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Spirits & Tales

4.3
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211 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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, 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.

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 211 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHankg
Houston
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The view from the balcony was fantastic. We were very impressed with a flavor and presentation of Appetizers, salads and entrees. Too full for desert.

Spirits & Tales
Responded 7 hours ago

Dear Hankg, We're happy to hear from you! It's great to know that you enjoyed our views as well as our great food & presentation. Please plan to visit us again and leave room for desert! Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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NatalieU
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a cool spot to grab some food and drinks. Great for apps and also full dinner meals. The service was excellent, very knowledgeable about ingredients in the dishes as well as the different types of alcohol they served. The view was impeccable, we can't wait to visit again!

Spirits & Tales
Responded 7 hours ago

Dear NatalieU, It is fantastic to hear that your meal was enjoyable! We thank you for your compliments regarding our atmosphere and menu, but more importantly our staff. Our team strives to provide exceptional dining experiences; I will be sure to share your kind feedback. I appreciate you taking the time to write and please visit again. Best, Benjamin McCarney

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PhoenixNikkor
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience! Food was delicious and beautifully presented, view was stunning from the outdoor patio seating; it was a very quiet and relaxing evening for my moms birthday! Our favorite dish of the night was the fried oysters! We will be back!

Spirits & Tales
Responded 7 hours ago

Dear PhoenixNikkor, Thank you for taking the time to share your kind review. I’m glad you found our food delicious and views stunning. We appreciate your choosing us for this special occasion and look forward to being your restaurant of choice when in the area. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

With only 3 tables in the entire restaurant for an early breakfast, the service should have been better. The server would disappear for long periods of time. Avocado toast and egg sandwich were good. French toast was on the soggy side...

Spirits & Tales
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Anonymous, We aim to impress, so I'm sorry that your breakfast was just okay. 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. We hope to serve you better on a return visit. Sincerely, Benjamin McCarney General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Loved the food, the wine pours were unusually light. Quality of the breakfast food there was amazing the day before, but surprisingly bad the following day. Seems to be a pretty good place, excellent by the standard of hotel bars/resturants

Spirits & Tales
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your helpful feedback. I'm sorry that your experiences were not consistent; please forgive us. We do review all feedback as a team to continually improve, so we hope to serve you again. Sincerely, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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TRWluvsfood
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good Sunday Brunch on the outside patio on the 10th floor of the Oaklander Hotel. We had reservations so there no wait at all. We were served water and coffee almost immediately. Shortly after we ordered our breakfast/ brunch dished. My guest had the S & T breakfast and I had Crab Scramble. Both dishes were excellent. Not too much, not too little. We also shared an order of berries with cream fresh which was amazing strawberries and blueberries. We will definitely return but likely we will try dinner next. Our server was attentive, but not overly do.

Spirits & Tales
Responded 6 days ago

Dear TRWlucsfood, I'm thrilled to learn we provided you with a great brunch; thanks for taking the time to share your experience. It's wonderful to know you enjoyed our food & service. We appreciate your recommendation, but of course, the highest form of praise would be your return! Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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Pickyvegetarian
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The appetizers and drinks were good, but it went downhill after that. The food was disappointing- grilled sandwich was cooked in butter/oil that tasted rancid, the basmati rice was over cooked, the hamburger was under seasoned and the fries too salty, and the lentils in the salmon was over salted. The service was good with serving the food quickly but there were crumbs on the sides of the table and on the chair from the previous diners that was not cleaned when we were about to be seated; we had to call the wait staff over to clean them when we noticed it.
We did not stay for dessert because the mains were so disappointing.
The ambience was nice and the view from the 10 floor was spectacular- unfortunately the meal itself did not live up to them.

Spirits & Tales
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Pickvegetarian, I apologize that the quality of your meal was not met with our excellence in service. I will be sure to discuss this review with our team and heighten our awareness of such issues. We value you as our guest and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you for dining with us. Sincerely, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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MTSR
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very interesting food combinations, unexpected but very nice. Perhaps a tad heavy but overall delicious. Very nice and professional staff.

Spirits & Tales
Responded 6 days ago

Dear MTSR, I'm so glad that you enjoyed our menu. We appreciate your kind feedback and look forward to your return. Thank you for dining with us. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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vipGr8lady
Naples
35 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

It took a very long time to get our drinks as the bartender was busy filling to go orders. The food was good but not excellent.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 3, 2020

Dear Gr8lady, Thank you for choosing us. Our goal is to exceed our diner's expectations, so I regret that your visit was just okay. We appreciate the feedback and hope to serve you again. Sincerely, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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CBI4bday
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was great, staff were very friendly, although possibly a little understaffed which made the service just so so. We had to flag down the server a few times for items instead of them proactively coming to the table. But overall a good experience with great food.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 3, 2020

