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  • Judy E.

    My boyfriend and I went to Cure. We were really excited about another BYOB. Sadly, on a warm day, the restaurant is unbearable!! There are limited AC vents which cannot accommodate the crowd. The couples beside us were both complaining about the heat when we sat down. As the heat continued to rise, we decided to leave after the appetizer - 10 bites of cheese for $14! We explained our discomfort to the waiter who told us there was nothing to be done - it is HOT on a hot day. We left with 2/3 of our wine and paid the hefty corkage fee. Since they don't make the cheese, they can't really take credit for it. So I can't rate the taste of the food, just the discomfort and overpricing.

    (1)
  • Katie G.

    Cure is changing the expectations of food in Pittsburgh. I went there about a year ago. I ordered a cheese plate and not only was the cheese amazing but the way it was plated was great. I ordered the chicken which was also great. The whole restaurant from the menus to the food was exceptional. I can't wait to go back! You have to call well in advance because it fills up quickly. It is also BYOB!

    (5)
  • Ashley L.

    4.5 Stars (round up to 5!) I have been wanting to try Cure for awhile now. Finally, last night (Wednesday) my boyfriend and I had a night to go. The restaurant is on the smaller side (which I prefer), has dimmer lighting and a cabin-type feel. We had a reservation and were quickly seated at a small table closest to the window. My only complaint about this table is the fact that the air conditioning kept turning on and blew cold air directly at us, which made us quite chilly at times (I was glad I brought a jacket). Overall, though, I really enjoyed the ambiance. Although the drink menu had some fabulous cocktails, we opted to BYOB a bottle of wine (reasonable $15 corkage fee). Next time I'll have to try one of the drinks. For an appetizer, we ordered the Salumi, which was delicious. I really enjoyed the duck and the porcini salami. We also ordered the Montadito, which was also wonderful. I ordered the squid ink & leak ask gnudi (whole portion...I debated getting the half portion), and my boyfriend ordered the duck. I loved the gnudi. The sauce was so flavorful and the gnudi was prepared perfectly. I could have probably gotten away with the half portion, as my boyfriend finished the remainder of my dish (maybe next time order an extra "snack" off the menu and opt for the half portion). I tasted some of my boyfriend's entree, which was nice. It came with many sauces (some he liked and some he wasn't as fond of). For an after dinner treat we shared an Amaro flight. I honestly don't recall what they were (we let the bar tender pick 3 out for us). They had a wide range of tastes. One of them was delicious, one was okay, and the last one, well, I wasn't crazy about it. The service was good. I could have used a little more explanation for the menu. However, each dish was perfectly timed (salumi first, then the mantadito, entrees and then desert). Our waiter was friendly and nice. It was definitely a more expensive meal out, but well worth it. We've spent almost as much at restaurants/bars ordering bar food and beers. Overall, fantastic food and a fun time. We will be back!

    (5)
  • Bill B.

    What a great experience. Jason and all of the staff have created a great variety of dishes that satisfy with every bite. The restaurant sources its food to support local farms and deserves a visit.

    (5)
  • Bonnie S.

    Appetizer: the salumi plate was wonderful and devoured by our party! Dinner: I had the duck breast and leg which was so Very good, I was tempted to lick the plate. lol Others in our group had Heritage Farm Chicken, Black Cod, Meyer Ranch Hangar (steak) and Parisian Gnocchi. We all shared, everything was wonderful and no one was considered the better in ordering. Dessert - We order a couple Dark Chocolate Soufflé cakes to share and again tipping up and licking the plate was talked about as we fought for the privilege to pass our spoon across the plate one more time for that last bit of pistachio butter. Drinks: I had the warm Toddy which was very nice for such a cold evening. Another at our table ordered the Cobbler which has smoked maple in it. We all thought it tasted like drinking beef jerky - unfortunately the only flavor which stood out was the smoke and after one little taste by each at the table, no one wanted to keep drinking it so the relatively full glass was later collected to be thrown away. (I did not try any of the other drinks ordered by our table so will not write a review of them.) I highly recommend Cure to all you meat lovers who want to try something new. Advance reservations are recommended as they are a small cozy place and reservations fill up fast - because, yes, the food is that good!

    (5)
  • Zoe Ruth S.

    Incredible! Me and two friends came to cure for a "live above our means" night. We were all blown away. I started by ordering a fighting Elleck hard cider that was really great (almost wine-like). We then got a salumi plate to share which was fun. Very high quality cured meats with unbelievable amounts of flavor. None were at all overly salty which is often my criticism of cured proteins. I would have loved to try some of their cured seafood (next time). As my main plate I got seared duck breast with beats and radishes, mustard and blueberry sauces. The duck was out of this world. Probably some of the best bites of animal protein I'd ever had in my life. Medium rare (maybe closer to rare, but I'm not a trained chef) with a meaty but melt in your mouth texture. It definitely called for a red wine though; my cider was a bit out of place. The beets and radishes were really smokey in flavor which was very interesting but they were a little soggy in texture. I might have preferred a more crisp roast on them. The dish also had a pancake of sorts made with dick meat scraps. It was ok. A bit flavorless and mushy. I can imagine someone else loving that pancake thing but it just wasn't for me. The sauces were perfect and the presentation beautiful. My friends both ordered the walleye which they both enjoyed. Service was great. Everything came out in a nice amount of time, giving us a chance to savor the evening and the rustic atmosphere while not letting us get impatient. Will definitely be back and will definitely check out any other restaurants chef Justin Severino has anything to do with.

    (5)
  • Stephanie P.

    Cure is arguable one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh. It is the perfect place for a special night out, romantic date or celebration dinner. Treat yourself to the meat and cheese platter and you won't regret it. Take your time and savor every bite. Seriously, these are not your grandmas sausages, these are artisan smoked and cured meats that will knock your socks off! I had the pork tenderloin for my dinner entree and the dish was excellent, perfectly cooked and tender pork with excellent and interesting sides. We decided to skip dessert and try out some of their amazing and unique cocktails. This turned out to be an excellent idea because their cocktails are almost as famous as their meats! We also ordered a sampler of the Aperitif and Digestif liquors, at the owners recommendation, which was a real treat. I highly recommend trying one of these or a sampler if you want to make the night more special. You'll drop a ton of money but it's worth it if you truly appreciate good food, cocktails and atmosphere. Super casual but trendy feel and please, don't bring your vegetarian friends :)

    (5)
  • DJ Z.

    Pretentiousness ... Noise ... $$$ ... Meat ... If these are what you consider to be the makings of a good time, then by all means give Cure a try ... If not, go elsewhere and have two or three nice dinners for the same price. Ok ... I don't eat meat and I'm the first to throw darts at vegetarians who go to a meat restaurant expecting to be catered to ... But the harrumph ... The chef won't alter any recipes line is infuriating ... But I can ask him to throw something together. The something was a 1/2 cup of some sort of grain, some greens and just to say FU vege-person, a nearly raw egg on top. I don't understand ... There were pasta dishes ... When you're about to throw the meat in ... Don't ! The music was so loud that everyone in the place was shouting ... Just didn't understand the attempt at ambiance. I couldn't hear any of the attempt at conversation ... Ears were ringing. Expend to spend about $100/person. Now I do have to say, the people I was with rated the food as excellent ... Some of the best in Pittsburgh. From my perspective, the emperor has no cloths.

    (2)
  • Alex B.

    Cure was on my to-do list for over a year before I finally made it. It seemed as though every time it was convenient for me to go, reservations were impossible to get. I was delighted to get one for my birthday this year roughly 24 hours ahead of time - luck was on my side. Spoiler alert: worth the wait. I was being treated to my meal tonight, so we went all out. It gets expensive fast, but it's worth it to try a large array of food. My friend and I shared every dish that we ordered, so I think I got the full experience. We started with the small salumi platter. If I can recall correctly, the duck speck really stood out. The sauces took it to the next level. I don't recall everything that we ordered in between, honestly. I know we went with brussels sprouts which are my favorite vegetable (seriously, I eat probably 2 pounds a week) and even they were something special. We ordered the hanger steak for the main course. The bearnaise stood out. The quality of the meat became more astonishing the more that we consumed. It's worth mentioning that I follow a paleo diet - this place catered to my every need without me having to make substitutions. I hardly had to pick around any of my food besides a small serving of grains in one of the entrees. I rolled with the dairy because I was able to rest assured that it was from the best source. The waitress delivered us the chocolate souffle cake at the end without us ordering it (hey, it was my birthday after all...) and I splurged despite my dietary restrictions. So very worth it. I'm not sure what went into this dessert, but it surpassed all of my chocolate-loving expectations. Lastly, the cocktails! We thought about ordering a drink or two each, but we got so excited about our options and the taste that we left the restaurant quite buzzed. Not complaining - this meal was through and through a series of "Oh my GOD" and "Wow" exclamations between bites. It was the most euphoric and fun dining experience I've ever had.

    (5)
  • Rochelle H.

    Let me start by saying that maybe I was looking forward to this meal too much. I and some friends of mine have been planning this meal at Cure since July. The wife part of the couple is a foodie like me, however, the husband could care less. So reservations were made months ago and lost. My friends currently reside in New Mexico, so it wasn't like we could wait until the following week. Fortunately, we were placed on a waiting list and able to get in Friday, November 28. We decided to order "snacks" and ordered the salumi platter and pork rinds. Both snacks were fantastic. You can't go wrong with freshly made pork rinds and everything on the salumi platter was wonderful. The duck speck and the nduja were my favorites, along with the toasted crostini with lardo. Nduja is a spicy spreadable pork sausage. Come on man! Spreadable pork sausage? Yummy! My only complaint with the platter was that we were only given three or four crostini for all of that meat and spreads. However, when we asked for additional crostini, it was provided immediately. Now on to the sad part... I understand the idea behind "chef-centric" restaurants. Chefs have a certain vision as to how they want their food to be savored. I get that. I would be mad too if I saw a meal that I had worked hard on envisioning/developing/cooking only to find that someone poured an entire bottle of ketchup over the whole thing to suit their taste. However, I don't think that it's too much to ask that a certain spice or flavor be eliminated from a dish. I wanted to order the Heritage Farms Chicken Breast and Confit, however, I noticed that lavender was listed as one of the ingredients. I'm sorry, I just don't like floral notes in my food. Rose water flavored desserts, lavender, blah, blah, blah. I politely asked our hostess if I could place an order for the chicken, but without the lavender. She quickly informed me that she would ask, however, because the restaurant was chef-centric she doubted that I would be accommodated. Hunh? She proceeded to take my friend's orders and departed to the kitchen. About 5 minutes later, the hostess came back and informed me that the chefs are unwilling to remove the lavender from the dish and that they would only remove it due to allergies. Hunh? Okay! I decided to order smaller portions of two pasta dishes...the Spaghetti Carbonara and the Parisian Gnocchi. My friend ordered the Bratwurst served with spaetzle, fried eggs, cabbage, dill crème fraiche and mustard greens. My other friend ordered the Chicken Breast and Confit because she said that she didn't mind the lavender. So, after chatting, I excuse myself to the restroom. Upon my departure from the restroom, I see what appears to be my meal ready for pick-up in the kitchen. Sure enough, my friends' meals have arrived and they said that the hostess would return with my meal. To be fair, my meal arrived tableside shortly after I sat down. Now here is the tricky part, somehow both of my dishes were lukewarm. The Spaghetti Carbonara had a good flavor, but since it was lukewarm, I couldn't get the egg to emulsify into the sauce. So instead of having a rich carbonara sauce with salty bits of pork and peas, I had lukewarm pasta with egg clots. The Parisian Gnocchi that I ordered was served with smoked beef brisket, San Marzano tomato sauce and ricotta. Again, lukewarm pasta. In my humble opinion, a well-made sauce should not have one flavor which overwhelms everything else. All I got from the sauce was a tomato "paste" flavor and not really a tomato "sauce" flavor. With regards to my friends' meals, we each tasted food from each others plates. I tasted the chicken and as I thought, the lavender was too intense for my taste. However, it had tasty sweet potatoes, sweet and sour kale and a preserved Meyer lemon sauce. Now my other friend ordered the Bratwurst and he said that it didn't taste like much. His wife and I were like, "You are not a food connoisseur like us and you don't know what you're talking about." You know what? He was absolutely right! For a place that specializes in house made meats and charcuterie, the bratwurst that night was almost flavorless. Tender? Yes! Not overly greasy? Check! Flavorful? Not really! What a letdown after a fabulous salumi platter. As for the spaetzle and other accompaniments, they were just meh. Nothing to write home about...not that much seasoning or anything else. His wife and I couldn't believe that he was right. We were seated in a window booth not far from the door and I don't usually pay attention to drafts, however, Friday night was a little chilly. Our service was okay and the hostess was friendly and knowledgeable. Overall, a disappointing experience. I hate to say that. I have read so many good things about Chef Justin Severino and I'm glad that he makes the Pittsburgh area his home base. We're honored. I just wish that me and my friends meals were better Friday.

    (3)
  • Bethany K.

    A new restaurant for my boyfriend and I. I drove past Cure for years and always wanted to try it and I'm so glad we did! In our true fashion we sat at the bar which although small in size was a great place to sit. The cocktails were meticulously made and delicious! My boyfriend likes to challenge bartenders to make something unique and off menu which the bartender did with great skill and precision! Our meals from appetizer to dessert were phenomenal! We had the Brussel sprout salad and oysters for apps then the hanger and duck confi for entrees followed by the dark chocolate soufflé! Everything was so good we then ordered the popular solumi plate! We will be going back to Cure again!

    (5)
  • Laura M.

