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Best Seafood Restaurants In Pittsburgh

March 12, 2014 9:00 AM

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(Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Pittsburgh is not a city by the bay, obviously, but you’d be surprised to learn about the outstanding selection of fresh seafood that the Steel City has to offer. Once a industry town whose primary export was steel, Pittsburgh has slowly turned itself into a foodie’s paradise. From (semi) pretentious artisan foods to down-home comfort selections, Pittsburgh’s food scene – and most primarily its seafood establishments – have begun to rival those of coastal towns, where fresh catches awash in abundance.

Wholey’s
1711 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 391-3737
www.wholey.com

Wholey’s is a Pittsburgh institution; plain and simple – it is a hallmark of this great city, a place where families have been dining and buying their fresh catches for decades. Whether you’re in the market for a huge fried fish sammy, a hot basket of succulent smelts and clam strips, or a gorgeous, thick cut of ahi tuna for your next dinner party, Wholey’s is where it’s at. Gumbos, crab cakes, lobster sandwiches and sushi abound in such staggering quantity that you’d be hard-pressed to sample even a 16th of Wholey’s offerings in one trip. Plan your visit to the Strip in advance, and make sure you sit down to eat before loading up your cart from the market (which also offers a variety of non-seafood items). You will not be disappointed.

Penn Avenue Fish Company
308 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 562-1710
www.pennavefishcompany.com

A casual, BYOB establishment with mid-range prices makes Penn Avenue Fish Company the perfect spot to unwind after a long day, or enjoy on a quick weekend lunch outing. Funky decor lends itself to the experience, and beautifully presented dishes expediently arrive out of the open-kitchen layout. The tuna tacos, most notably, are such an interesting choice, and in lieu of fries, the rice pilaf and chickpea salad makes a delicious side touch. This establishment cannot accommodate large groups of people, so be sure to keep your party small and arrive before noon for lunch, as the crowd quickly becomes a throng.

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
705 Mall Circle Drive
Monroeville, PA 15146
(412) 374-8530
www.montereybay.com

When you combine freshly flown in catches in a colorful assortment, a quiet and sophisticated ambiance, and exceptional hospitality, you’ll have an exquisite dining experience unlike any other. Monterey Bay excels at its art – preparing fine cuts of fish and other aquatic life in a delicious, simplistic way. Whether you’re interested in sea scallops, ahi tuna, lobster (or even pasta and prime cuts of beef for the land ‘lubbers), Monterey Bay is your go-to for a fine seafood dining experience. Be sure to also visit the other location on top of Mount Washington for an even more luxurious dining experience in what USA Weekend called “The Second Most Beautiful Place in America.”

Related: Best Seafood In Pittsburgh

Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grill
2106 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 904-4509
www.lukewholey.com 

Consistent 5-star Yelp ratings cannot be forged – if you’re looking for truly delicious, fresh seafood, Luke Wholey’s should be your number-one destination. Whether you are in need of a facility for a party or simply need a night out with your sweetie, this exceptional establishment can accommodate you. For starters, order the catfish bites, a non-traditional take on popcorn shrimp, and move on to the shrimp scampi or tuna teriyaki – both exquisite selections. A raw bar, unique sushi selection and open wood-fire grill nicely rounds out the restaurant’s offerings, but tops the entire experience with out-of-this-world hospitality.

Original Fish Market
Westin Hotel
1001 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 227-3657
www.westinpittsburgh.com/pittsburgh-restaurants

Conveniently located right inside the Westin hotel, the Original Fish Market has been serving up some delicious fish dishes since 1998. The sushi comes in a gorgeous array of color and variety, while the specials are hand-crafted and seasonal – the menu is constantly shifting and changing gears. The bar also has an extensive selections of artisinal cocktails and extensive wine and beer list. Go for a great meal, but stay for the hospitality, which is consistent each and every time.

Related: Rania’s Recipes: Italian Seafood Salad

Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com

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