Designation Level: Silver

Offering a modern, immersive French cuisine, and situated in a historic building with a beautiful view across Pittsburgh’s bustling East Liberty neighborhood, The Twisted Frenchman offers guests an experience they won’t soon forget. Earning a Silver designation with the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program proves that community well-being and environmental health are as important as serving delicious eats for this Pittsburgh restaurant.

The Twisted Frenchman occupies the second story of the Royal York Auction Gallery building in East Liberty, situated above its sister restaurant and bar—the modern, casual bistro and cocktail bar, La Riviera Bistro. The Twisted Frenchman, the crown jewel of Chef Andrew Garbarino’s restaurant duo, uses unique and modern culinary techniques to give guests a sensory experience.

Dinner at The Twisted Frenchman comes in the form of a tasting menu, where diners can choose from 4, 8, 14, and 21 courses. The ultimate experience comes at the Chef’s Table, with a unique 21 course prix fixe dinner, with a menu that is prepared and served only to Chef’s Table guests.

The atmosphere at The Twisted Frenchman is nearly as much a part of the experience as the food itself. Modern light fixtures and colorful artwork pleasantly contrast against the stark white table cloths in the open, 42-seat dining room, as a knowledgeable waitstaff unveils and explains each course. All of this takes place with the backdrop of a full wall of plate glass windows, allowing diners to look out at the illuminated green dome of the Motor Square Garden, the former public market and sporting venue which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Among its numerous sustainable practices, The Twisted Frenchman purchases wholesale wild and organic produce locally from Wild Purveyors and hyper-locally at the East Liberty Farmers Market. Local meat and produce, humanely raised and processed animal products, and certified organic foods are all used to full advantage on their rotating seasonal menu. Beyond food sourcing, the restaurant uses reusable linen napkins and they take steps to limit wasted energy and water. They prioritize using recyclable containers for take-out and they have even eliminated the use of water bottled in plastic—instead they offer sparkling and still water in glass bottles. To read their full sustainability report, visit their profile here.

Ready to experience the culinary sensations of The Twisted Frenchman? Stop by 5925 Baum Boulevard in East Liberty. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 until 10pm, and Sundays from 5 until 9pm. Reservations via phone are required at least two weeks in advance for the Chef’s Table.

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