Back Porch Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 114 Speer St

    Belle Vernon, PA 15012

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  • 724-483-4500

About Back Porch Restaurant

Hours
Sun 4pm-9pm, Tue-Fri 11:30am-9pm, Sat 2pm-9pm

Food

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The food was excellent, the service was great, overall it was an amazing experience. Great place.

5
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The food was excellent, the service was great, overall it was an amazing experience. Great place.

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I like a menu with a lot of variety, and Back Porch definitely has it. You can really feel out what you are in the mood for and make your choice there.

5
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I like a menu with a lot of variety, and Back Porch definitely has it. You can really feel out what you are in the mood for and make your choice there.

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The crab cakes are just unbelievable. You have to get them, and I'd highly recommend a lot of the other things on the menu.

5
★★★★★

The crab cakes are just unbelievable. You have to get them, and I'd highly recommend a lot of the other things on the menu.

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Solid variety of food options and drink on the menu. Impressed with the variety.

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★★★★★

Solid variety of food options and drink on the menu. Impressed with the variety.

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My favorite food is probably the crab cakes here. They're just the best. Overall this place is one of the best kept secrets in the area.

3
★★★★★

My favorite food is probably the crab cakes here. They're just the best. Overall this place is one of the best kept secrets in the area.

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Nice vibe and overall feel at Back Porch. I've enjoyed a lot of things there and I can't say that I have a favorite because I like too much.

5
★★★★★

Nice vibe and overall feel at Back Porch. I've enjoyed a lot of things there and I can't say that I have a favorite because I like too much.

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I just like the overall atmosphere at Back Porch, it adds to the food and ensures you have a good time. I highly recommend stopping in any day of the week.

5
★★★★★

I just like the overall atmosphere at Back Porch, it adds to the food and ensures you have a good time. I highly recommend stopping in any day of the week.

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I like the variety on the menu. I can pretty much get something different any time I want, even though I sometimes can't help but order the same thing over and over.

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★★★★★

I like the variety on the menu. I can pretty much get something different any time I want, even though I sometimes can't help but order the same thing over and over.

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Excellent service, I've never had a bad member of the wait staff before. I had the steak bruschetta and it was fantastic.

5
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Excellent service, I've never had a bad member of the wait staff before. I had the steak bruschetta and it was fantastic.

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Overall, I'd say Back Porch delivers the total package. You have the good food, a nice atmosphere, and good pricing. Generally a good place to go with friends or family.

3
★★★★★

Overall, I'd say Back Porch delivers the total package. You have the good food, a nice atmosphere, and good pricing. Generally a good place to go with friends or family.

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Wonderful atmosphere and decor in the restaurant. Overall I'd say we always have a great experience when we go.

5
★★★★★

Wonderful atmosphere and decor in the restaurant. Overall I'd say we always have a great experience when we go.

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Good service and food quality. I know that I can always have a few go-to dishes that I'll like and can recommend. There's a big menu so there's lots to choose from.

3
★★★★★

Good service and food quality. I know that I can always have a few go-to dishes that I'll like and can recommend. There's a big menu so there's lots to choose from.

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What a wonderful and romantic atmosphere.... Had dinner there recently and the waiter was awesome and the food was delicious.

3
★★★★★

What a wonderful and romantic atmosphere.... Had dinner there recently and the waiter was awesome and the food was delicious.

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Horrible. Used to be one fo the best restuarants around. While a little out of the way, it was well worth the drive to the awesome location and atmosphere - just tucked away. Unfortunately, it seems that the Back Porch has done away with their chef. We had a large party. My neice found an earpiece in her soup! The steaks we all totally over done, not to mention that they were lousy cuts of meat. At $34 for filet oscar, the filet should be thick and cooked correctly. It was thin, tough and way overcooked. Also, the $34 price does not include soup or salad. What used to be and excellent dish, the New Zealand lamb, was completely awful. It was way overcooked and way over seasoned. So unfortunate. To add to the nightmare, the waitstaff was so poorly trained that they had no idea how to handle the situation, and actually argued with our table. The manager/owner was even worse. He apologized, took some of the meals off the bill but made no further efforts with our party. I asked him to try my lamb and he conceeded that it was tough, claiming that he has been using the same meat vendors for years. I contended that not only has the quality of the food slipped, but also those that prepared the steaks and lamb were completely unqualified to do so. We should have walked aout after looking at the wedge salad - brown around the outside and the lobster bisque in which the only lumps were the undissolved clumps of flour. This place has gone way up in price and way down in quality. With so many wonderful restaurants in the Pittsburgh area, we will take our money elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

