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The Vandal, Pittsburgh, PA

The Vandal

4.5
4.5
416 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary European
Laid back neighborhood wine bar, focusing on intently seasonal food and cocktails. Small, ever changing menu ensures that you are experiencing the most exciting food in the most intimate of experiences.

With respect to simplicity and execution, we try to highlight the awesome product from our local purveyors with minimal "fuss"


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Italian, French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (412) 251-0465

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Lawrenceville

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Collaboration Dinner with Lilith

    $125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Apr 19, 2023 only
    tbd

What 416 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Innovative

  • Pittsburgh

    Innovative

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  1. EBrimmer

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Vandal is really doing something special here. Steak Tartare was phenomenal (fully exceeded expectations) as were the Scallop and Duck mains. Only (tiny) complaint was the oyster selection for oyster night (blue points only?!). Will definitely be back.
  2. kated

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visit The Vandal at least once a month. The menu changes often enough that there is always something new to try.
  3. ChrisH

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food. The menu is limited, which I like. The steak tartare was a stand out.
  4. FoodGuy87

    Pittsburgh

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    A very nice restaurant in terms of layout and ambiance. Unfortunately, though, most of the dishes were disappointing. The standout dishes were the steak tartare and foie mousse. The shrimp toast was also okay. The extremely disappointing dishes were the steak frites (was it really a ribeye? it was more like a chewy rump steak with zero fat) and the duck breast (overdone). Corkage is $35, which is steep considering the limited wine list. I wish I liked this place, but I was disappointed, to the extent that I wouldn’t recommend it.
  5. Foodie

    New York Area

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wrote a review for this booking at the Vandal as soon as I got it on email and it was never posted. the Vandal was great! the Scallops with Sauce Americaine was amazing. The Service was great and the restaurant had a great vibe.
  6. Debra

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful from start to finish! Highly recommend the oysters, mushroom skewer and duck. Great cocktails and wines by the glass. We will be back, next time we are in Pittsburgh. Plan ahead and make a reservation, it’s tiny and intimate.
  7. KateS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I was here before and the food was great, so I brought my friends this time again. What a mistake. The waitress ruined our night. First she wouldn’t let us order appetizers since we waiting on more people. Sit hungry and wait till everyone gets to the table Second she couldn’t take just appetizer order you have to order everything at the same time. We told her we need more time to decide just put an appetizer order in for now, and she warned us that we need to hurry up because time is limited and we only have 1.5 hr for the dinner and on Wednesday nights they are that busy that we would might have to leave without getting our dinner. Third she said when my friend wanted 18 oysters, it’s 12 oysters limit per person and wouldn’t let us order more. While the advertised everywhere 1$ oyster night, no where says anything about any limit, not on the menu not on the website not on instagram. The way she acted and talking to us made us feel not welcomed and after ordering appetizers we decided to go elsewhere where we felt welcomed. The appetizer wasn’t great either. Steak tartar was so plain, no flavor. The mushrooms was ok but nothing speak. The hot tea wasn’t hot. More to same, my 2 previous times I had a different server and he never told me about limit per oysters or if we need to give a whole order at the same time. This time was the worst customer service ever, that even with that good food I don’t want even come back.
  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Vandal absolutely delivered on ambiance, food and drink. Service was incredibly prompt and the flow of the meal was spot on. Highly recommend!
  9. JohnM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Honestly being in the restaurant biz a very long time. I thought the Ribeye wasn’t prime. It was super chewy, Peppercorn sauce was ok ,FFs good. Crab cake Croquettes were a 5. Mushroom skewers were excellent. Shrimp toast was good, citrus salad,the dressing needed more life. Scallops over salted!! Hey it wasn’t cheap. I expected a lot better.
  10. Steelcity

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Such simple, classic and excellently executed food. We will be returning!
  11. xlys

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our meal at The Vandal! Great food and drinks. I highly recommend trying the duck, it was cooked perfectly.
  12. Tman24

    Pittsburgh

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    They prepared Vegan options for my wife. Service was very good. Place is small with not much seating. Music and ambience was good. Shrimp toast was very good shareable. Mushrooms were good as well. Steak is pricey. Would go back.
  13. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good meal! Favorite were the crab croquettes
  14. JordanV

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and nice atmosphere, but insanely highly priced steak.
  15. joec

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The barrel aged Negronis were great. All the food was very good. My only criticisms would be the chair (no one wants to sit on a flat wood chair) and some effort should be made to prevent the cold air from rushing into the restaurant when guests come/go. Hip crowd. Reasonably priced. Overall a good experience.
  16. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, the restaurant is beautiful and the service is very kind and professional.
  17. Foodie

    New York Area

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Vandal was fantastic! Perfect birthday dinner. I had the oysters with the Yuzu mignonette which were outstanding. My wife and I shared the new small plates of Mushroom brochette, foie toast and crab croquettes all new on the menu and outstanding. My wife had her favorite dish, the Caserecce pasta, which we hope does not come off the menu for a long time and I had the gnocchetti a l"Amatiriccana which was new and outstanding. It had just the right amount of heat without being overpowering. The date cake was sublime and the drinks outstanding. Service was friendly and perfect.
  18. Cavs100

