Tender Bar + Kitchen
Tender Bar + Kitchen

Tender Bar + Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tenderpgh.com/
  • Phone: (412) 402-9522
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Hebrank
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Whether planning a business meeting, cocktail party, or other private celebration, Tender is pleased to tailor our cuisine for your event. Contact us for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Tender offers two unique, richly designed rooms for private dining. Contact us for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Jason Carr 4124029522x
  • Entertainment: We feature live music every Tuesday evening, 8-11pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 43rd Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Tender is located in the heart of central Lawrenceville. Parking is available on the street or in the public lot directly across from the building.
A word from Tender Bar + Kitchen
Tender Bar + Kitchen is an American cocktail lounge & restaurant that celebrates a return to a past era. Cocktails are crafted with pride and in the classic tradition by respected professionals behind the bar. The inspired food menu offers soul-satisfying small plates that celebrate American cuisine. Dishes are prepared in a scratch kitchen, with organic, sustainably grown produce, meats, and fish as often as possible. The space is open, the atmosphere warm and inviting, the design a reflection on early 20th century lifestyle. Tender draws inspiration, and its name, from the Arsenal Bank building it occupies – a storied financial institution that served the Lawrenceville community, exchanging legal tender for its patrons for over a century.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Tender Bar + Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (48)neighborhood gem (47)vibrant bar scene (44)hot spot (31)late-night find (22)great for brunch (21)romantic (19)special occasion (16)notable wine list (12)good for groups (8)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Brian
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Awesome food and great service. The scallops and the Haluski was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Fantastic drinks and good good but service was very slow on this night. Waited 30 minutes for check after I gave my credit card. Drinks took at least 20 minutes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tender Dinner 11/7/14
    FoodieFi
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I recently had dinner here with my aunt and uncle and was VERY impressed. We had no problem making a reservation, although the hostess was telling people at the door they didn't have any open tables for walk-ins until 8:30. Our server was very friendly and quite knowledgeable about the cocktail menu. We described our preferences and he made excellent recommendations. As for food we ordered several apps/small plates and shared the gnocchi entree. We liked everything, but stand-outs were the fall salad, beef tartare, braised greens, and the gnocchi which were truly phenomenal. Our only complaint was that it took a while for our first course to come out, although it ended up being well worth the wait. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the cocktails, skip the food
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We used to love Tender-- the cocktails are amazing, the ambience is wonderful, the service is great. The menu used to be very small, but sensational. There was a change is the kitchen staff and now the food is awful... Over cooked and underwhelming.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great bar and cocktails
    Overforty
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Tender is a lovely neighborhood bar with a hipster vibe. Delicious cocktails. Out of 5 meals, 3 were delicious, one good and one did not taste like lamb at all... It was just odd but edible. Wait staff was very accommodating and punctual. The music was way too loud and I swear it was ozzy ozbourne? Even for Halloween it made for a terrible backdrop to an otherwise lovely meal. Also the dinners we had were from the " large plates" section and that was an overstatement. So I would definitely recommend tender for the bar scene but not a place to have an intimate or romantic meal where you'd expect to hear your friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    michaelsouellette
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is my absolute favorite bar in Pittsburgh. My last visit here was the best time, the staff was amazing and super friendly! I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a good time and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid choice
    PghHLT
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Entrées are not huge so choose an appetizer or plan on dessert. Liquor selection is top notch. Wait staff is excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch, October 19, 2014
    MamaH
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Our family of 6 visited for a late Sunday brunch: outstanding! Our server was personable, knowledgable, and attentive without being intrusive. A few in our party tried the Bloody Mary, which had a tasty, nice zip, and apparently the bartender was tweaking his recipe and wanted our review (2 thumbs up!) Everyone enjoyed their entrees ~ all were delicious, with interesting, fresh twists on typical brunch dishes. Our daughter raved about her gnocchi entree. The decor was new and updated, but retained the classic architecture and cool vibe of the space. Nice background music too. I will definitely return again for Sunday brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service HORRIBLE
    lovefood
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Atmosphere great, food good, service was so horrible we will never return. This was our second time to Tender, same waiter, same horrible service. The worst part - they added an automatic gratuity of 20% to a party of 6! When we addressed our feelings to the waiter he was oblivious, unprofessional, and down right rude. No surprise the same people own Verde. Really too bad, because they have the atmosphere and food right!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our new favorite spot!
