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The Vandal, Pittsburgh, PA

The Vandal

4.6
4.6
550 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary European
Laid back neighborhood restaurant, 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 11 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary European, Italian, French
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (412) 251-0465
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Lawrenceville
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 550 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Innovative

  • Pittsburgh

    Innovative

550 Reviews
  1. GAGK

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Food was great. Definitely on my go to list.

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  2. JacqueM

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great and food and drinks were delicious! It's a cute little restaurant. Petite menu but everything was good.

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  3. MarshallR

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    finally found a place that has unique and thoughtful food. my wife and I love duck and have been searching for it in Pittsburgh

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  4. MartyM

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time and, just like the first, the overall dinner experience is awesome. The food is exceptional; I got the scallops and my brother and nephew were kind enough to let me sample their pork chops and duck breasts and they too were fantastic. Our waitress was great and told us to try the Grilled Halloumi as an appetizer; I had never had it and it was very different in a very good sense than anything I had before. And the onion dip appetizer was delicious and they gave plenty enough to also use our house bread with, in addition to home-made potato chips (soft and lovely). Service from waitress and Maître d' was very hands-on and pleasant but never too much in terms of distracting from meal. My only complaint – the same as the first time – was they were out of coffee. The waitress explained that they sometimes run out of their “K-cup” style coffee but given the prices, which are fair and a good-value-for-the-money, I find the response unconvincing and I know many patrons like nothing better than a cup of coffee after a good meal. I wish they would fix this once and for all. But overall I recommend Vandal whole heartedly and without reservation. Marty

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved every dish and attention to drinks as well. Deliciousness all around.

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  6. Al12

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed the French onion dip but not my main dish which was a play on Weiner schnitzel.

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  7. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an outstanding meal of the French Onion Dip with Potato Chips and Crudites, Smoked Trout Rillettes with Grilled Bread, Pickled Beets and Cornichons, Crab Bucatini with tomato and Calabrian Chilli and the Pork Chop Milanese with Rhubarb Butter. Everything was perfect and the service was excellent.

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  8. RachelP

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfection, as always. It’s hard to pick what is more wonderful; the delicious food, the lovely staff, or in the inviting space.

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  9. Goldfinch

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ondefful food and service from start to finish. It was a birthday celebration, and The Vandal did not disappoint!

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  10. jack

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great little spot in a bustling part of Lawrenceville. Service was fantastic and the food was as well. Menu is limited but everything on it looks delicious. The trout appetizer was outstanding! Only suggestion is to find a volume level on the music that allows guests to enjoy conversation without having to talk over the music. Great place and will return to try other items on the menu.

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  11. girlsatwork

    Pittsburgh

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cozy vibe. Service was great. Cocktails were very good. The food was just so-so.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pork chops underwhelming and everything was covered with fancy lettuce. Not great presentation, average or below at best in taste.

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  13. Iw412

    Pittsburgh

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my third or fourth visit to the Vandal and I continue to be impressed. The service is terrific. The ambience is nice casual. There is a small careful menu. And once again for me, as on previous visits, the appetizers totally shine. Everyone of them is interesting. A bit out of the box a bit playful and just as yummy as the description. I’m not usually a big dessert person, but the toffee cake was very delicious.

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  14. Kathryn

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The seating was backless which wasn’t as comfortable as we had hoped. They have a practice of taking the entire food order at once, and they say that’s to ensure the timing works out. But it definitely feels like they are worried you won’t order entrees or something and it’s off putting to have that policy be the main point upon welcoming you in. It seems they’re more interested in efficiently turning tables than ensuring a nice experience for diners. Too loud to hear one another. Steak served cold.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our evening at this neighborhood gem. Everything was delicious and service was thoughtful. Would love to dine again!

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  16. RachelP

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a special restaurant. Every dish is as gorgeous as it is delicious. Started with the perfectly shucked oysters, then the perfectly dressed Caesar, and the steak frites as the main. Just exquisite from start to finish.

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  17. LICmust

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding cocktails in a very grown up atmosphere, terrific bar tender. We chose to sit at the bar, enjoy cocktails and shared 2 appetizers - both excellent! We decided to split the duck breast entree which was delicious and certainly enough for us. All around a good place.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sarah took such great care of us and was great with recommendations & educating us about the food/drinks. I think she took our experience to the next level and made it so much more fun!! My friend and I shared everything, but our favorites were the oysters and the hanger steak. We both got Pornstar Martinis that not only were so beautiful, they were also delicious. Definitely get dessert!

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  19. NikkiD

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The chef/owners came up with a tasting menu for us- Everything was prepared with skill and care, tasted amazing and presented beautifully- The service was impeccable- warm and inviting and extremely accommodating The atmosphere was conducive for the conversation/ celebration we had.Great Job!!

