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Pittsburgh Restaurant Week is about one thing: Eating exceptionally good food in exceptionally good places. One such place is The Carlton in the heart of downtown. Known as a premier purveyor of wines and upscale eatery, the dress code is surprisingly (and fortunately) laid-back. Whether you are in business attire, dressed up for a fancy night on the town, or donning black-and-gold for game day their philosophy is “whatever you are comfortable with is fine with us” – so don’t let your wardrobe prevent you from experiencing an amazing meal served in a fine establishment.

The Carlton’s special restaurant week menu is available during lunch and dinner — and, living up to its own reputation, has an optional wine pairing (for an additional cost) to enhance your experience. We say Live it up! during this one week of the year when you can enjoy three courses at one of Pittsburgh’s award-winning restaurants. The atmosphere is intimately lit and no music distracts from the ambiance, allowing for a calm, palatable-sensory meal.

On our recent trip we enjoyed the Restaurant Week’s menu of the “peared-well” Asian Cabbage Salad, subtly-spicy Kung Pao Chicken, and the can-I-just-get-three-courses-of-this? Cappuccino Torte (think Heath bar without the stick-in-your-teeth aspect and 7x times the enjoyment). The generous pour of wine paired exceptionally well and took the meal over the top – enhancing the overall experience, as pretty much all wine can do.

Dance your way over to The Carlton, located at 500 Grant Street (in the BNY Mellon Center), during restaurant week (or any day!) and find out for yourself what all the rave reviews are all about.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Mo Macel

Mo is a pun-loving Pittsburgher who likes to take photos and write. When not focusing on her kiddos, you'll find her pursuing happiness and working on living the American Dream via one craft beer at a time. She blogs at and

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