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Joseph Tambellini
Joseph Tambellini

Joseph Tambellini Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://josephtambellini.com
  • Phone: (412) 665-9000
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Tambellini
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have many options for private parties. We have a semi-private space available for up to 14. Our private 3rd floor offers space for parties up to 20. If a larger space is needed, our 2nd floor is also available for up to 40 people. We can also accommodate larger parties using multiple floors. We have held small wedding ceremonies and receptions here as well. Please call us to discuss your individual needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa or Joe Tambelini (412) 665-9000
  • Entertainment: The owners frequent the dining room to talk with the guests to ensure a unique and comfortable dining experience!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mellon Street
  • Public Transit: Bus stop directly in front, for routes: 71A Highland Park
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available across Bryant Street in the Bryant Square lot. Please see the manager for a permit to put on your dash.
A word from Joseph Tambellini
Located in Highland Park, Joseph Tambellini Restaurant offers the very best Italian inspired cuisine.

Owned and Operated by Joseph and his wife Melissa, the entire staff is dedicated to bringing you an overall exceptional dining experience.

Expertly crafted market fresh fish and steaks, fresh pasta, traditional chicken and veal dishes.

Also featuring beautiful hand made signature desserts, and an extensive Italian and Californian wine list.

Warm romantic fine dining in the true Tambellini family tradition.

