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Cafe Momentum - Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Cafe Momentum - Pittsburgh

4.9
4.9
116 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Café Momentum is not a normal restaurant. Café Momentum is a non-profit restaurant that offers a locally sourced, chef-driven menu and serves as a culinary training facility for young people impacted by the juvenile justice system.

Café Momentum’s program teaches critical skills that allow youth to re-enter society in a safe, real-world environment of nurturing accountability. By participating in our program, the youth rotate through every aspect of the restaurant, from waiting tables to washing dishes, while working side-by-side with Chef Peter Henry.

Don't miss our famous smoked fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, ham hock collard greens, buttermilk biscuit, and black pepper gravy.

We are BYOB! $5/person corkage fee.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (412) 315-7765
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Peter Henry
  • Catering
    Learn more about our catering, private event options, and view the menu at https://cafemomentum.org/cafe-momentum-pittsburgh-catering/.
  • Private party facilities
    With our stunning event space, state-of-the-art kitchen, and a tailor-made menu to suit your vision, Café Momentum is the perfect place to host your private event. By choosing us, you're not just serving a meal; you're helping write a success story for Pittsburgh’s justice-impacted youth.

What 116 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Best Overall

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Best Food

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Best Service

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Best Ambience

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Best Value

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Innovative

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Good for special occasions

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Contemporary American

  • Pittsburgh

    Best Overall

  • Pittsburgh

    Best Food

  • Pittsburgh

    Best Service

  • Pittsburgh

    Best Ambience

  • Pittsburgh

    Best Value

  • Pittsburgh

    Innovative

  • Pittsburgh

    Good for special occasions

  • Pittsburgh

    Contemporary American

116 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant with delicious food and a remarkable mission! Highly recommend

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for dinner with a friend. Cafe Momentum is doing great things for the Pittsburgh community and supporting local businesses while delivering amazing food. Best BYOB in the burgh for sure.

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  3. AR23

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Momentum is a wonderful place! It is very calming and relaxing inside - the young people are doing a wonderful job - and the menu is super interesting - enjoyed the red snapper. Please try!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience from beginning to end! Highly recommend and will hopefully use Cafe Momentum for future events.

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  5. JeffG

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was pretty cool. It’s a restaurant/ internship program —- but look the food was good. Menu with a lot of variety. And pretty reasonable price too. BYOB. Was good

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  6. JSL8

    Pittsburgh

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the feeling of the place; great food and they were happy to make a couple of changes to suit us. Service was so friendly - we really enjoyed our dinner

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  7. ChristineT

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinning experience at Cafe Momentum! Well done!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s a wonderful place not only to eat & enjoy but to be part of the community for the students and interns working there.

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  9. TeresaB

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was interesting and enjoyable. Our table liked the chicken. The baked brie was delicious!

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  10. Rachel

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and a wonderful mission. I had the pork chop with buttered popcorn grits and the sauce on it was so good I would have licked my plate if it were appropriate. The service was perfect. Highly recommended!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific meal; terrific service wrapped up in a terrific purpose.

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  12. CMC6

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and service, and an amazing social justice mission. Highly recommended.

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  13. KelG

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. The butter board is a must. The service was excellent and very attentive. I can't wait to go back.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful meal and great service. The young people are hardworking and attentive. More importantly, as a nonprofit, you are supporting a program that provides wraparound services for youth who have intersected with the juvenile justice system.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is amazing! I highly recommend going we had a great valentines here!

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  16. Chris

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'm not sure where to begin other than these young people really understand how to give great service on top of the delicious food. Very well done and will absolutely be back.

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  17. JustSayJulie

    Pittsburgh

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food (we all had the salmon) and service.

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  18. JimW

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu changes seasonally, but we love that they always have a vegan option. The vegan Fig and Chocolate Cannoli is fantastic.

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  19. ConnieP

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the mission of Cafe Momentum. Also, the food is great!

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  20. Tasha

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best food in Pittsburgh with the best mission. 1000% go to this wonderful place.

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  21. SarahD

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant. Delicious food. I found it difficult to find menu items I can enjoy having a pork allergy. Luckily I was able to make a few substitutions to have the smoked chicken dinner with sprouts instead of greens. They made the accommodation without issue. The service was fantastic. It did have a tendency to get loud once it started to fill up but not so much you couldn’t talk at your table. I thoroughly enjoyed it and we will be back.

