Pittsburgh is a historic gem in the northeast with plenty of historical landmarks and museums that span American history from Point State Park with structures dating back to the 18th century to Mr. Roger’s set on Sesame Street at the Heinz History Center.
Pittsburgh also has a large student and academic population with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon being two of 19 colleges and universities in the city. Where it was once a blue-collar industrial city, Pittsburgh now is at the forefront of the tech industry, its old factory spaces converted into a bustling business and cultural district.
Large populations of students and professionals require a restaurant scene to fuel their endeavors and host their celebrations. Whether you’re celebrating a graduation or planning a work holiday party, there are various restaurants with private rooms to host any kind of special occasion.
I spent my last trip to the city of bridges exploring the best options for private dining in Pittsburgh and found a variety of restaurants with beautiful spaces and delicious food to make your special occasion extra special. Read on to explore my list of restaurants with the best private dining in Pittsburgh to start planning your party.
Best Private Dining in Pittsburgh
- Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
- The Capital Grille
- Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
- Eddie Merlot’s Prime Aged Beef & Seafood Pittsburgh
- Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
- The Melting Pot
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House
- Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
1411 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Located in the Duquesne Heights neighborhood in a two-level dining space in a tall building with panoramic views of the city and the lovely Ohio River to the north, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is a fine-dining seafood restaurant and steakhouse. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto has enormous private dining spaces that can hold up to 100 people, and all private rooms are enclosed in double-paned glass providing an incredible view to enjoy.
While seafood is their specialty, you can also find high-quality steaks and poultry on their menu, along with appetizers and vegetables. I loved their surf and turf deviled eggs with candied bacon and shrimp, and they would make the perfect finger food appetizer at a party. I also recommend their signature crab cakes with jumbo lump crab meat and house remoulade sauce.
1230 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Located right down the street from Monterey Bay Fish Grotto directly in front of the beautiful Mt. Washington Park on the south shore of the Ohio River, Altius is a high-end, new American restaurant. Created and run by restaurateur B DeFrancis and Executive Chef Jessica Bauer, Altius has received a four-diamond rating from AAA.
The menu at Altius features simple, local, and seasonal ingredients cooked to perfection and combined to create visibly stunning plates that taste amazing. I recommend starting with the Heron Point Crab Toast featuring wild crab, grilled artichoke cream cheese, basil aioli, and petite herbs on a rustic baguette. The pork chop is also excellent, with pear and lingonberry mostarda, candied walnuts, brussels sprouts, and smoked gouda purple potato puree.
1150 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Eleven is a contemporary new American restaurant that gives you a true taste of Pittsburgh’s history with its industrial-chic space inside a refurbished early 20th-century warehouse along an old railroad line in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Its large and authentic old-school warehouse space has ample private rooms for private dining options, each with large plasma TVs, projectors, and conference phones.
Eleven uses local and seasonal ingredients sourced from sustainable farms, and their multi-course menu features a wide variety of cheese plates from northeastern and midwestern cheese crafters. A delectable main course I tried was their ricotta cavatelli with cannellini beans, rapini, roasted cauliflower, Calabrian chili, and parmesan-pine nut crisp.
The Capital Grille
301 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, The Capital Grille is a fine-dining traditional American steakhouse serving the highest quality USDA prime beef dry-aged on-site. The Capital Grille’s excellent hospitality services extend to their private dining options that come with a personal event coordinator and customizable menus with wine pairing guidance.
Customizable private dining menus come as multi-course lunch or dinner menus or a cocktail and horderves menu. Each course has a set of options that you can choose from the main menu. I recommend the pan-fried calamari with hot cherry peppers as a starter and the dry-aged bone-in strip with creamy mashed potatoes as an entrée option.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
501 Grant St Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Located inside the beautiful Union Trust Building in downtown Pittsburgh, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood is a fine-dining seafood restaurant that uses the highest quality imported and local catches to make world-class multi-course seafood meals. Their private dining program offers numerous options to accommodate parties large and small in different private dining rooms that come with media technology and valet parking, to name a few perks.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood has a menu full of cold and hot seafood dishes along with a raw bar selection and prime beef selection. I love their Mustard and Rye Whiskey Glazed Norwegian Salmon dish with baby carrots and spinach. Their decadent au gratin cheddar potatoes make the perfect side dish.
