6 Lawrenceville Restaurants For Craft Food and Beverages

Lawrenceville started as one of the largest industrial hubs in Pittsburgh. But more recently, it has become one of the top towns in the city for delicious eats and drinks. Rather than go to a restaurant for dinner and then to a bar for cocktails, why not get the best of both worlds? These six restaurants are all spots in Lawrenceville where you can grab something to eat while enjoying elevated drinks.

The Vandal

Lawrenceville’s wine bar and restaurant carries a variety of dinner options. The restaurant serves fresh oysters and tender duck breast that pair perfectly with their vast wine selections. Or, if you’re not too hungry, you can get an appetizer to split, such as heirloom tomatoes, and focus on the drink side of things. 

Church Brew Works

Breweries may carry small snacks to eat while drinking, but this one ensures you leave full of food and beer. The building is a renovated old church and has glorious dinner dishes to match, from lobster mac and cheese to traditional pierogis. Plus, they brew all their own draft beers and have cocktails for those who prefer something different. 

The Forge

Are you seeking a cozy vibe, excellent drinks, and Mediterranean cuisine? Look no further; this restaurant has you covered with traditional small plates. Feel at home eating shawarma hummus or whipped ricotta, and drinking their unique cocktail selections. It’s a great place for authentic dining, and they even ship their pita bread from Israel. 

The Abbey On Butler Street

What makes this restaurant so special is that it’s actually a pub, bistro, and coffeehouse all under one roof. Take your pick from The Coffeehouse, The Parlour Bar, or The Vesper Room to indulge in lunch, dinner, or brunch. Every room also includes a large selection of beer, wine, and seasonal cocktails. Even The Coffeehouse carries a variety of coffee-themed cocktails. 


This is the spot to enjoy classic Japanese food and drinks, highlighting a modern twist. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the streets of Japan and features neon lights throughout. They specialize in sushi, ramen, and sake for all Asian cuisine cravings. If you’re not looking for liquor, they serve several beers imported from Japan. 

The Nook

This brunch eatery will help you start your day, delighting in waffles and a mimosa. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, with choices of sandwiches, sweet French toast, and savory waffles. Plus, they carry drinks beyond the classic mimosa, like espresso martinis and Moscow mules.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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