Tender Bar + Kitchen
Tender Bar + Kitchen

Tender Bar + Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tenderpgh.com/
  • Phone: 4124029522x
  • 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
52 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (31)fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (30)romantic (15)special occasion (13)late-night find (12)hot spot (12)good for groups (10)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (6)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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
    lori
    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
    Snipperette
    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..
    New2pgh
    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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 107 reviews are from the Tender Bar + Kitchen reviews archive.
  • 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.
  • Great drinks
    bourbondrinker
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The drinks are amazing and the hamburgers are delicious. Try the Lion's Tail!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Drinks, beautiful bar
    051959VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    A true gem for drinks. Trendy scene after work or late night Gorgeous bar. Great music. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • in the basement
    Epicuredelight
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We booked at the last minute for brunch on mothers day and were happy to get a reservation. Being from out of town we had no idea what to expect but had read good things. We arrived on time for our reservation and were taken downstairs to a private room with no windows. Despite it being a beautiful day with the restaurant wide open and only three tables seated, the hostess insisted we had to sit downstairs because the place was about to fill up. Reluctantly we agreed. Our food and cocktails were delicious. Despite the fact that the restaurant rarely serves brunch they did a fantastic job. The service was warm and friendly, apart from the hostess. When we left an hour later, the bar was empty and many tables were still empty upstairs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Spirits List
    dpn1902
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The drink list occupies 3 1/2 pages of the 4-page menu. I would recommend my Mezcal cocktail, Tres Hombres. There are a limited number of dinner items, but they are very well-prepared from fresh local ingredients; better to do a limited number of dishes just right. I enjoyed my Risotto with early Spring vegetables. The service is attentive. It's a great place to meet with friends. As such, it is a little loud.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If only...
    nomore
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Upon arriving my wife and I were promptly seated even though we were ten minutes early for an 830 dinner reservation. The girl who sat us would be the one who shined for the rest of the evening.The rest of our party arrived shortly after and we began to decide what we were going to drink and eat.To avoid running on and on the two girls who waited on us were the rudest waitresses I have ever encountered. From the attitude to the overall way they spoke to us you could tell they just thought "I'm hot and I'm better than you!The food was amazing, the drinks were good, but no way worth the price.My friends wife spilled some wine after dinner and the girl who sat us, apologized to my friends wife and cleaned it up.She should have got the $85 tip!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
    Charney
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Very lively well run bar. We had a cheeseboard that was delicious and my hamburger and my husband's fish sandwich were both excellent. Dessert a bit disappointing, but decaf coffee was fine. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Martini time
    Rocky1
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I like the decor and ther server was excellent. The noise level ws just a bit much for my husband and I. I understand with the high ceiling and the hard wood floors the noise level is not muted at all. This would be a great place for young people but not so much the older crowd. The drink list is extensive but after the martininis we ordered were not up to par I was not willing to try another and be disappointed again. Too much vermouth . That is the first time I really did not like the way the martini was made. Neither did my husband.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun hangout
    whim
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Really enjoyed the place / atmosphere. Hungout with friends and had some really good apps and drinks. Definitely would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic cocktail bar
    lori
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This is a great place for perfectly crafted drinks by bartenders who know exactly what they're doing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great burger!
    janlee
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Two of us went on Burger Monday and had the Tender Burger and the Blue Burger with tater tots. The food was delicious, as were our cocktails! Good deal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burgers and cocktails
    VioletGrizzly
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    The bar dominates the space and the menu. The cocktails were good and interesting. The food menu was less extensive than I expected, but the food was quite good, and everything they had looked interesting. The only down sides were the noise level and the service. The space is open and pretty. We were there on a Monday night so it was relatively quiet in terms of the number of guests but it still got pretty loud. I can't imagine what it's like on a busy Friday or Saturday night. The service was friendly and knowledgeable, but a little slow to take our order and ask for refills or next drinks. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Bar
    DineTender
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The staff was attentive and drinks were great. The atmosphere is lounge oriented with great selection of alcohol.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My experience
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Great cocktail selection! I liked the decor and design of the place. A bit pricey, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding cocktails
    MaximalVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Say what you will about the craft cocktail scene, I love it and this place has it down. The food menu is fairly limited, but this is OK by me- we had excellent drinks and a tasty burger. The waitstaff was excellent as well- knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.