Sharp Edge Creekhouse

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97
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47 Reviews
Sharp Edge CreekhouseSharp Edge Creekhouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

288 W Steuben St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15205-2500
United States

(412) 922-8118 | map
sharpedgebeer.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
62
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
5.15%
 
 
Taps:
44
Bottles/Cans:
80
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 62
Reviews by Stinkypuss:
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere is dark but homey. A nice tap system with many fine selections as well as some refridgerators stocked full of beer.

The quality of the brews is impeccable. A fortunes worth of belgian liquid gold.

Service is friendly, knowledgable and prompt.

Selection is very decent. Saw some cool vintage stuff.

Food was good. My friend had a burger and seemed to enjoy it, I had some croquettes and enjoyed them.

A good place to drink fine beer. Started to fill up as time went by. I always seem to have a lot of fun every time I visit a Sharp Edge.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of qcbrewer
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Mnteti
4.56/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Last Sunday, a sunny Sunday here in NW PA, was so pleasant that we decided to go on a 90 minute drive for lunch. We arrived at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse (I always thought it Sharp Edge Creekside) about 1400, just in time for the ½ off on draft Belgian brews. When we arrived the place was nearly empty – just three other couples. On other trips the place has been nearly full to packed – no waiting this trip! We sat in the downstairs dining area, off the bar, but with a decent view of the taps. Our waitress was also acting as bartender but, due to the low population density, service was excellent. In fact, within 45 minutes, we were the only customers. We have been here many times over the last eight years, and service has always been good to excellent downstairs – the upstairs dining area is more problematic due to the steep narrow staircase and the distance from the bar and kitchen.
The food is usually excellent, mostly being bastardizations of Belgium stuff altered for ‘Murrican tastes – I usually get the Belgium burger which is an excellent blend of ground lamb and sirloin, spiced, on some type of roll (Who cares about the bread – not I!) with a side of pomme frites with garlic aloli, head and shoulders above their regular fries or sweet potato fries. I’ve tried other things on their menu, but I keep coming back to the Belgium burger. They routinely have mussels for you filter feeder freaks.
But back to the beer! The selection of Belgian brews both on tap and bottled seems to be slowly declining – the first few trips we made were prior to a trip to Belgium in order for me to more familiarize myself with what to expect in Brussels. They currently have 45 taps but only about 12 were overflowing with goodness from Belgium. They also have a large selection of local PA beers as well as some German, Brit, and a few other common countries – nothing too exciting. However, on this trip I consumed draft Rodenbach foederbier, served in over filled 10 oz tulips. Wonderful! So damn good, in fact, that I can’t read my notes to review it. Mrs. Lizard drove home.
We will be visiting again.

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Photo of JArt
3.33/5  rDev -25.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Joseph_Bodziock
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of thecheapies
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Endearing short L-shaped bar with a Euro feel to the interior. Pleasing Victorian exterior, like an architectural layer cake with red icing (awnings). Great happy hour vibe (and you can't shake much at half-price Belgian crafts), plus the late night vibe has a good bustle on Friday and Saturday nights. Lots of great taps that are bountiful enough to not hate on what might be slow rotation. Especially, the Belgians and other imports; they're known to remain rooted for a month plus. Too many staples in those categories.

Crafts get a new face at a decent rate. Usually, nothing too exceptional, but they're getting better about bringing in one-offs. Prices are still outrageous. Belgian draft markup is highway robbery, and the bottles in the cooler are mostly flagrantly high. Freshness is maintained well. Only been burned a handful of times in ten years of frequenting this locale. Lines are nearly pristine; all Belgians taste great from the tap. Some cellar offerings will tempt you, despite high price tags.

Bar staff is great. Very knowledgeable, more so than the wait staff. Food is excellent. Great burgers, thin-crust pizzas, and house-made soups. Monthly feature menus have awesome selections; notably Belgianfest and Oktoberfest. Their mussels are hit or miss.

Besides value, this is a great neighborhood beer bar with a love for everything Belgian. Recommended. Meet me here!

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Photo of Steve_Trick
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of alehugger
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

First to put my visit into perspective. My friends and I visit a different city each year to watch the NCAA Mens Hockey tournament. My job is to locate the best beer bar in the city, find an affordable place to stay nearby, and then figure out how to make it to the arena for the games when were not sampling great beers.

The Creekhouse fit the bill in spades!

The only thing to add from the many positive reviews was they now have a Prix Fixe 3-course meal for a scant $18. The first night I started with the Wild Boar Meatloaf entre, Buffalo Bites appetizer, and polished it off w/ a chocolate stout w/ my Belgian pudding dessert. All delicious.

We were in town for four days and spent much of it at The Creekhouse.

And one other perk, the "Internet Jukebox" was the best I'd ever experienced. As a an old rocker from the 60's and 70's, the selection of Frank Zappa, the Mothers of Invention, Root Boy Slim. and the Electric Prunes was simply heaven for me and my friends.