Dear CB14bday, We take pride in providing the best food and service; your feedback, which highlights success and areas for improvement, is appreciated. I’m happy to learn you enjoyed your meal and I have noted your recommendations regarding our staffing. Thank you for your time in reviewing your experience. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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Kassim10
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, a beautiful view and charming ambiance. A bit on the pricy side, otherwise well worth the experience. Definitely recommended.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 3, 2020

Dear Kassim10, We are thrilled to hear that we provided you with a great experience. Your kind review is appreciated and serves as encouragement to our team who work hard to deliver remarkable service. Thank you for selecting us and for taking the time to share your experience. We look forward to your return. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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BobM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner after we dropped off our daughter. Seasonal menu very nice. Burgers and summer squash. View of Pitt campus a plus.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 3, 2020

Dear BobM, 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, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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FCCC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, but definitely special-occassion pricing. Restaurant was a bit too dark for my taste, but otherwise attractive.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 3, 2020

Dear FCCC, It’s wonderful to know you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for your time in sharing a review and we hope to see you again. Sincerely, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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norybmij
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In no particular order, Great view, Great service, Great food.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 3, 2020

Dear norymbij, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We enjoy hearing that you enjoyed our views, service and food. We appreciate your review and recommendation and look forward to your return. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food and Beverage

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vipNelson
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great dining experience. Very good food. There is a phenomenal view of the Oakland area. Definitely worth going to.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 3, 2020

Dear Nelson, Thank you for your patronage. We are so happy to know you enjoyed your meal. Please visit again soon. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pretty good food and service. Loved dining outside on the rooftop too. They could use umbrellas to provide shade.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 3, 2020

Dear Anonymous, It is wonderful to hear that you had a great experience. We appreciate you taking the time to share this review and inform other diners of the great meal you experienced with us. On behalf of the entire staff, thank you for choosing us and please come see us again in the future. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unique food with great flavors. Great service especially during these times

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 3, 2020

Dear Anonymous, I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal. It is wonderful to know that you found our menu unique and service efficient. Your review and recommendation are welcomed and appreciated. Thank you for dining with us. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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vipChristmas25
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good. Service was excellent and the food was too. Considering the conditions, they did a great job.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 3, 2020

Dear Christmas25, We are delighted that you took the time to write. Your review lets us know that your meal was enjoyable. Our team works hard to provide a pleasant experience, so we appreciate knowing you enjoyed our food & service. We thank you for your patronage and hope to see you again. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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vipAmyB
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Horrendous service. We will never return.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 3, 2020

Dear AmyB, We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. My sincere apologies you found our associates inefficient and insincere. We strive to provide sincere service and we clearly missed the mark. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you better in the future. Sincerely, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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MM72
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall4food3service1ambience5

The food is good. We had 3 meals there. One was in-room. All was pretty good. The grilled cheese needed more cheddar to give it more taste. The French onion soup was excellent. My only complaints are that we requested outside seating well in advance and did not receive it and the service was painfully slow. I would still go back given its location to Pitt but the service needs to be a lot faster unless I had 90 minutes to fill.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on August 17, 2020

Dear MM72, Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. It is encouraging to hear that your meals were enjoyable; we work hard to provide a pleasant experience. Your kind comments, which highlight our successes and areas for improvement, are appreciated as they foster change for the better. We appreciate your patronage and hope to serve you again. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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KarenR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner at Spirits and Tales the night before we moved our daughter into Pitt dorm. Staff was friendly and attentive. Inventive and seasonal menu. Would recommend the olives and the ricotta toast appetizers-wonderful flavors!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on August 17, 2020

Dear KarenR, Thank you for the kind review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our service and cuisine. It was our pleasure serving you and we appreciate your patronage. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always try to eat here when we are in Pittsburgh. The food is amazing!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on August 17, 2020

Dear Anonymous, We appreciate you taking the time to let us know you enjoyed your meal. Thank you for choosing us. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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vipMaryKatesMom
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a pretty spot. I had the Truffle Chicken, my daughter had the gnocchi and my husband had the steak frites. The gnocchi and chicken were out of this world. The waitress was lovely. I look forward to a return visit.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on August 17, 2020

Dear MaryKatesMom, We are so glad that your family had a great experience. Thank you for the kind feedback and we hope to serve you again. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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vipPghtraveler
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and drinks were amazing. Great meal. Great night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, and the view was great. Loved the radish toast and the Almond cak was awesome.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on July 30, 2020

Dear Anonymous, It's great to hear from you! We are so glad you enjoyed our food and views. Your compliments are appreciated and we humbly request a return visit. Thank you for dining with us. Best, Spirit & Tales Management

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vipvito
Pittsburgh
141 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Saturday Brunch. Very nice imaginative menu selections and delicious food. The view is wonderful as well.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on July 30, 2020

Dear vito, We are thrilled that you enjoyed our imaginative brunch menu. Thank you for your time in reviewing your experience and please visit us again. Best, Spirit & Tales Management

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vipalbesure
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The chicken was outstanding The view was awesome. Great dining experience.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on July 30, 2020

Dear albesure, We appreciate your feedback! We are thrilled you had a great dining experience. It was our pleasure serving you and we look forward to your return. Best, Spirits & Tales Management

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No platitudes.... This is a great place to go for a myriad of reasons. Great service, great food, great view.

