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Rivertowne North Shore

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
83
good

12 Ratings
Ratings: 12
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 13.55%
Taps: 24
Bottles: 30
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

337 N Shore Dr
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15212-5834
United States
phone: (412) 322-5000

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(Place added by: OneDropSoup on 04-02-2010)
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Reviews by woodychandler:
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3.2/5  rDev -3.6%

Transcribed from notes dated T, 27 July 2010.

The irony to this visit was that I usually catch up with an old Navy buddy, who now lives in Plum, at the Monroeville location, but on this trip, we met at D's in Monroeville instead. Then, several hours and many miles later, I was at Rivertowne, albeit in town.

Located at the eastern end of a building complex along North Shore Drive between PNC Park and Heinz Field, it had FSN Pittsburgh (local sports broadcasting, especially the Pens and Bucs) as its upstairs neighbors (!) and was eminently visible from the Fort Pitt Bridge. The restaurant windows overlooked North Shore Drive, but the entry was in the middle of the building, through an archway on the west-facing side. Entering, the maitre d' station was to the immediate right, along with the kitchen slightly to the left, along with a chainsaw carving of their fish holding a mug of beer logo.

As frequent readers of my reviews may have realized, I am a Bar Guy. The snaking, polished stone bar was off to the right, past the maitre d' station and fronted a bank of twenty-two (22) CO2 taps and two (2) N2 taps. Underneath the back bar were six cooler doors, each with three shelves. The tap selection was at once both impressive and disappointing. They had a lot of good beers going, but only a couple of Rivertowne's and Full Pint's each. What the fudge?!? Rivertowne in name only? OK, but you take a hit on selection in my book!

As to the bar area and its ambiance, it had an upscale sports bar atmosphere: clean, well-lit; loads of Hi-Def flat-screen TVs; a satellite jukebox (see my remarks at Gooski's); a football Pop-It; an electronic dartboard; and the requisite logo sports banners to remind us that we are in Da 'Burgh and not Miami or Phoenix or somewhere else.

Bah! I like hardcore drinking! Sam's Saloon in Oxnard, CA and the now-defunct Chiodo's and The Deuces (222 Federal Street, PGH) never made any bones about being anything more than a drinking joint that happened to cater to sports fans and their memorabilia was real stuff, much of it donated by patrons or collected over the course of years of doing business. All else was tangential. Here at Rivevertowne North Shore, the pretense could be cut with a knife!

I wish them well, but don't look for me here before a Stillers or Panthers game (I barely watch the Buccos on TV, let alone in person). This place would be my definition of anathema on game day. Shee-Whack! If I ever rolled in here with a half-dozen of my homies in tow, pulling the kind of shooby-doo that I used to at The Deuces, I'd be jailed! Yeah, I'm a troublemaker at times (much of the time?), especially on Stillers game days, but why invite trouble? I'll stick to Monroeville where Andrew Maxwell speaks my lingo dating 'way back and I'll leave this place to others.

Staff: Icebergs are less cold. All business.

woodychandler, Dec 18, 2010
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3.59/5  rDev +8.1%

This Rivertowne will do in a pinch. It does seem to have followed the trend of the other places in the immediate area in that it is very clean and following the layout of this newly constructed area. I'd have to agree with others that the service here is, distant. It's very much a "just get the job done and leave it at that" kind of attitude. Honestly, I find that is kind of standard for most of the Rivertowne spots, though the brewpub servers always seem to be quite good and knowledgeable and friendly.

I feel like this place is purely here for sports events, or anything else happening at the AE stage or stadiums. With that in mind, it works. I never find myself yearning to stop by though on a random night. There are other places for that.

RblWthACoz, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%

I will begin this review by saying that Rivertowne in Monroeville is a place that I really like, but I won't say the same for the one in the North Shore.

The space is basically one big bar, with a bar on the left, tall tables in the middle, and booths on the left wall. My favorite part about the bar itself is that there is also a bar and stools outside.

The same Rivertown beers are always on-tap. Old Wylie's, Babbling Blond and the Wit. The selection would be substantially better if they brought a keg of something different brewed in Monroeville every once in a while. With that said there are about 20 taps, and although there is never anything exciting on, there will be a beer or two that is interesting.

The food I've tried as been small potions and never very good. Not terrible, just never quite what I expect.

Service sucks. Every time. On my last visit, it took me 30 minutes to get my first beer, and the staff working literally outnumbered the customers.

I guess if you need to get a good beer before a game this place is an option, but otherwise I wouldn't bother.

Hojaminbag, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%

I was travelling to Pittsburgh to see a few friends and just hang out for the weekend. This was the 3rd stop of the day. I'd never heard of Rivertowne, so really had no expectations.

We went in after a Pirates game, after the foot traffic died down. I went with a non BA friend, who really knew very little about beer. The bartender took the time to go over the beer list and explain intricacies about each beer he asked about, and even offered him a few samples. The selection was really good, with approx. 20 beers on tap and another 30 bottles.

There wasn't much going on in the place, but the rustic feeling was quite enjoyable.

RocPorterFanatic, May 24, 2011
Photo of kartoffelsalat
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%

I have gone here several times before home games for the Steelers. It's just my dad and I, and we enjoy getting a good meal and some tasty brews before we go into the stadium. The first visit was a good experience, however the waitress didn't even know it was gameday. That was important, because they advertise "gameday specials" which ends up being $12 pitchers. The food was good and it came out in reasonable time.
Our next visit was not going well. We called the night before to get "priority seating", but found out the next day that it is not available for gamedays. we waited 45 minutes for a seat because half the dining area was reserved for a private party. When we were seated I requested a pitcher of beer because it was their gameday special and the waitress said, "oh, we aren't doing pitchers today." But they have a sign in the front, which I stared at for 45 minutes telling me they have $12 pitchers. She claimed that no one wanted to climb a ladder to get the pitchers on this busy day. I said, "tell them to climb a ladder and take down that sign." She felt bad and managed to get us a pitcher. I will not be going back to this place because of the POOR management of this restaurant. We tried to get a manager to express our concerns and they weren't available.

kartoffelsalat, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Went with a large group. They were very accomadating, but probably because it was not a game niget. I would bet the place is packed on game nights. Draft selection was wide with about 20-25 options. Bottle selection eas okay but not great. Prices were not good, but not as bad as i was expecting. The menu's were stick though. That really rubbed me wrong. Something about things at restaurants being sticky...

Were this at a different location you would probably frequent the place. But due to its location it would only be a once in a rare while that you would go.

biglite351, Jul 16, 2010
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Rivertowne North Shore in Pittsburgh, PA
83 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.