Spirits & Tales

4.5
316 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
A bold new brasserie sits atop The Oaklander Hotel and overlooks one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic neighborhoods, Spirits & Tales is designed for those with the desire gather around the table. Rooted in the spirit of the original brasserie, it reimagines classic French all-day plates and beloved dishes with inspired veg, locally sourced meats, and expertly prepared seafood. Classic and contemporary converge on the plate and in S&T’s unique interior design. Sweeping panoramic views and modern design are made complete by local details made of hand forged metal. Cocktailers will find a perfect martini service or unique perspectives and preparationsofa vast array of spirits in addition to regularly updated and menu-driven wine and craft beer offerings.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 316 people are saying
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EdJM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our special occasion place. The drinks are creative and the food is great. The service is always exceptional. I wish they had a least one more vegetarian selection for main course though.

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Sava
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I was excited to try this restaurant for the first time. I went with some others who had been before, and they said that this visit was totally different from their first. Overall, we all walked away disappointed. The food was fine, but not worth the price. The service was somewhat slow. We went for a birthday celebration, and the restaurant made no mention of the birthday. The drinks were the highlight of the meal.

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BonnieP
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had curry halibut and branzino (bass) entrées, with whipped ricotta as a starter. Everything was OK, but given the posh vibes and prices (about $36 per entree) we had hoped to be blown away. Highlight was probably the halibut, with a flavorful tomato curry sauce. The branzino’s north African- style ratatouille was also quite tasty, though the fish itself a little bit dry. The ricotta was light & fresh but without discernible flavor of lavender or thyme. The server, good looking in the way high-end restos seem to require, could use more training: she asked for our order within minutes of our sitting down, but was inattentive (despite few other diners) when we were clearly looking around & raising eyebrows in search of a second drink before entrees arrived.
(*There were also dismayingly widespread faux pas: delivering drinks with fingers way too close to the rim of the glass where I will be putting my lips; inattention to where I’ve placed my cutlery, which indicates whether I am dining or done; and of course the dreaded “Still working on that?” I’m not WORKING, I’m ENJOYING [or not] a special meal that will cost me half a day’s wage). I have no quibble with $40 entrées if the food is really great, but this wasn’t that. By no means was it terrible, but given the overall value we’re unlikely to return anytime soon.

*These points about the service may sound nitpicky to some, but it’s all information easy obtainable in any guide on dining manners, and which I first came across when I was probably 13 years old. They are not going to turn crappy food good, but they have prompted us to return to a resto and try a few different dishes. That wont happen here.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 2, 2021

Dear BonnieP, Our goal is to exceed our diners' expectations, so I’m sorry that your meal was just okay. I'm very sorry for the lapses in service you encountered. We appreciate your attention to sharing feedback and we hope to have another opportunity to impress. Sincerely, S&T Management

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mb000
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice, super good food, great ambiance! Would definitely eat here again.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 2, 2021

Dear mb000, We are thrilled to head that our ambiance and food warrants a return visit. Thank you for dining with us. Best, S&T Management

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JessieViolet
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though they were closing at the time we showed up for brunch, we were welcomed and told that there was no rush. We were the last ones there as the staff cleaned up discretely around us, and they never tried to give us our check until we asked for it. We had cocktails, and the bartender was disappointed in how the one turned out so he made it again and gave us the 2nd one at no charge. We both had the mushroom omelette which came beautifully presented with a simple side salad of baby greens. With the lovely views of Oakland around us, it was a near perfect experience. Can't wait to return. Thanks!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 2, 2021

Dear JessieViolet, We take pride in providing the best food and service, so your compliments are appreciated. I’m delighted to learn your brunch was pleasant and look forward to sharing your feedback with the entire team. Thank you for your attention in reviewing Spirits & Tales and we look forward to your return. Best, S&T Management

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Elsie
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Love sitting outside
Hash browns were nothing more than potatoes — a bit disappointing; no butter or jam for toast
Avacado toast terrific

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 2, 2021

Dear Elsie, We appreciate your patronage and your sincere feedback as it helps us to improve the dining experience. We hope to serve you again. Best, S&T Management

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pillman99
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Long wait for not having being there during a peak period. Ordered steak and eggs and it was the worst ever eaten and had to send back to the kitchen. Meal comped by GM but nonetheless, wait staff needs to be re-worked and a new chef needs to be on staff to make this concept work, especially during brunch hours.. Hate to write a bad review but it's important that others don't fall for the same trap..

