The Vandal

4.5
120 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Looking at our menu you see influence from all over. We almost always source locally, we love eastern european food and french food, we hate complication,we respect seasonality and we always have a penchant for classic techniques and traditions.

We respect simplicity and try to highlight the awesome productfrom our local purveyors.

We offer a full wine / beer / cocktail menu as well, giving us an opportunity to create a memorable experience from start to finish.

What 120 People Are Saying
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RP
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and service attentive. Staff friendly. Especially enjoyed the radish salad and my cocktail called The Lyndon.

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AD
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Different, but not WOW. We did enjoy our dinner, but not in a rush to go back.

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DL
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal! Joey and the crew have not lost a step.

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p
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

My boyfriend and I got there a little bit earlier than our reservation. They were nice enough to seat us at the bar seats, but we initially booked a table. I asked for a table, but they said the bar was all they had at that point. At that time, most of the restaurant was empty. When we just sat down, another couple (in their mid/late 20s) came in and they were also early, but the waitress sat them at an actual table. My boyfriend and I are college students, and we went out for valentine's day; obviously we didn't dress super wealthy, and this really rubbed me the wrong way. The food was decent and portion sizes were small, and we were really bummed because we wanted to sit at an actual table on an actual chair with a back; we were going to order dessert, but ended up leaving after the main course because of how unpleasant it was sitting at the entrance. To whoever manages the restaurant, I really hope you all consider training your waiters and waitresses so they don't judge based on people's appearance or age.
We left about 20 minutes after the time that we reserved a table for; the majority of the restaurant was empty at that point. There was no reason to force us to sit at the bar seats next to the window at all. No one was coming in at all. So please, save your money and make a reservation at a place that would pay *you* respect, not a place that worships your wallet and appearance. I'm sick of it.

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S
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The only drawback is that we were so cold that we wore coats during dinner. The gin and kumquat cocktail is to die for. If we hadn’t been so cold we would have stayed for dessert.

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k
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was the nicest we've had in months. We were served by the owner and he was warm and welcoming. Definitely coming back!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and excellent service. A bit pricy but nothing crazy. On cold nights the single door system makes it a bit uncomfortable every time someone opens the door.

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k
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a delightful dinner during restaurant week while visiting from out of town. Everything from food, to service, to ambiance was so wonderful. Highly recommend!

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J
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Very expensive for smaller portions.

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JH
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were there for their NYE pre fix menu which was a great sampling of all things delicious. My favorite was the beet ravioli, the wine was also great. The only part that fell a bit short for our table was the dessert (a lemon torte that was dense, dry, and bitter) luckily the courses before it were fantastic and plenty of food!

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JB
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

I was dining with three other people. When our food came out one person’s dish was so hot they couldn’t eat it. My dish was ice cold and the other to the temperature was fine. I sent mine back because it was cold and they took it and microwaved it so that everything on the plate then ran together. They offered to remake it however everybody in my party was already done eating.
I’ve always enjoyed going there in the past but not sure that I will return

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KM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely amazing and the ambience was wonderful for a first date.

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OT
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!!

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b
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is truly outstanding. I have never had something I didn't like. The menu (and wine menu) rotates and is always amazing. The only complaint is the pricing / sizing. The pastas are appetizer size and rather pricey. I wish they would make the pastas entree size.

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J
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service: friendly, informed, attentive, and unobtrusive. Menu small, variied, and unique without being preposterous. It was a wonderful, but not inexpensive dining experience.

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OT
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!!

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JB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner after a show downtown. Servers were attentive and patient with the many questions we had since we were first time patrons. The food was delicious, preparations creative, and portion sizes were just right. Looking forward to our next visit.

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CK
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I thought for the price the portions were very small and not worth the money.

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EF
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Place has gone downhill. Person at the table had a food allergy and they served her food with the food she was allergic to after being told 2 time. Portions tiny. Way overpriced. BYOB was $7.50 per person. With 4 people that is $30. Just crazy.

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Pistachio pasta was delicious and unusual. I wish it was a larger portion as I would have enjoyed it as my entrée instead of a small plate.

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EA
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

After driving around Lawrenceville for at least 30 minutes for a parking spot, when I walked into the restaurnat I expected a warm welcome. Not so...had to wait several minutes for the waitress to approach our table. Very soft-spoken very low key (too much so...I wear hearing aids-could not hear a word she said!!! ) Food is so- so at best. Spent $26 on chicken- a thigh --greasy -no taste. Sausage also tasteless. Salad: so so. Really: This is the best you can do. Won't be back!

