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Butterjoint, Pittsburgh, PA

Butterjoint

4.6
4.6
2498 Reviews
$30 and under
French American
Butterjoint is a comfy bar and restaurant located in North Oakland. Our welcoming and eclectic atmosphere is appropriate for almost any occasion - whether it be meeting a friend for a drink, celebrating an important event, or relaxing after work.

Our menu is a mixture of familiar Pittsburgh foods (think pierogies, hamburgers, French fries) and French bistro classics (beef tartare, raclette, mussels), and seasonal classics that come and go throughout the year. We put care into our vegetarian dishes too, including making our own tempeh, falafel, and veggie patties from scratch. Menu items change frequently--usually every day--and reflect many long-standing relationships we have with farms and breweries in our region.

In addition to reservations, we also have a thirty seat bar that is first come, first serve. We don’t know exactly how old the bar is, but it’s at least seventy years old (probably older) and very cozy. Our friendly bartenders are here to make something you like.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 23 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French American, Cocktail Bar, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (412) 621-2700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Trevett Hooper

  • Private party contact

    Alex Osgood: (412) 621-2700

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    Bayard

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in the garage across the street from Butterjoint in the Sterling Plaza parking lot. Bicycle parking is available free of charge directly in front of Legume.

  • 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 Butterjoint.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,498 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spouse and I love coming here for the service, drinks and excellent food. It was about 10 degrees outside so we asked not to be seated by the door and we were pleasantly accommodated. We really loved the chicken sandwich (easily favorite part of the meal). Yes, I said the chicken sandwich of all things. The flavor, garnishes, spicy level, bun, everything was perfect. We've been here several times and any chicken we've ever ordered has been better than anything else we've tried. Beef tartare (2nd favorite part of the meal) - perfectly prepared and well seasoned with a chilled poached egg on top. Smoked Bluefin Dip - Well paired with the butter grilled crackers. Had a complex flavor profile. Seafood is so difficult to rate for well seasoned foodie travelers, because we all know it's not the same as being at the actual ocean or bay. This was probably our least favorite part of the meal, but we spend a LOT of time at the ocean so it's a tough call. Tart Cherry Shrub mocktail was refreshing and perfectly complementary with the spicy chicken sandwich. Also had a nice thick stout brew, a whiskey sour and a really neat Kimchi/Tequila drink which was a change of pace and spicy if you like that sort of thing. Our server was Jennifer and she was super attentive and wonderful the entire time. It's nice that everyone kind of helps each other out at this establishment, too. Keeps things coming out and hot when it gets to you. Love going to Butterjoint before events in Oakland and will be back again many more times in the future!
  2. J

    Jodie

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent! Our server, Sam was fantastic!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Great cassoulet! Bar service under staffed and drinks slow to get out to the table.
  4. RS

    RondaS

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and superior service. Everything was very good !!
  5. MM

    MorganM

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband and I choose Butterjoint almost every time we are going out for a nicer date. It is consistently good.
  6. l

    lindaprof

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best cassoulet—a yearly tradition! Butterjoint always delivers.
  7. l

    livesandeatsdowntown

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So happy to enjoy cassoulet on a cold wet night! Best service ever!
  8. DT

    DebraT

    Pittsburgh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cassoulet
  9. 1

    1happydiner

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good eats, fancy burger, sauerkraut balls, and Woodruff Reserve Bourbon. Our go to restaurant for Pitt basketball games. Cozy, comfortable ambience and reasonable prices. Service was friendly and attentive.
  10. LC

    LCVLCV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impromptu date night. The beef tartare was excellent, as were the sandwiches and drinks. Service was great. Hope to come again soon.
  11. S

    Smuncher

    Pittsburgh

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The French Onion Soup is well worth the high price as it is unsurpassed in western Pennsylvania. The sandwiches can be really messy to eat but so tasty that the inconvenience is easy to ignore. Extra napkins are supplied up front. Our service was less than should be expected. Maybe it's lack of training, maybe it was just her having a bad day. Took over twenty minutes to get coffee and then only when catching her eye to see about delay. She was very willing to accommodate our requests but seemed insecure about how to handle some of it.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Friendly helpful service in a pleasant restaurant. Excellent pierogies, juicy burgers. Could use more vegetable and salad side order options but overall a very good spot.
  13. D

    Daniel

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great find, overall nice experience. Very friendly staff, service was fast and the food delicious.
  14. SP

    SarahP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    I came here to have dinner for my wife's birthday with her parents. Was unable to get a server for the first 25 minutes of being there. Service was extremely inattentive and did not notice when we didn't have plates, silverware, or when our drinks were empty and if we had an issue. The server apologized but didn't at any point try to rectify the lack of service. Overall felt it was a lame experience and would only come back to the bar for a drink.
  15. WS

    WilliamS

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitperson, Sam, was fabulous! Food was awesome. We love Butterjoint!
  16. MO

    MollyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great comforting food, awesome staff with great service and atmosphere.
  17. JE

    JudithE

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good good and service
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very nice overall experience. The burgers were amazing. Fries tasted great but were only ‘warm’ when they arrived. difficult to bring hot with skinny fries but hot is better. Service is stellar here and are very accomplished in knowing their craft. There is an appetizer they have that smells like old locker room socks the next table had. WhileI am sure it is tasty, it is horribly smelly for anyone around not eating it. Do recommend going as their menus are great and overall experience was very good. 8/10
  19. R

