8 Unique Dining Spots in Butler County, PA

Foodies rejoice for Butler County Restaurant Week, September 13-19! A perfect time to discover a special, “new-to-you” dining spot that you’ll want to visit over and over again. Find locally-sourced foods turned into creative dishes, unique atmospheres, as well as friendly and attentive service. Support local restaurants by choosing between breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. You can also discover new spots by neighborhood, or decide where to eat through the variety of cuisines and price points. We highly recommend trying a new place, as well as visiting restaurants that you already enjoy for their signature dishes. Let us know where you dine and what you enjoy by tagging us on social media with the hashtag #EatInButlerCounty

1. Hotel Saxonburg — Saxonburg, PA

Hotel Saxonburg is a picturesque historic inn with great fine dining. Enjoy a cozy, yet elegant atmosphere, whether you sit inside the historic building with 19th century decor or enjoy outdoor dining at the lovely, bustling patio with visual charm. Inside there is an original wooden bar with stained-glass windows and a tavern room section of the restaurant that are both enjoyable options. Executive chef, Alan Green, creates original recipes and daily menu specials, while continuing to highlight beloved favorites like the crab cakes, lobster bisque, and filet mignon. In addition, over 50% of Hotel Saxonburg’s menu ingredients are purchased from local farms. Featuring a three-course meal for Butler County’s Restaurant Week, including the lobster bisque, this is a place that shouldn’t be skipped. After a relaxing and delightful meal, walk through town and enjoy the ambience of a charming town complete with an old wooden church at the end of Main Street and Victorian style houses and buildings. Visit Roebling Park and see the miniature replica of the Brooklyn Bridge designed by Saxonburg’s founder, John A. Roebling.

 

2. Avor Thai — Cranberry Twp., PA

S’avor the fl’avor at Avor Thai, a from-scratch, authentic Thai Restaurant. Enjoy dining inside, where there is gorgeous red and gold Asian decor and they open their garage door-like window for fresh air on nice days. For Butler County’s Restaurant Week, you can enjoy a three-course featured meal with one of their most popular dishes, pad thai. Customize your dish by picking a protein and spice level from a 1-5 range. With the pad thai, you also receive a refreshing and sweetly-spiced thai iced tea, a chicken or vegan puff for an appetizer, and sweet black sticky rice with taro for dessert. Avor Thai is BYOB or you can enjoy their non alcoholic teas.

 

3. Cannella Cafe — Butler, PA

Brunch lovers will love this Restaurant Week breakfast option! Cannella Cafe is a hidden gem breakfast and lunch place in downtown Butler that has a modern and intimate feel with its exposed brick wall, metal coffee bar area, and leafy plant decorations. For Restaurant Week, try a savory or sweet dish. Choose between rich cinnamon roll pancakes, regular homemade cinnamon rolls, or the Royal breakfast that is fit for a king, covering all the breakfast favorites — eggs, your choice of breakfast meat, homefries, toast, and a pancake. Cannella Cafe is also bringing back their cannoli pancakes just for Restaurant Week that are filled with sweet cannoli cream filling! They also serve amazing coffee drinks, so you will want to try a specialty coffee, tea, or hot chocolate with your meal. 

 

4. Los Mayas — Harmony, PA

Los Mayas is an authentic Mexican Restaurant with flavor explosions in every single dish. Start with complimentary chips and salsa and add on another amazing dip like guacamole or choriqueso made table-side in a stone bowl. Foodies will enjoy that you can watch the choriqueso meat, cheese, and onions being combined ⁠— pure magic! Then, order their featured dish, the flavorful Tolum Azado that is a combination of carne asada (marinated steak), chicken breast, cactus, shrimp, and chorizo served with green onions, rice, and beans on the side. You can also try tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, and more for your main entree. In addition, you can enjoy vegetarian options of almost every dish. It’s BYOB, but you can enjoy margaritas with your meal by adding to their margarita mix. The ambience is also enjoyable with the inside dining area brightened with a striped wall of color in the back or dine outside on the patio. Head next door to Tin Man Sweets after your meal for a delightful cup of gelato or a cupcake.

 

5. Shubrew: Handcrafted Ales & Food / General Shus — Zelienople, PA

Former Executive Chef and now partner, Patrick Wyman created a from-scratch kitchen and brought cuisines from all over the world to Zelienople through Shubrew: Handcrafted Ales & Food. Now ShuBrew partners with local suppliers and farmers daily to create a seasonal menu with only the freshest ingredients. One example is ShuBrew’s Sweetwater Farms Featured Salad. Not only does ShuBrew partner with a local farm, but they create an ever-changing salad with the freshest, seasonal ingredients from the farm. For Butler County Restaurant Week, they are featuring a special fried rice or noodle bowl that is sure to be incredibly flavorful. Enjoy dining at a brew pub by pairing your meal with a handcrafted, original Shu “Brew.” In addition, ShuBrew is sustainable. In 2019, they earned the platinum designation from Sustainable Pittsburgh signifying that they support environmentally responsible practices by working with local farms, minimizing waste, creating a vibrant community, and more. Feel like Chinese food? Head over to Shubrew’s sister restaurant, General Shus, for the same quality, locally-sourced dishes, but with an Asian twist.

 

6. Anna Marie’s Winery and Café — Butler, PA

Raise a glass to Butler’s unique winery and café. A wonderful place to break bread with friends and family, the winery also has a romantic atmosphere, making it a wonderful place for a date or anniversary. There are several dining options, such as dining rooms inside or eating outside on a beautiful covered pavilion. A wonderful option for Italian cuisine, they are known for comfort food, fresh pasta made daily, and a large selection of handcrafted wine ranging from dry to sweet wines. For Butler County’s Restaurant Week, they are featuring chicken parmesan, which you can pair with a glass of their wine. They also have wine flights available if you would like to try a selection of wines with your meal.

 

7. Rajbhog Indian Cafe — Cranberry Twp., PA

Find a variety of curry, naan, samosas, and so much more at Rajbhog Indian Cafe! The menu is full of Indian “street foods” and traditional curry dishes. After your meal, head to their Indian  grocery store to peruse a wide variety of sweets and snacks. Another unique aspect of Rajbhog is that you can create your own spice blend at the grocery store. Approach an employee with a recipe or dish in mind and they will help you create the right spice blend, as well as give tips on creating the dish yourself. Dine in for Restaurant Week, then if you love your meal, pick out those specialty ingredients and try creating the dish again at home!

 

8. Wunderbar Coffee & Crepes — Harmony, PA

Dine in a historic opera house at Wunderbar Coffee & Crepes for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. At Wunderbar, there is a variety of relaxing options for enjoying your meal with friends or family ⁠— tables inside or outside on a covered porch, as well as comfy chairs in the back room. One of their signature items for Butler County’s Restaurant Week is the Bucho Grilled Cheese, which is served between two slices of pretzel bread baked next door at The Two Fraus Bakery. They also have many gluten free options with their amazing savory and sweet crepes! The crepes are made with buckwheat from Zanella Milling in Butler County. By dining at Wunderbar, you are supporting three local businesses in Butler County, PA. Make sure to add a specialty coffee or tea to your meal, they have a wonderful selection, and you can customize your drink to be dairy free. While you are there, check out artwork inside from their featured local artist of the month.