swing by the Strip District, located inside Smallman Galley 

54 21st Street, Pittsburgh, PA



monday: closed

tues-thurs: 11-9 pm

friday: 11-10 pm

saturday: 10 - 10 pm

sunday: 10 - 3 pm

Questions? Please contact carotacafepgh@gmail.com

For Jessica Lewis, it’s going to be (almost) all about the vegetables. Formerly, the Sous Chef at Pittsburgh’s Hotel Monaco and it’s two dining venues: The Commoner and Biergarten, Lewis has worked in a variety of Pittsburgh and New York City-based kitchens over the years.

“I’m excited by this opportunity to continue building this community and this great food scene,” says Lewis. The graduate of New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education and the University of Virginia is no stranger to working side-by-side with ambitious and talented chefs; she was a contestant during season 11 of FOX-TV’s popular “Hell’s Kitchen,” starring celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

Chef Jessica Lewis has created a wholesome, vegetable-forward dining experience. She is working with local farms to inspire an in-season evolving menu using naturally grown produce, sustainable seafood and humanely raised meats. Since her days as a NCAA All American swimmer, Chef Jessica has had health and wellness on her mind, and she plans to break the meat-focused mindset by creating hearty vegetable inspired dishes accented by meats and seafood.


The menu at Carota Cafe is largely vegetable-based and full of options for those who choose not to eat animal products. Our produce is highly seasonal, always non-GMO, organic and local whenever possible. The proteins we use are thoughtfully sourced from local farmers, always taking into consideration the welfare and life quality of the animals.

At Carota, we make choices about our food that reflects our environment and the life-quality of our food sources. Real food heals.