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At Altius, our goal is to bring fine dining and exquisite cuisine to Pittsburgh, PA, and give you an experience you will never forget. This restaurant is the concept of B DeFrancis and Chef Jessica Bauer, and is making a statement in Western Pennsylvania. We strive to be environmentally responsible by using sustainable, organic, and local products, and our contemporary, modern approach has earned us a Four Diamond rating by AAA. For larger groups or simply dinner for two, ask us about our private dining rooms. We offer a glass-enclosed dining room and options for extra privacy, whether you are looking for an intimate setting or a business presentation. For dinner reservations or to schedule
PRICE RANGE
US$30 - US$45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
American, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 16 December 2022 via mobile

Selena our wait staff stated, "We don't care what you have or how much you spend. We want you to enjoy every moment of your experience here." Wow, what a statement. The service was as if we were royalty, the food was amazing and the...view was spectacular. If you're coming to Pittsburgh, please put The Altius on your bucket list! You won't be disappointed.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 11 December 2022 via mobile

My husband has treated me to dinner here for my last few birthdays. It is by far the best restaurant we have been to. Every course is to die for and their steak and salmon entrees are fabulous. We always leave full. The little touched...like the flavored popcorn and the chefs amuse bouche is always delicious. It's a definite must in Pittsburgh.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 9 December 2022 via mobile

Absolutely delicious! The experience was amazing, our sever Chris was very welcoming and eager to make our anniversary the best it possible could be. The duck was delightful and the pork chop was a culinary masterpiece. We were given a small anniversary treat which was...a lovely start to dessert. I recommend the mousse, its delicious!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 22 May 2022 via mobile

The food is delicious, the view spectacular and that is why the points are because it is really beautiful. Totally overrated food.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 16 May 2022 via mobile

This was our first visit to Altius - we were celebrating our anniversary. Quite simply, it was an all around amazing and special experience. We were warmly greeted and congratulated on our anniversary, were seated promptly at a table with a spectacular view, and began...a wonderful culinary experience like no other. Every course of our meal including the little "extras" were delicious. Service was friendly, informative, and attentive. Valet parking was easy and efficient. Can't wait to return.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 22 March 2022 via mobile

Terrific food, amazing views, right next to the top of the Duquesne Incline. Wonderful special occasion restaurant. Many restaurants with spectacular views let the food suffer by comparison. Altrius is an exception.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 13 March 2022 via mobile

And year after I had this dining experience which was dessert and drinks which cost over $130 I tried to make a reservation and they brought up the fact that we only bought one course, I don’t know who keeps track but I feel like...$130 is enough to spend at this establishment Just be mindful that they keep tracks on how much you spend there or how much you order, I won’t return thereMore

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 20 February 2022 via mobile

If you want a beautiful view this place can’t be beat. It’s amazing. If you want the view with exceptional food it’s not here. This is our 2nd visit as we went on a holiday previously and figured we try it again with friends. We...went for an early reservation midweek and everything started very slowly - very relaxed and just chill. Nice server as well for most of it - he was funny and upbeat! Then after apps were set down it became very rushed. As soon as you put down your fork they cleared your plates and went to the next course. I still have salad in my mouth and here is my dinner. Being honest - it’s just ok food - nothing over the top! Our apps, salads, and dinner were all fine - nothing to write home about for the price. The server took my drink away right after dinner I assumed to refill it - but nope it was gone. We ordered dessert and the server seemed annoyed. I asked him for another drink when we ordered dessert and you could see his frustration. A few mins after dessert arrived so did our $500 plus bill and we were asked to vacate the table. Basically we “ran out of time” and they needed to seat the next reservation. We didn’t run out of time - they did! I’ve never been asked to leave a table with food on it - which explains the sudden rushing of service after they started out very slow. Yikes. Although we understand the need to turn over tables this isn’t the way to do it. It turned our party off and we agreed to take this one off the list. Much better restaurants in Pittsburgh to be honest - Alla Famiglia right over the hill is one that outdoes them by far! While we agree not many can replicate the view - the food just doesn’t equal the price and this experience just nailed it for us.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 28 December 2021 via mobile

