Or, the Whale

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$31 to $50
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American
or, The Whale is located in the former gymnasium of the Salvation Army building giving the space its distinct look and feel. The track above the gym floor was transformed into catwalk seating and upstairs bar. As you travel down to the lower level you will enter the main dining area with the open kitchen, a window into the butcher room and a small wine cellar that doubles as a private dining space. We use the freshest and sustainable seafood, humanly raised beef, poultry, pork and lamb. Dry aged steaks, pork chops, and whole fish and lobster will be wood fired on a 6 foot wood burning grill. Reminiscent of the classic East Coast seafood houses and steak houses recreated to fit modern times. A fun relaxed atmosphere with a touch of sophistication. A strong cocktail program, well rounded craft beer list, well curated wine program with all the big reds for your steak and complex whites to compliment all the seafood you can handle.
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SheilaW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The jazz was excellent! Roger Humphries was perfect for jazz brunch!

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AudreyK
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic evening celebrating my birthday at or, The Whale. Jason was our server, we were seated in the wine room. Really delicious food, especially the octopus, and nice wines. Jason recommended a bottle of Jacob's Creek, which was quite enjoyable. I highly recommend!

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ErinM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed with everything we tried. The mussels were a large portion and delicious. We tried several preparations of duck and all were done perfectly. The wait staff was extremely attentive and we were well taken care of all evening. The homemade coconut cream ice cream was fantastic. We would definitely return again or bring visiting friends.

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RickH
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was the first time I have been back since the management and menu changed. Service was excellent. We had the Pekin Duck and it was terrific.

There should be a greater variety of wines and prices. Only one Chardonnay by the glass on the menu and at $15 a glass that's pretty pricey.

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PittsburghSteelerfan1
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable evening. Loved the mussel appetizer and the grilled bread!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Nothing special and definitely not worth the trip. Atmosphere is not conducive for a quality date night. Nor is the food.

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Evan
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is simply a fantastic place to enjoy a meal. The food is fresh, and delicious (they will also filet your fish for you if you order one!).

Can't wait to come back.

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recentdiner
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time - really enjoyed the venue. Appetizers and drinks were top notch. Salads and dinners were also very good. Do not let the relationship with a hotel deceive you - this is a very good restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have a (good in public) one year old. We went early, the whole staff said hello it felt like and our server was great. Food was exceptional.

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TonyY
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The wait staff work together to provide perfect service. The atmosphere was beautiful with wonderful artwork to take in.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Made the reservation a week prior. When we arrived table wasn’t ready so we went to the bar. We were finally seated in a wine room because there were no tables. It was very cold since all the wine is stored there and was secluded away from the main dining area. The service was PAINFULLY slow. We waited for drinks for over 20 minutes. The starters were average at best. Food was ok but portions were very small.
We intentionally did not order dessert because we wanted to get the hell out of there.
Would not go back and not recommend.

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Damien
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the staff was amazing, we would definitely visit here again!

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JTucci
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friend and I came here for a pre-show dinner and enjoyed our experience.

We ordered cocktails to start-the On the Gogh has the perfect balance of sweet and sour with the vanilla vodka and citrus. We also enjoyed the parmesan churros-omg they were melt in your mouth good and the dipping sauces were fab.

We opted for the short rib and pork chops and ordered a cab sav to pair with our From the Farm menu choices. The portions were quite generous, and the meat was cooked perfectly. My short rib was tender and smothered in this delicious onion glaze-definitely the highlight of the meal.

We'd love to come back to try dessert. I had my eye on the shortbread, but we ended up running out of time.

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vipThomas
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"or, The Whale" is entirely wonderful! The food and menus are amazing, the wait staff are attentive, knowledgeable, and pleasantly friendly, and the restaurant itself is so beautiful, it was such the nicest evening and experience ever! It is the place that I wish to return to over and over!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious Oysters, the rib eye was amazing , cooked on the open fire, to perfection! The potato’s that came with the steak were yummy.

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JoanW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was wonderful. Bread basket pretzels were outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great meal at Or, the Whale! Our appetizers were great and our entrees were superb. I wish our server would have been more knowledgeable and more in-depth with explaining the specials and items on the menu. After we had finished our meal, a server near us blew us away with his explanations of the menu and we were a bit jealous! Overall, we had a great experience though.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

For fine dining the meal left us wanting more. Dishes were good but did not stand out. Best part of the meal was a desert. Thanks pastry chef!!

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BryanP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

There are better restaurants in the city. The food was ok but portions were very small considering the price. Staff was awesome and very knowledgable, but you should never leave a restaurant hungry (which we did).

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the decor and the ipen kitchen. We went for brunch and the cocktails were great, but we were underwhelmed with our food for the price point. The pastry platter of worth it, though!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food and server was outstanding!