    Cure was my first experience at a bona fide fine dining restaurant. I wanted to take my ex-bf out for his birthday, and he was only available on Sun. evening. I was planning to go to Legume, but they're closed on Sun. Yelp's sidebar listed Cure as a related option, and upon seeing that the chef had spent time in Santa Cruz, CA (where I lived for several years), my mind was made up, so off to Lawrenceville we went! Being unfamiliar with fine dining, the atmosphere of Cure was approachable for a first-timer. I particularly appreciated the service that we received from our waiter, who was very good at explaining the various dishes and making recommendations. I ordered a salad as an appetizer (not sure which one, this was over a year ago), and the pike as my entree, per the waiter's recommendation. For dessert, my ex and I ordered the dark chocolate souffle to share. All of it was extremely well-presented, and as for the actual flavor of the food--it was to die for. I kid you not--this was, hands down, the best meal I've ever eaten in a restaurant to date. Was it pricey? Yes. Was it worth it? Heck yes! After years of culinary monotony, Cure opened my eyes as to what cuisine could truly be, and instilled me with a thirst for more similar experiences. If I had known then what I know now, I'd have ordered the Salumi platter, since this is their specialty. Fortunately, however, this gives me a reason to return to Cure in the future. One caveat: When we went, Cure was BYOB with a small corkage fee. I understand that they now have a bar, and I believe that it's still BYOB, but the corkage fee is much higher now.

    (5)
  • Snow K.

    Got salumi to share and it tastes amazing. The food is processed just good and sauce is also very good. Entree has black cod, gnocchi and hanger! The gnocchi is a little bit too much to me!

    (5)
  • Andrew H.

    A wonderful culinary experience, reservations were made in a matter of a few hours, the restaurant was very elegant in its style and size. Everything form the water glasses on the table to the elegance of how the cocktails were made was awesome! One of the best charcuterie platters I have had in Pittsburgh! The food only impressed me more, the creativity of the food, the flavors put together.. All made it come together! I myself had the duck entrée on the menu, and was very amazed.. The dessert were awesome, after trying two of them... We asked to have the 3rd one. Lol I can't wait to come back to this great restaurant, hungry for more!

    (5)
  • Anne B.

    Well, Cure continues to receive awards and pop up on "must eat" lists so we felt like we had to give it another shot. The first time at Cure we took one look at the menu and knew some direction from our server would be needed and welcome due to the complexity of ingredients. However our server was less than helpful, offering very little information beyond "that's good". We ordered the Salumi which is a huge assortment of meats. It was fun trying the different meats and we had little idea what we were eating. The atmosphere was quite nice - cozy and quaint. Overall we were disappointed on our first visit, but felt like we needed to take another shot at cure due to all the "buzz". Second visit - we were seated at the bar which was a little cramped but fine. Our bartender was also our server and took quite a while to attend to us even though we were seated directly in front of him. Our drinks were very small and very expensive for the size, but pretty (if that's what you want in a cocktail). We went with wine for our next round of drinks. Our meal was OK - we just weren't getting that jazzed about Cure overall. We had the smoked trout and the gnocchi. We also got an order of beef tartare which was excellent - best part of the meal. For dessert we had frozen creme brulee which in our opinion didn't really "work". We like creme brulee to be "cremey" not hard. Finally we had some coffee with hazelnut liqueur that was just bad. So, overall we just aren't understanding all the hype and buzz surrounding this restaurant.

    (2)
  • Damian S.

    What can I say?!?!?!? AWESOME!!!!! We loved the atmosphere and vibe of the place. Servers were pleasant, attentive, and knowledgeable. Large Salami app was delicious. While we didn't remember every variety that was on the plate our server did take the time to point out and explain each one (per the menu: breseola, black strap ham, culatello, coppa secca, finnochiona, negroni, goat mushroom madiera salami, cocoa- espelette salami, ciccioli, duck rillettes, pate campagnola, mortadella, lardo, Mediterranean lamb terrine, ndjua). For my entree I had the Meyer Ranch Hanger Steak which was served with caramelized onion, roasted cauliflower, cheddar custard, lobster béarnaise, red eye bordelaise, crispy smoked fingerlings. The steak was cooked perfectly. The lobster béarnaise is a bit of creamy lobster heaven and went well with the steak. The fingerlings were well seasoned and went well with the cheddar custard. My girlfriend had the Duck Confit which was served with bacon, flageolet beans, kale, creme fraiche, dijon, slow egg. I really enjoyed my meal but this might have been better. The kale was just crispy kale...it was good but nothing special. The duck was delicious and when you had a bite with all the components together this dish was to die for. We don't typically order dessert but decided everything was so good so far that we should try something so we shared the Dark Chocolate Soufflé Cake. The cake was served with pistachio butter, vin cotto, xvoo, sea salt. It sounded kind of weird at first but (again) when you got a bite with all the components it was terrific. If I find myself in Pittsburgh again I will defiantly be back...maybe I'll come back just to go here....

    (5)
  • Steve K.

    We brought our own Wine only $15 corkage fee. We had Salumi and Parisian gnocchi and gluttony! We all enjoyed it and great time. Looking forward to next visit !

    (4)
  • Joel G.

    I wanted to love this place. I was looking forward to this meal for a while. I'm hard working middle class guy who has a strong love for food and can't afford a meal like this every day. It's my splurge once in a while. First of all I felt unwelcome. I didn't have time to change after work and just felt like the staff was looking down at me. Their tone was negative and unwelcoming. It genuinely felt like I was viewed as some poor shmuck who wasn't going to order much or tip well. No pleasantries, just a sit here yeah we'll get to you soon. A stark contrast to trips to meat and potatoes or butcher and the rye where I've had so much exceptional service. Even trips where the owner has come to ask about my meal and we have had long talks about aging steak and he thanks me for coming. Cure should tone down the attitude and relax a bit. Ordered a charcuterie plate to share with my mother and girlfriend. It was a highlight in taste but poor service. No explanation of anything and a quick drop off to pay more attention to the men in suits next to me. I did my best to explain what we were eating to my mother myself. Duck speck was excellent. I ordered the hanger steak as a main and first asked for it to be rare like all good steaks should. The waitress rolled her eyes and said "the chef doesn't make changes to his dishes and that dish is medium rare". I understood at this point this place was so pretentious it would rather cook my steak a little more than I like to prove a point. Fine. That's fine. I've been to places before in other cities this is a strict rule. More often than not it's in place to block well done orders. The steak was a beautiful piece of farm raised beef but I didn't get to see much of that because it was drowned in a confused mess of too many sauces going in every direction. Aioli, onion paste, pesto, and egg with greasy lettuce and potatoes. Lots of this sauce too. I couldn't taste the meat at all. You ruined a beautiful steak with the high brow equivalent of dumping hienz ketchup on a chuck steak. I always order dessert and a glass of port wine at a meal like this but I was done and over it at that point. With so much innovation going on in pittsburgh cure seems like it is in a bubble. A bubble of ignorance and false praise from people who don't know better or haven't had better.

    (1)
  • Ellen R.

    Reservations REQUIRED!! Totally worth it though. GREAT food, Wonderful cocktails, and AWESOME desserts. The staff couldn't have been nicer. All I can say is....Make your reservation and GO, GO, GO!!

    (5)
  • Chien L.

    Food is ok but very expensive. Me and my wife ordered four dishes and paid about 100 bucks, BUT still very hungry! Not recommend if you expect big meals, other than that it is fine.

    (2)
  • Sarah W.

    We were seated for dinner around 10 after we had cocktails at the bar, which were pretty good. Our reservation was at 9:30 but every seat was full when we arrived, except for two seats at the bar, which only seats 4 guests. The corkage fee for a bottle of wine was $15, I would not have brought the wine but I was unclear about the drink menu. I don't think you can order a vodka tonic, but there is an extensive beer and wine list, and a few craft cocktails. For starters we shared the brussel sprouts with goat cheese, bacon, and maple. The brussel sprouts tasted a little charred and it wasn't as sweet as I was expecting, but it was good nonetheless. For my entree I had the hanger steak with roasted cauliflower, smoked fingerling potatoes, cheddar custard (which was kind of bland, it didn't taste like cheddar), caramelized onion puree, lobster bernaise sauce, and a red eye bordelaise. The steak was perfectly cooked, a nice char on the outside and medium rare on the inside. The sauces were rich, perhaps a little on the sweet side, I wanted something salty or acidic in the dish to elevate the flavors. Everything on the menu looked delicious which made it difficult to decide what to order, so I'll be back soon for more!

    (4)
  • Aaron R.

    This isn't a mans restaurant. I couldn't roll with 4 stars because that implies that I'm a fan. BYOB is cool, the interior design is very appealing, but the variety of food that my gf and I sampled didn't line up. We had a glorified appetizer that was a common derivative of bologna, ketchup, brie, and mayonnaise -- these aren't the words employed by the menu, but are my layman's terms. Our main dishes were both great although not filling. General consensus was -- yeah this place is a nice restaurant, very foodie, but we won't be back -- For the Highland Park/ Lville crowd, and others in proximity, the perspective may change.

    (3)
  • James E.

    Lardo, blood sausage, duck speck. Don't ask questions, just eat it all. Cure will earn your complete trust after one sitting, and in future visits you'll gladly and willingly put yourself in the capable hands of the kitchen. Why? Because everything they create will make you wish you'd found them sooner. One of the true gems in Pittsburgh's growing restaurant scene.

    (5)
  • Laura C.

    This meal was flawlessly conceived and executed, with no gratuitous exotica, yet more than enough innovation and surprises. The brussel sprouts salad was complex and perfectly seasoned, the oysters the freshest I've ever enjoyed, and the Gluttony entree, which my husband and I shared, so as not to feel TOO gluttonous, was one fabulous morsel after another. Oh - and the hot toddy cocktail was a great start on a cold night. Wish I lived in Pittsburgh. This would be my favorite restaurant. Also wish I knew our server's name. She genuinely loved the food, my favorite quality in a server.

    (5)
  • Amanda R.

    I have been to Cure about 5 times over the course of its tenure here in Pittsburgh, and I have to say I've never been disappointed. I went on January 16, 2014 for dinner and it was pleasant as always. First, the ambiance in the restaurant is comforting and chic. It's hipster-rustic, with some animal heads on the wooden walls. Now that the restaurant has a liquor license, I started at the bar with a cocktail. I had a delicious rye whiskey cocktail made with, amongst other things, lambrusco and a sprig of rosemary. As a rye whiskey lover, this was simply beautiful. Colin the bartender does a great job. For appetizer, I had the crab fondue, which included lemongrass butter, pickled ginger, black garlic, grapefruit, avocado, shishito peppers, sesame, and bull's blood. It was simply amazing and had a nice light taste, while still being satisfying and filling. For the main course, I had the hanger steak, which was done medium rare to perfection. It was complemented with smoked butter, black pepper, and herbs, and the dish was completed with caramelized onion, potato-celery root gratin, sweet garlic cream, spinach, and tarragon pickled shallots. The potato-celery root gratin was delicious, and aside from the meat was my favorite part of the entire meal. I could eat that every day. It was creamy but not too creamy, and had a perfect texture. The meat had a wonderful texture as well. I had a glass of Malbec with dinner and it was great. I wish I had remembered the winery. Bottom line: Justin Severino is doing tremendous things with Cure. If I could drop $80 (with booze and tip) on dinner every week, I would be there every week without fail. I recommend it to everyone. RUN TO CURE. Thanks!

    (5)
  • Bruce S.

    Oppressively loud music. I was very excited to finally get to Cure and i had checked out the menu ahead of time so I wouldn't be clueless. But when the salumi platter arrived, I really needed to hear what each item was. The server probably explained it very well, but none of us could hear her, even with her repeating some things a few times. The loud music really ruined the evening. A friend ate there a few days earlier and he did not have a similar experience, so maybe we were just unlucky and the volume got stuck on 11. But I won't be going back.

    (2)
  • Megan D.

    My husband and I ate here last night. The service was spot on! The food was amazing! The cocktails were wonderful! I can't say enough great things about Cure!

    (5)
  • Monica H.

    Great atmosphere, killer cocktails, beautiful AND delicious food. We started off with the steak tartar. It was well prepared, had great sauces, and was of course beautifully presented. I had the duck confit - it was delicious and my cocktail of choice for the evening had a spiced plum brandy that I wish I could drink every day (forgive me for forgetting the name). 1 steak tartar + 2 entrees + 2 cocktails = under $100. That's pretty good in my budget-minded book. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended - they fill up fast! And yes - this place is all about meat. If you want to eat high quality, creative meals that highlight meat.. go here. If you are vegan or vegetarian... I'm sure they have some kind of delicious option, but this probably shouldn't be on your short list. Unless you want a great cocktail! Then make a reservation today!!

    (5)
  • Lori B.

    Amazing. This place did not disappoint after all of the great things that we've heard. We tried: Salumi, Foie Blonde, Black Olive Focaccia,La Bella Farm Duck, Heritage Farm Chicken, Chamomile Pots de Creme, Dark Chocolate Soufflé Cake. The meats were so flavorful, juicy and tender. The Foie Blonde was delicious. The desserts were creamy and tasty. The space is very cool and intimate. Service was top notch. One of the managers, Tim,was very personable and attended to our every need. We were very impressed!

    (5)
  • Jessica D.

