5 Restaurant Ideas for Business Meetings in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is one of the most popular cities for business travelers in the state of Pennsylvania. Fortunately, there are many options available if you need to schedule an upcoming meeting with a client or co-worker, especially at local restaurants that welcome business customers into their establishments. Here are five Pittsburgh restaurants that would make a great location for a business meeting:

The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille is an upscale steakhouse chain that provides a refined setting for more serious client dinners. Located at 201 Fifth Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh, The Capital Grille serves up classic steak dishes grilled or broiled the way you like with traditional sides, such as vegetables and baked potatoes. The wine list offers a varied selection of respectable vintages and brands. The atmosphere is a bit dark and intimate, so The Capital Grille may not be the best location if you need access to visual aids during your business meeting. However, for client relationship building, team celebrations, and other types of conversations, it's a great location to make a reservation. Plus, its central location in downtown Pittsburgh makes it an easy walk for most businesses and out of town visitors.

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Mallorca Restaurant

The Mallorca Restaurant is located at 2228 E Carson Street. It is an upscale restaurant with white tablecloths and impressive service centered around a unique Spanish-Continental menu, with entrees such as the roast duck. The impressive wine list makes it a favorite of local customers, so plan to use OpenTable.com for reservations to make sure that you have your table reserved in advance for lunch and dinner. The bright, well-lit atmosphere with large round tables make it a great spot for group discussions and meetings.

Nola on the Square

Nola on the Square serves up New Orleans style food for lunch and dinner from its easy-to-spot restaurant at 24 Market Square. The locals love to eat at Nola on the Square because of the live jazz and festive atmosphere. However, it is also a great location for business meetings because it is a mid-priced restaurant with square tables that can accommodate up to four people at a time. If the indoor restaurant is noisier than you'd like, you can always sit in the sidewalk seating area for a casual dining option. Additionally, Nola on the Square has private rooms, which can be reserved for larger business meetings.

Panera Bread

Panera Bread is a national soup, salad, and sandwich chain known to many business travelers across the United States who need a comfortable place to work and eat that has free (and fast) WiFi. It's also a great place for business meetings of all sorts, as it's inexpensive, brightly lit, and open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lunch is the busiest time for Panera Bread, so if you are planning on having a larger business meeting, try to plan a later lunch to avoid the crowd. Panera Bread will work with individuals with food allergies and customize meal options to fit individual needs and preferences. If you're looking for an easy catering option for your in-office or hotel business meeting, Panera Bread even delivers. The Pittsburgh location is located at 3401 Boulevard of the Allies.

Lidia's Pittsburgh

Lidia's Pittsburgh is a much-loved, local Italian restaurant in a beautiful converted warehouse that's open for lunch and dinner (although it is closed from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm each day). The bright setting, round tables, and its ability to accommodate large groups make it a desirable choice for business meetings, even though there's no access to WiFi. Try the pasta trio or one of the delicious desserts. The restaurant also has gluten-free options. You can make a reservation at this restaurant online.

If you find yourself in Pittsburgh on business travel, consider yourself lucky. Not only is the city thriving with business opportunities, but there are many delicious restaurants to choose from.

Where do you eat when in Pittsburgh for business? Share your recommendations in the comments below!