Spork

4.8
319 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Spork is a seasonally ingredient driven restaurant. Our menus food, beer, wine and cocktails are developed and implemented, first and foremost, by what we are able to source at its peak. As a restaurant that prides itself on scratch preparation, taken to the extreme, we understand how reliant we are on the local farms, butchers, seafood houses and a few select distributors that we partner with to execute our vision. Our team includes a farmer, a published author, a baker, a pitmaster, and a sommelier, in addition to the usual array of chefs, bartenders and service staff. To turn out our menus, we have on-premises, programs to: Bake all of our own breads (including in-house grain milling) - Extensively ferment and pickle vegetables - Grow and harvest a large percentage of our produce - Hand craft a full line of pastas - Smoke meats, vegetables - Produce a full range of pastries, ice creams and plated desserts.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 319 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LJFoodie
Savannah
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for an elevated dinning experience in Pittsburgh (without it feeling too stuffy)- this is your place! Food was incredible, and while the price point is on the higher end, they give you a lot of complimentary courses which helps justify the cost. Very cool vibe as well! Highly recommend.

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vipmslum
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Spork has completely changed their menu and focus. No longer is it a "tapas" style offering the possibility of mixing and matching different types of dishes to make a meal. It is now a decidedly "high end" restaurant with a limited menu and much more formal feel. While the cooking is still very good and innovative, there is a big value question. $36 for a medium sized serving of tagliatelle bolognese? Two of the about 7 entrees featured Wagyu beef and were north of $73 each. Appetizers were generally $20 and over for a medium to small sized portion. I feel that even on the high end in Pittsburgh you can find better value, but yet everything at Spork was professional and tasty so if that doesn't matter you will probably enjoy it.

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vipvhinpgh
Pittsburgh
110 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has changed its approach. We used to order mostly small plates, but now there are a few small plates and more main dishes. We shared two small plates and one main dish and they were all really delicious. It's an expensive night out, but I could not have made any of these dishes at home -- very special food. I would definitely recommend it! Would love to see a couple more veggie items.

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Kasey
Oxford
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Spork and it was fantastic! Would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The staff and owner were fabulous. Fantastic food and drinks as well!

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NancyM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, cocktails and staff are phenomenal. Will definitely be returning with friends next time!

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vipSK1111
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a delicious dinner. Our waiter and the staff were very attentive and our waiter’s recommendations for small plates and cocktails were spot on. The meal starts with a ratatouille puff pastry amuse bouche- we could’ve eaten an entire plate of those! We had scallops, octopus, and the hummus/crackers/beet salad to start. Everything was perfectly cooked and delicious, especially the octopus. They bring out bread and olive oil/seaweed butter after. The bread is made in house and extremely fresh and fluffy. I liked the seaweed butter as well, it was different from your usual plain butter. For entrees we had the forest mushroom ravioli- a pretty generous helping and delicious, and the branzino. Unfortunately the branzino did not match the level of perfection that the other dishes did- it was somewhat tough and not that flavorful. That was the most disappointing dish of the night, so one star docked for that. We were too full for dessert but they brought out milk chocolate with caramel miso- another win.

All in all a great meal, with great ambience, and great staff. The staff is fully vaccinated which is wonderful and made us feel comfortable- hopefully other restaurants can follow suit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, excellent food but they will need to work on their cocktails

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vipOliver
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service, the freshest food, with a few added surprises from the chef. Really enjoyable meal and I can't wait to go back!

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Janet
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The table side made cocktails were so much fun. We learned about the ingredients in our drinks as well! The food was outstanding! The entire experience was so relaxing!

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Lovegoodfood
Pittsburgh
51 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It was a mixed bag. My friend really liked her fish that came on a wood board, that included the separated head. She ordered a non-alcoholic drink. She wished there had been more drink and less foamy egg white on top. I liked my Prosecco. I ordered two first courses: a salad with greens and an egg. It was mixed and tasted ok but nothing outstanding. There were supposed to be sunchokes in the salad but I did not see them or taste them. I liked the Octopus offering better. The tentacle was delicious; the salad rather ordinary. The salads came with bread I could not eat even though with my reservation noted I needed to eat Gluten free. The Gluten free Goat Bakery is nearby; it would be easy to get things like this for people like me. Freeze and thaw it when needed. My friend ate the bread which she said was delicious. No gluten free desserts offered that I wanted; nothing out of the ordinary. The interesting part is that they grow much that they use in the garden beside the restaurant. I do applaud that. Maybe they may improve; for now I will go elsewhere for my next dinner out.

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Alex
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal for an anniversary. Food and service were excellent. We would highly recommend and will be back.

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Dick
Pittsburgh
36 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent. Asked for Kir Royalle as cocktail and bartender improvised because of lack of cassis. Result was wonderful. Makes me sure that in-house developed cocktails would be worth a try. Started with shared small plate scallops and romaine salad with hummus on side. I had Lamb Shank; wife had Mushroom ravioli. Both were outstanding. Dessert was milk chocolate brownie with pistachio ice cream - not up to level of rest of the dinner. Wine list was more than adequate. Service was attentive and plentiful - a real team effort. We were there 6:00 to 7:45 on Friday evening. Because there are only hard surfaces, it was noisy. Overall great except for noise level.

