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5527 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2350
(412) 683-1003
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Plymouth Meeting, PA
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159 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are multiple locations and my wife & I chose the one in the Oakland section (3703 Forbes Ave). No reservations and cash ONLY makes you think "is it all worth the wait?" YES IT IS! Enter this "back to the 1950's" diner and meet Tim, the affable owner who'll take your name & cell phone number. He'll show the... More 

Thank mgkmarkr
Columbus, Ohio
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The wait time to get into this place is crazy. My cousin lives here and wanted to take me here on Columbus Day since he was off work that day. We went on Columbus Day morning, maybe that's why it took so long to get a table; there were so many people who were off work who had the same... More 

Thank Kimberly B
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing beats Pamela's hotcakes...They are perfectly made..But this particular Pamela's in Shadyside needs some attention-A good cleaning is in order and some attention to the service..A customer shouldn't have to go the register in search of additional coffee...refills should happen at the table automatically..the restaurant wasn't even busy..

Thank David G
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hmmmm. When I hear "brunch" I envision a feast for the eyes, delight for the palate, and a hearty, decadent, tasty meal accompanied by mimosas and Bloody Marys. What you get at Pamela's is a greasy spoon breakfast. It's not bad, but not amazing. After more than a decade of living in Pittsburgh I finally had to try to see... More 

Thank Travala
Charleston, West Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

best place to grab a quick breakfast or lunch but on weekends, the line can reach outside the door. service is friendly and food is delicious and affordable. very clean too.

Thank thetwofuncats
Pennsylvania, USA
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99 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Pamela's in Shadyside for Sunday breakfast while visiting our daughter. Expected a wait and were told 25 minutes ( was actually closer to 40) but it went quickly and once at our table we had our food in less than 15 minutes. Omelets and 2-egg special were all good with more food than most of us could eat. Everyone... More 

Thank beachfamilyusa
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Breakfast on a Tuesday morning. First surprise, cash only, so we had to go back down the street & use an ATM. Second surprise, the menu. Nothing really struck me as "must have" so I chose a "malted waffle". Honestly, I have done better with the waffle machines in hotel breakfast nooks. Bacon was small, very thin slices without a... More 

Thank Duccy
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for a good local place for breakfast, we decided to give Pamela's a try. Located in a nice shopping district on Walnut Street in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh, this place is a classic. Nice diner interior, you could tell that many of the patrons were local and frequent visitors. Excellent coffee. Food was freshly made and very good... More 

Thank Mark F
Allport, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food here is awesome. Their home fries are out of this world and the crepe pancakes are delish!! The staff is friendly and accommodating, prices very reasonable. Take cash though-no credit, but ATMs are close by...highly recommend!!

Thank rburfield552
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have no idea why there's a line up. I get the historical part but you can't wander around and look at them without disturbing diners. The food was average, waitress messed up our both our orders and my son, who is a pancake lover, gave his pancake a 5/10 only. We waited over an hour because of the hype.... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5527 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2350
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Shadyside
  • Neighborhood: Shadyside
  • Phone Number: (412) 683-1003

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