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“A Great Restaurant in a Beautiful Setting”

The Porch at Schenley
Ranked #35 of 2,153 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Pizza
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Adjacent to University of Pittsburgh
Somerset, New Jersey
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477 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 347 helpful votes
“A Great Restaurant in a Beautiful Setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

The Location right near two major Universities -- University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University -- serves as a major advantage for this wonderful restaurant. The clientele is a mixture of locals, older patrons celebrating special occasions, students, and visiting parents, and families of the students, (This is the reason we ended up here. Two of our nephews attend both the Universities).
We were very impressed with the modern building, the relaxed setting, the simple, but stylish interior, and the sustainable Eco system due to the fact that they grow their own produce. The decor is warm and inviting with huge open glass windows. The old Edison light bulbs along with the overhead brighter lights indoors created a unique and unusual ambiance. The outdoor seating also looked really fantastic. All the employees seemed to be pleasant, warm, patient, caring and attentive.Most of them were young students from the Universities.
We started out with the corn bread cooked with sweetened butter and served in a cast iron skillet, and the fried Calamari. Both were cooked to perfection.and were an excellent choice.The pitchers of red and white Sangria were the perfect mate for the appetizers.
Our main dishes were the pan seared swordfish on a bed of spicy seasoned garbanzos and topped with the freshest of greens, herbs and cabbage, roast beef sandwiches and pizzas. The thin crust brick oven pizzas were really delicious, especially the one created with an unusual combination of barbecued chicken, pineapple and hot spicy peppers.
We were too full to order dessert.
The prices were reasonable for the quality and freshness of the food.
All - in - all, this was a very nice relaxed place.
We will recommend the place to everyone and will definitely visit this place on our next visit here.

  • Visited September 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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163 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good food, great location near CMU & PITT”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

Nice place to enjoy a meal, with plenty of searing and prompt service. Our family had the opportunity to eat lunch hear during move-in weekend. The pizza is Steve on a baking sheet with a compliment of fresh herbs to find time the flavors to your taste. The crowd is well balanced with locals and college kids. The view out onto the park is a nice backdrop. For entrees, three beverages = $58 + tip. Definitely on our list to visit each time we are in town.

  • Visited August 2013
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Villanova, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“great atmosphere, inconsistent food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

First time there....beautiful night and environment. Service was very good. Prime rib sandwich was excellent; pizza (brick oven, I think) was too thin and crisp, corners were burnt, not enjoyable and not all edible. Side salad was good. They bring an old fashioned milk bottle as the table's water bottle; great idea we are copying at home.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Stew27
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Yummy food, beautiful setting.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

The building is gorgeous, airy, with lots of windows to the park. We just stopped in for an early lunch and ordered two of their pizzas. They were excellent. Fig jam, goat cheese, truffle oil and arugula, while nothing new was turned out very nicely. Will definitely come again!! The drinks menu looks tasty, too.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Simone T
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Different than a usual italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Came here with friends whilst visiting Pittsburgh. Came on a Sunday evening about 8pm. We all had pizzas, very different than the usual uk pizza, thoroughly enjoyable. The only down side was they shut at 9pm and didn't tell us so we couldn't get dessert or coffees . Will return although the service was not that good but a nice atmosphere

  • Visited August 2013
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