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Legume Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.legumebistro.com
  • Phone: (412) 621-2700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 - 9:00 pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00 - 10:00 pm
    Bar: Monday - Saturday: 4:30 pm - 12:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Trevett Hooper
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Join us at Legume for your next business, social or family gathering! Our private dining room seats up to 12 people, making it ideal for an intimate dinner. Several menu options are available, including a custom chef's tasting menu.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarah Hooper (412) 621-2700

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bayard
  • Public Transit: The 71C, 71A, 54 and 93 all stop at the intersection of N. Craig and Bayard. Additional buses stop at N. Craig and Fifth Ave., approximately 1 and 1/2 blocks south of Legume.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the garage across the street from Legume for $3 with a validated ticket.
    Bicycle parking is available free of charge directly in front of Legume, or in the garage across the street.
A word from Legume
Located in North Oakland, Legume serves contemporary, seasonal American cuisine and a full service bar, the Butterjoint. Legume is now serving lunch Monday through Friday.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Great job the food was good and service good. We were happy to be there"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I love this place, usually request it for special occasions, intimate yet laid back, close to my workplace, food is amazing, as locally sourced (I think). Unfortunately this time, the service was not good at all, server not attentive & slow. Hopefully only a freak incident this time."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "For carnivores legumes menu is good and the food well made. For vegans and vegetarians not so much. Frito misto was greasy, veggies did not work well with the batter which fell off and turnips were hard and undercooked. Not all veggies work for Frito Misto. Grilled salad was over dressed with a dressing with a serious bite to it. Turnip side dish was excellent but if you don't eat butter... Dragon tongue beans side dish was good. All veggie dishes I asked about had same list of veggies in them. Desserts were decadent but not for vegans. The Bartender continues to astound with well thought out drinks with random ingredients I suggest. My husband still loves it, but for the price and being mostly a vegan...me--not so much."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I love Legume, and enjoy going there for lunch, but once in a while the service seems a bit off. We sat for quite a while and didn't seem to have a server assigned to us. Others who sat after us got food before we even ordered (and we only ordered because we flagged someone down). Not sure what was going on, but fortunately it isn't typical."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "That chicken leg might be the best tasting chicken I've ever eaten. The salads were fine, the bread was great and my wife liked her ravioli, but I just keep thinking of that chicken leg."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Legume has long been our favorite place for celebrating special occasions and they didn't disappoint on this visit. I think it was our best meal there to date! Memorable from start to finish. Please, please keep the cherry brandied chicken livers-we are still talking about them! Our server, Jennifer, was just the best. Efficient, knowledgeable and even gave us a special treat of the pickled radishes to take with us. Just a wonderful experience-thank you!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We arrived on a dreary rainy night, and from the hostess - to the server, etc - we felt welcome in this lovely space. We told server we wanted to take our time and he spaced our meal impeccably. Food was incredible - fresh - local - and deliciously prepared. And NOT TOO MUCH SALT as too many super chef's tend towards. Lovely, Lovely, Lovely. Thank you Legume Team."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Every time my wife and I have eaten at Legume, they continue to outdo themselves. We love the dynamic menu that highlights seasonal cuisine that is always prepared perfectly. The service is wonderful and make it very pleasant to dine there."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We've been to Legume countless times now and always have an amazing meal. Absolutely love every single thing we get - even if we've never had it before."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We eat here quite frequently and have come to know the philosophy behind and appreciate the excellence of the dishes served. The chef, Trevett Hooper, and his staff take great care and pride in serving the best, locally grown organic produce and proteins (with occasional non-local as seasonal situations arise). The food is prepared to really bring out the freshness of the immediate flavors - never over seasoned but well balanced/paired with all items on dish. The excellent staff is very knowledgeable about all dishes and wine/bar lists. They consistently hit their mark and I do recommend them as the restaurant to not miss while in Pittsburgh or East End area."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Excellent, friendly service and freshly prepared food that looks & tastes like it's crafted with care. Their kielbasa is made in-house and was delicious. Go eat there now!