**** Four-Star Review
Posted: October 20, 2014
Upon entering I was pleasantly greeted and several of the staff inquired if I was being helped, one of them being extremely friendly. For my meal I ordered the oysters, the bone marrow, the rack of lamb, and for dessert, the chocolate ganache. The bone marrow was delicious and succulent. I particularly liked how it went with the mustard and parsley on the toast. The rack of lamb was very good and the glaze they used was excellent and went well with the meat. The dessert was excellent. Very chocolaty but not overly sweet and was a perfect way to cap off an excellent meal. Unfortunately I did not get the oysters as the waiter did not catch it yet I was not charged for it either. I initially ordered a Pink Squirrel cocktail but they were all out of creme drinks. They did charge me for it but respectfully removed it upon my pointing out the error.
I’d say overall the food was excellent and was not terribly overpriced for the amount that I ate. My waiter was pleasant but I felt he was a tad too reserved and formal. He did a good job don’t get me wrong, but smiling more and making small talk would be even better. The manager checked on me several times, which to me showed that they cared about the service. One other waitress kept coming by and she was extremely friendly. She smiled a lot and we joked about and exchanged light pleasantries.
My only issues overall, which are minor, are missing my order for the oysters (I just let it go) and accidentally charging me for the Pink Squirrel, which was however quickly corrected. These really do not pose anything negative about the restaurant but are just minor bumps that render it short of perfection and can easily be improved upon. Again, my waiter did a solid job but, at least for this client, smiling, small talk, and creating a sense of ease and good rapport are invaluable tools to ensure repeat customers. That said, I can certainly see myself coming here again. I feel the staff truly do care about providing their clients with an impeccable dining experience and that is why I provide the constructive criticism.
- by Tim H. (Butler, PA) on Oct 19, 2014
***** 5-Star Review
Posted: October 8, 2014
This is one top notch restaurant along with a stand alone bar that also serves great food. If you are a foodie and like gourmet this is the Pittsburgh stop for you,
- by Todd S (Charlotte, North Carolina) on Oct 7, 2014. Stay date: Jun 2014
**** Four-Star Review
Posted: October 5, 2014
Our table was ready when we arrived and I asked for them to turn the table so that my boyfriend and I could sit closer, they happily did so. The ambiance was wonderful, low lightly, quiet, and romantic.
We started by ordering drinks from their “prohibition” drink selection. Very tasty. One was a mint drink (sadly don’t remember the names) and the other a more creamy drink. Both delicious. Moved on to cocktails and they were well made. I’m fairly picky with my alcoholic beverages and I was pleased here.
Our waiter was on the new side, and seemed a little timid. He didn’t explain anything on the menu, he asked if we had questions though. He was kind, but you could tell he was new. We ordered the tasting menu, everything was elegant, and I had never tried a few things on this menu…such as bone marrow, foie gras,etc. I enjoyed them all. Only qualm was I needed the waiter to remind me what each course was because they were so intricately prepared I forgot the details.
I would definitely go back again. Cheers!
- by Leiha K. (Pittsburgh, PA) on Oct 4, 2014
***** Five-Star Review
Posted: September 5, 2014
I’m not certain where the negative review are coming from. i’ve been to nine on nine multiple times, and it has never failed to disappoint. the food has been excellent, and prepared perfectly. i’ll return again and again.
as far as “needing more time to enjoy it”, yes, i believe that is what dinner is supposed to be. obviously you don’t make reservations for 6 when you have a show at 7. common sense. if you require additional cutlery, ASK ! i’m certain any server would be happy to bring whatever you desire. i’m also not certain its really a big deal for the server to place the incorrect meal in front of you…switch them! so easy !
if you prefer to eat bar fare, go to a bar. if you enjoy applebees, go to apple bees and let the others that truly enjoy 9on9 eat their meal in peace.
- by Nikki A. (Brooklyn, NY) on 9/4/14
**** Four-Star Review
Posted: August 20, 2014
Went in for happy hour. Tacos were excellent. I want to write about the servers at the bar. We had excellent service which made the experience! Very friendly wait staff and very helpful. Had a few drinks. Above average place, but excellent bar tenders.
Id recommend to anybody wanting a light bite and a drink or two!
- by Jeffrey C. (East Lansing, MI) on 8/16/14
***** 5-Star Review
Thank you for a wonderful dinner! We really enjoyed the chef’s tasting menu and Ziggy was a great server.
