Spirits & Tales
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
We had the most wonderful birthday Brunch. Their bloodies were hearty and had great flavor.
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.
We celebrated our 25th anniversary at spirits and tales, the cocktails were fabulous as well as our meals. We will definitely be back!
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.
Dear deanteam, Thank you for choosing us. We value all your feedback and hope to serve you again. Best, S&T Restaraunt Management
My first time eating indoors post vaccination; loved the open air feeling of the restaurant. The food was fantastic; portions were perfect.
Anniversary it was amazing
Outstanding food and service! Thanks to Jen for always taking care of us
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
Better service than the night before. The brûlée grapefruit was amazing.
Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your time in sharing your kind review and please visit us again. Best, S&T Restaurant Management
Good food, great waitress. Quiet little restaurant. Overall had a good time and we will be back!
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
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
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
Food was excellent. Attentive service and comfortable atmosphere. Nice range of healthy options.
Great service. The roasted chicken is absolutely amazing. Almond cake was out of this world. Great views.
Great atmosphere! Awesome view of the city. Food was over priced for tiny portions. Service was friendly but too way to long.
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
Terrific cocktails. Tasty and original menu options for a hotel restaurant.
Food was amazing and service was great!
Excellent food, beautiful views. Can’t wait to return!
Had to go outside the menu and use their available food item to get things we would enjoy eating
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.
Great location, lovely views! We visit our son at Pitt and always stay here. Food is excellent, but portions could be larger. Wonderful staff.
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.
Great spot at the top of the Oaklander Hotel. Outstanding views of Oakland and first class ambiance. Cocktails and food were great.
Favorite burger in the city!
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!
We LOVED our experience here! Everyone is friendly and a good vibe!
Food was outstanding. Really thought out menu! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
Excellent service and food. Their avocado toast is delicious!!
Our waitress was fantastic and the food was good! The view is lovely!
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
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!
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
Made Valentine's Day reservations well in advance, but was seated on cushions in the waiting area for dinner. Even though tables opened up, our hostess was perfectly happy to leave us there, even after we had asked to be reseated. It took us fighting with the manager to get a table large enough for two dinner plates -- not a good start to a romantic dinner!
Cocktails were good, the food itself was tasty, and the waitstaff were all very nice. Windows have a pretty view of the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial, and it's a nice enough looking space. If you are offered a table, you might have a nice time! But then you might get stuck in the conference room like another poor couple we noticed -- you'll be rolling the dice.
Dear MCDDC, I'm very sorry for your poor arrival experience; please forgive us. It was kind of you to note our great food, cocktails, and waitstaff despite this lapse. We appreciate all your feedback and do review it as a team to foster improvements. For this reason, we hope to have the opportunity to provide a flawless experience in the future. Sincerely, Spirit & Tales Management
Service was so slow- we were there 3 hours and ended up boxing up our entrees and desserts to go.
Dear KatieT, I'm very sorry that you experienced slow service. We strive to provide a pleasant dining experience, so I regret that we let you down. We appreciate your feedback and hope to better serve you on a return visit. Sincerely, Spirits & Tales Management
Great brunch menu! Very clean, respectful dining experience.
Dear JasonM, We are delighted to hear that our cleanliness, service, and cuisine made for a great experience. It was our pleasure serving you and we appreciate your patronage. Best, Spirit & Tales Management
This is the best restaurant within walking distance of Pitt. We have eaten there over a half dozen times, breakfast, lunch and dinner. None of us have had a less than excellent experience. The avocado toast is fresh and delicious. The burger is perfectly cooked and the grilled chicken BLT is very, very tasty. The best part of all are the French Fries with garlic aioli! Nice hot, well seasoned with the garlic aioli is worth the trip.
Dear MaryKatesMom, Welcome back and thank you for the kind review. We value your patronage and look forward to your next visit. Best Wishes, Spirit & Tales Management
Great service and food was amazing! Great views and quiet atmosphere. First class place.
Dear AldoP, Thank you for taking the time to share this glowing review! It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your meal. I will be certain to share your comments with our staff who truly love delivering a great dining experience. Please find a reason to visit us again soon. Best, Spirit & Takes Management
Food and service were very good. We all had cocktails which were excellent. Safe distancing was observed and the staff obviously took the Covid guidelines seriously. The fish entrees were very well done as was the charcuterie platter. I would definitely go back again.
Dear Anonymous, Thank you for choosing Spirits & Takes, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your food, as well as our service. We aim to provide a great dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Sincerely, Spirits & Takes
Definitely will go again!
Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your 5-star review and we look forward to your return! Best, S & T Management
Great food and ambiance. Lovely view of Pitt campus, too!
Dear DebbieF, We are so appreciative of your kind review. It is rewarding to know that you enjoyed our great food and ambiance. Your remarks serve as an encouragement to our team who strive to provide a pleasant dining experience. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and please visit us again. Best, S & T Restaraunt Management
Spirits and Tales is one of our favorite spots for so many reasons! Get the burger and the black Manhattan for a perfect combination. The breakfast is amazing as well
Dear ChristinM, Welcome back! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I’m pleased to hear our burgers and breakfasts have made for enjoyable meals. We appreciate your kind comments and look forward to your return. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage
Ambiance was amazing. True luxury feel. Drinks were mixed well. Service was great, but the food took a very long time . GREAT fries
Dear Adam, We are delighted you took the time to share your kind review; we value your comments. It’s wonderful to know your meal was pleasant. I’m glad you enjoyed our ambiance and cuisine. Thank you for dining with us and we look forward to seeing you again. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage
Nothing good; nothing bad; just middle of the road in a beautiful setting.
Dear Professor, Thank you for your time in reviewing Spirits & Tales. We strive to provide a WOW dining experience, so I regret that your meal was just okay. We appreciate your patronage and hope to impress on a return visit. Sincerely, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage
Spirits and Tales made my daughter’s Birthday very special. Service was as good and food was delicious. Great skyline views at sunset.
Dear MichaelE, We are thrilled to hear that our service, food, and views made for a pleasant birthday celebration! It was our pleasure serving you and we thank you for choosing us for this special occasion. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage
Overpriced slow service food not great. And they have the hotel check in desk right next to the restaurant with just a curtain dividing it so you got all the noise from everyone checking in
Dear Scooter, We are so sorry that you did not enjoy your dining experience. I regret that we let you down. We appreciate your feedback as it allows us to monitor and improve. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you better in the future. Sincerely, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage
Spirits & Tales is rated 4.5 stars by 274 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.