Sharp Edge Bistro Sewickley

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Sharp Edge Bistro SewickleySharp Edge Bistro Sewickley
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Sharp Edge Bistro SewickleySharp Edge Bistro Sewickley

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

510 Beaver St Rear
Sewickley, Pennsylvania, 15143-1702
United States

(412) 749-0305 | map

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Added by WVbeergeek on 08-15-2006

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Reviews by SwiftyMcBeer:
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I thought the selection of beers was outstanding. A bunch of taps, mostly belgium but some good american micros as well, and a slew of bottles. This is defintely a beer-first establishment. The food was pretty good too. My main problem was the service, it was a tuesday night, it wasn't crowded, and I basically had to beg the bartender to pay attention to me. It was really annoying. All things considered, I would return, I just wouldn't sit where that guy was the person covering me. IF you are in the area and love beer, swing by, it doesn't dissapoint. I didn't get it, but I love the concept of a mystery tap as well.

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Photo of ArtAttackEd
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of knextel
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Very pretentious. Beer selection is only alright and is pricey.

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Photo of JArt
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of misternebbie
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of McMatt7
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Walkerjgt
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of schiltron
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of dbauer78
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

As I happened to be staying in a hotel over by the airport, I thought it made sense to stop by this nearby beer bar.

One thing about SE bistro is that it's not the easiest pub to find on the planet. The address says beaver st., which is where I parked. However, the bistro was no where to be seen, and my initial reaction was that I must have the wrong address. Fortunately, a local patron was able to direct me over to the cafe/store/pub, which was actually around the back side of the building that one would normally associate with 510 beaver st. (now I guess I know what the "rear" means on the address listing).

Upon walking in, one notices a good size wrap around bar that dominates the front room. There are also a few tables and chairs, but the main dining area is down a fairly long hallway in the back. This place doubles as a beer store, and they have a pretty decent selection of craft beer and imports (emphasis on Belgians, as one would expect at SE). Otherwise, this place has a fairly modern looking, minimalistic vibe, but otherwise seemed a comfortable place to hang out with a beer (and of course watch the pirates play on one of the flat screens).

The selection here was pretty comparable to what I found at the emporium, though the bottle selection was a bit larger and the draft selection a bit smaller. I'd say about 75% of the draft selection at the bistro consisted of the same beer I saw at the emporium, but there were a few interesting differences. Prices were roughly 10% higher here than for the same beers over at the emporium. Also, I realize Duchesse de Bourgogne is a fairly uncommon beer to see on draft, but still... $12 for a 12 ounce glass? Really?

As for food, I got the duck confit and fig personal pizza, and it was quite good. It was probably the best thing I ate during my entire stay in Pittsburgh.

As for service, I thought it was pretty good. My young bartender/waitress was very polite and friendly, and I never had to wait long for a refill.

Overall, despite the somewhat higher pricing here, I think I enjoyed my time at the bistro a bit more than my visit to the emporium (the fact the AC was not working all that well at the emporium, on a very warm summer day, might have had something to do with that). Anyway, this ultimately struck me as another beer bar with a very strong line-up of quality craft and imports in the Pittsburgh area.

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Photo of DWolf
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Sharp Edge establishments have justifiably earned their reputation for serving great Belgian beer. Each beer is served in its signature glass, which is as fun as it is functional. The selection is very good. The sampler offers a great value to, well, sample. Interestingly, this place is a buck or two pricier than its sister establishments - hence the "bit pricey rating". Depending on who is behind the bar, you'll either get great advice or a bit of attitude. Roll the dice. It's a good place to have a beer. Their selection is fairly vast.

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Photo of garbercury
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A newer version of the Sharp Edge which is the closest to my abode, also very close to the airport which works nicely.

A--Recently expanded with a large dining area in the back. Bar itself is small and quaint, which I like. Big TV in front to watch sports.

Q--High end per usual. My only problem is they do leave many of their belgian bottles exposed in light, a big no-no.

S--A high point for me. Great people at this location who always remember me and my name. Always love to talk beer and are generous. I really disliked a beer and the tender comped me with another choice, very cool.

S--Probably the least choices with the taps and like the others, rarely have Quads or Saisons two stalwarts of the Belgian style. One server said that frankly many of the clientel simply do not drink those beers which is typical. Bottle list is very good with some rare choices from time to time but they are not cheap.

F--Terrific food. Try a burger or the pizza.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Sharp Edge Bistro is the closest beer bar to where I live, so I visit there fairly often.

