4 Pittsburgh Hotel Restaurants You Need to Try

Pittsburgh is known for it's food scene, and these hotel restaurants are a big part of the reason why.

or, The Whale

or, The Whale is located inside the new Distrikt hotel on the Boulevard of the Allies. The Distrikt is a gorgeous renovation of a historic Salvation Army building from 1940. They have left many of the original and ornate character and added Pittsburgh-specific details making this a really unique hotel. The lobby is open and inviting and it's a great place to gather with friends.   

Why I Love It 

There are so many reasons, but the first immediately obvious one is the decor. Walking inside the restaurant immediately transports you outside of Pittsburgh and into a upscale restaurant on the water in Maine. The nautical theme is bright, colorful, and inviting - you can almost smell the brine in the air. The menus look like novels, and the french-inspired food they serve is sourced from sustainable and humane local farmers. There is a focus on brunch (my favorite), seafood, and craft cocktails. My pro tip - get the monkey bread. 

Who You Should Take

Your foodie brunch friends, and plan to stay a while. This is the perfect place for a two hour indulgence of coffee, shared plates, cocktails and laughs.

Fl. 2

Fl.2 is located on the second floor of The Fairmont Pittsburgh, one of Pittsburgh's most luxurious hotels. It occupies the space of the former Habitat restaurant. The Fairmont is located in the heart of downtown, and is the city’s first LEED® Gold certified hotel. 

Why I Love It 

I really like it when restaurants decide to switch things up. It keeps it fresh and exciting - just like dining should be. Fl.2 (pronounced Floor 2) is The Fairmont Pittsburgh's new restaurant concept, and it features modern American food that is locally sourced. There is a beautiful bar with brass canopy, mirrors, and an open kitchen with gleaming copper cookware. Thanks to a partnership with MONMADE, The plates, bar books, and staff uniforms have been crafted by local artisans. They serve breakfast daily from 6:30-10:30, and their fresh juices sound delicious. Definitely try the chicken meatballs on ciabatta for breakfast!

Who You Should Take

Your dinner and a show partner. This is a perfect place to stop for a meal before a you head to your performance, or for dessert and a cocktail afterwards.

Wallace's Whiskey Room

Wallace's Whiskey Room is located in the Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty. The historic East End neighborhood is one of my favorites in the city, and this beautifully restored boutique hotel showcases the community and is close to many universities and hospital systems. 

Why I Love It

We've already established that I love brunch, and Wallace's Whiskey Room offers a Sunday brunch buffet that will satisfy everyone in your group. The only thing I love as much as brunch is happy hour...and Wallace's Whiskey Room has a doozy of a happy hour. Every weekday from 4:30-6:30 pm they offer a $5 appetizer menu, half off house wines and drafts, and $2 off craft cocktails. On Tuesdays and Thursdays stay after happy hour for free live music shows from 7-9 pm. Brunch, happy hour, live music...the trifecta!

Who You Should Take

Your family or close friends. Head over after work on a Tuesday and plan to spend the evening enjoying the food, drinks and music.


Whitfield is housed in the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, also in the East End neighborhood. The building itself is a renovated century-old former YMCA building in the heart of the community. Ace Hotel fully embraces change makers and advocates for Pittsburgh's evolution, and as a result it is often a gathering space for events around topics such as technology, art and innovation.

Why I Love It

Whitfield is a place that inspires me. The dining area is bathed in light from all of the windows, there is greenery everywhere and an upscale rustic feel. The food is based on the culinary traditions of the region's Polish, German, Eastern European, Italian, and Jewish settlers. The menu is seasonal and always driven by the local purveyors and ranches where they source their ingredients. They often host cool events such as "Sharing Knives", their collaborative dinner series. I also love that you can grab late night bites at the bar till 2 am on the weekends!

Who You Should Take

Your out-of-town visitor from a big city. This is a great place to flaunt our upscale cuisine scene as well as Pittsburgh's authenticity and capacity for reinvention.