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The Vandal, Pittsburgh, PA

The Vandal

4.6
4.6
389 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 12 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Italian, French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 389 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  2. h

    hungryjess

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I want to spend every Tuesday with $1 oysters
  3. JG

    JamieG

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

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

    JasperV

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    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!
  5. a

    ani8787

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and quality but the portion sizes are very small.
  6. RA

    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.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great overall experience. The drinks and food were delicious!
  8. C

    Chris

    Pittsburgh

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 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!!
  9. F

    Fizz

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food with relaxed but efficient service.
  10. RD

    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.
  11. RP

    RichP

    Pittsburgh

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 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.
  12. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 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.
  13. JG

    JamieG

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pittsburgh is so much cooler with a place like the Vandal on its roster. The food is elevated while homey, experimental while familiar. The scallop crudo and steak tartare were to die for at the start. Joey hilty always makes a fabulous burrata dish too, you can’t leave without trying whatever the creation of the season is with this appetizer. The swordfish was light and refreshing, with the most perfect beurre blanc sauce! The cocktails cannot be replicated, which is what I always look for when going out- if I can make it at home, I don’t want it… these cocktails are out of this world, leaving you with the ability to taste every component and enjoy them all coming together. There’s no where more warm and friendly than the Vandal. It’s a must for out of town visitors and special celebrations alike. My girls night this weekend was the ultimate success because we started our night at the Vandal!
  15. CS

    ChrisS

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    This is a small place (~10 tables, plus a small bar), upscale, yet casual place with a sophisticated menu. I liked the vibe. However, the music and overall noise level made it difficult to have an intimate conversation. I ordered the steak, which was suggested to be ordered as medium rare... i asked for medium. It was served rare. I did not complain, but chose to eat half of it. My date had the chicken, which was mostly dry. I think this place would be good for the small plates they offer and a table of friends rather than an intimate date and I think I would recommend as such.
  16. S

    Schnazzy189

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The pate was to die for. Thought the scallop crudo was a bit over priced at over $20 to only get a scallop shell full of food... a bit too close to the table next to us for comfort, but overall a really great night! Will definitely be back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything! We will be back!
  18. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal at the Vandal. I had two appetizers for my meal, the Octopus with Jimmy Nardello Peppers and the Foie Gras Terrine with Sauterne Gelee both of which were out of this world. My Wife and I shared the new Kale Ceasar Salad which was decadent. My Wife had the Chicken dish was tender and moist. Service was perfect and friendly.
  19. H

    Howard

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Not your every day restaurant menu! Delicious food and beautiful presentation. They use all local produce so menu changes with the season. Everything made from scratch, including pasta, ice cream and cultured sweet butter.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome drinks, fun food. A great place that we will put in our list of go to's!
  21. v

    vito

    Pittsburgh

    191 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    191 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had the burrata, the chicken and the chocolate torte and a glass of house red wine. Food and service were great. The chicken was probably the most tender I have ever tasted with wonderful flavor.
  22. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal! Fig appetizer was great, big portion and very tasty. Ribeye continues to amaze me. Very evenly cooked medium rare with a nice crust and it cuts like butter. the re-imagined Olive Oil Cake with Brown Butter Ice Cream and Plums was sublime. Service was perfect.
  23. ML

    MechelleL

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    One of the dishes we had was a standout the rest were completely forgettable. The buratta salad included stone fruit that was so under-ripe, it was hard and tasteless. To me this oversight was lazy and unforgivable. If you don’t have a product that is good enough to eat on its own, it should be removed from the dish or the dish should be taken off the menu. I don’t see how any chef could allow that dish to leave their kitchen. I’ve had better, more thoughtful, meals at area restaurants for a fraction of the price.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Food was delicious. Tables were very... very close together. Felt like I was dining with the couple next to us!
  25. TH

    THandels

    Pittsburgh

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and service were fantastic. Music was a bit too loud..had a hard time conversing with my dinner partner without feeling like I was sharing everything with the tables next to me. Of course I’ll go back though!
  26. C

