Spice Island Tea House

(412) 687-8821 | View Website

253 Atwood St, Pittsburgh, PA | Directions   15213

40.439901 -79.956029

Open Hours

Mon. - Thu. 11:30am - 9pm;Fri. - Sat. 11:30am - 10pm;Sun. CLOSED

 
Restaurants, $, Asian  more

Tags: B.Y.O.B., Local Favorite, Lunch Spot, Romantic Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Central Oakland

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Menu
Soup of the Day, Vegetarian Spring Roll (2), Crab Meat Spring Roll (2), Steamed Vegetable Roll, Vegetarian Samosa (8), Burmese Squash Fritters, Fried Fish Cake with Cucumber Relish, Sumatran Corn and Shrimp Fritters (4), Satay on Skewers, Deep Fried Hard Boild Egg with Tomato Chili Sambal... more

Reviews for Spice Island Tea House

over a year ago

MSG alert! My girlfriend and I BOTH got sick after eating here. Stomach ache, headache, and I woke up twice with my hands numb!

This is strange. It wasn't the seafood, as another person said.. We both had different dishes... mine had seafood, hers did not. The food tasted pretty good but the side effects to the poison (they call a preservative) were not worth it.

Make sure you order foods without MSG. Ask your waitstaff for MSG free options if you eat here.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Terrible – I ordered the Malaysian beef curry and young lemon grass soup were so bad making me think again and again coming back there. The beef curry was so salty I couldn't eat it even with the white rice. The soup was so plain that was no comparison to Tom Yum soup of Thais. Not sure want to go back there. Larry T.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

disappointed fan – I love the food at Spice Island, but I just had the worst experience. I told my server that my friend was going to be 15 minutes late, but she was very nice and agreed to seat me right before the busy lunch hour began. I ordered a drink and planned on tipping well. Then 15 minutes later the owner/manager stopped by and berated me for taking up a table during the busy lunch hour (when there were still quite a few tables open), and my friend showed up 30 seconds later, as I had warned the server. I don't think I'll go back now because the manager was so ungracious.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Extensive Menu and Side effects – I feel terrible about this because the waitstaff were so nice, but both my partner and I experienced a severe stomach illness after eating a the Spice Island Tea house. We ordered different meals entirely but they both contained seafood. I don't want people to stay away from this establishment... just maybe the seafood...

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

I'd recommend ordering take out. – The food needs no defense -it's amazing. The environment is pretty dang filthy, but hey, it's Oakland!!

My real complaint is that the manager and much of the wait staff is just plain mean.

The manager has some real temper issues -I've watched her scold servers in front of a full dining room for obvious mistakes -like slipping, or spilling water. I've been personally attacked by this woman by making the mistake of asking if I could substitute a side. Over the years, I have yet to find more than a handful of friendly servers. It's like from the minute you walk in, you're made to feel like they don't need your business.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Southeast Asian Food and Fun champagne cocktails! – Visiting Pittsburgh from NYC and came to this "hole in the wall", but don't let the shabby exterior fool you. Inside, it's dimly lit and romantic in a shabby chic sort of way, with different chairs and funky looking tables. The food is very good, we tried some Burmese cuisine because we love the Burmese place at home, and we thought this was actually better. The service was casual but friendly and prompt. They have a small but interesting wine and beer list, and the champagne cocktails were great with appetizers. The main courses were very substantial, although it could've been a tad bit spicier (accomodating the clientele, more perhaps?) In any case, the place was great and we will definitely revisit when in da 'burgh again.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

THEY HAVE A LIQUOR LICENSE! – I was on Citysearch looking for restaurants that were BYOB and I found this place. But when I got there, it turns out they already have a liquor license, and they now charge this huge corkage fee when you bring your own!

I complained to the owner, and he was cool about it. He said that he's tried to contact citysearch numerous times to try and change the listing, but that the information is never updated.

This place is good and the food is tasty, but unless you want to pay a lot, I wouldn't bring your own wine.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Best Myanmar Restaurant – It is the best Myanmar (Burmese) authentic restaurant that I ever have in this country. Atmoshpher is unique. The servers are friendly. The Giner Salad and Rainbow Salad are awesome! Beef Curry is yummy. Daily Chief special soup is wonderful. `Chin Paung Kyaw` is one of the best menu.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Food at Decent Prices – I'm new to Pittsburgh coming from New Jersey, and I love this restaurant. I especially love the Sambal Goreng Udang, an Indonesian shrimp dish, and the Mohinga, a Burmese style noodle soup with flavorful fish broth. I've had this dish in a Burmese restaurant in Philadelphia, and the one at Spice Island is much better. The place has a pretty cool vibe, different chairs and tables, kind of coffee house feel. There's a nice wine and beer list also.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

ok – This place has decent food. Good location to Pitt. Small, quant feel. Very responsive owner. Thanks.

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Won for:
Thai Food (2005)
Nominations Nominated for:
Cheap Eats (2007)
Date Spot (2005)
Vegetarian Food (2005)
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