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Original Oyster House

20 Market Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1822
+1 412-566-7925
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good32%
  • Average19%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible9%
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“fish sandwich” (46 reviews)
“clam chowder” (10 reviews)
“cole slaw” (8 reviews)
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20 Market Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1822
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Age old interior with tin ceiling! Stop in for a look-see but look elsewhere for a good fish dinner.

Thank Virgil1944
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here because a work associate wanted to have an oyster sandwich. I am not the biggest seafood fan although i will eat fish and crabcakes. It had that look and feel of an old proven eatery, they dont take credit/debit cards cash only, if...More

Thank Greg B
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I was there on a weeknight. I enjoyed reading about its history. However, it seemed like they only had one server for all of the indoor and outdoor tables, so the service was slow. She kept having to apologize. The food was good, but nothing...More

Thank Steve R
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We live here in Pittsburgh and hit this place often for the oysters. No frills, great service for a quick drink and bite to eat right in Market Square.

Thank wcrouse3
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Just stumbled on this place and relieved as someone who does not eat burgers. But it was like something out of the past: cash only, fried seafood and soups with takeaway celery and bowls. The chowder was ordinary, crab cake quite good but not amazing...More

Thank David J H
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Seeing as this is named the original Oyster House, I would have expected better. There is not that many oyster options, just one kind. The oysters are just OK, not wham bam. And, the clam chowder was gross. They said there was a sign that...More

Thank Rachot7
Reviewed 24 June 2017

My Grandma worked here years ago and not much has changed which makes this a historic liittle revel. I love the fried oyster, some of the food is very unique but a good sandwich (fish) is always available. Menu is usually the same btut there...More

Thank Mel K
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Wanted to sit outside for a simple, unpretentious meal. This was the ticket with plenty of charm. 147-year old restaurant, history printed on the menu. Enjoyed entertainment on market square very nearby. Two meals $8 each, fish tail sandwich and fried shrimp (worth the calories...More

Thank Sightsee_Eat
Reviewed 25 May 2017

After being recommended we tried the Oyster House. The first thing we are told is Cash Only. What gives? Our large party almost walked out, and we should have. The menu was very ordinary for a "oyster house" with nothing special at all about it....More

Thank gordo412
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I really enjoy the food and history of this place, located in Market Square, it's a must see, it's a cash only, but has the neatest menu around, and plethora of history on the wall.

Thank dylanbug12
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20 May 2017|
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Response from Paul8777 | Reviewed this property |
I'd suggest contacting the restaurant. Their website should have contact info.
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 Market Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1822
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 412-566-7925
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