dead on. The people know. We ate breakfast there two times: Saturday morning at the Strip District diner and... More 

Thank Olympia64
Clinton, New Jersey
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Always a must stop for breakfast when at Pitt. Line can be long so use the app no wait to get in line. People love the pancakes, but I go with the home fries.

Lancaster, PA
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115 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

We were visiting our son at Pitt and he normally doesn't go out to eat much - so he suggested we go to Pamela's since we were buying :) We got there right before a rush of people - so we didn't have to wait to be seated. We loved our pancakes and my husband tried the potatoes - he... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $15
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3703 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3408
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh
  • Phone Number: 412-683-4066

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?