Spirits & Tales

4.1
62 reviews
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Contemporary French / American
A bold new brasserie sits atop The Oaklander Hotel and overlooks one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic neighborhoods, Spirits & Tales is designed for those with the desire gather around the table. Rooted in the spirit of the original brasserie, Executive Chef Jessica Lewis reimagines classic French all-day plates and beloved dishes with inspired veg, locally sourced meats, and expertly prepared seafood.Classic and contemporary converge on the plate and in S&T’s unique interior design. Sweeping panoramic views and modern design are made complete by local details made of hand forged metal. Cocktailers will find a perfect martini service or unique perspectives and preparationsofa vast array of spirits in addition to regularly updated and menu-driven wine and craft beer offerings
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ML
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Disappointed not worth value for prices charged, over hyped

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LO
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and super service

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious drinks! Excellent food! Great atmosphere! Comfortable seating! Will be back soon!

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TL
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good cocktails, well mixed and a great variety. Service was attentive, but slow; expect to take a couple of hours for dinner at least. Food was good (chicken is highly recommended) with the small plates being some of the most interesting and tasty selections. Desert was ok, nothing special with homemade ice cream. Price was high, especially for the Oakland area, but we felt it was ok for the quality of the meal.

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GP
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, had the burger. Wish there were more options on the menu, very limited at lunch. But the food they serve is so good with interesting flavors. The view is outstanding, overlooking Oakland through all floor to ceiling windows, and a little outdoor seating area that it wonderful

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H
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Rather good food. Couldn’t really complain about anything on any plate. Excellent quality beef, oysters, socca. Server explained nothing, repeatedly forgot utensils, then vanished at the end when we were wrapping up the evening. Management needs to address service because the kitchen is really doing a great job. Terrific view. This restaurant could be a real Pittsburgh destination. Hang in there folks!

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M
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service quite slow but food was very good

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E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A welcome addition to the Oakland dining scene. The almond cake is delish!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on July 3, 2019

Dear Eggy, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal. It was our pleasure serving you and we look forward to your next visit. Best, Michael Goldberg Director of Food & Beverage

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C
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food is inconsistent. The octopus appetizer is fantastic but the mussels were just bad. We all ordered the fish of the day and the dish just did not come together well. Plus the fish portion I got was laughably small. They need to work on being more consistent as the prior visit I had there was much better.

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Responded on July 3, 2019

Dear Chicharito, Welcome back and thank you for taking the time to share feedback. I'm sorry that we did not provide you with the impressive dining experience you've come to expect from past visits; please forgive us. I regret that our dishes did not live up to your expectations. We value your sincere remarks as they allow us to serve our diners better. Thank you for the return visit and we hope to serve you again. Sincerely, Michael Goldberg Director of Food & Beverage

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J
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was ok but not quick. Food was good. Views are nice. Tables are well-spaced. It is definitely super casual - the guy sitting at the next table was wearing running shorts - his hairy legs didn’t pair well with my not inexpensive though well-prepared meal. Valet parking is a big plus.

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Responded on July 3, 2019

Dear Jules, We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your food and views. I regret that the service was a bit slow. We value all your feedback, both positive and areas for improvement, as it allows us to monitor and improve the dining experience. It was our pleasure serving you and we hope to see you again. Sincerely, Michael Goldberg Director of Food & Beverage

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JP
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The view and location is fantastic! But the food menu was very limited and very expensive for what was offered.

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Responded on June 26, 2019

Dear JefiPE, I'm glad you enjoyed our location and pretty views. I'm sorry that you found our menu to be limited. Our ingredients are locally sourced, so our menu changes seasonally. We appreciate your feedback and hope to provide you with a better value on a return visit. Thank you for dining with us. Sincerely, Michael Goldberg Director of Food and Beverage

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OT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

A great spot with a beautiful view.

