Established in 2010, Crested Duck Charcuterie is a family run restaurant and meat producer, using USDA inspected facility for crafting dry aged meats. The restaurant has an intimate setting with casual and welcoming atmosphere, suitable for families with kids and a group of friends. It has a responsive and courteous waiting staff that helps customers decide the right dish according to their pallets and preference. Aside from the option to eat in the main dining room, people can opt for chef's table, as well.
Crested Duck Charcuterie has a full menu featuring charcuterie, veggies, meats, beverages and sweets. Dinner comprises of a 7-course chef's tasting menu that is changed every week. Customers can make reservations over the phone, but it is not necessary, as the restaurant entertains walk-ins equally. Crested Duck Charcuterie has free Wi-Fi and the premises is wheelchair accessible as well.
The food & ambiance of the Crested Duck are just out of this world! I am so sad this neighborhood gem closed. Kevin Costa is such a talented chef! I will have to visit him at Root 174!
Amazing food. Charcuterie, cheesr
I would say overall we had a very nice time; the food was excellent and the service was terrific. However, the place is closing as the chef is moving on to another place downtown. Glad we were able to get there ahead of that.
Went here with a small group and had a good time. It was busy and there was only one server so there was a little wait, but BYOB is nice to fill the time. Thought the food was good -- the cured meats, cheese and pickles are a must.
Great restaurant experience.. intimate setting
Ran across this place on OpenTable, and the reviews were good. Went on a Thursday - it's a small place to begin with and there were only few other couples in the dining room. Decor is minimal but nice, music was pleasant.
The charcuterie was wonderful, very unique and bold flavor profiles. Pickles plate was a good compliment to the cured meats. Got the sourdough, which was also unique, kind of brunchy which is a win in my book. Celery salad was good... hard to make celery exciting but this did the job. Got the rabbit meatloaf and pork loin. Plating and style was very rustic, simple, but executed well. Opted not to get dessert. BYOB is a plus.
The chef and owner came out to say hello and check on us, and the other diners. Informed us the place will be closing at the end of the year, so that's disappointing. Said he's moving to Root 174 in Regent Square.
We read the ratings on Open Table about this restaurant and were excited to try it. The service was ok, but slow. Only one server for the whole place made for plenty of wait time. The charcuterie was delicious, but the sourdough was marginal. My husband had the pork and I had the flank steak. Both were so-so, but certainly not great. We won't be returning.
This is a unique restaurant. The ambiance is low key, and is overall a medium sized space. The lighting made for a cozy, relaxed, could be romantic setting.
We read the reviews and came for the food. We were not disappointed. The charcuterie and cheese plates provided the palate with a pleasing range of tastes to start. The three of us shared our main courses. The Lamb was the absolute best I have had anywhere; the taste was incredible and it literally melted in your mouth. The pork was also very good, as was the rabbit meatloaf. Don't think you could go wrong with anything on the menu.
Our waitperson ( sorry, didn't catch her name) was very available the entire time, and was very patient with explanations. You almost feel more like a house guest than a patron here. This place is the antidote to chain restaurants.
Would highly recommend. Since it is BYOB, you can always have your favorite bottle to enjoy with your meal..
We took the hike to the Crested Duck recently and had an outstanding experience. The charcuterie platter and cheese platter were excellent. We left not a spec of food on the board. I then had the celery salad which was the perfect counterpoint to the rich starters. I had a chance to taste the flank steak which was excellent. The service was very good, and it's BYOB. Finally, we can enjoy cured meats in a quiet atmosphere.
The dishes are creative and delicious. The charcuterie plate and pickle plate were superb. Try the sourdough!
First time there and not only was the ambiance fantastic but the food lived up to its outstanding reputation. The duck liver was a revelation! And of course the charcuterie is top notch. The large portion is more than enough for two people. Definitely going to be return visitors.
We are a group of friends who traveled together this summer to Europe; we had some very good meals and some not so very good meals. I have been talking about the Crested Duck for months! We decided to celebrate a birthday here with our group. Each one love it! The food, the ambience, quality of service all made our evening fabulous.
Thank you, Chef and Michelle. You made it look effortless and we enjoyed every bite!
