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Ritter's Diner

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(22 Reviews)

5221 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

(412) 682-4852

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Today: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: Open 24 Hours
34
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (412) 682-2366

Fax: (412) 682-2366

Payment method
cash only
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
East End, Bloomfield
AKA

Ritters Diner Inc

Ritter's Diner Restaurant

Categories
American Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Take Out Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Sandwich Shops, Vegetarian Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Seafood Restaurants, Health Food Restaurants, Hot Dog Stands & Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Free

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Burgers, American, Sandwiches, Take Out, Hot Dogs, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Healthy, Seafood, Vegetarian

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average

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cass b

04/17/2011

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Overall
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

Ritters in Pittsburgh is AMAZING!! The server was super nice an the Fried Green Tomatoes were literally to die for!! I seriously cant wait to go back. The cook even came out to thank us for ordering so many orders of the fried green tomatoes. Great experience :)

Quietmann

01/27/2011

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Greasy Spoon

If you ever wanted to eat at a genuine greasy spoon, complete with rude service, this is the place for you. You don't get any smiles, welcomes, thank you, so don't expect any. The servers are out of the past, complete with scowls and indifference. We actually thought our experience was funny, but I'd never eat there again. The food was tasteless, greasy, and unappetizing. I cant explain why the place is still in business.

LovesFood999

11/14/2010

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SO RUDE, SO DISAPPOINTING

If I could give a zero, I would. They are rude, mean and nasty. Considering how bland, ordinary and greasy this food is, you'd think they'd want to treat the customer like gold. The food is wet, burnt, and appears to be made out of yesterday's left overs. They need to get off their high horse and learn that they are lucky to still be in business.

kcolmer

05/14/2010

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Overall
Typical diner

The first visit was really good, great fried chicken and excellent stuffed pork chops. The next visit was awful, the hot turkey was like eating paste on a plate. Prices are fairly cheap and service was good.

purquality

11/05/2009

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Overall
GREAT SERVICE

GREAT SERVICE WHICH MAKES FOR REPEAT CUSTOMERS. LIKE ME...

jcpepboys

05/08/2009

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Cute, Classic Diner

This diner is authentic, cheap, and solid. The food is exactly what you'd expect at a diner, which is mostly pretty delicious.

jmosbff

03/01/2009

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Good service, bad food

This place was much more appealing before the smoking ban took effect. It used to be a nice little spot for coffee and cigarettes, and okay diner food. The servers there are usually wonderful, attentive, and sweet. But lately food quality has declined. I was served dry pancakes with COLD blueberry syrup on top. My boyfriend asked for his eggs extra-dry and was served a visibly-greasy scramble. Nice place to visit in the wee morning hours if you're just looking for sustenance but I wouldn't recommend this place for a meal out with friends or family.

pghstillers

02/02/2009

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Overall
exactly what you want in a 24 hour diner

I grew up where every small town has a 24 hour diner. Ritter's reminds me of those places with its decor and menu. The prices here are rock bottom, and it's a good option for late night dining. The crowd that gathers here is eclectic, to say the least, but one thing that is an overriding theme after midnight is a collective state of inebriation. Sunday mornings are very busy with the church crowd, so you'll have to wait a while for a table. Living in bloomfield, I used to frequent Ritter's often, and I never had a problem with the place or the food being dirty. The reviewers on here that claim that this place is filthy or has unclean food are obviously just being melodramatic and/or immature. Find out for yourself, the price is always right here. Try the buckwheat pancakes while you're at it.

PGHnomad76

12/07/2008

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Overall
If that bar from Star Wars served food...

I first went to Ritter's as a college student looking for food at 3 AM. I think the fact it is open 24 hrs, and is almost as cheap as fast food, draws students who live in the Friendship area, along the Center Ave, Baum Blvd, South Negley corridor of bus routes to Oakland, and the bar crowds from Shadyside after last call. That's why I went. I also recall the food being pretty good diner fair, like good meatloaf sandwiches and pie, and generous breakfast portions. They also have their own parking lot. At the time the convenience and cheap eats outweighed the negatives. And the negatives, I have to say in the name of honesty, included crazy people causing a disturbance, and on one occasion a guy arguing with a wall in the restroom while urinating in the sink when I walked in.