Eddie Merlot’s Prime Aged Beef & Seafood Pittsburgh
Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave #100, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located inside the Four Gateway Center in downtown Pittsburgh just two blocks from the historic Point State Park, Eddie Merlot’s is a traditional steakhouse and seafood restaurant with one of the more spectacularly designed dining rooms I have seen. The two-story arched ceilings and custom-blown glass chandeliers and fixtures with floor-to-ceiling windows displaying views of downtown make Eddie Merlot’s a wonderful setting to enjoy a world-class meal.
Eddie Merlot’s menu features USDA prime and Australian Wagyu beef along with fresh, imported seafood expertly cooked. I recommend the wild-caught yellowfin tuna with a sesame seed crust as the fish option and the prime ribeye as the red meat option.
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
247 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is a favorite for Pittsburgh’s professional sports teams and sports media professionals as it is located directly between Heinz Field and PNC Park in Downtown Pittsburgh’s North Shore. Consequently, Hyde Park Prime has multiple private dining accommodations including four dining rooms that seat parties as intimate as 6 people or as large as 125.
Their spectacular selection of fish and meat includes various raw bar specialties like lobster and crab cocktails and an Asian-influenced tuna tower. They also make delicious dry-aged burgers like the bacon gruyere dry-aged burger. For a more formal entrée, I recommend the Steak Rooney, a filet mignon topped with lobster tail and bearnaise sauce served over bordelaise doused asparagus and sliced mushrooms.
The Melting Pot
242 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant located in Pittsburgh’s South Shore neighborhood right on the Monongahela Riverfront. The Melting Pot offers a variety of decadent savory and sweet fondues in which to dip an even wider variety of skewered vegetables, meats, fish, and sweets. The Melting Pot strives to help families, friends, and large groups bond over an interactive and shareable meal.
The Melting Pot’s menu has appetizer fondues, entrée fondues, salads, and dessert fondues for an utterly luxurious and decadent feast. There are various cheese fondues to choose from, each with a distinct blend of cheeses and flavors. Appetizer fondues are served with vegetables, fruits, and artisanal bread while entrée fondues are served with your choice of meat, fish, or surf and turf selections.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Six PPG Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh a block from Gateway Center Park, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is a traditional fine dining steakhouse, offering sizzling cuts of high-quality beef and expertly crafted seafood in elegant and modern dining space. Its prized location inside the historic PPG Place gives diners first-row views of the dancing water fountain and the giant winter ice skating rink.
You can order a pre-fixe chef’s tasting meal for an intimate private party, featuring a choice of select starters, entrees, and desserts. I loved their veal osso buco ravioli with saffron-infused pasta and sauteed baby spinach as a hearty appetizer. All USDA prime cuts of beef come with your choice of seafood or decadent cheese garnishes like crab cakes, grilled jumbo shrimp, or bleu cheese and roasted garlic crust.
Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar
2350 Railroad St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Cioppino Restaurant and Cigar Bar is a locally-owned fine dining steakhouse and cigar bar located in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Cioppino has been a Pittsburgh favorite since its opening 12 years ago, receiving numerous accolades and awards including Best Bar in Pittsburgh and Best of Guys Night Out. Bachelor parties abound at Cioppino with a selection of over 50 cigars, 200 wines, and over 300 whiskeys.
Cioppino’s Italian-inspired menus accommodate every dietary preference from vegan to meat lovers. I loved their mussels Alla Amatriciana with pancetta, onion, garlic, and rustic tomato sauce served with grilled bread. Their demi-glace short ribs with garlic whipped potatoes and brussels sprouts is divine.
Whether you’re celebrating a wedding, graduation, or a holiday, you can find excellent venues to host special occasions in Pittsburgh. My list of restaurants with the best private dining in Pittsburgh have options for any size party, offering world-class meals and hospitality to make any special occasion a memorable event.
If you are interested in finding even more excellent dining options in Pittsburgh, I have also compiled a longer, more eclectic list of Pittsburgh restaurants worth exploring.
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