    BurghBear
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    There is a vibe at Tender that is inviting, friendly, and energetic. Go for the cocktails and stay for the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Third time here at Tender. Each time has been better than before. Cocktails are fabulous and the cheese plate is our favorite app. Service can be slow at times, drinks can take longer than expected but the staff is very friendly. We know the chef personally and will continue to try his new creations. Very pretty plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lenaVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Either the kitchen is not big enough to serve all diners or the wait staff remains poorely trained. The wait for food, including just bread, is unacceptable. It takes 40 minutes for any food to show up and that long for the plates to be cleared. Very poorely run and the food is inconsistent
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dimitsana
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Small but interesting menu. Excellent tagine. Came for the music. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Craft cocktails and good eats
    BarGeek
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We love Meat and Potatoes. They have great bar staff who shake up wonderful cocktails. They always have one or two barrel aged cocktails on the list and they can dream up whatever you are in the mood for. We often reserve a table but switch to the bar if their is room. We shared beef bone marrow on fisherman's toast with capers and pickled onions as our appetizer. They were the first in the Burgh to serve bone marrow and they still prepare it the best. Their pate is heavenly. For dinner I had Pappardelle with bolognese sauce (short rib/pancetta/pork shoulder) and my wife had the Duck. Both were excellent. The place is always packed so, make reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique spirits and food selections
    btn24
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was our first trip to Tender and we weren't disappointed and will be back. The cheese and meat plate was the best we've ever had with unique choices and wide selection (Irish Porter Cheese, Pickled Onions, etc). The duck, sashimi and steak were all well prepared and well presented. The portion size of the sashimi was our only disappointment as it was extremely small. The entrée menu was limited, but had something for all tastes and lifestyles. The drink menu was outstanding, offering Tender creations that were unique and fulfilling. The availability of specialty spirits such as Aviation Gin was a welcome surprise. Overall a great location and great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very cool vibe.
    misha
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our waiter was very knowlegeable and enthusiatic. menu choices are very limited but the food was very good. cocktail choices are extreely vast and varied and delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and service
    Lacy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food and service were excellent. The server was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations for ford and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night with friends/family
    LeboPittsburgh
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Enjoyed our evening with friends/family. Really liked the menu , though limited. If you love speciality drinks , you will enjoy this restaurant ! Love the atmosphere .
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    HAD A GREAT MEAL AND JASON WAS WONDERFUL!! HE HAD GREAT SUGGESTIONS AND IS ALWAYS ATTENTIVE AND PLEASANT . I WILL BE BACK!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boardwalk Empire Revisited!
    Carmnick1219
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Wonderful cocktails with that "prohibition" 1920s feel! Creative and ingenious menu and impeccable service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great burger-slow service
    Drazil
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We checked out the burger night (Mondays). The menu was limited, we were told that they were switching back to their full menu the next day after restaurant week. This was fine, though, we both got the burgers and it was quite good. The service was a bit spotty. I think our server was very busy, but we didn't get much guidance or attention. The hits and food runner were both very attentive. Overall, I'd go back, but leave a lot of time for dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome cocktails and service
    NorthHillsBourbonFans
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    What a great date spot! Had so many unique cocktails and our server (Brynn) was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun cocktails!
