We Americans sure do love our red meat. However, when you want a leaner option that’s absolutely jam-packed with flavor, it’s time to cast out to sea. Here in the Pittsburgh, we have some exceptional seafood restaurants—these three stand out as a true tidal wave of great menu offerings.
The Carlton Restaurant
Connect on Facebook Having won the Diners’ Choice Award from OpenTable in 2018, The Carlton Restaurant’s trophy cabinets seems to be getting a little crowded—and with good reason, too! With a unique and surprising menu that changes daily, as well as an equally award-winning selection of wines to choose from, you’ll never be hard-up for good eats here. There’s no telling what you’ll find during your next visit, but one of the true Carlton Favorites will always remain its Barramundi. Cajun-seared with spicy shrimp over tomato-basil risotto, spinach-caramelized onion sauté, and sherry butter, it’s truly mouthwatering.
Connect on Facebook To say that this seafood and chophouse doubles as a bar probably isn’t very impressive on its own. However, Cioppino has the distinction of being attached to what has been called the “Best Cigar Bar in Pittsburgh.” It’s a true smoke lounge and a vegan and gluten-free friendly seafood restaurant all in one. Obviously, Cioppino appeals to multiple tastes. You’ll have multiple taste buds singing when you order their signature dish, the Cioppino. This is packed with halibut, lobster, clams, mussels, jumbo lump crab, scallop, shrimp, onion, fennel, and grilled garlic crostini. It’s a real mouthful!
Connect on Facebook A trip to Spain is likely resting on a lot of bucket lists right now. If it’s on yours, you might want to head over to Mallorca Restaurant. It’s got the exact taste and look of Spain, just without the price of the airfare. Their Mediterranean-based menu is filled with surprising offerings, such as wild boar and what they describe as “the best paella this side of the Atlantic.” One of our favorite Mallorca entrées is the Pulp a Lagareiro. This is a dish of Portuguese-style octopus with potatoes and garlic in extra virgin olive oil.
It’s Time to Set Sail…
When we say these Pittsburgh area restaurants offer seafood, we’re not just talking about your run-of-the-mill hushpuppies and fried shrimp. We’re talking about exquisitely crafted dishes that will leave you wanting more. Call any of these restaurants to make your next reservation today!