Eleven

★★★★☆
40.446 -79.9936
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412-201-5656

1150 Smallman St

Pittsburgh, PA

15222

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Monday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Friday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM

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Eleven is awesome! It has a great view, terrific food, and an outstanding atmosphere. If you're looking for a cheap and fast dinner you're in the wrong place, but if you want flavor and atmosphere you're in the right place.

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★★★★★

Eleven is awesome! It has a great view, terrific food, and an outstanding atmosphere. If you're looking for a cheap and fast dinner you're in the wrong place, but if you want flavor and atmosphere you're in the right place.

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Eleven is our favorite restaurant. Everything is delicious there. I had a beet salad on brioche and squash ravioli the last time. The service is excellent. I can't wait to go back.

5
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Eleven is our favorite restaurant. Everything is delicious there. I had a beet salad on brioche and squash ravioli the last time. The service is excellent. I can't wait to go back.

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Eleven has not missed a beat under new management. Well worth the price. Food is consistently superb. Best service in Pittsburgh. A special place to go. I will ALWAYS have dessert there.

5
★★★★★

Eleven has not missed a beat under new management. Well worth the price. Food is consistently superb. Best service in Pittsburgh. A special place to go. I will ALWAYS have dessert there.

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We went out for my birthday dinner at Eleven (my favorite restaurant in town) where Chef Derek Stevens works magic with food as his medium. We had the Chef's Vegetarian Tasting Menu (this is available every day, folks!). The meal was beautiful, and we even lucked into an extra course that the chef sent out for us to try. Here's the run-down...

Amuse Bouche:
a tiny little grilled cheese sandwich on house-made bread with morels, Upland Farms Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese and ramp pesto.
A fantastic way to start the meal! My first taste of morels and ramps for the season, and a taste of a cheese that I'd been wanting to try since Chef Bill Fuller declared it "the best cheese produced in America".

First Course: Soup and Salad
golden beet puree, whipped goat cheese, sumac
Three Sister??s Farm mesclun, olives, lemon, garlic, mint
A beautiful plate. The greens in the salad were so perfectly tender, and expertly dressed with a hint of lemon, and balanced with briny olives and delicate mint. Lovely.
The soup was the texture of velvet, and delectably sweet, and nicely balanced by the tang of the goat cheese. There was another odd taste that I couldn't place in my taste bud memory banks--I guess the sumac? I don't know anything about it. Will have to do some googling.

Second Course: Asparagus and Peas
raclette, sauce gribiche, fingerling potato crisp
This dish was Spring personified. Not only was it just a beautiful plate, but it had it all--bursting with seasonal freshness, rich colors, a mix of bold and delicate flavors and a little whimsy thrown in.
I'd never had sauce gribiche, but our server described it as a "tartar sauce, in vinaigrette form". It was briny with little capers, lemony, and super-fresh tasting while also being rich and satisfying. A perfect foil for the tender spring veggies. And, the tiny little whisper-thin fingerling potato chips were the perfect topping. Not only completely adorable, their crispness provided yet another layer of texture. Again, wow.

Bonus course!
Morel and Ricotta Ravioli
ramp pesto, Swiss chard, Parmigiano Reggiano
This is one of those moments that make me love my job. Getting to work with really talented chefs, and best of all--getting to try the fruits of their labor! The chef sent out this plate for us to try, and it was easily one of our favorites of the night. The ravioli were pillow soft, and stuffed with a rich ricotta and morel filling, and topped with some braised ramps and Swiss chard with a drizzle of ramp pesto. Fantastic!!!

Third Course:
Trumpet Royale
dandelion greens, semolina gnocchi, ciopollini onions, balsamic vinegar
The main course was our least favorite, but it still had some great components. The mushrooms themselves were lovely (the surface just perfectly scored), but the texture just was a little tough. We ate around those to try the perfectly bitter dandelion greens and the rich little gnocchi. Yum.

