Fuel & Fuddle
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
4.01/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
This was my #1 go-to place for eats and drinks in college, and I always make sure to stop by when I'm back in town. It's almost singlehandedly responsible for me getting interested in beer, I never really drank before I discovered the Beer Bible challenge at Fuel: drink 100 different beers, get your name on the wall. Obviously, this means they have over 100 beers available, and there's always a good tap selection.
Kind of a dive-y vibe, but mostly for Pitt and CMU kids, so not a real dive bar. Good variety on the menu, as long as you're not looking for artsy presentation and "flavor profiles" out of MasterChef. Burgers/sandwiches are especially good.
I gave this $ instead of $$ because most food is half price if you're willing to show up late, but dinged the service because the staff sometimes get overwhelmed and lose track of tables, and (very rarely) inflate tips.
06-14-2013 05:37:34 | More by LordTorgamus
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was looking for a place in the Oakland area I hadn't gone to yet, but reasonable price with a good beer selection...being someone who enjoys a great pizza this place really got my interest.
The atmosphere is interesting. It's a snug fit which would explain who there has been known to be long lines. When I got there around 2pm, most the tables where full but the bar was basically empty. there is some classic looking painted on brick ad style art for the place on one wall.
The kitchen is fully visible which always brings an interesting aspect to things....However, can't imagine what that is like for them(being an ex line cook myself)
My bartender / server was fantastic, cheerful, helpful. She had no problem when I asked for a glass for the beer when she handed me just a bottle.
I ordered a classic maggie pizza. I found it a little tough to eat without a fork and knife. I'm not a fan of eating pizza with that method. But the taste was fantastic and made up for the trouble.
The beer selection is better than some people make it out to be. You'll find some great craft beers that not a lot of other places have and the prices make sense to me. It's also a place that if you have a family member who isn't into craft beers, you'll find something that they probably will drink.
As for value, on my first tab I had 2 beers and the pizza and it was 18 bucks.
I know of places in the city that it would cost me a great deal more for the same thing.
I'll be back for more beer and food for sure.
02-25-2012 10:58:12 | More by Garlicjosh
4/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
We stopped in here on a Saturday night after our daughter's ballet performance. Arrived at 10pm and just beat the college crowd. The line was out the door by the time our food arrived.
Located in Oakland, so you expect this place to be teeming with Pitt students. All in all a pretty nice vibe, though. A lot of wood, a long old man style bar, comfortable booths and tables.
There were about 8 craft beers on tap, including two house beers that are made by Smuttynose. The Pump House Pale was quite nice. Some good regional selections complemented the few taps of macro stuff. Not a list that would blow you away but plenty good enough for a dinner visit.
Food was quite good with some nice healthyish selections, which is not always easy to find here in the city that serves fries with everything. Service was prompt, pleasant and competent.
Not a beer geek's delight, but a nice local place for a meal and a couple beers. I'd go back.
11-18-2011 13:57:47 | More by sholland119
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I get a chance to stop in after work on occasion.
A: I head there after work on occasion as it is located a few blocks from where I work. At the happy hour times (4-6pm) it is mostly a professional crowd with some college students.
Q: Beer always seems to be fresh.
Ser: Ample service both for waitresses and bartenders. Never have a problem with either when it comes to attentiveness or promptness. They are willing to answer questions although the beer knowledge is not great (but it is a college town with college kids, so this does not bother me at all).
Sel: Has about 6-7 craft beers on tap and then Coors Light, Yuengling and I believe Guiness. Nothing extraordinary but an ok selection if you do not want to try macro's. The bottle selection is much greater.
F: A very wide open and diverse menu. The food is really good too!
08-20-2010 11:34:02 | More by IronCitySteve
3/5 rDev -26.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Going to Pitt I alwasy thought this place was overcrowded and overraided. The band was always in your face and way too loud in here, right next to thebar. Just place some music, we dont need a turd band there. The food was also just ok and overpriced for what you got.
The beer selection was just ok, mostly Sierra Nevada type beers, nothing too off the wall...lots of Macros on tap and available. Downstairs is creepy. You're eating in a painted basement, not exactly the best environment to eat in.
Not the worst place in Oakland by far, but not a very cool hangout either...look elsewhere.
03-12-2010 22:54:19 | More by woodske1
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
One of the best places to dine in Oakland. The bottled beer selection is very extensive, and they also have options available on tap. Is not out-of-this-world pricey, but expect to pay for what you get.
The food is exceptional. Their individual pizzas that they make in their oven are some of the best in Pittsburgh. The selection is also amazing, with something that will suit anyone. Beyond their pizzas, they have a nice selection of sandwiches, salads, and other amazing entrees (usually with funny names). Plus the food is half off after 11:00pm. You really can't beat it.
Overall, definitely a place worth going to if you are in the area. Nothing beats a delicious pizza with a good beer, and this place can provide both for you.
12-02-2008 07:06:16 | More by shanecb
Fuel & Fuddle in Pittsburgh, PA
91 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.