    Best. Meal. Ever. Seriously. J and I went for our anniversary on a Wednesday at 5:30 with resverations. We were the only people in there and for a moment, I was mocking us for getting reservations for a Wednesday. By 6 pm, it was packed. I started with the bourbon. Nicely flavored, interesting little beads of sugar and citrus that didn't add much to the drink, but looked cool. J had an excellent beer on tap. We ordered two appetizers cause we couldn't choose just one - the smoked trout and the chorizo. I love anything smoked. Anything. So I was expecting to be so wow-ed by the trout that I wasn't even going to look at the chorizo. The trout was delicious - wrapped in a rose colored and flavored crepe with roe and pickled cauliflower. Beautiful tastes just bursting together. However, the chorizo was other-worldly. It came with tomatoes and chick peas and other things that I couldn't describe. The flavors worked perfectly together. For our main course, I ordered the hanger steak served with a shmear of the most delightfully cheesy potatoes ever, braised butter lettuce and 3 sauces - carmelized onion jam, horseradish and dijon. The dijon was a bit too much for my taste, but the other two were amazing. The braised lettuce really stood out for the amount of flavor that was packed into the little leaves. No idea how they did it and it was all the better for it. The steak was cooked perfectly - medium rare, seared and pink in the inside. I also asked the waitress for a drink recommendation and she discussed it with the bartender - gave me three thoughtful recommendations. I settled on the rye whiskey - not one of my favorite things and it could not have accompanied it better. J got the pork. It was served with roasted carrots and onions, succulent and sweet; a pile of lentils, braised in bacon and red wine and topped with a perfectly poached egg. Every tiny thing that was on his plate was amazing - down to the plate itself which was a beautiful piece of slate. At $130 bucks, it was a bit steep for Pittsburgh, but I can honestly say there was never money better spent on a meal in the city. Enjoy!

    (5)
  • Bekah H.

    This is a fun place to dine! Definitely a unique culinary experience that I have not had before. The atmosphere felt fresh and modern. You just knew that the food was going to be great. Walking in, the chef's kitchen is seated the level up from the dining room in view; it gives you the feeling of here's the chefs kitchen, relax and have fun because your going to experience some savory food. We had Salumi and beef tartare as apps, duck confit and gluttony for dinner, and ended with lemon meringue pie. Everything was so uniquely good and the portions were enough I felt. Our waitress was attentive and easy going. I felt that seating was too close to neighbors but it's not a big place. Make reservations and keep in mind that they don't unlock the doors until 5.

    (5)
  • Joseph T.

    Wow, Cure offers a great overall dining experience. I like how the kitchen is open. You can see all the work by the chefs. I also liked passing the spice rack on my way to the bathroom. The degree of transparency here is awesome. You can even sit at a table alongside the kitchen which is similar to bar seating at a sushi restaurant. They have what seems to be a large selection of craft cocktails and wines. As a beer guy, I was excited to see only local, craft options on draft. The food was outstanding! We started with the Salumi and beef tartar. There was soooo much flavor. On the Salumi board, each meat, mustard, and pate had a unique and intricate flavor. I enjoyed all of the samplings. The beef tartar was excellent too! It came with chimichurri and a couple of other sauces. Again, there were so many levels of flavor. Honestly, I had a tough time keeping up with all of the tastes. And when I thought the dinner couldn't get any better, the main entrees were served, we split the lobster sagu and veal. The pasta in the sagu was super fresh. I am very surprised to find myself saying that it was one of the best pastas I have ever had. The sauce, goat cheese, hearts, and nuts made for great compliments in the sagu. Yet somehow, the best thing I ate all night was the veal. It was cooked perfectly. Literally perfect. The outside had a beautiful char while the inside was a medium rare leaning on the rare side. It came with mashed potatoes, a mustard sauce as well as a few other compliments. This dish worked very well in unison. I believe Cure is the best restaurant for dinner in Pittsburgh of the restaurants I have dined at hitherto.

    (5)
  • Lauren S.

    One of the best meals we have had in Pittsburgh. The drinks are exceptional as well, and the atmosphere is great. We had the Salumi, Tuna Tartar, Gnocchi, and the Hanger steak - all were AMAZING! Definitely recommend.

    (5)
  • Shaun E.

    That hangar steak! I would marry it. Seriously it was so juicy and so tasty I had no idea you could do that with steak! The appetizer dish was good, bunch of cured meats. And the mixed drinks were fantastic! I got the one with vodka and it was hella tasty! If only I had more cash I'd go here more often. Prepare to drop at least a benjamin when you go here.

    (5)
  • J K.

    Horrible service. Unapologetically wouldn't accommodate any dietary restrictions or gluten allergies.

    (1)
  • BostonBestEats X.

    THE CURE: For 'Charcuterie Deficiency', an all too common and very debilitating condition, can be found at Chef Justin Severino's CURE, in Pittsburgh PA (see photos). This is a MUST visit in Pittsburgh!

    (5)
  • Dee D.

    I LOVED this place, RESERVATIONS recommended!!! It is quaint but upscale, great attentive service without being "in your face". Comfortable atmosphere with decent music in the background. OK.. caution here, this is not a place for a vegetarian or vegan. Just listen to the name, CURE, it is all about meats; cured meats. Do NOT torture your animal loving fiends. Of Course I ordered the much renowned. Salumi platter. It is a combination of ciccioli, duck speck, lardo, fernet & oil cured olive, nduja. Yeah, sounds intimidating but even if I can not pronounce much of it, my tongue LOVED IT !!! The difference in flavors accompanied with mustard/sauces and bread was heavenly. I could have eaten a few more platters of this cured meat delight. I did order a small entree of oysters which were also delicious; briney with a delicious horseradish and bacon topping. Yeah YUM. I have to say the Salumi platter is to die for ... I even convinced them to make me one to take home. Yeah it's that good !!! Meal is on the pricey side and portions are small. You may still be hungry when you leave or consider ordering 2 entrees. SO happy that I finally made it here; Ill be dreaming of the cured duck. FYI, you can BYOB but the uncorking charge is $15.00; and parking is on the street. You may have to walk a few blocks.

    (5)
  • Jaye L.

    great service, small sitting area. We tried quite of a few dishes and the steak was the highlight of our meal. Not a huge fan of the food but I did enjoy the atmosphere.

    (4)
  • Shawn O.

    I'm going to put on the flame shield now and prepare for the worse. Yes, Cure is very good. Yes, Cure is very inventive. And yes, Cure is a welcome edition to PGH. What Cure didn't manage to do is leave me with that "OMG that was the best meal of my life!" feeling. Perhaps blame it on the overall spectacular reviews or the intense hype that everyone I know who has gone gave it, but I simply didn't fall in love with this joint. Also, as a few others have noted, CURE IS NO LONGER BYOB. This hasn't seemed to reach the masses as ourselves and four other tables came wine/beer in tow only to be turned down upon arrival. We started by splitting the large salumi plate, which represented set a great tone to the wife and I's dinner, but ultimately all started to taste the same (I blame the high fat content and lack of enough palate cleansing items... i.e. acidic pickles, etc.). Both of our meals were good. The wife's chicken and cornbread tasted fine, but both were a little dry. On the server's recommendation, I went with the "gluttony", for the pure "Cure experience", and was presented with probably the best item of the night... unique preparations of a variety of pig parts (cheek, feet, etc.) that were well balanced with accompanying sauces, foams, etc. We went for a chocolate souffle for dessert, and while the souffle was well executed from a technique perspective, it left a lot to be desired. Service was on par. Not bad, but definitely not great for the price point. Overall, I'll definitely go back to Cure at some point, but I'm not dying to do so anytime soon.

    (4)
  • Devin W.

    I've heard nothing but rave reviews of this joint. I missed out when it was BYOB. They have a full bar now, and BOY does that bartender know how to shake up a cocktail! The drinks were delicious and intriguing. I could have had at least 4, but I held back since we were going to see Interstellar later. For the starter/app we got the Oysters. Let me start off by saying I am NOT a seafood fan. The idea of sucking a creature out of it's home and swallowing it down like a big gooey gelatinous mass really turns my stomach. My SO is really into seafood and especially love oysters. He really wanted to beef tartar but I am not a fan (it's a texture thing...). I compromised by getting the oysters which I heard were (inter)stellar (see what I did there? ahh so clever). They were served with some beer, bacon, kale, kohlrabi, horseradish, & lemon. They were DELICIOUS! They were everything I imagined to be the opposite of oysters. Not fishy/seafoody. Perfect balance of beer/bacony salty goodness/spice of horseradish and they weren't raw which was an actual concern of mine. They LOOKED amazing as well. For the entree's my boyfriend got the Gluttony (boudin noir, boudin blanc, bacon confit, trotter croquette, sauerkraut, meat caramel apples, smoked- roasted potatoes, violet mustard, sauce ravigotte, rosemary). Since I am not a fan of blood pudding/sausage, pig heart, or any such organs... I passed on trying any of his except for the pork belly which was cooked perfectly. He was in heaven. He usually eats his food with the relative quickness of a starving animal but this time he took his good old sweet time relishing in every last bite (if only to torture me with how horrified I was that people eat that). I of course went for the simple spanish hanger steak ( piperade, crab butter roasted sunchokes, pimenton aioli, salsa verde, cilantro). It was delicious. The meat was cooked perfectly, normally I don't like hanger steak as it's a cheaper cut of meat, but I could barely tell with how well prepared and seasoned it was. The crab butter roasted sunchokes were really the star of the whole dish for me. They were phenomenal. We skipped desert since we were on a tighter schedule than we wanted. The total bill wasn't outrageous but definitely not a place I would eat at everyday since we're a little more budget conscious.

    (4)
  • Jen Y.

    Sit at the bar and sip on one of the many amazing cocktails. You must order the Salumi - you won't regret it!

    (5)
  • Jane S.

    Came here with a friend for girl's night. Loved it! We shared 2 appetizers - the smaller salumi plate and the squid dish - and the gluttony entree. PLENTY of food for the both of us. Don't expect American-sized portions here. But honestly if you're looking for a huge plate of fries and a burger, save Cure for a different day. Atmosphere is great for small groups as well as dates.

    (4)
  • Michelle H.

    I really enjoyed my dinner at Cure last night. We went for my BF's (final) 40th birthday dinner and were hoping to have a great dinner in a great atmosphere. Honestly, I really liked everything about this place. The servers were all great, the food was very, very good and expertly prepared, and the cocktails and wine were delish. I would love to see a couple more wines by the glass, but the bottle selection was great. The sourcing of ingredients really showed through in the final product, and the staff were all very knowledgable about the menu. The starters were all excellent, they nailed my favorite pork rillettes!!! The duck speck is out of control, and the mustards, beef tartare, and beans with tuna were just outta sight. My only (and minor) reason to give it 4 instead of 5 stars is that I feel the kitchen could rely more on simplicity. While the starters were all amazing, the mains had a little too much going on, perhaps too many very intense components and so the dish loses focus just a little. I absolutely recommend, and will go back as often as my waistline permits!!

    (4)
  • Erik R.

    My wife and I had been wanting to go to Cure for some time, and finally found a suitable occasion. The staff was very friendly and Justin, our server, went out of his way to walk us through both the drink menu and the dinner menu. He was knowledgeable and attentive but not overly so. The chicharrones were delicious, and arrived at the table still warm. We snacked on those while deciding on the rest of our meal. Our next course, was the "light" Salumi, and we found it to be the perfect combination of small bites, especially the Speck. For the main course, my wife chose the Hangar steak, and it was so flavorful and tender. I went with Gluttony, which had a decidedly German theme to it, with two types of sausage, a pork tenderloin, and my favorite taste of the night the pig trotter croquette. All this was accompanied by sauerkraut and potatoes. Hence the name Gluttony. For drinks, I had the gin cocktail and the Mezcal as well. Both were delicious. My wife was pleased to find that they offered Fighting Elleck from Arsenal Cider. Her favorite from that local gem. All in all it was an excellent night, and an excellent meal. We will eat there again.

    (5)
  • Kristin G.

    This is probably my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh! The food is amazing..delicious and artfully presented. The restaurant itself has a wonderful atmosphere and decor. Go here if you are a foodie, care about quality ingredients and want to have a seriously interesting dining experience. I believe the head chef has won or was nominated for a James Beard award. Not surprising because everything on the menu is amazing! Look forward to dining at Cure again next visit home to Pittsburgh.

    (5)
  • Lindsay B.

    Unbelievable. I am passionate about all things food related. It is impossible to oversell Cure. A classically trained waitstaff - every response is "yes" or "my pleasure". Beautiful decor. Impeccable food. Big Salumi, Lamb Porcetta, Gluttony. Cure is unapologetic. Severino is deliberate, methodical - a man who revels in his talents without forgetting his roots. In a world where pride is confused with shallow ego, the animal heads remind us of unctuous beauty. There are no wheels being reinvented here. Just perfected.

    (5)
  • Adam L.

    Had a reservation for dinner here on a Saturday night, just this past weekend. 5 stars on all facets, one of pittsburgh's most unique dining experiences. Started with the big salami board which had about 15-20 different authentic cured meats that you really couldn't try anywhere else. It was amazing such variety and flavor well worth the price when sharing with a group. We also tried the beef tartar appetizer which was delicious but towards the side of small on proton size when compared to the price, the sweet sauce that the tartar was presented with really brought out full flavor. For an entree I fell in love with the "Gluttony" this was a sampling of 4 different varieties of pork including 2 sausage a pork tenderloin and some fried pork hush puppy like thing. It was amazing just incredible, a great capturing of what this restaurant has to offer. The wine sauce and baked apples were a perfect sauce pairing for the pork. This is easily one of the top restaurants in pittsburgh and the service and decor only help compliment the overall experience as well.

    (5)
  • Abe K.

    Ditto with what everyone below said. The food is phenomenal. Must make reservations, well not absolutely necessary but it's a small place and gets filled fast.

    (5)
  • Ruben S.

