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The Vandal, Pittsburgh, PA

The Vandal

4.7
4.7
562 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
Experiences are available.

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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

Experiences

  • "La Grassa Vandala"

    Jun 2, 2024 only
    For one night only, enjoy La Grassa Pizza Co. and The Vandal’s collaborative menu. Serving pizza and Italian American small plates, natural wine, cocktails and tiramisu! More details and a full - a la carte - menu will be available to view on our website soon.

What 562 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Innovative

  • Pittsburgh

    Innovative

562 Reviews
  1. Chris

    Pittsburgh

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent meal at Vandal. Service was wonderful as it always is. The octopus was cooked exactly as it should be. The duck and steak were also done exactly as we asked. They always create dishes with unique flavors. Would highly recommend Joey and his team

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  2. ChristineN

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, it’s was an incredible meal and experience. The food is elevated, special and so delicious. The menu is always changing but never misses.

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  3. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    121 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My Wife and I have been to pretty much every high-end Steak restaurant in Pittsburgh and the Vandal consistently has the best Steak we have had. We had the Tomahawk Ribeye for two and it was extremely tender, succulent and tasty. I believe the Vandal's ability to consistently provide the best steak experience is due to the Sous Vide cooking of the steak initially, with a grill or sear before service. And don't forget about perfect twice fried frites! Everything was great as well as great service.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were amazing. Great date night! Would go back anytime.

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  5. lilCC

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Remains one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh. The food, the service and the people are all first class. Can't wait for the outdoor area to open.

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  6. MotleyCrew

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding. Loved the grilled halloumi and the duck breast! Our server was also very attentive and kind. Highly recommend!

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  7. WaelH

    Pittsburgh

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. Overall recommend. Expensive drinks

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  8. Alexis

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fabulous and delicious! Our favorite dishes of the evening were the grilled octopus and the smoke trout rillettes.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time at the Vandal. First time we got a bunch of plates to split off the menu and they were all excellent. We went Thursday this time to try their burger and it did not disappoint! I recommend this place to all my friends. Great service, great aesthetic and excellent food.

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  10. ColleenM

    Pittsburgh

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always such an interesting and innovative menu. My husband and I shared 4 starters/small plates in lieu of an entree, and it was great. Service was excellent.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our steak was undercooked sent back then returned loaded with salt.

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  12. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    121 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We tried the Fois Gras Eclair, so pretty and so tasty. New Duck and Scallop entrees were outstanding. Great service as always!

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  13. GAGK

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    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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  14. JacqueM

    Pittsburgh

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    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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  15. MarshallR

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    121 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    121 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. NikkiD

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 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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  32. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    121 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    121 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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FAQs

The Vandal does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Vandal is rated 4.7 stars by 562 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
Experiences are available.

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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