Original Oyster House

★★★★☆
  • 20 Market Square

    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    Map & Directions
  • 412-566-7925

About Original Oyster House

Hours
Mon. - Sat. 9am - 11pm;Sun. CLOSED

Food

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I WAS BORN & RAISED IN THE BURGH, AND REMEMBER MY DAD TAKING ME TO THE OYSTER HOUSE WHEN I WAS 10 YEARS OLD. THAT WAS IN 1953. I LEFT PITTSBURGH IN 1979, BUT EVERY TIME I COME BACK I ALWAYS STOP AT THE OYSTER HOUSE FOR A FISH SANDWICH & OYSTER. IT'S SIMPLY THE BEST, AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT.

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I WAS BORN & RAISED IN THE BURGH, AND REMEMBER MY DAD TAKING ME TO THE OYSTER HOUSE WHEN I WAS 10 YEARS OLD. THAT WAS IN 1953. I LEFT PITTSBURGH IN 1979, BUT EVERY TIME I COME BACK I ALWAYS STOP AT THE OYSTER HOUSE FOR A FISH SANDWICH & OYSTER. IT'S SIMPLY THE BEST, AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT.

Pros: BEST FISH & OYSTERS

Cons: NONE

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My boyfriend and I recently went to the Original Oyster House. We figured it must be good to have stood the test of time.
No, it's just darned lucky.
We ordered its "speciality" of the house, the breaded oyster. We got two patties of nothing but breading. We picked them apart and didn't find a single oyster. It was like a disc of soggy breading... Gross.
The clam chowder was a watered down cream of bacon soup with a few molecules of clam and some grit. The only recognizable thing in it was a hunk of bacon.
Our fried fish and baked scrod were okay, but there's better fried fish in Pittsburgh.
Next time we're in the mood for cheap eats in Market Square we'll hit Primanti Brothers.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I recently went to the Original Oyster House. We figured it must be good to have stood the test of time.
No, it's just darned lucky.
We ordered its "speciality" of the house, the breaded oyster. We got two patties of nothing but breading. We picked them apart and didn't find a single oyster. It was like a disc of soggy breading... Gross.
The clam chowder was a watered down cream of bacon soup with a few molecules of clam and some grit. The only recognizable thing in it was a hunk of bacon.
Our fried fish and baked scrod were okay, but there's better fried fish in Pittsburgh.
Next time we're in the mood for cheap eats in Market Square we'll hit Primanti Brothers.

Pros: nice location

Cons: food lousy to mediocre

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I have always loved the fried fish sandwich at the Original Oyster House. It is messy, but very good. It is an old small place that has been in Market Square forever.

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★★★★★

I have always loved the fried fish sandwich at the Original Oyster House. It is messy, but very good. It is an old small place that has been in Market Square forever.

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A true Pittsburgh original. Been there forever. You could sit at a table but standing at the bar's better, looking at the great photos on the mirror, Rocky Marciano's career stats and old-timey beauty pageants. Oh, and the fish sandwich is very good.

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A true Pittsburgh original. Been there forever. You could sit at a table but standing at the bar's better, looking at the great photos on the mirror, Rocky Marciano's career stats and old-timey beauty pageants. Oh, and the fish sandwich is very good.

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As as native Pittsburgher who looked forward to eating at the Original Oyster House, I can say that I am completely disappointed with their food. First of all you can find better crab cakes in the frozen section of every local grocery store. They were full of bread and the "crab" was actually artificial crab meat.

Now, before I went to the Original Oyster House, I saw a local documentary on the place. In this documentary they interviewed the woman who makes the breaded oysters. She had mentioned that many people complain that there is no oyster in the breaded oysters. She responded that it is impossible that her breaded oysters lack an actual oyster. Thus, as an experiment I ordered the breaded oyster and thoroughly cut and chewed each section--what do you know, there was no oyster! The whole thing was a glob of breading.

Now, there is one final thing to mention: the price. I cannot deny that the food was very cheap and service was friendly. However, this does not make up for the idea that it is probably the worst meal I've ever had.

I've never reviewed a restaurant before. But, I feel this place was so bad that people should be warned.