    Russ

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    this restaurant is trying to be more than it is. the food doesn’t match their pricing. the rolls came with a peach butter. when i asked for regular butter they said they didn’t have regular butter and the kitchen was too busy to find some. the name of this place is butter joint! the burgers were good but mine was ordered medium and came medium rare and my companion ordered medium rare and it came medium. very small menu and drinks from the bar take forever. even if you just want a coke….
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food2service1ambience1
    The food was average, not worth the price. My burger was over cooked. The wait time for drinks was around 20 minutes- we actually got our appetizers before our 1st round of drinks. Our sever was disinterested and cleared food and drinks prior to being finished. The only outstanding item was the vinegar pie for dessert.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I was excited to visit Butterjoint based on the reviews and restaurant website. Upon arriving, seating was prompt, but service slowed thereafter. We ordered the crostini with pepper jam, and while tasty, it was overpriced massively: $9 for two finger-length, thin crostini smeared with goat cheese and jam. Same for the crispy pickles; tasty, but extremely small portion for the price. We ordered burgers and after a very long time, they arrived at the wrong temps - significantly wrong. Two undercooked, one overcooked. The gentleman helping at the front desk and elsewhere apologized and took them to be remade “right away”. About 10 minutes later, the burgers reappeared and the temps were right. Tasty, but not the overwhelming experience I hoped for with a $21 hamburger. Finally, the bar was slow - waiting for a simple Diet Coke took 15 minutes, accompanied by the explanation “yeah, the bar is really backed up it seems”. Maybe it was an off night. Overall, the bill for 3 came to over $125 with only two glasses of wine and a long time waiting for burgers. I was disappointed, and could not recommend to anyone. Again, I know anomalies happen, and maybe this was one of them.
  22. E

    Evchambs

    Pittsburgh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    You MUST get to Butterjoint for their expanded menu. I’m not freakin kidding you… the braised beef… literally THE BEST I’ve ever had. One of the best dishes in the city. And I’ve tried em all.
  23. P

    Pete

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an epic meal here. Never disappoints.
  24. J

    Jeff

    Pittsburgh

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Limited menu but good food. Waitress was very accommodating and friendly.
  25. AM

    AmberM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was delicious. Service was great. It was busy and that’s the only reason they get a 4 out of 5.
  26. JP

    JaymeP

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    People were lovely & kind, serving with smiles. Ambiance was somewhat of an 80's style supper-club (dated). The food was run of the mill & IF the pierogis & polish sausage were homemade, it was an off day for both. Nothing memorable about the steamed beets, single broccolini floret, sauerkraut, or sautéed onions. Will go back if others insist on doing so, but not by choice. NOTE: there was nothing wrong with anything...just nothing spectacular, either. It's a good comfort place if that is what a local Yinzer is seeking.
  27. JP

    JandP

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best burger we’ve ever had. The vinegar pie was also amazing. We had great service and will definitely return.
  28. B

    Bloggerdemon

    Pittsburgh

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, Tiki Night at Butterjoint - tropical cocktails, tropical food, plus all the usual BJ staples - what could be better?
  29. d

    dna103

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had two apps, two meals and a cocktail, everything was really delicious and the service was great, and it was under $100. Would definitely recommend Butterjoint for a casual night out or a special occasion, food is always good.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a wonderful experience here! Loved the atmosphere and the food was delicious- get the pierogis!
  31. ML

    MarkL

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Burgers were great. Appetizer (goat cheese crostini) were a little small for sharing. Fries were good. Overall food and atmosphere was great but thought it a little pricey.
  32. CB

    CBOD

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious as were the cocktails. The service was outstanding!
  33. p

    partyoftwo

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was very good, and a reasonable selection of appetizers and burgers. Not much in the way full entree. This isn't the old Legume, but still a nice place for a casual dinner, good service, and good food and wine. When all the tables are occupied it does get quite noisy in there, especially with the background music playing rather loud as well.
  34. E

    Elaine

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Sorry, but very disappointed in our meal. Not sure why it has so many great reviews. The good was just “ok”. Some of the flavors were “off” and presentation inconsistent. We really wanted to like it.
  35. J

    Jeanette

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Butterjoint never fails to disappoint- food, service and ambiance - all top level
  36. R

    Roxy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat to dine at Butterjoint. Their Salmon Tartare is to die for!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had butter joint recommended for the burger and cocktails, and we were not disappointed. It was absolutely amazing. Server was attentive and helpful. Next time we are in Pittsburgh we will definitely be visiting Butterjoint again!
  38. M

    Memorable

    Pittsburgh

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I was expecting a little nicer ambiance so it’s my fault for not checking. It was literally a bar with some tables. Food was fine. Very limited menu. Overly salted veggies…but fine. Wouldn’t be my first choice for a nice relaxing fine dining meal (again my mistake—should have known by the name “joint”) but was better than average bar food. Waitress was lovely and service very nice!!!
  39. a

    acedaughter

    Detroit

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was delicious, but our favorites were the pumpkin/pear soup and the pierogi with veggies.
  40. ST

    ScottT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. Best food I've had in a minute. Not super pricey for the quality.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Butterjoint offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (412) 621-2700.

Butterjoint is rated 4.6 stars by 2498 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Butterjoint

208 North Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bayard

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French American, Cocktail Bar, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in the garage across the street from Butterjoint in the Sterling Plaza parking lot. Bicycle parking is available free of charge directly in front of Legume.

  • 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 Butterjoint.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Trevett Hooper

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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