Spirits & Tales

4.5
287 Reviews
$30 and under
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, it 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 287 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Salina
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The mushroom ravioli was very good, as was the green tea cocktail.

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AvidFoodie
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent ambience, drinks, and food! Would certainly return with a date.

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CullenD
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Our waitress did not prioritize us at all. We were seated in a location that she continually passed us, yet we were seemingly not worried about. We have eaten dinner here last year and the food was great. But since we felt slighted, we chose to get an appetizer and go to a different restaurant for dinner. I don’t believe in criticizing wait staff, leaving bad tips, etc., but this experience was very disheartening. I will return for drinks (which are an ok value but taste AMAZING!), but I don’t think I will be eating here any time soon. This makes me sad to just type this.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just because it’s in a hotel, don’t let that deter you from coming here. Amazing food, drinks, and service! Plus- the view enhances the experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a good experience. Delicious food (I had only been for dinner, never breakfast), excellent service, great environment and view. I’ll be back!

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Dlauda82
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, beautiful views of a part of town that isn’t often seen

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear Dlauda82, We are so glad that you enjoyed our food and views. It was our pleasure serving you and please come visit us again. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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vipGeoWitt
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very nice bistro-style menu. Everything was delicious. Nice cocktails and wine selection. Very friendly but not the most attentive waitstaff.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear GeoWitt, I'm delighted that you enjoyed our menu and spirit selections; thank you for your compliments. I sincerely regret any lapses in service that you experienced. We value all your feedback, including areas for improvement, as it allows us to serve our guests better. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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vipsphamjt
Pittsburgh
33 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time back at Spirits and Tales since the start of the pandemic. Really awesome service. We arrived early., (before properly open) and yet were seated immediately at our favorite table for the view. The food was gorgeous in every way and the frites were amazing. Our server made sure we wanted for nothing and we had such a lovely and memorable time. Definitely going back!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear sphamjt, We are thrilled you experienced 5-star service. It was our pleasure serving you and we thank you for your kind remarks. We look forward to your return. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Good was very average. In my fish they used canned tomatoes and forgot to season. Would not recommend this restaurant.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear Anonymous, Our goal is to exceed our diners’ expectations, so I’m sorry that your meal was just okay. We appreciate your attention to reviewing your experience and we hope to have the opportunity to impress upon your return. Sincerely, S&T Restaurant Management

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for choosing us and please visit again soon! Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch spot!!!!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your kind review and please visit us again. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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KinaF
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, nice view, service was great! Valet was friendly and professional. Very comfortable with a beautiful bar area.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear KinaF, It is wonderful to know that your visit was pleasant. We love hearing that you appreciated our good food, views, and service. Your feedback is helpful, and I thank you for taking the time to share. We look forward to being your restaurant of choice when in the area. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful birthday Brunch. Their bloodies were hearty and had great flavor.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear Anonymous, I'm so glad that our brunch and bloodys added to the enjoyment of your birthday! Thank you for choosing us for this special occasion and for your kind review. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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vipcali
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken was really fantastic! I went here when this place opened and the food was much better this second time. They made big improvements. This is a great option if you’re an adult who lives in Oakland and you want to have a nice meal not surrounded by college students.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear cali, We take pride in providing the best dining experience, so your compliments are appreciated. I’m delighted to learn your meal was pleasant and look forward to sharing your feedback with the entire team. Thank you for sharing your kind remarks. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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PatriciaW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 25th anniversary at spirits and tales, the cocktails were fabulous as well as our meals. We will definitely be back!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear PatriciaW, Thank you for choosing us for this special occasion. It was our pleasure serving you. We appreciate your patronage and your kind remarks. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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vipdeanteam
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Ambiance is nice. Portions were a bit skimpy at breakfast. Big change since our last visit. Dinner portions much better. Still a great option when staying at The Oaklander.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 4, 2021

Dear deanteam, Thank you for choosing us. We value all your feedback and hope to serve you again. Best, S&T Restaraunt Management

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vipJoJo
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time eating indoors post vaccination; loved the open air feeling of the restaurant. The food was fantastic; portions were perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary it was amazing

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 4, 2021

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for choosing us for this special occasion. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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vipChristinM
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! Thanks to Jen for always taking care of us

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 4, 2021

Dear ChristinM, Thank you for your patronage. We are so happy to know you enjoyed your meal and I will be sure to share your kind remarks with Jen. Please visit again soon. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better service than the night before. The brûlée grapefruit was amazing.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 4, 2021

