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“Food is fairly good, atmosphere blah during Steeler game, SLOW service”

Jerome Bettis' Grille 36
Ranked #23 of 2,167 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Gastropub, Brew Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Jerome Bettis' Grille 36 is Pittsburgh's premier sports restaurant located in the heart of the North Shore. Featuring many local food selections as well as one of the best local craft beer lists in the city, Jerome's has it all! Great for families, the restaurant can accommodate groups of all sizes and is great for private parties and events. It's also the best place to catch the game and has the best patio in Pittsburgh with a view that must been seen to be believed! See you soon.
McKinney
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“Food is fairly good, atmosphere blah during Steeler game, SLOW service”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

We have eaten here twice during the past 4 months, having traveled to Pittsburgh both times for nearby family functions. The food is just adequate but there is fairly good variety on the menu. I did like the warm chicken curry salad. Both times we were here the service was incredibly slow. There are a lot of service people in view, but food and drinks were just as slow to arrive as the first visit from our waiter.

On our second visit, we had been hoping for a slightly raucous to wildly crazy place to watch the Steelers game on a Sunday night. Maybe the locals are blase` since they get to see Steelers info and games all the time. We were visiting here from Texas (where the Cowboy/cryboys are nauseatingly ubiquitous) and were counting on 200 kindred pals with whom to cheer and celebate our favorite team . Not much enthusiam was in evidence. The TV's were on all sorts of other stations until a few minutes before game time. When the Steelers coach was on the pregame show being interviewed, we begged the manager to turn the sound on. He said it was company policy to leave the pervasive music on at all times except during the actual game. The people at the table next to ours were just as disappointed as we were, being visitors from Kentucky and big Steeler fans as well.
We were also disappointed to learn from the manager that Jerome Bettis really has next to nothing to do with this restaurant.

So, you can get OK food here, but plan to be here a good long while, and don't crane you neck searching for number 36.

  • Visited October 2012
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Gastonia, North Carolina
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“So Jerome has a sense of humor!”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Okay, So of course I didn't get to experience the men's restroom, but listening to my husband and other guys talking after they came out made me want to sneak in there! Hilarious! Oh, and the food was great too!

Visited November 2012
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Santa Barbara, California
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“Great place to watch a game if you can't get tickets!!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Great menu selection and a very diverse beer selection. Definitely gets a little out of control during Steelers games!! You can always count on them to give you a great Steelers based off of their daily specials! Stay away from the 36 steak if you plan on being able to walk afterwards!

  • Visited November 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Decent food, but slooooooow service”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you don't have somewhere to get to then this place is great. I've been here 3 different times (lunch, late lunch and before a Pitt game) and no matter how busy they are it always takes hours. This is crazy, especially for lunch when you need to get in and out in a semi-reasonable time frame. Plan on at least an hour and a half to two hours if you go here and you'll be fine. Other than that, the food is pretty good and the ambiance is nice. The Bus has class and it shows.

Oh, and bring your night vision goggles for any trips to the bathroom.. it's DARK in there!!

Visited July 2012
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Warrenton, Missouri, United States
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“The Bus Rocks”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Great restaurant on Pittsburgh's North Shore. Been here several times and always enjoy the place. It's not your typical sports bar, more of an upscale feel to it which is nice. Plenty of Jerome Bettis merchandise for sale.
In regards to the person below saying Bettis has nothing to do with the bar, Yeah he's not in the back cooking fries, but I have pesonaly seen him there ( for the Browns game in 2010 and he walked around shaking hands.)and his name is on the place.

  • Visited October 2012
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