Horrible. Used to be one fo the best restuarants around. While a little out of the way, it was well worth the drive to the awesome location and atmosphere - just tucked away. Unfortunately, it seems that the Back Porch has done away with their chef. We had a large party. My neice found an earpiece in her soup! The steaks we all totally over done, not to mention that they were lousy cuts of meat. At $34 for filet oscar, the filet should be thick and cooked correctly. It was thin, tough and way overcooked. Also, the $34 price does not include soup or salad. What used to be and excellent dish, the New Zealand lamb, was completely awful. It was way overcooked and way over seasoned. So unfortunate. To add to the nightmare, the waitstaff was so poorly trained that they had no idea how to handle the situation, and actually argued with our table. The manager/owner was even worse. He apologized, took some of the meals off the bill but made no further efforts with our party. I asked him to try my lamb and he conceeded that it was tough, claiming that he has been using the same meat vendors for years. I contended that not only has the quality of the food slipped, but also those that prepared the steaks and lamb were completely unqualified to do so. We should have walked aout after looking at the wedge salad - brown around the outside and the lobster bisque in which the only lumps were the undissolved clumps of flour. This place has gone way up in price and way down in quality. With so many wonderful restaurants in the Pittsburgh area, we will take our money elsewhere.

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Horrible. Used to be one fo the best restuarants around. While a little out of the way, it was well worth the drive to the awesome location and atmosphere - just tucked away. Unfortunately, it seems that the Back Porch has done away

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★★★★★

Horrible. Used to be one fo the best restuarants around. While a little out of the way, it was well worth the drive to the awesome location and atmosphere - just tucked away. Unfortunately, it seems that the Back Porch has done away

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Not worth the drive unless you like to pay for the charm of the house. This place had been great for years, but has the same food as the Speer Street Grill. Both were good until two years ago when they changed the menu and things went

3
★★★★★

Not worth the drive unless you like to pay for the charm of the house. This place had been great for years, but has the same food as the Speer Street Grill. Both were good until two years ago when they changed the menu and things went

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I had been to this restaurant several yrs ago and the food was fantastic bit things have changed! The building is still cute and charming but everything else seemed for lack of a better word grubby. The menus were dirty - they were copies

3
★★★★★

I had been to this restaurant several yrs ago and the food was fantastic bit things have changed! The building is still cute and charming but everything else seemed for lack of a better word grubby. The menus were dirty - they were copies

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Visited during holidays with reservation...was seated in the small bar area which was full of patrons, loud and congested. No ambiance, etc. Ordered the special, strip steak, very pedestrian and not cooked to order. Friends enjoyed the ribs and a chicken pasta dish. Whoever compared this to Ruth Chris has not dined at RC. Service: waited to order, then watched our drinks while they sat on the bar and the ice cubes melted ( full 5 minutes). After my steak was delivered did not see server for 20 minutes. The strip steak was pedestrian and for $27.95 was no better than your average chain fare. Value simply no there. Was given a steak of which I consumed 1/2, potatoes were two small things on plate and ended up ordering desert only because I remained hungry. Was thoroughly disappointed!

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★★★☆☆

Visited during holidays with reservation...was seated in the small bar area which was full of patrons, loud and congested. No ambiance, etc. Ordered the special, strip steak, very pedestrian and not cooked to order. Friends enjoyed the ribs and a chicken pasta dish. Whoever compared this to Ruth Chris has not dined at RC. Service: waited to order, then watched our drinks while they sat on the bar and the ice cubes melted ( full 5 minutes). After my steak was delivered did not see server for 20 minutes. The strip steak was pedestrian and for $27.95 was no better than your average chain fare. Value simply no there. Was given a steak of which I consumed 1/2, potatoes were two small things on plate and ended up ordering desert only because I remained hungry. Was thoroughly disappointed!