The Crested Duck Charcuterie is small and cozy. The decor is simple and not overly done with warm tones on the walls and romantic lighting. The service was very good and the majority of the various dishes we sampled were very good, and 3 were exceptional. The exceptional plates included the 8pc. meat & cheese charcuterie, the Caprese salad and the pork belly.
The only downsides were the table of 6 (all of whom were exceptionally loud and obnoxious) the lack of rabbit confit availability and the custard on the butter tart not being set-up enough.
The crust for the tart was scrumptious.
To his credit, the waiter did apologize profusely for the loud group's behavior and provided excellent service.
Small restaurant, so make sure to reserve. The food is delicious - we had a charcuterie plate, which is amazing, and duck breast and lamb. The desserts were fabulous - we had semi-freddo, which is basically ice cream made of butter, and hand pies. Worth going out of the way to visit.
The chef creates such an amazing variety of flavorful charcuterie options, its the best place in town to enjoy charcuterie!
Best meal I have had in a long time. The cured meats and local cheese board is superb.
Fresh squeezed orange juice, and delectable meats all woven into an inspired menu. We had a hard time choosing. Service was excellent.
Friends from out of town and I went to Crested Duck for Sunday brunch and were delighted. This was no ordinary or even pretty nice brunch; this was spectacular. Every item we ordered was well prepared, delicious, and beautifully plated. The atmosphere was quite comfortable and welcoming.
If you haven't been here, you're sleeping on one of the best dining experiences available anywhere! Take the T or an uber, pack up your BYOwine, and get ready to be absolutely amazed by the food here! Bring friends, too, so you can order small plates and share. Well, I didn't want to share the gnudi. I wanted that whole plate for myself!
Brunch was a great experience. There's no guesswork - the menu is prix fixe, and all of the options are remarkable. I wasn't even hungry at dinner time still! Bring your own champagne to go with their fresh squeezed orange juice!
First time for brunch. Have been for dinner a couple of times. And always a phenomenal experience. Brunch was amazing, and Kevin nailed it. As always. From the charcuterie starters to the non-traditional, traditional breakfast (fried duck egg, thick, beautiful bacon, apple sausage and a wonderfully prepared potato roasted in duck fat, we had an amazing experience. And waiter was very knowledgeable and appropriately attentive.
CD may not be on the beaten path, but everyone should beat a path to this not-so-hidden gem I'm Beechview.
Reasonable charcuterie, although portion is small, maybe 2 ounces in $12 appetizer portion. Main courses were disappointing. "Chicken Pot Pie" had flavorful broth, but only about 3 small pieces of chicken. This was a main course??? Duck breast was not properly rendered, which seems to be a problem in a lot of Pittsburgh restaurants. Only about 1/2 to 3/4 of the breast was served. No starch was provided. Profiteroles for dessert were a joke...$9 for three small profiteroles which clearly came out of a box and were topped with Hershey syrup. Since we were still hungry after dinner, we had some great tacos at the stand across the street.
Had a great time at the Crested Duck. I liked the service and the food was delicious. I just wish the meat plates were a tad larger :) (It's tapas style)
The food was delicious. A wonderful brunch.
We had been to crested duck once before for brunch and finally checked it out for dinner. Neither meal disappointed in the slightest. The restaurant is small, but cozy. Waiters are extremely helpful and friendly. It's BYOB which is always a huge plus to me. For dinner we opted to have the chef select a few dishes from each part of the menu and everything was great. I would have probably been happy after just the meat, cheese, and pickles plates, however, as these were outstanding. I also really enjoyed the savory bread pudding and lamb dishes. I'm trying to get a group together for a meal at the chef's table in the near future. I would definitely recommend!
We went to Crested Duck for Mother's Day brunch and had a fabulous meal. We enjoyed healthy, organic, locally sourced meats, cheeses, vegetables, and the most amazing duck eggs!
Enjoyed a lovely brunch with two girlfriends last Sunday. The quality of the food was outstanding! Although they focus on quality local meats, I appreciated their thoughtful vegetarian options as well. Our server was attentive and helpful in explaining the menu. He even took the time to explain where each item was located on the plate - helpful for a member in our party with a disability.