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We thought the food was excellent,Our waitress Jennifer was nice as can be and explained certain meals to us took her time and so polite and pleasant. My hats of to the chef great job. I plain on coming back in the future and would recommend this restaurant to friends."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Easily one of the best lifetime dining experiences, opinion shared by me and my guest. We had high expectations and Legume exceeded all! Thanks for a GREAT night out!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We eat here often. Probably the best restaurant in Oakland. Our most recent meal was exceptional. Food of great quality. But the service was down right lazy. Beyond difficult to get our waiters attention. Drinks took greater than 20 minutes to arrive, food over an hour and a half. Strangely we had arrived on time at 6:30 when the restaurant was fairly empty. The bar was hopping so maybe that was the problem."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I found Legume though an article in Food and Wine Magazine. The restaurant is very clean and had a great atmosphere. The server was very attentive. The food is delicious! We started our meal with the grass feed beef tartare. It was the best thing we ate all week! The presentation was beautiful, the flavors were so balanced between the egg, beef, and other ingredients. This is a must have if anyone goes to this restaurant. The tuna was so cooked perfectly and served in a broth that complimented the dish nicely. We loved it so much that we took our co workers the next night. Everyone LOVED it! I look forward to going back to this restaurant next time I am in Pittsburgh and have already passed along this place to several friends."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We visit from DC every few months and always look for a top restaurant to make the weekend special. Legume definitely filled the bill. The food was as good as a top restaurant in any international city. We had the tuna, perfectly seared, generous cut; the steak, perfectly cut and beautifully seasoned served sliced: the ravioli, melted in your mouth; and the pork shoulder in a cranberry sauce, best I ever had and that is not my usual choice. If anything was less than perfect it was the desert, they could use a few more choices and a few less fussy choices. Prices were very fair given the exceptional quality. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • ""Fresh and local" are one of the hallmarks of this restaurant; This weekend those items seemed to be cherries, radishes, and green onions, as at least one of those items appeared in every dish. The food was competently prepared although the chef and saucier seemed to have two different approaches. I'd prefer a bit more balance to the flavor profiles of the dishes. The pork shoulder was cooked perfectly but the subtle sweetness of the cherry sauce seemed to clash a bit with the smoky/salty pork. The local kielbasa was excellent; fresh and well smoked but didn't work perfectly with the accompanying vegetables. The wine list was competent but pricey. The service was very good and the ambiance genial and fun. Overall, a very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food is always great, but hostess and wait staff are usually less than welcoming and pretentious. There was a mix up with the number of our party (my fault), and was made to feel uncomfortable. The servers are always in a hurry to leave the table. It's not a friendly restaurant."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our server, Tate, patiently explained EVERYTHING on the menu. He was knowledgeable and passionate about the food he described. This was our first time at the restaurant, and although I did not recognize many of the dishes on the menu, I noticed the 4 of us completely cleaned our plates. We all tried something different from the menu. It was a great evening. (I remember when the location was "Nino's"....lots of remodeling and updates!!)"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere, our waiter was funny, friendly and well versed in all aspects of the menu. The food was wonderful, but the plates were a tad small and it was a little pricey for what was served. $155 before tip for three. One appetizer, three entrees, three salads, one glass of wine, two beers and two deserts. I guess you get what you pay for, but longed for a bigger entree. No complaints on the flavors though. Pickled radishes were weird and wonderful. Salads were fresh and interesting and everyone loved their entrees."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I have enjoyed dinner at Legume twice in the past week. Both meals were excellent."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The food was amazing, however, our server was very curt and non-attentive. It seemed we just had bad luck, because the other service staff was very attentive. Overall, it was great food and wine."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Excellent food and drink. And fabulous tabletops crafted locally from reclaimed woods. An all-round pleasure."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We've been there many times and have always been impressed with the food and the service. You can get things at Legume that you won't find anywhere else. I'd like to see a bigger menu, however. There were very few choices for my daughter who is a vegan and was celebrating her 25th birthday."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My husband and I chose To dine at Legume because the first time we dined there we enjoyed the local food and the very pleasant service. What we experienced this time was, again, great food but the service was less satisfactory. Our server didn't introduce himself and didn't seem knowledgable as to if items were gluten/dairy free (again, we were comparing our previous visit when the waitress was extremely knowledgable of the menu). I also had lunch there with a group of friends this past week and again, although the food was good, the server did not introduce himself and did not seem familiar with the menu."