Legume

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2126 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Located in North Oakland, Legume serves contemporary, seasonal American cuisine in a relaxed environment. Legume is a family-owned restaurant run by two-time James Beard semi finalist chef and owner Trevett Hooper and his wife Sarah. For over twelve years Legume has been Pittsburgh's leader in farm to table dining. All beef, pork, lamb, and goat are sourced from Western PA farmers. All meat and poultry served at Legume is free of antibiotics and artificial growth hormones. Csilla Thackray joined the team in February 2019 as chef de cuisine and oversees each day's menu.

Legume's sister bar next door, Butterjoint, provides seasonal cocktails, a thoughtful beer list, and an eclectic yet deliberate wine list. Bar seating is available on a first come, first serve basis and is a great way to check out what we're all about.
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L
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food - from appetizer through entree - was outstanding. The hospitality definitely left something to be desired. Service felt rushed - borderline irritated - and not once when we said “thank you” throughout the meal did we get a response. We would go back because the food was just that good, but I think we would try sitting at the bar to see if the experience was different.

M
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable. Always excelkent

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was ok to good. Nothing remarkable, but that’s ok.

Soup was interesting. Dining companions’ salads were adequate but something one could get pretty much anywhere.

My main issue is with the steaks two of us ordered. Both were well cooked but very poorly trimmed. They had substantial silverskin and gristle which made eating a less than good experience.

In contrast, the previous day, two of us had dined at Acorn in shadyside, where the food was unique and well prepared. Acorn was good to excellent. Legume was mediocre.

MB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were disappointed a little in the food selections. What we did have was good, but certainly nothing outstanding. I was also disappointed in the wine list. I would have perhaps 30% more selections from which to choose. IT was a nice experience. It just wasn't anything outstanding

m
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always found the food to be exquisite, the service is perfect and friendly. I love the atmosphere, and will always come back.

PM
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really enjoy this restaurant and go several times a year. Duck confit was excellent; also the tuna. Loved the chicken liver pate--silky smooth, beautifully flavored.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Must try!

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

I have heard great things. Wanted to try. Went on a Saturday night. We were told by the hostess kitchen closes at 9pm. It was 8:50. Yes we were late for our 8:30 reservations but I called ahead and they said it was fine. Plus why have reservations at 8:30 when kitchen closes at 9. Weird.
Ambiance—not what it could be. Pretty boring. Was expecting something more exciting. Food was fine. Wouldn’t go back when spending money for dinner and a babysitter.

d
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time I have eaten here. Really phenomenal place. I like the small menu. One can tell they take a lot of pride in the preparation and presentation of the meal. Wait staff very attentive. Cant wait till next time.

KK
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the confit duck leg, excellently prepared. And they had my favorite dessert, vinegar pie. Yum.

IM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We really enjoyed Legume. The food was great. The cocktails were fantastic. The servers were warm and attentive but there were some hiccups. It’s really more like a 4-4.5.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Celebrating our anniversary

JP
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food was wonderful. Each dish was delicious and well-executed. We had seared tuna (Nicoise salad), pork, delicious wines (never a bad one on their wine list, honestly!) They know how to put together a perfect salad, which is rare these days. Despite being a very busy Saturday evening, service was good. Slightly more rushed than usual with many people serving us, but timely and accurate. The decor has changed and is a little busy and fussy for my taste. I prefer the simple, calming decor they used to have, with lots of interesting artwork. Not sure about the feathers and pastel lanterns hanging everywhere. I’m hoping they switch this out soon. Legume has always been a relaxing meal for us with excellent, friendly service. The service is still excellent but a little less personable and relaxed. We have been eating here since the month they opened in Regent Square.

CQ
Belgium
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience from beginning to end. Every member of the staff was gracious, and gave excellent service. The table spacing is perfect, with plenty of room. The space had a vibrant energy, but it was not loud at all, making it easy to carry on conversations. The food and cocktails were outstanding across the board. Highly highly recommend ! Can not wait to come back to Pittsburgh and enjoy this fabulous restaurant!

J
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great small plates, always enjoy the atmosphere.

WF
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Legume was in our rotation for years until a couple of years ago when it began to feel stale. It is back and better than ever. Our meal was superb and the service was relaxed while still polished. We started with the borscht. It was complex and simply delicious followed by orders of sweet potato ravioli and a sublime pork dish. Both were exceptional. Our only disappointment was a pear and something crisp. It was just okay. Glad to have the new Legume back in our rotation.

