Joseph Tambellini

4.8
1474 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 1474 People Are Saying
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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal (service and food) was very nice. Unfortunately, there was a large group (six to eight people) on another part of the floor who used very loud voices--throughout much of our meal. This made it hard for the two us to talk. Such spillovers are very costly to others.

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DB
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere & service. Will definitely return!

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PW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere.
Everyone working there was professional and courteous.

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D
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed

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OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great. Meatballs on National Meatball Day!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent!

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JR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joseph continues to be the best Traditional Italian Dining in Pittsburgh. Pricing is above average but most meals include either a wonderful salad or soup and a side of pasta. Compared to most other places being ala cart, it is great food at very a good deal.

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JP
Pittsburgh
49 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable meal with great service.

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HL
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Almost perfect. Eggplant parm’s temperature was not hot enough.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and exceptional service by joe. Nice wine list as well

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top restaurants in Pittsburgh. The food and service are great.

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SM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place for special celebrations , definitely one of the finest run restaurants in the area

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JB
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went with friends. Four meals. Three very good. One not so much. Server, Adam, was excellent and the ambiance of the restaurant was very pleasant. The crab, salmon and pasta that my wife had was the problem. Would not recommend that again. All the others were very nice - including the wine choices.

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D
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal on Saturday night at Joseph Tambellini with friends. The food was very good but the service was exceptional and very much appreciated.

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CL
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining st Joe Tambellini for a very long time. He never ceases to please us!

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J
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is excellent; however, they take every opportunity to "nickle and dime" the diner, charging extra for small additives or variations in preparation that should not increase the cost.

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KR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place. My husband and I have been here multiple times and every time it’s a great experience. The food is delicious. The service is impeccable. I’m already looking forward to our next visit.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just lovely, in so many ways ... first visit, but can't wait for another occasion to enjoy Joseph Tambellini restaurant. Gracious, attentive service, and really memorable food !

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've dined at Joe's place a number of times over the years though not in the last 3 years or so. The quality of the food, the preparation, the presentation, and the staff continues to be outstanding. The prices are significantly higher now. My only "nit" is that upgrading from the standard entre salad to a caesar salad carried a $10 up-charge which, I think, is out of line. Our server was Joe, who did a magnificient job with both the food service as well as with wonderful conversation.

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RB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service! I'm definitely coming back.

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Pittsburgh
61 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's Day celebration dinner at Tambellini's on Saturday. My husband and I each had a veal dish (marsala and piccata) that were prepared perfectly. The "buzz" in the restaurant was fun given that it was very busy but the staff kept the service moving beautifully. We always enjoy talking with Missy who is such a gracious host.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal and service. Everything was great from the salad to the entree to dessert.
I have never had a bad experience at Tambellini ‘s. Consistently great!!!

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic we got seated as soon as we got there. The meatballs are awesome.

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J
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. The food and atmosphere was great great. We where there for Valentines Day and it was one of the best meals we have had.

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OT
Pittsburgh
32 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is outstanding ! Highly recommend

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DD
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I go to Joseph Tambellini's for special occasions; anniversaries, Valentines Day, etc. We have never been disappointed. We love everything about Tambellini's.

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S
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food in a very nice setting. The staff was very attentive.

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SC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here often and have never been disappointed! Joe is the ultimate chef whose food just melts in your mouth! His creations are simply decadent and delicious, time after time! It is always wonderful to see Melissa when we are there, too! We will continue to celebrate milestones and and ‘just because’ meals here as long as Joe decides to keep plating impeccable food!

Tony and Sharon Ciummo

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HB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming, comfortable environment; delicious food; personal touch. Highly recommend! As a matter of fact, I plan to get gift cards for family members. A little pricey but I did have enough food for lunch the next day. Mr. & Mrs. Tambellini make you feel like friends.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I went to Joseph Tambellini for Valentine’s Day and it was a great experience. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The menu for the holiday was delicious. I can’t wait to come back again on a regular evening.

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CZ
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I were there to celebrate his Birthday, first time there, excited to try! The ambiance and food were great! On the other hand management did not measure up to our expectations! We were seated next to the door where people were checking their coats and had someone in front of our table either taking off or putting on their coat at least 40% of our meal! When we requested another table we were told that there were none available and that our table was requested often! I understand on a Saturday night that they may not have a table, but the attitude and dismissal of our request was very unprofessional for an establishment of this caliber. I also would like to mention that there was a table for 2 next to us empty for the majority of the time we were there!
Very disappointed that we were not offered a complimentary drink or even dessert for his Birthday! The owners need to take a course in customer service!!! Will not recommend or return any time soon.

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JM
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Tambellini' fried zucchini used to be long thin strips. This zucchini was pieces not the long strips. Still good but not what I was expecting. Chicken Picatta was OK. Seemed to lack flavor. Also, pecan ball was good, but the candied pecans made it too sweet.

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CV
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh. The food is fabulous, and my daughter and I love their Tam-Bellinis - simply delicious. The folks are so nice here. They treat you like family!!

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DB
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding meal! Everything was delicious! Arguably the best restaurant in Pittsburgh. Certainly in top two or three.

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food came out hot and prepared as we ordered. Appetizer was crabmeat joseph and it came out marinated and was delicious. Chicken pastini soup was also very flavorful.

Our waitress was Charlotte and she was very attentive.

Cant wait to come back.

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JP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Great. Great

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MF
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was greeted as soon as I walked in the door and was seated as soon as my other guest arrived. The service was exceptional and the waiter was attentive, friendly and non intrusive. The food arrived to the table in a timely manner. The appetizer, sautéed octopus with a tomato sauce was absolutely delicious. I had the king salmon special and my guest had a steak, both were fantastic. The salmon portion was large and my guest was unable to finish the steak because it was so big. He said his steak was cooked as requested, lucky for him he had steak for lunch the following day. We were extremely pleased with the food, the service and the ambiance. It's obvious the owners know what the customers want, they deliver excellence !

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e
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best veal chop ever! Outstanding meal and service. Thank you!

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DC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites, combines old fashion supper club with 21st century food and service. Have loved it since the day it opened.

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