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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
  • "A hair in my salad that was not mine.... fish was done nicely, but small portion. The presentation was graceful but the placement of the fish over the food accompaniments was almost mix-mashed, making the separate favors hard to taste separately. We sat at a booth-type chair-bench with a table and the back was a hard, glossy varnish wood plywood...very uncomfortable. The other parties with me ordered braised pork ("so-so")and the stuffed ravioli was flavorful but, again, small portion. The waitress was nice and helpful, it was forever to get our check."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant with good service. The food is good but a little too refined/complicated. Would not recommend for anyone who is a picky eater."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This is a real gem. The Oyster appetizer melted in your mouth. All of the entries were divine: Halibut, Tuna and Hanger Steak. The waitress was very attentive and provided background on the restaurant. I would recommend this for any special occasion dinner or just a night out for delicious dinner."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We have never had a bad meal at Legume and always look forward to new dishes that we had not experienced before. This time it was the velvety chilled beet soup with pickled cranberries and slices of red and gold beets. What an extraordinary dish! The homemade ravioli filled with creamy ricotta and laced with summer vegetables just melted in your mouth. I think the beautiful vibrant colors of the dish may have shown better if served on a larger plate. Finally, the service is always perfectly laid back, not overbearing and professional. Our server, Jacqueline was excellent as always. She is a gem."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We had a marvelous dinner this past Saturday night. I am only sad that we did not order the Talo Fries that I understand are to die for. The food was divine - I loved my Halibut and we devoured the squash blossoms and the beef tartar. Legume is now my new favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "High quallity food and knowledgeable service complemented by an excellent gluten free selection made it a great evening out for our family celebration."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Legume to celebrate our anniversary and we were not disappointed. Genuinely friendly service who were extremely attentive. Perfectly cooked food and an extensive and diverse wine list at a reasonable cost. Pittsburgh is becoming one of the best places for food and Legume is one of the reasons."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was impeccable. Three of us shared 5 small plates and sincerely enjoyed each unique dish. We had two bottles of affordable and delicious wine. It was a terrific evening."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Not only delicious, but creative and beautiful. We're from San Francisco and no strangers to great eating. (In other words, food snobs.) Legume compares very well, and has ingredients you just don't see in California. Terrific. Bar tender knew what she was doing as well."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "What a nice midweek dinner with an out of town friend. Wonderful atmosphere, super nice and helpful wait staff and great food. I asked the waiter for some recommendations and he immediately gave us some great descriptions of the menu items and some personal insights to several dishes. As we moved up the menu to the starters, his eye lit up and a hint of a drool formed about the fried pickles. It was worth seeing his face in describing just that item. We did order those and they were quite good with a light crisp cornmeal batter and a fresh dill spear under (so now I am drooling a bit again). The chocolate cake is a must to end any meal!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Always love to see what they are doing with seasonal foods."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Always pleased with Legume. The highlight of this meal was the chocolate truffle cake. Unbelievable!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Great Menu, I enjoyed the coacktail list. One of my favorite Pittsburgh Resturants"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Started with corn soup with chili oil and ended with cherry pie ice cream (real cherry pie chopped up in ice cream). Everything in between was great as well. Thoughtful staff, great food, perfect portions, and an inviting beer list all added up to a memorable evening. Will be back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My visit to Legume was long awaited. The food and service were very good. I found the menu a little limited. I couldn't believe that they had no Pinot Grigio on their wine list. I can't remember the last time I was ever at a restaurant that didn't have it on their wine list."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The restaurant was recommended by a friend. Our party was 7 and it would amazingly very smooth. Everything arrived on time and perfectly presented. I am sorry i did not write down her name but believe it was Jennifer, OUTSTANDING service. Paid attention to all of us and the detail of serving. The food was really unique with a flair and flavor not seen in most restaurants. HIGHLY recommend."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Go now. Go anytime, for that matter. But don't miss what Legume does with the summer bounty."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My wife and I had heard about Legume's fantastic burgers and we made a dinner reservation. We didn't realize at the time that the burger was on the lunch menu, and not available for dinner. We had a wonderful time regardless. The hanger steak was amazing and there were fantastic cocktails."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had a very nice time as a family. I have been here before with a large group of friends. I love the beef, and we all ended getting that meal. The roasted spring onions were good, but hard to cut and eat, so some were left behind rather than struggle with that issue. I would suggest cutting them into 3rds. The beef was fabulous, but we were all very disappointed in the amount of mashed potatoes and sauce. I felt like you ran out of mashed potatoes and I have to say it really pulls that meal together well. I think I got maybe a tablespoon of potato. What's the story behind the blue ball jar?"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Once again, Legume was excellent. Service was efficient and very knowledgeable. Food was outstanding. We had chicken with chantarelles which were fresh and plump and tasty and also the tuna which was very well prepared. Dessert was a home made ice cream with fermented black rice that was one of the best desserts I have had in years."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I had cold zucchini soup and then spaghetti with sweet onion pesto; both were excellent. My guest more traditional with a chicken/potato dish. Portions were lunch appropriate and waiter was attentive without being in our faces. I'll be back for more lunch."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Great job the food was good and service good. We were happy to be there"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Legume knows how to make great food. They also know how to treat people. Classy without being pretentious. Delectable and interesting menue items without being extravagantly priced. Eat here. You will not be disappointed. If the dining room isn't your thing, or you have young children (not that they mind, but incase you're the self-conscious type) then grab an early dinner at Butterjoint. Same great food options, with a slightly less-fancy atmosphere."
    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