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We came here on a date night and it coincidentally was restaurant week in Pittsburgh. I knew the menu when I booked the reservation and did not mind the options. We have never been to The Vandal before. It was super tiny and intimate which I liked but also brought with it a loud noise level so you’ll have that. We sat at the bar because our other option was a tiny two seater table in the middle of a cramped room where my elbows would have hit the person next to me. The bartender waited on us. She did not speak to us unless it was order time for a drink or food. Kinda seemed like she was in a bad mood, which is odd for a bartender since they usually converse with people at the bar and might seem more welcoming. The kitchen is an open concept so the four cooks shoved into a small spot kept evaluating the dining room since it was not busy enough for them to be busy. The food..was unimpressive. I was kinda shocked bc for restaurant week you would think they would wanna impress people coming out and trying new places to want to come back too. The salmon although cooked well, had zero seasoning and was bland. The “side dish” underneath the fish was mostly crunchy bits and a few small potatoes cut in half. Again nothing that would wow anyone or make someone think about coming back to eat. The drinks were prob the better part of the dinner and even those were just alright. Just a disappointing dinner experience and as much as we love Lawrenceville, we won’t try this place again even with their normal menu.
  19. Oliver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They did not have there regular menu. Nothing on the specialty menu was what we were looking for. Unfortunately, we left without ordering.
  20. Windy

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    $90 steak was inedible. Really need to do better.
  21. Christen

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The duck and swordfish entrees were delicious but the steak was chewy, which was disappointing especially for how expensive it is. Service was great and the server's recommendations were perfect. Burrata with the beets was delicious and so was the tartare, but I'd prefer a finer dice on the tartare personally
  22. Foodie

    New York Area

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Vandal was great as always. Glad I had the pork chop for the first time as the server told us it was coming off the menu for the winter menu. It was luscious! I am not a big fan of Creme Brulee, but the Vandal's version was a revelation. The service was perfect.
  23. Evchambs

    Pittsburgh

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Pre-Fixe menu for NYE was incredible. Awesome place for a date night.
  24. Foodie

    New York Area

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Vandal was sublime. The house was full and the service was perfect. Our server had great knowledge of the wine selections which really helped us. We had our main server, but the other servers and manager helped serve us through the night making everything super smooth and relaxed. We had four smaller plates and desert and the food was wonderful. It was really enjoyable just sitting and watching a restaurant work to perfection with the patrons really enjoying themselves. The Vandal really had a great buzz.
  25. MarilynN

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an absolutely fantastic meal at The Vandal. The menu, the wine list, and the service were all top notch. Highly recommend the oysters, ricotta fritters, foie terrine, grilled octopus, and the chocolate torte for dessert. The Amaro and dessert wine selection is unparalleled. We’ll definitely be back!
  26. CatherineM

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were wonderful
  27. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the food, to the wine, to the atmosphere….everything was awesome!
  28. Foodie

    New York Area

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Vandal is amazingly and consistently outstanding. I tried the new duck breast entree which was generous and perfectly cooked. The service is the best in Pittsburgh.
  29. hungryjess

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I want to spend every Tuesday with $1 oysters
  30. JamieG

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing. Never disappoints. Wine is delicious, all the food was great. :)
  31. JasperV

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    As a single diner I was seated at the bar. That gave me a great overview of the open kitchen and the very talented bartender. Overal this was a very exciting night and I would go back whenever I’m back in the city. As a starter I took the octopus which I found a bit over grilled loosing a lot of its taste to just the Smokey taste. Same with the swordfish and clams. The clams came completely dried out on the plate while the swordfish was overdone. It was not bad at all but maybe the kitchen staff would be on point with a few members less. After all the menu isn’t that complicated. Really great night and I know fish is hard but work on the cuisson!
  32. ani8787

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and quality but the portion sizes are very small.
  33. RachelA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Service good as were small plates esp octopus and the desserts. Main of duck was very small and underflavoured: terrible value for money. Stick with smaller plates.
  34. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great overall experience. The drinks and food were delicious!
  35. Chris

    Pittsburgh

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful meal as always!! Highly recommend the duck and the pork chop. Octopus and Oysters were also great. Everyone who works here is wonderful!!
  36. Fizz

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food with relaxed but efficient service.
  37. RafaelD

    Pittsburgh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Been a few times before but this was the best food theyve had. Really knocked it out of the park and great value.
  38. RichP

    Pittsburgh

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Cocktail was excellent, ricotta fritters were excellent but my main entree (chicken with salsa verde) was dry and overcooked. Wish I would have tried something else.
  39. Foodie

    New York Area

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Vandalwas fantastic! The new Jubilee Farms dry aged Ribeye for two was a great dish served family style. Service was impeccable.
  40. JamieG

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently great in all the ways. The Burrata was amazing and the Swordfish was perfect. I wish I’d had room for dessert, they sounded amazing.

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The Vandal does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Vandal is rated 4.5 stars by 416 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

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Google Map for The Vandal

4306 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Lawrenceville

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Italian, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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