Hard Rock Cafe
230 W. Station Square Drive. Pittsburgh, PA 15219 US
A family-friendly restaurant featuring a rock and roll theme.
Hard Rock Café in Pittsburgh follows the formula that has made the Hard Rock Café franchise so successful - good food and a great atmosphere. The Pittsburgh location does not disappoint.
What we particularly loved about the Pittsburgh location was its waterfront location on the Monongahela River as well as the amazing fountain (complete with water show), located directly in front of the outdoor dining area. (The kids went nuts every time the fountain started up!) Right behind the fountain, you’ll also find the Three Rivers Heritage Trail - a paved path along the river that makes a perfect spot for a stroll when you’re done eating.
What makes Hard Rock a great pick for families is the large dining area (both inside and out) that easily accommodates larger groups with possibly rowdy members (e.g- your kids). There is also enough visual interest in the form of Rock and Roll memorabilia to keep kids and grown-ups busy looking and talking while you wait for your food. (Your kids will for sure love your stories about your first Michael Jackson tape or record.) If you go at an off-peak time, you are welcome to walk around the restaurant and get up-close glimpses of some of the amazing items including a KISS drum set, Michael Jackson’s hat, and glove, and more.
On a more practical level, Hard Rock offers a kid’s menu in addition to its adult menu. Young rockers can enjoy chicken strips, burgers, and more, all served on an adorable plastic guitar plate that is sure to delight. The food that we had during our visit was all beyond delicious. Even the kids’ chicken strips were next level.
As expected, the crowds at Hard Rock follow the typical restaurant schedule. You may encounter a wait if you want to dine with them on a Friday or Saturday evening during the dinner rush, but you’ll most likely be able to get in with little to no wait at any other time. We visited at around 4:00 on a weekday before riding the Monongahela Incline and we practically had the restaurant to ourselves.
Hard Rock Café is an excellent choice for any family in the Pittsburgh area- visitors or locals-that want to enjoy a delicious meal in a fun spot.