Butterjoint

4.5
2263 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.

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
What 2263 people are saying
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MichaelC
Naples
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food came out quickly. Everything was prepared very well.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.

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DanielleC
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Butterjoint was EXCELLENT. I cannot believe it was our first time there. We shared pirogies and veggies, my partner got a burger and fries, and I got the beef tartare and endive salad. All of the food was perfect and service was super efficient and fast. The cocktail I ordered was also delicious, and we ended the meal with amazing dessert- the yellow cake and vinegar pie. Cannot wait to go back and try more dishes! The perfect ending to 2021!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The only issue was the brocolinni was not seasoned. Did not taste good.

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donaldw
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Food not up to expectations

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TaraS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience1

Disappointed with the quality of food and ambience. It was NYE and one couldn't get a glass of champagne.

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VeryLocalDiner
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Butterjoint is lovely. On right side you have the bar area with bar seating for maybe a quick hamburger or beers. The left side is the dining side. We were seated on far left. The walls were a bit spartan but looks like they put up new wallpaper and maybe in the middle of redecorating. Nonetheless there was plenty of spacing for eating and social distancing at your table. Service was outstanding!! Very friendly and attentive. The food was solid bistro fare ranging from the most expensive being a steak and fries down to value pricing on a nice pork chop with grits. Lots of choices for inexpensive dining. Great for families early and older folks and couples/groups later. Love this place.

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Madi
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very warm and inviting, grey fried, great drinks, friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Food was way overpriced and atmosphere was weird and smelly

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Beer took 20min. Dinner took 8 min. Appetizer never came. O temp was too high, very hot inside, uncomfortable.

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LuciaC
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We liked the number of options available - enough without being overwhelmed. We all enjoyed our food, I thought the greens that came with the pork chop were a bit bitter. Waiter was friendly enough. Noise level was good, quiet enough to have a conversation but not so quiet that you felt like everyone could hear you. We’ll be back.

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KatieB
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time celebrating a friend's birthday. We ordered appetizers, entrees, and dessert. The appetizers were delicious. The entrees were okay, and the desserts were hit or miss. The cocktails were interesting and delicious though! Recommend folks give a try when a (fancy) opportunity comes up - is pricey without an occasion!

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PGHLauren
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The cocktails were great! We especially loved the bartender's choice cocktail, and loved that we were at least allowed to choose a preferred type of liquor.

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TMfoodie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the friendliest staff I’ve experienced in a while. Food was very good.

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vipChris
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The place is cozy and welcoming, the staff are lovely. We enjoyed the raclette appetizer, though the appetizer fries were limp and not very hot. The pierogies were great, but the fennel sausage was tough and tasteless. The bistro steak was also tasteless and impossible to chew. We should have sent it back and asked that it be taken off the bill. It was that bad.

This place is so nice and the potential so great that I hate giving it a bad review, but maybe this will help them up their meat game at least.

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Papapajohn
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

excellent waitress, friendly staff. Best hamburger for $11 in the city. Expanded menu. Every table taken. A gem in the Oakland residential neighborhood.

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Datenight
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were wonderful!!

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vipmdr61
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We appreciate the attentive service.

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vipBloggerdemon
Pittsburgh
32 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the pork chop only because my guests had already ordered my first and second choices - and it was, hands down, the best pork chop I ever tasted!

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StephS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. We will be back and soon.

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CathyB
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our service was fantastic as the waiter was very attentive and friendly. My family really enjoyed the pierogies with various toppings as well as the craft cocktails. We will definitely be back1

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B1111
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We’ve been to the previous iterations (Legume and Butterjoint the bar) many times, and both were favorites for excellence across the board in a casually elegant setting. The new version of Butterjoint mostly lived up to our expectations, with the food as consistently outstanding across starters (especially the sauerkraut balls), entrees (especially loved the pork chop), and dessert (love the vinegar pie). Only rough spot was service, which was pretty scattershot from our main server, even though we were right next to the electronic register where they were regularly entering orders. That said, the service by supporting staff (bussing the table, filling our water, etc) was very attentive, and busy as it was, imagine our primary server was overstretched. Overall, another lovely experience and we’ll definitely look forward to returning again.

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vipjohn
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

fish and chips were great, as was steak tartare and bluefish pate

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viplivesandeatsdowntown
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, superb service!

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StringsAttached
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and the service was wonderful. Great date night spot.

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JayF
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great meal we had last night, roasted half-chickens. They were done perfectly: the breast meat was moist and juicy. It was accompanied by "rice grits," which for all intents and purposes could just be called rice pilaf. Then for dessert, a yellow cake with milk chocolate frosting. My friend had the chocolate torte with whipped cream.

Erik was our server, and he could not have been one bit nicer.

Another A+ meal at Butterjoint. I only wish my cake could have been served room temperature.

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vipOpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was good but felt like they were trying to do too much. Honestly the fries were super gross and needed to have the oil changed. The veggie burger was super good and so was the pumpkin soup. Pickled eggplant was eh

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vipnonicknameneeded
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Will definitely go back when in the area again. Service was very good which was a pleasant change from other restaurants I've dined at recently.

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Piesquared
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We loved our evening at Butterjoint. It was our friend’s 80th birthday and everyone treated her kindly and gave us the lovely round table in the corner. Our waiter, Eric, was good. It was a little a little loud for us and some of the appetizers & particular alcohols weren’t available but overall, we had a lovely time, it was a great experience and we’ll be back. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience for my girlfriend’s birthday

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vipManny
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service here is the real star. Staff seem genuinely happy to be there. What a pleasure to dine in a place where there seems to be such contentment!

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EmilyS
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This place serves casual food turned up a notch or two. Everything was tasty. I wish there were more vegetarian/vegan choices. It is pretty meat-centric. That said, everything is homemade and very flavorful. It has a cool, retro vibe. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time going for my birthday. Food was good, drinks were good, really enjoyed the ambiance. Would go back for date night.

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pittsburghfoodie
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was my first trip back to Butterjoint since their re-opening (and the pandemic) - I was not disappointed! We we went with a large party for a birthday celebration. The food is as good as ever, and cocktails were great too. My only complaint is fries no longer coming with the burgers -- that is a pretty big drop in value (a $15 burger with no side is a lot, regardless of how good the burger is). Even so, I'll definitely be back.

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vipticketlucy
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared the amazing smoked bluefish pate to start, then split a salad. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. My friend loved the walleye and I was very happy with mussels. Hoping we have room for dessert next time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

To noisy and wine options were limited!
Fish was fried. Yuck.

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Catbear
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant although very loud. We were seated in the bar area and it was hard to talk. Our waitress was wonderful but less attentive due to the crowds. The food was not outstanding but good. I had the fried fish due to dairy restrictions and it was good but not great. Lots of batter and much less fish.

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KimP
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pierogi's and they were outstanding. Very friendly service.

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vipDinearound
Pittsburgh
122 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

We had not been to butter joint
for dinner since it was Legume!
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and will look forward to returning soon. The chicken was excellent as well as the fish sandwich and another fish dish!
The mussels were great and we especially love the every day bread that is served with it and with the Raclett!
It was a wonderful restaurant to celebrate my husband‘s birthday!

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NinaK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

eh, not the best. the service was great but the food was a bit of a miss.

FAQs

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

Butterjoint is rated 4.5 stars by 2263 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.