Go for the ambience more than for the food
After spending a couple of million dollars to create a beautiful space with huge rooms, slate floors, picture windows and lots of woodwork, the owners of Willow seem anxious to give the impression that it is another in a slow but steady trickle of excellent, ""chef-driven"" restaurants popping up in the Pittsburgh area. Sadly, it's not. The food is decent, semi-trendy, semi-upscale restaurant food -- fish, pasta, chops, salads, etc, -- but it's not outstanding or particularly inspired, and some dishes, like the Cappelini with Spinach and Feta (pretty much the only vegetarian option on the menu), are total flops. If your main interest is finding extraordinary food, try the wonderful Bona Terra in Sharpsburg, or Eleven in the Strip District, or even the less renowned but great lunch-and-tea place, the Cafe at the Frick. -- The main reason to go to Willow is just the ambience. It's a lovely place with a special-occasion feeling; just right for a romantic date, a celebration or to take your parents when they come to town. If you like a nice view, be sure to ask for the Woods Room when reserving.