Caliente Pizza & Bar
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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.39/5 rDev -15.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$$$
It is difficult to be objective about rating this place but I tried. They get beer that clearly isn't distributed in Pittsburgh, like Lost Abbey, Port, Russian River, Bruery, and others. I don't know how they do it, but I will assume for the benefit of the doubt that it is an expensive process. So the beer is pricier here than anywhere else in the city. I think the freshness may sometimes be dubious but that also may have just been a bad pour or two. What I can't stand about it is when they get a keg like Stone Enjoy By (which has wider distribution now, but was very limited last year) and sell it for 3x the amount of other bars in the city. And they do this while having one of the most bland bar atmospheres and clueless bunch of bartenders that I have encountered. I am on record in the forums here complaining about various bottle prices at D's and House of 1000 Beers, and they can be bad, but Caliente is the worst offender.
That said, the pizza is pretty good and it isn't like the service is rude or even slow, they just don't seem to have any beer training, which is odd for a place that tries so hard to cater to the educated beer crowd.
06-05-2014 21:22:21 | More by outoffocus
4.04/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$$$
Popped in here for the first time today. Kind of a typical place in that it doesn't stray from the formula of a bar. It's clean enough and not worn in at all. Tap handles on display on the walls, as well as many beer glasses (that could use a wash); there were a lot of things up that I had never seen before. Beer selection is good. This is like the Blind Tiger in NYC; the more you come, the more crazy stuff you'll see, I'm sure. I had a pizza and it was pretty good. I'd eat there again. The main complaint is the prices. Which, oddly, I find much more an issue here in Pittsburgh than NYC or San Francisco. Bottom line is I like the place. It won't go down as my most favorite spot ever, but with all the unusual stuff they clearly get on a regular basis, I have plenty of reasons to show up.
05-13-2014 19:29:18 | More by RblWthACoz
2.5/5 rDev -38%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$$
Idea and potential are there, but the execution is awful.
The place is small, and very poorly laid out. Music is always awful and LOUD. Homeless people also frequent to grab a high-life.
Easily the worst service you will find at ANY place in the city. Everyone from the bar-backs to managers have no idea what they are doing. Most of the workers are rude, inattentive, and clueless.
The fact they list that beers are served in pints but come in 14oz cheaters says enough about the type of place this is. Oh and also, the lines are pretty noticeably dirty for being a "beer bar".
The food is barely OK, pizza is just about the same as you'd find anywhere else around the city.
They get some stuff you don't find around here. So what - its not worth the prices they charge.
05-01-2014 18:18:09 | More by Stigs
4.03/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'd been wanting to check this place out for a while, and the fact that they were tapping a keg of 2011 barrel-aged Backburner from Southern Tier this past Friday was something I couldn't resist. Glad I made it.
Like most places in the Bloomfield neighborhood, it's a little tight. Not ideal if you're looking to roll in with a group of 10. But if you're looking to enjoy a stellar selection of brews and some better-than-average bar food, this place is more than sufficient. It's obvious they make a real effort to offer a wide variety of brewers and styles--both on tap and in bottles. Beer prices were reasonable, maybe a little on the high side of average. I split a large pepperoni pizza with a buddy and all I can say is that I will definitely be back for more--and soon. I can only think of a couple other places in Pittsburgh that could make a case for a better pie. Another guy had a steak hoagie and he was very impressed.
My only critique resembling a complaint is that they seemed understaffed for a busy Friday night. But the bartenders/servers hustled the whole time we were there so I won't hold it against them. I'll be watching their event calendar like a hawk.
01-13-2014 13:46:43 | More by glass_house
Caliente Pizza & Bar in Pittsburgh, PA
90 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.