201 Saline St, Pittsburgh, PA | Directions 1520740.427045 -79.949606
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 11am - 11pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 12pm
Crap food in the middle of the ghetto – I was told by one of my poor friends that this place was an overlooked gem in Pittsburgh. I found it under a bridge (literally) and was scared to get out of my car. Blacks were everywhere. Anyhow I get in there and all the people look like dirty zombies. I ordered a hamburger but left before it came out because the place smelled so bad. I called the waitress a twat on the way out. Never again
Highly Recommend!! – I've read some derogitory reviews posted here. I always suggest to people to try a place at least twice before slamming a restaurant.
With that being said, my opinion of BJ's is that it is awesome! My family has been eating there since it opened in '77. I've had siblings that work there throughout the years too. Cool thing is they have never changed the menu after all of these years. Recommend the veal parm dinner, The Two Bill sandwich, the wedding soup, and the best Rueben in the 'Burgh.
Named Big Jim's cuz the original owner Jim Bocchiccio was over 300lbs and the portions are huge!
It's a landmark...gotta get to Big Jim's! – We always get a great meal...lots of food (enough for lunch the next day :-)
gross – Yeah, you get a lot of food for your money. Do you want to eat it? The place is filthy. Not to mention, we had to wait 45 minutes for our food. (There were only two other tables.)
Not good – We went to the restaurant while on vacation due to the Diners Drive Ins and Dives show. We were first told they did not have a tab. A nice helper came out and told us they had a table. The service was bad. We waited for 1 hour 15 minutes for the food. Huge portions but the food was not good. Taste like it was frozen for days they heated in the microwave. Not all the order was brought. Burger was terrible, the "homemade veal" was terrible. Veal that was tough! We had a hard time leaving since our feet were stuck to the floor. Yeah that dirty.
Huge portions, reasonable prices – You'll never leave BJ's hungry. Try a calzone or the sicilian pizza
Nothing special – It should never take an hour to make three hoagies...... EVER. .. and when they finally get there, one is the wrong hoagie and you have asked for a fresh drink and ice three timesand you still have the watered down Pepsi that you started with. I don't care if the sandwich is the size of your head,if the service is that bad,it's not worth it, you can get a good sandwich at alot of places in the Burg. We didn't have time to address the issues there caus' we were running late as it was. There are plenty of locals to keep you busy, but I don' think it will be a preffered travel destination for long unless you addresss some issues.
Big Jim's – food is excellent - BIG portions (lunch the next day!). Service was great...and we were wearing Steeler gear!
Bad Service, Felt Unwelcomed – I went there first time on Sat evening, dinner before the funny bone.
We were seated pretty fast, but it took awhile to get our order taken. We ordered the wedding soup, yum yum, but we each had 1 meatball only (yes we counted) My friend and I ordered sodas, me no ice & lemon-I got ice no lemon- (honest mistake it happens) The eggplant was supposed to be an appertizer-it came (not hot out of the oven) with the main meal, the eggplant parm was a BIG portion with a glob of sauce (tasted like tomato paste kinda) & cheese that was already cold down. On the pizza we ordered mushrooms & sausage and recieved mushrooms & pepperoni, (honest mistake it happens) first I had to go get silverware (I noticed other people either had silverware or it was brought with thier food) honest mistake it happens. The pizza seemed almost burnt & as if it was sitting for a minute. The cheese wasn't bubbly hot or even lukewarm. I told Dan that wasn't what we ordered, no apologies he snatched the pan & said 5 min, we gave 15 then decided we would take it with us, eat it on the way.
Went to Dan to tell him it's to go & he yelled for someone to take it off our bill. The woman who rang us up, we tried to tell her we still want the pizza but all she said was I'm sorry. A $14 (& change) bill plus tip & still hungrary we paid & left. I hope it wasn't because we were wearing Steeler jerseys that we were treated so bad, I'm hoping that, Dan our server, maybe, was just having a really bad night. And sometimes, when the ball starts rolling it doesn't seem to stop. Although some of the people he knew by name it seemed as if they were given better service.
The pizza I seen on other tables looked mouth watering good, thou, I may never know .
Everything we overlooked until Dan wouldn't let us pay for our pizza and take it to go. We left there hungrary, disappointed and confused-why couldn't we get the pizza to go?-again we may never know.
Unless your a regular, don't go
Got to eat here AT LEASTonce – Not only are the portions excellent, but so are the cooks. Everything my family and I have tried was delicious. Even friends and family we referred to Big Jim's have no favorite because everything has the tendency to be a favorite. Been going there for at least 15 to 20 years. Get there early because I have seen many times a line waiting to be seated and every seat is filled.
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