Poor food can't be saved by good service. I took my girlfriend to the Hot Metal Grille a few weeks ago for dinner and was very dissapointed. I ordered the grouper with vanilla bean rice and a side of the mac and cheese. Let's start with the Grouper. The skin was rubbery as though broiled and not seared as described. Cooking fish with skin on is usually done so as to crisp the skin, not leave it rubbery. The macaroni and cheese was like eating shells with cream sauce. Little to no cheese flavor was there. There were maybe 3 or 4 other couples there and they were not busy, so the service was excellent. The food, however, was awful, especially for what I paid. Save yourself the trip and go around the corner to Tusca for a great meal and great presentation.
Great food and drinks on my visit.... From out of town and just visited restaurant. I found the menu inventive and diverse, not sure why others thought otherwise. I had the grouper with vanilla rice and citrus salad and really enjoyed it, good portions and nice presentation. I also enjoyed the wine list and the prices were very reasonable, not gouged like at some local places. My friend had the roast chicken and said it was wonderful, as were the nice amount of Brussels? sprouts that came with it. We had great desserts, Carrot and cranberry cake and orange-ancho flan that were not the ordinary from the box sweets you get at a lot of places these days! I'll definitely be telling all that go to Pittsburgh to give this place a visit.
Poorly prepared and ridiculously overpriced. I had not been to Hot Metal Grille since last summer ('06) and previously enjoyed the food quite a bit. The menu has changed, however, and it was definitely a change for the worse. The dinner menu contains no entree salads and offers very little variety. I had the Seared Tuna, and there was so much connective tissue in the 4 tiny pieces of tuna that I couldn't even cut some of it with my knife. The rice was barely cooked and had an unpleasant taste, as did my friends vegetable side on his Catfish plate. We got our bread about 2 minutes before our entrees were served, not because it was forgotten, but because it was "still not ready". There were only 3-4 tables of patrons this Saturday evening, and the CD player skipped all night long. All this for about $100 (three people with three drinks, 1 appetizer, and 3 entrees). Definitely avoid this place!
Terrible and overpriced. My boyfriend and I went to this restaurant and had a terrible meal. First, the meals were completely overpriced (averaged about $18 per person) and were totally unoriginal. Everything we ate was either fried or covered in barbeque sauce, which is strange because we ordered a "Hangar Steak" and a piece of Mahi-Mahi. There was NOBODY in the restaurant, which should have tipped us off. Do not eat here unless you want to feel completely disappointed when you leave.
Hot Metal Grille is "Hot Item" in Pittsburgh!. As a frequent diners at some of the top restaurants in the Hamptons (The Palm, Gordon's, Gosman's etc.), My wife and I have each developed a discriminating palette. The meal that we had at the Hot Metal Grille was quite possibly one of the best. The dinnerware was perfectly suited for, not only the dining room's decor, but for the presentation of the meal itself. The staff was friendly and somehow arrived at our table when we needed them and conveniently stayed away when we didn't. Luckily, there were no french fires in our salads as I have read in other reviews, our appetizers were large and very tasty (I recommend the stuffed Portobelo caps). The pasta with filet tips was out of this world - they were tender and lacked the over-seared coating that is usually indicative of preparing small cuts of meat. Saltiness and over use of butter was not included in our dining experience at all - in fact, we did not detect an over use nor an under use of any seasonings. The decor was well thought out and creative with the theme carrying thru the handsome and clean restroom facilities. The restaurant was not overly crowded so we did not notice a problem with the noise but could imagine, because of the layout of the main dining area, that it may have the tendency to become rather loud. My only regret was that I did not have room for dessert (a true sign of an appetizing meal!). I could not recommend this restaurant more highly. "Away with the Nay-Sayers - Hooray for the Hot Metal Grille" !!
Hope you like salt and butter.
This restaurant was my first experience to the seemingly standard Pittsburgh dining experience. Overpriced entrees that don't taste like much.
