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Original Oyster House

20 Market Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1822
+1 412-566-7925
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good33%
  • Average18%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“fish sandwich” (45 reviews)
“clam chowder” (10 reviews)
“cole slaw” (8 reviews)
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10:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood
20 Market Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1822
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

I came here expecting fresh oysters and seafood. Everything is pretty much fried. I settled on the crab cakes and 3 oysters (which came out fried ) this is a one and done place for me. Also shady when they only take cash...

1  Thank ray m
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Not what I expected. When you call yourself the an oyster house, I expect oysters galore on the half shell and not just shooters and fried. It was good though. It is a bar and take out or quick eat in joint. The coleslaw was...More

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This place drips in authenticity. Nice little bar/restaurant, with good food, good service, sports on the TV, and not a hint of pretension.

Thank Paul8777
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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

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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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