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ValeriaP
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambience, service and food was amazing! My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and the welcomed us with a free glass of champaigne.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on April 11, 2020

Dear ValeriaP, We are so glad that you enjoyed your dining experience. It was our pleasure hosting you for your anniversary and we look forward to next year. Thank you for choosing us. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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BrianH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Great environment. Excellent service. 👍👍👍

Spirits & Tales
Responded on April 11, 2020

Dear BrianH, Thank you for your compliments and please visit us again. Best, Benjamin McCarney General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Waiter was great, the drinks were amazing. Definitely a cool place to go. It is on the pricey side but for what you get and the preparation it is on par.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on April 11, 2020

Dear Anonymous, I'm glad that our great service, amazing drinks and cool ambience made for a fantastic experience. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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viplivesandeatsdowntown
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 12, 2020

Dear livesandeastsdowntown, Thank you for your patronage. We are so happy to know you enjoyed your meal. Please visit again soon. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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dorothyt
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Steak was cold...took back and switched steaks...DEFINITELY NOT the same steak that was returned,
poor service, coffee never refilled unless reminded, gnocchi entrée not enough to feed a bird, Caesar salad SWIMMING IN DRESSING...olives in EVERYTHING, no parking validation. If I am going to spend $150.00 (without wine) I'll go to Eddie V's or several other places. WILL NEVER GO BACK

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 12, 2020

Dear dorothyt, We aim to impress every visitor, so I'm very sorry that you did not enjoy your meal or experience. We appreciate all feedback and do take it into consideration as we strive to meet our diner's needs. Thank you for dining with us. Sincerely, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely views!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 12, 2020

Dear Anonymous, It’s wonderful to know you enjoyed our views and cuisine. Thank you for your time in sharing a review and we hope to see you again. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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vipEddieS
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The burger was overcooked. The fries were good

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 12, 2020

Dear EddieS, Thank you for dining with us. I'm sorry that your burger was not cooked to your liking. 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 and we hope to serve you again. Sincerely, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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vipLisa
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our appetizers and dinners were wonderful. Our waiter Nick was great. He made our evening.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 12, 2020

Dear Lisa, We are thrilled to hear of your wonderful experience. I will be sure to share your kind remarks with Nick; he works hard to deliver a great experience. Thank you for your patronage. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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vipOffmydiet
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the drinks. Different and wonderful. We had chicken and duck for our entrees and loved them both. The octopus appetizer was the best we’ve had.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 12, 2020

Dear Offmydiet, Thank you for your compliments on our unique selections. We humbly request a return visit. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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vipChristine
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food options, good atmosphere. We'll definitely be back again.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 12, 2020

Dear Christine, Thank you for the 5-star review! I'm glad that our food and atmosphere made for a good time. We appreciate your choosing us and look forward to your return. Best, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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vipProfessor
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

This is a beautiful place, and I’ll certainly return. But when I do, I’ll skip the dinner and just enjoy the drinks, the atmosphere, the view, and the dessert. Last time around, a friend and I shared some appetizers. This time, I did the same with someone else but knew better than to order the radish toast, which sounded great that first time, but was pretty awful. This time, we had a nothing-special winter salad, followed by horseradish gnocchi. But-for the name, I would have never guessed there was horseradish in this dish. Perhaps it should be called “plain old gnocchi” because that’s what it was. Plain. Not so for the lamb croquettes. Wow. These little bombs tasted like golf balls baked in salt for about 100 years. So dry, so salty, so ugly, and so inedible. I can’t believe this dish left the kitchen. Trump would call these things a “total disaster” and Pelosi would immediately and wholeheartedly agree him. My advice? Savor the drinks. Enjoy the atmosphere and the view. And have a slice of almond cake.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on March 12, 2020

Dear Professor, Thank you for noting our atmosphere and libations despite being underwhelmed with your food. We take pride in our menu, so I regret that we let you down in this area. Your comments, which highlight our successes and areas for improvement, are welcomed as they allow us to monitor and improve. Thank you for taking the time to share your review. Sincerely, Benjamin McCarney Director of Food & Beverage

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The chicken was perfectly done but a bit salty for my taste and I’m not salt shy. All others enjoyed their meal. We will go back.

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Spirits & Tales is rated 4.3 stars by 211 OpenTable diners.

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