About Eddie Merlot's - Pittsburgh
A word from Eddie Merlot's - Pittsburgh: Eddie Merlot's Prime-aged Beef and Seafood starts with U.S.D.A. Prime Beef and the freshest seafood. Eddie Merlot's has created one of the hottest concepts today; the wine bar provides more than 75 wines by the glass and a very extensive reserve wine collection by the bottle. The bar is stocked with all of the finest spirits and after dinner cordials and Cognacs. Eddie Merlot's boasts a contemporary but stunningly elegant interior design and atmosphere—where guests can have fun, relax and enjoy listening to up-tempo music, while dressed in business or casual attire.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
Eddie Merlot's - Pittsburgh Ratings and Reviews
The concept is great; a more laid back, quieter, more inviting kind of "high end" steakhouse. Not so "masculine," not so noisy, not so "intimidating." But, while the food and service was OK, it could have, and at those prices, it should have, been better.
We were there relatively early, before it "busied up" and still had to wait too long to be acknowledged at our table and to give our server our selections AND to get them. I understand "leisurely pace" (we just returned from 2 weeks in France) but this was unacceptable. Nothing frosts me more than feeling I'm invisible or being ignored.
As for food, the smoking shrimp cocktail was fun and the shrimp are definitely not small, the Ahi tuna beautiful, perfectly prepared and presented, but the prime ribeye left a little more than a little to be desired, as did the creamed spinach.
The steak was a beautiful piece of meat, but should have been hotter, sizzling in fact when brought to the table, even at medium rare. That can be done with super hot ovens, but I suspect the platter sat too long under a warmer and lost its sizzle. The peppercorn sauce, also, had a "crust" on it, like a pudding and also was just warm. Makes me think it sat for awhile, tasty, but not appetizing, if you know what I mean. The creamed spinach was very tasty, much better than other steakhouse's versions, in part because it was so "cheesy." But, the cheese seemed barely melted, and lay on the spinach rather "gloppily." My suggestion is to put it under the broiler for a few seconds and you'll have something spectacular.
So, "OK," but OK isn't good enough at those prices. Get your timing right. We'll be black to see if you do.
Best upscale dining experience I ever had. Went here for my boyfriend birthday. The server gave us our space to enjoy our night and each other. The restaurant was very pretty and elegant. Food was terrific we left full and satisfied. If you are a wine drinker the eddie merlots moscato was perfect!
Made reservations for my brother and I to have a night out. Overall impressions were great, nice environment and friendly staff upon entering. To make a quick and simple review it was solely brought down by service and a little bit by food, but only a little by the food. Sat at 7:30, didn't receive first drink until almost 8:00 and didn't get dinner order in until then as well, which wasn't as bad as not receiving beverages for almost half an hour. Moving on dinner service began, soup was fantastic - we had both the lobster bisque and french onion, great, really great! Wrapping up on that we were waiting for our steaks and sides to arrive, which is when I put in another drink order. Shortly after our entrees arrived, steaks were fantastic, no complaints at all. We ordered both the brussels and truffle parm fries and fries were perfect. This is where the service began to wear thin again. My drink didn't arrive until my last couple bites of steak were on the plate and I was never even given the chance to have brussel sprouts corrected, or replaced since they were basically raw (only bad part of the food itself). At that time I just sent them back as we were wrapping up our meal. Again, not the worst meal by far, but when your spending that kind of money you expect service that matches those expectations. At a minimum you expect to have your meal checked on shortly after receiving your entrees, not at the end of the meal. I've dined in the Columbus location and can say the food was equally as good and in that instance service was A+. All in all a good restaurant just doesn't make you want to go back and try again with such similar restaurants available to dine at.
We were seated in a room with several large groups so the noise level was high. It was in the back facing the garden and, although the garden is lovely, the decor isn't nearly as lovely as the main dining room.
The spicy shrimp was mushy and a real disappointment, it's usually delicious. Our server was good but the people putting the food on the table still have much to learn.
It was definitely not our best experience here but I think we will try it again.
My boyfriend took me here for an early birthday dinner , and it was amazing! The waiter was great, the atmosphere was great, and the food was amazing! I really enjoyed myself and I love the fact it appeals to young adults and older adults. It's definitely not a place you'll take your kids too for a family dinner. It's very romantic.
no doubt they know how to cook a Steak Pittsburgh Rare!! best hard sear/char on a Steak that was still Raw in the middle ever! that's the correct way to do Pittsburgh Rare. just a outstanding Dry aged Prime Bone in Ribeye. off the charts Marbling!! my only issue I had was with the Cocktail Sauce with the shrimp , very very Wimpy and the extra Horseradish was also very Wimpy, it had no kick at all! I ate a spoon of the ground extra Horseradish and it was mild!! I want to cry when I have Shrimp Cocktail!! but that being said the meal was outstanding and would highly recommend to anybody in Pittsburgh. sides also outstanding!
Expensive ($200+ for party of 4, with or without drinks) but nice place for special occasion if you can afford it. We've dined here several times & this was the best one yet. Gordon, our waiter, was attentive but not intrusive. Food was very good. Salads plentiful enough to share, if you are into that. Large complementary dessert for birthday celebration, enough for party of 4. Will come back for special occasions, but too pricey otherwise.
The food was some of the best I've had at a steakhouse. We had the medallion trio and the ribeye, both were outstanding and the sauces with the trio made for a great sampling of flavors. The bacon wrapped shrimp was phenomenal. Service was great, Cyndi was our waitress and knew the menu very well while continually making sure our drinks were full and she checked in on us when appropriate.
Highly recommend for business dinners, dates or any special occasion.
Soup and service were good. Had to send my wife's steak back as it was barely cooked. I was done with my "ok" steak by the time she got hers back. I would have thought they would have at least topped off the wine for us, but just got a sorry from the manager. At that price you would expect everything to be done perfectly. Too many other better and cheaper steakhouses out there to ever go back to this one. On another note that isn't a big deal, but again details matter at these prices, I hated the tables and kept hitting my foot on the bottom of it.
Have been here often, never disappointed. Special marks 10 Stars to our waiter, "Mike & Ike",
(there already was a Mike, so he had to be creative). Told him upfront not to hold things up,
I was tired and had a long day. And front salad to dessert, (BANANA FOSTER!!! made right at table !!!!) to getting the check,, he was BRILLIANT!
This was our first visit and we absolutely loved everything about Eddie Merlot's. The food was delicious, our waitress was beyond kind and very prompt, the overall ambiance of the restaurant was top notch! We loved it!!! Would definitely recommend to anyone for a very upscale dining experience. :)
We're always looking for new dinner options close to Heinz Hall. Turns out Eddie Merlot's is just around the corner from the cultural district! Relatives invited us here before the symphony because they know we love a good steak and fine wine. The extensive wine list did not disappoint. Excellent food in a classy, pleasant atmosphere - including great lighting (expansive windows) and relaxing music. Attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. I wish we'd discovered this "hidden gem" sooner!
We were given a gift card from son & wife for Christmas, knowing we go to shows downtown. Our 35th anniversary was in July & we were going to the POPS concert featuring music of John Williams. It was a good weather & a pleasant evening that we could walk to & from the restaurant before the concert.
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