Amanda Narcisi, @boldpittsburgh
When it comes time to impress a client for dinner where can you go in Pittsburgh? There are so many choices and which one will be quiet and impressive so you can close a deal. Below is a list of five top restaurants in Pittsburgh to take a client. All are outstanding for out of town guests.
or, The Whale + Evangeline
or, The Whale opened this fall in the Distrikt Hotel, and comes with an amazing butcher list and oysters to impress. Something unique about the new restaurant, or, The Whale serves brunch seven days a week (yes, you read that right -- every single day). Their unique dinner menu offers aged beef butchered in house, oysters in the shell and the tastiest soups and chowders. Don't forget to check out their sister bar, Evangeline, located in the mezzanine of the hotel. Looking for a quiet work and brainstorm sesh? Cozy up at Evangeline during the morning hours and be treated to coffees, fresh-pressed juices and pastries galore (made in-house). The space also offers a full craft cocktail list and a Champagne and Caviar happy hour from 430-630 pm, Monday-Friday. If your clients are staying at Distrikt Hotel, they have access to bicycles to take around the city.
Dish to Impress: Jubilee Hilltop Slow-Roasted Short Rib
Drink to Impress: La Boutonniere
The Details: or, The Whale • 463 Blvd of the Allies • Pittsburgh, PA 15219 • 412-632-0002 • Open Table Friendly
Inside of the newly renovated Union Trust Building in the heart of Downtown, Union Standard offers a great menu with relaxed atmosphere. Union Standard is the first restaurant of celebrated chef Derek Stevens. The menu features items like Lamb Patty Melt and local beer on tap. Union Standard does have private conference-length tables that can be sectioned off with curtains and have TV’s in them for those client meetings that have a larger crowd.
Dish to Impress: Wood Grilled Salmon
Drink to Impress: Plymouth in Blume
The Details: Union Standard • 524 William Penn Place • Pittsburgh, PA 15219 • 412-281-0738 • RESY Friendly
Nestled in the basement of Hotel Monaco, The Commoner has a menu is hip and fun. The food is presented like a work of art. Menu spans from open to close which means you can include a breakfast meeting. Have clients in from out of town? Book their room at the Hotel Monaco for some extra kudos.
Dish to Impress: Peppercorn NY Steak
Drink to Impress: Pop Style
The Details: The Commoner • 458 Strawberry Way • Pittsburgh, PA 15219 • 412-230-4800 • Open Table Friendly
When you step into Poros it is an under the sea oasis. Everything is blue and sand colored including the chandeler that hangs above the huge rectangle bar. The one menu item that puts Poros above all the other seafood restaurants in Pittsburgh is that you can pick your cut of seafood. Along the wall is a seafood counter where you can pick your piece to be prepared for lunch or dinner. Poros also has happy hour from 5-7 with drink and oyster specials.
Dish to Impress: Crispy Skin Dorade Fillet
Drink to Impress: Athena’s Dirty Pillows
The Details: Poros • 2 PPG Market Square • Pittsburgh, PA 15222 • 412-904-2051 • Open Table Friendly
If you want to impress a client that is traveling in from out of town, Altius is the best view of the city and menu impresses every time. Altius is very modern and sleek with amazing wrap around booths and small tables that line the windows that overlook Point State Park.
Dish to Impress: Jubilee Hilltop Ranch Veal Saltimbocca Ravioli
Drink to Impress: Love & Theft
The Details: Altius • 1230 Grandview Ave • Pittsburgh, PA 15211 • 412-904-4442 • Open Table Friendly