There are a plethora of restaurants in Pittsburgh that serve excellent food. There are restaurants in Pittsburgh that have beautiful settings. But there is only one restaurant in Pittsburgh that is situated in a history-steeped building that combines excellent food and a beautiful setting for an unparalleled, upscale dining experience. And that restaurant is the Grand Concourse.
Eating establishments come and go, but since 1978, the Grand Concourse at Station Square has been delighting diners with its delicious seafood, steak and poultry menu, not to mention its extraordinary Sunday brunch that features a made-to-order omelet bar and freshly made doughnuts in house.
While scrumptious food is reason enough to visit the Grand Concourse, what makes this restaurant a beloved dining sport for so many years is its setting. Housed in what was once the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Station, the Grand Concourse has preserved the station’s grandeur and elegant beauty and married with it an exceptional menu. Guests enjoy dining under stained-glass vaulted ceilings surrounded by marble columns and turn-of-the-century lamps while enjoying a view of the exquisite staircase. The Grand Concourse also provides great views of the Monongahela River and Pittsburgh’s dazzling skyline.
Adjacent to the Grand Concourse’s main dining room is its sister venue, The Gandy Dancer Saloon, a separate dining experience that offers a cozy, less formal atmosphere with the same quality food. It is also noted for its seafood and raw bar.
The late restaurateur, Chuck Muer, developed the Grand Concourse. He recognized what a jewel the old P&LE railroad stations was; it had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Muer renovated the station, which had been built in 1901, turning the dilapidated space into a premiere dining destination that Pittsburghers have embraced ever since its debut. The restaurant was part of the Station Square project, which was led by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and renovated the railroad station and surrounding structures.
Over the decades, the Grand Concourse has been honored with numerous awards and had welcome notable figures such as former Vice President, Joe Biden, Col. Sanders, and actress Olivia Wilde. Films such as Dogma and Love & Other Drugs have filmed scenes there.
The Grand Concourse has established itself as a Pittsburgh icon and as “that special restaurant” to visit when you want to celebrate or make a memory with a fine meal.