Legume
Legume

Legume

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.legumebistro.com/
  • Phone: 4126212700x
  • 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 4126212700x

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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Legume reviews from OpenTable diners
225 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (180)special occasion (116)neighborhood gem (102)romantic (59)vibrant bar scene (49)notable wine list (48)good for groups (45)hot spot (35)great for lunch (28)late-night find (9)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • A restaurant that I shall remember
    Sharri
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Service was extremely efficient. Our waiter explained the dishes exceptionally well and all servers were very friendly😃. The food was expensive but very high quality. Enjoyed this restaurant experience with my husband and grandson who is a student at University of Pitt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    FoodFanatic
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Texture of the flavor overlays was wonderful, very complex
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved It!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We loved Legume! We were celebrating my wife's birthday...they gave us a wonderful table by the window. The staff was knowledgable and passionate about good food. The food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    bas4n
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Friendly staff, wonderful food, and pleasant atmosphere made our dinner so much more enjoyable. It's great to go to a restaurant that does all things so well that you can just enjoy the company of your friends and eat a good meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely lunch spot
    urbanfabric
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This is a great spot for lunch. I know they are open for dinner, but as I work nearby I am here for lunch usually and can't say anything bad about it. People seem to think the menu is vegetarian, but instead the vegetables are the stars and I love that. The oddly named Vegetarian Explosion is my choice for lunch, it's the perfect portion and features seasonal ingredients executed beautifully (no actual exploding vegetarians included). I brought my mother, who is in a wheelchair, and they had no trouble accommodating her as the place is accessible. Bonus: they gave us a table up front rather than making us negotiate the whole restaurant with her chair, classy! I do wish the doors had automatic openers, maybe next renovation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, great food
    Foodies
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was our second visit to Legume. We were seated immediately for our reservation. We were a party of 6, but that didn't matter, the service was still great. Portion sizes were perfect. This is not a place for someone expecting a ridiculous amount of food as many American restaurants do these days. We left full and full of high quality goodness. I can't say a bad thing about our visit. Unknowingly, we brought a friend that doesn't eat beef. This was not an issue as the alternatives were great. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited
    PLG1011
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Although our table of five enjoyed dinner, we thought the portions were too small and the prices too high. The limited menu choices were creative, but not necessarily satisfying. The Pavlova was excellent, however.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative and excellent
    woz2
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Novel dishes beautifully served and presented. Clean modern interior design.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Underwhelming Experience
    Bert
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    October 9, 2014 - Dinner I was able to be seated immediately and I was poured a glass of water right after sitting down. Then I waited...it was at least 15 minutes before a server came over to me to ask if I would like anything to drink. I was about a minute away from getting up and walking at since I don't believe I should need to ask for a server. Once a server did finally come over I never felt welcomed. I don't need a server to have a five minute conversation with me, but I don't think I should feel like my presence there is awkward. The food was good, I just didn't think it was great which was disappointing with the price point for the food. I'm not saying my experience is representative of Legume, but I doubt I will be returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent
    ticketlucy
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Legume is always a pleasure. Inventive menus, civilized and unassuming ambiance, and knowledgeable, personable servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Wine list, by the glass, totally inadequate. Very limited number of entrees available and don't expect server to list any specials. Wife had the lamb steak, which was thin-sliced and still a bit tough. Grandson had the chicken, and said it was excellent. No need to describe these dishes further since there is only one steak and one chicken to choose. My crispy farro was pretty bad - the "greens" had more stems than leaves. Unless you live in the neighborhood, this one isn't worth driving to. The server was superb, though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely!
    jfkpittVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    WOnderful place. I come often. The service is impeccable. Very warm and friendly, classy and low key. The food is top notch. Great beer, wine, and cocktail selections. Portions are nicely sized. Not enormous, but enough for sharing. Price is fair. I love it and am glad they are successful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was okay.
    3moren20
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    As usual, my boyfriend and I decided not to get an appetizer and get two desserts instead. We order our main dishes, but the bread didn't come until a minute before our main dishes arrived. The bread was bland and the crust was very hard. the butter spread, was just butter. We were disappointed. I got a medium rare beef bistro with good sauce, but not enough of it. All in all, the chicken main entree dish was good, but not at the level of such a nice place. The peaches dessert was horrible, the caramele dish was pretty good. The service was good, but the restaurant was noisy. We thought that the food was definitely not worth the price. I doubt we will go here ever again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Tfood
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Disappointing experience. Menu very unremarkable, as was the food. Butter joint, however, was great.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceeded expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Not one to take the time to write restaurant reviews, but this place is phenomenal. We had a great server as well. Started with the goat cheese app and my husband had the pate. The chicken paprikash entree is amazing. Simple and delicate. Homemade noodles and overall a refined version of an old dish. My husband had the lamb and thought it was cooked to perfection and full of flavor. Place is clean and hip, but not too trendy and still a homey kind of vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal all around
    fullmoondiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My sister recommended Legume and it was everything she said and more when my fiance's sister came to town with her husband to visit for the first time. My swordfish was excellent and just the right size portion. The others loved their meals as well. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, noisy place!
    Walt
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food is always excellent. The service is always very good. The tables located in the large room are not recommended. Too noisy and it is difficult to carry on a conversation across the table with all of the background noise from the other tables. Not a romantic intimate place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best squid ever
    Birdman
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Have been meaning to go to Legume since they were on Braddock Ave. but never seemed to time the reservation properly. Was not disappointed. Menu is somewhat short but so varied that it's not a problem. Fantastic grilled squid. My wife raved about the grilled peach salad. All entrees were exceptional. Great mixed drinks. The server was also very helpful & actually seemed to enjoy waiting on us. It's not cheap but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date
