Joseph Tambellini

4.9
1499 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 1499 People Are Saying
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LH
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere and service were charming. Food, delicious.

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JJ
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience from beginning and end. Bartender was wonderful while we were waiting for our table. Server and food was excellent. Reasons I keep returning!

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PC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was spot on, every part of the courses was delicious. Although it would appear expensive, the amount of food served balanced cost.

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GE
Pittsburgh
38 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious, service was excellent. Quiet enough for private conversation with friends.

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G
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My family went to this restaurant to celebrate a birthday. What a wonderful choice it turned out to be. Glenn, our waiter, couldn't have been more helpful and attuned to our needs. The food was delicious, especially the fried zucchini appetizer, the veal chop, the mixed greens salad, and the lava cake. Best of all, the restaurant was quiet and we were able to enjoy one another's company.

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CL
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress forgot to give us the delicious food we were taking hoe!

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LC
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service were impeccable. A wonderful place to celebrate or just enjoy a quiet meal.

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LB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit pricy but the best restaurant meal that I have had in Pittsburgh in quite a while.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner her with my wife. Very nice restaurant. Wife had a fillet cooked perfect. I had the ribeye on special, it was a little to chard on the outside than I prefer but the size was very satisfying. Will try fillet next time. Overall was great experience. We are from North hills and hate to drive downtown or beyond for fine dining, and tiered of the everyday chain restaurants closer. This was great change for us. Keep up the good work. Thanks

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our friend’s birthday and we had a wonderful time. The food was outstanding and the service was attentive, while allowing us to linger over the food and friendship. Highly recommend For old world authentic Italian food.

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MW
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding meal and service, a Pittsburgh, locally-owned gem. I was with family with varying tastes and everyone had a fabulous meal.

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D
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, what a great dinner. I always remember passing the old place on 51 when I was little and was always told how great it was then. I can see they carry on the family tradition! Thank you for the great birthday dinner.

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p
Pittsburgh
73 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal enjoyed with great service at Joseph Tambellini. If you are a fan of soft-shell crabs, they are back! Joseph Tambellini is the absolute best restaurant to savor and enjoy them. Having eaten soft-shells at other restaurants, the ones served at Joe's are the largest and "meatiest" I have had anywhere. They come 3 to an order and are offered in two different preparations: Romano Style or sauteed with lemon, butter and white wine- both equally delicious! I can't wait to return to Tambellini and once again enjoy the soft shells.

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NK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the neighbourhood and this is our go to restaurant for both special occasions and a treat for the family. Always has been pleasurable for us!

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B
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joseph Tambellini's is a great spot for a special occasion dinner or even if you're wanting some really good food and outstanding service. Tambellini's has never disappointed and even though I don't get here as often as I would like, I'm treated like an old friend.

Service is attentive, but not overbearing. Our server has always been knowledgeable about the menu and was able to offer suggestions and guide us toward choices you may enjoy, but hadn't considered. I would like to pick out just one thing on the menu to talk about, but thinking back I can't, they're all outstanding.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great dinner that night. Enjoyed everything. The only thing I can say people with handicap will probably not like the parking situation. Would be great if there was valet service.

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DM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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JD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had the veal chop, and my wife had the cheese ravioli. Both were outstanding. Given the restaurant's popularity, it is understandable that it was a bit noisy, but not overbearing. All in all, an outstanding meal.

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DB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a Mother Daughter Day unexpected.
Just wanted to keep Business in the Community so I attend all local business. I would love to have an Appreciation Ladies Day at Joseph Tambellini. This is one of the suggestions. Loving 🥰 the location, atomsphere, elegant arrangements. Yes this will be selected area. Very professional, waitress neat & clean .Food great taste & temperature, Portions were just right. Will become a monthly customer, just love to be treated with respect. Thank You 🙏🏿

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LG
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh. Always great food and service. Probably as consistent establishments you can go to. From the appetizers through the desserts. Our server Glenn was always available, but not overbearing.

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T
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as is typical! One of few restaurants where the owner mingles

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W
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We know that our dining experience at Joseph Tambellini has always been superior.
The ambiance, service and food and drinks are again always superior.
We tell friends and family to experience a meal there.

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p
Pittsburgh
73 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding meal with great service at a local favorite!

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

Great food, atmosphere & service. Will definitely return!

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PW
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
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 on March 15, 2019
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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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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p
Pittsburgh
73 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food- a hidden gem in Pittsburgh's Highland Park!

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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
10 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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I
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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