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The 8 Best Shawarmas In Pittsburgh

Updated: June 30, 2022

Does a juicy lamb shawarma make you salivate? Of course it does, which is why we recommend a visit to these Pittsburgh spots. We analyzed top review sites, articles, and food blogs to ensure only the best Shawarmas are featured on this list. With falafel for vegans and roasted chicken and beef for meat lovers, these Pittsburgh restaurants cater for every shawarma lover.

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Jolina's Mediterranean Cuisine

Mediterranean, $$, BrooklineMediterranean, $$Pittsburgh, Brookline
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 3 best Lebanese restaurants in Pittsburgh

    Hoodline, 2019

Rosewater Middle Eastern Grill

Middle Eastern, $, Central Business DistrictMiddle Eastern, $Pittsburgh, Central Business District
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

The Forge

Mediterranean, $$, Lower LawrencevilleMediterranean, $$Pittsburgh, Lower Lawrenceville
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Omar's Halal Grill

Mediterranean, $$, North OaklandMediterranean, $$Pittsburgh, North Oakland
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Pita My Shawarma

Mediterranean, $$, Lower LawrencevilleMediterranean, $$Pittsburgh, Lower Lawrenceville
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Aladdin's Eatery - Pittsburgh-Squirrel Hill

Middle Eastern, $$, Squirrel Hill SouthMiddle Eastern, $$Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill South
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

    Here are Pittsburgh's top 5 Middle Eastern spots

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Hoodline, 2020

    Here are Pittsburgh's top 4 vegetarian spots

    Hoodline, 2020

Kassab's Restaurant

Mediterranean, $, Southside FlatsMediterranean, $Pittsburgh, Southside Flats
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Palmyra Mediterrean Cuisine

Middle Eastern, $, Central Business DistrictMiddle Eastern, $Pittsburgh, Central Business District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

How did we curate this list?

Finding the right spot to satisfy your Shawarma craving shouldn't be a full-time job. We analyzed 409 lists and articles from top sources like Hoodline, 6837 Pittsburgh restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 823905 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. These top contenders have appeared in Hoodline - Here are Pittsburgh's top 4 vegetarian spots, Hoodline - Here are Pittsburgh's top 5 Middle Eastern spots and Hoodline - The 3 best Lebanese restaurants in Pittsburgh. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. Shawarma connoisseurs and amateurs alike are bound to enjoy this list of the best Pittsburgh Shawarma.

Questions & answers

Madonna's Mediterranean Cuisine, Rosewater Middle Eastern Grill, and The Forge are the highest-rated shawarma spots to get a quick lunch in Pittsburgh.

The Forge, Jolina's Mediterranean Cuisine, and Kassab's Restaurant are the highest-rated shawarma spots that are good for groups in Pittsburgh.

Madonna's Mediterranean Cuisine, Rosewater Middle Eastern Grill, and The Forge are the highest-rated shawarma spots for dinner in Pittsburgh.

The Forge and Aladdin's Eatery - Pittsburgh-Squirrel Hill are the highest-rated vegan shawarma places in Pittsburgh.

Madonna's Mediterranean Cuisine, Rosewater Middle Eastern Grill, and The Forge are the highest-rated late-night spots for shawarmas in Pittsburgh.

Drink pairing tips for Shawarma

  • Chardonnay with your falafel

    When considering what goes best with falafel, we recommend a glass of Chardonnay, it truly complements the dish as it enhances flavour.


  • Rosé and falafel


    falafel, goes very well with a glass of dry Rosé, a pink winethat counterbalances the dense texture of the falafel.

  • The ideal pairing for filet mignon with pepper sauce

    Experts often pair filet mignon with pepper sauce with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

Interesting facts about Shawarma

  • The largest falafel ball ever

    Don’t you hate it when there is not enough food for seconds? This wasn’t a concern when the record was broken for the biggest falafel ball. Weighing in at 24 pounds there was more than enough falafel balls to go around!

  • International Falafel Day

    Don’t forget that International Falafel Day falls on June 12. Be sure to enjoy a little falafel!

  • The history of falafel

    Do you like falafel? It was invented during medieval period in beautiful Egypt.

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