Spirits & Tales

4.5
274 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 274 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipcali
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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PatriciaW
San Francisco
1 review
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!

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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
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary it was amazing

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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.

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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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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
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was great!

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sanihi
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
3 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
3 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
4 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
32 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
9 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!!

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EmilyJ
Pittsburgh
1 review
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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MCDDC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 1, 2021

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

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KatieT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Service was so slow- we were there 3 hours and ended up boxing up our entrees and desserts to go.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 1, 2021

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

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JasonM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch menu! Very clean, respectful dining experience.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 1, 2021

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

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vipMaryKatesMom
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 1, 2021

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

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AldoP
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was amazing! Great views and quiet atmosphere. First class place.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 1, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 1, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Definitely will go again!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on February 11, 2021

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your 5-star review and we look forward to your return! Best, S & T Management

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vipDebbieF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Lovely view of Pitt campus, too!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on February 11, 2021

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

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vipChristinM
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Spirits & Tales
Responded on February 3, 2021

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

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Adam
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Ambiance was amazing. True luxury feel. Drinks were mixed well. Service was great, but the food took a very long time . GREAT fries

Spirits & Tales
Responded on February 3, 2021

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

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vipProfessor
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nothing good; nothing bad; just middle of the road in a beautiful setting.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on February 3, 2021

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

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MichaelE
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Spirits and Tales made my daughter’s Birthday very special. Service was as good and food was delicious. Great skyline views at sunset.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on February 3, 2021

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

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Scooter
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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

Spirits & Tales
Responded on February 3, 2021

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

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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.