Joseph Tambellini

4.8
1420 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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
What 1420 People Are Saying
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Pittsburgh
64 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal enjoyed at Joseph Tambellini- an extremely warm and welcoming atmosphere with awesome food especially on a cold winter evening !

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak AND pasta I’ve ever had and I’ve tried almost every restaurant in the city.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was super over priced for what you got. My pasta was a strange texture and the sauce was bland. My son ordered the chicken parmesan and was also very disappointed. The ambiance is nice and the salad was good but the italian meals were not good and way too pricey

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D
Pittsburgh
154 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Italian restaurant in Pittsburgh. The chef and owners are present and welcoming. The food is magnificent. I recommend a higher quality selection of wine by the glass.

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DC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed here.Staff is very helpful , professional and a pleasure to deal with.Food always excellent with great special menu additions.
Highly recommended!

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Pittsburgh
65 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joe Tambellini never disappoints! We enjoyed another exceptional meal at Tambellini’s- great food, great service

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent! Only complaint is for the up charges - they were excessive.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food with excellent service.

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Pittsburgh
65 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal enjoyed at Joseph Tambellini's- great food, great service and lovely warm and welcoming ambiance! Our favorite go-to restaurant!

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DK
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is the third time we have visited Joseph Tambellini's restaurant in the past year and each time time was exceptional. The prices are a little steep, but the quality of the food and service makes up for it. A great place to visit for a special occasion or to take out-of-town guests. They will surely be impressed!

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EG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This amazing restaurant is hidden gem. The owners Melissa and Joe treat you like you are family from the time you walk in and are greeted to every little detail in the foods. We enjoy this restaurant no matter if it a special occasion or just a simple date night.

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JM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! We always enjoy dinner at Tambellinis! Highly recommend!

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OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and meal From greeting to exit you are welcomed and taken care of without being overwhelmed

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here for NYE. They had a special menu for the evening. The chicken parm was delicious! The other person with me had the shrimp and lobster scampi, which also was delicious. I wish I had ordered it also it was so good. Theresa was an excellent server and was always on top of everything. Overall it was a great experience.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great
Adam is the best

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PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great zucchini app! Authentic Italian menu with great special features. Nice wine selection, but pricey. Very good cocktails. Service as very good. Atmosphere was wonderful !

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OT
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic.

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AZ
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant. Food and service is great.

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B
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tambellini s is a wonderful
Place for traditional high end fare. Pork chop is outstanding. My friends and me make this a must at least once a year (& hope to make it more.

Outstanding service and atmosphere very pleasant.

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h
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our go to place where we no we'll enjoy all aspects of a restaurant evening.

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DM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant ! One of my favorites ! Great service, attention to details and terrific food options !

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The eggplant parm is unique... and the ambience is always perfect.

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HE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my girlfriend there for her birthday. She loved it. I expected it to be pricey and it was but for a special occasion it would be hard to beat. Home made pasta, meatballs, filet, tiramisu were all delicious. Has a wonderful evening.

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B
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant is fabulous but in the winter don’t eat in the bar area. Opening & closing the entry doors leaves very cold air in that room. The blast of freezing air made it a little hard to enjoy the wonderful food. If not in that room , it would have been perfect.

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D
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Our food was lukewarm especially the soup. The waitress had to many tables to concentrate on us. Usually happy but not this time.

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D
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, as usual. You can’t go wrong at Joey’s!!! Always great service from Charlotte!

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FM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional staff made the evening enjoyable.

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MP
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love it here! We love the owners. It’s a pleasure to dine here.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for another amazing meal. A must have when we make the trip in

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JK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, great service and a totally great dining experience. The entire staff is welcoming and attentive. Enjoyed our evening.

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SR
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I’ll compare this to a Payless shoes commercial where people are willing to pay $$ for cheap shoes because their perceptions are skewed by presentation/tags/etc. The salad was my favorite part of the meal. The bread was served with an oil based goo that had chunks of ? garlic and a large amount of seasoning. It had a taste that can not easily be described. I love bread/carbs. It’s why I went to an Italian restaurant. Left it all. The breaded zucchini was fine, it’s no better than any I’ve had elsewhere. It’s no worse. The entrees we specifically ordered were a huge let down. The better of the two (ravioli) tasted like chef boyardee which is wonderful when I’m with my niece and nephew but not when I’m supposedly paying for quality. The other was a very very heavy pasta dish. Thick and dry pasta which supposedly has olive oil somewhere in there and chunks of artichoke with a slop of wet spinach. It sounds so good on the menu but was poorly done. I returned the dish in its entirety only to be told by my server the manager would still be charging it and sending me home with it. He himself did not come to the table until we insisted he do so. Any quality establishment walks around and communicates with their guests. The best part is the “manager” is the host and the same guy who takes your coat and he was just standing by the door the entire night within a few feet of my table. He was too lazy & unprofessional to address the issue. We asked if we could switch it out for a different one or another chef boyardee plate but were told they had “tossed out their water for the evening”. WHAT does that mean? Can’t you just pour some more and boil it???
We ordered desserts because even though we were upset we were out an entree. The tiramisu and creme brûlée were good. The tiramisu was better. The creme brûlée had such a thick top coating (which is probably the best part) but it made it chewy and got stuck in your teeth instead of cracking and melting nicely in your mouth.

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T
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food is good but very very noisy. It is a very crowded limited space restaurant.
If you have anyone who is hard of hearing they will have a very difficult time enjoying this restaurant. I called ahead of time and asked for a quiet table however there is no quiet table on the first floor since it is so crowded. Also the restaurant staff and patrons are very unfriendly, (except for the man who seats you and hangs up your coat)

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T
Pittsburgh
65 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

DH and I went with two other couples...all Foodies to this home, now turned into a restaurant ! I chose the restaurant, so pressure was on...

Being primarily an Italian restaurant, most ordered veal, and were not disappointed. The 3 of us that ordered Piccata thought it had too many capers, but that is an individual taste and easily remedied. DH had veal Romano, done to perfection and another had veal Marsala...lots of mushrooms in a sweet Marsala sauce, just as it should be. One ordered the Angel seafood and could not finish, as it was so plentiful. The sides of pasta were tasty.

The waitstaff was too quick to want to take our order, so we had her return. We did order the eggplant Parmigiana appetizer and the zucchini appetizer. I personally prefer the curly, thin zucchini as opposed to the wedges as they serve here. This particular server was a little too curt for me.

Chatted with chef Joseph on the way out. He was very personable.

We will return on a regular basis, hopefully.

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LG
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of our meals were excellent. The sesame calamari is excellent! We each had a different salad that were all tasty and the desserts were yummy too. Service was excellent.

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JE
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious salad and entrees.

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g
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was very friendly, but missed a couple of steps: she didn't tell me what the price of the feature was that I ordered - and shame on me that I didn't ask - but it was $20 MORE than the veal I was going to order off the menu. It was enormous - I was actually embarrassed to have that much food in front of me. And it was just average.
My son ordered the pasta with salmon and crab. It was horrible! I couldn't tell if I was eating a piece of salmon or crab - it was mushy and gray in color. I was afraid he was going to get sick from eating it.
Very disappointed in our meals.
The ambiance is great - I wish we would have had a better experience.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the evening was wonderful. The food was delicious, well paced and staff attentive.

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RB
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sensational

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SB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Joseph Tambellini’s! Always consistent with good food and nice atmosphere!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place

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