A Foodie's Guide To Pittsburgh

Discover global inspiration and local creativity on and off campus


Pittsburgh’s lively, ever-expanding food scene is one of our favorite things about calling this city home. And you don't just have to take our word for it. In recent years, Pittsburgh has garnered more and more national attention for its culinary accomplishments, including recognition in The New York Times and Zagat.

If you’re visiting campus soon, don’t leave town without trying at least one of our many coveted food spots. From food trucks to the country's first restaurant incubator, to our more traditionally known (and close by) establishments like Primanti Brothers and Pamela’s Diner, there’s something here for everyone.

Taking a Short Walk Off Campus?

Dining in Neighborhoods Around Town

Squirrel Hill is where you'll find one of Pittsburgh's greatest ongoing pizza rivalries between Aiello's Pizza and Mineo's Pizza House. There are also a number of popular Asian eateries, including Everyday Noodles, Cafe 33, Sichuan Gourmet and Bangkok Balcony.    

Shadyside is just several minutes from campus and is home to Pittsburgh's famous Prantl's Bakery. On Highland Ave you'll find several favorite spots for students: Mad MexNoodlehead and Urban Tap. After dinner head over to Millie's Homemade Ice Cream for some of the best ice cream in town. 

Lawrenceville is one of the city's most prominent neighborhoods for dining out and is home to Morcilla, recognized by Bon Appétit as No. 4 on the list of America's Best New Restaurants in 2016. Smoke BBQ Taqueria is a local favorite for delicious tacos, or try gourmet hot dogs at Franktuary

The Strip District is a gastronomical destination for local produce and speciality groceries. It also includes popular restaurants like Smallman Galley, an incubator for chefs and restaurant concepts that features four unique concepts at a time, as well as Gaucho, home to a wide selection of wood-fired Argentine fare that's always in high-demand.

Downtown offers many Pittsburgh staples as well as many new, exciting concepts. If you're looking for a gastropub experience, try The Commoner or explore three distinct Italian dining options on each of Sienna Mercato's separate levels.

The South Side is home to dozens of dining options. Interested in international cuisine? Try Nakama for a Japanese steakhouse, Mallorca for up-scale Spanish food or The Pub Chip Shop for traditional British street food. Fat Head's Saloon and Double Wide Grill are Pittsburgh favorites for American eats. If you can save room for dessert, check out the Milkshake Factory for shakes, sundaes and chocolates. 

On-Campus Eateries

Inspired by Carnegie Mellon's global reach and impact as well as its inherent tie to Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon’s dining program is globally inspired and locally rooted. We're passionate about bringing global flavors and cuisines to our students’ tables and equally committed to serving fresh, local ingredients while also supporting local restaurateurs who make the Carnegie Mellon eating scene eclectic, delicious and healthy. Our dining model enhances the student academic experience by offering convenient options at more than 34 campus locations - Indian, Pan-Asian, Mexican, and Mediterranean are just a sampling of the global cuisines we are proud to offer.