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★☆☆☆☆

As as native Pittsburgher who looked forward to eating at the Original Oyster House, I can say that I am completely disappointed with their food. First of all you can find better crab cakes in the frozen section of every local grocery store. They were full of bread and the "crab" was actually artificial crab meat.

Now, before I went to the Original Oyster House, I saw a local documentary on the place. In this documentary they interviewed the woman who makes the breaded oysters. She had mentioned that many people complain that there is no oyster in the breaded oysters. She responded that it is impossible that her breaded oysters lack an actual oyster. Thus, as an experiment I ordered the breaded oyster and thoroughly cut and chewed each section--what do you know, there was no oyster! The whole thing was a glob of breading.

Now, there is one final thing to mention: the price. I cannot deny that the food was very cheap and service was friendly. However, this does not make up for the idea that it is probably the worst meal I've ever had.

I've never reviewed a restaurant before. But, I feel this place was so bad that people should be warned.

Pros: Service was somewhat friendly

Cons: Food was very bad

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This is a must visit if you are visiting Pittsburgh. If you live here and haven't visited yet? What are you waiting for. It's a family tradition for many Pittsburghers to dine here - generation after generation. It's the oldest establishment in Pittsburgh and an historical landmark. The best fish sandwich handsdown in the 'burg is to be had here. Nothing fancy here about the food or the prices or the atmosphere...but I'm betting you'll enjoy. I love the Oyster House where the price is right and the food is great and the service too is always good.

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★★★★☆

This is a must visit if you are visiting Pittsburgh. If you live here and haven't visited yet? What are you waiting for. It's a family tradition for many Pittsburghers to dine here - generation after generation. It's the oldest establishment in Pittsburgh and an historical landmark. The best fish sandwich handsdown in the 'burg is to be had here. Nothing fancy here about the food or the prices or the atmosphere...but I'm betting you'll enjoy. I love the Oyster House where the price is right and the food is great and the service too is always good.

Pros: Great food and service & an historical landmark of Pittsburgh

Cons: You may have trouble finding street parking depending on the time of day - but plenty of nearby garages & lots you can easily walk from

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My first experience actually in the Oyster House was about 45yrs ago when I was about 10. Ate 2 fish sandwiches to the surprise of the bartender. at that time they were about 30 cents (not a helluva lot more now) and the only other food was a fried oyster & their own home made hot sauce. After living away from the 'Burgh for most of my life I just everyone to know that no place does fish sandwiches better than Pgh. with The Oyster House leading the way.

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★★★★★

My first experience actually in the Oyster House was about 45yrs ago when I was about 10. Ate 2 fish sandwiches to the surprise of the bartender. at that time they were about 30 cents (not a helluva lot more now) and the only other food was a fried oyster & their own home made hot sauce. After living away from the 'Burgh for most of my life I just everyone to know that no place does fish sandwiches better than Pgh. with The Oyster House leading the way.

Pros: Fish Sandwich, Fried Oyster, Cold beer

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I AM FORMER PITTSBURGHER LIVING IN ROCHESTER, NY. EVERY YEAR WHEN I VISIT PITTSBURGH TO SEE MY DEAF FRIENDS AT PITTSBURGH ASSOCIATION FOR THE DEAF (P.A.D)
I MAKE SURE I STOPPED BY ORIGINAL OYSTER HOUSE FOR FISH SANDWICH WITH BEER.
IT IS THE BEST AND IT BRINGS FOND MEMORIES
OF GROWING UP IN PITTSBURGH.

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★★★★★

I AM FORMER PITTSBURGHER LIVING IN ROCHESTER, NY. EVERY YEAR WHEN I VISIT PITTSBURGH TO SEE MY DEAF FRIENDS AT PITTSBURGH ASSOCIATION FOR THE DEAF (P.A.D)
I MAKE SURE I STOPPED BY ORIGINAL OYSTER HOUSE FOR FISH SANDWICH WITH BEER.
IT IS THE BEST AND IT BRINGS FOND MEMORIES
OF GROWING UP IN PITTSBURGH.

Pros: FISH SANDWICHES, INEXPENSIVE, GOOD PEOPLE

Cons: CROWDED ON WEEKENDS

 

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