Pros: Very Good Ribs

Cons: Bar seating, loud, congested

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The chef, Curtis Taylor, prepares some of the finest dishes this area has ever seen. Definitely worth the drive from Pittsburgh, or the North Hills. Beautiful atmosphere. I've had a rehersal dinner and a baby shower there, and would do it again!

2
★★★★★

The chef, Curtis Taylor, prepares some of the finest dishes this area has ever seen. Definitely worth the drive from Pittsburgh, or the North Hills. Beautiful atmosphere. I've had a rehersal dinner and a baby shower there, and would do it again!

Pros: parking, friendly staff, price

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Great restaurant set in an old-fashioned mansion. The food here is always superb, and the atmosphere makes the place. I once had a first date here, and dinner in front of an open fireplace in an (almost) private dining room made for a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere. (Turned out to be the only date, haha.) Definitely a good choice if you are celebrating a special occasion, or want to impress a lady.

Plenty of parking outside, shared with another restaurant.

4
★★★★☆

Great restaurant set in an old-fashioned mansion. The food here is always superb, and the atmosphere makes the place. I once had a first date here, and dinner in front of an open fireplace in an (almost) private dining room made for a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere. (Turned out to be the only date, haha.) Definitely a good choice if you are celebrating a special occasion, or want to impress a lady.

Plenty of parking outside, shared with another restaurant.

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Venturing out to the Back Porch from Pittsburgh can be a bit of a drive but it's definitely worth it. I have been there twice, both times getting the filet mignon. The quality is comparable to Morton's and Ruth's Chris but at a slightly more affordable price. It came with yellow squash that was wonderfully prepared. My girlfriend ordered the red snapper and it was the 2nd best fish I have ever had at a restaurant (Cafe Georgio's was 1st). The wine sold by the glass (for about $6) seems to be a higher quality than the wine menus at most other restaurants. The atmosphere is warm and the service is prompt yet not evading- an excellant choice for romantic anniversaries or special occasions. Don't miss out on this secret culinary extraveganza!

2
★★★★☆

Venturing out to the Back Porch from Pittsburgh can be a bit of a drive but it's definitely worth it. I have been there twice, both times getting the filet mignon. The quality is comparable to Morton's and Ruth's Chris but at a slightly more affordable price. It came with yellow squash that was wonderfully prepared. My girlfriend ordered the red snapper and it was the 2nd best fish I have ever had at a restaurant (Cafe Georgio's was 1st). The wine sold by the glass (for about $6) seems to be a higher quality than the wine menus at most other restaurants. The atmosphere is warm and the service is prompt yet not evading- an excellant choice for romantic anniversaries or special occasions. Don't miss out on this secret culinary extraveganza!

Pros: Culinary excellance, Reasonable prices, Great service

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My wife and I went to the Back Porch after reading about it on CitySearch, and it was fantastic! The food is expertly prepared, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere is lovely. The patio in back is a great place to relax and eat during the summer months, surrounded by flowers and classical music. The inside is cozy and warmly decorated, no matter what month it is. I highly recommend it.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I went to the Back Porch after reading about it on CitySearch, and it was fantastic! The food is expertly prepared, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere is lovely. The patio in back is a great place to relax and eat during the summer months, surrounded by flowers and classical music. The inside is cozy and warmly decorated, no matter what month it is. I highly recommend it.

Pros: atmosphere, food quality, service

Cons: long drive, not kid friendly

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My husband and I were invited to go there for a friend's birthday. We live in Cranberry and I thought to myself "Why do we have to go that far just to eat dinner?'. But I have to tell you - it was worth the drive! The atmosphere was cozy and warm, we sat by one of their fireplaces. The food was unbelievably tastey; and the presentation and portions were just perfect! It was not as expensive as you might think either. We left there paying $80, including tip. I would definitely make the 66 mile trip again. It's a perfect place for a special occasion! Or, really, any occasion that you want a great dinner!