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Responded on June 26, 2019

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for the 5-star review! We are delighted to hear that our pretty views added to the enjoyment of your dining experienced. We appreciate your patronage and hope to serve you again. Best, Michael Goldberg Director of Food and Beverage

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NM
West Virginia
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, excellent service, delicious food and cocktails. Had lunch for our anniversary; can recommend the Root of All Evil and Midnight Manhattan cocktails, beetroot nicoise salad with salmon and avocado, S & T burger, and almond cake with honey caramel.

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Responded on June 26, 2019

Dear NMS10, Thank you for choosing us for this special occasion! I'm glad our beautiful views, excellent service and delicious food made for a great anniversary celebration. It was our pleasure serving you and we hope to see you again. Best, Michael Goldberg Director of Food and Beverage

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L
Pittsburgh
32 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed lunch with friends so much that I made a reservation for my husband and me on Saturday evening. In spite of PAA renovation, the views are beautiful, especially if you are a Pitt alum. The food is good and Sofia provided exceptional service. We'll be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 Starexperience, upscale for a Marriott property

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Responded on June 22, 2019

Hi Anonymous, Thanks for your review! Glad you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Michael Goldberg Dir. of Food & Beverage

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MN
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the view was fantastic! The server was very accommodating. I will be back.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on June 13, 2019

Hi Mary, Thanks for your 5 star review. We love getting your feedback> We are happy you enjoyed your experience and can't wait to have you back. Many thanks,

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n
Pittsburgh
30 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The restaurant is a gorgeous space, and the food is decent. However, service is truly wretchedly horrible. They just don’t have the service piece down yet. Considering that this restaurant is in a swanky new boutique hotel owned by the Marriott Corporation, it seems they could invest in training of employees. We have been here several times now, as it is located close to my work, and the story is always the same. Initially, I thought this was due to the newness of the restaurant, but it is been open for four months now, and they have had plenty of time to get their act together.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on June 13, 2019

Hi, Thank you for your feedback. We truly value your guest feedback. The experience is definitely not what we are intending. I appreciate the insight on how we can improve. I will start working with my team immediately to improve our service execution. I also hope that you are willing to give us an opportunity for us to redeem ourselves. Look forward to seeing you in the future. Sincerely, Michael Goldberg Dir. of Food and Beverage.

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

Great brunch with friends at Spirits & Tales. We split the Avocado Toast four ways just so everyone could try it...so good! Entree timing was perfect and our server kept the brunch drinks flowing. The chef came out to check on us as well! The views of the surrounding neighborhood are killer, the food was amazing and the service was top notch. We will keep this place in the brunch rotation for sure!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on June 13, 2019

Hi, Glad we made it into the rotation. Thanks for the steallar review. Can't wait to have you back. Many thanks, Michael Goldberg Dir. Of Food & Beverage

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SP
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The view is amazing! The food and service were also very good. We had a lovely quiet lunch with gorgeous views.

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RF
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Very, very Limited Menu. Typical though for a below average hotel restaurant. Ordered a salid and a burger because the burger was the only decent thing on the menu. We both ordered a burger cooked medium. It was naturally super well done. Certainly wont return to the Spirits and Tales for dining.

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

The food was excellent and served hot. Staff was attentive. I would go back

Spirits & Tales
Responded on June 13, 2019

Hi, So glad you had a great time with us. We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Michael Goldberg Dir. of Food & Beverage

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PH
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I'd recommend this restaurant with a big "BUT." It's still new so maybe the service will improve (e.g., ours was too rushed and the server seemed uneducated about the dishes and didn't recognize a common cocktail that wasn't on their specialty list, etc.) I really enjoyed my gnocchi dish and having dessert on the "terrace" where we were left to have coffee and leisurely enjoy the evening.

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P
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food very disappointing. Lamb stew was watery and had very little taste

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BH
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

I had heard that the view was phenomenal, and I would say it was decent, but overall, the restaurant reminded me of any run of the mill hotel lobby restaurant, which is the reason i rated the ambiance poorly. The food was very good.

