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Last 25 Bars Reviewed By: schaeffer

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Reviewed: "Esta Esta Restaurant"
In Category: User Reviews · Aug 04 2014 12:05 AM
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We were looking for a really satisfying meal under $20 and realized that in Monroeville, Esta Esta is really the best choice. The bar is just a fun place to hang out. The place was packed and everyone was really friendly and having a good time. They always have the local sports on at least 2 of the TVs so tonight it was the Pirates.Hardest thing about ordering food here is trying to pick just ... View More
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Reviewed: "Green Forest Brazilian Restaurant"
In Category: User Reviews · Mar 09 2013 07:19 PM
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The Green Forest is an awesome place to go if you like beef. There is an all-you-can-eat salad bar which includes chilled shrimp, crab-legs, and sushi. Do not fill up on the salad though, just get a small plate of potato salad or something to go with the many types of meat they bring to your table. Tonight we started with the New York strip steak, flank steak, and pork. Then we had swordfish, ... View More
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Reviewed: "Genoa Pizza & Bar"
In Category: User Reviews · Mar 09 2013 07:19 PM
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This place is one of my top choices for lunchtime downtown. You can go anywhere and spend $5-7 for fast food but Genoa offers full restaurant service and the food is about the highest quality you can get for under $20. They also sell pizza by the slice and its the good thin crust style that goes great with beer.

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Reviewed: "Brewstone Beer Company"
In Category: User Reviews · Feb 24 2013 06:07 AM
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Went back to Brewstone tonight and had dinner at the bar. Was really impressed with the bartenders. In six years living in Pittsburgh I've gotten used to the beer and shot bars where you get a rude sneer for ordering anything more complex than a rum and coke so I was really happy when the bartender said "I can make anything"He made us some excellent Mai Tai's and they were priced cheaper than ... View More
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Reviewed: "Brewstone Beer Company"
In Category: User Reviews · Sep 04 2012 12:42 PM
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Excellent bar/restaurant. I am so glad they built it within walking distance of my house. Wife and I stopped in here to try it out last week and were really impressed. This place has 2 rather large bars in different rooms. There is a circular bar in the main room that is surrounded by small tables and dozens of flat screen TVs. This is also where the outdoor seating is that includes several ... View More
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Reviewed: "Murphy's Tap Room"
In Category: User Reviews · Aug 31 2011 01:19 PM
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Awesome little bar. Good prices on beers and food. Plenty of room and a seperate room with 3 pool tables in it. The pool tables are in good shape too.

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Reviewed: "St. James Place Tavern"
In Category: User Reviews · Aug 31 2011 01:19 PM
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Still excellent wings here. Good variety of beers and there is usually a good special going. Bathrooms are not the cleanest. Excellent service makes up for it.

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Reviewed: "Monterey Bay Fish Grotto"
In Category: User Reviews · Aug 31 2011 01:19 PM
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I tend to be very picky when it comes to seafood and generally won't eat seafood in da burgh but this place actually does a good job - at least with the flounder that I had. The drinks were good and service was top notch. This particular place has an awesome view and tries to pose as a classy establishment but the food prices are not that bad - well at least for good quality seafood. The ... View More
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Reviewed: "Milestone"
In Category: User Reviews · Aug 25 2011 11:24 AM
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This is a nice place to hang out if you like playing pool or listening to the jukebox. The service is fast and friendly and there is a wide range of beer to choose from. The pool tables are in good shape, better than most bars in the area which is good too. Parking can be a bit of a bitch. The limited on-street parking usually means you have to walk a distance from your car.

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Reviewed: "The Penn Monroe"
In Category: User Reviews · Aug 25 2011 09:59 AM
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This little hole in the wall is filled with some of the nicest people in the area. The bar is a large square in the middle of the room and everyone sits packed in pretty tightly around it making it impossible not to introduce yourself to the people sitting around you. On weekends they have live music and there are plenty of TV's to watch the game. The bartenders are attentive and prevent you ... View More
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Reviewed: "Patron Mexican Grill"
In Category: User Reviews · Aug 25 2011 09:41 AM
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Definitely needed a place like this in Monroeville. The atmosphere is a little more festive than the other themed restaurants which just have yard sale crap hanging on every wall. The food is very good, very filling and very affordable. Best of all, this place just makes you want to drink Margarita's all day long. The service is fast and friendly so you get several refills before you even ... View More
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Reviewed: "Carino's Italian Grille"
In Category: User Reviews · Aug 25 2011 09:41 AM
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Carino's is one of my favorite places to go for lunch. The food here is really outstanding especially for the price. They have a lunch special that runs from like 11am - 4pm so really it should be the daytime special which is soup or salad and any of the entree's off the lunch menu for $6.99. The serving sizes range from large to ridiculous so that $6.99 can end up feeding you for lunch and ... View More
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Reviewed: "Don Pablo's"
In Category: User Reviews · Aug 25 2011 09:41 AM
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While I usually like Mexican food - I think I prefer taco bell to this place. It just seems to lack anything good except for the low price. The biggest reason to avoid this place is the service itself. I have stopped into this place 3 times over a period of about 8 months. Usually have to wait 5 minutes before anyone comes to get our drink orders and they immediately start apologizing for the ... View More
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Reviewed: "Dakota's"
In Category: User Reviews · Apr 25 2011 01:46 PM
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This place is hoppin. Only problem is the free jukebox is free on Saturday night allows people to play a lot of crap. Beers are reasonably priced and service is pretty good. There is a pool table and dartboard as well. The pool is free this week although that isn't always the case. Definitely a good hangout for locals and anyone on a budget.