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***** 5-Star Review
Posted: August 16, 2014
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary there. Each course exceeded our expectations. This was our first trip to the restaurant, but it won’t be our last. These people know what they are doing!
- by Lisa696 (Pittsburgh, PA) on 8/14/14. Stay date: Jul 2014
***** 5-Star Review
Posted: August 12, 2014
Who knew? I’d never been to Pittsburgh and had low expectations. Best kept secret around. This place is small and quiet, and yet, has an amazing menu. I’m a small plates gal, so had the beef carpaccio and a savory mushroom risotto with truffle oil. They suggest adding slices of truffle, but the earthiness was good enough without it. Both dishes were perfectly prepared and delicious. It’s hard to get risotto just right and this not only looked great, but had the mouth feel you look for. I was also impressed with the wine list. They had a wine most people never see – a Stephen Kent Sauvignon Blanc – actually from Livermore. This is a small CA wine region and you don’t expect to get to try small batch wines here. So ask for things like this. It really complemented the food.
- by Denise K (Walnut Creek, California, United States) on 8/11/14. Stay date: Aug 2014
***** 5-Star Review
After reading reviews on here, I was hesitant to take my parents here before going to a show downtown. Turns out we had an amazing experience! The service was fantastic and our waitress was so sweet and very attentive. The hostess was also great and sat us right away. Was extremely happy with the service overall!
Everything we had was great. The bread, which changes daily, was unreal and we couldn’t stop eating it! My mom ordered the lobster mac and cheese and the salad as her meal. The mac and cheese was a huge portion–way too much for an appetizer so it worked well for her. The house-made salad dressing was delicious! My father had the vegetarian special, which was tofu. He said it was some of the best he has ever eaten! I got the chicken, which I highly recommend! The accompaniments for this dish were delicious! Great restaurant to go to before seeing a show or for a nice date night. Will be returning again, even though the prices are a little high.
- by knm824 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) on 6/26/14. Stay date: May 2014
***** 5-Star Review
My husband and I had a wonderful dining experience for lunch at Nine On Nine. Kevin, our server, was amazing. He was very personable and demonstrated that he would do all that he could to make sure that we would enjoy our lunch and made us feel that he was glad we chose to be there. We enjoyed both of our entrées and especially liked the presentation of the chicken which was excellent. The atmosphere was pleasant with much natural light. We could people -watch and even had a chance to see some unusual skywriting while we were there.
I am so glad we decided to splurge on dessert. The chocolate decadence was outstanding! It seemed too beautiful to eat. But, I did not leave one speck behind on the plate. The desert had so many wonderful tastes and textures. I am glad that we found this restaurant and look forward to trying it for dinner in the future.
- by Dreaming176 (Bridgeville, Pennsylvania) on 6/8/14. Stay date: Jun 2014
***** 5-Star Review
We had a great dinner here while visiting Pittsburgh. Our waiter was excellent. The risotto with truffles was incredible. I ordered the salmon and it was perfectly prepared. A band started playing in the bar about 3/4 of the way through out dinner. The acoustics weren’t great, and I would have preferred they skipped their performance. Other than this, it was a very nice meal.
- by Laura T (Syracuse, New York) on 5/19/14. Stay date: May 2014
**** 4-Star Review
I visited this restaurant on Valentine’s Day for dinner. It was a prix fixe menu, but of some of the best reviews I’d read on this site it seemed to be the best option. It was a very romantic evening with excellent food. The restaurant is small and slightly cramped, but the atmosphere/ambiance was wonderful. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
- by Simon P (Mars, Pennsylvania, USA) on 4/22/14. Stay date: Feb 2014
***** 5-Star Review
Excellent service, excellent food, fantastic jazz. 9 on 9 is among my favorites in pgh!
- by Rebecca C. (Pittsburgh, PA) on 4/19/14
**** 4-Star Review
We did not have reservations, however, they received a cancellation and offered us the table. It was situated perfectly in the restaurant. The hostess and host were both very friendly – taking our coats and wet umbrellas. Our waitress and pastry server were also extremely friendly and attentive, but not too much so. The meals were both wonderful and thought the portions were very good. My preference is not to have so much food that I could feed two people. Although I think it is a little pricey, it is a great place to celebrate a special occasion or just to have good meal.
- by Private50Ryan (Pittsburgh, PA) on 3/31/14. Stay date: Mar 2014
***** 5-Star Review
Great place to spend Saturday night with a glass of wine and great ambience. A bit pricy but it’s a great place.
