Joseph Tambellini
Joseph Tambellini

Joseph Tambellini

  • 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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Joseph Tambellini reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (80)neighborhood gem (65)romantic (60)fit for foodies (57)notable wine list (28)great for outdoor dining (27)good for groups (19)hot spot (7)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Overpriced for just fine food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The dinner was tasty enough, but it wasn't special. And it was very expensive. I won't go back. I don't mind paying for a nice meal, but this old-school Italian American food was not noteworthy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Fine Dining!!
    GloriaVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Just an easy fine dining place. We love how it's great food and service with a relaxed atmosphere. Even as you walk in your greeted friendly and made feel welcome right from the start. It's just not stuffy, and you don't feel as if they are doing You a favor by serving you like you get from other places. Drinks and wine are well thought out. We love the iPad wine list makes picking a wine quite enjoyable! Don't miss the Meatballs and Tiramisu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going back soon!
    Orvieto
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We dined at Joseph Tambellini for the first time on Saturday. Overall probably the best meal we've had in Pittsburgh in a couple years. The staff were friendly, service timely, and food excellent. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Delightful as always. The food is always excellent It is a relaxing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st Time
    PittsburghBRIAN
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Went there for our anniversary dinner, 1st time. Food was excellent. I ordered:salad, Special of the Day: New York Strip baked in Gorgonzola cheese topped with bread crumbs with side of green beans. Pecan Ball with butterscotch syrup and caramelized pecans. Bread with dipping sauce. Salad was nicely presented. Portion size just right. Good bread and dipping sauce was excellent. Steak was best I've had in a long time - pipping hot tender melted in your mouth. Beans were good but to crunchy to my liking. The pecan ball was killer! Wife ordered: salad, Seafood Michele. Crushini Fritti for desert. Loved it! 2 things I change: 1. serve the bread warm 2. put the music on earlier. (we did get there at 6pm but would have been nice atmosphere).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining
    Excellent
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was a great place to dine. This is an adult setting. Was a really nice Anniversary spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience
    MKCrosby
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time
    Sharonc
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We love this place and try to come back each time we visit Pittsburgh. Food is delish and service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    foodierick
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best Tambellini restaurant!
    lorrib
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Joseph Tambellini
    DandDFoodies
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rave reviews for pasta / meatball
    kaiaVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Hi Meatball lived up to its reputation. We all ordered pasta, and all enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love, love, love...
    tapas4everyone
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Bash
    redraiderVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    AmsRalliart
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch, Very Classy!!!
    GloriaVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DALnATL
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Attentive Server (Kim), nice wine list, great food...an all-around delightful dinner with friends...highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special place to go
    Larry
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Diane
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific Italian
    HoustonBobVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • redraiderVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Basic Italian
    RonS
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Evening
    sophiebear
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Welcoming atmosphere; excellent wait staff; melt in the mouth filet, best ever. Would be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    JLoRo
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    COLOH10
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    One of the best dining experiences I've ever had from Start to Finish - appetizer to dessert. The Food and Service were Awesome!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • redraiderVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first time
    Brian
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best of the best
    tmjfoodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Perspective
    BookladyjolVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pgh. Magazine Top Restaurant!!
    GloriaVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    ama9a
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The service and food were amazing. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    britt753
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great Italian
    jake
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jerry Pounds on Tambellinis
    Jlbs
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Love dining here. Great food, service & atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous
    fabulous
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dining experience.
    goodeats
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.