Olive or Twist

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Olive or Twist is Pittsburgh's premier Martini Bar, Restaurant and Lounge in the Cultural District. Perfect for private parties and events.

We are no longer taking reservations through OpenTable. Please go to our website at https://www.olive-twist.com/ or call us at (412) 255-0525 to make a reservation.
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4.3
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Mary
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice cozy place for a bite before the theatre. Our waiter was efficient and very customer service oriented.

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vipJenniferR
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had great service and enjoyed the energetic vibe of Olive and Twist. But it is best for drinks and desserts.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The food has really declined and the waitress was leas than friendly. My husband ordered an old fashioned and there was a strange syrup just sitting on the bottom. Very underwhelmed.

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vipShaksmom
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoy Olive or Twist, but really miss the Lobster Mac & Cheese.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very attentive service. Drinks were good. Food came out nice and hot. For fried fish and chips, its one of the few place there wasno aftertaste from grease. Very good.

MG
MarkG
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place to eat, drinks were excellent

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LucyN
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Overall I was very disappointed. We took our 23-year-old son and his girlfriend out for a nice dinner so we could catch up. The best part about the evening was the drinks! Excellent martinis! The menu was overpriced and very limited. The waitress kept trying to take our food from us while we were still eating it! We felt rushed. Then, we could not stay and talk because the restaurant was extremely hot and uncomfortable. It was a big let down.

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Thomas
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We used to come here all the time - it was the perfect spot before symphony concerts. But we are not sure why they raised food and drink prices by 50% without improving quality. My favorite drink is the Dark Knight, but they now charge $16 for it. This isn't Morton's Steakhouse. Relatedly, they don't put prices on the drink menu - completely inappropriate.

MS
MichelleS
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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Suze
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Service was attentive, but not rushed. Very nice.

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ReeRee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Loved the chocolate pretzel martini. Everyone was so accommodating and paid much attention to everything that was done for us. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was fine

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Mary
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The bar was a little pricey but overall we enjoyed our experience. Would definitely return.

SM
SharynM
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was very tasty but not worth the value. The salad was $14 and it was approximately the size of a small dinner salad. Had we not had an appetizer, we would have still been hungry after the salad.
The waitress took entirely too long to bring the check even though she knew we were ready for it and had stopped at our table twice without bringing it.

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vipALSANDRA
Pittsburgh
193 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great place to have a bite and a drink before the show

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ChristineD
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious cocktails and martini's and great appetizer options. Delicious salads for dinner as well. I highly recommend.

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vipCher
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great place to go before a show

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great drinks

HM
HollyM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot to go Pre-show! The food is delicious and the staff is great!

KB
KristenB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went to Olive or Twist prior to a play at the Benedum. The waitress was very accomodating with making sure that we were served in enough time for our event. The food was delicious and the drinks were very good

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vipShaksmom
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Been going to Olive or Twist for years. Great martinis and good Happy Hour apps. Only downside was bar trivia, which should begin after the dinner crowd has gone...if at all!

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vipThomas
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We have been going to Olive or Twist for years. Sadly the rumors are true - they are under new management and the quality appears to be slipping, and the prices are rising. The steak salad that previously cost $15 is now $20, yet the steak was fatty and rubbery. Why the price increase? Although the restaurant was nearly empty our server tended to forget about us, including leaving a round of drinks on the bar for 10 mins while she sat chatting with another employee. We dearly loved attending this restaurant prior to concerts and hope this was only a one-off and not a sign of times to come...

SG
SusanG
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

excellent food and service, just very noisy hard to hear dinner conversation .

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Abs17
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Drinks were absolutely awesome. I ordered two and both were well made and fresh. Appetizers were delicious, and main courses are reasonably priced which is nice! You get a lot for your buck! This place tends to be louder, so if you’re looking for a quiet intimate spot, this is more of a casual party atmosphere! Will be going again!!

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cathyb
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and very pleasant server. We have been there many times when going to a show in downtown.

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vipTripp
Pittsburgh
31 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Olive Or Twist has been a regular stop for us for years. Their Calamari continues to be a favorite for us.

My wife had the salmon and loved it. I had the short rib macaroni. It was good, but tasted exactly like it was named. In other words there was really nothing special about it.

My one disappointment with this establishment is they seem to be moving away from their “Martini Bar” roots. At one time they had a wide selection of interesting martini concoctions and are now down to just several. They don’t even have Bleu Cheese stuffed olives! Basically blasphemy in the martini world.

Perhaps the day of the Martini Bar has passed...

JD
vipJamesD
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall a very average experience in every aspect.

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Booth4
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

New management and staff have destroyed what used to be a fantastic restaurant. The food was below "bar food" level. The beers were warm and the martini tasted like a little pineapple juice shaken with ice. It's a shame what has happened to this restaurant. For almost a decade, we frequently enjoyed this restaurant when in town for a show, concert, or sporting event. We will not go back.

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GusM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going there for years and I can not think of a time that I did not enjoy it. Good food, good drinks and nice people work there.

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vipdrels
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This may be our new "go-to" place before a show in the Cultural District! We've had drinks at the bar but not eaten there before. Limited menu, but really good! The "Short Ribs/Mac 'n Cheese" may have been the best M 'n C I've ever had! Bursting with deep, cheesy flavor and the short ribs on top were perfect. And, the drinks, especially my martinis, lived up to a place named for the drink...and/or the Charles Dickens novel and how coincidental can that be? And, just as importantly, served FAST, not allowed to sit on the bar, so the martini was stunningly cold when it was put down in front of me! Nice job!

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DennisS
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We have eaten at Olive or Twist numerous times. They have a new menu, more limited entrees than the last one. My wife, daughter, and I preferred the earlier one, but over all this is a good value and a great location for the Theater District.

JW
vipJaneW
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the cocktail selections. The menu changes and was really looking forward to the scallops. Had the salmon which was great. The service is always top notch, very friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

I was very surprised at how bad the food was for the amount I paid.

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vipDan1am
Pittsburgh
45 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Olive or Twist has a limited menu but they do everything to perfection. The calamari appetizer is the best we've had in the city. The specialty drinks are out of this world.

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Anka
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation online. Bar was packed when we got there. They had our table ready and seated us right away! Server was very pleasant and the service was spot on! Food and drinks excellent. Got a few happy hour specials to make us happy! Went before a show. I don’t like to eat too much before a show. Ordered salads. Perfect size! Not too big that we had to leave half behind! Happy Hour nachos were perfect for 5 to share.

MM
MeganM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service!
It was so easy to make reservations!

DT
DavidT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The Olive or Twist in PIttsburgh, PA was nowhere near what was advertised online. Totally different menu . and atmosphere.

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vipEric
Pittsburgh
25 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here before a Liberty Magic show to watch the Belmont Stakes, great location, excellent food (the pork tenderloin was to die for), awesome drink menu. We will definitely be back.

AR
AnneR
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We went to dinner at Olive or Twist before a concert and got served promptly. We started with the calamari which was delicious! We also ordered the avocado Cobb salad, and it was tasty, but the avocados were not good...dusky and a bit tasteless. We ate early, so the noise level was just ramping up but not a problem while we were there. Overall, it was a decent meal with excellent service.

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vipALSANDRA
Pittsburgh
193 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoy our martinis and so convenient to theatre

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Olive or Twist is rated 4.2 stars by 102 OpenTable diners.