Right when you walk in you notice that a large, wooden bar takes up the entire front room. In addition to the many bar stools, there are a few tall tables set up around the bar. The back room has tables and booths, but I have never sat there. Who wants to sit anywhere but the bar? The bar itself is surrouned by tap handles, mostly Belgians with a few well-selected American craft beers. Two entire walls on one side of the restaurant are covered with bottle racks.

Service is very good. Everyone is prompt, friendly, and in my experience they seem to know their beer. I've had good service here every time.

The tap selection is mostly Belgians, with some stalwarts being Tripel Karmeliet, Delirium tremens, Lindeman's framboise, hoegaarden, wittekerke, gulden draak, leute bok, bornem dubbel, Chimay white, Maredsous 8, piraat, "over the edge" a hoppy tripel that is the house beer, Augustijn, bavik pils, ename, stella, leffe brune/blonde. There are a few Germans at all time, including Ayinger hefe and a few others. Also 3-5 American crafts, usually a seasonal or two. My last visit I can remember Sunshine Pils, Ommegang Rouge, Weyerbacher zotten.

The bottle selection is excellent, and it includes a wide range of the bottles available in the area,, with a focus on belgians of course.

The one knock on the selection is that it hardly ever changes, but at least what is there is solid enough that this complaint is pretty minor.

The food is solid bar food, I get .40 boneless wings for late night and happy hour a lot. Nothing fantastic, but pretty good to eat while you drink a fantastic beer.

OK, here is the one problem with Sharp Edge. IT IS ABSURDLY EXPENSIVE. How can they have a keg of Ommegang Rouge last well over a month? Because they charge 9.60 for about 8ozs of it. A small tulip (25cl) of Gulden Draak is 9.60. 25cl of wittekirke is 5.60. A tulip of Karmeliet or chimay white: 11.10. None of these prices include the 10% county drink tax either.

One nice thing is that all Belgian drafts are half off for happy hour, which is 430-630 every weekday. With that discount they become a pretty good deal, and for that reason I come here often for happy hour, but almost never otherwise.

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Photo of wampahoofus
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my hometown brew pub. You will find about 20+ beers on tap, mostly Belgian as well as several choice micros. They also have about 100+ bottles to choose from. The bottles run the gambit of most of the well known mircos and Belgians. Recently, they have begun to offer a Weyerbacher selection on tap.

The food is decent, but a bit pricey for what you get. Lots of sandwiches and pizzas with a few entrees.

Happy hour is 4:30 - 6 with all Belgian drafts half-price and micros $1 off.

After 10PM appitizers are greatly reduced in price. Try the buffalo-blue boneless wings. They are one of my favorites!

One final detail: This location nearly doubled in size this past January for those who found it small.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I am at the Creekhouse about twice a month and it is one of my favorite establishments in the area so I decided to give the Bistro a try. My review is comparing the two locations.

Small bar with a very upscale feel. Medium wood and cloth Belgian beer flags hanging. Seating is very comfortable and most people who come here are well-dressed so be prepared for that if you make a stop here. All the bottles are displayed along the wall in the bar seating area so if you want to grab one and take it to your table you can...or you can order one from the cooler (the ones in the cooler are a different color on the menu). There was no seating left at the bar so I had to get a table.

Service was good and both waitresses we had were very friendly and knowledgeable about the beer offered. The food is good and the menu is about the same as the creekhouse menu but a bit smaller.

The other major difference is the selection. Bottle selection is good but overpriced (very similar to the Creekhouse), and draft selection is much more limited. A good list of Belgians but not as many as are offered in the creekhouse and the draft selection of imports and micros is much, much smaller (I believe 4 taps total). The only micro offered was DFH 60 min (compared to 6-8 at the creekhouse). This means that getting a 10-12 oz mug of craft beer for like $3 isn't going to happen. I'd be happy to return for happy hour but you probably won't find me here at any other time of the day. The creekhouse is closer to me and I like it better.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in after a Pirates game so I may have been a little overzealous toward the servers there. I overheard one of the girls saying to a customer there's no added sugar in the Lindeman's Framboise just natural fruit fermentation and I kinda loudly corrected that. A bit out of turn but Tony doesn't like lies after later apologizing we were on better terms and Geno the other manager was a really cool guy helped us out and talked beer, but I was sorry to have missed Nick on this visit. Atmosphere here is really kinda uppity but it's good for the beer and this area, definitely elevates Belgians to wine status for the Sewickley crowd and servers are adorned with button up dress shirts and tucked ties. Euro taps I counted 20 were awesome and the selection was of course great mostly Belgian with St Feullien Tripel, Delirium Tremens, Bell's Two Hearted etc but all good stuff and the bottles I found some rarities on hand. I went with a bottle of Fantome Strange Ghost, in addition I spotted Printemps and Chocolat as well that's key. The bottle chiller worked really well they set my bottle at a seven and it came out at a perfect temp, we were there for happy hour so the drafts were definitely well worth at with half off Belgians. Awesome place really well done I hope to see more stuff like this popping up, and it may this place will definitely rival the Delirium Cafe' if it ever makes it's scheduled appearance in the Burgh. No food on this visit but I will be back eventually great experience and it's non smoking like the other two Sharp Edge locales.

