Butcher and the Rye is located on 6th Street in downtown Pittsburgh in the cultural district.
Butcher and the Rye is a trendy restaurant serving new and creative American fare. Many of the menu options feature locally grown vegetables. There is an extensive and inventive drink menu. In addition to wines, beers, and ciders, there are some creative cocktails, The Salinger’s Sling with Bulleit bourbon, grand marniers, and coffee bitters is my go to cocktail. There is a broad list of small plates from which to start. The Brussels, grilled with dill, and covered in parmigiano reggiano, is my favorite starter. The Dry Aged Tartare, Cheese Board, and Mac and Cheese are other good options for appetizers. The large plate menu offers a variety of choices. My two favorite are the Scallops with crab risotto, asparagus, and capers, and the Roasted Chicken, with mushrooms, creamed Brussel sprouts, and grapes. Other menu items include duck, lamb, steak, salads, pates. The chef has concocted a menu that provides a delicious mixture of savory and sweet and no matter the course or item, all of it has been consistently very good. There are three desert options and all three are worth leaving room for. The carrot cake and flourless chocolate cake, are both delicious. However, my recommendation is the Peaches and Cream Doughnuts with cinnamon, oatmeal, and peach ice cream. It is heavenly!
Butcher and the Rye is a very popular restaurant here in Pittsburgh. Make reservations beforehand. During my visits, the service has been consistently quite good. The staff is friendly. My last visit to Butcher was with a group of friends from out of town who were experiencing Butcher and the Rye for the first time. The server provided informed descriptions and honest feedback on any of the questions the patrons had. At one experience though, there was an evening where there were three greeters. They were consumed with their own conversation and they were not saying goodbye as guests left the restaurant. I was not upset by it, but I found it rather odd.
Butcher and the Rye has a beautiful rustic, nostalgic, American decor. The lighting was warm, but a little dark, and sometimes makes it difficult to read the menu. Acoustically, the front of the restaurant is a little loud and can make it a strain to hear people seated at the table. It is better elsewhere in the restaurant. The atmosphere can best be described as lively and is an enjoyable environment to visit.
Butcher and the Rye is a terrific Pittsburgh venue, relatively new to the restaurant scene. I give it an overall rating and recommendation of:
“Go For It!”