Muddy Waters in an Oyster Bar in East Liberty in Pittsburgh.
Muddy Waters changes it menu seasonally and obviously, they have a great selection of oyster options. In addition to getting oysters from the East and West coasts, they also have chef options.. If you have strong oyster pallet and a lot of experience eating oysters from different parts of the world, this is the place for you. I recommend the East/West Tasting where patrons get two of the all the options. If you only have a marginal love for oysters, check with your server for recommendations or go with the staple Oysters Rockefeller (which are absolutely delicious!). The dinner menu has a variety of entrees. On your first visit, after an oyster appetizer, you must absolutely try the Seafood Gumbo with lobster, shrimp, oysters, crawfish, sausage, okra, and rice. It is the best in the city! If you want something less hearty, have the blackened salmon. They prepare the salmon with a twist by using pickled peach, sage, and pecan dust that all compliment each other. The hush puppies, corn bread, fried green tomatoes, and red beans and rice are all great side items.
Muddy Waters provides terrific service. My recommendation is to go on an evening early in the week to have peak service. As in all restaurants, the more crowded they are, often the service diminishes. The bartenders, greeters, servers have consistently been friendly, professional, and efficient. At each visit, the servers were very knowledgeable of the menu’s specifics. Bravo!
There is a counter next to the entrance where restaurant patrons can sit outside facing the restaurant. That is unique to Pittsburgh! Inside, the bar is to the left as you enter with high top tables to the right. The main dining room is in the rear of the venue. The lighting and acoustics are all pleasing and provides for a pleasant dining experience. What is really impressive is the right wall painting reminiscent of 1600 sea faring maps. Sit at the high tables!
Muddy Waters provides a unique dining experience in Pittsburgh. It is an absolute must visit, as the food, service, and ambiance are all outstanding. It is without any hesitation that I give Muddy Waters an overall rating and recommendation of:
“Absolutely Must Visit!”