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 2, 2021

Dear pillman99, Your satisfaction is our highest priority, so I regret that we weren't able to deliver a more positive brunch experience. Your feedback is welcome, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your review with us. We hope to have an opportunity to leave you with a more favorable impression in the future. Sincerely, S&T Management

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FionaB
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the menu and the design of the space however when the bar area is busy, (which obviously is desirable) then the noise level in the restaurant make it really unpleasant and impossible to have any conversation over dinner. This is so unfortunate as the bar is busier at weekends and that’s also when people want to go out for dinner.
So the design of this space is too small to support a restaurant and bar area at maximum capacity and I’ll probably not plan on coming in the evening again.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 2, 2021

Dear FionaB, While we are glad that you enjoyed your meal, I'm very sorry that noise pollution interrupted your overall experience. We appreciate your feedback as it heightens our awareness in this area. Thank you for dining with us and we hope to serve you again. Best, S&T Management

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nancym
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Prices and variety of foods was very nice. The chef did a good job asking about food allergies and being careful and we appreciated that. My husband's fish entree was cooked well but lacked flavor. Service was very slow and most likely due to Covid and not being fully staffed, however, our server could not have been nicer and was professional. The restaurant is pretty and modern and it was very clean.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 2, 2021

Dear nancym, Your feedback assists us in our mission to continuously improve our offerings, so we thank you for your time in sharing a review. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal overall and we hope to serve you again. Sincerely, S&T Management

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vipFoodie4Life
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food is very good. The views are fantastic.
Getting our drinks took almost 15 minutes (there were only 5 other guests in the entire restaurant) The server was far too brash and intrusive, frequently and far too casually interrupting our conversation without any regard for the appropriateness of her manner of interaction. It was though she was trained to work at a neighborhood pub or dive bar.

This place could be one of the real gems in town, but the training of the servers and other wait staff leaves a lot to be desired. This was my fifth or sixth visit. Not sure I'll go back.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on September 2, 2021

Dear Foodie4Life, While I'm glad you enjoyed the views and cuisine, I'm very sorry for the lapses in service. We appreciate all your feedback and do review it as a team to foster improvements. For this reason, we hope to serve you again. Thank you for choosing us. Sincerely, S&T Management

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TimS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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Elsie
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Inside was entirely too loud, energetic is not the correct term for deafening music.
We would not have stayed if I had to sit inside.

On deck, where we were lucky enough to be seated, as I asked on arrival to be seated there, was better. it would be helpful to have that option when making a reservation, but on the online site that was not a choice

Our server was terrific - John

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vipMartles
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great DJ brunch but too loud.beautiful scenic views.
Loved the French toast. Everything could have been embellished more like adding fresh fruit with the toast.
Prices high for Pittsburgh.

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Mackenzie
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A unique place to have a sunset dinner. Food and drinks were absolutely fantastic.

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vipMichaelC
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spot, good brunch menu, good cocktails and great service. We are looking forward to going back. It is a in a hotel, but but much better than a typical hotel restaurant.

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DeepaN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent. Particularly, the cocktails and appetizers were innovative and yummy. Spectacular view of Oakland as well.

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MeganH
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we felt spoiled and we were treated with utmost respect! The ambiance was warm, modern, cozy and elegant. The food and drinks were decadent. We will be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and location. Have been twice for brunch and will definitely be back-great location for out of town visitors.

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AngieP
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ordered the mussels and salads - both were very good.

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JenR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation and the service was prompt and friendly. The food was great, and the view of Oakland was beautiful!

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Ryan
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view, such delicious food, and really nice servers! Would return

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DonB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great space, enjoyable, solid overall, but not quite in the "wow" category we expected from the website and prices. That said, it's relatively new, and I'll definitely give it another try.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on June 30, 2021

Dear DobB, Thank you for your time in reviewing your dining experience and we appreciate your choosing us. We hope to provide you with a WOW experience upon your return. Thanks again for the feedback. Sincerely, S&T Restaurant Management

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ManyHappyReturns
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great for conversation -- quiet but open and airy. Great view of Oakland campus and the sky. Friendly folks from the time we walked into the building & all through dinner. Only little criticism is that our drinks were a little slow to arrive. Dinner choices included some new & interesting options as well as some comfortable ones for the less adventurous. One question: What's the history & context for the name Spirits & Tales? Overall -- Really an excellent, promising new restaurant!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on June 30, 2021

Dear ManyHappyReturns, It’s nice to hear from you. We appreciate you choosing us and I’m delighted to know your meal was pleasant. Thank you for taking the time to share your dining experience. We welcome the feedback and look forward to serving you again. Thank you for your kind recommendation. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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MaryGoRound
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Server was pleasant. Service was VERY slow although few tables were occupied. On one sandwich, bacon was charred. Part of another guest's hamburger was black. The smoked salmon sandwich was DELICIOUS, but a mess: it had to be eaten with a fork because the bread was saturated by the filling. Iced teas were served with very little ice which melted immediately. Request for more ice eventually resulted in one glass with 4 or 5 cubes to be shared by 3 people. No dessert was offered. Maybe it was just one of those late-pandemic days.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on June 30, 2021

Dear MaryGoRound, Thank you for your sincere feedback. Along with providing us with areas of opportunity, your feedback serves as encouragement to our team who strive to deliver a great dining experience. We enjoyed having you as our guest, and we hope to serve you again. Sincerely, S&T Restaurant Management

