5865 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA | Directions 1523240.457564 -79.928821
Tuesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Excellent Authentic Mexican Food – Fajita Grill is perhaps the most authentic Mexican restaurant in Pittsburgh. The food served here is not what you get at most Mexican restaurants. My wife lived in Mexico for two years and truly loves Mexican food. When we visited Fajita Grill she was very impressed with the types of food served. It was the kind of food typically served in higher end restaurants in Mexico. In addition to the authenticity, the quality was excellent and the price was reasonable. If you want a taste of "real" Mexican food, visit Fajita Grill.
Yum Yum Get me Some – I've had many disappointments in Pittsburgh dining, but this my friends is not one of them! I've got to say that this ranks up there in my eating experiences in this city. The service was simple, attentive, and satisfactory. The food was the way food should be... good. First off: salads were very nice... various assortment of greens.. good quality... fresh... and a nice house vinegrette. I also had the Black Bean soup... Delicious... accompanied by some pico de gallo, tortilla strips, and Queso Fresco. Main course was the Chicken Mole... it was very pretty... well cooked... impressive mole sauce (its very hard to make)... and chocolatey goodness. Other entree was the Salmon & shrimps w/ mango salsa... well cooked... good salsa (not super sweet, you can actually taste the mangoes). Overall I had nothing to complain about... not one thing.. the price is very reasonable for the food your getting, which is good quality food in this city of mediocre restaurants.
High End Mexican – The place was a little out of the way, which was great for a couple of people who like to avoid the crowds of Shadyside. The atmosphere was quaint yet festive. The restaurant was carved out of a residential home and thus has smaller more intimate rooms. It certainly set the stage for a different dining experience.
We started with some soup. The soup portion was large enough to be a meal itself. I had black bean which was quite tasty. My boyfriend had a chicken soup which he described as Thai meets Mexican. "If I didn't like anything else, I would come back for the soup," says BF. The enchiladas and burritos are paired with your choice of fillings such as shredded beef, chicken, vegetables, and tofu. Then, you add the sauce. There are about 8 homemade varieties to choose from. When ordering, we asked the server for recommendations, and she was quick to offer suggestions. I chose a vegetable and tofu enchilada with a jalepeno tomatillo sauce. Everything was fresh and the sauce was flavorful. My father enjoyed a shredded beef burrito with a mild red sauce. My boyfriend chose a fajita with steak, shrimp, and bacon. It was a carnivores dream! For his sauce, he chose the habenero. For someone who orders 8, 9, and 10 hot levels at Thai and Indian places, the habenero sauce still made him sweat! No need to fear, though, all of the sauces are clearly marked mild, medium, or hot.
My boyfriend left nothing for leftovers while Dad and me had plenty for the next day's meals. My brother got into my father's burrito the next day and was so impressed that he is planning on making the trip soon.
Summary: Be prepared to spend some extra cash, but the homemade dishes are well worth it. Also, it is BYOB.
Restaurant for the rich & skinny – Portions were small, especially for the price. Definitely not even close to the best Mexican I ever eaten. No complimentary sides or chips to come with meal. Seating area is small, cramped and hard to walk around. Service was slow.
Run entirely by an extended family, the food's authentic and delicious. – The Scene
Located farther down from Ellsworth's main action, the Fajita Grill, isn't nearly as popular as Cozumel, Shadyside's other Mexican restaurant. But that makes it good place to go for a nice intimate meal, heavy on the chat and away from the crowds. Combine dinner and a museum trip, by checking out the decor as you wait for your food. The walls are covered with Mexican art, including prints of works by famous Latino artists like Freya Carlos. The mosaiced tables upstairs, lovingly handmade by the owner and her husband.
The Fajita Grill definitely lives up to its name. Served on sizzling cow-shaped skillet-plates, with choices of fillings like fresh yellow fin sesame tuna, jumbo shrimp, marinated pork loin, and lamb, the Grill's nuevo take on the traditional fajita is definitely worth a try. Though, for those not looking to spend a lot of money, the Mexican standards are the way to go. The best bet for your buck are the enchiladas, which come in pairs and can be mixed and matched with your choice of fillings and sauces, which range from red (mild) to habanero (extra hot).
Go for the enchiladas – A quaint little mexican restaurant in Pittsburgh? go figure. Set in a beauiful historic home in artsy Shadyside, Fajita grill provides an intimate setting away from the crowds and mainstream Mexican chains. Albeit a bit pricey for Mexican, everything is homemade and fresh. The enchiladas are wonderful and considerably less than other entrees on the menu. They let you choose between 4 or 5 sauces, or mix a couple if you can't choose just one. The salsa verde (green) is my personal favorite.
Bring your favorite wine for a small corking fee, and relax inside or weather-permitting on the patio.
just ok – Based on my meal I give the Fajita Grill just average: you could find cheaper and better tasting fajitas elsewhere. Chips and salsa - good salsa but alot of the chips were soggy. Tortilla soup - excellent. Chicken and steak fajitas were very bland. There were alot of other items on the menu other than fajitas so maybe the other have more flavor.
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