The staff, from the waiter/waitresses, bartenders, to the management were all fantastic.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.74/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is one of the best places in Pgh to get a ful line of Belgian brews. They provide a lot of Beglians on tap as well as in the bottole. Inaddition, they offer plenty of non-Belgian beers from the US, Canada, Germany, Ireland...etc. Brooklyn, Victory, Troegs, Penn, Ommegang, Weyerbacher, Southern Tier...etc It is essentially a great place with a tremendous selection. For the whale hunters, you are not going to find those, but you are going to find a huge variety of brews across numerous styles. In other words, it has a fantastic selection, albeit it a tad on the pricier side.

Quality: I have never had a problem with the quality of the brews here. The taps are always clean and the bottled beer is fantastic.

Service: Always friendly and attentive service. The bartenders are quite knowledgable about lots of brews and styles.

I really enjoy going to the Creekhouse for beers. It is a little higher priced than some other venues, but it is certainly worth it for me to hit this place up from time to time.

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Photo of AMDGFenter
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Sharp Edge is one of my favorite places. Basically a house sitting a creek, the bar has a great atmosphere with a bunch of regulars coming in, talking it up with the bartenders and asking for their suggestions. Tons of taps with an emphasis on Belgians, but there is always something great on tap when it comes to American Craft beer. The bartenders know their stuff and are more than willing to help you make a choice. Food is pretty good, as their burgers and pizzas are pretty tasty. If you aren't careful when you go here, you will spend a crapload of money on beer and food. Their bottle selection is way overpriced and I never have, nor never will purchase any bottles from here. However, this place has some great deals, with half off Belgians everyday during their happy hour, plus half off their craft selection every Wednesday and random food deals at times. Overall, come for the great deals on fantastic beer.

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Photo of therica
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A great place for both food (dining) and beers, especially Belgian beers. There are other places around the city if you're looking for massive on-tap selections (like FatHeads, Smokin' Joes and HopHouse) but for Belgian on-tap this place can't be beat. There's a great selection of fine Belgian beers, both on-tap and bottled.

Dozens of US micro's and craft beers plus more beers from a worldwide selection are offered in bottles. Prices can get a bit high compared to other local venues.

Food- outstanding and a great selection of interesting fare.

Service-- fantastic, attentive and generally very beer-savvy.

Ambience is great, somewhat quaint for dining and the bar is rather nice in its own separate room.

Parking is adequate for the amount of clientele' the building can hold.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Sharp Edge is the best place in Pittsburgh to find Belgium anything. Beer, inspired food, you name it. The atmosphere isn't too bad. There a nice cornered bar with lots of seats and a nice dining area downstairs. The upstairs dining area is also pretty nice and much more expansive than downstairs. There is a back patio which can't be beat in the spring and summer.

The beer selection is quite good, with everything from TONS of Belgium beers to American micro brews. My only qualm is that the prices are a bit high for the draft. And the prices are even more high for the bottles. They really have a serious markup going for their bottled beers. When I saw Nemesis for $12 a bottle, I thought that was a bit ridiculous. But when I saw Southern Tier Mokah for almost $19, I thought it was priced ridiculously high considering I can get that same bottle for $10 at other places.

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Photo of brewman63
4.65/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I realized that I haven't updated my review for a few years and a lot has changed since then. They continue to excell at providing the best selection of beers on tap anywhere in the area (particularly Belgiums) but the biggest improvement the past few years has been the food. It has gone to second-rate to first-class. Everything from pizzas to appetizers to sandwiches to entrees to desserts are now fantastic. I have been here on many occasions over the past couple of years and since they've changed their menu I can't think of one thing I've had to eat that has dissapointed me. Gret beer, great food, great atmosphere. What else can you ask for?

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Photo of Stigs
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Been to all Sharp Edge locations many times, the Creekhouse is one I visit the most (out of convenience and preference).

First off, the Belgian selection here cant be beat. Every visit brings a new handful of not only beers I've never had, but sometimes never heard of. Most taps are served in their respective breweries glassware, a nice added touch. Would LOVE to see more gueuze/lambic/etc on tap though.

The bottle selection is pretty good, and rotates constantly, but it seems they get beers in a good couple weeks-month after other area beer bars, same with domestic taps.

Service is overall good. Servers are well informed about beer names and characteristics, just every once in awhile you will get a moody or somewhat slow server but that happens everywhere and is few and far between here.

The restaraunt itself has a nice laid back and cozy atmosphere, but the bathrooms could use some work. Small and always a bit dirty.

The food is just as stellar as the Belgian selections, there are many staples which I would gladly eat again and again, but they fudge that up by offering a nice seasonal rotating menu with really diverse and interesting dishes that I just always feel the need to try. Rarely am I ever underwhelmed by the food.

Overall, an outstanding eatery/drinkery in the area...one of if not the best.

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Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pittsburgh, PA
4.47 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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