    Get the big salumi. A fantastic combination of simple and complex flavours. And get a dessert with a glass of sparkilng wine.

    (5)
  • Bryan E.

    One of the most memorable dining experiences I've ever had. The service was warm and friendly. Tim made some great recommendations! The food is impeccable. Every flavor powered through and hit the taste buds just right. I'll be returning many times!

    (4)
  • Eftihia B.

    Not even done with dinner and I give them 5 stars. I never give 5 stars, but this place is the real deal.

    (5)
  • Christine Y.

    Finally made it to Pittsburgh's wellspring of salty meats and had the pleasure of sitting next to Severino and his kitchen staff while we spent a solid hour picking through the infamous SALUMI plate (not to be confused with the salumi plate). Was thoroughly entertained by Severino's not-stop commentary. Downed a couple of cocktails and some wine, and decided: violet mustard is great, and in general there is no reason not to come here and blow all of your cash.

    (5)
  • Lauren B.

    I went back here recently when a couple of friends were in town. One was a meat lover like myself but the other was vegetarian. I contacted the restaurant to see if they could accommodate a vegetarian (since everything on the menu, including the veggie sides has meat in them), and they said that they could make a special off menu option for my vegetarian friend which I was very pleased by. They wouldn't let her select what she wanted but she was able to indicate a preference for something pasta related and what they brought her was a complete surprise, which was fun but it may be better to offer a little more flexibility or options. It ended up being a papperdelle pasta with a light mushroom sauce and broccoli and it was very good though maybe a bit on the salty side. I ordered the papperdelle with pig trotter and octopus sugo and it was very good but I found the sauce to be a little on the rich and sweeter side than I'd like. We also got the large salumi plate which was as fantastic as ever, but they increased their price substantially so now it is $40 instead of $30, which was disappointing. And they no longer offer any cheese options. I still love Cure but for these reasons I am giving it 4 instead of 5 stars for this visit. I also ordered a mezcal cocktail which had strawberry juice in it and it was garnished with a slice of lightly burnt lemo, which was so fantastic I ordered two. The smokiness of the mezcal worked so nicely with the subtle strawberry and lemon flavors.

    (4)
  • Aisha M.

    What a wonderful experience this dinner was. It has a very romantic atmosphere and the establishment is really charming. The hand crafted cocktails were delicious and well made. The dinner was absolutely delicious. Overall wonderful low key with high quality. Great execution.

    (5)
  • Alex W.

    After months of wanting to try Cure I was finally able to convince some friends to splurge on a great night out. Fortunately my hype was not an exageration, and everyone loved the restaurant and their meals. We started with the large charcuterie board which was packed with 3-4 slices of about 10 different types of cured meats, several mustards, some great pickled things, and bread. It was a fun appetizer to share as everyone sampled the different cured meats then exclaimed "No, no, no, THIS one is the best." We split the app 3 ways, but it is certainly large enough for 4-5 people. For my entre I had the dry aged ribeye which came with caramelized onion puree, parsnip puree, and berneise sauce. The steak was fantastic, cooked edge to edge at a perfect medium rare. The purees allowed you to mix and match tastes until you found your perfect combo. One of my friends had this duck confit/pork/beef ragu that tasted like the worlds best slow braised pot roast. My other friend had the the short rib with goat cheese risotto and charred/roasted brussel sprouts. It was a huge plate of savory/tangy/rich goodness, hands down the winning plate of the night. We topped the meal off with a great cup of La Prima coffee, and everyone was pleased. All together we each spent $60 including tip, which was just the right amount of money to prove to my friends that it's absolutely worth doping a little cash once and a while for a memorable meal. Hopefully we will no longer be limited to $.25 wings, and $2 yuengs!

    (5)
  • Anca D.

    I did not enjoy Cure nearly as much as I thought I would: the cocktails were a miss, they were out of too many things by 8:30, and -- most importantly -- the food (at least what I tried) was a bit of a disappointment. I did love the atmosphere here. Cozy, interesting decor, dim lights, fits very nicely into Lawrenceville. The bf and I tried two cocktails: I had a sparkling wine with kirsch and black currant, which turned out too sour and with a really over-powering aftertaste. It had a strong kick to it, but not in a good way for a sparkling cocktail. He tried a a coffee & egg cocktails reminiscent of a coffee flip, except all you could taste in this one was coffee, coffee, and then some coffee. The salumi was pretty nice, but when we ran out of bread they refused to bring us extra because they were running low. It was 8:30 and salumi is their most popular dish, so I was surprised. The beef tartare was ok, it had a bit of an asian twist to it, but nothing to write home about. I definitely prefer the one at Salt, for example. My personal preference is that beef tartare come with something crunchy, but this one did not. They were out of their pig dish, so I got Gluttony -- two types of sausage and a croquette, plus sauerkraut and fingerling potatoes. The sides were OK, the sausage was more than underwhelming. Think of the kind of brat you get on the street in Germany for 1 euro, and that's what this was like, except the dish was priced at over $30. I know a lot of people really enjoy Cure, so maybe I just had a particularly poor experience. I am not very likely to go back anytime soon, though.

    (2)
  • Robert L.

    My wife and I had dinner here tonight we left extremely disappointed. Here's the description of my first course from the menu: Beets - $11 smoked, pickled, custard, hay roasted black olive caramel, burnt pickled red onion, fennel seed brittle, carrot espuma, black garlic, grapefruit, feta Do you know what you're going to taste from that description? Exactly. The dish was such an overdone mess of flavors that it's hard to know what you're really eating. Of the three distinct beet preparations - smoked, pickled, hay roasted - the smoked were really good, the hay roasted were OK and the pickled were terrible. On top of that, the other sauces and/or flavors were too many and too convoluted to make for an enjoyable dish. This dish was $11. I would have been very happy to have paid $8-$10 for a plate of the smoked beets with ONE complimentary sauce/flavor. For dinner I had the duck confit. Here's the menu description Duck Confit - $27 pumpkin, red cabbage, orange, ginger, ras el hanout, black tea soaked prunes, maple- lavender mustard Similarly to the first course, what am I going to taste in this dish? The duck was fine. The flavors of the underlying sauces were too much (in terms of numbers of flavors). The mustard flavor was distinct from the other flavors but I could not tell you if it was maple-lavender mustard or simply mustard. Beyond the food, I found my seat at the bar to be frustrating. First, they do not have backs on all of the seats at the bar. Second the "seat" of my stool was loose such that it wobbled around whenever I adjusted my weight. Third, there was a constant draft at the bar such that I was cold the entire night despite wearing a long sleeve cotton shirt under a flannel shirt. Beyond the actual seat, when I went to the mens room I had to rummage through the cabinets to find paper towels. This experience struck me as a restaurant owned/run by a chef with some legit talent who needs a second voice or an editor. For example, just because you can conceive of 7-9 flavors that might go well with beets, doesn't mean you should throw all of those flavors onto one plate. Also, this second voice / editor could keep more of an eye on the front of the house - like the seats and state of the rest rooms. I don't live in PGH, but I've been visiting 3-4 times a year for the past 12 years. I'm really happy for PGH that its restaurant scene/culture is really taking off. Unfortunately, I cannot consider Cure as part of this exciting wave. Too many other good options exist - even in Cure's neighborhood - to waste one of my few nights out on this place.

    (2)
  • Bill M.

    Started with the salumi wow so many flavors. I had the Deckle steak and my wife had the hanger steaks cooked to perfection and delicious. We shared a frozen creme brûlée again great.

    (5)
  • I.E. C.

    OK... A little disappointed by this place. Risotto with truffles: The risotto was overly salty because of the parmesan and I couldn't even taste the truffles! Lamb-neck Ragu: This dish was good. However, coming from this place I expected it to be amazing or at least very good. The lamb was quite tasty, but nothing you can't get at a decent Italian place. This place is good, but I think it's just over-hyped. I love the concept of it, but the difficulty of getting into this place will make it hard for me to get back to it.

    (3)
  • Tony R.

    Disappointing We decided to try this place because of the reviews,but unfortunately left disappointed. Despite a 5 pm reservation time , we waited 55 minutes before being served any food. At tat time there were only 5 tables (3 of which were deuces ). Then we waited another 45 minutes for the dinner entrees. Dessert followed 20 minutes after it was ordered . The food was innovative , but not as good as Salt. The Pigs ears Salad contained no Pigs Ears--surprising for a place that boasts it pork products. Then the Hostess or Maitre D had the audacity to ask for the table so , they could turn it over. We were not the rate limiting step in the dinner service. Would have gladly been out of there in the 2 hrs that they allot for service ,BUT WE HAD TO WAIT FOR SERVICE. If you are looking for better food and service try Salt of the Earth. Whatever happened to customer service?

    (2)
  • Dismas S.

    Normally, this kind of place is way out of my monthly allowance, but my brother brought me along for a Father's Day meal with dad. More an experience than restaurant. All the dishes seemed to shine and bring delightful, and sometimes unexpected flavors. We shared the Salumi, a wonderful selection of cured meats (incl. venison, and duck speck). Also shared the Strawberry Everything, which was a wonderful tour of strawberry deserts. I had the Gluttony of Pork, and was not disappointed, and experienced pork in new ways. In spite of the name, there were also a wonderful chicken dish (mom's), and a salmon dish which we did not order, but definitely tempting! In spite of the name of my dish, don't go there to pig out -- go there to savor... slowly. Makes me proud to be a Pittsburgher!

    (5)
  • Anthony V.

    Cure is a great place! Fun atmosphere, great service and the food is amazing. The only place in Pittsburgh that you can get food like this.

    (5)
  • Cory V.

    I tend to hold restaurants like this to a higher standard. I'm pretty particular and expect a quality experience. Thankfully, I'm thrilled to say that Cure didn't disappoint. The space is small but still very comfortable. You can see the crew cooking in the open kitchen in the back. Menu items are listed on a chalkboard and printed to a piece of paper that is attached to a wooden board at the table. We were a party of 6 and everyone enjoyed their experience. We started with a cheese platter as an appetizer. It contained three different cheeses (all locally produced), marinated dates, honey comb and grilled bread. It was a wonderful starter. True to its name, this is a meat place. So don't expect a ton of vegetarian options. In fact, there was only one entree my friend could order. She knew what to expect and really enjoyed the risotto. I had the gnocchi with braised pancetta. The gnocchi seemed larger than life and was tastefully displayed in a hearty bowl. I would like to try the duck the next time I go back. Don't expect an abundance of food. Expect real high quality portions. Also, the place is BYOB. My only complaint with the restaurant is how loud it can get. The ceilings are high and tin which causes an echo. Otherwise, I highly recommend giving it a try.

    (4)
  • Steven K.

    Expertly-crafted dishes served by professional servers in a great setting. There are places in the city that are as good as Cure, but there's nowhere better.

    (5)
  • Jaer T.

    We ordered the salumi to share, squab breast, and steak. The salumi was a disaster: it feels like one just shopped in a cheap supermarket and put the meat nicely in a plate. You order a 1 euro beer in Spain and can get jamon and sausages for free with better quality. Squab breast and steak are not bad though: the meat is medium to rare, nicely mixed with a selection of cheese, fruits, fruity sauce, making it not heavy and very fresh to taste. The cocktails are average; the souffle is ok, smaller than even the French size, but doesn't require the usual 20 minutes to prepare somehow. Not an expert in wine, our point noir was 10$ per glass, perhaps the American standard. The decoration, atmosphere, and service of the restaurant are quite good.

    (3)
  • Alyssa L.

    Went to cure while I was back home for the holidays. Food and atmosphere is almost perfect. Super tiny place, so don't come with a large group. Service is the only downfall, every seemed a little pretentious. I just feel like spending money and eating good food should always come with the service you deserve (I've been in the industry for 7 years)

    (4)
  • Scott S.

    It was absolutely delicious! Got the stake made medium rare (as the nice bartender suggested). The portion sizes were a little small, but what was on the plate was delicious. However, the reason I can't say it was perfect is because I left hungry. The only way I would go back is for another big occasion (anniversary, birthday, etc.). It is just too pricey for a regular night out. Dinner for two with drinks will run you well over $150. If you can afford it, go for it. The service was great as well. The workers are definitely hipsters so if you aren't into that scene, avoid this place.

    (4)
  • Erica F.

    Awesome atmosphere- cozy, right off Butler. BYOB. Farm to table, ever changing menu known for it's dishes with different types of meat. Don't come here expecting to order chicken or steak. Menu consisted of veal, pork, rabbit, squid, duck etc. At recommendation of the waiter, I started with a ravioli appetizer with a unique pesto sauce. Absolutely mouth watering....I could have eaten that as my meal if they offered a full portion. Ordered pork for my meal...also very good. BF ordered veal and it was oh so tender. Food was SO unique and absolutely delicious and sometimes surprising (I have to admit we had to google a few ingredients on the menu). Definitely a fun dining experience.

    (5)
  • J D.

    My new favorite place to eat in Pittsburgh: VERY good food, thoughtful wine list (including those by the glass), attentive service, and cool vibe. Will be back often.

    (5)
  • Alan L.

    Cure was not what I expected as I assumed it would be a lot of meat, and not much else. Pleasantly, Cure does a great job at balancing out dishes to create delicious and interesting meals. The menu may not be for everyone, but Cure is definitely a place to take a chance and try something new as you can be sure they'll do it right.

    (4)
  • Jason F.