Dessert:
Ehrrin - Meyer Lemon Meringue Shortcake
lemon ice cream, lemon curd, blueberry hibiscus tea, candied lemon
Oh! This plate was just beautiful! And, the lemon ice cream was rich and sweet, but the curd and blueberry tea was tart. The meringue and the shortcake rounded the whole thing out, and it was just divine. How I love a lemon dessert!
Barbara - S??more
marshmallow ice cream, graham cracker, milk chocolate Godiva mousse
Mmm! Rich and light at the same time! The mousse probably was the standout here, but the whole plate was just amazing. I had to sneak several bites to confirm.

Mignardise:
Salted Caramels
Ah, a perfect send-off for our last bite. Perfectly lovely little caramels, just with a hint of saltiness and with the bottom coated in a superfine granulated sugar.

A meal to remember indeed! Oh, Eleven, how I love thee!

5
★★★★★

We went out for my birthday dinner at Eleven (my favorite restaurant in town) where Chef Derek Stevens works magic with food as his medium. We had the Chef's Vegetarian Tasting Menu (this is available every day, folks!). The meal was beautiful, and we even lucked into an extra course that the chef sent out for us to try. Here's the run-down...

Amuse Bouche:
a tiny little grilled cheese sandwich on house-made bread with morels, Upland Farms Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese and ramp pesto.
A fantastic way to start the meal! My first taste of morels and ramps for the season, and a taste of a cheese that I'd been wanting to try since Chef Bill Fuller declared it "the best cheese produced in America".

First Course: Soup and Salad
golden beet puree, whipped goat cheese, sumac
Three Sister??s Farm mesclun, olives, lemon, garlic, mint
A beautiful plate. The greens in the salad were so perfectly tender, and expertly dressed with a hint of lemon, and balanced with briny olives and delicate mint. Lovely.
The soup was the texture of velvet, and delectably sweet, and nicely balanced by the tang of the goat cheese. There was another odd taste that I couldn't place in my taste bud memory banks--I guess the sumac? I don't know anything about it. Will have to do some googling.

Second Course: Asparagus and Peas
raclette, sauce gribiche, fingerling potato crisp
This dish was Spring personified. Not only was it just a beautiful plate, but it had it all--bursting with seasonal freshness, rich colors, a mix of bold and delicate flavors and a little whimsy thrown in.
I'd never had sauce gribiche, but our server described it as a "tartar sauce, in vinaigrette form". It was briny with little capers, lemony, and super-fresh tasting while also being rich and satisfying. A perfect foil for the tender spring veggies. And, the tiny little whisper-thin fingerling potato chips were the perfect topping. Not only completely adorable, their crispness provided yet another layer of texture. Again, wow.

Bonus course!
Morel and Ricotta Ravioli
ramp pesto, Swiss chard, Parmigiano Reggiano
This is one of those moments that make me love my job. Getting to work with really talented chefs, and best of all--getting to try the fruits of their labor! The chef sent out this plate for us to try, and it was easily one of our favorites of the night. The ravioli were pillow soft, and stuffed with a rich ricotta and morel filling, and topped with some braised ramps and Swiss chard with a drizzle of ramp pesto. Fantastic!!!

Third Course:
Trumpet Royale
dandelion greens, semolina gnocchi, ciopollini onions, balsamic vinegar
The main course was our least favorite, but it still had some great components. The mushrooms themselves were lovely (the surface just perfectly scored), but the texture just was a little tough. We ate around those to try the perfectly bitter dandelion greens and the rich little gnocchi. Yum.

Dessert:
Ehrrin - Meyer Lemon Meringue Shortcake
lemon ice cream, lemon curd, blueberry hibiscus tea, candied lemon
Oh! This plate was just beautiful! And, the lemon ice cream was rich and sweet, but the curd and blueberry tea was tart. The meringue and the shortcake rounded the whole thing out, and it was just divine. How I love a lemon dessert!
Barbara - S??more
marshmallow ice cream, graham cracker, milk chocolate Godiva mousse
Mmm! Rich and light at the same time! The mousse probably was the standout here, but the whole plate was just amazing. I had to sneak several bites to confirm.