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vipxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the BEST experience here. My server Lauren was so sweet and engaging. She made this experience fabulous. I was able to express this to the Food and Beverage Manager Charles. He was also very appreciative. I will 100% be back based on this experience.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on June 30, 2021

Dear Diner, I'm thrilled to hear that Lauren's great service added to your dining experience. We appreciate your kind recommendation and look forward to your return. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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JamesH
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Great cocktails, oysters, salads and deserts. Main courses were very substandard for this level of a restaurant. Branzino was incinerated, and the "ratatouille" that accompanied it was mostly cubed sweet potatoes (perhaps squash) very sweet with lots of cinnamon. Not good.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on June 30, 2021

Dear JamesH, We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your meal; please forgive us. We value your feedback and do review it as a team to continually improve. For this reason, we hope to serve you again. We'd love another opportunity to leave you with a more favorable impression. Sincerely, S&T Restaurant Management

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vipvswr
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They had a few large parties which slowed down the service just a little

Spirits & Tales
Responded on June 30, 2021

Dear vswr, We appreciate your kind review and hope to deliver a flawless meal on a return visit. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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vipTraveler
Pittsburgh
91 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner at S & T last night. After a busy weekend out of town, we drove thru a horrendous storm to find we had no electricity at home. We were able to make a last minute reservation. The predinner cocktails, hit the spot, especially my Black Manhattan.

I had a bowl of rich broth French onion soup and ricotta cheese with honey and toasted Baguette. DH had the Branzino,one of his favorites. He was very pleased. Our waiter, John, was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. He spent time with us and was personable and friendly. We will be back. Thank you for rescuing us.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on June 30, 2021

Dear Traveler, We are so glad that we could provide you with a relaxing dining experience after a stressful drive. We appreciate your kind feedback and hope to serve you again. Thank you for choosing us. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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vipDavid
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A very delightful afternoon brunch enjoying a fantastic overlook of Pittsburgh

Spirits & Tales
Responded on June 30, 2021

Dear David, Thank you for choosing us; we are delighted that you enjoyed our brunch. It was our pleasure serving you and we hope to do so again. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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Salina
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The mushroom ravioli was very good, as was the green tea cocktail.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on June 30, 2021

Dear Salina, Thanks for your time in reviewing your dining experience. It’s encouraging to know you enjoyed our cuisine and cocktails. Your recommendation is appreciated; our associates work hard to provide a pleasant meal. We hope to serve you again on a return visit. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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AvidFoodie
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent ambience, drinks, and food! Would certainly return with a date.

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CullenD
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Our waitress did not prioritize us at all. We were seated in a location that she continually passed us, yet we were seemingly not worried about. We have eaten dinner here last year and the food was great. But since we felt slighted, we chose to get an appetizer and go to a different restaurant for dinner. I don’t believe in criticizing wait staff, leaving bad tips, etc., but this experience was very disheartening. I will return for drinks (which are an ok value but taste AMAZING!), but I don’t think I will be eating here any time soon. This makes me sad to just type this.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just because it’s in a hotel, don’t let that deter you from coming here. Amazing food, drinks, and service! Plus- the view enhances the experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a good experience. Delicious food (I had only been for dinner, never breakfast), excellent service, great environment and view. I’ll be back!

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Dlauda82
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, beautiful views of a part of town that isn’t often seen

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear Dlauda82, We are so glad that you enjoyed our food and views. It was our pleasure serving you and please come visit us again. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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vipGeoWitt
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very nice bistro-style menu. Everything was delicious. Nice cocktails and wine selection. Very friendly but not the most attentive waitstaff.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear GeoWitt, I'm delighted that you enjoyed our menu and spirit selections; thank you for your compliments. I sincerely regret any lapses in service that you experienced. We value all your feedback, including areas for improvement, as it allows us to serve our guests better. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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vipsphamjt
Pittsburgh
36 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time back at Spirits and Tales since the start of the pandemic. Really awesome service. We arrived early., (before properly open) and yet were seated immediately at our favorite table for the view. The food was gorgeous in every way and the frites were amazing. Our server made sure we wanted for nothing and we had such a lovely and memorable time. Definitely going back!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear sphamjt, We are thrilled you experienced 5-star service. It was our pleasure serving you and we thank you for your kind remarks. We look forward to your return. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Good was very average. In my fish they used canned tomatoes and forgot to season. Would not recommend this restaurant.

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear Anonymous, Our goal is to exceed our diners’ expectations, so I’m sorry that your meal was just okay. We appreciate your attention to reviewing your experience and we hope to have the opportunity to impress upon your return. Sincerely, S&T Restaurant Management

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for choosing us and please visit again soon! Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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Sarah
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch spot!!!!

Spirits & Tales
Responded on May 19, 2021

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your kind review and please visit us again. Best, S&T Restaurant Management

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Spirits & Tales is rated 4.5 stars by 316 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.