15 Best Restaurants in Pittsburg, CA

This article was written by local contributor Susan Morris & edited by the Travel Lens team.

Best Restaurants in Pittsburg, CA

Pittsburg is a hidden gem of Northern California!

It's my pleasure to share with you some of the best restaurants this vibrant city has to offer.

Having lived here for years, I've had the joy of exploring countless eateries and discovering the diverse flavors that make Pittsburg's dining scene stand out.

So, join me as I guide you through an unforgettable culinary journey right here in our beloved city.

Here are the 15 best restaurants in Pittsburg, California:

Nick's Sandwiches

Sandwich at Nick's Sandwiches

I must say, ever since my first visit to Nick's Sandwiches, I've been hooked!

I ordered a Turkey, Ham, Jalapeño, Sprouts, and Pepper Jack Cheese sandwich on sliced wheat, and I was blown away by how delicious it was.

I just had to try their famous Stinky Sauce, and it definitely did not disappoint.

The place has such a great variety of sandwiches, pastries, and coffees that I find myself going back time and time again to try something new.

One of the things that really stands out about Nick's Sandwiches is their commitment to providing a clean, modern, and inviting space for their customers.

Although it's a small location with only take-out options, there's outdoor seating just a few steps away, making it perfect for a quick bite.

Their catering options are also fantastic for parties, events, and meetings.

As a family, we find that the food is not only delicious but also budget-friendly and generously portioned.

My partner and I often have enough leftovers for a second meal, while my go-to Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich is just the right size to satisfy my hunger in one sitting.

The Fire Sauce and Stinky Sauce are simply irresistible and add that extra kick to our meals.

Lutong Bahay

Meal served at Lutong Bahay

One of my favorite spots to satisfy my Filipino food cravings is Lutong Bahay in Pittsburg, CA.

The menu offers a wide array of authentic Filipino dishes, making it a perfect place for both locals and visitors with varying taste preferences.

I can't get enough of their pork sour soup, or sinigang in Filipino, which is always bursting with flavor.

They even offer extra soup on the side, which I gladly accept!

I also highly recommend trying their silog meals, which are a staple in Filipino cuisine.

And if you have a sweet tooth like me, you'll definitely want to indulge in their ube halaya and leche flan for dessert.

Lumpy's Diner

Cheesy toast at Lumpy's Diner

I'm so glad I discovered Lumpy's Diner in Pittsburg because it's the only diner in the area that opens at 7 am.

As someone who enjoys a hearty breakfast, I appreciate having a local spot that serves up delicious American eats like burgers, several types of fries, and milkshakes.

The coffee here is quite robust, just the way I like it to start my day.

Although the 10oz ribeye could use a bit more seasoning and might not be as big as advertised, the pork chop is always juicy and well-seasoned.

CreAsian Bistro

Garlic noodle with beef at CreAsian Bistro

As someone who enjoys trying out new flavors and cuisines, I recently dined at CreAsian Bistro, a Vietnamese restaurant located in my neighborhood.

It was my first visit there, and I must say, I was impressed by the flavorful dishes they served.

The dishes were served hot and quick, which I appreciated.

The ambiance of the place leans more towards a bar feel than a restaurant vibe, but it's still a great spot for a quick meal.

When I visited on a Sunday, it wasn't very busy, and the service was fast.

I ordered the curried fried rice, which was slightly dry but still very tasty and generously portioned.

One thing to note is that the seats can be quite hard, so consider bringing a pillow or sitting at the half booth section in the back if you find that uncomfortable.

My personal favorite was the Garlic Noodles with Shrimp, which was super flavorful and went well with a delicious Mango Fusion cocktail.

La Sierra Taqueria

Cheesy shrimp chips at La Sierra Taqueria

Oh, let me tell you about my favorite Mexican restaurant in town - La Sierra Taqueria.

I've been a regular customer ever since they were located on 10th Street.

I must say, their Asada burrito with everything on it is, in my opinion, the best burrito in Contra Costa County.

Their burritos are absolutely amazing!

I've tried other items on their menu, too, and have never been disappointed.

La Veranda Ristorante Italiano

Tiramisu at La Veranda Ristorante Italiano

I remember when I first walked into La Veranda Ristorante Italiano with my family, it was a beautiful sight.

The ambiance was warm and welcoming, and the bread they served was absolutely divine.

It was fluffy and easily one of the best bread I've had in a while, considering that I'm not usually a bread person.

That night, my partner tried a Margarita and really enjoyed it, while I opted for a pasta dish.

Other dishes we tried that night included linguine with clams and chicken parmigiana, which wasn't on the menu.

Skyview Noodle & Tea

Wontons in red oil at Skyview Noodle & Tea

I've been living in this neighborhood for quite some time now, and I must say, discovering Skyview Noodle & Tea has been a delightful experience.

This Asian restaurant has quickly become one of my go-to spots for a tasty meal.

The charming interior is housed in a historical building, and the kind service adds to the overall welcoming atmosphere.

Although they seem to be short on staff at times, which might lead to longer wait times, it’s definitely worth the wait.

One of my favorite dishes here is the Combo Chow Mein – it has a unique spicy kick that sets it apart from the traditional Chow Mein.

The eel sushi roll and onion pancake are also delicious.

I was pleasantly surprised by the pickled mustard greens in some of their dishes, which shows their commitment to authenticity.

What I love about Skyview Noodle & Tea is that they offer a variety of Asian cuisines, including Chinese and Japanese, making it a perfect place for my pan-Asian cravings.

Wah Sing Chinese Restaurant

Food sereved at Wah Sing Chinese Restaurant

I've been living in Pittsburg, California, for quite some time now and have always been on the lookout for the best Chinese food around.

I finally found it at Wah Sing Chinese Restaurant!