Mignardise:
Salted Caramels
Ah, a perfect send-off for our last bite. Perfectly lovely little caramels, just with a hint of saltiness and with the bottom coated in a superfine granulated sugar.

A meal to remember indeed! Oh, Eleven, how I love thee!

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Loved my experience here. The desserts are unique and taste wonderful...I HIGHLY suggest the banana cream pie - perfect balance of sweet and light without the guilty feeling! The drinks are plentiful and good and the decor is impressive. If you have 2-4 people I recommend sitting near the bar especially on nice warm nights.

4
★★★★☆

Loved my experience here. The desserts are unique and taste wonderful...I HIGHLY suggest the banana cream pie - perfect balance of sweet and light without the guilty feeling! The drinks are plentiful and good and the decor is impressive. If you have 2-4 people I recommend sitting near the bar especially on nice warm nights.

Pros: Open Air seating, valet parking, cool atmosphere

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Eleven is one of the top spots for a special night out. I had the best risotto there, and I've enjoyed every meal immensely. The decor is contemporary and warm.

5
★★★★★

Eleven is one of the top spots for a special night out. I had the best risotto there, and I've enjoyed every meal immensely. The decor is contemporary and warm.

Pros: Some of the best food in Pittsburgh

Cons: On the pricey side, but worth it

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Three words to remember at all costs...Avoid Chef's Table. Wow, a Chef's table with no Chef. Imagine a cramped, hot, loud and uncomfortble table with absolutely no view of the kitchen. We were there for 4 hours and not one apearance by the Chef. Only about 10% of the people at our table of six could see the hot pass (server side), the rest were viewing the very nice seats in the rest of the establishment.

They make their own bread on site, but some seemed day old. Food had moments of highs and lows. The Lamb Taco was fantastic. Great flavors and presentation. The three green salad was nicely done and the seafood bisque was a nice treat as well. I ordered the Tuna which mentioned cannellini beans. It should have read cannellini beans with Tuna. The tuna was of good quality and well prepared, but all you could taste was the beans. Dont get it. My wife tried the seafood tasting and the shrimp were overdone. The crabcakes were quite good.

I enjoyed two of the three homemade ice cream flavors I had for desert. The egg nog is worth a try. The other deserts enjoyed by our fellow diners looked uninspired to me. Maybe its just me, but when you spend 200 bucks for two, you expect a consistent quality product. Which I did not get here.

My suggestion, eat in the bar, enjoy the atmosphere, the tatsy pub menu and the great drinks...and stay away from that Chef's table.

2
★★☆☆☆

Three words to remember at all costs...Avoid Chef's Table. Wow, a Chef's table with no Chef. Imagine a cramped, hot, loud and uncomfortble table with absolutely no view of the kitchen. We were there for 4 hours and not one apearance by the Chef. Only about 10% of the people at our table of six could see the hot pass (server side), the rest were viewing the very nice seats in the rest of the establishment.

They make their own bread on site, but some seemed day old. Food had moments of highs and lows. The Lamb Taco was fantastic. Great flavors and presentation. The three green salad was nicely done and the seafood bisque was a nice treat as well. I ordered the Tuna which mentioned cannellini beans. It should have read cannellini beans with Tuna. The tuna was of good quality and well prepared, but all you could taste was the beans. Dont get it. My wife tried the seafood tasting and the shrimp were overdone. The crabcakes were quite good.

I enjoyed two of the three homemade ice cream flavors I had for desert. The egg nog is worth a try. The other deserts enjoyed by our fellow diners looked uninspired to me. Maybe its just me, but when you spend 200 bucks for two, you expect a consistent quality product. Which I did not get here.

My suggestion, eat in the bar, enjoy the atmosphere, the tatsy pub menu and the great drinks...and stay away from that Chef's table.

