Fat Head's Saloon

BA SCORE
95
world-class

221 Ratings
Fat Head's SaloonFat Head's Saloon
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1805 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15203-1770
United States

(412) 431-7433 | map
fatheadspittsburgh.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Ratings:
221
Reviews:
136
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
7.24%
 
 
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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 136
Reviews by therica:
Photo of therica
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

What else can be said that hasn't already been said? A definite standard for Pittsburgh beer-lovers. Great huge beer selection that rotates every time a keg runs out, the list is continually being updated.

Food-- another overspiced mouthburning-obsessed Pittsburgh beer place, and nearly impossible to find anything that's not going to numb your face. If you're up to fire, get the onion rings for sure.

Noisy of course, frequently crowded with college-ites that flow down from Oakland and elsewhere especially on weekends. Getting seating is difficult-- they don't allow phone-in reservations and you can expect a 1-2 hour wait once you put your name in on a weekend night.

Service at the table seems to vary and decreases in accordance with distance from the kitchen and bar area.

TV's are scattered in various places, usually showing various sports games.

Gotta go if you've never been here. And if it's really crowded, we recently discovered that there's even an upstairs, and that's also where the "gift shop" is.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kayrex
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of heddar33
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Craighead
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Vibe: Expect to wait, but "chill out man, have a beer". Fat Heads has a uniqueness to it that will comfort anyone from a single man to a big family. It's really a pleasant place.

Quality: Fresh taps, and well taken care of. I'd be surprised if you ever get a dirty head-killing glass or a flat beer. You can tell that these people care about the suds, the people, and the food.

Service: It's a busy joint, be patient, but honestly - the service has always been top notch.

Selection: Always in rotation, but there will definitely be something here to please the crowd, especially if you're eating. The spicy foods go extremely well with the IPA's on tap, but there are plentiful flavors in all different categories. Bottom line, you'll enjoy the Fat Heads brews at the least. The other taps are bonuses.

Food: If you have an appetite and a reasonable palette you can close your eyes and point at the menu and be blown away. The food is so good it's frightening. I have yet to be disappointed.

Overall: If you are still debating going by the time you read this, I'm not sure what to say. It's a must-visit-family-friendly-awesome-pub.

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Photo of glass_house
4.41/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

If I know I'm going to be in the southside, it's tough to pass up a stop at Fat Head's. Huge selection of house beers, as well as beers from all over the country. Incredible happy hour deals. Most people don't realize Fat Head's was famous for their sandwiches long before their world class beers. Try a couple and you'll realize why.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Started going here in 1993 when the the boss and his wife would stop in every night. My name is on the first Wall of Foam plaque. Beer selection is excellent. If you get a Headwich , the kielbasa with pierogies is fantastic. My favorite time to go now is at lunch on a weekday. Not to busy but you can sit at the bar, relax, and talk to some local South Siders. A must go to place if you are in Pittsburgh. Before it was retired, Youngs Old Nick Barely Wine Ale was my beer of choice.

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Photo of yergermeister
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Very upbeat vibe...surprisingly big on the inside, bar on the left, table area on the right. addition tables in back of bar, an outside courtyard, as well as, space upstairs. (did not go upstairs). Bar seat 10-15. Looked like about 40 taps, half their beers, half guest. I had the Sunshine Daydream, Midnight Moonlight, & the Oompa Loompa... all very enjoyable. Servers were friendly and knowledgeable. I did not try the food, although I was tempted by the plates I saw passing by. They sell bottles to go.

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Photo of eifster82
4.45/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Not a fan of the location. Took forever to get there from downtown, and parking seemed impossible. Good thing we took an Uber. Surrounded by college bars and the like. However, once inside, I relaxed; such a chill place to talk and drink GOOD beer. Big selection. They were out of the beer I wanted the most (tweaked out Hippy Sippy), so I settled for Head Shrinker. Solid IPA, falls short of Head Hunter and Hop JuJu. Additional guest taps were solid as well.

Upstairs is a to-go shop with apparel and beer. Next time in Pittsburgh I'll give the food a shot.

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Photo of Soloveitchik
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.98/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Rodosman
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Brock
4.75/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

An old favorite. Food selection perfect for beer. Highlights: South Side Slopes, Beauty and the Beasty, wings, "nachos". Plenty of fresh taps with good variety. Great service most of the time. No place I'd rather go in the 'burgh. Little bit of a warehouse vibe, but come with a few friends, order a round, and you won't think twice about that.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Decently diverse tap and bottle selection due to it being a specific brewery's brewpub. FOH and BOH were a bunch of jaded apathetic spinsters. But the waitstaff and bartenders were cool. Rocked golden tee for a solid hour. Win. The food landed me in a coma that I came out of with diabetes mellitus. But the portions were fair for the higer priced menu items. Wish they offered a bit more diversity in terms of pour sizes.still great beers.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Fat Head's brewery makes excellent beer so they always a great selection of their own plus they always have a decent selection of other breweries beers and at least one cask beer on. The food is usually great bar food but there is always a ton of it so if you get an appetizer you better split a sandwich. The vibe is quasi hipster funky colors on the walls. Service has always been very good there, if you get a growler fill please ask them to bottom fill it otherwise they crank open the tap and you have 64 oz of flat beer to take home with you.

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Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of cosmo4u
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Everytime I go to Pittsburgh I make sure I go out of my way to make a stop at this place. The beer selection is amazing and the food is over the top! I havent had one bad thing off the menu in all my time going here. The bartender saved me money sending my down the street to a beer distro to buy a case of beer instead of buying it there. Staff are super friendly and have always made me feel like a local

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Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Awesome place

Must visit if you are in or near Pittsburgh

Tons of great FH beer, over the top chow...get ready to pig out, enjoy great beer and have a very good time.

Really enjoyed my visit

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Photo of tpearsol13
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of cmv60
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Dualscar
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

If you are a fan of Fat Head's and live in Pittsburgh this place is a must. The food alone is great enough to make you wanna stop by, with unique and delicious appetizers, meals and of course a great selection of Fat Head's finest. A lot of the food even includes some of their drinks or hops used as ingredients to really make the flavors shine. I have only been twice now but really have a craving to head over again soon as every trip so far has been a delight. Note: A lot of my servers were very knowledgeable about the different beers and offered me pairing ideas as well, but not all seem to know it all!

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Photo of fredmugs
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of kingpin1010
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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Fat Head's Saloon in Pittsburgh, PA
4.28 out of 5 based on 221 ratings.
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