This restaurant serves a delicious, fresh dinner, and now, a truly exquisite Sunday brunch. The charcuterie plate, available on both menus is a must have. The flavors and textures join together in a plate which is so vibrant and satisfying that you might be tempted to order another one, and only have that as your meal. Don't do it! You'll miss plates of innovative and luxurious food, which has the added bonus of being impeccably sourced. Well worth the trip to Beechview!
When I went here on Valentine's Day, i wasn't sure what to expect. Parking was available but the best feature was it's location relative to the T. Customer service was quite good. The servers were very attentive and responsive. BYOB option was a nice bonus. The food was good but not great. The portions were small and over-priced. The specialty (cured meats) was shaved so thin and you probably got .3 lbs of meat for $12. The dessert i got was not good at all. It was a pound cake that was as dry as chalk.
My wife and I love this place. The food is wonderful, creative and local. The cured meats are unique and the vegtables very fresh. The dessert is also great. Then there is the added bonus of being able to bring your own wine. We will be back!
Interesting and tasty food - tapas style. Very small but cozy space. BYOB - nice. Went on a Friday night and only one other table was occupied. Definitely would go back.
My first dinner at Crested Duck was incredible! The ambiance (decor and music) was great! The waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly! The food was SPECTACULAR! I recommend ordering the BIG charcuterie plate and the cheese plate. Keep up the good work, Chef Kevin Costa!
The ambiance is just like dining in Paris or Geneva, intimate, quiet and personal. I truly felt as if I were welcome to stay as long as I wanted. The food was beautifully presented and everything taste wonderful. My personal favorites were the cheese board and the short rib, while my husband leaned more toward the charcuterie and the sliders. Also I just want to say, fantastic coffee! As were the beignets.
I love that everything is humanly and localy sourced, that was my reason for choosing the restaurant, but it is not the only reason I'll be back. A big shout out to Nathan, he is amazing!
Charcuterie was excellent, as were our small plates. Had some unique items that were outstanding. BYOB is a great opportunity to enjoy a bottle you have been saving and have a good meal with it. Thought prices were a little high for amount of food.
My husband is a huge fan of charcuterie and he had visited Crested Duck in the past, prior to the opening of the restaurant. Everything we read on the menu sounded delicious! Everything is served tapas style, order as you go; we ordered 5 items, plus dessert---sharing everything between the two of us...all VERY GOOD.
The service, atmosphere, and food were all wonderful. We will definitely be back for more!
Great food and attentive service. The best charcuterie platter in the city by a mile. The BYOB is an added bonus. It is a little quirky and for those not familar with this part of the city it can be a little difficult to find but there is T stop in front of the restaurant and it is 2 turns off of Banksville Road - if you make it 4 turns you can go up Canton Avenue one of the steepest streets in the world.
Everything was fantastic...food, service and cozy atmosphere. We went for a friend's birthday and just ordered round after round of small plates. The courses do take a bit of time to come out but no one minded as it was always worth the wait...just make sure that you are prepared for a nice, relaxed meal....also it's BYOB so that's a bonus! Enthusiastically recommend :)
The food was outstanding. I am complete food snob and this was one of the top 5 meals I have eaten at a restaurant ever. Perfectly executed, flavorful, and unique, our taste buds were in heaven. I was thrilled that the restaurant was tapas style so that we could try so many different items. I want to go back and order one of everything off the menu. The service was also impeccable. The waiter was very attentive and pleasant. I cannot wait to go back to this restaurant. What a find!
I was introduced to this restaurant by a friend who is a good cook herself. She told me that she had had the best meal she had every had in Pittsburgh at this restaurant. It was not a disappointment. Thomas, our server, an acquaintance from another establishment was great and the food was honest and delicious. The four cheeses paired with four different toppings was a great start. I loved the pate-can't remember the specific ingredients-but smooth and delicious beyond belief. My memory is not the best for the details so I can't help out much beyond this but I highly recommend it-to both novices and those with cultivated palates. The corking fee is just $5 per person so bring a good wine and enjoy!
Marvelous small plates, attention to detail, and service. If it can be done with meat, the Crested Duck team is doing it brilliantly!