Dining Guide: Squirrel Hill

By Pitt News Staff

Bruegger’s Bagels

1719 Murray Ave.

Monday-Saturday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 6 a.m. to 7… Editor’s note: The Pitt News will continue to update this listing as businesses open and close in Squirrel Hill. To have your business considered for inclusion on this list, e-mail [email protected].

Bruegger’s Bagels

1719 Murray Ave.

Monday-Saturday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

This famous franchise is an affordable alternative to your usual breakfast Pop-Tart. The eatery offers an array of bagels and original cream cheeses in addition to several types of sandwiches and salads.

Eat’n Park

1816 Murray Ave.

Open 24 hours




Panther Funds: no

This historic diner opened its first location in the South Hills of Pittsburgh in 1949 and continues to be a family favorite. A new, unique affiliated location will open in Schenley Plaza soon.


1704 Shady Ave.

Monday-Friday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.



Panther Funds: no

This eatery offers all the comforts of a traditional sports bar with a gourmet menu. Look out for college-friendly deals, like35 cent wings on Monday nights.

Four Wood Grille

5840 Forward Ave.

3 to 10 p.m.



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Panther Funds: no

This traditional pub offers everything from wings and steaks to hoagies. Also, enjoy some of the various salads or pastas for a lighter meal.


1922 Murray Ave.

Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to midnight




Panther Funds: no

Famous for its after-dinner treats, this restaurant’s dessert menu is sure to make your mouth water. Also, enjoy the evening as a couple with a Date Night meal on most weekdays.

Murray Avenue Grill

1720 Murray Ave.

Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday dinner 2:30 p.m. to midnight. Bar is open every night from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.



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Panther Funds: no

This bar and grill, located in the heart of Squirrel Hill, serves up casual American cuisine in a swanky setting.

My Little Outback

1936 Murray Ave.

Sunday-Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

This cafe and play center is the perfect place for a day of relaxation and family fun.

Pamela’s Diner

5813 Forbes Ave.

Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

This mom-’n’-pop diner, known for its hotcakes and omelets, is a morning favorite for Pitt students.

Pittsburgh Bagel Factory

5885 Forbes Ave.

Monday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Panther Funds: no

This local bagel joint is the perfect place to lounge and grab a bite between classes.

Silky’s Sports Bar & Grill

1731 Murray Ave.

Monday-Friday 3 to 10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 3 to 11:30 p.m.



Panther Funds: no

Known for its many flat screen TVs, Silky’s boasts an extensive variety of beers on tap.

Smallman Street Deli

1912 Murray Ave.

Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

With matzo ball soup that even your bubbe would love, this deli’s branch location on Murray Avenue is a great choice for a quick corned beef sandwich or bowl of soup.

Squirrel Hill Cafe

5802 Forbes Ave.

Monday-Tuesday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Wednesday-Friday 11 to 2 a.m., Saturday noon to 2 a.m., Sunday 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.



Panther Funds: no

Known locally as “The Cage,” the Squirrel Hill Cafe attracts patrons of all stripes with its funky atmosphere and drink specials.

Uncle Sam’s Sandwich Bar

5808 Forbes Ave.

Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

A college-student staple when it comes to fresh subs, Uncle Sam’s cheesesteak is widely considered to be one of the best around. Vegetarian? Try the grilled portabella sub — delicious!


2018 Murray Ave.

Hours TBA


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Panther Funds: no

Chopsticks offers satisfying portions at a decent price in a small setting. Under new ownership, the restaurant will be reopening soon with the new name Asian Style Eats. Offering a fusion of Asian cuisines, Asian Style Eats aims to offer Asian flavors in familiar styles.

Bangkok Balcony

5846 Forbes Ave.

Sunday-Thursday noon to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday noon to 11 p.m.



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Panther Funds: no

Pumpkin curry and a placid atmosphere make Bangkok Balcony one of Pittsburgh’s premier Thai restaurants.

Bubble Pi Baking Arts

2218 Murray Ave.


Sunday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.



Panther Funds: no

One of the few places in Pittsburgh that sells Asian buns, this colorful little bakery never fails to lure in customers.

Chaya Japanese Cuisine

2032 Murray Ave.

Monday-Thursday 5 to 9:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5 to 9:45 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

This cozy sushi house was recently relocated to a larger location, but its menu of affordable sushi still manages to keep the diners coming and the place packed.

How Lee Chinese

5888 Forbes Ave.

Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 10 p.m.



