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5527 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2350
+1 412-683-1003
08:00 - 15:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 08:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 08:00 - 16:00
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Carnegie, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Pamela's makes the best breakfast. I used to order bacon now I have tried the carved ham . OMG!

Thank K5469MYdeborahc
Silver Spring, Maryland
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Pamela's for breakfast on a weekday and the place was packed--no line to get in and no wait for a table, but not a single additional table available either. Service was OK but not terribly attentive. Our breakfasts were large and delicious, with both of us getting their croissant French toast. This place accepts cash only so... More 

Thank Hugh K
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We had breakfast at Pamela's on Walnut Street (Shadyside) on a Friday in October 2016. We arrived before 8:30 AM and there was no waiting for a table. By the time we left at 9:15 there was a line. Service was fairly prompt but a bit slow with coffee refills, as other reviewers have noted. The cash-only policy, announced by... More 

Thank James H
Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We were staying near by and everyone said we had to try Pamela's. We like diners, so walked over to try to get breakfast. Both of us agreed that it is a good diner, but not great. Prices are reasonable, and since we arrived at a good time we got a table for breakfast right away.

Thank CydnHank
Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We had been to the Pamela's location in the Strip District but decided we wanted to try out one of the other locations. After some debate we ended up at the location on Walnut Street in Shady Side. Before I get to the restaurant, let me say that Shady Side should be on everyone's list of places to visit in... More 

Thank Dave S
Plymouth Meeting, PA
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167 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

There are multiple locations and my wife & I chose the one in the Oakland section (3703 Forbes Ave). No reservations and cash ONLY makes you think "is it all worth the wait?" YES IT IS! Enter this "back to the 1950's" diner and meet Tim, the affable owner who'll take your name & cell phone number. He'll show the... More 

Thank mgkmarkr
Columbus, Ohio
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The wait time to get into this place is crazy. My cousin lives here and wanted to take me here on Columbus Day since he was off work that day. We went on Columbus Day morning, maybe that's why it took so long to get a table; there were so many people who were off work who had the same... More 

Thank Kimberly B
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Nothing beats Pamela's hotcakes...They are perfectly made..But this particular Pamela's in Shadyside needs some attention-A good cleaning is in order and some attention to the service..A customer shouldn't have to go the register in search of additional coffee...refills should happen at the table automatically..the restaurant wasn't even busy..

Thank David G
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Hmmmm. When I hear "brunch" I envision a feast for the eyes, delight for the palate, and a hearty, decadent, tasty meal accompanied by mimosas and Bloody Marys. What you get at Pamela's is a greasy spoon breakfast. It's not bad, but not amazing. After more than a decade of living in Pittsburgh I finally had to try to see... More 

Thank Travala
Charleston, West Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

best place to grab a quick breakfast or lunch but on weekends, the line can reach outside the door. service is friendly and food is delicious and affordable. very clean too.

Thank thetwofuncats

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5527 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2350
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Shadyside
  • Neighbourhood: Shadyside
  • Phone Number: +1 412-683-1003

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?