2
★★★★★

My husband and I were invited to go there for a friend's birthday. We live in Cranberry and I thought to myself "Why do we have to go that far just to eat dinner?'. But I have to tell you - it was worth the drive! The atmosphere was cozy and warm, we sat by one of their fireplaces. The food was unbelievably tastey; and the presentation and portions were just perfect! It was not as expensive as you might think either. We left there paying $80, including tip. I would definitely make the 66 mile trip again. It's a perfect place for a special occasion! Or, really, any occasion that you want a great dinner!

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It is a lovely place to go even for a cocktail in the winter. The bar is small but very cozy. Summer is great for sitting out on the patio, listening to classical music in garden surroundings.

2
★★★★★

It is a lovely place to go even for a cocktail in the winter. The bar is small but very cozy. Summer is great for sitting out on the patio, listening to classical music in garden surroundings.

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Love the restaurant, but what really makes the trip is shopping at the wonderful antique stores set up as victorian houses across the street. The whole area including the Back Porch looks as though you have stepped back in time. The drive is a bit long, but worth the effort. Leave early and allow time to look around.

2
★★★★★

Love the restaurant, but what really makes the trip is shopping at the wonderful antique stores set up as victorian houses across the street. The whole area including the Back Porch looks as though you have stepped back in time. The drive is a bit long, but worth the effort. Leave early and allow time to look around.

Pros: Next to antique shops

Cons: Long Drive

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I took my parents to the Back Porch for an anniversary dinner a few years ago. We fell in love with the food and service and have made it a "special" night out.

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★★★★★

I took my parents to the Back Porch for an anniversary dinner a few years ago. We fell in love with the food and service and have made it a "special" night out.

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The Back Porch Restaurant is a small, renovated house with dining available on the signature back porch, weather permitting. It is a small eatery, with wonderful service and the food is imaginative and quite good. There are dishes, preparations and presentations that belie the location of the restaurant; the kind of thing that you would generally expect from a more metropolitan setting than the banks of the Mon, in the Mon Valley. The food (depending upon choice) can be a tiny bit pricey, but the specials are reasonable and generally as exceptional as the menu fare. Fine urban dining in a comfortable, inviting suburban waterfront setting.

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★★★★★

The Back Porch Restaurant is a small, renovated house with dining available on the signature back porch, weather permitting. It is a small eatery, with wonderful service and the food is imaginative and quite good. There are dishes, preparations and presentations that belie the location of the restaurant; the kind of thing that you would generally expect from a more metropolitan setting than the banks of the Mon, in the Mon Valley. The food (depending upon choice) can be a tiny bit pricey, but the specials are reasonable and generally as exceptional as the menu fare. Fine urban dining in a comfortable, inviting suburban waterfront setting.

Pros: innovative specials, excellent preparation, GREAT service

Cons: slightly pricey, can be crowded

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Great atmosphere, Great food - - the most romantic spot would be down downstairs in the room right off from the bar - - it is a small room with only 2-4 tables.

Love it. Get the smoked salmon appetizer!

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★★★★★

Great atmosphere, Great food - - the most romantic spot would be down downstairs in the room right off from the bar - - it is a small room with only 2-4 tables.

Love it. Get the smoked salmon appetizer!

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THE BACK PORCH CONSISTENTLY RANKS AMONG BOTH THE BEST FOOD AND BEST SERVICE IN SW PENNSYLVANIA. (BY THE WAY, RE: BLAND IS BACK--THE FOOD AND SERVICE AT THE RESTAURANT UP THE STREET IS AS BAD AS IT EVER WAS)

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★★★★★

THE BACK PORCH CONSISTENTLY RANKS AMONG BOTH THE BEST FOOD AND BEST SERVICE IN SW PENNSYLVANIA. (BY THE WAY, RE: BLAND IS BACK--THE FOOD AND SERVICE AT THE RESTAURANT UP THE STREET IS AS BAD AS IT EVER WAS)

More about Back Porch Restaurant

Enjoy the warmth, charm, and fine cuisine that has made The Back Porch Restaurant one of the area’s favorite restaurants. Since 1975, The Back Porch Restaurant, on the western bank of the Monongahela River in Lower Speers PA, has occupied one of the oldest buildings in western Pennsylvania.

 

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