- by Victor Puchkarev on 3/23/14
***** 5-Star Review
I visit Pittsburgh often on business, and while the food scene in general is excellent, Nine on Nine is my favorite restaurant for a dinner out after a long business day. The food has been consistently excellent (I love the small plate menu!) and the service is super. I was in town last week during the latest cold snap, and when I asked the manager, Joe, to call me a cab to get back to my hotel, he told me it was too cold to wait, and he drove me back to my hotel himself. Talk about making a visitor feel at home!
- by Celeste B. (Menlo Park, CA) on 3/2/14
***** 5-Star Review
We visited Nine on Nine on Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest and most difficult days for a restaurant. This place didn’t miss a beat with its delicious six-course tasting menus–a regular and a vegetarian–beautiful presentation and outstanding service. The regular menu included sun choke soup, duck confit over greens, lobster risotto, a palate cleanser made with Grand Marnier liqueur and dark chocolate, steak done a perfect medium rare accentuated with parmesan kohlrabi fries and a heart-shaped creme de coeur on a plate decorated with strawberries. Sounds like a lot of food, but each course came with just enough. The place was packed, but we never felt crowded or rushed. We felt we got a good deal for our money. And we made our theater date with time to spare. We will definitely return to this restaurant.
- by Anne W. (Pittsburgh, PA) on 2/21/14
About three weeks ago, I had a bad experience at Nine on Nine. It started with inattentive service and culminated with a kitchen that couldn’t deliver the proper cook on an expensive piece of meat.
Shortly after I posted my first review, I was contacted by the owner and GM, and given an opportunity to try the restaurant again, and that was today.
They’ve changed my mind. The food, service, ambiance, and overall experience was as good as it gets tonight.
Our faithful server Ziggy was friendly, knew the menu, had specific recommendations for us, and was there every time we needed something.
The ambiance at NoN is upscale, modern, and comfortable. The Brazilian hardwood floor has a unique coloration. The hanging lights are cool. The twenty-one tables seat fifty-six hungry customers. In the current configuration, there is plenty of room and space between the tables for a more intimate feel. They can accommodate up to 75.
Now, why we came here: the food.
The salads were good, both the Asian Pear salad and Baby Beets salad. The wild mushroom risotto (with white truffle oil) was very good — and executed perfectly. There was a nice texture and cook on the rice —- creamy but not mushy. I’m not a fan of truffles, but truffle oil is not usually made with them. I find the truffle fries, ala the Capital Grille, to be disgusting and too strong.
The blue crab cream soup I had a few weeks ago at NoN was fantastic.
The Lobster mac and cheese was definitely the richest thing we ate, and was as good as the first time. It’s rich.
I had the Diver Scallops which had a beautiful presentation and was equally tasty. The carrot foam and emulsion were great for great dipping. The homemade sweet potato chips were understated and added a nice texture difference. I wish the sear was stronger and on both sides, but it was fine.
The Salmon with roe was good.
Overall, our experience this time was much better. I’m glad that the management met my original complaint head on, and didn’t try to “blame the customer” like we sometimes see happen. It’s for that reason that we gave them another opportunity to change our minds. It worked.
Diner from Pittsburgh Joined Jan 2014
Diner from Pittsburgh
Diner from Pittsburgh Joined Aug 2013
DINER REVIEW • JAN 19, 2014
Arrived about fifteen minutes ahead of our 7:00 reservation so we sat at the bar and took advantage of the last fifteen minutes of Happy Hour. The wife ordered the feature, a Pomegranate Martini…she was very pleased. I even sampled a taste…very nice! I had the Snap Old Fashion…very nice! Found out from the bartender that there is music at 8:30 on Saturday evenings. We fininshed our drinks just in time to be sat at a nice dining table next to a window watching pedestrian Pittsburgh. Lovely atmosphere! Incredible…no it was impeccable service…very well done…cheers to the staff! The menu was an adventure of choices that proved satisfying for my wife and I both. Food…awesome! A broad choice of palatable pleasures!!! Dessert we had to split…not enough room. As we were leaving and calling it a night, the evening was not yet over. We had forgot the music at the bar. Subtle, not roudy, not loud jazz/blues ensemble; it was just perfect for an after dinner glass of wine, my wife another Pomegranate Martini. ABSOLUTELY PERFECT DATE NIGHT! Once we arrived we didn’t need to go anywhere else. A 9.9 at Nine on NIne! Again CHEERS!