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vipPghDiner
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have a disability and the staff made sure we had a comfortable and accessible table.
Our waiter made each item on the menu sound enticing. The chef did not disappoint. Oysters on the half shell we're superb. My husband had the rib eye and I enjoyed the duck breast which was perfectly prepared. We both enjoyed our dainty and delicious desserts.
It truly was a special evening.

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CindyB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Or! The Whale for our Valentine's dinner, and could not be happier with the experience! Great food, venue and staff. Thank you!

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TheTravelingBaers
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I would not return, food was over priced, service was mediocre, and for it being mostly empty it was really loud felt like we needed to yell at each other to talk.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I had really high expectations for this place, but our date night was truly ruined. After waiting for 40 minutes for the medium-well fillet mignon my husband got a piece of meat almost burnt to coals. The server quickly removed the place and didn’t even offer replacement. I ordered grilled octopus and it came burnt and tasted like rubber. We left the restaurant hungry and unhappy.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we walked in from the Pittsburgh winter, the warm atmosphere pulled us in to a dining experience unlike any we've had in Pittsburgh before. Our waiter was perfectly poised but wonderfully friendly, even laughing with us when he saw us switch dessert plates. (We loved both, just wanted to make sure we both got to taste all of the wonderful dishes prepared for us.)

Flavors were impeccable (although the tartare is a little simple, perhaps to focus more on the local beef), and the freshness of ingredients really shone through. We very rarely eat out or get takeout because it's not worth the money when we could make it better ourselves. or, the Whale is the kind of place we hope to someday cook like, and without a doubt worth the splurge.

Get a reservation, take someone you won't mind switching one delicious plate for another with, and stay through dessert. And, if you're like us, take the walk back to Theater Square to catch a show.

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MarkK
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Both entrees were on the cool side .
For a high end restaurant they should be hot

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great day - good atmosphere and good food. Highly recommend.

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JeffW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Feels like a hotel restaurant, as it is attached to one, with very blah interior. Far too overpriced for what you get in terms of the food and experience. Many better restaurants (food and ambience) for a more reasonable price in Pittsburgh.

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vipFoodlover
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience2

Never again.i wanted to visit and try it because I have heard good reviews. But the ambiance is very dry, noise level high, overpriced for what offers. I ordered a fillet mignon medium well cooked and it came totally burned, it was literally black from one side and dark from the other... they charged us although I said it was not cooked like I asked... very unprofessional, since Th why didn’t even offer something as an apologize, ie a dessert or a gift card. Not recommend at all.

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CarmenN
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Food came out cold; horrible service; drinks took 20 minutes to arrive; hair in food (management never so much as apologized). Will not return.

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LancelotPA
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great service, great food. The restaurant is chic. Good ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food, for the most part was very good and our server was attentive. A couple of thing threw me off however. It was my first time and I guess I expected it to be a nicer place. It looked very casual. Part of the casual feel was the white adidas sneakers the hostess was wearing. I get it that she is walking up and down stairs all evening, but it was not a good first impression. Even black sneakers would have helped. If ambiance isn’t important to you this is a fine place to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Great service, lousy food. Overcooked and overpriced.

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bradb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant has a nice vibe and the service was great. The food was very good and they had an adequate selection to chose from. There weren't too many things I would count as a negative - I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area.

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SaraE
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beef Tartar was amazing, wine recommendation was perfect, all around delicious meal. Only thing I didn't love was being seated so close to other people upstairs while the bottom floor was mostly empty.

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Superb
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding!! Service was awesome!! Excellent desserts!! One of my favorite places in Pittsburgh!

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vipJenna
Pittsburgh
38 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was slow even though there weren't many tables there for brunch yet. They were out of a few options on a very limited menu to begin with. Cocktails were not very tasty either.

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vipMartha
Pittsburgh
32 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We started with cocktails and a cheese plate. I wasn't crazy about the cocktail selection. Everything felt a bit too creative for my tastes. I selected one anyway because, when in Rome. It was great, but each sip made it sweeter until it wasn't pleasant. The cheese plate was delicious and interesting - the cheeses were comparable to any cheese plate I've had (and I've had many). We ordered steaks for dinner, a filet and a ribeye. Both were cooked perfectly. Their fries were so delicious. We were told they take three days to make. We shared a dessert, but weren't terribly impressed. We will go back again, order wine and skip dessert.

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vipAudreyH
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very disappointed. Appetizer smeared across top edge of plate and rest of plate was naked. Even adjoining patrons commented on it. Wrong potato preparation on all choices and nuggets very over fried. Bread pudding had no pudding and apples were undercooked. No question about seating and we were placed in upper hall on freezing night. No offer of refills on coffee.

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