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Or, the Whale, Pittsburgh, PA

Or, the Whale

4.3
4.3
708 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
or, The Whale is located in the former gymnasium of the Salvation Army building giving the space its distinct look and feel. The track above the gym floor was transformed into catwalk seating and upstairs bar. As you travel down to the lower level you will enter the main dining area with the open kitchen, a window into the butcher room and a small wine cellar that doubles as a private dining space. We use the freshest and sustainable seafood, humanly raised beef, poultry, pork and lamb. Dry aged steaks, pork chops, and whole fish and lobster will be wood fired on a 6 foot wood burning grill. Reminiscent of the classic East Coast seafood houses and steak houses recreated to fit modern times. A fun relaxed atmosphere with a touch of sophistication. A strong cocktail program, well rounded craft beer list, well curated wine program with all the big reds for your steak and complex whites to compliment all the seafood you can handle.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (412) 632-0002

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Grant

  • Parking details

    Valet is $8 for Restaurant Dining.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 708 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. SW

    SheilaW

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The jazz was excellent! Roger Humphries was perfect for jazz brunch!
  2. AK

    AudreyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic evening celebrating my birthday at or, The Whale. Jason was our server, we were seated in the wine room. Really delicious food, especially the octopus, and nice wines. Jason recommended a bottle of Jacob's Creek, which was quite enjoyable. I highly recommend!
  3. EM

    ErinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was very impressed with everything we tried. The mussels were a large portion and delicious. We tried several preparations of duck and all were done perfectly. The wait staff was extremely attentive and we were well taken care of all evening. The homemade coconut cream ice cream was fantastic. We would definitely return again or bring visiting friends.
  4. RH

    RickH

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This was the first time I have been back since the management and menu changed. Service was excellent. We had the Pekin Duck and it was terrific. There should be a greater variety of wines and prices. Only one Chardonnay by the glass on the menu and at $15 a glass that's pretty pricey.
  5. PS

    PittsburghSteelerfan1

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable evening. Loved the mussel appetizer and the grilled bread!!!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    Nothing special and definitely not worth the trip. Atmosphere is not conducive for a quality date night. Nor is the food.
  7. E

    Evan

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is simply a fantastic place to enjoy a meal. The food is fresh, and delicious (they will also filet your fish for you if you order one!). Can't wait to come back.
  8. r

    recentdiner

    Pittsburgh

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time - really enjoyed the venue. Appetizers and drinks were top notch. Salads and dinners were also very good. Do not let the relationship with a hotel deceive you - this is a very good restaurant
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have a (good in public) one year old. We went early, the whole staff said hello it felt like and our server was great. Food was exceptional.
  10. TY

    TonyY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! The wait staff work together to provide perfect service. The atmosphere was beautiful with wonderful artwork to take in.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Made the reservation a week prior. When we arrived table wasn’t ready so we went to the bar. We were finally seated in a wine room because there were no tables. It was very cold since all the wine is stored there and was secluded away from the main dining area. The service was PAINFULLY slow. We waited for drinks for over 20 minutes. The starters were average at best. Food was ok but portions were very small. We intentionally did not order dessert because we wanted to get the hell out of there. Would not go back and not recommend.
  12. D

    Damien

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and the staff was amazing, we would definitely visit here again!
  13. JT

    JTucci

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My friend and I came here for a pre-show dinner and enjoyed our experience. We ordered cocktails to start-the On the Gogh has the perfect balance of sweet and sour with the vanilla vodka and citrus. We also enjoyed the parmesan churros-omg they were melt in your mouth good and the dipping sauces were fab. We opted for the short rib and pork chops and ordered a cab sav to pair with our From the Farm menu choices. The portions were quite generous, and the meat was cooked perfectly. My short rib was tender and smothered in this delicious onion glaze-definitely the highlight of the meal. We'd love to come back to try dessert. I had my eye on the shortbread, but we ended up running out of time.
  14. T

    Thomas

    Pittsburgh

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    "or, The Whale" is entirely wonderful! The food and menus are amazing, the wait staff are attentive, knowledgeable, and pleasantly friendly, and the restaurant itself is so beautiful, it was such the nicest evening and experience ever! It is the place that I wish to return to over and over!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Delicious Oysters, the rib eye was amazing , cooked on the open fire, to perfection! The potato’s that came with the steak were yummy.
  16. JW

    JoanW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was wonderful. Bread basket pretzels were outstanding.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a great meal at Or, the Whale! Our appetizers were great and our entrees were superb. I wish our server would have been more knowledgeable and more in-depth with explaining the specials and items on the menu. After we had finished our meal, a server near us blew us away with his explanations of the menu and we were a bit jealous! Overall, we had a great experience though.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    For fine dining the meal left us wanting more. Dishes were good but did not stand out. Best part of the meal was a desert. Thanks pastry chef!!
  19. BP

    BryanP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    There are better restaurants in the city. The food was ok but portions were very small considering the price. Staff was awesome and very knowledgable, but you should never leave a restaurant hungry (which we did).
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Really enjoyed the decor and the ipen kitchen. We went for brunch and the cocktails were great, but we were underwhelmed with our food for the price point. The pastry platter of worth it, though!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food and server was outstanding!
  22. PD