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your time in sharing your kind review and please visit us again. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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ArielleS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great waitress. Quiet little restaurant. Overall had a good time and we will be back!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 4, 2021

Dear ArielleS, We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our food & service. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to your return! Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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Carlos
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Despite our waitress juggling multiple tables due to someone calling off sick, we still had a great breakfast. Although pricier than most places for a breakfast, we felt we got a great view and value for food and service

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 4, 2021

Dear Carlos, We appreciate you joining us for breakfast and are happy to know you had a nice experience. Please find a reason to visit us again. Thank you for your patronage Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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Jennifer
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Attentive service and comfortable atmosphere. Nice range of healthy options.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 4, 2021

Dear Jennifer, I'm glad that our excellent food, service, & atmosphere made for a nice experience. It was our pleasure serving you and we hope to see you again. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The roasted chicken is absolutely amazing. Almond cake was out of this world. Great views.

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LauraM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, value and view.

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jat20
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great atmosphere! Awesome view of the city. Food was over priced for tiny portions. Service was friendly but too way to long.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 4, 2021

Dear jat20, Thank you for dining with us. Your comments, which highlight our successes and areas for improvement, are welcomed as they foster change for the better. Thank you for taking the time to share your review. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Terrific cocktails. Tasty and original menu options for a hotel restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was great!

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sanihi
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, beautiful views. Can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had to go outside the menu and use their available food item to get things we would enjoy eating

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant had to close due to a malfunctioning sprinkler earlier in the day. We had a reservation thru Open Table and no one notified us of the closure until we got there. Very disappointing as I’ve been wanting to try this place since it opened. Staff at restaurant and hotel were very friendly and helpful but someone dropped the ball.

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M3PA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great location, lovely views! We visit our son at Pitt and always stay here. Food is excellent, but portions could be larger. Wonderful staff.

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CharlesN
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great view overlooking Oakland and a beautifully designed restaurant space. Our drinks and starters starters were excellent but my dinner- branzino- was supposed to be served in a Mediterranean ratatouille along with apricots and dates which I would have loved. There were no apricots or dates( our server said they were “ground” which is why I couldn’t see them) and the dish was served with a curry sauce. I actually thought I may have received another fish dish on the menu which was featured with curry - but I was told the “Mediterranean ratatouille” had that flavor ( it doesn’t as per my research over the web). We were offered nothing off of our bill nor complimentary desserts which we had ordered. Rule of thumb- when diners leave a restaurant happy they’ll return. That’s not going to happen. I don’t like curry.

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RichS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot at the top of the Oaklander Hotel. Outstanding views of Oakland and first class ambiance. Cocktails and food were great.

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vipAdam
Pittsburgh
69 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite burger in the city!

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vipfoodieaa
Detroit
33 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had Brunch at Spirits and Tales. The food was very good, generous portions. Service a tad slow, and we needed to remind the staff to get us a few things. However, it was an excellent dining experience. We would go swisher going back when we in Pittsburgh again.... next time to try the dinner menus which also looks wonderful!

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maryl
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED our experience here! Everyone is friendly and a good vibe!
Food was outstanding. Really thought out menu! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Their avocado toast is delicious!!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 4, 2021

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your compliments! It was our pleasure serving you; please visit us again. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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EmilyJ
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was fantastic and the food was good! The view is lovely!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 12, 2021

Dear EmilyJ, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I’m pleased to learn that your meal was enjoyable. We appreciate your compliments and humbly request a return visit. Best, Spirit & Tales Management

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EricaM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I had reservations for a Valentine's day dinner. Upon arrival, we did have to wait a bit past our reservation for seating as they were very busy. We were staying in the hotel so we just went down to our room for about 15 minutes. The staff were very kind and thankful for our understanding and we felt very appreciated which overshadowed the wait time.

We were seated in a very romantic and private lounge area. We did wait a bit for service once seated, but they were quite busy. The drinks were delicious and the food overall was great. Our burgers were a bit underdone, and I'm sure the staff would have remedied this if needed but we didn't want to be a hassle. Overall, would recommend especially if staying in the hotel. We also ordered breakfast the next morning which was also delicious but felt like it may have been a bit overpriced for the amount of food with each dish. Still a great dining experience and atmosphere!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 1, 2021

Dear EricaM, It is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your meal! We thank you for your compliments. Each member of our team strives daily to provide positive dining experiences. Your comments, which highlight our successes and areas for improvement, are welcomed as they foster change for the better. Thank you for taking the time to share your review. Best, Spirit & Tales Management

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Spirits & Tales is rated 4.5 stars by 287 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.