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Vagabond Kitchen

1201 Market St, Wheeling, WV 26003-3328
+1 304-905-6173
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible4%
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“burger” (7 reviews)
“chili” (3 reviews)
American, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
££ - £££
1201 Market St, Wheeling, WV 26003-3328
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great local restaurant with a great local chef. But one problem is the atmosphere! The lighting is fluorescent lights in the drop down ceiling making it seem more like a diner than a nice restaurant. Turning off half of those lights, adding...More

Thank vuvu14
Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

I had the Kettlebell Burger I believe. The taste and presentation where both 10/10 !! I can honestly say the food was quite possibly one of the best meals I've had in recent memory. The service, decor and atmosphere were all 10/10 in addition to...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 12 January 2018

Unique menu items; all sound great! Very much enjoyed the Kettlebell Burger. Half pound of excellent ground beef, topped with caramelized onions and served in a roasted portobello mushroom bun (not bread). Opted for the side salad which was very cold, fresh and very tasty...More

Thank Terry R
Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

Three of us had lunch and everyone liked their selections: Rueben with wonderful and generous macaroni and cheese side, lamb wrap which was deemed very tasty and a garden wrap with fantastic tortilla style chips. My only food issue was a bit too much of...More

Thank MountainMe47
Reviewed 20 October 2017

We ended up not eating here. I am a vegetarian and have an intolerance to garlic. The only vegetarian item on the menu was macaroni and cheese which contained a lot of garlic according to our waiter. The restaurant also had a very musty, moldy...More

Thank kps5487
Matthew W, Owner at Vagabond Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Hey kps5487, I'm terribly sorry you had a bad experience at the kitchen. We have tons of vegeterian options, it's just that most of them do contain garlic. You could have ordered the butternut squash ravioli without garlic, but I suspect your waiter was new...More

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Vagabond Kitchen is newly located located in downtown Wheeling. We had a very enjoyable dining experience. The menu is outstanding. The food, drinks, and wine were quite good. Well worth the visit.

Thank dsm125
Matthew W, Owner at Vagabond Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you for your visit and your review, dsm125! We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 1 October 2017

We enjoyed the Vagabond. The staff are friendly and the menu varied. The food is fresh and well prepared. Many vegetarian options. The Cajun Brownie and ice cream is delicious.

Thank Connie M
Matthew W, Owner at Vagabond Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you, Connie M. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 1 September 2017

The food here is beyond amazing!!! If there is somewhere your wanting to go, Vagabond Kitchen should be first on your list. The service is prompt, friendly, and courteous. Everyone here went above and beyond to make sure our dining experience was superb!!! The owner...More

Thank Tiffany T
Matthew W, Owner at Vagabond Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thanks, Tiffany T! You made me and the whole staff blush! We're psyched you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Very busy. Slow service, understaffed. Food was warm not hot, probably due to waitress. Taste was great. Chef came around to the tables. Frigid cold inside. Strange atmosphere, trying to be industrial but looks like an old diner still. Did not know they have Taco...More

1  Thank Brittany J
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

We rarely ask to meet the chef but we just had to tell Matt Welsch, the Vagabond Chef, how much we enjoyed his farm-to-table meal and all the little touches that added to the experience like jalapeno corn bread croutons in the salad and a...More

2  Thank Beverly K
Matthew W, Owner at Vagabond Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks for coming in, guys! I really enjoyed talking with you and I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 Market St, Wheeling, WV 26003-3328
  • Location: United States  >  West Virginia (WV)  >  Wheeling
  • Phone Number: +1 304-905-6173
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In 2013 Matt Welsch, the Vagabond Chef, traversed the country by motorcycle discovering and exploring the culinary renaissance in the United States. At the end of the year, Welsch returned home to the Wheeling bringing with him a wealth of restaurant and food experience, inspiration, and excitement which became the foundation of the Vagabond Kitchen.

The first incarnation of Vagabond opened on June 8, 2014 in the McLure Hotel. The Vagabond Kitchen operated there until December 2015, at which point the restaurant closed its doors to relocate in a new and better location. Unfortunately, that location fell through at the last second. In an effort to remain on the lips and tongues of the Ohio Valley, the vagabonds operated out of the First State Capitol Building as a lunch counter called the State Cellar.

It is now with great excitement that we reopen our doors as the Vagabond Kitchen, right where we should have been all along: in the heart of downtown Wheeling. Come into Vagabond at 1201 Market Street for a truly unique experience. Chef Welsch and his team have taken flavors from all over the world and translated them into something new for the regional palette. A meal at the Vagabond Kitchen is unlike any anywhere else!
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