The Best Food and Drinks in Oakland

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Oakland is one of the most fun neighborhoods in Pittsburgh with tons of things to do, like visiting Carnegie Museum, exploring Pitt’s sprawling campus, or even just enjoying a delicious meal and some good drinks!

We’ve picked some of our favorite restaurants and bars for enjoying food and drinks in Oakland, so the next time you’re ready for a break after exploring some of the best culture you can find in the ‘Burgh, be sure to check out these spots!

Guide to Food and Drinks in Oakland

The Porch At Schenley Food And Drinks In Oakland Pittsburgh
📷 The Porch

The Porch at Schenley

The Porch at Schenley is a beautiful spot right off of Schenley Park that focuses on using local ingredients whenever possible to create a fresh, vibrant menu with seasonal offerings and daily specials. Enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner in their enclosed porch space or take your food to go and build your own picnic in the nearby park!

Monday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–9:00pm

📍 221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Hemingway'S Cafe Oakland Pittsburgh
📷 Hemingway's Cafe

Hemingway's Cafe

Hemingway’s Cafe is an Oakland institution and has dominated the college bar scene for years. In fact, it consistently ranks as one of the best college bars in the country! In addition to its extensive drinks menu that includes plenty of daily specials, their food menu has both the typical, mouthwatering bar snacks and appetizers alongside more substantial items like wraps, salads, a range of grilled cheeses, burgers, and big plates.

Monday | 4:00pm–12:00am
Tuesday | 4:00pm–12:00am
Wednesday | 4:00pm–12:00am
Thursday | 4:00pm–1:00am
Friday | 11:00am–1:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–1:00am
Sunday | Closed

📍 3911 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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📷 Viva Los Tacos

Viva Los Tacos

Newcomer Viva Los Tacos is one of the freshest additions to Forbes Avenue, and while we all miss the O, you’ve got to give these tacos a chance! Enjoy plates of three tacos with memorable, tasty flavor combos like honey chipotle carnitas and Korean BBQ chicken alongside a substantial menu of appetizers and bowls. Plus, it’s open to 12am daily, so you can enjoy a marg (frozen or on the rocks!) and a party vibe with your meal!

Monday | 11:00am–12:00am
Tuesday | 11:00am–12:00am
Wednesday | 11:00am–12:00am
Thursday | 11:00am–12:00am
Friday | 11:00am–12:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–12:00am
Sunday | 11:00am–12:00am

📍 3901 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Fuel And Fuddle Oakland Pittsburgh
📷 Fuel and Fuddle

Fuel and Fuddle

According to Fuel and Fuddle, their name roughly translates to “food and drinks,” so we had to make sure we included them on our list of the top food and drinks in Oakland! Their menu of wild fire food, including fresh thin-crust pizzas from the brick oven, and more than 100 types of beer available daily makes this the perfect spot for a good meal and a relaxing beverage – even late at night!

Monday | 11:00am–12:00am
Tuesday | 11:00am–12:00am
Wednesday | 11:00am–12:00am
Thursday | 11:00am–12:00am
Friday | 11:00am–12:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–12:00am
Sunday | 11:00am–12:00am

📍 212 Oakland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Zen'S Noodle House Oakland Pittsburgh

Zen's Noodle House

At Zen’s Noodle House, you’ll find savory, delicious, and authentic Asian dishes with a focus on Japanese noodles and ramen. Some of our favorites are the stir-fried udon with carrots, onion, and cabbage and the chicken katsu shoyu ramen with fish cakes! You can enjoy your meal in their cozy, modern Forbes Ave restaurant or take it to go.

Monday | 11:00am–9:30pm
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:30pm
Thursday | 11:00am–9:30pm
Friday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–9:30pm

📍 3531 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Union Grill Oakland Pittsburgh
📷 Union Grill

Union Grill

Across the street from the Carnegie Museum is Union Grill, which offers all kinds of classic, casual American fare in a fun, friendly spot just off Forbes Avenue. We love their “UG Favorites,” including the turkey Devonshire and buttermilk chicken tender dinner, along with their tasty cocktail menu and hefty draft list. 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 12:00pm–8:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm–8:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm–8:00pm
Saturday | 12:00pm–8:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–8:00pm

📍 413 South Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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We hope that this list helps you find some of the best food and drinks in Oakland the next time you’re in the neighborhood!

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Kaidia Pickels

Kaidia Pickels

Kaidia is a marketing copywriter and food/culture journalist based in Pittsburgh, PA. When she's not writing, she loves to travel, eat new dishes at local restaurants and try fitness classes throughout the city. She's a die-hard Penguins fan as well as an amateur baker and mixologist — sometimes combining both in one recipe.