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Photo of IPreferBeer
4.38/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Thanks to beer fly for making me aware of this place. Although I regularly visit the Pittsburgh area, I rarely actually make it into the city. I knew of the other Sharp Edge locations, but never had an opportunity to visit them. This location is small, with maybe 10 seats at the bar (where I perched), tables in the bar area to seat about 30, and a dining room that could seat maybe 10 groups of 2 or 4 (all estimates). Belgians are featured most prominently, and a small but good selection of Europeans and domestic micros are available. I also came for dinner, and several items on the menu sounded tempting. I selected the dinner special - crab cakes. My meal exceeded expectations; the food was tasty and served with nice presentation.

Clearly a spot I'll return to for beer and dinner on future trips. Another note: I've been a BA lurker for over a year and have visited many, many beer stops across the country...this is the one that got me motivated to write my first review.

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Photo of HoorayBeer
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Came across town to check out one of their other locations. Which, is very hard to find if your new to the area. This is stuck in an alley, and you can not see it from the street. The Bistro does have a great selection of Belgians and other imports. The American Micro section lacked a little. The service was good (although the place was near empty). This Sharp Edge location is much nicer in terms of the layout and design compared to the one in Shadyside. It has style and nice accents. Overall another good choice for Sharp Edge.

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Photo of lsarabethl
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A little difficult to find - park in the municipal lot off Beaver St and look for the sign at the back right corner of the lot. Not difficult to get to once you know what you're looking for. Small area but so much good stuff packed inside! It was hopping when I went there but still service was still good. Impressive beer selection, as mentioned by others who know more about it than me :) Knowledgeable staff that know their beers and their customers. It got a bit noisy inside, making it difficult to talk during dinner, but overall still fun. Excellent food - I'm planning on going again on my next trip to PA!!!

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Photo of yinzer
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very different than the other two sites. Smaller and more upscale, but not pretentious or over powering. Kinda hard to find. If you don’t know the logo check the web site first, I noticed the sign from a distance.

Currently 20 taps, 15 Belgian, 2 Micro, 2 Euro and one mystery tap. No beer engine yet. But since the one at the Creek House doesn’t get much work and they don’t have a lot of space I can’t blame them. I wish you yinzers would order more real ale!!!! Sorry, had to vent. And about 220+ bottles. Of course leaning to the Belgians.

Wait staff is very friendly and they seem to be coming up to speed on their beer knowledge. If you have a in-depth question don’t hesitate to ask the Manager. They are all very passionate about beer and most are very traveled.

While the Emporium will always have a nod for more beers on tap, if you are new to Belgian Beer and are looking to expand your taste horizons, any Edge location will do.

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Photo of jeffbearer
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Sharp Edge Bistro is On Beaver St. but it's in the rear of a building, so keep a close eye out. We didn't find it until we parked and started walking around. Decor inside is nice, a interesting mix of upscale and industrial, as the exposed rafters is a bit out of place.

It's a smaller place but the beer selection does not suffer. 20 faucets, 15 of which are Belgian and lots of bottles as well. The menu even tells you what bottled beers are cold, and which are warm. But warm is not really much of a problem as they have this snazzy bottle chiller where it only takes a few minutes to chill any beer in the place.

The food is similar to that of the other Sharp Edges sharing some of their signature dishes, and other things seem to be a little more upscale and new to the Bistro.

I had my hopes up that it was a non-smoking establishment, but that's not the case, I just happened to visit with all the other non-smokers.

Beer prices are the same as the other Sharp Edges, and so is the rule about no samples of beligan beers.

In parting I have to say that they currently have 113ml Rodenbach Grand Cru in the cooler, it's nice to have access to that sour masterpiece in smaller bottles, and oh yeah, First Post!

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Sharp Edge Bistro Sewickley in Sewickley, PA
Place rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 22 ratings
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