Some of my work friends and I ordered takeout from the lunch menu. Because it was restaurant week, we just decided to order the restaurant week menu: soup, salad, and 1/2 a sandwich. It was nice of them to accomodate us with our takeout request, so that was much appreciated.
I had 1/2 of a turkey club (with real applewood smoked bacon and real, oven roasted turkey on toasty bread), a small garden salad, and the soup of the day, which happened to be cream of mushroom. The salad was on the small side, as in there were only about five pieces of lettuce and two small grape tomatoes, but the dressing was nice and light, and for lunch, this was plenty of food.
The sandwich was delicious, even without the mayo. Win! The bread was fresh and lightly toasted, and the sandwich was large for being just 1/2 of a sandwich. My favorite item was the mushroom soup. Super creamy, yet there was enough tang from the mushrooms to cut through the cream. Really delicious.
Needless to say, I just had a small sampling of the lunch menu, so I look forward to reviewing the dinner menu soon!
***** Five Star Review
I came here for restaurant week and was surprised. We arrived right on time and our table was ready. They took our coats and seated us. Someone quickly arrived to inquire about drinks, which was nice. Our waitress was attentive and my two drinks were always filled. I didn’t have any alcoholic beverages so I can’t comment on that. The menu first called for a salad and when I first saw it I thought it was just some lettuce leaves and a little pile of veggies. It was actually incredibly delicious and I kept commenting on the homemade balsamic dressing (you can buy it too!). The veggies were wonderfully seasoned and very tasty. Next we had chicken which was SO GOOD! Not overcooked at all. Everything tasted on point and flowed so well. I cleared my plate. For dessert I had creme brûlée and that was just fabulous too. Of course everything was presented so nicely on the plates.
The atmosphere was pretty nice – it was a tad darker than I would have liked but that’s not big deal. There was music in the background with a lot of songs that I knew, which was fun. I do have to say their bathroom was very clean and updated. I would definitely come back!
We had a business event at Nine on Nine in Pittsburgh this week and had a great experience. The menu they put together, along with great wines was a huge hit with all attendees! Great service made it a fantastic evening. Kudos to all at the restaurant !
***** Five Star Review
Drove to Pittsburgh from Baltimore! Theatre tickets for 7PM to see my granddaughter in the Pittsburgh Ballet Company’s “Nutcracker”. Popped in at 6PM at the restaurant without reservations and was cheerfully given a table for four. Knowing we were in a hurry, the maître de, Joe, was very accomodating to our needs. Executive Chef Corbi even came to our table to say hello. The food was exceptional, pricey but exceptional. The risotto was perfect as was the pork osso bucco! Bravo Chef Corbi!! When visiting Pittsburg again, we definitely will stop at NineOnNine to enjoy their fabulous cuisine and warm hospitality. I recommend it highly!!!!!!!!!!!1
***** Five Star Review
OUTSTANDING FOOD, OUTSTANDING SERVICE! We had a group of 11 for a before the B.E. Taylor Xmas Show….holiday get together…..couldn’t have been happier. had read some of the previous reviews…..so, was a little worried. All for naught……from the moment…..we arrived. Terrific service at the Bar…. 12 days of Christmas Cocktail list was a nice touch. Atmosphere, and table setting perfect. Several of us, had the risotto, which lived up to all positive reviews. All of our dinners were excellent. Entire restaurant staff was welcoming, and our waitress was AMAZING! Would definitely go back again.
12/8/2013 **** 4* Review
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Food 4 Service 4 Decor 4 Atmosphere 4
My boyfriend visited me at Pittsburgh and took me to this place. He had made a reservation, and our table was ready when we arrived. So we got seated immediately. Our server came shortly to greet us, and offer us water. We knew exactly what we wanted, the taster menu, so we went ahead and put our order in. The service was pretty good, our server described every course that was served and check up on us to see if everything was good in the middle of every course. However, some courses were served by the another server, who explained the meal to us, and our server would come by and do it again. So it was a tad bit disorganized.
The decor of this place was similar to any nice fine dining place. We were seated next to the full pane windows, so we could see Pittsburgh outside, so that was nice. The atmosphere was nice and intimate, so its nice for a date setting. We had a table next to us, who was a group of 5. They had a few to drink, so they got a little loud towards the end of the night.
