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The Vandal, Pittsburgh, PA

The Vandal

4.6
4.6
534 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

19:00


Booked 4 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 17:00–21:00 Bar Fri, Sat 17:00–23:00
  • Phone number
    (412) 251-0465
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Area
    Lawrenceville
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 534 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pittsburgh

    Innovative

  • Pittsburgh

    Great for fine wines

  • Pittsburgh

    Innovative

  • Pittsburgh

    Great for fine wines

534 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  2. NikkiD

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  3. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  5. SamuelS

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 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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  6. Jelena

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 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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  7. hayleyl

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 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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  8. RobertV

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 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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  9. ALKT

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 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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  10. samfdkzsk

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 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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  11. Nicholas

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 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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  12. AlexandraE

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 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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  13. Nave

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 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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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 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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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 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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  16. AdrianL

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 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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  17. Annie

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 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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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 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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  19. Naranjal

    Pittsburgh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 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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  20. John

    Pittsburgh

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 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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  21. EloiseS

    Pittsburgh

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 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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  22. TriciaB

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 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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  23. JudyW

    Pittsburgh

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food, cocktails and service at The Vandal was excellent. One issue is that when it is very cold outside and the door is opened, a rush of cold air comes in. As this happened often and out table was near the door, we were cold the entire time. I would not go back in the winter but would patronize this restaurant an other time.

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  24. JordanM

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I really love this restaurant. It's small enough that it's cozy, the vibe is always 5-star, and their menu changes but keeps some solid staples. The martini service is so cool and I get it every time I come here. I hope they continue to stay open. I worry that they may be short-staffed (you need to budget some time when you come here). They would benefit from bringing a complimentary glass of champagne to the table upon arrival as it would buy some time as we wait for staff to come by and take orders.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super cute spot with delicious food and cocktails! We came during restaurant week and the tasting menu was more than perfect. We will absolutely be returning, and bringing more friends.

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  26. JesseH

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Vandal has grown up in all the right ways over the years. Just an excellent all around restaurant.

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  27. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried one new dish and two old favorites. The new dish was Snow crab "Waldorf". It was so fresh tasting and delicious. Tarragon was the herb used and it was perfect. Good Wines and great service.

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  28. MyahH

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Went because I'd walked by so many times and it looked like a great place for a Friday evening out. The wine was great, but the food options were difficult to parse through. My guest took one bite of her food and didn't enjoy it, and the server offered to comp it but never did. Not an experience I care to repeat.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was outstanding. The food was delicious. Highly recommend!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Appetizers at Vandal are pretty good. Pork chop entree was inexplicably full of fat and not edible. Most of other dishes, duck and steak frites were mediocre. Service is cordial but generic. For an aspiring higher end restaurant this is a clear miss. We will not be returning and this experience will make us assess Open Table ratings with more caution.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vandal is one of our favorite places to dine! We never fail to order their oysters and steak tartare and then we go from there! We highly recommend Vandals!

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  32. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Vandal was outstanding. Sometimes the simplest sounding food can taste so amazing. This was the case with the creamed leaks on the bottom of the Boudin Blanc dish which seemed right out of a Parisian Bistro. Again, the Pork Chop is the best I have had. Exemplary service and wine.

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  33. Chris

    Pittsburgh

    72 reviews

    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Joey and his whole staff did a great job. We had a wonderful meal at Vandal. Excellent food and service. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

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  34. null

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Vandal is one of my faves. If you can make it in during one of their burger nights, it’s a real treat.

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  35. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just decided to make an early (5:30pm) reservation at the Vandal on the spur of the moment. Just wanted a light meal instead of our usual feast at the Vandal. Shared the new salad with Qince, Cherries and pistachios and the Hanger Steak Frites with a couple glasses of wine. Everything was outstanding. Service was great. It is nice to have a fine dining restaurant open on a Sunday night.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely blown away by our experience here. All the flavors were spot on and the variety of textures was insane. Will go again.

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  37. MikeW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was creative and perfectly cooked. Loved the use of seasonal vegetables and fruit in balance with the proteins. My wife and I had a late reservation and the entire staff was exeptionally kind, patient, and helpful. We will be back with friends.

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  38. JRCynwyd

    Philadelphia

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Traveling home from Thanksgiving, we overnighted in Pittsburgh and found this wonderful, welcoming oasis! Great food, a small but incredibly well curated wine list, creative cocktails, caring service. Who could ask for more?! We shall definitely return when we next pass through Pittsburgh.

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  39. THandels

    Pittsburgh

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service is always top notch. Fresh seasonal ingredients and great drinks! Took some very hard to please friends and they thoroughly enjoyed everything.

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  40. joshuas

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food Wonderful waitress

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FAQs

The Vandal does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Vandal is rated 4.6 stars by 534 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Vandal

4306 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Additional information

  • Area
    Lawrenceville
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 17:00–21:00 Bar Fri, Sat 17:00–23:00
  • 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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