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“Pittsburgh's only authentic homemade German food and bar.”

Max's Allegheny Tavern
Ranked #61 of 2,173 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: German, Irish
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Pittsburgh's only authentic homemade German food and bar.”
Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Located in Old Deutsch town part of Pittsburgh's North Side. German food made in-house not shipped in and reheated like the international chain across town. Rathskeller decor adds to the experience. The menu is loaded with classics. The beers are always a favorite of mine!!

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Max's mostly good”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

We've been to Max's several times for a large group dinner meeting. We order appetizers (fried zucchini, fried provolone wheel, honey wings and sausage and cheese) which are tasty, but expensive for the quantity you get. If some of your guests do not like German food, they offer other things like hamburgers, chicken breast or fish sandwiches, and BLT's. They could also order the Wiener Schnitzel because it is basically fried veal (real not patty) and is very good. The Jager Schnitzel is the same veal but covered with a brown mushroom sauce and is excellent and will probably be liked by people who don't care for German food. If you like sauerbraten, it is very good. They have a small and large dinner size Spinach salad with hot bacon dressing that is very good. The Potato Pancakes and Sweet and Sour Cabbage were average, but the Spatzle noodles were good. We met in the Rathskeller (large basement room with own bar). Their main floor bar is also extensive where you can get most anything including a sampler of 4 German beers. Max's is located on the North Side of Pittsburgh with mostly on-street parking, but there is a parking lot around the block to the south. If you have never tried German food, I think you should give them a try. The waitresses can tell you which foods are plain or distinctively spicy.

  • Visited June 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“Authentic German Cuisine”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

We go to this restaurant for years. Besides he authentic German food, they serve German and US wine and German and other foreign beers. My favorite meal is the Jagerschnitzel (veal steak with mushroom sauce), which I have eaten in towns all over Germany. Anyone not familiar with German food may want to order the sample platter, where you can order 3 samples from a long list of German dishes. We have tried many of the dishes over the years and found them to be very authentic with a tendency to stronger resemble the Southern German way of preparing food.
Long story short: If you like authentic German food or if you just want to try it, this restaurant is a must-go. I am going there for years and I definitely recommend it..

  • Visited May 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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“Unexpectedly Good Sunday Brunch!”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

I had the opportunity to have brunch at Max's Allegheny Tavern on Mother's Day. I was pleasantly surprised at the experience as I did not realize the restaurant offered brunch. I have been at Max's numerous times when I was in the mood for German food or for a late night sandwich.
The buffet brunch offered omelets made to order as well as a nice mix of breakfast and lunch items including waffles, french toast, ham bacon and some specialty entrees. The German farmer's breakfast was a combination of scrambled eggs, sausage and German potato salad- very tasty. The Mediterranean chicken(a surprise at a German restaurant) was moist and flavorful. There were also cold salads and several desserts as well as breakfast breads. All for a very reasonable $12.99. You could also order from the regular menu if you prefer. The atmosphere was very pleasant and relaxed. It was a very enjoyable meal.

  • Visited May 2014
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valparaiso, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
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“tasteless in Germantown”
Reviewed April 29, 2014

After raves from relatives, we expected great food. Well, it is cheap, you do get a lot, and it is very popular. Despite my years in Milwaukee where I had wonderful German food, I generally avoid German restaurants and this place validates the reason I do so. The beer flight was pretty bad, with only one beer out of the four that was drinkable. I decided to order the house specialty, goulash. What a tasteless, colorless mess. I finally identified the meat as pork, though that was not easy since the perfectly formed squares made it difficult to tell what I was eating. The spaetzle was gooey. The only good thing on the plate was the red cabbage and, really, it is dangerous to make a meal of only that. My husband had the bratwurst club and it proved a safe choice. The neighborhood is sketchy as it is gentrifying slowly. However, there are lots of people about so have no fear if you decide to give Max's a try.

  • Visited April 2014
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