If you have a First Floor Specific request, Please contact the restaurant by phone to make your reservation. We cannot guarantee First Floor for on-line reservations. Price (Price reflects the average cost of dinner, including one drink and tip): $31 to $50
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "The food quality and overall experience at Joseph Tambellini's was not only first class, but the best I have experienced in Pittsburgh. This restaurant not only offers incredible food, a nice variety of choices, and a welcoming atmosphere, but the opportunity to meet the friendly owners who are accessible and eager to please. If you are trying to impress a business client, a girlfriend, or experience the best Pittsburgh has to offer, I would strongly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I searched all over the internet for a nice restaurant in/around the city of Pittsburgh for a romantic anniversary dinner for my girlfriend and I, and I personally couldn't be happier that I found Joseph Tambellini. Our waitress was very knowledgable about their products, and she provided excellent service. The food was phenomenal, and it was a very romantic atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We used to go to this location when it was the Chariot long ago so it was not only a great experience but a trip down memory lane. The only reason that I didn't give the food 5 stars was the "famous" fried zucchini which didn't live up to expectations. Other than that, everything was outstanding. Best Caesar salad we've had in years. Wonderful service! What few children that were there were nicely behaved - thank goodness."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Quaint little place! Staff and service are above 5 stars! The chef actually came around and spoke with guests and the food is absolutely amazing! A Must Go for All!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My wife and I were celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary and were looking for some place different to go. We live in Highland Park and had never been to Joseph Tambellini so we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. From the ambiance to the service to the cuisine, everything about the restaurant was perfect! My only reservation is that the building has approximately five steps to access the restaurant and consists of three floors. I didn't see any amenities for persons with disabilities. I did inquire if they had an elevator and was told by our server that they did not. Other than this I have nothing negative to say about this establishment. My wife and I look forward to our next opportunity to dine here."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Hi Meatball lived up to its reputation. We all ordered pasta, and all enjoyed it."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Joe Tambellini's restaurant is fantastic in every way! The owners and staff make it their business to welcome and inquire about their guest's experience. It is a wonderful place to celebrate an important event."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Celebrated mother-in-law's birthday at Tambellini's with everything just perfect. The dinner was spectacular - well prepared and presented very well. The team that worked with us and served our table recognized my mother-in-law on her birthday which made the evening all that more special. The owner, Joe stopped by the table to extend a happy birthday wish as well - excellent touch. Highly recommend Joseph Tambellini's!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went here Sunday Aug 3 2014 for our 2 year anniversary. The food from the appetizer to the desert is outstanding. When we saw the reviews of this restaurant everyone said try the meatball and they are right it was the best meatball I have ever ate before in my life. We also had the crab balls they were out of this world I don't remember what pasta she had but I had the shrimp and crab meat and wow it was amazing. I highly recommend coming here"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "This resturant was AMAZING!!! Everything was perfect and was probably the best meal we have had in months! This is a perfect place for romance or the best food in town!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The best restaurant in Pittsburgh. It's very classy dining, with an extremely professional staff. The food is top notch quality. I have dined here before and can say, they always bring their A game. Try sitting on the patio outside if the weather permits. Like the rest of what Tambellini's does it also is very very classy. Bravo!!!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Attentive Server (Kim), nice wine list, great food...an all-around delightful dinner with friends...highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My wife & I celebrated our anniversary there since we wanted a restaurant where we knew food and service would be top-end. We wern't disappointed. My wife's pasta with the tomato cream sauce was excellent. I had the mixed seafood and it was also very good. Joe, owner & chef, is always engaging and enhances the experience. Even though it is out of the way for us, it is still worth the drive."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Hidden gem...must go!!!! The best Italian restaurant in Pittsburgh. Outstanding food , service and ambience. We were a party of 13 and everyone was extremely happy. Can't wait to go back next time we are in town."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Superb food all around. Appetizers, salads, meat, and dessert were all wonderful. Service was impeccable. Joe spent time at our table showing sincere interest in our dining experience. Thanks to you and Melissa."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Joseph Tambellini's is the best Pgh. restaurant. I have never experienced a bad meal or a bad time while visiting. The meal (no matter what meal you select) is always prepared just right and the service is never off. Missy & Joe have created a place local Pgh residence or out of town guests feel welcome and at home. They very much care for all the guests needs and do their best to meet any special requests that are asked of them by their guests. I highly recommend this fine dining establishment. You will not be sorry."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Wonderful dining experience. Outstanding menu of delicious food. Atmosphere is beautiful. Perfect place to have meet friends for an evening of dining and conversation."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Based upon the prices we expected more creativity in the dishes served. We can get basic Italian fare at a more economical cost at other locations."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Welcoming atmosphere; excellent wait staff; melt in the mouth filet, best ever. Would be back soon."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was delicious. I had the apple & pecan salad & eggplants parm, and my husband had the chicken soup & parm pork chop. We also had wine & dessert:tiramisu & pecan ball. The only thing I wasn't that impressed with was the pecan ball-nothing special. The oil for the bread was even good. We were full without dessert, and the meal was delicious. We dined downstairs, and it was nice & intimate for our anniversary. I thought the food was a bit pricey,but for a special occasion & a good, filling meal, we were happy!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "One of the best dining experiences I've ever had from Start to Finish - appetizer to dessert. The Food and Service were Awesome!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The first time we went on a week day evening. Regardless of the day we go (week day or weekend) it is the same excellent service and the food. The Sea Bass is the best kept secret - when this is offered as the special I highly recommend it. Best sea bass anywhere - never had any better."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Our first time at this restaurant. Based on the reviews on here, I thought this would be a great place for my wife and I to enjoy our date night. I was not disappointed. The staff was welcoming from the time we walked in the door. We were seated upstairs with only one other couple there when we arrived. Our waiter was excellent and presented us with a list of options for dinner and gave us his recommendations. The three courses were timed just right, tasted great, and the food was excellent. I had veal for the first time and it was excellent. As we set, the place filled up and our little private dining experience as gone. Overall it was excellent. I'd prefer sitting upstairs over downstairs if possible or outside weather permitting"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Joseph Tambellinis is by far the best restaurant in the city of Pittsburgh I have never had a bad meal and will continue to return and also recommend it to everyone"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Past meals here have been great and tonight was no exception: from the creamy dressing on the wedge salad to the perfectly portioned entree to the shareable desserts. The new perspective was not the menu or the foo preparation but the view. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the early evening breeze. The oversized umbrellas kept the sun away from directly interfering with the meal yet let enough light through to add to the ambiance. Getting a visit at our table by Chef and owner Joe Tambellini is an added extra - a normal part of the care given to customers at this great restaurant."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It's no wonder Joseph Tambellini is on the "Very Accurate" list of top pittsburgh restaurants. It's by far the best Italian in Pgh. Gotta try the meatballs, their like no other!! So once again, they are appropriately named one of Pittsburgh's top venues."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The service and food were amazing. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great place for a date night. The food was absolutely amazing. Met the owner, he was very kind... Hostesses could have been a little nicer. But it was worth the trip and we will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "It's hard to find good Italian food in Pittsburgh as most people of PGH think the Olive Garden as a quality restaurant. I got eggplant parm as I'm on a quest to find the best eggplant parm and I must say that this was one of my top favorites. The marinara was perfect. We got the fried sesame calamari and I wasn't impressed. It was too sweet and had too much roasted sesame seeds that gave to much of a burnt flavor. the meatballs are succulent and tender. I'm sure if you like good food, you'll enjoy your meal. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Honestly, they are one of the best in the city. So attentive and the food speaks for itself. Definitely one of my top 5 dining destinations in Pittsburgh"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Love dining here. Great food, service & atmosphere!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The cuisine was the best ever, the service top notch and Joe's visiting with us table side and for pictures outside was over the top. Thanks for a great evening "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Joseph always greats guests, a nice touch to know the owner is in the kitchen but has time to interact with guests. A very nice touch. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The new outdoor dining section that recently opened is awesome! Highly recommend the new outdoor area. Same hospitality as inside and same great food only now outside under the stars. Missy & Joe did it right when opening the new outdoor dining area. Great new addition to a great restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The place for excellent Italian cuisine in the Pittsburgh area. The food is superb, the service is top notch, and the atmosphere is very quaint. It is pricey, but worth every penny when you want to splurge a bit. We were there for my husband's birthday and he got lamb chops (daily special) and gnawed them to the bone. I had pasta and added meatballs. The meatballs are fabulous, too. Can't wait to go back on our next trip to Pittsburgh. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "For more than four years we've been looking for Joseph Tambellini's and we find it for our last dinner in Pittsburgh! Our group of six ordered a broad set of "classic" appetizers and main courses. All were very nicely presented and prepared. The fried calamari and fried eggplant (cut oblong - a nice twist) were crisp, but not overdone and the accompanying sauces were excellent. Everyone loved their entrees! A few came in meat sauce with a meatball which can correlate closely to overall meal quality. Don't laugh, how often have you tasted a dense, tasteless meatball with an otherwise great dish? JT sweats the basics! Very good service was a wonderful grace note to the meal. So glad we ate here! A meal to remember! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food and service were wonderful. The house salad is great."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "First time there after hearing and reading outstanding ratings by others. The evening flowed well, food was terrific and service was first class. Great Evening and looking forward to returning."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food was fabulous, service could not have been better. If you are looking for an enjoyable experience with some of the best food you will ever taste - this is the place. Not sure how anyone could leave here with a bad experience. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed with a visit to Tambellini's and this visit was no different. The seafood platter was magnificent. Snap peas cooked to perfection, crisp salad and crusty bread were a perfect addition. Sharing the decadent butterscotch pound cake warmed with ice cream and butterscotch sauce was the perfect finish to the meal. Thank you Joe for that anniversary treat. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014