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NB
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Sunday brunch. It was delightful. The views are amazing. The food was delicious. The service from the ground floor elevator to the front desk staff to the server was exceptional. We took guests and they were so impressed. They’ve lived in Pgh for years and could’ve get over the beauty they hadn’t previously seen.

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A
Pittsburgh
29 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space, delicious food and great service! Not to mention being able to walk out to the patio area with views of Oakland.

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AK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I was there once for lunch and once for breakfast. Each meal was just ok. In both instances the greens on my plate were heavily salted which was not appetizing.
Service was slow at each meal.

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KG
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was the problem. Had reservation but had to wait for table to be cleaned. Ordered small plates and soup. Took over 40 minutes and it all came at one time on a very small two top table. Poor training for sever and kitchen. Certainly correctable. Food made it worth it.

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j
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The roasted olives and the octopus are excellent appetizers.
We ordered the fish plate and the chicken plate, both really good.
The view is magnificent and the place is quite and relaxing.

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GH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

very nice place. service too long even though there was only a few people, and the food looked nice, but tasted mediocre. they need to work on their recipes to perfect the levels of salt to sweet to sour.

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OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Staffing will be the undoing of this promising spot. Too few bartenders and waitstaff. The protein mains were good. The french fries were overcooked to become potato sticks. The side dishes were over seasoned.

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WP
Naples
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Randolf, our waiter, was outstanding! and the food and view were great

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CA
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Highly recommend for food and exceptional service. Views from nearly all angles is impressive. Liked the uniqueness of an upside down establishment. Not recommended for small group meeting in that noise level blocks out communication between guests even at a small table. No rushing. Pace of meal presentation was spot on.

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l
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been staying at the Oaklander Hotel for the past few days while a family member has been in medical care. All our meals have been at Spirits & Tales. Food and ambience are wonderful, creative. Modern but warm and inviting. We had the burger and fries, market fish, chicken and the beet salad and more. We also had lovely breakfasts. High quality tasty foods. Fit for foodies and across the board high quality. Wines are excellent and a vast array of options. Views of the Pitt campus and Schenley Farms are incomparable. We enjoyed staff and service very much. Everyone is excited to be a part of the new addition to Pittsburgh’s food scene. Thanks to S&T for making our stay so enjoyable. We will be back next week!!

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C
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was our second visit to Spirit and Tales. We love the decore and the menu is very good. Service has been a disappointment on both visits. They seem to have 2 people running around like crazy and others not busy at all. Kitchen seems too far for the staff and they disappear often for long stretches. Steak frites was also a disappointment. Very small for a 14oz ribeye and it came way over cooked, which we sent back. Burgers were also over cooked but acceptable. Medium well vs medium. Olives were good as well as the chickpea flatbread appetizers. It’s a wonderful addition to the Oakland area. I hope they work out the issues because this place has fabulous potential.

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k
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch. Everything was excellent, including cocktails!

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent S&T Burger

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DL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

An average experience for the price. Great ambiance and views though. Probably a better place for drinks than for dinner.

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M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We dined on Easter Sunday and was pleased with the ambiance and requested to sit by the window which was all occupied. The tables near the window are small and positioned in a tight place. It is best to sit in the middle where there is more room. We liked the terrace area but it was only for sitting and enjoying the rooftop view of Oakland. We ordered prosecco which was delicious! However, the food was not that great. The grilled octopus appetizer was very oily and my husband ordered salad which was just okay. My husband also ordered Streak Frites which served ribeye that was cooked to perfection at medium however, it was a very, very bad cut and full of fat! In fact, half of the meat was all fat. Disappointing! I ordered the Marseillais Fish but they did not have the fish available. What they had was "similar to a salmon," our server said. It was mild tasting but I was also very disappointed with the cut of the fish. It is the worse cut, the tail end. Lastly, for trying to be a fancy French bistro, we have had better in Pittsburgh. For these reasons, we do not think we will be back. We will be going to our favorite bistro instead, which is always very consistent and serves choice cut meats and fish.

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EM
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our meal and especially the view. Great place for brunch.

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