The Carlton Restaurant




“…it focuses on the fundamentals: top-flight food, reasonably priced, prepared with fresh ingredients and served by a knowledgeable staff.” – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“This is a restaurant that delivers all the hallmarks of fine dining in an atmosphere refreshingly free of attitude or affectation.” – Pittsburgh City Paper

“…count on fine dining and sophisticated service along with one of the most diverse wine cellars in the area.” – Pittsburgh Magazine

“Last Friday evening my wife and I had dinner at your restaurant.  The Carlton is very special to us, having had our first date there 14 years ago this month. We have always looked forward to the unique menu, great food and exquisite service.  With three kids at home, an evening at The Carlton is always a welcome reminder of our love for each other and how much we enjoy time together.  While we have returned to The Carlton over a dozen times since our first date in 1995, we’ve never had such excellent and attentive service as we had from our waiter Doug last week. From the moment he met us at the hostess station, we knew this was going to be a special evening.  We wanted you to know what a wonderful waiter Doug is and what a great impression he made on us.  We hope there will always be a Carlton restaurant and we thank you for so many special memories that are part of our marriage. ” – Andy & Tricia Blenko


Awards of Excellence

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  • Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner for 21 years since 1995.
    Pittsburgh’s only “Best of” winner in 2015!
  • Distinguished Restaurant of North America Award (DiRoNA) winner for 15 years since 2001
  • We are regular “Best Service/Wait Staff” and “Best Lunch” winners of
    Pittsburgh Magazine’s annual Best Restaurants Readers’ Poll!
  • Proprietor Kevin Joyce – Restaurateur of the Year by Pittsburgh Magazine,
    Pennsylvania Restaurant Association and International Geneva Association

Newsworthy Media Coverage

02/26/2015 -The Carlton remains a class act and competitor in a changing dining scene

06/04/2013 – The PDCDC Goes One-on-One with Kevin Joyce of the Carlton

08/28/2011 – The politics of restaurants: Carlton owner Kevin Joyce focuses on the big picture

07/26/2011 – Digital dining: How iPads and smartphones are refining customer service

10/08/2010 – The Carlton Restaurant takes new approach to highlight wine

10/19/2008 – Carlton seasons dishes with dash of class

06/01/2008 – Pittsburgh Restaurant Legend

05/23/2008 – Bar owners challenge Onorato to drink tax debate

05/01/2008 – Dining Review: The Carlton

06/28/2007 – Restaurant owner rep decries alcohol tax measure

06/23/2007 – Pittsburgh Power Tables, Wall Street Journal

12/22/2005 – Carlton is where Pittsburgh notables meet for comfort food

01/16/2005 – The Carlton’s modern cuisine evolves on a daily basis