Finally the food. The meal started off very well. The bread served was delicious. We had the rosemary bread, chocolate bread and current bread with delicious whipped almond butter. The chocolate bread and rosemary bread was delicious. We asked for seconds. Our server warned us not to eat too much or we might not finish the meal (which was good for him to do), but he served it to us, and we happily nibbled away.
The first course of the taster menu was a pumpkin bisque with cinnamon marshmallow. This was delicious, rich and creamy. The drops of vinaigrette, which balanced the sweetness of the marshmallow and pumpkin. This left us licking our spoons by the end of the dish and eagerly anticipating for the next.
Next was the bone marrow with foie and toasted rye bread. This was absolutely divine. The bone marrow was silky and creamy and melted in your mouth along with the foie. The rustic flavor of the foie combined with the richness of the bone marrow was a burst of flavor in the mouth. More over, the play with texture, with the crunch of the crispy bread and the silkiness of the bone marrow and the foie melting in our mouths. We were scraping the edges of the plate for more.
Next was the truffle risotto. This had good flavor. The risotto was a good consistency. It could have been more aldente in my perspective, but my boyfriend liked it, so it is a matter of preference. Nonetheless, still a great dish.
Next was the scallop with sriracha foam, candied carrots and capers. We were exited to hear about the srirach foam, however, the flavor did not quite come out. The scallops were perfectly cooked though, with a seared crusty layer on the outside, and the tenderness of the meat when you bite into the scallop.
Next was the foie gras with seasonal preparation, which was mainly berries and candied hazelnuts. I like the crunch the nuts added to the dish. The sweet and sourness of the berries also gave the foie gras a nice touch, cutting through the fattiness. My boyfirend thought the berries overpowered the foie gras, he prefers the traditional apply or pear paring, but I thought it was good.
Next was our pallet cleanser. Mojito sorbet. This was when the meal, for me, started to plato, or maybe even gradually decline (The food was not bad, it was just not great, and did not compare with the previous courses). We were excited to hear that we got mojito sorbet, but when we tried it, the sorbet was simply too sweet, especially for a pallet cleanser. It also did not have the citrusy lime taste and minty taste of mojitos, but rather had a more sugary taste.
Next we had the hanger steak with carrot and smoked potatoes. Maybe cause I am not a potato fan, or I was just really full, but there was nothing special about the potatoes to make me want to eat them after all those previous courses. The hanger steak was a little too well done and chewy for me, which was a let down from the previous courses. The steak was well seasoned though. However, it did not leave me wanting more.
Finally, dessert…we had switched our dessert from the original three chocolate option on the menu to a kulfi like dessert with toaster merengue on top. This was a decent dessert. To be honest thought, it looked better than it tasted — considering they it on fire and everything in front of us. For dessert, I usually judge how good it is by if I want to finish it even if I am really full (which I usually am). This was a dessert where you, poke at a few times, but is not so heavenly that you will devour the whole thing after a full meal.
All in all, the beginning of the meal was amazing, but then started to go on a gradual decline towards the end. The dishes at the end were not bad, they just set our expectations very high in the beginning, and could not live up to them. I would recommend going here for a date, or a nice intimate meal.
12/7/2013 ***** 5* Review
Easily the best meal I have had in ten years of working and going out to eat in downtown Pittsburgh. The appetizers and entrees were beautiful with delightfully blended and layered textures and flavors. Our server was pleasant and recommended an excellent wine pairing. I have only been once so I cannot speak for the restaurant’s consistency — but given how superb this meal was, I will definitely be back!
12/2/2013 **** 4* Review
This past weekend we were in town for just the one night, and I booked a reservation here based on reviews online. I was NOT disappointed. My date had the house salad, which might sound “boring” but was definitely one of the freshest and best tasting set of greens/dressing either of us have ever had. There was a great selection of cocktails, and we are both whiskey drinkers who were not let down. For dinner she had the chicken (again “boring” right? WRONG!) and I had the osso bucco. Both were so delicious we each ate until beyond being stuffed. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is classy, but not up-tight. For dessert, we split the chocolate sin resurrection. It was fabulous. I want to go back to Pittsburgh just to eat here multiple times and try the menu. The only downside to our meal was that our server seemed sort of dazed and confused at times. However, he was very friendly and helped us pick a good spot for nightlife after we left.
I’ve eaten here several times and always select it for a special occasion. The risotto appetizer is a favorite, but if there’s game on the menu, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the preparations. The wait staff is well-informed without being stuffy. TIP: when making reservations, ask for a window seat….especially during a romantic winter snow!