    BraddockSmash
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great cocktails, tasty food, but service, though friendly, could use improvement-- our server disappeared for a while and we decided not to order another round.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we tried it
    Williamsba
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Trying some eateries for restaurant week and started off with Tender. Terrific, crafty burgers, amazing asparagus soup, potato skins not the run of the mill. All in all a fun place but music too loud to have conversation with our group of 6 without trying to get louder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    MidgemillerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've been wanting to try this place for a while now, so when I finally got to go over the weekend I was very excited. The cheese & meat tray was fantastic! The portion sizes for the small plates were very generous! The service was okay, not the happiest bunch of people, but the staff was on spot. Location was great! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    Mikey
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our second visit to Tender and again another great dining experience. The food is phenomenal and unique with artistic flair, vibrant flavors and careful preparation. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 120 reviews are from the Tender Bar + Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Great plates for sharing
    newpghfoodie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Every small plate was done amazingly well. The tailored menu offered enough to choose from for foodies, while not being overwhelming. Attentive service, and perfect evening / late night atmosphere. We will be back, and would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Been here previously. Food is consistently and drinks are consistently good service not so much. We were a group of 3 sharing small plates all of which came to the table at the same time. We had to ask about dessert, coffee was not offered. When we did order dessert it took 20 minutes and had to ask about it. Some problem with ice cream maker which we weren't informed about and desserts were unremarkable! Because of length of time spent, I received a $20 parking ticket in the lot adjacent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • classic cocktail bar
    loriVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The bartenders know what they're doing. Amazing drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    ampst8
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    With a group of 6 for dinner. The service was friendly. Both the food and drinks were unique and delicious. Personally, I had the special of the day - Lamb Shank - it fell off the bone. I hope they keep it on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good drinks but not great service
    Snafood
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The spirits and cocktail at Tender Bar are excellent. The menu is relatively limited, but what they offer is pretty good. The confit wings are tasty and the burger is better than average though no comparison to a similarly priced burger at Butterjoint. The service is friendly but not always conscientious and they seem to struggle with accommodating order modifications.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Ambiance
    SnipperetteVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My husband and I had brunch here recently and had a mediocre experience. Our cocktails were alright, but nothing to write home about and our food was below expectations. I had the eggs benedict, which arrived cold and without much seasoning. My husband had the french toast which arrived at a much more pleasant temperature but was very dry. While our servers were very sweet and checked in on us often, the pace was quite slow and we chose not to order additional drinks because we knew it would add at least an extra half an hour to our meal. I like what Tender is trying to do - they just need to step it up in the kitchen and empower the waitstaff to do more than just fill water glasses.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Local Gem
    Michael
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My wife and I have been here twice in the last month and have had great experiences both times. The unique changing menu is spectacular with many different flavors and an artistic flair put into each menu item. They have an extensive bourbon list but a short wine list. The place is small but I didn't feel cramped. Good energy and good service. The head chef Brian is truly talented.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last Friday..
    New2pghVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was in very small portions.. I'm ok with this but at least make everything taste good! The meatballs were dry and hard, the tartar was very wet, the pork belly was good and the wings were ok. The service took forever and I'm pretty sure that our waiter had a chew in his bottom lip... Overall tender was just bad!
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    6burghfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Tender was a last minute pick after spending the day in the strip district. Easy parking. Loved the ambiance of the redo of the bank building. Our seating was right next to the vault. The drink menu is probably the best I have encountered in years. The waiter made drink suggestions that were fantasticly delicious. Drinks were served in very quaint glasses. Appetizers, salad, and burgers entertained my taste buds in between experimenting with various brands of gin. Service was outstanding & prices reasonable. Would like to return on a Friday happy hour for more experimenting! Menu featured local ingredients from farms in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An all-around bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We arrived at 7pm on a Wednesday to a nearly empty restaurant that was filling quickly. There was one person working the entire restaurant (including the outside space) and she was overloaded. We waited 20+ minutes for our drinks to arrive and had to flag her down after an additional wait to place an appetizer order. We were disappointed to there was no charcuterie plate available because "no one had been able to pick up the meat order." ?? When the small plates arrived we were confused by the portioning -- 3 meatballs, a cheese plate with 3 small pieces of bread. It made sharing awkward. After being there for nearly an hour and not even being able to find our server to place place a dinner order, we decided to cut our losses and leave.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Bar in the City
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    As always we had a wonderful night out at Tender. The atmosphere is perfect for a quite night out with friends. The drinks are delicious and always fun to try! If you are overwhelmed by the amount of options just tell your server what your in the mood for and they will whip you up the perfect drink!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Unique Place!!!
    MikeM
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Tender is a unique place with a great ambience. It encompasses a comfortable mix of casual and fine dining with a twist. The servers were also very knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks&Food
    Lisa
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Specialty drinks were awesome! Limited food menu; however, burgers were delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Best cocktails in the city! Worth the price! Make reservations!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.