Or, The Whale is a captivating restaurant that inhabits the lower level of the Distrikt Hotel, a new boutique hotel that has revived the historic Salvation Army building in downtown Pittsburgh. Upon entering, guests can descend into the dramatic main dining area of this modern, farm+fisher-to-table seafood and chops restaurant. Built inside a former gymnasium, the space boasts a perimeter catwalk that was once an elevated running track but now offers guests a fast lane to the balcony bar. The expo kitchen lets diners enjoy the sights and aromas of forthcoming meals. Above, a vivid mural of Captain Ahab’s Pequod chasing Moby Dick combined with a soaring rope installation bring a coastal grandeur to this inland eatery.
– Head Chef Dennis Marron, or, the Whale