Pros: Great Atmosphere and some items were very good.

Cons: Chef's torture table and inconsency of product

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At one time this seemed to have staying power in the Pittsburgh dining scene. Over the past few months I have visited Eleven while in town on business several times. Each time I have encountered rude servers and been dissatisfied with some or all of my meal. Bread seems stale, meat is at times over cooked. Food is uneven. Maybe it is time to refresh the kitchen staff and retrain servers.....Try Bistro 19 on Rt. 19 or Capitol Grill instead.

2
★★☆☆☆

At one time this seemed to have staying power in the Pittsburgh dining scene. Over the past few months I have visited Eleven while in town on business several times. Each time I have encountered rude servers and been dissatisfied with some or all of my meal. Bread seems stale, meat is at times over cooked. Food is uneven. Maybe it is time to refresh the kitchen staff and retrain servers.....Try Bistro 19 on Rt. 19 or Capitol Grill instead.

Pros: On a good day can be romantic, sometimes food is good....great mixed drinks

Cons: uneven service, chef seems uninspired

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Good food, drinks and service. For small groups (2 to 4 people), the atmosphere/seating near the bar is better than the larger dining areas.

4
★★★★☆

Good food, drinks and service. For small groups (2 to 4 people), the atmosphere/seating near the bar is better than the larger dining areas.

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My husband and I are huge fans of the Big Burrito group. We have eaten at Eleven at least 6 times and have never left unhappy. Typically, we order the Chef and vegetarian tasting menus with wine pairings. On occassion we order al la carte, but find the tasting menus to be the best way to sample what they have to offer. One of our favoritequalities of Eleven is the focus on utilizing fresh locally produced items. Their use of heirloom tomatoes is always a hilight of the meal. This slow foods attitude has a positive impact on the food consumed. The flavors are heightened and the sensory experience is well balanced. I have found that the service is at least adequate and always polite. There are some phenomenal members of the waitstaff and none that are poor at the job - just some that shine brighter than others. My one warning about Eleven is to be specific when making reservations regarding your table. Seating upstairs is more intimate; seating downstairs, especially close to the bar area is louder, but in my opinion more visually appealing. If you are seated at the Chef's tables (right next to the kitchen) be prepared to hear all the conversatons occuring in the kitchen. We actually enjoy the experience, but it would not be for everyone. An added bonus is the occasional "gift" from the chef of an item to try on the house (this doesn't always happen - but has).

Eleven is an excellent choice for fine dining. The quality of the food makes for a fantastic dinner!

5
★★★★★

My husband and I are huge fans of the Big Burrito group. We have eaten at Eleven at least 6 times and have never left unhappy. Typically, we order the Chef and vegetarian tasting menus with wine pairings. On occassion we order al la carte, but find the tasting menus to be the best way to sample what they have to offer. One of our favoritequalities of Eleven is the focus on utilizing fresh locally produced items. Their use of heirloom tomatoes is always a hilight of the meal. This slow foods attitude has a positive impact on the food consumed. The flavors are heightened and the sensory experience is well balanced. I have found that the service is at least adequate and always polite. There are some phenomenal members of the waitstaff and none that are poor at the job - just some that shine brighter than others. My one warning about Eleven is to be specific when making reservations regarding your table. Seating upstairs is more intimate; seating downstairs, especially close to the bar area is louder, but in my opinion more visually appealing. If you are seated at the Chef's tables (right next to the kitchen) be prepared to hear all the conversatons occuring in the kitchen. We actually enjoy the experience, but it would not be for everyone. An added bonus is the occasional "gift" from the chef of an item to try on the house (this doesn't always happen - but has).

Eleven is an excellent choice for fine dining. The quality of the food makes for a fantastic dinner!