    I ate here this past Friday evening for dinner with my girlfriend and her friend. We got to the restaurant at around 7:30 and I was surprised to find it half empty for that time on a Friday night. However, throughout the night the tables filled in and by the time we finished dinner the place was full and so I would recommend reservations. It is also a BYOB place for which we we paid a $3 corkage fee for our bottle of wine and I don't think there was a single table without some kind of adult beverage on it. The decor of the restaurant is kind of cool with a wooden wall with a few minor pig decorations. This matches their menu which is a piece of paper on a wooden plank. It also seems like it was built in what used to be a split level house as the dining room is at the bottom and up a short flight of stairs is a food bar. This bar faces the kitchen where you could watch the chefs cook and also see everything like the hanging freshly made pasta. The next time that I visit this place I think that I would enjoy sitting up there. We decided to start off our meal with both the squid ink spaghetti and the SALUMI plate. I have it capitalized there as there are actually two different salumi starters on the menu with the larger of the two being capitalized. The salumi plate came out on a plank of wood and consisted of a large number of cured meats and pates, some pickled vegetables, a few pieces of a crusty bread and 3 different kinds of mustard (stone-ground, regular and balsamic vinegar). Almost everything on the plate was amazing and I even enjoyed a few of the pates which I can't say that I ever had before. My girlfriend and her friend also really enjoyed the stone-ground mustard and made some comments about how they would be willing to buy a bottle of it. The squid ink spaghetti came served with the black noodles in a sauce topped with a bit of anchovies like fish all next to a sunny side up egg. It was wonderful as the noodles paired perfectly with the sauce and were delightful with some egg yolk over them. The only thing I did not enjoy was the fish due to the intense fishy flavor but I get how the saltiness help cut in the decadence of the dish. For my entree I decided to order the duck which was served on the bone and fried on top of a bed of red cabbage. It was pretty to look at and the flavor of the duck was great with my only complaint of it being that the little bit right underneath the batter was a bit greasy for my liking. The cabbage was also good but rightfully played second fiddle to the duck. The bottom line for me is that I will definitely be back in the future. Heading into here I was skeptical of all of the hype that I had read surrounding this restaurant but they certainly made me a believer.

    (5)
  • Melike O.

    A huge disappointment. Way over priced, with the smallest portions. Ambiance and the drink list are OK. However, can not make up for the price. Yelp reviews are over shooting.

    (1)
  • Jillian T.

    Love this place. Have been here on 2 consecutive visits to PGH now, and both times have been amazing. This is definitely the most innovative, creative restaurant in Pittsburgh, and deserves acclaim. Every dish is well thought out, perfectly executed, and delightful. Also, the BYOB status makes it REALLY reasonable for a nice dinner. (menu is posted daily so you can wine match if you want to) Overall, a total LIKE. Go now before it gets so popular that reservations are difficult!

    (5)
  • Kevin A.

    I've been several times now, and every visit has been excellent. Despite a little snafu with the reservation on my last visit, they still seated us - at the chef's counter, which actually made it way better than the other meals I've had at one of the tables. (The entire kitchen staff was really friendly and willing to chat when they had time around their very busy Saturday night crowd. Sounds like they all really love food.) This place would be five stars anywhere, which makes it, like, a six-star place in Pittsburgh. A few weeks ago, I ate at a well-reviewed "pig" place in DuPont Circle in DC, and it paled in comparison to Cure. The salumi is a must-have, as always. We also split an excellent bitter greens salad and a duck confit (which they very awesomely plated for us as half-portions on two plates), which was incredible. The panna cotta was outstanding, too. Everything we saw being plated in front of us looked mouth-watering, too - seriously doubt any of the other dishes would disappoint. Seriously: vegetarians should not even think about eating here. You'd be an a-hole for asking them to cater to your diet.

    (5)
  • Jess B.

    We came here as the "Last Supper" with some friends who won't be going out to higher-end restaurants for a little while. They agreed it couldn't have been a better meal. I just wanted to update my last review based on one menu item that may look skeptical to some. I know the menu changes pretty often, but I just wanted to point it out in case its still there. It's a truffle risotto for $30. I know what you are thinking because I thought it to. Risotto for $30!! That's insane; it better be the best truffle risotto on this side of the Mississippi. Well, it is. It came out in a large helping and shaved truffles came on top of it covering the risotto so thick that all you saw was black and no white from the risotto underneath. Well worth the $30 if you are on the fence.

    (5)
  • Ali M.

    My boyfriend and I have been looking forward to trying Cure since it opened, and it definitely met our expectations at dinner last Friday night. Cure has got it all figured out: food, service, and ambiance. When we entered the restaurant at 6:30, we noticed that all of the tables were full (except ours), yet it didn't seem overcrowded. The tables weren't too close together; we didn't feel like we had to whisper so as not to disturb the neighboring tables. We had the Salumi appetizer (I don't eat meat, but that mustard was unlike anything I've ever had!). I'd also highly recommend the heirloom tomato appetizer (watermelon, basil, white balsamic foam, pine nut brittle, goat cheese, and fennel pollen). I had the trout as my entree, and I can't say enough good things about it. It was light and not at all greasy, and the creamy almond aioli paired perfectly with it. Nice touches: -Corkage fee is CHEAP! -The chalkboard lists all of the local farms that Justin buys from...It even notes what he buys from each farm. Loved the heirloom tomatoes? Now you know where to buy them. -Michael Pollan books in the women's bathroom :) -Justin, the chef and owner, seems like a truly nice guy. He was smiling and talking to customers, and he didn't seem to have that suuuper cocky attitude that head chefs tend to have. -#13 out of 50 best new restaurants in the COUNTRY according to Bon Appetit magazine... enough said!

    (5)
  • Megan M.

    I came here with my parents (who aren't necessarily the most adventurous eaters) and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Overall an excellent meal - nice homey but modern decor, solid service, and creative tasty food - with just a couple minor quibbles. The Food: -My Brussel sprout, pear, and endive salad was a little disappointing, but still enjoyable. My nursing background has made me a bit adverse to pureed foods, and the two thick purees (a black one and a pickled pumpkin one) that came with the salad didn't make sense texturally with the shaved brussel sprouts and endive- I would have preferred roasted pickled pumpkins cubes and a vinaigrette or something. - Our entrees - the Walleyed Pike, Duck Confit, and Braised Pig Cheek Ragu - were all excellent. The proteins were cooked perfectly and flavors worked super deliciously together. Again though, my plate had one puree to many on it. - Frozen Creme Brulee: amaaazing, delicious and unexpected! It was served like a cake instead of in a ramekin, surrounded by a port wine foam, pear butter, and coffee crumble. *Also, as others have said, its no longer BYOB. I went to work a night shift after we ate so can't comment on the cocktails but my parents were happy with their beer selections.

    (4)
  • Tiffany F.

    I made reservations for a larger party in this small-ish restaurant for my hubby's bday; I will be honest I was a little nervous given some of the negative reviews I had read that called this place uber hipster and snobby but let me tell you, I was no disappointed with our visit! Why Cure is hands down one of my new favorite restaurants: - The atmosphere is great- super rustic, unique, woodsy, creative- they have put intention into every detail and it shows. - The salumi plate was SO good; however, while they did great at explaining what each thing was there were so many options that our party didn't know what we were eating at any given time; maybe put little flags in each choice so people can know what they are eating...? - The food was DELICIOUS; in our big party we pretty much tried everything on the menu and everyone was blown away. - They were great about plating/serving our cupcakes; I was a little put off that they told us (multiple times) that they were going to charge $2 per person to serve the cupcakes, which I find to be a little ridiculous when you're already bringing in a party of 7 with $30 entrees each, but in the end they didn't end up charging us for it. - The service was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Needless to say, Cure is doing a great job and they provided for a wonderful birthday experience- I can't wait to go back again.

    (5)
  • Katie A.

    My favorite new restaurant in Pittsburgh! I have always heard about layers of flavors in dishes, but have yet to experience this phenomena until dining at Cure. What an enjoyable delicious dining experience. Yum!

    (5)
  • Catherine S.

    One of the most inspired meals we had in Pittsburgh - loved the chicken and walleye can't miss the salmon tartar- check it out it's the real deal!

    (5)
  • Courtney B.

    We went here Saturday night for my husband's birthday and the food is outstanding!! This restaurant should have all 5 stars but the service however was horrible. So horrible that we left after our entrees because it wasn't worth trying to get our waitress's attention to order dessert or drinks. We made reservations for 8:30 and we got there early and the hostess suggested we get drinks at the wine bar next door. It was a nice place and we came back at 8:30, seated at 8:40 which was no big deal. Our waitress came over somewhat quickly and I asked her for Pinot Noir, she said they didn't have that but recommended one that was similar. It was awful and tasted like white Zinfandel and was pink in color. I was hoping to get a different glass but she took our food order so quickly and left I never got the chance. Yes, she took our orders and that was the last time she came to our table until after we finished our meals. We got the Salumi, which was the best charcuterie I have ever had! This was brought by a very nice gentlemen who was obviously not our waitress. Then when our meals came out, they were also brought out by a nice gentlemen. The 1 drink each that we were able to order were cleared by another waitress who I think felt bad for us. When our waitress finally came back to our table and we asked for our check she didn't bother to apologize for never checking on us or getting us drinks or to check on the awful wine she recommended. I ordered the duck which was unbelievably good and my husband got the osso bucco which was also great! We would have loved to had a couple drinks and order dessert because we have two kids and had a night out and we were celebrating a birthday but there was no way we were staying and trying to get service from our non existent waitress. She finally brought a check which was not ours and double the amount of what our bill ended up being. I brought this to her attention and again, no apology. She just huffed and took it away and came back with the right check. Needless to say we went somewhere else for drinks and dessert. It's a shame because the food was top notch and I will dream of the duck. Not sure if I want to brave it again though if the service stays the same.

    (3)
  • Michael P.

    This is a temple to pork. Come here and worship the glory that is pig. Order the salumi, an exquisite plate of pork in about 10 varieties. Then order more pork. Then pray, because there is now firm proof that God exists. Pork is too delicious to have originated randomly.

    (5)
  • Marlena H.

    Not a single thing in this entire restaurant that disappointed me! I was overly pleased with the quality of food, attention to detail, atmosphere, and essentially everything else. I LOVE the open kitchen; the chef was there and interacting, no chaos, no heavy vulgar language (which I expect from a hardcore kitchen). Overall an incredibly pleasant visit. I will definitely be coming back in the future!

    (5)
  • Glenn C.

    It's really nice to see a restaurant make changes for the better over it's early existence. I first visited Cure a short while after it opened this winter. Although the food and music were great, I thought the portions were too small for the price point. Although other reviewers made comments that Pittsburghers don't understand portion size, I can assure you that I do and only getting 2 bites of duck for $28 isn't OK. Well, I just visited Cure for a 2nd time on recent Thursday night and I'm really glad I gave it a second chance. The Salumi plate that previously sold for $18 is now only $8. It's a great way to be introduced to the restaurant's specialty of cured meat and splits perfectly among 2-3 people. If you have a big group, you can get the SALUMI plate for $26. I saw one of the waiters bring one out and it looked monstrous, easily enough for a larger group to try. For an appetizer I tried the chanterelle mushroom ravioli. It was in a delicious sauce and the paste was cooked perfectly al dente. For an entree I had the hanger steak which was cooked to medium rare perfection. It was accompanied with an outstanding cheese curd gratin potatoes in the shape of a cake. The bordelaise sause with dijon mustard was phenomenal. The portion size was absolutely perfect for the $28 price. I was full but not stuffed and rolling out the door. Now re-evaluating Cure after it's been open about 6 months, I was really happy to see the portion size and price point is now much more in sync. Although still loud, the great music even appeared to be turned down from my previous visit and it was easier to converse with my dinner companions. Justin Serevino is clearly one of the most talented chefs in Pittsburgh. I hope to someday go to one of the "combination" dinners that he's hosted with other area chefs like Derek Stevens or Dave Racicot. Cure is not only the premier BYOB restaurant in town, but the chef's stunning creativity with meat make it one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh.

    (4)
  • Rotem G.

    I rarely give a five star review to a restaurant. It is a special confluence of relaxed atmosphere, good service, and stellar food that earn that designation for me. Hype is always a danger, but Cure has earned its reputation. Our meal started with the SALUMI board, a selection of meats that varied from "delicious" to "if you try to take this away I'll stab you." I highly recommend sharing this appetizer with someone you love, but be warned, stealing the last piece of duck on that platter is grounds for divorce... For our entree we shared the Pork and Squab plate. The server brought out our entree already split, on two plates, which was a nice touch (especially for no extra charge!) The pork and the squab fought for the title of best bite. My wife and I still disagree on which was better. The plate was garnished with roasted romaine lettuce, chanterelle mushrooms, and a mix of corn pudding and corn bread. Do not miss this dish if you have the chance. For desert we sampled the cheese platter, and shared a chocolate souffle cake. Both of these deserts were good, but after that entree, honestly, everything is a blur...

    (5)
  • Rich C.

    I have waited so long to try Cure. Its not Country Kitchen buffet, folks. So the emphasis is on the complexity and richness of flavor. I will agree that the Salumi plate is worth getting for the varieties of flavor. The lardo was like Ricky from the trailer park boys explaining the merits of dipping bread heels in bacon grease. Mmm bacon. I enjoyed most of them thoroughly. I ordered the pork belly, which given my affinity for pork products, and particularly bacon, is not surprising. Best choice ever. It was a dense, and delicious hunk of meat. The flavors of the meat and the curing process were the emphasis, so there were no frivolous seasonings. A perfect, slightly tough crispy exterior which tasted exquisitely fatty and delicious with every bite. I took each bite very slowly to simply savor the flavor and it really did me a favor. I should have signed a waiver; "it was so good it hurt" is what I told the waiter. I should also tell you bout them taters, smokey and cheesy, I couldn't wait until later, too delicious and quite lascivious, I will return, ever epicurious.

