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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Menu changes daily, food is excellent, service is also superb."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "5 stars says it all. We've eaten at many restaurants. Legume tops them all!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Went with friends who had eaten there before and said it was awesome. I couldn't agree more. Will keep an eye on the menu to see what dishes will make me go again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "For no reason that I can fathom, in a half empty restaurant the hostess sat my dinner companion and I right next to a table with a baby. We were barely able to hear each other over the baby's crying, parent's cooing and spoons being thrown. I am not anti-baby but not in a fine dining establishment and especially not right next to me. Hostesses, do everyone a favor and place young children away from people clearly out for a nice meal and conversation. If I want to hear babies screaming, I can do that at home! That said, the food at Legume never disappoints and the wait staff is wonderful."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Probably late to the party with this, but Legume fills a gap in the Oakland lunch scene with an upscale experience worth the price."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We went with friends to celebrate our anniversary and it was a fantastic evening! We enjoyed our meal, the service was excellent, we enjoyed the atmosphere, too. I very much appreciated that the staff so readily accommodated our special needs. My husband uses a walker and we asked to be near a rest room for him and they were able to take care of us. That can be a deal breaker for me if a restaurant cannot accommodate my husband. So, Legume' has now been added to our list of faves! Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "When this restaurant opened in 2007 it was a "neighborhood gem" and when it moved to Oakland in 2011 it become one of the best restaurants in Greater Pittsburgh almost overnight -- certainly fit for foodies and a place for special occasions.. The menu is creative, the food outstanding, the chef always ready to adjust, the staff both pleasant and professional, and the setting elegant and quiet. There is even parking across the street! What more could one want?"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Lovely atmosphere. Interesting selection. None of the starters appealed to us. Dessert was delicious!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Wow We were visiting Pittsburgh and looking for something special. If you have time for just one dinner in town this should be your choice. Every course was savory and prepared from locally sourced ingredients. Our server knew everything about every dish... I could not stump him for an answer even down to where the rustic tables were sourced from."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • ""Absolutely Wonderful" says it all. The love and dedication from Chef Hooper in providing only the freshest top quality food shows with each dish that comes out of the kitchen. Presentations are simple,but it comes down to freshness, quality and taste. Legume never disappoints. The servers are quietly efficient, reserved, and knowledgable. Cocktails are outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I took the suggestions of reviewers and ordered some things that had been praised online. The smoked bluefish pate was incredible. We had cold asparagus soup which was perhaps the best cold creamed soup I've ever had. Even the bread and butter were delicious. The bread was a whole grain sourdough and both the grains and sourness were huge flavors. I had the chicken under a skillet, and it was very good. I never order chicken but this was a winner. A little hard to eat as it was all on the bone, and the plate was smallish. Might be easier on a larger dinner plate. Also had the recommended chocolate truffle cake which was rich, flavorful and light, all at the same time. Wonderful service. This was a perfect meal."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My sister and I had a great lunch. We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Went to Pittsburgh to see Frank Lloyd Wright's...Falling Water. It was great, but nothing could top it except a fabulous dinner....and for sure Legume was it. From beginning to end it was wonderful. Had the two pate's...smoked bluefish??? Doesn't sound good does it??? But it was delicious. The other pate was awesome too. They served the pate's with butter dipped thin slices of baguette. I think no matter what you get...thumbs up!! For dinner we had their special chicken. The corn was different and was really good. The dandelion salad was so special...something we had never had. Had the cake for dessert....yum..... Better than lots of NYC restaurants...I would definitely go back..love, love, loved it."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The food is reliably great at Legume. It's an excellent place for lunch!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The food at our last dinner was truly spectacular from the Beef Tartare to the Pate as appetizers. I had the sturgeon with salsa and ramp pesto and hearts of palm. It was beautiful but tasted even better. The care taken to cut all the tiny precision cut pieces for the salsa were a visual and taste treat. I think it was the best of my many fantastic meals at Legume. My wife's Kielbasa and accouterments was her favorite as usual. The desserts also had very special touches. The lemon and ginger pound cake. Our meal was one we reflected on and compared it to those amazing evening when you started and cooked in the small closet. (How did you do that )"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Yummy cocktails to start, then shared the razor clam app (good but compared to the rest of the meal just OK.) We followed with salads, dandelion greens with poached egg and bacon and grilled escarole with dilly beans and pepper beignets. Both were awesome, especially the escarole. Mains were bluefish with rice, turnips and pea shoots and ravioli with a ramp pesto and (more) pea shoots. Dessert was a shared chocolate banana cake with caramel ice cream. While we initially waited about 10 minutes for a server, once that was straightened out the rest of the meal was smooth. Food courses were well paced. We waited a few minutes or so between courses (which we like....not too much food at once.) Usually we make this clear to staff. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My family and I came here to celebrate two graduations. We all had a wonderful time. The service was outstanding, and our waiter, Juan, was absolutely fantastic. We all enjoyed the delicious food, and drinks. Thank you for a lovely evening!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My husband and I love Legume, but recently took family members there for a 7-person celebratory dinner and discovered that the menu was just too weird for them. You have to be adventuresome to eat here. I wish there had been one or two more traditional items on the menu. As it was, I was a little embarrassed that my guests couldn't find anything on the menu that felt "safe." Admittedly, these are timid diners. Also, it was uncomfortably warm in the middle section of the restaurant. Very stuffy. We made our server aware of the problem, but they were not able to do anything about it. After we drank some wine we were even more uncomfortable. Hope the restaurant can fix this problem."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Service was great. Burger was excellent. Looking forward to next chance to try something else."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Legume is a gem of a restaurant. Not only is the food terrific and interesting, the service is extraordinary. The dining areas are all beautifully appointed with interesting art and creative iron pieces separating dining areas. The bar area is small and very charming!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "4 of us had the bluefish which is quite distinctive and excellent. Two had chicken which was also v tasty. Chocolate truffle dessert was delicious. I really appreciate how reliably good and interesting their meals are. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "With a menu that changes almost daily you have to go online to see their latest offerings. Even some of our "foodies" were a little put off by their first reading of the menu, but we forged ahead. There was not one thing that was not fabulous! Highly recommend the bluefish pate appetizer or the pozole roja (soup). The salads were all good. Our group had the salmon, the chicken and the beef dishes as our entrees and all were wonderful. Don't be put off by the unusual combinations or unknowns on the menu. The chef knows what he is doing; go with it and you will be pleasantly surprised! Also, the homemade bread was fabulous!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We arrived at 5:30 on Monday, just in time to enjoy a bit of Happy Hour in the convivial "Butterjoint" next door. Dark Beer and House Wines from Portugal paired well with Smoked Bluefish and Pork/Ham Country Pate. The joint was jumpin' and the service was friendly. At 6:30 we we were ushered to our table in the Dining Room. Corkage fees are waived Monday night, so we brought our own wine (Modus, Fess Parker and Tobin James) and lovely large glasses were provided by our cordial and efficient staff. Standouts during dinner were the Beef Tartare, Grilled Escarole Salad, Sauteed Ramp Tops, Tallow Fries, Chicken w/ Polenta, Beef Tenderloin and Chocolate Truffle Cake. We had a memorable evening and expect to return soon for other occasions."
    Dined on 5/5/2014