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  22. RSadoo

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. The mission is wonderful but the food stands on its own.

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  23. jeremyw

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great night and amazing cause! Seasonal menu is always delicious.

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  24. GinnyJ

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service and mission! Highly recommend!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional experience. Everything from the ambiance to the service to the food. Love this place.

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  26. MikeE

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best "fine dining" experience I've had in town lately.

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  27. ConnieP

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The special menu for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week was one of the best meals I’ve had in quite a while. I’ll definitely be back.

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  28. guest

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sous chef came to the table to look at the menu relative to my allergies. He was very helpful.

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  29. Belladonna

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time, but we'll be back often. Absolutely love the mission of this non-profit venture, and the great food was only surpassed by the customer care. Five stars!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe momentum has an amazing story and their restaurant week menu was innovative and delicious. All three courses offered something unexpected in flavor and/or texture pairing but truly let elements show. They did run out of the restaurant week dessert, but we were able to order anything else of off the regular dessert menu.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for the food, will return for the mission. Meeting the young people cafe momentum filled my heart, and the amazing food filled my belly. Thank you cafe momentum for what you’re doing in Pittsburgh!

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  32. Josie

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is truly incredible. The mission is great and so is the food. I’ll be back here time and again.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, great mission! Will be back!

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  34. Christian

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been here twice in the last 10 days. I’ve owned restaurants and love amazing food and this restaurant should be in the running for a Michelin Star. The very locally sourced products from 15+ farms is just the beginning of the success here. The Menu speaks louder than most in Pittsburgh but softly surpasses most if not all in Pittsburgh. Easily Top 5 restaurants in Pittsburgh. Go before everyone finds out. It’s byob so bring a good wine to complement the food. Pricing is very good for portions and the service is vibrant and adaptable to the customers.

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  35. TammyW

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite and flavorful appetizers, salads, entrées and a scrumptious variety of sides. Excellent services and a strong sense of mission.

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  36. RobertH

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are vegetarians and there were good selections for us in appetizers and entrees. The service was excellent but not overbearing. The quality of the food was very good. I thought my gnocci was a bit oversalted but otherwise very tasty. And we thought the cost was very good value for what was an enjoyable evening.

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  37. BarbaraD

    Pittsburgh

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant funtions as a one-year training program for at-risk teens on a sStrictly voluntary basis. The food is excellent (full-time professional chef) and a good value. The smoked fried chicken is fabulous, as is the charcuterie flatbreads. Service is .... well-intentioned and enthusiastic. Have been there 4 times and will be back many more. This is an important place in Pittsburgh and we need to support it.

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  38. WesleyS

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food--best pork chop I've ever had.. Great staff. Music was quiet enough to have a conversation without straining. Price was beyond reasonable for the quality.

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  39. JeffS

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was really good food, with amazing presentation. I love the mission and was really happy to get a great meal while supporting it.

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  40. EarlW

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Cafe Momentum is a nonprofit restaurant designed to teach justice system-involved youth ages 15-19 employment and life skills. So it was even more impressive that this But when you come to the restaurant, you're not coming to a charity. You are dining at an upscale establishment that serves excellent food. I had a jerk sauced pork. My dining partner had a tuna steak that was grilled to perfection. Both tasted amazing and the presentation was attractive. The service was a bit uneven, which I sort of expected given that the waitstaff is 15-19 years old, but it was always friendly and caring. We will be back, and you should give them a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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FAQs

Cafe Momentum - Pittsburgh is rated 4.9 stars by 116 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Cafe Momentum - Pittsburgh

268 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Peter Henry
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Vegan
  • Phone number
    (412) 315-7765
  • Catering
    Learn more about our catering, private event options, and view the menu at https://cafemomentum.org/cafe-momentum-pittsburgh-catering/.
  • Private party facilities
    With our stunning event space, state-of-the-art kitchen, and a tailor-made menu to suit your vision, Café Momentum is the perfect place to host your private event. By choosing us, you're not just serving a meal; you're helping write a success story for Pittsburgh’s justice-impacted youth.
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