Coffee & Espresso * Delicious Food * Wine & Cocktails * Adoptable Cats
Why would I eat where there are animals?
Our kitchen and first-floor cafe are completely separate from the upstairs loft where the cats are. Think of us as your neighborhood coffee shop and wine bar -- no reservations necessary. Our savory treats and sweet baked goods are all made in house. We're proud that Pittsburgh Magazine featured us in the Food & Drink category (Best Place to Find All of Your Loves) in their 2017 Best of the 'Burgh issue, and Good Food Pittsburgh named us as one of the 30 Best Restaurants to Open in 2017!
What happens when I arrive at Colony Cafe?
We offer coffee, wine, food and visits to our Cat Loft, which can be enjoyed separately -- or all together! When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a friendly Colony staffer who will ask what they can do for you. Let us know if you have a reservation for the Cat Loft. We’ll get your name, check you in and take your order. All of our cafe items can be enjoyed in the Cat Loft.
Why do I have to pay to enter the Cat Loft?
Colony is home to 10-14 cats, who live here 24/7 until they get adopted. The $8 fee helps cover rent, utilities, insurance, staff salary and cleaning supplies for the Cat Loft.
Wait, I need a reservation to see the cats?!
While reservations aren’t required, we limit the number of people in the Cat Loft to 10 at any time. We do this so we don’t overwhelm the cats, and so every guest can get some kitty time. We recommend making a reservation through our real-time online booking system so you won’t be disappointed when you arrive. If you walk in and we’re not at capacity, you’re welcome to join the fun in the Cat Loft.
There's only one hour-long spot open. Can I split it with 2, 3 or 4 people?
We want to give all our guests a relaxing experience in the Cat Loft and have found it to be disruptive to both people and cats when there's a lot of entering and exiting the Loft during split visits, so we can no longer accommodate this request. We hope you'll book a time when your entire party can enjoy the Loft at the same time!
My child is under 8 years old. Why can’t I bring him/her to the Cat Loft?
We take the safety and comfort of both cats and guests very seriously. While many kids are great with animals, appropriate behavior is not always instinctual in younger children – and cats are unpredictable! Except during children-specific events, our minimum age requirement for the Cat Loft is 8.