Best Seafood In Pittsburgh

June 25, 2011 6:45 AM

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While Pittsburgh may not be close to the ocean, the area has a number of excellent seafood restaurants where you can get an array of fresh fish. Below are some of the newsroom’s picks for best seafood in the city.

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto

Mt. Washington
1411 Grandview Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
(412) 481-4414

146 Mall Circle Drive
Monroeville, PA 15146
(412) 374-8530

Delicious dishes combined with a breath-taking view of the city make this award-winning restaurant the perfect spot for a special night out or a private group affair. The fish is flown in from a number of locations on the East and West coasts as well as the Hawaiian Islands. “They have a constantly changing array of fresh and exotic seafood. The chefs are talented and the wait staff is intelligent,” said one KDKA staffer. Monterey Bay features a lunch, dinner, dessert and wine menu.

Penn Avenue Fish Company

2208 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 434-7200

Penn Avenue Fish Co. Is another spot that offers a wide variety of fresh seafood. “Grab a seat for lunch and you’re instantly transported to a seaside port town. Busy fishmongers and chalkboard menus are complimented by chill music and modern decor. And unless you go out and hook your own, you won’t be able to find fresher fish,” raves Pittsburgh Magazine ( ). “The best in America,” adds a KDKA employee.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants

2667 Sidney Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 432-3260

301 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 201-6992

McCormick & Schmick’s is another local seafood favorite. The company prints its menus twice daily to reflect the freshest seafood available. This is also a great place to find a bargain. It’s famous for its $1.95 bar food menu featuring a half-pound cheeseburger, steamed mussels and more.

Wright’s Seafood Inn

1837 Washington Street
Heidelberg, PA 15106
(412) 279-7900

Wright’s Seafood Inn has been known for serving fresh seafood for over 100 years. It reopened with an upscale tap room and sushi bar. “The lobster bisque is amazing. Fresh fish, crabcakes, sushi, weekly specials, nightly entertainment. This place is REALLY good!” said a KDKA staffer. During the summer months, you can even relax at the beach bar behind the restaurant.


1711 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 391-3737

The Wholey Fish Market is your one stop shop for seafood. Located in the Strip District, this location offers a huge variety of fish, crab, lobster, clams and even steak. “Great fish sandwich!” raves a local. For online shoppers, Wholey’s offers a full menu and low cost shipping.


East Liberty
134 South Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 362-6001

Spoon is an upscale restaurant located in the city’s East Liberty section. The restaurant uses fresh, local produce in their everyday menu. Spoon also caters to larger groups by offering a 5 course tasting menu for the entire table.

Roland’s Seafood Grill

1904 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 261-3401

Roland’s has been a familiar name in the Strip District for over 50 years. It features a host of appetizers, a raw bar and a dinner menu starting at 4:30 nightly. Roland’s is also known for its daily specials and outdoor patio dining.

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  • Chicken of the Sea

    The Original Fish Market??? Come on, people!

  • Marilyn

    I don’t know how old this list is but Wright’s Seafood in Heildberg (the original one) has been closed for years (and I mean years — like 5). Since that huge flood in Pgh. sometime ago! Can these lists be up-dated???

    • sexyladie

      Wright’s reopened a few years ago.

    • mls

      No it reopened some time ago. As far as I know it is still open under new owners. You better get updated.

    • miss blonde monroe

      uh guy, i work by that place and i was there 3 days ago eating there. educate yourself please.

  • Mel

    The best seafood I have had around here is at Blue Water Tavern in Wexford. The absolute best lobster mac n cheese and the seafood pasta – to die for!

  • LB

    I have mine shipped in from seattle

    • Bob

      Who cares

  • Anonymous

    Need to update your reviews. Wright’s opened and closed several times after the flood and the last time it was not a seafood restaurant. It was up for sheriff’s sale several monts ago.

  • Bill

    Wright’s has opened and closed several times since the flood. The last time it was not even a seafood retaurant. Was up for sheriff’s sale several months ago. Need to update your info.

  • HK

    You forgot Long John Silvers

  • ame

    Does anyone really know if Wrights is open…they used to have the best cociquil

  • Teresa

    Wright’s changed their name to Joe’s Ale House about a year or so ago, I believe it’s now closed. Haven’t been there in a long while since the last time we were there for dinner, service was horrible and food is not worth the price. Also, it was more of a bar full of old drunks!

  • V V

    The best seafood i have had is at Nardies atop the Jonnet building in Monroeville.

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