“Where Pittsburgh notables meet for comfort food…
a Pittsburgh institution worthy
of a Historic Landmark designation.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Calrton Notables


“…it focuses on the fundamentals: top-flight food, reasonably priced, prepared with fresh ingredients and served by a knowledgeable staff.” – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“This is a restaurant that delivers all the hallmarks of fine dining in an atmosphere refreshingly free of attitude or affectation.” – Pittsburgh City Paper

“…count on fine dining and sophisticated service along with one of the most diverse wine cellars in the area.” – Pittsburgh Magazine

“Last Friday evening my wife and I had dinner at your restaurant.  The Carlton is very special to us, having had our first date there 14 years ago this month. We have always looked forward to the unique menu, great food and exquisite service.  With three kids at home, an evening at The Carlton is always a welcome reminder of our love for each other and how much we enjoy time together.  While we have returned to The Carlton over a dozen times since our first date in 1995, we’ve never had such excellent and attentive service as we had from our waiter Doug last week. From the moment he met us at the hostess station, we knew this was going to be a special evening.  We wanted you to know what a wonderful waiter Doug is and what a great impression he made on us.  We hope there will always be a Carlton restaurant and we thank you for so many special memories that are part of our marriage. ” – Andy & Tricia Blenko

TCR Notables

Awards of Excellence


Wine Spectator

The Carlton Restaurant

Best Contemporary

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 14 consecutive years since 1995

Distinguished Restaurant of North America Award (DiRoNA) Winner for 8 consecutive years since 2001

Proprietor Kevin Joyce – Restaurateur of the Year by Pittsburgh Magazine, Pennsylvania Restaurant Association and International Geneva Association

2009 Best Contemporary Pittsburgh Restaurant by WhereTheLocalsEat.com

2009 Top Ten Best Legendary Pittsburgh Restaurants by Pittsburgh Magazine

10 Best – #4 Best Restaurant in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s Best Martini 2007, Citysearch

Best Wine List 2005-2006, Citysearch

TCR Notables

Newsworthy Media Coverage

10/19/2008 – Carlton seasons dishes with dash of class

06/01/2008 – Pittsburgh Restaurant Legend

05/23/2008 – Bar owners challenge Onorato to drink tax debate

05/01/2008 – Dining Review: The Carlton

06/28/2007 – Restaurant owner rep decries alcohol tax measure

06/23/2007 – Pittsburgh Power Tables, Wall Street Journal

12/22/2005 – Carlton is where Pittsburgh notables meet for comfort food

01/16/2005 – The Carlton’s modern cuisine evolves on a daily basis