Pros: focus on local products

Cons: request specific seating options

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I took my wife there Saturday night for our anniversary. We decided to go for 1 of each of the Chef's Tasting menus so we could try both the meat and the vegetarian choices. We also opted to go with the wine pairings. It was awesome. Very well done: Great presentation, wonderfully flavored dishes, well paced (not rushed), nice wines paired with the food, nice atmosphere, very attentive wait staff. We'll definitely be back.

Ask for 1 of their upstairs tables for a more private, quiet, romantic setting. Sit downstairs to see & be seen.

We're both big fans of the Big Burrito group restaurants and we see this as their Flagship restaurant.

5
★★★★★

I took my wife there Saturday night for our anniversary. We decided to go for 1 of each of the Chef's Tasting menus so we could try both the meat and the vegetarian choices. We also opted to go with the wine pairings. It was awesome. Very well done: Great presentation, wonderfully flavored dishes, well paced (not rushed), nice wines paired with the food, nice atmosphere, very attentive wait staff. We'll definitely be back.

Ask for 1 of their upstairs tables for a more private, quiet, romantic setting. Sit downstairs to see & be seen.

We're both big fans of the Big Burrito group restaurants and we see this as their Flagship restaurant.

Pros: Food, wine list, atmosphere, service

Cons: Depending on what you order, it can be pricey.

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I wish I could recommend Eleven more highly. I am a big fan of the Big Burrito restaurants, including Soba and particularly Casbah. I went to Eleven for my wife's birthday for the first time. The decor is nice, the food is outstanding, but our service was lousy. My wife suggests that we may have simply had a bad waiter. Perhaps, but every part of the service was particularly slow -- from taking our orders to having to ask twice for bread and butter. Our entrees took absolutely forever -- to the point where my wife left for the ladies' room and unbeknownst to me, decided to complain to the hostess. Yes, the service improved then, but this should hardly be necessary.

Our verdict? The food was outstanding, but the poor service really detracted from an otherwise excellent restaurant.

3
★★★☆☆

I wish I could recommend Eleven more highly. I am a big fan of the Big Burrito restaurants, including Soba and particularly Casbah. I went to Eleven for my wife's birthday for the first time. The decor is nice, the food is outstanding, but our service was lousy. My wife suggests that we may have simply had a bad waiter. Perhaps, but every part of the service was particularly slow -- from taking our orders to having to ask twice for bread and butter. Our entrees took absolutely forever -- to the point where my wife left for the ladies' room and unbeknownst to me, decided to complain to the hostess. Yes, the service improved then, but this should hardly be necessary.

Our verdict? The food was outstanding, but the poor service really detracted from an otherwise excellent restaurant.

Pros: Great food, warm ambience

Cons: Poor service

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My wife had been trying to get me to go to Eleven for some time and I finally went and loved it!
Had a bleu burger off the Tavern Menu and it was fantastic! Shrimp shooters were awesome too. Only complaint is limited draft beer selection. Otherwise it is one of the best restaurants in the Strip District or Pittsburgh for that matter.

3
★★★☆☆

My wife had been trying to get me to go to Eleven for some time and I finally went and loved it!
Had a bleu burger off the Tavern Menu and it was fantastic! Shrimp shooters were awesome too. Only complaint is limited draft beer selection. Otherwise it is one of the best restaurants in the Strip District or Pittsburgh for that matter.

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I am a huge fan of the Big Burrito chain- particularly, Eleven. I have been several times now and have never been less than very pleased. The decor, service, menu, wine list are all super. The sommelier is very helpful as well. I highly recommend it for out of town guests, business dinners, large groups etc. I also strongly recommend the tavern menu at the bar for a more casual, relaxed menu and environment!

5
★★★★★

I am a huge fan of the Big Burrito chain- particularly, Eleven. I have been several times now and have never been less than very pleased. The decor, service, menu, wine list are all super. The sommelier is very helpful as well. I highly recommend it for out of town guests, business dinners, large groups etc. I also strongly recommend the tavern menu at the bar for a more casual, relaxed menu and environment!