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Reviewed: "Buffalo Wild Wings"
In Category: User Reviews · Apr 22 2011 12:04 PM
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The new buffalo wild wings is pretty awesome. They moved directly across the street from the Penn Center location into a building that has much more space and about 60 TVs. The food is the same but they now have 30 beers on tap. In the old BWW the TVs were positioned much higher than the bar and usually ended up with a pain in the neck after watching an entire game. In the new BWW the TVs are ... View More
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Reviewed: "Cafe Niko's"
In Category: User Reviews · Oct 30 2010 08:02 PM
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I really liked the variety on the menu in this place. Lots of big screens to watch the game on and very good service. Place was packed but not crowded. Give it an A+ for cleanliness as well.

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Reviewed: "Esta Esta Restaurant"
In Category: User Reviews · Oct 29 2010 04:38 PM
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I try to make it to Esta every week. The food is just so good you want to keep coming back. Esta has it all from amazing $5 roast beef sandwiches to the $40 seafood pizza. That's right, a 12 inch pizza for $40. Its no joke and its worth every penny. This pizza is topped with crab meat, shrimp and a white sauce. Melted cheese over it all. You've got to try it. This might be my new place to ... View More
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Reviewed: "Carino's Italian Grille"
In Category: User Reviews · Apr 06 2010 01:56 PM
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If you like italian food I highly recommend this place. I was worried it would be another Olive Garden but the noodles here are definitely homemade and the sauces are excellent. On Tuesdays I think they have a special of half-price wine. The service is pretty outstanding as well. I was a bit surprised when I ordered the chicken linguine and it was ready in less than 5 minutes and it was ... View More
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Reviewed: "Mad Mex"
In Category: User Reviews · Apr 06 2010 01:56 PM
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Stopped in at this place for happy hour last week. There wasn't too much of a crowd which was nice. The bar itself was packed but service was still good. I recommend getting a table for happy hour to get the better service. They have half price wings for happy hour and the wings are pretty good and definitely worth half price. Also the beers are half price but make sure you order one of the ... View More
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Reviewed: "Esta Esta Restaurant"
In Category: User Reviews · Apr 05 2010 10:52 PM
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This place has a really nice bar. Its fairly large and seats about 35-40 people comfortably. There are also tables in the bar area for another 10 people. Several tables around the bar provide a view of the game or whatever else is going on. The bartenders are very friendly, so friendly in fact you may have to call them by name to get them out of the conversation they are caught up in. Its ... View More
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Reviewed: "Pittsburgh Improv"
In Category: User Reviews · Jan 13 2010 11:38 AM
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This is actually a pretty nice venue as far as comedy clubs go. You can go there for dinner during the comedy shows or just get drinks. The seating is rather tight if the comedians are good then it will be packed but the staff is very helpful at finding seats together for your party. One word of advice - arrive early. It is first-come first-serve seating and there were a couple big groups ... View More
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Reviewed: "China Palace Restaurant"
In Category: User Reviews · Sep 29 2009 10:20 AM
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For your typical Chinese cuisine this place is far better than any of the other places in Monroeville area and there are many. We stopped in on a Friday evening and the place was packed. Despite being busy the wait staff was still very fast and efficient. In fact, I noted that the waitress was covering several tables but was also being assisted by the manager and cooks who had no problem ... View More
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Reviewed: "Shogun Japanese Steak House"
In Category: User Reviews · Sep 16 2009 03:06 PM
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As far as Japanese Steak Houses go this one is among my top 3 favorites in Pittsburgh. The portions are big and the prices are somewhat better than other steak houses. Drinks are strong and reasonably priced as well. There are plenty of tables and waiting room so you are not left standing around when you are waiting for a table. Also don't expect to wait unless you are there on a Friday or ... View More
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Reviewed: "Silky's Crow's Nest"
In Category: User Reviews · Sep 12 2009 08:55 PM
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Really nice place for dinner. The menu covers everything from seafood to steak, a variety of sandwiches and salads and the portions are big and the food is above average. Tried a few of their custom martinis but was not too impressed. The real plus about this place is that most of the seating is outside with a great view of the river. Combining this view with the variety of food that ... View More
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Reviewed: "The Bar at 2132"
In Category: User Reviews · Apr 12 2009 01:35 PM
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This is a rather nice place. We stopped in at happy hour for the half price appetizers and drink specials. The food was top notch and the service was great. There were about 8 HD TV's around the bar area but I felt they were mounted just a bit too high and I had to strain my neck to watch the game. If you are sitting in the booths however, it is probably the right level. It is a non-smoking ... View More
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