Olive or Twist

4.3
71 reviews
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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.
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San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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DS
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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JW
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

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

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D
Pittsburgh
42 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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A
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

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

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AR
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AL
Pittsburgh
163 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy our martinis and so convenient to theatre

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aubrey was fantastic we love her so. Tell her she’s pretty thx

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SA
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were excellent. Service was outstanding. It was really noisy. We couldn’t hear each other talk

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Depending on the time and day you go, it can get loud. But it is the best place to get a drink for sure. The food is great as well and despite being busy, the wait staff is always nice and attentive as well. Highly recommend for sure.

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my best friend’s birthday by having a dinner at Olive or Twist and it was the first time being there for most of us. Nastase (please forgive me if I’m misspelling) and Aubrey were great and very attentive! They always checked in on us and made sure we were good! They even lit the candles, cut and served her birthday cake for us! We will definitely be back!

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t
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

very enjoyable experience

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H
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great venue. Excellent food and drinks.

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TG
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The short ribs were delicious! Too noisy tho!

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B
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The drink menu and the food at Olive or Twist are both very good. My wife and I enjoy eating there very much. The only problem I have with the place is that it can get very loud at times. I'm not sure why this is, though I think it has something to do with the construction of the building... all concrete. I would definitely recommend eating here, but be prepared to struggle hearing the dinner conversation.

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A
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was good, as was the service. The noise level, however, made it almost impossible to hold a conversation. I suggest some sort of baffling on the walls and ceiling.

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s
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

drinks are excellent. they have revamped and narrowed their menu options. food is okay. service was excellent!

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R
Pittsburgh
142 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a bustling place that is busy before and after cultural and sports events. We had tasty soups — French onion and creamy mushroom — as well as beer battered cod and a huge nacho plate. All was hearty and tasty.

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ND
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Return trip to Olive or Twist and had another wonderful time. Perfect place for pre-show dinner and drinks. Glad we made a reservation because it was crowded with happy hour patrons.

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ST
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olive or Twist is our go-to restaurant when we have tickets to events at Heinz Hall (right across street) or the Benedum (short walk). Love the casual, warm atmosphere and have always had great food and attentive service at very reasonable prices. What's not to love?

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LJ
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had dinner here before going to a concert at the Benedum. The soup and salad were excellent and the staff was very attentive. We had plenty of time to make it to the theater after thoroughly enjoying the atmosphere inside the restaurant.

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GA
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good and the drinks were very good. It was rather noisy for trying to carry a conversation.
We will be back.

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DB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. We really enjoy our visits to Olive or Twist. Highly recommend it!!

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SA
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The staff, food and decor were perfect and the Bloody Mary martini was amazing!!

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed my drink. I was disappointed with small appetizer. We were told it was for three but was only for two. My dinner had very little meat and was cold. It tasted good but it was ice cold and the meat was quite fatty. For the price I expected my meal to be hot, less potatoes, and more than 2 brussel sprout bits the size of a dime especially considering it was frigid outside.

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m
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very good service. Would have preferred the lighting to be a little dimmer considering we had dinner at 8 PM. Also, was a touch cool inside for early March. I do recommend you go for drinks and dinner.

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WM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing martinis and the food was excellent. The portions are a nice size. Our waitress was very attentive and pleasant. We will absolutely go back.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

They had a great variety of drinks and were very enjoyable! Food selection was okay.

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b
Pittsburgh
44 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal at Olive or Twist. The short ribs were excellent. The portion was small but they were very good. The beer battered fish was very good, too. We all enjoyed the different martinis. Some were quite tasty!
We wanted to see about getting a table to have dessert after our show but were told we would have to come in and see if anything was available. They wouldn't let us reserve a table for later. So we were disappointed about that but it was a nice place to meet up with friends before our performance at Heinz Hall.

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a
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was good but the service wasn't that amazing. The area is nice because of the parking garage. I wish their were more coat racks. Or a special menu for fun virgin drinks. The food was good. Love the fries. Service wasn't amazing. She never came to ask how everything was or see if we needed more drinks.

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JF
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Stopped by for a quick dinner before the show. The service was excellent and we enjoyed our experience. I had the scallops, which were very good. My husband had the french onion soup and a sandwich. Overall, we were very happy with our dinner and would recommend a visit here!

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K
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Their food ranges from basic to fancy-ish, and everything is fresh and delicious. Cocktails are creative, nice draft beer selection, friendly and fast service. Highly recommended.

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I found Olive or Twist online, looking for a place to drink & dine prior to a Heinz Hall performance. Arrived earlier than our reservations but was seated immediately and was assured we could sit and relax as long as we’d like. We requested a high top table near the bar so our server was one of the bartenders. She was amazing. Attentive and great service. After a few drinks we both ordered dinner and had the short rib entree. Delicious! I could eat it everyday. The restaurant filled with a great, lively crowd. Most were there prior to the show. Will definitely return to this little gem.

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LT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a bite to eat before a show. Martini was so good!

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K
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It has been over a year since I have been to Olive or Twist. I was disappointed that the buffalo chicken dip was taken off of the menu because it was a favorite! The food was good but is a little pricey for the portion sizes. Martinis were great as usual!

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DS
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Olive or Twist has made a significant jump in the quality of its food in the past months. The new chef has done a good job in providing a limited, yet tasty menu. I have eaten there twice in the past month and have been impressed. The prices are reasonable. The only issue is that the place is petty noisy and the wine selection is very limited.

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ND
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wanted a good dinner before seeing a show and Olive or Twist did not disappoint! The menu is small but really good! I recommend the the french fired calamari and the scallop risotto. The drinks were great as well. Will be back.

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