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  20. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal as always! I had the new Buccatini with lobster and prawns with a light tomato sauce with Calabrian Chilis Outstanding dish, warming, but not too spicy. My wife had the Duck breast with Calvados sauce and loved it. Great service and good wines.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicous! Portions plenty, service great!!!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    It took 2 hours to get our food. The drink was good. Food was good but very overpriced

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  23. SamuelS

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Food is conceptually creative and very well-executed. Modern/hip vibes. Great spot for a fancy dinner date or a few small plates and a drink on a night out. Massive asset to the Lawrenceville neighborhood.

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  24. Jelena

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a must visit in Pittsburgh. We were visiting from Canada for the weekend. The service was exceptional as was the atmosphere. And the food was truly top shelf. Some of the best things we have ever eaten in our lives. And the drinks were spectacular. We got the stuffed olives, pate eclair, prawn lobster pasta and hanger steak frites. Our personal faves were the olives and the steak. Truly some of the best ever. My husband had a couple Old fashions and I had the Ol Smokey Cocktail and both were incredible. The owner went out of his way and our server was excellent. HIGHLY recommend. Such a hidden gem.

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  25. hayleyl

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t recommend The Vandal enough-the service, ambience, cocktails, and food were all 10/10.

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  26. RobertV

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We didn't know what to expect coming into the restaurant but were pleasantly surprised by the simple ambiance and quality of the food. The waiter was personable and pleasant, making it a pleasant experience. We will be back.

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  27. ALKT

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this place the first time I went but honestly the food last night was not good- overpriced, extremely bland preparation of a duck breast. Lovely ambience!

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  28. samfdkzsk

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Reservation was at 8:45. But was not ready. Had to wait for 15 mins in the cold. No waiting room. Was not very apologetic regarding this inconvenience.

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  29. Nicholas

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Vandal is an incredible culinary experience! Joey and team provide world class service and ambience. A must try any day of the week they are open!

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  30. AlexandraE

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    literally 17/10 every time. my favorite spot in Pittsburgh

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  31. Nave

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding, service was personal and wonderful. Cannot wait to come back soon.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Joey and his team are the best in the city! We never leave disappointed or hungry. Best tini service in Pittsburgh 🍸

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I experienced The Vandel for the first time this past Friday and WOW! We both said it's the best meal we have had in a while! We sat at the bar - I got the Martini Service with Caviar which was a fun experience and 10/10 recommend! The bartender was so accommodating and friendly. For our meal we ordered Stuffed Olivies, Swiss Raclette, and Steak Tartare as appetizers. The tartare was my absolute FAVORITE! This was my first time trying tartare and now I will compare that dish to The Vandel's every time I get it somewhere! And as our main course my husband and I both got the Hanger Steak. Both were cooked absolutely perfectly - melt in your mouth steak! I Also enjoyed the free entertainment of the cooks/chefs singing along to the music while making our food. :) Highly recommend!

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  34. AdrianL

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Intimate. Gret service. Unique food. Well worth a visit

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  35. Annie

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We were seated at a table for two right in front of the door, with one seat with back to the door. This is an uncomfortable position at any time and is worse when it’s cold outside with a blast of cold air every time someone enters.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It had been some time since I had visited The Vandal, but it was as wonderful as I remembered. The space is intimate and cozy in the best way. Our table ordered the raclette potatoes, winter citrus salad, duck and tuna entrees. Everything was absolutely delicious. Only critique would be the duck being slightly fatty, but the flavors were wonderful. We finished our meal by sharing the toffee cake (large enough for 3 people to share!) and it was the best choice of the evening. I would go back for this cake alone. Cocktails and service were also top notch! Very happy to have had the chance to revisit and looking forward to more!

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  37. Naranjal

    Pittsburgh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! Friendly service and staff and yummy food!

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  38. John

    Pittsburgh

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never fails to impress. A Pittsburgh gem. Consistently great.

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  39. EloiseS

    Pittsburgh

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went to the Vandal for the first time during Restaurant Week. Our meals were delicious with unusual combinations of flavors. The sauces on the Mussels Toast appetizer, Duck breast entree, and French Dip entree elevated the dishes to way beyond what I could have prepared at home. The Steak Tartare appetizer was fabulous. The Bourbon Toffee cake for dessert came with a plentiful amount of caramel sauce and whipped cream and was among the best desserts we've ever had.

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  40. TriciaB

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined during restaurant week and it was my first time visiting. The staff was very attentive and really helped to make for a great experience. We started with a Sicilian salad with fennel, oranges and olives that was refreshing and simple. The tuna confit was my favorite dish, with a delicious garlic aioli and olive tapenade, and creamy white beans. It was delicious. The toffee cake for dessert was good too. The wine list is very small but had some interesting choices. They also have a very good selection for Amari and we had a sampler with our dessert. We really enjoyed the experience and will be back!

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FAQs

The Vandal does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Vandal is rated 4.6 stars by 550 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 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Vandal

4306 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Lawrenceville
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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