    (5)
  • Sara C.

    For a place that uses a pig as a mascot, Cure had surprisingly few pork main dish choices. The salumi was good, but otherwise, I think their other dishes are extremely overpriced. Considering the area (yeah, yeah Lawrenceville is "hip" now...whatever), I'd have to say this place would have been better located somewhere closer to downtown...Especially due to the extreme parking issues... I've driven up 54th street nearly every day since Cure has been open and there's always a white car parked illegaly right on the corner in front of the restaurant - practically in the crosswalk. This atrocious parking job causes a LOT of traffic issues for residents trying to get in and out of that street because this car blocks traffic. I've had to back back into traffic numerous times because the road is too tight for two cars to get through. The person (i.e. a-hole) who keeps parking there has single-handedly lost any future business from me. /rant.

    (3)
  • Rosalind C.

    A serious wow. I had low expectations, because I'm not really a cured meat person. But a group wanted to go, and who was I to say no? So glad that I didn't. We started with the salumi starter plate, which was a really nice way to ease into the whole cured meat thing. Delicious! And good to share. We also shared a ramps dish, which was "eh" but given that ramps are in season for only three weeks a year, we had to try it. We also had the beef tartare and that was a solid thumbs up. Hubby tried one of their sausages, while I had their hanger steak. Normally, I am not a hanger steak kind of girl, but this really knocked it out of the ballpark. Perfectly cooked, great mix of flavors, super tender... I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it, and can't wait to go back. Sadly, I'd probably just have the same thing again. Service is good, and the atmosphere is a bit rustic industrial, like Salt, but more intimate. What a great addition to the Pittsburgh scene!

    (5)
  • Sharon F.

    With all of the great reviews that I read before I came here I definitely had high expectations and they were exceeded! We started with the large Salumi board and even though it was just the two of us I was glad that we got it because we were able to try all of the different varieties of cured meats. I was particularly fond of the lardo and the duck speck (possibly proscuitto). I was hoping for a duck entree, but since none were available we decided to split the squab and pork belly, and boy was I glad that we did. They split the entree for us without us requesting and even split I thought that the portion was good after the Salumi board. The squab was cooked to a perfect medium rare and the pork belly was delicious. My husband and I continue to disagree on this fact, but my favorite was the squab. The entree was accompanied by grilled romaine lettuce, cornbread, and corn pudding. For dessert we shared the cheese platter and the chocolate souffle cake. Both were good, but I really didn't notice after the amazing entree. I will definitely be back and can't wait to try some new things!

    (5)
  • Aaron M.

    Cure continually impresses. There is a reason that it was recognized as one of Bon Appetit magazine's top 50 new restaurants. One of my top two restaurants in Pittsburgh, I have never been less than completely impressed with any dish at Cure. Their foie blonde, a foie gras and chicken liver pate, is exceptional, and had my friend, who is a professional chef, literally in tears of joy. Of course, their house cured meats are the star, and every time I go there I order the large salumi board. Every item on the salumi board is phenomenal, so it is very difficult for me to choose any one favorite. In my many ventures to Cure, I have sampled their boudin blanc, hanger steak, duck confit, braised veal cheeks, pork belly gnocchi, and many other items. Quite frankly, every single dish has been wonderful. The atmosphere is unique. It is a small but charming restaurant with unique decor that is befitting of a restaurant that specializes in charcuterie. The only caution I have is that this is a meat place -- they frequently have vegetarian options, but the star of this restaurant is the way they do their meats. If you love meats, then I can't recommend Cure enough.

    (5)
  • Jeff G.

    A few friends and I checked this place out and loved it. The location is a bit random--way up in Lawrenceville--but otherwise I can see this place becoming a big hit in the Pittsburgh food scene. I forget what it was called, but the starter platter of all sorts of different meats was excellent and was plenty for the 5 of us. After that, shocker of shockers, we all got a good amount of meat. The preparation and focus on local food reminds me of a mix between Meat & Potatoes and Salt of the Earth...two of my favorite places in town. If you're looking to try something new, give this place a shot.

    (5)
  • Anne D.

    Amazing. I love his place. Fantastic salumi. Interesting and creative dishes. Great atmosphere. I love BYOB, which doesn't' mean just wine, you can bring any beverage you like. Knowledgeable, friendly, attentive staff. It is fun to sit at the chef's counter. I have been here twice, both times I was alone. The first time I had a duck and quail dish and an amazing flan, the second time I started with salumi and ended with pig cheek. Just loved it. I wish I could afford to eat here every week.

    (5)
  • Donna H.

    Cure is charming: the food is gorgeous and incredibly delicious, and everything is served in a relaxed, casual, even festive atmosphere that can almost make you forget that dinner for two will set you back a pretty penny. Is it worth it? If you want food that's both thoughtful and really well-prepared without an ounce of pretension, yes. I had the goat tartare, which was a great balance of sweet and sour, fresh and crunchy - yet surprisingly light, and my husband had what Cure was calling Spring, with morels and grilled ramps, along with pomegranate and a "slow egg." Both were delicious, and surprising, which I think is an important thing - when you're paying a premium and you're not at a steakhouse, you want the unexpected. Then, I took a risk and ordered the roast chicken with coffee and cracked wheat gnocchi - there was nothing ordinary about this chicken, and it came with more grilled ramps, and pickled cabbage, both delicious. My husband had the pork belly and squab, which was unctuous and tender - very decadent, and the sumac yogurt and falafel added sweet and crunchy textures that made the dish really special. You might be tempted to skip dessert after all that, but order the chocolate souffle, served with a savory pistachio puree and a balsamic reduction - topped with sea salt, it's sweet and unusual, just like Cure itself. By the time you read this, they should have a full bar - when we ate there on 4/21, it was the last night of BYOB.

    (5)
  • D D.

    What an amazing experience. The food was just so delicious. I would love to go here again, and again. The portion sizes are about what I expected. Not very large, but you go here for quality not quantity. If you frequent and enjoy places like Eat N Park, and Outback, this would not be the place to go. But if you prefer a great meal that is not mass produced I would certainly recommend Cure.

    (5)
  • Matthew L.

    I love any place that brings traditional meats cured to savory goodness. The menu has choices of small plates for sharing and entrees. If there is one dish that is a must try, it is the salumi. It is a board filled with every imaginable cured meat, cheese and lardo. Entrees are hearty and follow a farm to table theme. The restaurant is BYOB, so bring the booze if you want to pair. The place is small (and a bit loud) so make sure to make a reservation.

    (4)
  • Josie G.

    The food was delicious, especially the salumi plate. The ravioli had a too much foam for my taste, but everything else was delicious. The negative aspect was the service. I made reservations for my boyfriends birthday, and they did not seat us until an hour after our reservation time. They were also slow on water and taking our order, as well as getting us the check when we asked for it.

    (3)
  • Event L.

    Respectfully friendly service - what a nice encounter. More BYOB gastro-pub than restaurant since menu changes daily and is limited to about 8 entres or so. Cool appetizers. Since the emphasis is on meat, most plates seemed heavy winter-ized with sauces, creams, starch etc. Little if any lighter fare. Tasty trout, outstanding beef cheeks beautifully cooked with great sauce, novel pork choucroute (wurst-free and cole-slaw like). Advice: Book a table for when they open their doors and order all the appetizers for dinner. If you like the experience, return for an entre another time.

    (4)
  • Jarrett H.

    Stopped in Cure for their inaugural Sunday brunch, a $35/pp fixed course BYOB affair. I had heard much about Cure, but as I usually hang around vegetarians I had never been, so I was eager to see if it lived up to the hype. The restaurant is small and has a fairly casual interior. Mostly wood, with various butchering tools and hog paraphernalia lining the walls as decor. The music playing was good(a lot of Nirvana, among other things), but probably a little loud as it could be hard to hear over it at times. They had a small table set up for the self-serve drinks, with carafes of OJ for mimosas(or just drinking juice), and Clarion River Organics spicy bloody mary mix(with celery, pickled, asparagus, and a few other garnishes). After we arrived it took a while for a waiter to greet us, maybe because we were still staring at the (lone) menu at the table, but at some point it would have been nice to get a hello and a more detailed rundown of the options. We put in our order - there were 4 appetizer and 4 entree selections,and 3 desserts - smoked salmon, antipasti, and strawberry gazpacho for the appetizers, 2 hangar steaks & eggs, and a duck confit benedict for entrees, and one of each dessert(cheese board, chocolate souffle, and a lemon-rhubarb parfait). Simply put, the food was fantastic. Simple, but perfect, with amazing ingredients. I can't recall most of the names of the items on the antipasti plate, but I cleaned it with ease. The salmon also stood out, with the plate lined with Harissa yogurt making a perfectly balanced dish. The entrees too, were fantastic - the duck confit being the best I'd ever had(of the 2 or 3 times I've had it), all eggs being perfectly prepared, and the hangar steak being absolutely the best piece of red meat I've ever tasted, hands down. Dessert and coffee came out afterwards, again all were delicious, the souffle stood out as being particularly tasty, and the coffee was great too, served with a large hunk of brown sugar on the side for dipping to the correct amount. We chatted a bit with our waitress about the upcoming events(Hog butchering, an Italian BBQ, dinner with notion) - Cure holds them often, having a whole chalkboard full of over 10 for this summer. The whole meal took nearly 2 hours to complete, and I felt like we received plenty of food(in response to many people I've heard claiming they left hungry at dinner time). I'd definitely like try Cure for dinner, I think the food certainly lives up to the hype. They are still fairly new, so I believe they may still have some dining room kinks to work out, but definitely don't let that keep you from trying this awesome spot.

    (4)
  • Joe S.

    Cure was awesome. Really awesome. Salumi to start. These meat selections were perfect. Then local cheese, Taleggio with Hen of the woods (Reppin PA)! I ordered Choucroute, an outstanding pork dish, that i would go back for tonight. My wife had the butternut squash soup, which (debate-able...) might have even been better. Hands down best new spot in Pittsburgh. You can feel the SF Bay Area influence. Nice job Chef! See you again soon.

    (4)
  • Joan F.

    had dinner there last night. awesome experience. perfect vibe. the appetizer of sable was truly a hit. whereas the small Salumi board was underwhelming. would choose something else. In term of main courses we had the Meatballs, which had the best, bright kale with shaved cheese. and the shortribs which were perfect. my husband had the chocolate dessert which was made to perfection. the service as a bit off, as our waitress was missing for a bit, but the hostess jumped in and helped. Highly recommended, one very memorable meal.

    (5)
  • My D.

    Thoroughly impressed. Kudos to the chef! Let me preface this by saying I'm a huge fan of cured meats/fish, pate, foie gras, etc. so this place was a must as soon as I found out about it. And always a plus, it's a BYOB! The atmosphere was relaxing and quaint. Service was prompt and friendly. I liked the rustic feel of the menu on a chalkboard as well as on the wooden clipboard they provide. Be forewarned that the menu is also very meat-centric. But also be aware that the chef will gladly fire up some vegetarian options upon request. For the starters: The salumi was outstanding and a must-have. The smoked trout was delightful and had just the right amount of smokiness as to not overwhelm the palate. The golden carrot soup...well...let me just say as a self-proclaimed soup connoisseur, I was elated with this soup. Every element went so well together. Sweet, savory, creamy, meaty from the venison chorizo, crispy from the sunchokes and kale. Just a perfect combination of flavors and textures. For entrees: The foie gras boudin blanc was utterly delightful. The Sausage had just the right amount of crunch in the casing, and a perfect combination of meatiness and creaminess in the actual sausage. It came with melted leeks, apples, mustard, and bearnaise. If there's something I can't emphasize enough, it's my love of the sweet and savory flavor profiles. Cure does it well. I also can't fail to mention the duck confit. The meat was succulent and juicy, the skin was crispy. Just like how duck should be. Overall, the meal was excellent and the overall experience was great too. I will definitely be coming back for more!

    (5)
  • Kelly L.

    As a recent emigrant to Pittsburgh I feel quite lucky that I chose to reside in the same Upper Lawrenceville neighborhood as Cure. I've been here for a little over a month but have already visited Cure twice, and not because it is within walking distance. Here you can order anything off the menu no matter how startling it may sound and be assured that it will be delicious. For example, at my last visit, I had the duck heart with foie gras croquettes and duck leg confit. I twirled the small heart through the cherry custard and brioche puree accompanying and felt like an evil Disney Queen as I devoured it. yummers. We also always order a bottle of Pittsburgh Seltzer. Although it's just carbonated tap water it's fun to use the old-fashioned seltzer bottles and it adds an extra layer of fancy to our meal. For both of visits our deserts contained pistachio butter sauce, which is 1 million times better than peanut butter and haunts my dreams nightly.

    (5)
  • Katie K.

    Who gave this less than 5 stars? Element's chef branches off on his own in a beautifully designed space in Larryville. I couldn't be happier about it. Elements was pretentious ...this place is like your friend is an amazing chef who will be making some wonderful food for you. Even the dish that didn't suit my palate (my dinnermates loved it) was still awesome. A few things we could not stop eating involved rabbit, tartare, and both of the lovely 'exotic' dinner choices. I don't think this chef can stomach mediocre, and it shows all the way to your table.

    (5)
  • Jessica B.

