The Vandal

4.7
138 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.

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J
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spot in the city: always pleasant & knowledgeable staff, fantastic selection of unique wines, and an ever changing menu featuring fresh dishes with well rounded flavor profiles, all with the feel of a bistro.

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K
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was AMAZING. We went on a Thursday for a birthday dinner and had the best food we’ve had in a while. The hamachi crudo and mussels were our favorites. The cocktails were interesting and delicious as well. The menu is on the small side but everything perfected and you can’t go wrong with any selection. Definitely will be back!

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HB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great waitress, who I wish I could remember her name. Awesome experience. Made for a very special Mother's Day :)

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CZ
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Overpriced and very limited choice of main courses. Much fewer than menu on their website

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Frequent often. Always incredible food, friendly,knowledgeable service.

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F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have been going to the Vandal for the last three years. In that time it has been through many changes, the latest being long time chef, Czilla Thackery, leaving. After our last meal I would say the kitchen has not lost a step. The food was interesting, tasty and well presented. The service was perfect. At times I pine for the "old days" at the Vandal with the BYOB program and lower prices, however every time we go to the Vandal we walk out exclaiming to ourselves what a great meal we had and how the quality of the food is equal to, or better, than most more established "fine dining" restaurants.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time eating here despite living very close by! The food was incredible, the best prosciutto I’ve ever had. The ambience was so relaxing, perfect for a date. We’ll definitely be back!

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s
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We liked every bite - from the hamachi crudo (a tangy white fish bite or four) to the two excellent pasta dishes. Although they each served up their own delicious flavors, they both managed to taste like spring, probably thanks tot the fresh peas and delicate sauces. Judging from our meals, The Vandal's reputation as being a restaurant that respects seasonal tastes is well-deserved. Can we also say that the bartender knows how to make a martini (thank you!), and the staff was friendly, efficient, and properly attentive. Our first dinner at The Vandal will not be our last.

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SL
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant...food was exceptional as was the service!!

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K
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful and beautiful atmosphere to have a nice dinner with friends. The staff was also very knowledgeable about the menu and friendly. And the food was excellent! Will definitely be back!

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J
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about The Vandal! Guaranteed a great meal and an interesting/beautiful wine selection every time. Staff is super friendly and accommodating as well. Favourite spot in PGH that I frequent time & time again, always excited to see what new things they have in store!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best experience at Vandal yesterday. Everyone was incredibly accommodating of my little girl, and the food was fantastic. I can’t stop thinking about their buttermilk pie.

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LT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I’d heard good things about the Vandal, but I don’t think it quite lived up to expectations. The Sunchoke Carbonara was very good albeit a tad salty, the fish dish with Beluga lentils was really flavorful, but it was served lukewarm to cold (this was possibly the intention, but we were given no indication as such). The pork Milanese was quite good but I expected a more traditional prep where the chop is pounded thin/flat and served with arugula and halved cherry/grape tomatoes vs. a chop just breaded/battered and fried with fingerling potatoes. The Bourbon Bundt cake was a big disappointment, it lacked even the slightest Bourbon flavor.

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GP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently a great experience! Small menu of finely curated options ideal for sharing. Make sure to select a few things you normally wouldn't order. You will be glad you expanded your palette!

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HB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Sunday evening for The Vandal's new "Sunday Supper" which features a limited menu and beer and wine specials. The food and service were both excellent, my only complaint is that we were there at an average dinner time (6:45) and they had already run out of one of the dishes - this is particularly concerning to a diner with dietary restrictions (i.e. me, pescatarian) when such a limited menu is offered. The kitchen was able to modify it with a new (in my case, seafood) protein, though, so, really, no big deal. The dessert was also phenomenal, we will definitely be back.

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WW
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended! Just go there

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AA
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is fantastic - it’s creative, fresh, inventive and tasty. The staff is always attentive and friendly. The Vandal has become one of our favorite places to dine in Pittsburgh.

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B
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This small restaurant has a bright, pleasing interior with a view of the kitchen or the street. The appetizer of baked ricotta was wonderful.
The scallops on home made pasta were excellent. the wine list is relatively short but offers good choices. Same for the desert menu. Service was excellent.

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RP
Pittsburgh
10 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
6 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
7 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
3 reviews
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
21 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
23 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
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
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
New York Area
39 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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