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Penn Brewery

$$ - $$$German, ,
800 Vinial St, Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5151
+1 412-237-9400
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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German, Brew Pub, Contemporary, European
$$ - $$$
800 Vinial St, Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5151
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is unique food and brewery outing. The place will usually be packed but you can most of the time find seating either indoors or out. We sat at the bar this trip and the bartender tried his best but it was happy hour...More

Thank SteelCity13
PennBrewery, Owner at Penn Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago


Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

On a recommendation from the hotel we came here and were not disappointed! Friendly service, really good beer, and freshly prepared food. What a winning combination! Casual place with tables and benches. Best Reuben my husband ever had with fresh red skinned German potato salad....More

Thank rovingcarole
PennBrewery, Owner at Penn Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Thank you! We’re really happy you enjoyed everything.

Reviewed 2 May 2018

Loud and busy, but it was worth it. I had a classic Ruben and I eat every bite. Beers were great. Our table of 10 enjoyed every sip and bite!

Thank 4gourmetharts
PennBrewery, Owner at Penn Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Great - happy you enjoyed! Thanks for stopping in.

Reviewed 1 May 2018

If you're in the Pittsburgh airport and have time before a flight the Penn Brewery is probably the best "fast food" that you'll find. I go to Pittsburgh a couple fo times a year and my gate is typically very close to this restaurant. Luckily...More

Thank 225thomasv
PennBrewery, Owner at Penn Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Thanks for visiting our new airport location! We’re so glad you had a great experience and look forward to welcoming you back.

Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

4/18/18. The waitress took our check and come back to the table 5 minutes later and said we didn’t pay. When the manager finally came out he accused us in the middle of the dinning room of trying to skip out on the check. When...More

Thank Elizabeth F
PennBrewery, Owner at Penn Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Hi Elizabeth - I want to apologize sincerely for this incident and would like to speak with you further about it. Could you please provide your contact information either here, or e-mail to me at linda@pennbrew.com? I would like to set things right. Thank you!...More

Reviewed 5 April 2018

The noise level was very high. The "noise" that was supposed to be music was just annoying. You had to yell to hear the person across the table from you. They ran out of sweinbratan (spelling?) which 2 of our party had ordered.

Thank Wendy S
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Annual work trip where we always have a combo of people from the area and people who have never been to Pittsburgh. None of us ("natives" included) had been here before, but we will be back! Food was very good (as a table we had...More

Thank CarrieTeacher
PennBrewery, Owner at Penn Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thanks for stopping in! Glad you enjoyed, and we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 19 March 2018

You are eating in an old brewery, across the street from the old Heinz plant. Lots of good beers to choose from, and we had delicious dinners. Looks like a great summer hangout with the biergarden. Lots of German food fare to choose from, which...More

Thank PSoTD
Reviewed 19 March 2018

We visited here on a weekend in town and enjoyed the stop. They had a great beer selection and a menu with some different type offerings. The wait staff was friendly and prompt. It is some distance from the center of the city and hotels...More

Thank RJN612
Reviewed 14 March 2018

We'd never had it before, but had heard such amazing things we decided to try the poutine! Oh boy, it was great!! Wonderful beers, knowledgable staff - helped us chose great flights for our first visit. Definitely recommend to anyone who likes craft beer and...More

Thank travel505
PennBrewery, Owner at Penn Brewery, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thanks! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Penn!

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Questions & Answers
4 April 2018|
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Response from Tim F | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can do a tour there and then sit own and enjoy their great food and beers after. Tours are only on select Saturdays I believe so check the schedule. If you cannot tour just enjoy the fine beers they brew. Good luck!
27 July 2017|
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Response from Eugene M | Property representative |
There is parking on site, although limited, as well as street parking which fills quickly. the Sara Heinz House is an easy five minute walk to the brewery and secure. Up Troy Hill Road the high school has many spaces as... More
24 July 2015|
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Response from PennBrewery | Property representative |
Yes, we do. Thanks for asking!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 25
German, Brew Pub, Contemporary, European
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Vinial St, Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5151
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh
  • Phone Number: +1 412-237-9400
  • E-mail
Penn Brewery began brewing craft beer back in 1986, making us one of the earliest pioneers in the American craft movement. We started out brewing classic lagers and German beer styles, adhering to the strict quality standards of the 16th-century Bavarian Reinheitsgebot purity laws. As we’ve expanded our lineup in recent years to include IPAs and other contemporary styles like chocolate and pumpkin beers, we’ve stayed true to our quality craftsmanship, brewing all of our beers by hand with top-tier barley and hops. We’re proud to say that Penn beers have won a total of nineteen Great American Beer Festival® and World Beer Cup® medals. Penn Brewery’s restaurant serves “ethnic-Pittsburgh” fare including wurst, schnitzel, pierogi, and goulash alongside contemporary Pittsburgh favorites, like the "French fry salad," flatbreads, and sandwiches. In the spirit of our classic Pittsburgh theme, our menu emphasizes fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Penn is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. A lovely cobblestone biergarten is open seasonally. Private party bookings are also available.
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