    MEAT! Meat meat meat meat meat. Guess what they have here? And it is fantastic. The salumi with rabbit! I'd actually, despite being an adventurous-ish eater (maguey caterpillars FTW), never had rabbit. And so, yeah, the rabbit liver portion of the plate was a little... difficult... for me not because of the taste but because don't you think their little livers must be just so cute? But this was an outstanding salumi plate. Then the trout with beets made me think maybe trout is not so bad. The crispy pork belly with the choucroute entree: crispy and melty-fatty and just exactly the kind of thing you wish you could have every day except that it would stop being special but it would still be SO GOOD. But, oh, it's the beef cheeks. Eat the beef cheeks. I'm telling you right now. Don't expect a vegetable to play a leading role, or even a co-starring role. Vegetables are mere walk-ons: useful and complementary, but not the point. Don't come with your vegan friend. Don't come with your vegetarian friend either. Do come with a bottle of wine (or beer, you know. whatever.) BYO. Quibbles: the service was not yet polished, and the reservations seemed to get a little screwy. But it was the very first night of table service and the lack of polish is made up for with friendliness. The fact that the website is only half finished is a tiny bit frustrating. And the complete lack of any kind of information on hours anywhere except on an as-the-time-arises basis on FB is a total bummer.

    (4)
  • Matt D.

    Go to Cure now, while you can still get in. It will certainly make it into Pittsburgh's top 10 restaurants in the near future. The atmosphere is great, and feels just like a trendy restaurant in the middle of NYC. The staff was fantastic, very friendly. The apps and entrees are creative and delicious. For apps, our table ordered the salumi and cheese plates, as well as the carbonara ravioli. The carbonara sauce was amazing - unbelievably light and smooth, with small pieces of crunchy bacon and peas tossed in. For dinner, I ordered the duck entree, and haven't had a better duck dish in a long, long time. My favorite aspect of the dish was the knotweed, which I had not had before. It was slightly bitter and sweet, and was grilled perfectly. I'm looking forward to returning soon, especially for one of Cure's special events. (Also, when you go to the bathroom, you get a great look at the kitchen. Bonus!)

    (5)
  • Kimberly R.

    I'm not the best person to review this restaurant, but I will say a few things. I am a vegetarian, but went because my fiance wanted to try it. When we arrived I asked the server if the chef could make me something without meat. The chef made a lovely little starter plate with potatoes and fresh spring onions, cooked with sauces and spreads. Its was quite good. For my main the chef made falafel, again with special sauces and spreads. I was pretty impressed since these things are not on the menu! I liked when we went because the restaurant was BYOB, and had a 5$ corkage. But they have since been granted a liquor license now sell their own. I believe you can still BYOB but the corkage is a bit more.

    (3)
  • Bryan N.

    Excellent as always. I would have preferred to sit at a table, but I called too late and we sat at the bar. The bartender was very helpful and gave us a couple of tastes of his favorite vodkas and gin. The salumi plate was top notch--my favorite being the chorizo-like paste. We also had the lightly fried pig skins, which were a great accompaniment for the salumi. For dinner I had the sea bass. Although it was very tasy with a cauliflower sauce, it was heavier than I anticipated. My bad because most fo the dishes here tend to be on the heavier side. P.S. The oysters on the half shell were about as fresh as I have ever had.

    (5)
  • Megan H.

    If I'm going to break New Year's resolutions I'm certainly glad I did it here. First off, I went on their first regular dinner service night. Normally - I wouldn't write a review on that...I'm an understanding, forgiving person. But really, service was awesome, and they are running like a well oiled machine. I've been on a no carb, no dairy, no sugar diet - so maybe anything ANYTHING I put in my mouth would be amazing - but I think this was better than that. Our fun three-some started with the Salumi plate and the Cheese plate (technically a dessert - but shutttupp) I like when something is served with the description ... 'this is Justin's prosciutto" When I grow up I want to have something of mine introduced that way. {this is Megan's Powerpoint...doesn't have the same ring} I can't remember all the cheeses - but I LIKED them. and they were served with prunes in brandy, honey, and some other stuff that rocked. In addition to the prosciutto were about 4-5 other rocking meats - pate de campaigner (my french is off), mortadella, and some other stuff. All awesome. Then, THEN... The butternut squash soup. Rarely am I impressed with presentation, but this delivered. All three of us ordered it.... They brought three shallow bowls out - that did not contain soup. they included a link of goat sausage (grilled and sliced), a larger-than-a-dollop of goat cheese, fried kale, and maybe some fried garlic cloves. Then, THEN... they had a tea kettle filled with the soup that they poured over the previously mentioned deliciousness. Wow. it was good. (the sausage may have been heavy on the lavender seasoning, but that is parallel to me saying Michelangelo was heavy handed on the sistine chapel) Then there were entrees. I'm going to assume these will probably change on a semi-regular basis, but what we had tonight was awesome. We were already full. And by this point the euphoria of dairy and carbs had worn off. But the 3 of us shared a Pork shoulder/pork cheek entree as well as a chicken entree. Both were awesome. I won't do them justice. So beyond the food, it is a small restaurant - with about 6-8 tables and a bar at the kitchen. It's cozy and welcoming. It's byob. My friend thinks the lighting in the open kitchen is harsh - I think it makes the kitchen the star. Go, you won't be disappointed.

    (4)
  • Ted W.

    This place is fucking fantastic. Please remember to bring a bottle of wine (or six) equal to the experience you are looking for. Champagne or a bottle of good scotch might not be a bad idea either. The menu is seasonal and isn't afraid to change completely. That's right the menu is a living thing and does what it wants. The chef is personable and involved. He brings food to the table and makes small talk. And also, he's really good at cooking things. If you don't like rich, fatty, delicious food, you should go somewhere else. If you want the best meal in Pittsburgh, there's a chance you'll find it here. If you find it somewhere else, call me.

    (5)
  • Sarah A.

    This place is OUTSTANDING! It's not for everyone though! First of all, it is definitely not for vegetarians, and secondly it isn't for non-adventurous eaters! Cure serve extremely creative small plates and entrees, with high quality ingredients! They change their menu very frequently and always have something exciting to try! The best part is that it's BYOB so you get to spend your money on trying more dishes! I highly recommend making a reservation in advance especially if you plan to go on a Friday or Saturday night. My friend has this interesting metric in evaluating restaurants which is (How would this place do if it was in NYC?). Using my friend's metric, I would say Cure will be a 5 stars restaurant even in NYC ;)

    (5)
  • Daniel R.

    My wife arranged a dinner at Cure Saturday night for a group of 8. Condiering this was only their third weekend open, Bravo! First, let me say Celine and I are a fan of Justin Severino from his time at Element. Greatly appreciate his curing abilities and culinary palate. Everyone at the table did a tasting menu. It wasn't planned that way, but after the salumi platter of his cured delicacies, then a polenta dish of savory cheese, pancetta and quick fried kale, Justin had us hooked. We all decided to just let him prepare our meal. Next came his sunchoke soup. I do not recall each ingredient, but the only word to express the table's agreed upon description, sublime. Folowing was a the evenings, fish selection, walleye pike. This wasnt the thin pike fillets you find at your grocer. It's crispy skin and succulent flesh were complimented by the bordelaise and hollandaise sauces, served with smoked potatoes and sugary carmelized shallots. The roast rib of pork was juicy and tender, and his cassoulet was to die for, with the flavors of boudin blanc, chicken, and duck vying for attention in the delicious broth full of canneloni beans. Too bad to say, we could not find room for desert or the cheese selection. I greatly appreciate the fact that Cure only offers a handful of appetizers, and four entree selections. This assures the diner of getting only the freshest ingredients on hand and the chef's personal attention to detail. Saturday night was Cassoulet, Beef Cheeks, Pork rib roast, and walleye pike. something for everyone. The corkage fee is reasonable. The wait staff was impressively trained for such a new restuarant. The manager Sarah should also be commended for the smooth operation of this new gem to our city. The only reason I did not give Cure a 5th star, was the music. An incredible selection of tunes but too loud for a 50 year old with some hearing issues. (probalbly a result of listening to most of the music played that evening too loud in college) I cant wait to return.

    (4)
  • Jamie C.

    Did the chefs tasting last night so creative food was great. Cool spot, chef is a great guy I'll be going back for sure. BYOB !

    (4)
  • Michael E.

    Easily one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh. All very fine, local products regularly changing and exciting. From the meatball to the sausage soup poured table side it's hard to know how they'll rotate the menu, but if you think you'll like it, get one, because it'll be gone soon. This is one we'll keep coming back to to as I'm sure something new is being served!

    (5)
  • Maren V.

    My parents were in this weekend visiting from Chicago and I thought that would be the perfect opportunity to FINALLY try Cure... a worthy match-up against the feasts they are privy to on a regular basis in a city with many more culinary offerings. It didn't take any convincing when I told them that it was named by Bon Appetit as one of the top 50 new restaurants in the US this year AND of course features meat, meat, and more meat. Plus, I have been quite the salivating green-eyed monster ever since my boyfriend ate here over the summer, which I sadly missed due to being away on a free beach vacation (i know, life is rough around these parts). Anyway, it definitely lived up to its expectations. If anyone doesn't feel like reading the long descriptions ahead, the one thing that you need to know about Cure is that literally every bite you will eat there is packed with the most amazingly rich and well thought-out flavors you could imagine. Go there. Now. Read on for ramblings cause I like to re-live my meals through reviews. We started with the large salumi platter. Our waitress took the time to carefully go through each component on the board to tell us what we would be sampling. After one bite I completely forgot everything she said, but it was okay because I didn't care what I was eating I just knew it was delicious. Three of the four of us shared the platter, while my mom opted for a beet salad. While I would typically always choose meat over vegetables, I have to say that the salad was also amazing. There were beets that were smoked, roasted, and pickled along with some kind of foam (pear maybe?), blue cheese something or other, and a hazelnut brittle with the nuts burnt just a little bit for a deep and earthy flavor. YUM. As for the salumi plate, my dad, boyfriend, and i had no problem devouring everything on it. And then came the entrees. I don't think I have ever spoken so few words in one meal I was so preoccupied with what was on my plate. I ordered the squab, which came served with a rosemary something or other sausage over spiced red cabbage and a butternut squash sauce with vanilla and orange in it with smoked walnuts. Every bite I took of this dish I just wanted to keep eating more and more. Each part of it was amazing on its own, but combined brought me to a spiritual place- the holy trinity of food right there on my plate. I could go on and on about the food but I will stop myself. I will share that the entrees around the rest of the table were equally as good-- boyfriend got a tagine of goat with red currants and amazingness, dad got gnocci with tripe and sausage, and mom got veal cheeks with pork belly and crispy kale. We were all stuffed by dessert but based on the rest of the meal decided we had to order it anyway (of course). We shared a super tasty creamed ricotta something or other and a dark chocolate souffle with pistachio butter topped with sea salt. I usually don't care about dessert, but I could eat nothing but that cake all day every day and be a happy girl. Again, I am not sure if I mentioned but the entire meal was AMAZING. That combined with the BYOB with reasonable corkage fee (I think $3 a bottle) and there is no reason to go anywhere else, really. I think I spent just as much trying to enjoy a mediocre meal plenty of other places around the Burgh (won't name those places here will just have to conjure up some reviews for them). Only one complaint at all- and that is that the restaurant is VERY loud. Our table of four was small enough that, while a bit strained at times, we could hear one other, but any larger of a group and we would have been forced into that awkward situation where you have 2 or 3 mini conversations going on and someone that one person at the middle of the table can't figure out which conversation they are supposed to be part of and spends the evening wasting mental energy trying to keep up with what happened on the Kardashians this week to the left and why we should all be glad Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson didn't have any children on the right with some talk about the fact that Paul Ryan looks kind of like Gabe from the Office straight ahead-- it can all become so exhausting that you forget how good the food is!

    (5)
  • Alan B.

    While this is one of my favorite restaurant spaces in Pittsburgh (reclaimed wood, intimate, with the elevated kitchen on display), and the waitstaff is some of the best in the city, Cure never really knocks it out of the park for me. Obviously the chef is a great butcher and knows his way around cured meats. But I felt like the rest of the plates didn't bring much to the table. So much attention is paid to the meat that the rest of the dishes seem lacking. I've been there three times now, and I struggle to remember anything I've eaten, other than the cured meat platter, which is excellent. Also, I know it's a meat heavy place (it says it in the name), but a few vegetarian options other than a salad would be nice. The current fad for everything pork-related is nice for us meat-eaters, but if I'm going out with a vegetarian friend, I won't be coming to Cure. Why limit your patrons like that? Again, it's clear that the chef and entire staff are committed to this place, which is a rarity in Pittsburgh. Maybe I've made bad menu choices but I always go wanting to be blown away and always leave underwhelmed.

    (3)
  • Nancy G.

    we went to cure after it first opened & weren't that impressed. since it had been a while, &, since they've had so many accolades, we figured, give it a second try. i made reservations for 6:30. the place was PACKED to capacity when we arrived. the was not a table for us. we were told to go down the street to the allegheny wine bar, it'd be about 30 mins., they'd call us when our table was ready. 50 mins. later, we were told to come back. why take reservations if i still have to wait an hour??? this time there were at least a few empty tables. we didn't even get our coats off, & the waitress was there, tossing the menus on the table, & then she was gone. when she finally came back, she asked if we knew what we wanted. not hello, good evening. not would you like something to drink, or here are the specials. just wadda ya want? they used to be byob. they still are, but now they have a "bar" as well-4 stools in front of 4-5 foot long top, with 1 side up against the wall. basically, if you're skinny, you'll be ok sitting there. if you're like a normal person, well, you may have to hold on for dear life if you're on the end. as a red wino, i found the selection limited. we ordered the large salumi, beef tartare & the pork belly confit. when they came to the table, we were looking for more! the food was good, not exceptional. & there just wasn't enough. when we asked the waitress if we could have the crab fondue made without the grapefruit because of med interaction, she quickly told us no, there was no way to take it out. so much for more food. we got dessert-i got the chocolate soufflé, tom the crème brulee. as dessert lovers, we were not impressed. i felt the pistachio cream was too much for the soufflé. we left still hungry. actually stopped on the way home & got some burgers! we won't go back a third time.

