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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

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Strip District
1.9 km from PNC Park
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Made a reservation for a large group. Parking is street side. This has the decor and feel of a family diner. Service is friendly and attentive. We ordered and had breakfast and everyone was please with the looks and taste of their food. Relaxing and...easy going.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a hopping breakfast spot in the Strip District. This place has the Pittsburgh vibe throughout. The portions were very good sized and the food was great. The place was hopping and very busy and everyone looked very satisfied with their meal. I know...we were. This is a recommended place to start your day.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 5 September 2021 via mobile

I keep asking myself why we keep going back to this place? I guess we are hopeful it will be better...but never again. Our visit was Saturday morning, 8:15ish, not crowded with a few tables and counter open. We started with coffe and orange juice....The coffee was bottom of the pot.. The waiter was pleasant but my husband had to ask for the orange juice he ordered. I ordered the short stack with bacon. My hubby ordered the ham and cheese omelet, potatoes, and rye toast. We waited an easy 20 minutes for our food. My pancakes were cold. Not even warm, the butter would not melt. The bacon over cooked. My husband's omelet was so runny liquid was oozing out of it. It was not melted cheese either. We ate about a third of the breakfasts and paid the bill and left. $24.78 for 2 lousy breakfasts. This place has local name recognition so people flock there but how many people can say they had a fabulous hot breakfast? Not us and never againMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 15 August 2021 via mobile

If you are a fan of the diner experience you can’t go wrong eating here. You will love the classic old photos adorning the walls. Of course the food is not bad either. If you have had some bad breakfast experiences during recent hotel stays...a late breakfast/brunch is the remedy for that. Hence the veggie omelette with potatoes at 11 am. Service was very good and courteous. The only downside is the 40 minute wait on a Saturday morning. Hey, it’s Saturday and that’s when the strip is hopping. I just wish they would text you when your table was ready rather than just coming out and calling your name. That would allow me some time to check out nearby shops before checking in once notified.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 14 August 2021

The food was delicious. I loved the banana chocolate- chip crepe style pancake. The steak omelet and the eggs were delicious. The waffle wasn’t anything special, but I would eat there again.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 12 August 2021

Yes, the crepe styled pancakes were great! Along with the Coffee and Bacon! We went on a Sunday morning before the Pirates game. It was very busy, so I dropped off the wifey to get in line, while I hunted down a parking spot. We...waited about 20 minutes...it was well worth it. Afterwards we walked around The Strip, found free parking downtown, walked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge and went to the Pirates game. It was a Great Day!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 19 July 2021 via mobile

We had read about this place being known for their crepe style pancakes. We are total foodies and I can assure you that it’s worth a visit. Thin tender pancake with a delicious crispy edge. Heaven!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 19 July 2021

I can only speak for myself but if I could give the banana chocolate chips crepe pancakes more than a 5 rating, I would. OH WOW!!! Definitely a local must. The staff was super friendly. My daughter also liked her waffle with strawberries and chocolate...chips. However, the recommended fried potatoes weren’t as delicious as stated by the waitress, and the “thick cut bacon” was ordinary bacon but needed salt according to the tjeee guys in our party. In other words, get the banana chocolate chip crepes!!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 14 July 2021 via mobile

We read many reviews about restaurants in the strip area, and "filed" them in the back of our minds. Anxious to shop, we turned a corner and there was Pamela's. So thankful we were hungry and remembered the name! Pancakes are not my "go to"...item for breakfast, but when the waitress stated they were one of the top three items people ordered there (the other two include their homemade corned beef hash, and a croissant French toast), I opted for the pancakes and bacon. What a delight! Not your traditional pancakes, but rather crepe-like with a crisp outer edge. Absolutely delicious. Get there early. We were there on a Wednesday morning around 8:15, and when we left almost an hour later, there was a long line. The place is small, with some outdoor seating. Afterward, check out the grocers who line the streets. Can't find Italian items like this in many places. Also, parking is a little crazy--you have to back in in some spots, and pre-pay via an app.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 28 June 2021

I highly recommend this establishment! We had a slight wait, but it wasn't too long. After we got in and got our orders, I totally understand the wait. I ordered the blueberry pancakes, and they were delicious. The staff was very nice and helpful. If...you're in Pittsburgh, check this place out!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Response from TOM H | Reviewed this property |
There is a garage and pay lot nearby. The garage is the cheaper.
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Yes, Pamela's Diner offers takeaway services.

Pamela's Diner is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5