Their Wonton soup is always served hot and made perfectly.

I've tried the Broccoli Beef, Orange Chicken, and Honey Walnut Shrimp, and each dish was absolutely delicious.

I would even go as far as to compare Wah Sing to Jj Palace in Oakland, whose Chinese food is equally exquisite.

The taste and quality of the food here is truly memorable.

For instance, the Sizzling Shrimp and Chicken reminded me of the amazing dishes I used to enjoy in my childhood at Sam Pan in Philadelphia Chinatown.

Uncle Wang Chinese Restaurant

Lobster sauce with prawns and mushrooms at Uncle Wang Chinese Restaurant

I've been living in the neighborhood for years now, and I've always been a fan of Chinese cuisine.

One day, while exploring new places to eat, I stumbled upon Uncle Wang Chinese Restaurant.

At first glance, it might not look like the fanciest restaurant, but don't let that fool you.

The moment I took my first bite of their beef mongolian, I knew I had found a hidden gem.

The quality of their dishes is top-notch, with some of my personal favorites being the combo chow mien, combo fried rice, and salt n pepper pork ribs.

Their spicy beef with basil is also a must-try!


Fried rice at RamenTeaCa

I recently decided to give RamenTeaCa a try after hearing positive reviews from friends.

This small Japanese restaurant immediately exuded a clean and welcoming atmosphere upon entering.

Though the space is quite compact, it's perfect for a quick meal or even for picking up takeout.

When my order arrived, I was impressed with the delicious ramen.

The broth was flavorful yet not overly salty.

The noodles were cooked just right, and the marinated egg added a nice touch to the dish.

I opted for the chicken ramen and loved how they provided a generous serving of meat.

The chili oil and garlic chili paste were great additions to enhance the taste.

My favorite part was the side of vegetables that accompanied the ramen.

They appeared to be pickled and added a refreshing crunch to the meal.

New Mecca Cafe

Spicy curry at New Mecca Cafe

I recently decided to try out New Mecca Cafe with a few friends, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

The restaurant has a retro-style ambiance that takes you back in time, a nod to its founder, who was a top cyclist from Guadalajara back in the 1960s.

Once we got settled, we ordered a variety of Mexican dishes to share among us.

The food was delicious, and the portions were quite generous.

I especially enjoyed their cheese enchiladas, which were full of flavor and had just the right amount of spice.

Though I'm not a big fan of spicy food, I appreciated that they had vegetarian-friendly options like a scrumptious potato taco and bean dip.

Their Chilaquiles were also a hit among my friends, and we were all amazed by the affordable prices.

One thing to note about New Mecca Cafe is that it may not be the best choice for larger groups, as they mostly have booths and may not be able to accommodate parties of 10 or more.

Viet Palace Restaurant

Delicious crab dish at Viet Palace Restaurant

I've been to Viet Palace Restaurant a couple of times, and my experience there has been quite mixed.

On my first visit, I was seated right away, and the customer service was good.

I tried the vegetable pho, which was fine, but I was disappointed with the garlic noodles and lemongrass tofu – they were a bit bland and greasy.

However, I did enjoy their dessert of fried banana with matcha green tea ice cream, and the avocado smoothie was pretty tasty too.

I've also tried their Shaking Beef, Pad Thai, and Chicken Chow Mein, which were all great, as were their Thai Tea and Taro Teas.

Blue Saigon

Loaded fries at Blue Saigon

Just the other day, I decided to drop by Blue Saigon after some volunteer work in the area.

I've heard great things about this place, particularly the sisig California fries and trio tacos.

When I got there, I decided to order the garlic noodles with candy-fried wings, and I must say that it was a truly satisfying experience!

The wings were absolutely delicious, with a wonderful crispy texture and the meat falling right off the bone.

And while the garlic noodles could use a bit more color, they tasted just perfect.

One thing to keep in mind is that there are no seats at Blue Saigon, so it's best to order ahead and take your food to go.

But don't let that deter you from trying out their amazing menu.

They also offer lemon pepper wings and some mouth-watering lemonades that may seem expensive, but they're totally worth it.

Little J's Pittsburg

Burger and fries at Little J's

As a regular at Little J's Burgers, I've had quite a few experiences at this American restaurant.

One of the things that initially drew me in was the energetic guy on the street advertising the place with his dancing and huge sign.

I decided to give it a try and ordered their original burger with Cajun fries.

To be completely honest, the burger was, unfortunately, a bit bland and had more veggies and bun than meat.

The patty was super thin, which was a bit of a disappointment.

However, the Cajun fries were absolutely delicious, perfectly seasoned, and served piping hot.

Since then, I've returned several times to try out other items on their menu, like their tri-tip sandwich, which turned out to be mouth-wateringly good.

Parkside Market

Spicy and Mild Italian Sausage on the grill at Parkside Market

Every time I visit Parkside Market, I'm always greeted with a warm smile from Jamal and his kids.

They truly embody the definition of a neighborhood grocery store - it's a place where I feel like I'm part of their family.

The Italian sausages and sandwiches here always hit the spot, and it's impossible to leave without grabbing some.

Parkside Market is our go-to spot on game days or when friends come to visit.

The drink selection is impressive, with a wide array of alcohol, beer, sodas, juices, etc., available.

And let's not forget the Parkside sausages - they're a must-have for any gathering.

I've been coming to this store for over 30 years, and it's still one of my favorite places in town.

Final Thoughts

My countless visits to various restaurants in Pittsburg have led me to discover the true hidden gems of our city's culinary scene.

So, whether you're in the mood for some good old-fashioned comfort food at Big Daddy Ross's Cafe or something a bit more adventurous, you're sure to find a restaurant in Pittsburg that will satisfy your cravings and leave you with memorable moments.

Trust me; you won't be disappointed!

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