Diner from Pittsburgh Joined Jun 2013
I was very impressed by the friendliness and service of the staff!!! I purchased gift certificate for my cousin’s wedding anniversary and but couldn’t print it. Joe Kinlock went out of his way to arrage for it to be dropped off the same night at the hotel I stayed! You cannot ask for better service than that! Thanks Joe!!!
My wife and I sat at the bar. We had two cocktails that were fantastic. We ate their bone marrow and risotto. The bone marrow was good, however the risotto was the best my wife and I have ever had. If you go to Nine On Nine get the risotto, you will not be sorry.
The service and food were really good.
Very good food. Something about it feels quite different(in a good way), the cocktails were decent tho
Wow! We have eaten fish tacos all over the US. A small local restaurant in Lihue on the island of Kauai held “the best ever” title until we ate at Nine on Nine. These fish tacos were by far the BEST ever. Spicy, juicy and filling. The fish was perfectly blackened and moist. The perfect amount of cabbage and a fabulous spicy sauce to add at will. We were visiting in Pittsburgh and just happened upon this restaurant. What a great find. If we lived there we would certainly enjoy these many times over.
Food was excellent. Selection of glass wine is not great but they have very good choice. Combination of ingredient for dish are so creative and very good. I wish they had more vegetable selection. We love here though.
When we arrived for our reservation last night and we answered the question regarding whether this was a special occasion with the news that it was the celebration of concluding an absolutely awful week, your staff immediately went into overdrive to make our experience perfection. And it was. Our server Kevin was just awesome: professional, friendly, knowledgable, and fun, too. Everyone was wonderful, from the lovely gentleman who filled our water glasses and chatted with us so nicely (I’m sorry I can’t remember his name, had a little too much wine), and wow, Chef, who was just in the zone, everything we ate was perfect (and now I need to figure out how to make bone marrow like that) and his great explanations and generosity are much appreciated. We typically dine with you all three or four times a year but last night turned us into regulars. Your hard work and fantastic attention to detail really did make a bad week better. I love to cook (and clearly I love to eat) and I always say that feeding people is a way of caring for them, for expressing love to them in one of the most personal ways you really can – by nourishing and refreshing them. I think your team really gets that and takes it to heart. Please express my gratitude to them
I ordered the salmon dish medium rare, and it arrived done to perfection, resting in a sauce that demanded consumption by whatever means possible. (“Waiter, more bread, please.”) My wife ordered mussels. which tasted great, but required a trip back to the kitchen, since many of the shells were not open enough. Not only was the food particularly good and uniquely presented, but on a busy Friday, it was fairly quiet, which is always appreciated by people of a certain age–like me. We spotted a very attractive pear dessert going by our table, but settled for a home made sorbet before heading to the theater. I think this is one of the best restaurants in the city. Side note: Kevin was an excellent waiter.
Subject: My dinner on May, 9th.
Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2013 16:08:37 -0400
My husband and I took a dear friend for dinner to celebrate his 55th birthday. What a wonderful dining experience! We are all foodies that have dined in great restuarants in many other countries. So we decided to have their tasting menu along with the wine pairings. It was amazing!! Our server Kevin was excellent and knowledgable, and the chef himself brought out some of the courses and explained them in detail. You can tell he loves what he does, and it shows. They served us sweetbreads, and they were the best I have ever had! Our only suggestion(not a complaint) was the bone marrow dish was too large. They could divide it into thirds and serve each of us from one serving. Other than that, it was a perfect evening! As we were leaving , Kevin our server told us the chef would like us to come into the kitchen for a minute. Lo and behold, he had just taken four pork bellies that had been cooking for two days out of the oven, and he gave us a taste……….heaven!! We WLL be back!!
My husband and I had dinner at Nine on Nine and I cannot say enough good things about it. It was a great atmosphere and we were given exemplary service from the moment we walked in. Our server demonstrated an excellent knowledge of the entire menu, to the point where he not only recommended some dishes, but actually seemed excited about the food choices we made. We started with the Stuffed Bone Marrow and also the Risotto-both absolutely delicious. I had a chicken dish as my main course, which was excellent, but the best part of the whole meal was the duck that my husband was served. It was perfection. I’m not one to really notice how a meal is plated, but the entire presentation of our meals made them almost too pretty to eat. We had an amazing experience and I hope to return soon. Don’t let some of the more negative reviews deter you. Go in and experience this for yourself. I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks to Chef, my 5star server Mary Lil, Charley and staff for an enriching experience.
