Shadyside’s Best Upscale Restaurants

Shadyside’s best upscale restaurants.

Whether you are new to Pittsburgh have lived in the “Burgh” for years, it’s always good to know the local favorites when it comes to dining in the Shadyside. Residents of Shadyside appreciate the variety of upscale restaurants and dining options. Pittsburgh’s east end offers a diverse range of dining options and price points. Here are a few of my favorite more upscale restaurants in Shadyside.

Soba, A Pittsburgh favorite for more than 10 years, Soba has maintained its status as a hot spot for it’s cool scene. Featuring a full-service bar and interesting, well prepared food. The cuisine is truly Pan-Asian, including references to China, Thailand and Japan. Of the offerings, the small dishes and appetizers are definitely most popular. Fabulous options include the crispy tofu, mussels with Thai sausage, Thai corn chowder with generous jumbo lump crabmeat and the miso black cod.

Executive Chef Danielle Cain
5847 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside
412/362-5656, bigburrito.com/soba
$$-$$$

Avenue B, Chef/owner Chris Bonfili uses his creative culinary talents to create a daily chalkboard menu. This menu supplements the printed seasonal menu and often features international accents on classic American dishes. Always worthwhile: the fresh, light seasonal salads and homemade soups; the wild-caught fish and chips with Napa slaw and malt aïoli; and the eatery’s signature Kobe meatloaf with goat cheese and chive whipped potatoes.

Chef/Owner Chris Bonfili
5501 Center Ave., Shadyside
412/683-FOOD, avenueb-pgh.com
$$$$

Casbah, Another Big Burrito offering. Special strengths are the cheese tastings, olive plates, scallop appetizers, interesting pasta combinations, light and healthy preparations of fish, Elysian Fields lamb, and the very popular double-cut pork chop. More than 30 wines are available by the glass at Casbah’s chic bar,

Executive Chef Eli Wahl
229 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside
412/661-5656, bigburrito.com/casbah
$$$-$$$$

TOAST! KITCHEN & WINE BAR, Among entrées, the Gerber’s farm chicken and the wild striped bass are nice options — actually, though, there aren’t any bad meals here, since the food quality remains consistent from dish to dish. Can’t get enough? Stop in for the Toast! Tasting Tuesday, featuring a four-course chef’s menu with optional wine pairing.

Owners Chef Chet Garland and Wine Director Paul Tebbets
5102 Baum Blvd., Shadyside
412/224-2579, toastpittsburgh.com
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Umi, Indecisive diners who want to splurge can choose from one of three seating options: the very small sushi bar, where you can watch the master prepare Japanese foods; regular tables; and low tables, where you sit on the floor and eat. The servers are extremely capable, with excellent advice and thorough knowledge of the food.

Executive Chef Mr. Shu
5849 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside
412/362-6198, bigburrito.com/umi
$$$$ (Omakase starts at $85 per person)