    Chris

    Pittsburgh

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service as always!!
  27. KM

    KimM

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    I expected so much better. Our entrees were both bland and boring. One was quite overcooked. The appetizers were good but overpriced. Our server was fine but not especially proactive in anticipating our needs. The music was too loud. I will not return.
  28. D

    Dorothy

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fabulous experience!! i went with a dear friend to celebrate 10 years of friendship and the Vandal was so generous and accommodating and lovely! Excellent service and very caring atmosphere- so much fun!! Thank you so so much :-)
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Vandal is one of my absolute favorite places to dine in Pittsburgh! Every dish is outstanding, local quality ingredients and uniquely prepared. We started with the bread and butter, the oysters were so good, and the beef tartare was one of the best we’ve ever had. I had the halibut and my husband had the chicken which were both good. We also tried both the chocolate torte and olive oil cake and loved both. The cocktails were also fabulous. The fresh flowers and candle on the table were a nice romantic touch. Only thing we didn’t love was it was quite loud and music playing, which we didn’t remember from previous visits. But it certainly would not stop us from returning in the future for another date night!
  30. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Vandal is consistently great. They tweak their old dishes to make them better and add new interesting dishes as well. The Eggplant appetizer looked completely different than a few weeks ago and was just as tasty or better. I had the Gnocchi Sardi with Crab, Calabrian Chili and molica was great. I am usually not a big fan of heat, but it was just right and did not linger too long on my palette. My Wife had the Halibut with Safron sauce and summer squash and said the tasted ultra-fresh and perfectly cooked and she loved the sauce. the Chocolate Tart and that Whey Caramel was extremely tasty and not too rich. Service was spot on.
  31. JB

    JohnB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Too noisy - hard to hold a conversation. Gnocchi undercooked. Fish bland. Prices high.
  32. f

    foodsnob

    Pittsburgh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Googled downtown restaurants open on Sunday night and the Vandal came up. I remembered hearing about it on the Pgh foodies Facebook pg, they had a reservation for 2 pre theater, and it was so good! I appreciated the small size of the restaurant, and the decor was lovely. The small menu might not suit some but I would much rather have 4 main dishes thoughtfully prepared than a million choices. Also, there were a large number of creative appetizers if you didn't care for the entree selections. Staff was very welcoming and attentive, and they all worked together so well. If our waiter was busy, the bartender would deliver. I pride myself on staying abreast of good restaurants but I missed this one. We will definitely return.
  33. E

    Ella

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Family get together! Service was outstanding! Definitely go back soon Definitely recommend it to friends
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best quality and friendly folks. Beautiful cocktails to boot!
  35. A

    Allie

    Pittsburgh

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food and craft cocktails! Highly recommend for any foodie. Great spot for friends and/or date night.
  36. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Vandal was great again. The new eggplant appetizer was delicious and the reimagined Ricotta Fritters and the Rost chicken Dish beautiful, tasty and refreshing. Service was spot on, friendly and informative. Continue to love that the Vandal is open Sunday night.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Full disclosure: one of the chefs at the Vandal is my friend and the drummer in my band, so he showed us a really phenomenal time. That said, eating at the Vandal was a beautiful and relaxing experience! Every dish we got to try was gorgeous, well-balanced, and delicious. There were stunning gluten free options, refreshing mocktails, and everyone was incredibly nice. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the entree and appetizer pricing was not extravagant for this caliber of restaurant—my husband and I have gone to many places in Pittsburgh with similar but less creative offerings and paid more for entrees than we did at the Vandal. Overall, I would recommend the Vandal alongside any fine dining restaurant in Pittsburgh for its delicious food, unique menu, and intimate dining experience. We will definitely be back.
  38. G

    Giselle

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING experience. Best dinner in Pittsburgh.
  39. DC

    DebanjanaC

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute place in the neighborhood with fantastic staff and great food
  40. AC

    AbigailC

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh.

FAQs

The Vandal does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Vandal is rated 4.6 stars by 389 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 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for The Vandal

4306 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Lawrenceville

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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