I went back recently after about ten years had passed. The food was not as good as I remember it. I had breakfast and the eggs were overcooked and dry, and the potatoes not cooked all the way through. The place was still dirty though. They have an ATM inside but don't take credit cards. And the crowd was much as I remember. There were a few students and retirees, and I think some nurses from a hospital, but there were also an assortment of characters who looked like they were fired by the circus, or drifters who just got out of jail. Scary. If my food wasn't bad enough, the smell of the people sitting in the booth next me actually made me gag. I didn't finish or bother complaining, I just paid my bill and left as quick as I could. I went there a lot as college student, and I am a late night diner lover, but wouldn't recommend it now.

volley68

08/18/2008

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Overall
It's a diner alright.

I read the other reviews and frnkly I was appalled at the negative remarks that were made by others. I have never been there when the place was dirty or when the managment was nasty to the waitresses. We have always had good food, great service and a good time overall at Ritters. If it was bad as the others say would it still be around. Hell no! I highly recommend this place to all my friends and family. Cheap eats and a good time.

pghguy

05/19/2008

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Overall
Gross and Mean

I went to Ritters for dinner one night. I had not been there in 20 years. It was beyond a doubt the worst place I ever been to in my life. Mean waitress, dirty, food was so bad that I left as fast as I could.

gussy1943

10/23/2007

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MOST DIRTY RESTAURANT AROUND!!!!!

We have been there and will NEVER EVER EVER return!!! black legged creatures were in our eggs and when we told and showed the waitress she just laughed and said it was free meat!!!! Never offered to take them away and make us new eggs nor offered to take it off our bill, TOTAL PIGS!!!!! FILTHY PIGS!!! Eat there if your trying to commit suicide.

gbesley

07/08/2007

Overall
Racist

My husband and I were in Pgh for a family reunion and stopped in Ritters to order takeout on July 2. We stood at the takeout counter for 10 minutes while the (2) elderly waitresses served incoming customers in the restaurant, but not offering us service. Finally, we sat down, thinking that maybe they did not realize we wanted to be served. After 5 minutes, we realized that we were the only Blacks in the restaurant and the waitresses were avoiding serving us. We walked out!

dinerlover

02/14/2007

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Overall
best breakfast and homefries and waitresses

The wait staff is great you cant find another one like it. Genna is one of there cutest and funniest waitresses and she really knows what shes doing. You cant go anywhere else and find a family owned restaurant like this..... where else can go where you can eat great food and listen to your private jukebox at your table?

mrjaybird999

12/26/2006

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Worst customer/Restraunt relationship I have encountered

The management along with the waitress are the worst I have experinced. Waitress GENNA is oneof the rudes waitress I have met.

rlp24

11/22/2006

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Overall
Great breakfast

Ritters in a saturday morning tradition. Good homecooked food, diner style. Great with friends or family. Nothing like good eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast to get you going in the morning.

lovnlife20

01/09/2003

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Nothing like cheap food late at night!!

Nothing beats this place if you're on your way home from the bar. It's a good stop off to sober up and get some food cheaply.

coffeemug

01/06/2003

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Overall
greasy spoon

Breakfast here is way overated. Yes it is cheap but I have been to Ritters on many occasions and I have never been able to get my eggs the way I order them. Also, the juke box has been gone for over 3 years. The owners have a terrible attitude and treat the waitresses like indentured employee's By far this is not one of the best places for breakfast in Pittsburgh

bholly72

11/26/2002

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Overall
A great traditional greasy spoon!

Ritters no longer has the traditional aluminum ""railroad car"" style building, but the greasy spoon tradition is still alive and well in this popular diner. Excellent food at a good price, and quick seating even on crowded Sunday mornings. They can also accomodate large groups in their spacious and pleasant back room. Open 24 hours.

LouCole

10/18/2002

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Overall
Any Time Eats

Good Home type cooking. With a real dinner atmosphere. Easy access with good parking.

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