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Eleven is a beautifully decorated restaurant with an excellent wine list and the most delicious food menu. I highly recommend it. It is great before a show in the theater district or a night out to celebrate a birthday (get a free birthday dinner at bigburrito's website). The banana cream pie for dessert is the best I have ever had. It is definitely not your traditional banana cream pie. Yum!!

5
★★★★★

Eleven is a beautifully decorated restaurant with an excellent wine list and the most delicious food menu. I highly recommend it. It is great before a show in the theater district or a night out to celebrate a birthday (get a free birthday dinner at bigburrito's website). The banana cream pie for dessert is the best I have ever had. It is definitely not your traditional banana cream pie. Yum!!

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Eleven is physically a large restaurant, but the inside decor makes it feel cozy. The food was fantastic and the expansive wine list allowed us to choose the perfect accompanyment. This restaurant is a welcome addition to the Pittsburg mix. If you go, definitely allow enough time to get a drink or two at their beautiful lounge bar before dinner. This is not a dining experience that you will want rushed.

5
★★★★★

Eleven is physically a large restaurant, but the inside decor makes it feel cozy. The food was fantastic and the expansive wine list allowed us to choose the perfect accompanyment. This restaurant is a welcome addition to the Pittsburg mix. If you go, definitely allow enough time to get a drink or two at their beautiful lounge bar before dinner. This is not a dining experience that you will want rushed.

Pros: Great atmosphere, food, wine list

Cons: Server was a bit pushy.

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I've never dined in a place like this before. We went to Eleven to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. I'm so glad we went there because I know that we will never forget this birthday dinner. We tried nearly all aspects of the menu. The seafood was great (especially their "Raw Tasting" appetizer), and their lamb and veal were prepared perfectly. The ambience was great, the service was even better than that. If you're looking for a romantic dinner and great food, I recommend it 110%

5
★★★★★

I've never dined in a place like this before. We went to Eleven to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. I'm so glad we went there because I know that we will never forget this birthday dinner. We tried nearly all aspects of the menu. The seafood was great (especially their "Raw Tasting" appetizer), and their lamb and veal were prepared perfectly. The ambience was great, the service was even better than that. If you're looking for a romantic dinner and great food, I recommend it 110%

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The menu has a lot to offer. Wonderful seafood. If you sit in the bar area or outside you get an additional menu with less expensive meals on it. Great atmosphere. Very attentive staff.

4
★★★★☆

The menu has a lot to offer. Wonderful seafood. If you sit in the bar area or outside you get an additional menu with less expensive meals on it. Great atmosphere. Very attentive staff.

Pros: Food, Porch, Ambience

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Friends have been recommending Eleven for months. I finally made a reservation for two in celebration of our birthdays, which turned into one of the most memorable dinners we have experienced in Pittsburgh. I rate this establishment very high, overall, it delivered in all categories: ambience, impeccable service and a delicious fare. This is a rare experience, no matter what city one dines in. I have been back for lunch and dinner since, each experience was outstanding.

5
★★★★★

Friends have been recommending Eleven for months. I finally made a reservation for two in celebration of our birthdays, which turned into one of the most memorable dinners we have experienced in Pittsburgh. I rate this establishment very high, overall, it delivered in all categories: ambience, impeccable service and a delicious fare. This is a rare experience, no matter what city one dines in. I have been back for lunch and dinner since, each experience was outstanding.

Pros: Service, Ambience, Menu

Cons: None

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Unlike most of Pittsburgh's estranged "upscale" restaurants, Eleven delivers. The the food and atmosphere are perfect, and the service is impeccable (even if your under fifty). This place is worth the price. Thanks Eleven! Now we don't have to travel for the real deal.

5
★★★★★

Unlike most of Pittsburgh's estranged "upscale" restaurants, Eleven delivers. The the food and atmosphere are perfect, and the service is impeccable (even if your under fifty). This place is worth the price. Thanks Eleven! Now we don't have to travel for the real deal.

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