Long my fave Pitt restaurant, tonight 9 on 9 reasserted it’s superiority over it’s competition.
Let’s start with the roasted beet salad, razor thin slices artistically arranged on a flowered plate along with mini corn sprouts just bursting with flavor. Anytime you receive a composed dish with 4 or more elements that mesh……………that’s a winner.
The Chef recommended the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
TIP: if you’re like me and occasionally run into wines unfamiliar to you, don’t hesitate to say, as I did “I’m having Tilefish, please ask the chef for a recommendation..”
Speaking of Tilefish, it was sensational, from the CRISPY skin through the moist and flaky flesh . JUST A DELIGHT, composed with flair.
BE PREPARED: u get flowers on a lot of the dishes – EAT ‘EM!!!
The dessert was so good I almost re-ordered another……………CHAI CHEESECAKE with warm bananas and what seemed to be shortbread pieces. Hard to describe – EZ goin’ down
Went here I celebrate my 30th birthday and had a spectacular dinner. Our favorite part was the bar though. We had charcuterie and the bar tenders were very knowledgable and friendly. Can’t wait to go back!
Hidden Valley, PA
Wonderful dinner last night! On arrival for our pre-theater reservation, we were greeted by the maitre d’ and seated immediately by a window. The waitstaff were prompt and attentive throughout and able to answer all of our questions regarding ingredients and preparations. The varied assortment of breads that were served once seated was delicious. We were off to a good start. The menu included many seasonal choices. We had the 9on9 salad and steak tartare to start. The portions were very generous and the flavors of everything on the plate were varied and creative. I was skeptical about the white chocolate and red peppercorn but it was actually delicious with the tartare and not as sweet as I would have thought and I made sure to use it all! We had the salmon and duck entrees. Both were prepared perfectly according to our preferences and again, all the accompaniments were creative and delicious. I was amazed by the preparation of the popcorn risotto. I had never heard of this before but loved it and will try it myself at home (good luck to me!) We had a lovely evening and a wonderful dinner and I would go back in a minute! Can’t wait ’til the next time.
Lovely presentation of a vegetable soup. Prix fixed theater deal is excellent $39 but worth it.
Took a little longer than expected but well worth the wait,. Sauce on the salmon was excellent. Started out with a waiter who seemed annoyed, apparently he had the wrong table which made it better for us, professional, efficient, pleasant waitress. Forgot her name but she is Bulgarian !
I’m a shame to the Cultural District. Really. It’s been ages since Nine on Nine opened its beautiful doors, and today was my first visit.
Upon entering my trio was met with a warm smile by the host who quickly seated us in the nicely appointed dining room. The Friday sunlight was nicely filtered through Nine’s modern drapery, creating an ambiance that took us far away from Penn Avenue and into a quiet, peaceful utopia. Maybe a LITTLE dramatic, but you get it. Nice place. We were quickly presented with their Lenten lunch menu, which was full of many culinary delights including various types of fish sandwiches and entrees from tofu to steak – something for everyone. I ordered the Fish Tacos and swear that it’s the best decision I’ve made yet this year. Three large [soft] tacos were presented to me in no time; bursting with well-seasoned tilapia, cabbage, fresh jalapenos, avocado and a side of sweet thai/chili sauce. It was love at first bite. At $16, the dish is a little more than I’d generally spend for lunch, but well worth every penny. My co-workers ordered fish tacos and the Steak Salad respectively; and none were disappointed in the least. From the service to the sweet chili sauce, Nine on Nine is at least 9 stars in my book.
There are some mixed reviews on here so I was pleasantly surprised with this place because it was very good. Started the night with a dirty martini which was made very well. It was not too olive juicy…the house bread was an assortment and yummy! next up the house salad with white balsamic vinigrette dressing which was excellent. The dressing always makes the salad and this dressing was very good. Next course was the lobster Mac and cheese which was so rich and really to die for…loved the lobster flavoring and how the macaroni were shells…oh so delicious. For the main course I ordered the Bronzino…oh that white flakey fish was perfection….it came with cauliflower which I didn’t even know I liked! It goes to show veggies are delicious when properly prepared. My hubs ordered the scallops and loved them. We finished with the choc cake and it was average…that was the only part of the meal I wasn’t that in to….and I’m I big dessert fan.
Very good experience and good food!