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About 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. Cuisine is prepared in a scratch kitchen, with local, 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.

4300 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 12:00am. Bar open late.

Cross Street:
43rd Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(412) 402-9522

Website:
http://www.tenderpgh.com/

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.

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.

Public Transit:
91 or 93 at 43rd Street

Private Party Facilities:
Tender offers a stunning setting for your next private event, whether a happy hour, meeting, shower, or dinner. We have three beautiful spaces available and tailor our supper and cocktail menus to fit the needs of your celebration.

Private Party Contact:
Yvette Benhamou : (855) 399-8948

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For more information regarding private events, please email yvette@tenderpgh.com

Tender Bar + Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Tender is closing so I would not recommend to a friend. We went back for one last hurrah and the menu was very limited. The food was decent, but a little on the cheaply made side for the price (i.e our potato skins were commercially-made steak fries with sour cream and bacon on top. Not a quality I would expect in a place like that). Also - initially - our waiter was very good and on point, but about half way through he disappeared and we couldn't get our drinks nor desert. I will miss my memories there, but given its current state, I am not surprised it is closing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Food menu was very limited and only ok. The real reason to go is the cocktails which are delicious.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Best damn burger in town!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The location is good, right in the heart of Lawrenceville, but parking could be an issue depending on when you visit. I was fortunately able to find a spot on Butler St. I had made a reservation and recommend you do the same. The space inside the restaurant is very small and I only saw about 12 tables, mostly 2 tops. The service at this restaurant is top notch! Super friendly and attentive without being overly attentive. At first glance I thought the menu was limited and very basic, but the overall quality and flavor of the dishes proved to me that sticking to what you excel at is a good idea. We started out with the potato skins appetizer. Although I was expecting more than just the potatoes with chives and a dipping sauce, the flavor and texture were great. She had the burger and I had the NY Strip. The burger had the best flavors of any burger ever. The server said the secret "pub sauce" gives it its unique flavor. It was amazing. The NY Strip had excellent flavor as well. It was cooked perfectly rare as I had requested. The steak came with some fingerling potatoes and an eggplant medley which when paired with the steak created the most unique and flavorful combination. I loved it. The beer and cocktail selections are good too. We were too full for desert. Overall this was a great experience. When I first saw the basic menu, I was a bit disappointed, but once I received my food and tasted the quality and flavorful execution I was won over. The service was top notch. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, and I will certainly plan to return.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Monday April 3rd was my first time there and I absolutely loved it. The service was great and the cocktails were amazing. I am sad that they will be closing soon. If you have time to visit before April 21st it will definitely be a treat

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Great place! Food is wonderful and the drinks are fantastic. I love that they limit the number of people allowed in the bar so you aren't crowded and having people all crunched together.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on March 17, 2017

The restaurant has an innovative menu of interesting small plates--cauliflower with buffalo sauce, fried artichoke hearts, hot olives with rose ary, and radishes were our choice. The only main course was a wonderful hamburger with greens, cheese, and other toppings, as well as a special. Great for grazing. The bar had more liquor bottles than i have ever seen with an interesting list of special cocktails. The apple crisp with homemade salted caramel ice cream was outstanding. Our waiter Mark was fantastic. A great place for a casual meal, heavy on small plates.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Drinks are always amazing! My absolute favorite place because of service, consistency, servers knowledge of menu, uniqueness, flavors, and overall care taken to prepare each cocktail. Never a disappointment.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Really great food and wonderful, interesting cocktails. We went with a friend who doesn't drink and she loved it too even though she drank diet cola all night.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 18, 2017

One of the most pleasant experiences I've ever had in the city of Pittsburgh. The staff was polite and professional, the food was amazing, and the drinks were right on! I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, People Watching, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 15, 2017

I met a colleague for a business dinner. We ended up sitting at the bar, our request, and had a great time. The bartenders were thoughtful and knew when, and more importantly when not, to interrupt our conversation.
Drinks were great and the food was very good. I recommend Tender. The only negative comment I have is that parking is an issue they have to eventually address.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We love it at Tender! The food and vibe are great!
The last time we were there are table was not ready so that asked us to please have a seat at the bar and have a cocktail on them. It does not get better than that. Great service!

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We meet friends for drinks and food. Had never been before. We loved the cozy table and the attention our waiter gave us!! The drinks were excellent and we also enjoyed the food! One of the best hamburgers I have had in a while. It was a fun evening!