Panther Funds: yes

The food is tasty and spiced to perfection at a reasonable price for college students.

Kamei Chinese

2209 Murray Ave.

Tuesday-Sunday noon to 10 p.m.



Panther Funds: no

This restaurant offers two menus for Hong Kong and American-style Chinese food, promising to satisfy customers from both sides of the globe.

New Dumpling House

2138 Murray Ave.

Sunday 1 to 10 p.m., Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


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Panther Funds: no

Prices are fair and the food is reasonably portioned at this Squirrel Hill restaurant.

Rose Tea Cafe

5874 Forbes Ave.

Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.



Panther Funds: no

This cafe boasts a wealth of tantalizing bubble teas in addition to Taiwanese cuisine.

Sakura Teppanyaki and Sushi

5882 Forbes Ave.

Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 11 p.m., Saturday 1 to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 9 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

Specially trained chefs make some of the best sushi in Pittsburgh in a great sit-down environment.

Silk Elephant

1712 Murray Ave.

Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.



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Panther Funds: no

This restaurant offers authentic Thai fusion and tapas.

Sun Penang

5829 Forbes Ave.

Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


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Panther Funds: yes

Sun Penang offers a wide selection of Chinese meat, vegetable and noodle dishes to satisfy any craving.

Sushi House

2130 Murray Ave.

Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


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Panther Funds: no

It’s all in the name — this place is the home of sushi dish specialties.

Zaw’s Asian Food

2110 Murray Ave.

Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 9:30 p.m.


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Panther Funds: no

This hole-in-the-wall eatery offers a large selection of Asian foods.

Coriander India Grill

2201 Murray Ave.

Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 10 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

Critics agree that its wide variety of delicious and authentic entrees are more than enough to recommend this new restaurant, but Coriander also offers a lunch buffet, take-out, delivery, catering and a full bar.

Sree’s Foods

2103 Murray Ave.

Monday-Friday 5 to 9 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

This Indian restaurant was started by a biologist and professional cook originally from the ancient city of Hyderabad, India. The food is authentic, tasty and nutritious. You’ll find the best of India at Sree’s.

Aladdin’s Eatery

5878 Forbes Ave.

Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

Adventurous eaters will be rewarded by the healthy and delicious Lebanese/American blend of cuisine found at Aladdin’s Eatery. Its vegetarian pitas, soups and signature “pitzas” mean delightful ethnic cuisine is only a bus ride away.

Greek Gourmet Marketplace

2130 Murray Ave.

Sunday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.



Panther Funds: no

There’s nothing like homemade hummus, baklava and gyros to make your tummy want to go Greek. This little quick-stop for lunch also offers traditional Greek grocery items.

Mediterranean Grill

5824 Forbes Ave.

Monday-Friday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.



Panther funds: no

Baba ghanoush is not only fun to say, it’s also fun to eat at this popular nook located on Forbes next to Murray Avenue. It might be hiding out on the lower floor of a professional building, but finding it is like a treasure hunt — and the warm pita bread and yummy wraps are definitely a great reward.

Taza 21

1827 Murray Ave.

Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 8:30 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

What is a shawarma? Allow your taste buds to find out at Taza 21, Squirrel Hill’s stop for this Middle Eastern delight — a wrap filled with chicken or lamb, tahini sauce, greens and aromatic spices. This restaurant even features a delivery service, so you need not venture far to experience the best of the Middle East.

Cuzamil Restaurante Mexicano

2109 Murray Ave.

Sunday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

A relaxed atmosphere, fresh ingredients and a menu that occasionally features cow tongue make this Mexican restaurant a spot worth stopping by on Squirrel Hill’s Murray Avenue.

Tango Cafe

5806 Forward Ave.

Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.




Panther Funds: no

Located at the corner of Murray and Forward avenues, this cafe remains a Squirrel Hill favorite for picking up coffee and a pastry.


2108 Murray Ave.



Panther Funds: no

This unusual restaurant features Libyan fare and vegetarian options.

Milky Way

2120 Murray Ave.

Monday-Thursday, Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Panther Funds: no

Milky Way serves vegetarian and kosher dishes from of a variety of cuisines, including Chinese and Italian.

Sababa Middle Eastern Grill

2121 Murray Ave.

Tuesday-Sunday noon to 9 p.m., closed Monday




Panther Funds: no

At Sababa, diners get more than a tasty bite to eat — this restaurant offers up the whole Middle Eastern experience. The atmosphere, the aromas and authentic kosher meat make it a Pittsburgh gem.