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vipMikki
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our meals were excellent and the service was efficient and attentive. Our server reminded us that the restaurant has a limit on time at the table (90 minutes), which I believe is unnecessary when surrounded by empty tables. Otherwise, we had a wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great foods amd great service

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Anon
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can always count on great food, service and ambiance at Spork!

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

We went to Spork for our anniversary date. The service was prompt, friendly, and helpful when asked for recommendations. The meal is pricey, but it went beyond our expectations. The menu does not tell the whole story of the courses that come with a meal. We will go back again for our next special celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Creative menu which suffers in the execution. Octopus small plate exceptional but Bolognese underwhelmed. Salad and hummus plate mediocre. A small piece of metal wire in my amuse bouche for good measure. Not worth the price of admission.

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Incognito
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was such a pleasure to enjoy a meal at Spork. We went with small plate choices - all of which were beyond incredibly delicious. The service was great through out.

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Juan
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and beautiful atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time and it was absolutely amazing. The wait staff was so kind and the owner even came to ask how our meal was. The food and cocktails were incredible. Would suggest this restaurant to anyone

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vipFredo
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks and service were Top Notch! Definitely would recommend Spork..

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LucyP
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was hands down the best meal I've had in more than a year. Truly astonishing. Amazing service, wonderful staff, could not have been better!

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Stephanie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely outstanding evening. Everything from drinks to dessert was phenomenal.

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Phillygrad
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both food and service exceeded expectations. Everyone worked together so seamlessly to make sure our drinks were always replenished and plates cleared between courses.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jesse was a fantastic waiter and all of the food was very well composed and balanced. The overall flavors were excellent and the bar program is definitely one to go and try multiple cocktails

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vipJulesMacrae
New England
53 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a fabulous evening celebrating our godson’s graduation from CMU

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karlee
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and overall experience. I would absolutely recommend to anyone in the Pittsburgh are or visiting the area.

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Jericho
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening at Spork. Thank you Christian and team.
Favorites: octopus, tartare, ceviche (plantain chips are insane), spinalis with a lobster corndog, bolognese, orange torte, cheesecake...and pop up surprises throughout....Just fantastic.

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Gryphon
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were exceptional. We had a great experience for our anniversary. Highly recommend Spork!

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vipBravo
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Spork since the pandemic began. If it is possible, Spork is even better. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was attentive and efficient. We truly enjoyed ourselves. Bravo.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can not praise spork enough! Their attention to covid precautions and safety did not go without notice and appreciation. Our server Sarah was spot on. Not only was she intelligent and engaging she was passionate about the food and guided us well in satisfying our pallets! In Sarah’s own words: “ the fried chicken is life changing”! Can not wait till we return...spork never disappoints!

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vipEricaS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for my friend's birthday dinner! We enjoyed shareable apps and each had our own main, and they were accommodating to my friend's dietary restrictions. Very nice and friendly staff!

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vipGourmet
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Very disappointed dining at Spork for the first and last time! The very first impression walking into a restaurant counts significantly. The hostess that received upon entering the restaurant was very rude and let us know that we only had until 7:30 to eat dinner (we arrived at 5:30), I would say 2 hours is plenty of time for a meal. Mind you, the place was empty when we got there. The rest of the staff was pushy, rushing us through the meal. I requested recommendations for wine from the in house sommelier, and they were terrible! She seemed more interested in pushing a $125 bottle than recommending a good bottle appropriate for the meal. The air of the restaurant was very pretentious and uninviting. The food was okay, but nothing compared to some of the finer restaurants in Pittsburgh, which Spork has a price tag for being, but the service, food and ambience don’t match. I would suggest other places in Pittsburgh such as Casbah, Stagioni, Eleven, before this place. Absolutely not worth it at all!

Spork
Responded on April 17, 2021

This is an unfair evaluation of your experience. You had a 5:15 reservation. Did not show up until 5:45. As restaurants are currently at 75% capacity, every reservation time is strategically mapped throughout the evening so we can turn our tables and continue to stay open under the current State mandates. It was your tardiness that created this uncomfortable situation for both you and our staff. It should be apparent to people reading this review compared to other reviews who is at fault here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner - steak and fois gras. A perfect cucumber kombucha as a palette cleanser. A bottle of wine that is one of best I’ve ever had and I’ve lived in every continent except Antarctica. I did spent $300 for 2

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Very attentive. Food was amazing.

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vipRobinG
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything that we ate was incredible. The Wagyu Spinalis was to die for! The service was amazing! Highly recommend this place.

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MatthewH
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just an amazing restaurant. From the small plates to entrees. It was a wonderful dinner to have with my family to go out for the first time since we've been in quarantine.

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Karen
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and atmosphere. Will definitely go back again.

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RebeccaG
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere were wonderful! Will come back again!

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Spork is rated 4.8 stars by 319 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.

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