We use the Northshore Trail a lot for walking, running and biking, so this place is on our regular restaurant rotation in the spring/summer months. Of course you want to visit Redfin Blues on a warm, sunny day, preferably close to 5pm if you're there for dinner, because the small deck is where you want to sit, and it fills up early. There is usually a local musician singing and playing keyboard or guitar, and-- with the pleasure boats docking below you, and the kayakers paddling by-- you almost forget you're in Pittsburgh.
Service has been phenomenally bad in the past, but on our last visit, on Sunday for dinner, it was actually phenomenally good! We will be going back a few times in the next months and will follow-up here so readers will know if this was just a fluke, or an actual positive trend. With traffic restrictions on Rte 28, maybe they've had time to work on their hospitality skills? BTW, we were detoured along Penn Ave, through Lawrenceville, then across the 31st St Bridge, where the ramp down to the Marina IS open. Plenty of free parking under the bridge, and the detour was very well posted.
Anyhow, the food at Redfin Blues is usually pretty good, but not particularly fancy. Lots of sandwiches, seafood, some pasta and pizza. My sig/oth loves their Chilean Salmon and I'm partial to the Beer Battered Chicken and the Fajitas (allergic to seafood). I wish they had a real entree calibre salad, preferably with a spinach base, because that would be my handsdown choice. Or maybe a Chicken Caesar-- doesn't get much simpler than that. . . . As is, though, their side salads are very generously sized, and I like most of their side dishes and appetizers as well. Sometimes we go on Sunday mornings, when a breakfast menu would be nice, but the kitchen won't budge on this point either. In the final analysis, Redfin Blues is what it is. . . .
We really enjoy eating here even though they have their culinary limitations, and the service can be quite slow, and we sometimes have to sit on the back patio off the deck. There is also indoor seating but I have only seen people inside when it started to rain, and when it was really super crowded. Dinner for 2 on Saturday with beer @$38 plus tip.
Don't forget: You can enjoy a stroll along the Island Trail before or after your meal; or ride right up to the restaurant on your bike from downtown (about 10 mins by bike or 20 mins walking). I think visitors staying on the Northshore would really enjoy a local place like Redfin Blues!