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b
Pittsburgh
37 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The Vandal is a neighborhood gem, and a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. It's a great spot for a quick coffee pop-in any time (sit at the counter and people-watch the folks on Butler Street), an excellent weekday breakfast, or a fit-for-foodies dinner. We've been several times for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and are consistently impressed with the quality, finesse and sophistication of the food being served. Something as simple as brioche with goat butter is SPECTACULARLY flavorful, served warm from the oven and perfectly pillowy soft. Prices are on the steeper side but have range (lunch/burger entrees for <$20), and the plates they turn out are some of the prettiest in Pittsburgh cuisine. The restaurant is a bit airy and loud, and somewhat unadorned, but the open kitchen provides great entertainment and viewing fodder.

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful eclectic food beautifully presented. Nice and friendly service.
I’ve been there 6 times and plan to return.

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F
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great creative food and wonderful service. You can tell they take pride in their product.

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LM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal at the Vandal last week. We have special diet needs which we noted on our reservation and the server had already spoken to the chef and knew just what we could order. The food was gorgeous to see and tasted wonderful. So many interesting flavors! We really enjoyed our evening.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

$7.50 per person as a corkage is somewhat unheard of. The delicious food was turned sour by this rampant overcharge, just remove BYOB if you want everyone to drink your alcohol.

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D
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic!!

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S
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely. excellent wine selection and a beautifully cooked piece of trout

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P
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A lovely looking place with extra attentive staff. Food wasn’t very exciting and lacked

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s
Pittsburgh
39 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food is quite good. Casual and , if by energetic, you mean extremely loud, then it is extremely energetic. It is a small restaurant with all hard surfaces. Sounds just bounce everywhere

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AW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Vandal is our favorite go to restaurant. We usually go at least every two weeks and always come out amazed with the food quality, food healthiness and great relaxed service. It is a home away from home. When people ask me where to eat in Lawrenceville I always start with the Vandal.

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JP
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I are foodies and eat out often. We shared a salad which was dressed well. The lamb rack and chicken leg were well prepared, nicely presented and delicious. Deserts were coconut Pam a cotta and cookie sandwich were a great finish. We enjoyed this meal much more than many more expensive restaurants we have been to.

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JH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely hands down the best food and service in Pittsburgh!!!!

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K
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch. Best place in Pittsburgh

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b
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

My wife, son, and I recently had dinner at The Vandal, as my son, who was visiting from out of state, wished to experience Lawrenceville's culinary scene. We were seated immediately and provided with wine and food menus, the former of which was disappointingly limited, and, so it turned out, the pours were parsimonious. For appetizers we shared a potato bread, which was eminently tasty, and a delicious green salad. Our entrees consisted of the dill cappelletti, which, so my wife, was quite good, adding that the clams were perfectly prepared. My son and I both had the chicken leg, with which only so much can be done, but it was properly cooked and the chanterelle mushrooms and creamy polenta were delicious. Service was attentive, though not intrusive, and the owner took the time to introduce himself to us and answer a few questions.
This generally positive review may seem to be belied by the ratings, but: a. The wine was expensive, &, as mentioned, the selection was limited and the pours were far from generous; b. We decided to forgo dessert as the noise level, loud throughout to the point that we were shouting at each other to be heard, had become intolerable. This was partly due to the small size of the restaurant as well as the reverberations between a brick wall facing a concrete wall and partly due to some obstreperous diners, for which, to be sure, the restaurant was not responsible. In sum: The food was quite good, though not excellent, but the noise level was such that I downgraded the overall experience on that ground as a warning to prospective diners who may be accustomed to eating in a less din-rich environment.

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MB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, friendly wait staff. Need to update menu daily on website even though it's ever changing. Polenta was very salty.
Overall good experience but not sure I would return.

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k
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Vandal is a wonderfully creative and intimate venue. It's a perfect alternative to the hopping bar scene on the street - a true oasis. Joey - the owner/chef - is accommodating, friendly, interesting and interested in exceeding his patrons' expectations every time they dine at The Vandal.

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R
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was excellent - as usual - especially the trout and the deviled duck eggs. The only negative was the noise level. It’s a small space with challenging acoustics. Otherwise, love it 😊

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice part of the Pittsburgh food scene. Carefully crafted wine selection and brilliantly balanced flavors.

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G
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food in a small, casual setting. The menu is small, but everyone found something. Appetizers were just as tasty as the main course.

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