The Twisted Frenchman

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The Twisted Frenchman is a modern French restaurant located on the 2nd floor of 5925 Baum Boulevard. Carrying on the tradition of the original location, Chef Andrew Garbarino will take guests through a tasting experience of 4, 8, 14 or 21 courses. Each dish is a sensory delight, prepared with modern techniques to immerse guests in their meal.

Patrons will have cocktails available from La Riviera, which draws upon the ideology of the kitchen; to make each beverage an unforgettable experience. Classic cocktails will pay homage to their origins while being transformed into new creations.

The wine list will offer selections from classic French regions focused on terroir-driven growers and producers, both by the glass and by the bottle. The sommelier team will also have wine pairings available for each tasting menu.
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l
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, extremly well presented and wonderfull service in a quiet small 2nd floor.

RH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the most extravagant and delicious dining experience I’ve ever had.

GW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food generally was very good and quite exquisite, with interesting additions like chili foam, beautiful merengue decor, and unique combinations. The salmon and caviar appetizer was particularly good, though a bit small. I also very much enjoyed the risotto and the lamb wrapped lamb. The NY strip I had also had great flavor, but was not particularly tender. The wine pairing complemented the food, but I don't think any of the wine I had stood out in any way.
My biggest complaint was the seating. I sat on the bench seating again the wall, which was noticeably higher than the armchair my date was seated in across from me. The bench was just much too high for the table and made for an extremely uncomfortable seating position. Probably only a good seat if you're a particularly short person.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant!!

FF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the 8 course tasting menu very much. The foie gras and pea risotto were particular standouts. Perfect pacing and service.

JJ
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique and tasteful food eloquently presented by well informed staff.
We selected the 8 course meal with wine pairing, every course was amazing!

B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had the four course tasting menu and wine pairing. The wines were less interesting than the food, but at $65 for the food and $35 for the wine, it was a pretty good value. We left feeling satisfied but neither stuffed nor tipsy after a martini and four wine pairs. The "lamb within lamb" was quite good as one entree -- ground lamb encasing a thick lamb chop. The bouillabaisse, however, was not as expected. The seafood was fine, but it was NOT swimming in a delicious broth. Instead, it was sitting atop a seafood reduction that could have had more oomph as well as volume. Sweet corn risotto was good. Salmon caviar atop a smoked salmon mouse was fair. The fowl pate was also fair. Desserts were again OK but not special. Nice server. The place has an open ambiance, maybe too open, but the tables were well spaced. A good dinner, but I don't think I'd go back.

JJ
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Phenomenal food in nice setting with views over East Liberty.

n
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

in a word: disappointing! When we arrived, we requested a window table and were told they were all reserved. However, we made this reservation the very first few days that Restaurant Week was announced,- apparently that gave us no priority. After our meal and getting ready to leave, window tables were still available. Further, the maitra d was not congenial at all! He made us feel like he was doing us a favor by allowing us to eat there!

The first course, pea risotto was delicious. We had the lamb wrapped in lamb (the lamb chops were over-cooked, I requested medium and there was no pink) and also ordered the small steak, which was tough - some of it could not be chewed. We were also disappointed in the desserts. The wines were mediocre!

We have eaten in many French restaurants - both in Pittsburgh, other major cities in the US and in Paris! I expressed my feelings to the maitra d when we left and told him we would not be back and he was not concerned!

SB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a friend for Restaurant week. The food was delicious but the portions are small. Wine pairings were wonderful, and the service was very good.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very very very small portions. One scallop, a one inch piece of fish and one prawn for $35....atmosphere was great, waitress was great, service was a little slow. Food was okay. We went during restaurant week.

LP
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food gras was fabulous as was the dark chocolate soufflé.
Steak was tough and accompaniments were awful.
The service and wine flights were excellent.

IM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and food! We did the wine pairing with the 8 course meal, it was excellent and my husband and I look forward to visiting the Twisted Frenchman again on our next visit to Pittsburgh. Great service!

s
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and beautifully presented. The wine pairings were unique and enhanced the food. The service was excellent. Fantastic experience!

LA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the 4 course meal with the wine pairing. Every course was delicious and the wines were a wonderful complement. The portions were perfect, leaving one satisfied, but not uncomfortably full. We will return.

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

After all the hype about the restaurant, we were expecting great dinner. We are familiar with Michelin places; perhaps our expectations were too great. The service was marginal at best; we sat for more than 30 min before we were offered anything. Rather than a full meal our choice was a 4 or 9 course tasting menu; unknown to us. We selected the 4 course. The strip steak offering consisted of 2 tiny strips of meat. We opted for the wine pairing with each course. None of the wines had any real character and the dessert Madeira wine, for us, was undrinkable. And a French restaurant without a cheese course??

LK
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great visit last Saturday evening for our anniversary. Got the 8-course, loved every dish. Very attentive staff.

OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere for dining. Impeccable service from start to finish. Incredible food - each course was just fabulous; incredible attention to detail and the flavors were just to die for. This was our first experience at The Twisted Frenchman; we will be back soon. Great restaurant!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food and service were excellent but it was very quiet, perhaps some music or ambiance enhancements would make this place off the charts.

s
Pittsburgh
30 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Twisted Frenchman but hadn’t been able to visit since early winter last year. We were finally able to get things together to go last Wednesday and we were so impressed that we have vowed to try and go monthly from now onwards. We had the four course menu and were delighted with everything we had. My wife, who has celiac disease, eats no red meat and is allergic to shell-fish, often has to forgo the gustatory delights I enjoy, but not at the Twisted Frenchman. Our waiter went through the menu with us noting which course could be rendered gluten free and in the end the Chef made a fish dish specifically for her. We have been to notable seafood restaurants including J Sheeky’s in London, UK and Rick Stein’s in Padstow, UK and my wife felt that her dish surpassed anything she had had previously. The wine list is seriously good and the atmosphere is just the perfect balance between formality and friendliness. I do hope we can make it monthly!

T
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The twisted Frenchman is sooo delicious.
We each had the four course meal and chose 8 different dishes and shared. Everyone of them was exceptional in taste and beautiful presentations.
Be adventurous with wide culinary tastes when you come to the twisted frenchman

HM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. This place is one of Pittaburgh's best.

LM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here twice and both times had outstanding service - quiet, attentive, perfectly paced. Food is beautifully presented with delicious mixes of flavors. Ambiance is perfect for a special occasion evening.

TY
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Four course tasting menu was of excellent quality and value as was the Saint Emillion that we chose. This first time visit from a former Pittsburgher now in DC was a great treat.

SM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

How they pass this as fine dining is beyond me. Food was awful and insanely overpriced. Dishes were lazy, greens were wilted, meats were tough and the server was rude and absent for the better part of our evening. For slightly south of $400 I expected MUCH more. I will never recommend this place to anyone nor visit this restaurant ever again.

MN
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

8 courses meal was great. Loved the knife sets used for different dishes.

j
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been going to Paris for the past seven years in May from anywhere from 2 weeks to 4 weeks per stay and, therefore, have dined any enumerable restaurants in Paris over these years. Our meal this past Saturday at Twisted Frenchmen was just as good and enjoyable as the better restaurants we have gone to in Paris. The quality of the food and its presentation were excellent, and the service was superior.

KM
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the chic contemporary design to the delicious food and perfectly complimented wine pairings, this restaurant has it all. It will now be one of my favorite restaurants in the city!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 8 course meal was phenomenal. Our waitress did a fantastic job tailoring the types of wines we liked with ones that paired well with each course. Highly recommend for anyone seeking expertly prepared cuisine along with an extremely professional and friendly staff.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So relaxing, delicious and creative! Great place to celebrate with loved ones!

AG
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We went out for a nice meal, and knew it wouldn’t be cheap. What we didn’t know was the serving sizes would be tiny, and that some of the options were not what they seemed. I’m talking mainly about the bouillabaisse. I ordered it and expected a bowl of seafood soup in a tomato base. Instead, I got one giant shrimp w it’s eyes still intact and one scallop, with a thin layer of tomato pulp on top. I was extremely disappointed. My husband wasn’t though, because he got to eat the extra food.
The desserts were great. But overall, it’s a big waste of money compared to what you get. Go somewhere else.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!!! I could not believe how incredible this place is. Ken was our waiter and he was great. The 4 course meal was insanely delicious. I was visiting from dallas and was impressed such a place existed. I had low expectations but this blew it out of the water. We had a beautiful bottle of wine too. I am gluten intolerant and had zero issues enjoying the menu, even had chocolate soufflé. Hit this place up. It’s fantastic!!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and foodies

F
Jacksonville
61 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner...each dish was beautiful in its presentation and taste...the wine pairing was well done. Our friends thought it was of their best dinners EVER.

DJ
Pittsburgh
90 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding at the Twisted Frenchman. There is nothing that could be improved. It’s our favorite special occasion restaurant.

RR
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit for a special birthday treat, on a weekday evening. The room was quiet and relaxed. We had a 4 course dinner with wine pairings. The food presentation was outstanding; each plate was a delight to the eyes. The flavors on many dishes were complex with a few unexpected twists; but every dish was very delicious. The staff was very attentive, friendly and comfortably casual with their interactions. We are looking forward to coming back with friends.

C
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I had been to The Twisted Frenchman once before. At that time, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. In fact, I couldn’t wait to return with my husband for our anniversary dinner. It was my husband’s first experience. We were happy with the food but it was not as tasty as my first experience. We felt that the service was inconsistent. Our waitress was kind but did not check on us during each course. It seems that the staff helps each other out throughout the evening which certainly helped in our entrees arriving in a timely manner. However, when you pay for such a pricey meal, I feel that you should be checked on during each course.

A
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were the only group because the reservation was Thursday 5:30.

JF
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations. Would recommend it to anyone wanting a fine dining experience.

EY
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

They got everything else right .. except the food. It was just not good

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