Yes, the view is spectacular and yes, you get what you pay for and by that I mean it was a quality meal at a fair price. The Ild Fashion was one of the best I’ve had ever. We ordered a charcuterie board and before...it can we were gives a mushroom soup taste. I hate mushrooms but that was amazing! The charcuterie board was delicious. Then we had a spicy lobster bisque which was a great portion but I could have eaten many bowls of this and I would highly recommend getting this soup. For our entree we had chilean sea bass which was cooked to perfection over some kind of purée with broccolini. It was the perfect portion, season to bring out the taste of the fish but not cover it. Lastly, we were too full for desert however, they brought us a small chocolate brownie in a bag to take home. Everything about this meal was perfect. This was my first trip back to Pittsburgh in over 30 years but I’d return soon just for another meal at this restaurant! Superb by far! I have no pictures to share as it was truly a dining experience not a photo shoot. Ops. I do have a photo of the view.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 22 December 2021

Altius is a special occasion restaurant sitting up on the bluff in the Mt. Washington area. It has a contemporary American menu. It is not for the budget conscience. Altius combines a good dinner, attentive service with the best view of Pittsburgh. After dinner take...the Duquesne Incline for a joy ride up and down the hillMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 21 November 2021

The view IS spectacular. And the service was VERY attentive. The menu and wine list are on paper (which I like - no plastic). The food was very good. Now the bad part. The prices are VERY high - likely a premium for the surroundings....And I will admit I do not like "restaurant speak." Tonight our fish will be.... and it will be pan seared and served with a xyz accompaniment. Followed by - "no problem." Oh - to end on a positive note - the waitstaff had NO PROBLEM splitting our bill, which was medium complex. Actually TWO positive notes - one of the specials (which we had) was LESS than most of the items on the printed menu and was very good. So maybe they deserve 4 stars....More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 9 November 2021

While we did not eat here, we did stop for a drink at the bar. The view from this restaurant may be the best restaurant with a view in Pittsburgh. Right next to the upper incline station with a great view of the city! We...enjoyed an icy cold light beer at the bar & the views as the sun went down. A little pricey but the service was exceptional. Will have to dine here the next time we are in Pittsburgh.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 31 October 2021

Our travel group wrapped up our Pittsburgh visit with dinner at Altius. We had a table with a beautiful view from the top of Mount Washington. The food was superb and the service very attentive. We highly recommend this lovely restaurant.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 29 October 2021

dinner for 2 without drinks about $200. from the top: Amuse-bouche 1. Beet gazpacho VG 2. Focaccia with sundried tomato and pesto toppings Excellent. Caesar salad - good but too heavy handed on the anchovy. Nice light croutons. Duroc pork chop - good. tasted very...brined, but it was tender and had a couple interesting sauces with it. Accompanied by purple masked potatoes which were OK and Brussel sprouts. Everyone has gotten so good at Brussel sprouts, I was expecting to be impressed. I was not. In contrast to the briny chop, not seasoned enough. My wife had the filet and it was good and tender and $65. It's hard to mess up a good filet, so no points here. Ordered three sides. Mushrooms very ordinary. Carrots were supposed to be butter garlic, tasted like boiled then sauteed a little bit. Very flavorless. This bothered me because I had just made oven roasted carrots with nothing but butter EVOO and salt and pepper and they were light years ahead of these. Third side was risotto with pears - I know! - and gorgonzola. This was a home run, if not a grand slam. Surprisingly not sweet, and although not quite fresh from the saucier, good effort for restaurant risotto. Dessert was the lime thingy and it was borderline excellent. Wine list was ridiculous, barely looked at it. I don't understand why American restaurants don't want to sell wine. C'est la vie! My initial impulse when I looked at the menu was to get the soup and a salad and the risotto and Brussel sprouts. I would have been happier and saved a fair amount of money.. But the twilight to night view was amazing. Gotta love Pittsburgh!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 27 October 2021 via mobile

A fantastic experience! The menu is unique and exquisite and the wait staff is fantastic! We had the Chilean Sea Bass and the salmon.. truffle popcorn as an opener. Lots of special treats. Can’t say enough about the restaurant, and then there’s the view! Worth...your money and your time!!!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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yes the incline is next to Altrius, 20 steps.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5