    catzRkewl
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food was excellent, atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the server was extremely attentive and very kind. All in all it was a great experience. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shrinkonabike
    shrinkonabike
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was a sparkling, lively restaurant with well thought-out food, a choice of appetizers and small and medium plates and servers who were entirely onboard with our taking our time, ordering food in stages and taking our time The service was attentive without being intrusive. The climate in the restaurant feels very European to me, with many diners walking in, a mix of young and older and many lively conversations going on. The food was beautifully presented in reasonable portions-- one exception was a rather large dessert that fortunately we'd decided to share. Everything I ordered was delicious and I am a foodie who is often frustrated with restaurant food that is not better than my home cooking. Legume exceeded even my expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    anOpenTablecomUserVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Unique offerings, fresh ingredients, superbly executed dishes, attentive service, great environment... Enough said, well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This restaurant is wonderful. Food is outstanding, service is excellent and the surroundings are beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Foodisgood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were a group of six women having a mom's night out. All agreed that the food (appetizers, salads, entrees, and dessert) and service were amazing. Parking is very convenient. If you're going to be a large party, ask ahead of time about splitting checks or bring cash.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fit for foodies
    CaroleVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A great find! Farm fresh, creative menu! Food outstanding and can't wait until our next visit.!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eat here
    CleveVisitor
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Absolutely recommend. Friendly helpful staff and great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Sireatsalot
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Perfect portion sizes saturated with flavor- we had swordfish with braised turnips, amazing grilled peach salad, jerk squid- bluefish pate. So good we went back the next night and enjoyed dinner in the bar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Legume
    JohnPVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Saturday night dining at Legume was very pleasant. We had a relatively quiet table for 4 and were able to converse wthout any problem. Dinner was very nice. The pork special was excellent and every one was pleased with their meals. We recommend Legume, especially if you are looking for an interesting menu with new combinations from the chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    ebfeats
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars was because there was a mix up with my order and I wound up eating something I didn't really want. They made up for it by not charging us for my entree and dessert and bringing us an extra order of their yummy fries. All of our meals were delicious as were the desserts. The service was excellent. My family and I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exquisite
    Fini
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was imaginative and divine, the service excellent. Who could ask for more?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fair Legume
    Dr22
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Good appetizers (plates to share) and salads; unacceptable lamb steak dinner; staff aloof and not accommodating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second visit, very enjoyable
    blf56
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We ate at Legume soon after it opened, and enjoyed it very much, so I was happy to go back again. The kitchen and the waiter were very accommodating, leaving out an ingredient I don't care for in my vegetarian dish, and careful to describe the cut of the lamb steak to my husband to be sure his expectations were in line with what they were serving. Service was not intrusive, but prompt and friendly. I enjoyed the combination of flavors and textures in my dish, which was well balanced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable experience!!
    BobPVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had been wanting to try Legume for some time, finally made it and really enjoyed the evening. Food was excellent, service was great. Will surely return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Gary
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Having been to this restaurant before and having very nice experiences, it was unfortunate that this time it was less than stellar. Something seemed off with the kitchen as the service, although pleasant, was very sporadic and slow, and the quality of the food was not what we remembered from our previous visits. I will go back and try it again as I believe this was just an off night...I'm hoping, as, I used to love this restaurant. And, given the burgeoning competition in Pittsburgh as the new foodie destination, they need to be consistent and step up their game a bit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once again, outstanding
    Vapormedix
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have gone to Legume Bistro several times in the last 6 months because they do a great job with creative "Farm-to-Table" cuisine. Our servers have always been very attentive and understanding of our needs. On a previous visit we had complained about the level of background music (which for some reason I cannot discern restaurants feel obligated to perpetuate), but this time the decibels didn't ramp up until right before we were finished. The entrance to the restaurant is a small maze of assorted doors which makes it challenging for wheelchairs users, but the staff is always very helpful in assisting our navigation. Also, we have always found on-street parking close by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PickyVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    first trime for me...excellent Octupus salad..and corn soup. Entrees were delicious. we would go back in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful experience
    LadyMagnolia
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was very creative and they deliciously accommodated my allergy. Our friends who are foodies also very much liked their food choices. Definitely will eat there again.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It never disappoints
    samanjan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Whenever I want a special dinner out, and can plan ahead a bit for a reservation, I choose Legume. I have NEVER been disappointed in any aspect of dining there. I keep thinking that perhaps I've hyped it too much to friends I take there - and it's their first visit - but this past Friday night was true to form. They will definitely be back, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    ZiggyVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    An outstanding restaurant in an otherwise mediocre dining region of Pittsburgh. A great place for lunch or dinner, for 1 to 12 people. Reliable, creative, pleasant, and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A decadant BLT
    25straight
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I had the BLT, my companion had the "daily double" or whatever they called the Ravioli and salad. Both were excellent. The B in the BLT was so thick I didn't recognize it at first. The service was attentive when we wanted it and discreet when we didn't, great combination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CMU nearby
    CMUmomVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There was a wide variety of different entree meats, pork, beef, chicken, fish with interesting preparation. There was however, only one fish entree which was not what I remembered from the online menu, and for me a little disappointing. The seared tuna entree was well prepared, but lacked the complexity I was otherwise anticipated in another fish choice. Portion size was appropriate, not too small, nor too large. Most fun was had with the small plates to start. Overall, a great place to take your college student and her friends for a close by, yummy, escape from college dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.