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2017

We brought my parents from out of town for drinks & snacks and loved our visit! We tried a number of different drinks- all yummy! Our server (Sam) was great! Knowledgable and very friendly!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 11, 2017

We came here for your restaurant week special, and the experience was great. I have only been here before for drinks, and I was looking forward to trying your food. The service was fast and polite. The burger was amazing. My only criticism is that I wish the burger had come with a small side dish. Overall, I was really impressed with my Tender experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Good food, good drinks, great service! I would recommend this place to anyone.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Great! Waitress was wonderful. Food excellent as always. Drinks too.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Great server. Nice ambiance.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 2, 2016

The menu was cut back significantly since the last time I went there and I was disappointed. I was looking forward to eating another great meal there but the menu was too small so we had to go to another restaurant to eat. The cocktails were great but a little pricey. I would go back for cocktails sometime but would rather eat at a restaurant with more food options.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Enjoy the drinks at this place but don't go here hungry. Not sure when, but since our last visit they have honed the menu down to absolutely nothing ... a burger, some small plates and a few "specials" ... totally lame!🙁Sorry but unless we're heading someplace else, probably won't be back.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Inventive food and cocktail menu

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Inedible food

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Limited menu but very interesting options. Drink menu is fabulous and the cheese plate was delicious. The veggie sandwich had too much bread, would have loved it with a less dry bun option. My friend had the special and enjoyed it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 31, 2016

Considering there wasn't anyone there- why couldn't we get decent service? Bummer of an experience. Can't say we will rush back. It seems like the restaurants in the business of serving liquor and not food.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Very dissapointed in food menu. There were only four entree options. The drink menu was multiple pages and the food meny was half a page.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 15, 2016

We loved the drink specialties at Tender, especially a tequila drink call McFly! The food was good; not great but good. The only drawback is that the dining area is WAY too dark. There are small votives but it was so dark we could hardly see each other's faces. That is not ambience to me; it could be such a cool space if it had more illumination. That's our only complaint.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 14, 2016

The craft cocktails were great and our server was attentive and helpful.
My son's meal, the chicken and pappardelle - which he was very excited about - tasted like someone put tomato paste on top of chicken and noodles and sent it out. He didn't eat more than 2 bites. My boyfriend's bun for his burger was dry and he said the burger was just "ok".
The salmon was OUTSTANDING, however, and I cleaned my plate!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Fantastic drinks! My fav place in Pittsburgh for a cocktail, but the food fell far since the last time that we've been there. Starters were good, but the main course wasn't worth the price and just wasn't very good, even if you take in to account the atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Our waiter, Sam, was fabulous! Great drink recommendations! Food and drinks were fabulous. Food menu is limited and cocktail menu is very extensive but entire party was able to find both food and drink choices that were great! Will definitely return! Thanks for a great night! 🍷🍴🍸🍹🍽

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 5, 2016

We had an amazing dinner at Tender, this is the second time and I have nothing bad to say. I am always pleased with their new and unusual cocktail creations and everything meal we got in our party of 5 was great. It was a little too dark in the back room and a bit cold, but other than that it was a stellar night.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Great cocktail selection, but not a great place for craft beers. Menu was a little bit lacking in my opinion, but I was highly satisfied with what I picked. The menu changes too. Our waiter was friendly and personable. Overall we will return.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Fantastic place for light bite and amazing cocktails!
Great atmosphere!

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 18, 2016

The restaurant offered a special menu for Restaurant week. We started with cocktails, which are always good there. My starter was salmon mousse on shredded filo. It looked exquisite though was impossible to eat neatly. The flavour was wonderful, though. My husband praised his watermelon gazpacho; though he told me I wouldn't like it as it was quite spicy. For the main course, I ordered a pork chop with various accompaniments including roasted root vegetables. My husband ordered the chicken. The waitress came out with our meals, put them on the table and walked away. Normally, we would expect them to come back a few minutes in and ask how everything was. They didn't, and we were in a back room and didn't see her again. After a couple of minutes, my husand decided just to eat his. After we had finished, the waitress came back and started to take the plates. We have 2 comments, I said. She stopped and smiled. One, my roasted vegetables were seared on the outside and raw on the inside, which is why I left them - raw rutabaga and raw parsnip aren't good. Oh, OK, she said. My husband added that the salmon was very good but he'd ordered the chicken. She looked surprised, mumbled something about not writing it down, and off she went. She came back with the bill - they had comped one entire meal and given us a couple of tokens for cocktails. Oh, and this time she apologised. So, a mixed experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 17, 2016

We had dined at Tender a couple of times previously and very much enjoyed the food and drinks. This time we had dinner as part of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week and our experience was very much mixed. While the drinks were top notch as always, the food was hit and miss. My salmon dish was tasty, but my wife's salad was dry and the dressing was all vinegar and no oil. In addition it seemed that her noodles and chicken dish had been under a heat lamp way too long and was not very flavorful.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 17, 2016

Great gazpacho, olive appetizer was simple and delicious. This visit, among many others, I had the Tender Burger, but the chicken and pork dishes at neighboring tables were receiving great reviews.

Service is always friendly and prompt.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Attended restaurant week and the pork chop was horrible, extremely dry, inedible. It took over an hour to receive meal. Service was very good however and we were given a slight discount for delay. Still would not return given food quality.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Mixology. That is what would say. The drinks were expertly made. The food was quite good. However, I would likely return to indulge at the bar with an appetizer rather than dinner. All in rounded establishment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 6, 2016

The menu selection was limited. The salmon was way over-cooked and dry. It didn't taste fresh. The veggie burger was good but it was mostly all bun and short on the mushrooms.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Great food and service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Great place. Very hip with an excellent bar. Ariel was our bartender - very friendly and knowledgeable. The Fireman's Manhattan was just right. So was the second and third one ;)

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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