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By: Lily Cope

Perched atop Pittsburgh’s iconic Mount Washington, Altius offers more than just breathtaking views of the city’s skyline. With its name translating to “higher” in Latin, Altius stands as a beacon of elevated dining experiences, where Executive Chef and Partner Jessica Bauer has cultivated a mecca of fine dining for the past decade.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary in May, Altius continues to redefine upscale hospitality in the Steel City. Inspired by the sleek and modern interiors reminiscent of New York City’s finest eateries, Altius beckons guests with its simple yet sophisticated ambiance.

At the heart of Altius’ ethos lies a commitment to honest, upscale dining that resonates with Pittsburghers. Chef Bauer and her team understand the city’s palate, infusing familiar flavors with an elevated twist that captivates diners.

Seafood plays a big part in Altius’ menu, featuring high-end products such as Oishii Shrimp, Alaskan halibut, and King Salmon ceviche. The meticulously crafted dishes, like the King Salmon ceviche with its sweet chili pineapple glaze and smoked salmon roe, showcase the kitchen’s culinary prowess. Another standout offering is the Chilean sea bass, a blend of flavors and textures that changes seasonally. On their winter menu, the dish features jumbo lump crab, artichoke confit savory crepe, and a fricassee of Chanterelle mushroom and Brussels sprouts – a testament to Altius’s commitment to creative culinary excellence.

Altius also boasts a unique caviar selection, a rarity in Pittsburgh’s dining scene. Beyond the delectable cuisine, Altius prides itself on creating memorable experiences for every guest. Whether it’s a milestone celebration or an intimate dinner, Altius strives to make every guest feel special from the moment they step through the door.

The dining experience begins with a playful touch – complimentary popcorn to whet the appetite, setting the stage for the show that is both the view and the menu. And as the meal draws to a close, guests are treated to a thoughtful parting gift: a to-go cookie, a sweet reminder of their time at Altius.

Despite its accolades and acclaim, Altius remains refreshingly unpretentious. As a small, woman-owned business, every aspect of Altius is infused with care and passion, with the team operating like a tight-knit family. This dedication to quality and hospitality has not gone unnoticed, as Altius was recently honored as one of OpenTable’s Top 100 Restaurants in America.

For 10 years, Altius has not just elevated Pittsburgh’s dining scene; it has become an institution, a place where culinary innovation meets genuine hospitality. And as Chef Jessica Bauer continues to push boundaries and delight palates, Altius remains a shining beacon atop Mount Washington, inviting diners to savor the heights of gastronomic excellence.