    (2)
  • T S.

    The food was very good, but would it kill them to put more than 2 tiny tomatoes on an entree plate, given the absence of salad or any other veggies?? Maybe I'm just an un-hipster, but I just don't get this trend in dining. Wine was disappointing and very expensive - $75 for a mediocre bottle:( Forgot to mention that our table had the distinct feeling that the waitstaff thought we were all in kindergarten. They spoke to us in a quasi-baby talk and pointed out each morsel of food on our plate while explaining what it was. Guess that is also considered "hipster", but we just called it awkward.

    (3)
  • David W.

    The huff and irritated sigh that I was greeted with when calling Cure an hour before my reservation sums up this place: Snooty and pretentious with no reason to be. I simply wanted to clarify their BYOB or full bar status, which did seem to be a legitimate question. The young lady on the other end of the phone clearly did not agree. "Sir, we've had a fully stocked bar for months now" she blurted at me in the snarkiest of snarky tones. Their idea of a fully stocked bar was three gins and three vodkas I'd never heard of before (and my name is not Clampett) and $12 for a gin-tonic. Plus a draft beer system that "hasn't worked since we put it in." Full bar!! Food? Not even worth mentioning. The owner and staff clearly expect us to be impressed and fall at their feet for the mere fact that they breathe while I expect to be treated with -- oh maybe the slightest hint of -- human kindness and sincerity. Not here. And I'm sure not ever. I will continue to venture to upper Lawrenceville to dine at Pusadee's Garden (best thai food in the city and best outdoor dining space) across the street, and I will dance a little jig in Butler Street the day I see this place shuttered.

    (1)
  • Bethany H.

    This is as good as it gets. Reinventing the wheel for sure. My boyfriend and I had a date night here tonight before catching the Pirates game. They won 2-1, nice save Hammer! We had the beef tartar and the asparagus to start. The beef was excellent, everything that I would want to taste ever, all in one bite... Excellent. The asparagus was very good. My boyfriend had the risotto and I had the duck which were both grand slams. The risotto was with some sort of cheese we can't remember, braised pork shoulder and crispy kale.. So yummy. My duck was cooked med-rare (perfectly) skin on and crispy with pok choy and I think quinoa. There was also a celery sauce with smashed apricots. We split the strawberry, rhubarb, and lemon curd orgasmic perfection for dessert, enough said there. There were a lot of different flavors but it was never overwhelming. All around very very yummy. BYOB definitely a plus. We made it outa there with a 5 star meal in our bellies for around 80 bucks before tip, and very full. The service was great too, they seem to share a lot of the responsibilities and everyone cares about you. Our server Gretchen, also let us know about their brunch menu which is $35 a person and offers your choice of a starter a main and a dessert. Plus they supply OJ and bloody Mary mix. They also let us know about their pig carving demonstration/ dinner nights. Very cool idea for foodies and we will be going to one of these after eating here. I would and will definitely recommend this place to the people who are advenurous with food.

    (5)
  • Lulu S.

    Very nice place and definitely a spot I will be returning to when I am next in Pittsburgh. A group of 4 of us went on a weeknight, food was great and service was very friendly. *The* most amazing duck ever, cooked perfectly and had a bit of a smoky flavor to it, sooo good. I also really enjoyed the Foie Blonde starter.

    (4)
  • Jon L.

    Four for dinner, 6:00 pm, Sat. evening, 3rd try at a reservation. Pretty quite when we walked in, but soon the place was full. Our waitress was efficient and very friendly. During the course of our meal we had three people attend to us. As others here, we started with the large salumi. Very interesting and a great start. Between us we had trout, pork cheeks, pork trotters, and beef. Pretty presentations, interesting ingredients. And all were quite tasty. Deductions: our great waitress rushed us with our appetizer, taking it before we had finished it. Really. Had we lingered too long on this wonderful meat? From then on we were self-conscious about the time and wondering when we might again be pushed. We weren't, but it took a little shine off the experience.

    (4)
  • Jonathan B.

    Horrendous Service. Never visting this place again. Yes my friends and I were 10-15 minutes late for reservation. We called 20 minutes beforehand to say we would be down 2 to the reservation and would be ten minutes late. We came in, purchased appetizers, entrees, dessert, and opened 3 bottles of wine and 4 bottles of beer (each beer bottle cost $3 to cork, talk about overpriced!). Closing in on two hours and 15 minutes, we were told we needed to leave soon because we had spent too much time. Finishing up our remaining glasses, we were quickly told "sorry, we need this table. you need to leave." Isn't that restaurant no-no number 1? Never ask patrons to leave? How sad. I've never had this happen to me in any previous restaurant experience. After getting out of our table, my roommate went to a friend who happened to be visiting at another table and stated "feel free to tip as little as you want, they just kick you out". Yeah, not the BEST thing to say, but come on, his statement would have never occurred had they not rudely asked us to leave. After that, the manager told the owner how "rude" we were being, and he came over to tell us to leave. He said he was sorry, but that he had to side with his manager. Funny enough he finished his statement with "the big one was being rude" (side note- in any outing I will always be pinned as the "big one") when I was doing nothing, merely laughing in the corner because I'm a sucker for horrendously awkward situations. At this point another friend was talking to a different friend (hope you're not lost yet, and you've made it all the way down here!) about how good the food was, when the owner said "you need to leave, stop talking to them." When my friend protested he was only catching up with a friend and telling him about the food, the owner responded with "you need to leave now". Dang, where did common courtesy go? Eventually we left, but not without a sour taste in my mouth. I wrote on their Facebook wall and how disgusted I was at how we were treated. And guess what. Within five minutes I was banned and my comment deleted (talk about service! maybe they needed that in their own establishment). Overall thoroughly disappointed with how the whole situation was treated. PS- Salt of the Earth is better. Just saying...

    (1)
  • Andrew H.

    Outstanding. Aside from the sketchy side of Lawrenceville that it resides, Cure offers 5 star service, ambiance, presentation, and food. Every plate has many elements -- the meat, sauces, complementing sides -- that take individual care. From the outside it doesn't look like much, but as soon as you walk in, you will not regret it. Ambiance somewhat reminds me of Meat&Potatoes -- casual atmosphere with a focus on quality food highlighting meat. The all wood decor and open kitchen are nice features. It also is BYOB. Service exceeds anything you'd expect from a casual ambiance. There are many waiters/waitresses, all were not only very amicable and prompt, but genuine. My glass of water never reached empty despite frequent imbibing. Already impressed, I was amazed by the food and presentation. Portion size has been commented on before, but I felt that it was just right. You won't be stuffed, but when it's what you should expect when you see the menu pricing prior to entering. The large Salumi was many cured meats on a wooden plank. By no means a cured-meats connoisseur, I can't compare it to anything else but to say that I enjoyed it. Naturally salty, I wish there would have been more bread. Nevertheless, I enjoyed all the different varieties offered. It was definitely good to try, but I'm not sure it's worth $27 every time. The pork tenderloin and pork belly main course was heavenly. Cooked medium, the tenderloin was pink on the inside and incredibly juicy. On the other side of the plate was the pork belly --- between here and Eleven, the two best pork bellies I have ever eaten. While Eleven is heavy on the pepper crust and gives off some spice, this pork belly is a large portion and not as heavily seasoned. I can't decipher the seasoning, but it had the perfect crunch on the outside and the inside melts in your mouth like butter. In between the tenderloin and belly is a medley of vegetables -- mostly sauerkraut and apples -- that offered a nice complement to the meat. At $27/28, the price matches the quality. The desserts, though a tad expensive at $9 each, were unique. Dark chocolate souffle cake was wondrously light yet chocolate-y. The pistachio sauce was incredible by itself and even better when eaten with the cake. The pear tart took dessert to another level. Delicious alone, the tart was encircled by a ring of homemade whipped cream, and sabayon. If Cure makes sabayon like it is made on Chopped by hand whipping eggs for 10 minutes to make a light custard, I am even more impressed. Not cheap, but not a meal that is easily replicated.

    (5)
  • Adrianne B.

    I have been wanting to try Cure for a long time now and it did not disappoint! The atmosphere is very unique and laid back. The drink menu matched the atmosphere. I am not a huge fan of red meat - so I did go against the grain and had fish which was delicious. We did share a cured meat appetizer which gave me a good sampling of all that this restaurant had to offer. I will be going back here for sure and will actually get a steak.

    (4)
  • Lisa R.

    My foodie best friend and I visited Cure as a birthday celebration and were not disappointed. The cocktails were STRONG...but I'm not a connosieur of whiskey or bourbon, so I can't really rate them on taste. Presentation however..spectacular. We arrived for a 7:00 reservation and were seated promptly. It was a packed house, but our waitress was very attentive and we didn't feel crowded or rushed at all. We ordered the small salumi appetizer as well as the mesclun salad, and both were delicious. The mesclun salad was by far our favorite, with the roasted beets, whipped chevre and peanut brittle, it was a unique change of pace from the typical summer salad. We split the main entrée "gluttony of pork" and used words like "wow" "what is this?" and "OMG" after every bite. The flavors were amazing, the pork was prepared perfectly, and it was just delicious. To complete our dining experience we tried the dark chocolate cake and the cheese plate. The dark chocolate cake was delicious, but not that original really, and the same goes for the cheese plate. Both were delicious, but not necessary for a great experience. I'd go back in a heartbeat, and am thrilled to have a restaurant like Cure to provide different culinary experiences for adventurous Pittsburghers!

    (4)
  • John G.

    The most amazing meal I've had in a while. The duck confit with smoked walnuts was the most incredible meal I've ever had. The charcuterie is also fantastic.

    (5)
  • Wise C.

    You could classify my wife and I as total foodies. To be honest, I realty don't see the attraction to this place. They recently acquired a liquor license and the corkage fee is $15. The $30 cured meat sampler is average at best when compared to the cured meats offered in wine country on the west coast.

    (2)
  • j m.

    Went with my wife on a Wednesday night. Nice space, but pretty tight with the tables. Our server was great. She explained the menu nicely, and she was courteous and professional with the BYOB wine service. The menu is unique, for sure. We ordered the tartare appetizer which had great flavors. I still prefer a more traditional tasting steak tartare, but it was a great effort. The portion was a bit small for sharing. We also ordered the salad which was delicious. It was really well done, but it didn't have any particular signature "Cure" influence about it. The chicken egg, perhaps, was the unique item. Again, we really enjoyed the taste. My wife ordered the hangar steak. Everything about the dish was great. She really enjoyed the flavors. I had the Pork (three ways), which was a bit of a mess. The pork pieces themselves were well done, especially the belly confit. The problem was all of the extra sauces and purees which created a messy presentation and made it difficult to eat. I would not choose to order this dish again in this manner, though the belly confit was great. I was wavering between 3-4 stars, but the BYOB pushed me over the edge. It is a unique spot to go. I wouldn't go with sky high expectations, but you should be treated to a nice, adventurous meal. Almost forgot, we had the Dark Chocolate Souffle Cake. My wife loved it, but that is right up her alley as she loves dark chocolate and peanut butter.

    (4)
  • Bob J.

    Loved it. Great food. Quality ingredients. Fantastic service. Friendly place.

    (5)
  • Teresa T.

    I had psyched myself up too much for Cure that I walked away thinking that it was just okay in terms of food. Service was fabulous though; and Cure is BYOB ($3 corkage fee per person). We had two meat and cheese platters which were delicious but I was turned off by the lardo. One of the staff members of Cure came by to rave about the lardo and I guess we just have different palates... As for an entree I had the pork belly which was good (I ate all of it) but not memorable in terms of flavors. We had the chocolate souffle w/ pistachio for dessert which i thought was good too and I am not a big fan of chocolate-y desserts. Another plus on Cure was that we definitely lingered at our table after we paid the bill and weren't forced out. The price was a little bit much for what I thought it was. A place worth trying if you're a newbie but I do not think I will be back.

    (3)
  • Gabriel M.

    A very good restaurant in a nice up-and-coming neighborhood. Will be 5 stars when they have a bar. I would make a menu suggestion, but it seemed like they change it frequently (which I like). Obviously pork themed, and they did not disappoint. Also they had a chestnut soup that tasted like fall. I love it when food can be impressionistic. They focus on locally grown food which was definitely apparent in the food. Everything just tasted fresh.

    (4)
  • Sarah C.

    Absolutely love this place! Never a bad experience. Chef Justin Severino & his staff our very welcoming. the food is out of this world good! I live next door & own a business a few blocks down. I have seen CURE & Justin grow into what they are today. All I can say is well deserved!

    (5)
  • Dan C.

    I went in with high expectations and Cure exceeded them. The food and service was wonderful. You can really appreciate the passion behind the food. After sharing the small Salumi plate (more than enough for two), I had the hanger steak and my wife had the duck confit. Both were excellent and were prepared with many different elements (like something deconstructed) that you can experiment with to find your favorite combination of flavors. The hanger steak was probably the best I've ever had. I really enjoyed the little fluffy truffle parmesan churros, a very nice compliment to the meat. The duck confit was just as delicious, especially the foie that came in the jar. Luckily we left enough room for dessert because it was so delicious. A wonderful meal. Other than the food my other favorite part was bringing our own bottle of wine and only paying a small corkage fee. I wish more restaurants did this (charging way less than $25 for a corkage fee).