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's so good, after coming on my first night in town I dragged my coworker to come back two days later!

S
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with a few friends and had a wonderful experience at Legume. We’ve been here multiple times and it never disappoints. Our server Alex did a wonderful job making sure our food came out in a timely manner and our wine glasses were always full. The food at Legume is consistently fresh and hot. The menu is limited but diverse enough to satisfy most diners. We will definitely be back.

RQ
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious. They were out of two of the dishes that we had been looking forward to which was disappointing. The pork was very well cooked

B
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful food and service. We were very pleased.

The only bummer was a very rude old lady next to us. I felt bad for the server, the lady was so rude and constantly demanding...

OT
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Food was fantastic and the vibe was good too!

DD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We eat at Legume often; this last time was the first time that I thought the food was just so-so, not outstanding. The grilled Romaine salad arrived limp and swimming in dressing. The lamb stew seems overcooked, with the flavor boiled out of the lamb. Nothing was inedible, but it was not the usual excellent.

TH
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although the menu is still short on choices, everything is very well prepared and delicious. The service was friendly and efficient. The ambiance is very relaxed, but classy. My wife and I have always enjoyed dinner here, and will continue to come, when we're in town.

LZ
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The server was efficient, knowledgeable, and personable. I had the mangalista pork and my husband had the veggie crepe. We both thought we had the better dish.

EB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was great.

JV
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife is vegan and I was looking for a vegetarian option. We frequent Legume because of their vegetarian friendly menu and scratch kitchen. I went with their vegetarian flight (Corn Soup, Fried Indonesian Tempeh, and Rice Crepe). Every items was excellent. Also they make their own Tempeh (Wow). They had a swordfish entree as their fish option which disappointed me since swordfish is still being overfished. My wife wanted to try some of the vegetarian items and our server worked with the Chef to "veganize" a few of the items. There is nothing like a chef and server working together to make the dinner exception. Oh, I forgot to mention I started our the dinner with an Aviation cocktail which was perfectly made by their great bar team. We can't wait to book again.

PB
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Legume’s food is better than ever. There are times when I wish for a dish that’s no longer on the menu, but I do so appreciate that the kitchen is working with current ingredients. I will always go back.

D
Pittsburgh
235 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious. Had the rice crepe. Love their cocktails, especially the negroni. Only complaint - it was extremely hot in the restaurant.

KP
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food and surroundings
Busy place on a Tuesday

JT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent and the featured wine selection was a great choice.

M
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, a 4-1/2 star would be about right. The only problem was 2 of us out of 4 diners got the same Blue Fish entrée and we both agreed the fish a bit overdone. The other entrees were much better and no complaints. The service was excellent and our server very pleasant. The tables where we were seated were a bit close to each other so our "neighbors" could hear our conversation and vice versa. But we did enjoy the experience and would certainly return again.

C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quiet Friday evening

JJ
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was our least favorite restaurant while visiting the area. Limited menu with few choices for dinner. The service was great & enjoyed the appetizers!

SM
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good restaurant. Nice ambiance. Good service. I’d like to see a broader selection in the menu. Also, serving expresso coffee is a must in my view.

RR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice high end restaurant with fresh ingredients .. well done

AR
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Exceptional service and very good food. At 7:45 they were out of several dishes. Also no non-dairy options to add to coffee. Minor points for an overall excellent experience.

AK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its been a couple of years since we dined at Legume and now I regret not going more often. We went for an anniversary dinner and it was so perfect. The grilled peach and romaine salad was so delicious, the steak was perfectly cooked and the swordfish was downright delectable. But the desserts really blew our minds. I can still recall the silky luxuriousness and deep flavor of that chocolate truffle cake two days later. And the strawberry shortcake - holy moley, was it good. The service was awesome too, knowledgable and charming wait staff and our every need was met. We will be back soon, hungry for more.

B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was a celebratory dinner for a special birthday. The food was fantastic as was the service. It was a very comfortable dining experience as well for our table of 5. The ONLY negative we all agreed on, was the lack of art on the walls. There was only wall paper. Pretty as it was, without any other visuals, my daughters thought it was a bit similar to an elderly grandparent’s home. In the foyer area they had paper lanterns hanging, this would have been a welcome addition to our area.

LM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Our food and drinks were delicious and perfectly prepared. The service was outstanding - friendly, attentive without being overbearing. We enjoyed a wonderful meal in a lovely space.

f
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Everything was excellent. Our server made good recommendations!

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