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We had a delightful experience on a busy Saturday night. Everyone enjoyed their meals, and the service was pleasant. Our server could have been slightly more attentive, but overall it was a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Reservations easy to make despite popularity of restaurant. Parking a bit of a problem around the city locale of the restaurant - I did not see the sign for Valet Parking at an underground lot across the street and was not told about it when I made the dinner reservation. Friendly efficient staff. Pleasant decor with reasonable noise level. Diverse, creative menu that changes every day. The entrees were superb (we tried the tenderloin and the copper river salmon). The bread was fresh baked and delicious. The desserts were tempting, but we exercised caloric control and skipped them. My only complaint about the food was that the salads were mediocre, at best - and overpriced. Otherwise it was a delightful dining experience"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was well prepared and the meal had a very clean sense to it. The decor and atmosphere was fresh and intimate."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food is exceptional if inconsistent. Great concepts and combinations but limited range on ingedients. Some dishes underprepared others over cooked. Same is true for wait staff. They really need to learn the basics."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Some pictures on the wall (barcodes stickers still on) were off-putting and a large and loud party was seated next to us near the end of our entrees, but with food so good, who cares? Order the steak tartare. It is necessary. The strawberry-rhubarb crisp was worth every dollar; the buttermilk panna cotta with espresso meringue and espresso soaked figs was not - it felt too heavy and the flavors didn't blend well. A special shout-out to the waiter, who was sincerely pleasant to talk with."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner and atmosphere. The service was superb. All staff knew about food preparations and wine selections. which is unlike any other restaurant I've ever been too. Bravo!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We love to hop from restaurant to restaurant on Pittsburgh magazine's top list. As 2014 was recently published, we looked to the latest list for inspiration on where to go this past Friday evening. I have been meaning to get to Legume for almost 2 years because I had heard good things. Many of the restaurants we visit from the list have been great and always have a different reason for me to enjoy. My favorite restaurants on the list are the ones where the menu provides unique and memorable dishes and always have a surprise. The more interesting the food , the more I want to return! This meal at Legume falls right into that category! The ingredients are as fresh as advertised....do not wait as long as we did to visit!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Dinner is terrific at Legume, but fewer people know about lunch, which is very good too. Everyone in our party of four was very happy with the food and atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Menu changes daily, food is excellent, service is also superb."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Legume is my "go-to" place for so many occasions. The food is consistently good, the service always excellent, and those tallow fries . . . . I love the farm to table focus as well as the parking across the street, which in Oakland, is a huge plus. I have been here multiple times, and never been disappointed. If you haven't tried it, you are missing out."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The appetizers and entrees we received were well executed. Especially the smoked blue fish pate. The salmon was fresh and well cooked and the chicken was well prepared. Pricing is very reasonable. Two main gripes, only four entrees is quite limited and hard to handle common dietary restrictions. Not having fine quality coffee is inexcusable, at least have an espresso option."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It is unfortunate that when writing this review, the human part of the experience takes away from the overall dining experience. The atmosphere is nice and the overall ambience provides for a nice atmosphere for whatever occasion. The food is amazing, but the service was where we had an issue. It started off great with a knowledgeable and attentive waitress, but this changed around 8:45p when she became very inattentive and forgetful. Not sure what changed at that time, but was unfortunate regardless. The menu is compact, and offers a choice from all groups (meat, chicken or seafood). The menu is created each day with some slight changes, so the options seem limitless."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "5 stars says it all. We've eaten at many restaurants. Legume tops them all!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This was our first visit. Ambiance was good. It was plenty busy (a good sign) The menu was shorter than I expected after viewing the website. Fortunately, we all were able to find a good choice and the selections did not disappoint. The food was excellent."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Legume's good was VERY good as was the service. The serving size was just right- not too much and not too little."
    Dined on 6/7/2014