Stopped in before a baseball game. Nice tap list had a handful of PA beers (I had a Victory Berliner, didnít see anything from the western half of the state) and a large number of standard but still-good Belgians. Not thrilled with the prices, service was fine and there are a variety of seating options (a little weird, actually, but hey, something for everyone). Donít care for the corporate/chain aspect but the beer still drinks well! Just snacked a bit but the food did hit the spot. Also noticed the large amount of matched glassware. Location efficient for downtown, and an easy ďyesĒ on a crawl or pre-game, or if the happy hour crowd hasnít yet exploded.
Nice overall but it seemed like the bar was sort of euro and the tables were like an american corporate lunch cafe. Service was efficient and knowledgeable but not friendly. Decent selection of belgians, locals, and other crafts- plus a bunch of bottles. Food was not bad. Prices were higher than what Iím used to but I think they were just slightly higher than avg for PGH.
This is the best craft beer bar in downtown Pittsburgh (there is not much competition). They feature Belgian taps almost exclusively, including standards like Chimay, Chouffe, Gulden Draak, occasionally St. Bernardus 12, as well as very obscure Belgians. All served in appropriate glassware. They have American offerings in bottles but not on tap. The beers are quite pricey, as they are all imports, and it is almost not worth going there unless itís happy hour (Belgians are half off). They also feature the large size bottles (1.5L, 3L, and 6L). I like the atmosphere here - very open space, large bar, comfy looking couches next to the windows, plenty of tables, and large TVs. Sometimes it is busy, sometimes it is not - I often find that it is less busy than I would expect. But the downtown area is not as hopping late night as other parts of Pittsburgh. Overall, this is the place to come if you want a draft Belgian, but try to come during happy hour to save you money
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | April 12, 2013| Updated April 15, 2013
When I visited: Late summer 2012.
What I had: Troegs Perpetual IPA (bottle), Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne (bottle), Chouffe Biere du Soleil (draught), Chicken Avocado Club Panini, Jambalaya, pinot grigio and Margherita Pizza for the Mrs.
What I liked: Cozy private booths, well-lit and attractive interior, clearly visible specials list, nice cosmopolitan crowd, excellent beer menu, tasty panini, beer to go.
What I disliked: Abysmal and rude service from our waiter who knew nothing about the beers on offer (had to keep asking the bartender for info) but still insisted on a 20% tip when we paid, long waits between drinks, pizza was just okay. Having to lecture our waiter on good manners was not fun.
Would I go back? Only if the server in question was no longer there.
Overall Rating: 62
I love this place, but it is quite expensive. The good is amazing, and the selection is decent, but the staff didn't know much about the beer when I was there. Try the duck burger... Out of this world.
Ambiance is upscale bistro, couches and nice tables. Food is pretty good but fairly expensive for what it is. Draft selection is great for Belgian but overall so so, very expensive draft too unless itís happy hour. Bottle list is huge and extensive, but again pretty pricey. Service is a bit disappointing too, seems like too little people helping out too many people.
Visited the Bistro on Friday August 26, 2011, and yes I think Iím happy to confirm the "Exceptional" label that this place has at time of writing. From the moment I arrived until I left, I was very, very impressed with the service, ambiance, and selection of fresh tasting beers. Important to note that their Happy Hour extends to 6:30pm (Iím guessing this is just weekdays, but itís worth checking in advance to see), offering the 20 or so Belgian drafts for just half price. Well worth taking advantage of for some of the specialties that normally would run over $10 a glass. My only regret was to use up some of my drinking space with a glass of Spaten. I couldnít help myself, as itís very hard to find in Canada. It didnít really fit in with the two Belgians I tried, both outstanding and very fresh. I started with an 8% cloudy Ename, a first for me, and something I could happily spend an evening with. Deliciously malty without being too overpoweringly strong. Our excellent waitress recommended the much-darker Bornem, again an 8% that was a total delight. Iím giving the Service almost full marks for a combination of the pleasant greeters at the front of the restaurant, the helpful bartenders, and the charming waitress with the wonderful advice: never ever order the "Mystery Brew", which at $4 a shot is obviously very tempting. I gather it tends to be, without her saying in so many words, the dusty staler stuff that isnít moving (insert "Go Stalers!" pun here). Iíd love to visit here again the next time Iím in Pittsburgh.