On the surface, the atmosphere of Hot Metal is nice, the dining room is handsome, but it goes downhill from there. I ordered a pasta dish; the primary ingredients aside from the pasta were butter and salt. I've never had such an unpleasant meal in all of my life. This dish was THE SALTIEST meal I've ever eaten in a restaurant. I must mention that before the entree was served, I was brought a salad that looked wonderful. No nasty iceberg lettuce or big chunks of tasteless hothouse beefsteak tomatoes in sight. However, I did not realize that there were piping hot french fries underneath a thin layer of lettuce. These wonderfully hot fries did an excellent job of turning my salad into a plateful of wilted mush. I realize that this is Pittsburgh and nearly everyone here has a boner for french fries on their salads, but when serving a dinner salad at a what appears to be an upscale restaurant, it would be nice if it were noted on the menu that your salad was going to get the yinzer treatment. I mean, this isn't The O for God's sake.
Good Food and Handicapped Accessible.
My wife, son and I stopped at the HMG on a beautiful Saturday night. We were immediately seated in the side courtyard. Without prompting, the hostess removed a seat so my son could maneuver his wheelchair up to the table. While the HMG isn't a tapas bar per se, we felt like eating light and ordered a number of appetizers. First, what to drink??? Regrettably they don't carry any Sherries, so we settled on a half pitcher of white sangria. It was tremendous, a slight hint of curacao, apple and lemon. It is very drinkable so be careful. (For 3, the half pitcher offers 3 nice glasses. We ended up ordering a second)
We began with a plate of the marinated olives. These pitted olives; black, manzanilla, kalamata and nicosia (?) had been steeped in different marinades. The best olive plate we've found in Pittsburgh. The seared scallops with sesame ginger noodles were nicely seared and yet not over cooked. We also had the bruschetta (without the shrimp)-the red pepper pesto is great! Our final order was the blackened shrimp cocktail. It came with a nice portion of tequila guacamole as a bedding for the 5 cooked to perfection large shrimp. Service was very good without being intrusive. Total bill $55.
What really impressed me was the General Manager. I was escorting my son to the bathroom (he can't open the door) and the GM saw us. He knew exactly where we were heading but insisted on showing us with a "follow me." I wanted to see how helpful he was and asked him if he would see to opening the door when my son was ready to return to the table. No problem...he flagged a busboy and instructed him to be available in a few minutes. This is a first! I understand this manager has been on board a few weeks. Well, he understands the needs of all his patrons and my family and I will definitely go back there. The entire restaurant is on one floor, has wide aisles and clean, ADA compliant bathrooms. And great white sangria!
very disappointed. I dont know where the people in the first review ate but it sure wasnt the same Hot Metal Grille we ate at. The appetizers were overpriced. The rolls were stale. The salad was small, although the dressing was very good. I also had the tenderloins with lump crabmeat. The folks that got the penney sized portion of the crabmeat were lucky. I had about 4 shards of crabmeat that defied any possible explanation of taste. The potatoes and vegetables were tasteless. I left them on my plate. My husband had the shrimp and scallops with angel hair pasta in a white sauce. He got 3 small shrimp and 3 scallops in the dish. The sauce on the angel hair was runny and tasteless also. He said it tasted like carnation evaporated milk. His meal was 19.95 and mine was 24.95. Not many people in the restaurant...and I can pretty much figure out why. We will not return.
most awful meal I have ever had.
This was hands down the most dissappointing meal I have ever had. I left the restaurant absolutely furious.
All five members of our party decided to get the same thing, which is described on the menu as a signature dish, containing 2 4-ounce filet mignon's with "jumbo lump crabmeat".
First of all, the meat that was served couldnt have passed for salisbury steak. I am not exagerating when I say that it was worse than the steaks that they used to serve in high school. Second, the "jump lump crabmeat" was approximately the size of a penny. I was frankly insulted to be served this entree which had cost $25.
At one point, we asked for more bread. The waiter serves us more bread and says, "by the way, the bread is not stale, its just been toasted a little bit." Since the first batch of bread was not toasted, this was clearly a lie, but since we were so disgusted at the main course, we just ate it. The calamari was well below average, and the bruschetta would not classify as bruschetta in any normal restaurant. And even after ordering multiple appetizers, they still stuck us with a $5 plate-sharing charge for only ordering 4 entrees.
The chef and owner should be ashamed of themselves. I have spent the last few days telling everyone I know to never go there.
awesome awesome and more awesome. wonderful new restaraunt, the food is just really really wonderful, the service we got was quite nice, fast, prompt, they checked up alot, the atmosphere was like a trendy NYC place, my only minor qualm was taht it was a little bit noisy
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