It feels like we were just counting down into the New Year but January has already come and gone. With only two weeks away from Valentine’s Day you may be scrambling for last minute date plans, but not to worry because we have a list of restaurants in the ‘Burgh offering safe dine-in or take out options! 


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Image via: Mercurio’s

Switch it up this Valentine’s Day and make your own pizza at home with Mercurio’s At Home Pizza Kits for Two. Their kits include two dough balls, pizza sauce, house made mozzarella, parmigiano, and fresh basil along with instructions on how to make their pizza! The last day to order is February 7 and pizza kits can be picked up at either Mercurio’s locations on February 13th or 14th. 

Jean Louis 

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Image via: Jean Louis, Instagram

Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery, Jean Louis will allow you to have a romantic Parisian dining experience without leaving Pittsburgh. Inside the restaurant, located in Dormont, there’s an intimate dining space for couples to remain socially distant, along with an extensive wine list and full bar to make it an unforgettable night. Don’t want to venture out? Then bring Paris to your home with their takeout and delivery options. Jean Louis has a standard menu full of French favorites featuring dishes like Coq A Vin and Agneau, freshly grilled salmon, daily handmade pasta and much more. However, we recommend calling in advance to check if Chef Vincent has anything specially prepared for cupid’s favorite holiday! 

Venture Downtown 

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After being closed periodically due to the pandemic, several of the restaurants located Downtown have reopened for dine-in and takeout. Instead of highlighting a specific one, we encourage you to take a trip downtown to support the restaurant(s) of your choosing for an extra romantic date! If you don’t know where to start here are a few options: grab a cold beer and yummy appetizer at City Works, sit down (at home or dine in) for a full course seafood meal from Eddie V’s, enjoy a wood-fire-grilled steak dinner from Gaucho, or treat yourself to a Valentine’s Day brunch at Revel


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Located on a quaint little corner of Shadyside is some of the best Japanese food you’ll get in the ‘Burgh. Umi, Japanese Restaurant is a full service sushi bar offering multi course omakase meals and will transport you and your loved one to Japan with it’s beautiful and authentic decor and murals. Best enjoyed through dining in, the Umi family style dinner for two is perfect for your Valentine’s Day meal. It includes umi salad, miso soup, salmon mushroom sashimi, yellowtail with jalapeño, sawara with garlic ponzu or hot sesame oil, rock shrimp tempura, miso black cod, salmon nigiri with cream cheese, and white tuna. 

Dine with A View 

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Image via: Altius, Instagram

Possibly one of the most romantic spots in all of Pittsburgh is the beautiful panoramic view at the Grandview Overlook, atop of Mount Washington. If you’re feeling adventurous, the journey is definitely worth it and will make your Valentine’s Day extra special. Choose from three fine dining restaurants; Altius, Vue 412, and Monterey Bay, all located right on Grandview that offer scenic views and delicious food. If you’re not looking to splurge, check out Shiloh Street that is just a short walk from the Overlook and has several more affordable but still great tasting dine-in and take out options; including The Summit, RedBeard’s Bar & Grill, Shiloh Gastro, and located just a bit further down on Virginia Ave, Coughlin’s Law Kitchen and Ale House.  

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

Rebecca is a Pittsburgh transplant of five years with experience in content writing, social media management, public relations, web editing, and much more. Her passion for food inspired her to create an Instagram based food blog that shares a combination of local cuisine and homemade meals. When she’s not focusing on food, she also enjoys the Pittsburgh arts and entertainment scene, from Broadway shows, music festivals, to gallery crawls. She is excited to share her love for all things Pittsburgh with future readers!

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