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5527 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2350
(412) 683-1003
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Allport, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If President Obama goes to Pamela's for their hotcakes - its going on the Must Try when in Pittsburgh. I think I cried a little when I had my first bite. I could of easily polished off 3 servings of those hotcakes (had my eggs and bacon to eat as well). It was a magical combination.

Thank HandsomeHerbie
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stopped for lunch at Pamela's, having been nearby and aware of the place's good reputation. I was not disappointed. I ordered a vegetable omelet and was served a large plate stuffed full of omelet, two pieces of toast, and potatoes. (I honestly liked the potatoes better than the omelet!) The food was great, it came up in about ten... More 

Thank Rollercoasting
Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have eaten here three or four times. It is consistently good and very relaxed. Make sure you have your appetite, because besides being excellent, the portions are very large. One of my favorite things about Pamela's is that it has amazing omelets and hotcakes. The former are served with delicious fried potatoes and choice of toast. The hotcakes are... More 

Thank DancingAround
Weston, Texas
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this diner when moving our son to college. We loved it and ended up going back bringing our son and his roommate. The strawberry pancakes are the best I've ever had.

Thank lizgreenwell
Cobourg, Canada
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

The food here is fantastic. We had hash-browns to-die-for, thin and very tasty griddle cakes and light and fluffy omelets. Service is efficient and the place is cash only. Highly recommend this with its retro decor and excellent food.

Thank 148carolinemcn
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

This place turns over tables fast so even if there is a wait it will likely not be too long. Really good breakfast foods and the serving portions are big - be hungry when you arrive! Only downside is they only accept cash.

Thank David M
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327 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Pamela's is popular with locals. They don't take reservations and expect to wait, but worth it. Cash only! They are known for their hot cakes. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Gregrob1980
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

I would love to know what they put in Pamela's Lyonnaise Potatoes. They are worth the trip to Shadyside to eat Breakfast.

Thank Carol1921

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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
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?