    PghDiner

    Pittsburgh

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have a disability and the staff made sure we had a comfortable and accessible table. Our waiter made each item on the menu sound enticing. The chef did not disappoint. Oysters on the half shell we're superb. My husband had the rib eye and I enjoyed the duck breast which was perfectly prepared. We both enjoyed our dainty and delicious desserts. It truly was a special evening.
  23. CB

    CindyB

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Or! The Whale for our Valentine's dinner, and could not be happier with the experience! Great food, venue and staff. Thank you!
  24. TT

    TheTravelingBaers

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    I would not return, food was over priced, service was mediocre, and for it being mostly empty it was really loud felt like we needed to yell at each other to talk.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    I had really high expectations for this place, but our date night was truly ruined. After waiting for 40 minutes for the medium-well fillet mignon my husband got a piece of meat almost burnt to coals. The server quickly removed the place and didn’t even offer replacement. I ordered grilled octopus and it came burnt and tasted like rubber. We left the restaurant hungry and unhappy.
  26. CC

    ChrisC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we walked in from the Pittsburgh winter, the warm atmosphere pulled us in to a dining experience unlike any we've had in Pittsburgh before. Our waiter was perfectly poised but wonderfully friendly, even laughing with us when he saw us switch dessert plates. (We loved both, just wanted to make sure we both got to taste all of the wonderful dishes prepared for us.) Flavors were impeccable (although the tartare is a little simple, perhaps to focus more on the local beef), and the freshness of ingredients really shone through. We very rarely eat out or get takeout because it's not worth the money when we could make it better ourselves. or, the Whale is the kind of place we hope to someday cook like, and without a doubt worth the splurge. Get a reservation, take someone you won't mind switching one delicious plate for another with, and stay through dessert. And, if you're like us, take the walk back to Theater Square to catch a show.
  27. MK

    MarkK

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Both entrees were on the cool side . For a high end restaurant they should be hot
  28. JR

    JohnR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a great day - good atmosphere and good food. Highly recommend.
  29. JW

    JeffW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Feels like a hotel restaurant, as it is attached to one, with very blah interior. Far too overpriced for what you get in terms of the food and experience. Many better restaurants (food and ambience) for a more reasonable price in Pittsburgh.
  30. F

    Foodlover

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall1food2service4ambience2
    Never again.i wanted to visit and try it because I have heard good reviews. But the ambiance is very dry, noise level high, overpriced for what offers. I ordered a fillet mignon medium well cooked and it came totally burned, it was literally black from one side and dark from the other... they charged us although I said it was not cooked like I asked... very unprofessional, since Th why didn’t even offer something as an apologize, ie a dessert or a gift card. Not recommend at all.
  31. CN

    CarmenN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Food came out cold; horrible service; drinks took 20 minutes to arrive; hair in food (management never so much as apologized). Will not return.
  32. LP

    LancelotPA

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, great service, great food. The restaurant is chic. Good ambiance.
  33. MB

    MaryB

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The food, for the most part was very good and our server was attentive. A couple of thing threw me off however. It was my first time and I guess I expected it to be a nicer place. It looked very casual. Part of the casual feel was the white adidas sneakers the hostess was wearing. I get it that she is walking up and down stairs all evening, but it was not a good first impression. Even black sneakers would have helped. If ambiance isn’t important to you this is a fine place to dine.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Great service, lousy food. Overcooked and overpriced.
  35. b

    bradb

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The restaurant has a nice vibe and the service was great. The food was very good and they had an adequate selection to chose from. There weren't too many things I would count as a negative - I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area.
  36. SE

    SaraE

    Pittsburgh

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Beef Tartar was amazing, wine recommendation was perfect, all around delicious meal. Only thing I didn't love was being seated so close to other people upstairs while the bottom floor was mostly empty.
  37. S

    Superb

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding!! Service was awesome!! Excellent desserts!! One of my favorite places in Pittsburgh!
  38. J

    Jenna

    Pittsburgh

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was slow even though there weren't many tables there for brunch yet. They were out of a few options on a very limited menu to begin with. Cocktails were not very tasty either.
  39. M

    Martha

    Pittsburgh

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We started with cocktails and a cheese plate. I wasn't crazy about the cocktail selection. Everything felt a bit too creative for my tastes. I selected one anyway because, when in Rome. It was great, but each sip made it sweeter until it wasn't pleasant. The cheese plate was delicious and interesting - the cheeses were comparable to any cheese plate I've had (and I've had many). We ordered steaks for dinner, a filet and a ribeye. Both were cooked perfectly. Their fries were so delicious. We were told they take three days to make. We shared a dessert, but weren't terribly impressed. We will go back again, order wine and skip dessert.
  40. AH

    AudreyH

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Very disappointed. Appetizer smeared across top edge of plate and rest of plate was naked. Even adjoining patrons commented on it. Wrong potato preparation on all choices and nuggets very over fried. Bread pudding had no pudding and apples were undercooked. No question about seating and we were placed in upper hall on freezing night. No offer of refills on coffee.

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Or, the Whale is rated 4.3 stars by 708 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Grant

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet is $8 for Restaurant Dining.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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