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Cafe Momentum - Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Cafe Momentum - Pittsburgh

4.8
4.8
122 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


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 122 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

    Good for business meals

  • 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

    Good for business meals

  • Pittsburgh

    Innovative

  • Pittsburgh

    Good for special occasions

  • Pittsburgh

    Contemporary American

122 Reviews
  1. BobABooey

    Pittsburgh

    115 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a training restaurant for primarily teens starting out in hospitality. Service is sometimes off the mark but they're willing to learn. I've found that the managers are receptive to any constructive criticism you share. Food has always been well above average, creative and delicious. BYOB is a great plus too, especially in this prohibition state of Pennsylvania.

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  2. MyrnaP

    New York City

    145 reviews

    3.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I think they are trying to do something amazing here - training youth in the food industry. Many chefs, etc mention that they were at risk youth, and credit I credit their being contributing members of society to their experience working in restaurants. The ambience of the restaurant is very nice, although it does lean a little toward a cafeteria vibe with its openness. But the lighting is good & seeing the kitchen is great. The Menu is pretty upscale and is trying unique dishes, and as a result - the price is being fairly steep, for a place where the goal is to train people. These kinds of dishes are more complicated to prepare & to plate excellently, than comfort Food would be until staff is more skilled. I’m not sure how trained the cook staff are, aside from the head chef so this is a lot to bring off well. iBut the willingness to change sides according to taste is very positive. Overall the food was okay - although not quite at the standards that one would expect where this not in a place without this mission. The employees were very sweet, and were definitely trying to be conscientious writing down what was ordered and any changes (although there were several mistakes). They followed through with checking on us. However, it did seem as though the staff could use a great deal more training. An intensive training program is an excellent jumping off point to later further be trained in fine dining, (which the restaurant dishes seem to indicate this is supposed to be).

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  3. mbluvssbh

    Pittsburgh

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place with a great mission. We loved our friendly service from the manager and waitstaff. Food was excellent and corkage fee was very reasonable. Recommend to anyone looking for interesting food in a mission driven environment. Get the flatbreads! And the chicken...

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    BEST RESTAURANT IN PITTSBURGH!! Chef Peter is extremely knowledgeable and personable and all of the wait staff is so friendly. Fantastic restaurant with an even better mission. Phenomenal food at very reasonable prices, amazing vibes inside. PLEASE do yourself a favor and go here!

    1 person found this helpful

  5. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and service with a great mission.

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  6. BarbaraD

    Pittsburgh

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food attentive service. Not crazy noisy, yay!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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FAQs

Cafe Momentum - Pittsburgh is rated 4.8 stars by 122 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.


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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