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Joseph Tambellini, Pittsburgh, PA

Joseph Tambellini

4.8
4.8
2447 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Located in Highland Park, Joseph Tambellini Restaurant offers the very best Italian inspired cuisine.
Featuring expertly crafted fresh fish, steaks, fresh pasta, traditional chicken and veal dishes.
Also beautiful hand made desserts and an extensive Italian and Californian wine list.

Owned and Operated by Joseph and his wife Melissa, the staff is dedicated to bringing you an overall exceptional dining experience. Warm, romantic fine dining in the true Tambellini family tradition.

*VERY IMPORTANT* FOR FIRST FLOOR SPECIFIC REQUESTS-contact the restaurant by phone to make your reservation. We cannot guarantee First Floor for online reservations.

*We will call you the day of your reservation to confirm your reservation so PLEASE HAVE YOUR CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION IN YOUR PROFILE. IF WE DO NOT SPEAK WITH YOU THE DAY OF, WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO HONOR YOUR RESERVATION!

Outdoor patio, open weather permitting.

Price (the average cost of dinner, including one drink and tip): $40 to $75

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Steak, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (412) 665-9000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Joseph Tambellini
  • Private party facilities
    We have many options for private parties. We have a semi-private space available for up to 16.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 35 people. (no Friday & Saturday on 2nd Floor) Please call us to discuss your individual needs.
  • Private party contact
    Melissa or Joe Tambelini: (412) 665-9000
  • Neighborhood
    Highland Park
  • Cross street
    Mellon Street
  • Parking details
    Plenty of on street parking available.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop directly in front, for routes: 71A Highland Park
  • Entertainment
    The owners frequent the dining room to talk with the guests to ensure a unique and comfortable dining experience!
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 2,447 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Italian

  • Pittsburgh

    Best Food

  • Pittsburgh

    Italian

2,448 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good but our service was subpar at best. We had to ask for specials, additional drinks and for the table to be cleared. Portion size was below average for the price.

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  2. SharonC

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been dining with Joe since he first opened 17 years ago and have never had a bad meal! Last night was no exception! DELICIOUS!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good Italian food with excellent service in a lovely setting. Stay away from seasonal cocktails. Very expensive for the types of food served. Beware of $11 upcharge for gluten free pasta. Apparently boiling it in its own water adds to the price. Chocolate lava cake was delicious. Check out the menu with pricing before you go. Ask about the price of the specials if it matters to you.

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  4. JenniferL

    Pittsburgh

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent soft shell crab was a delicious surprise. Sautéed in a rich scampi sauce and topped with shrimp so delicately. Crabs were plump and meaty. Salad was refreshing with dried cranberries and the apricot vinaigrette was light and sweet.

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  5. MarcD

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great,service was great and everyone was very nice. Great place to eat!!!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    1) I was told that the table I had requested in advance was reserved "only for our regulars." So ok, that's your policy. But what I heard was "someone else is more important." Customer service training is needed. 2) Our table was not ready at our reservation time. We were told to wait at the bar, which caused a traffic jam with the busy servers because there was only one chair for the 3 of us and the bar space is very small. 3) The table I requested was available at our reservation time yet we were seated upstairs. 4) The table where they sat us was in the busy traffic lane by the buffet where servers stop for glasses, water, etc. 5) An empty 4-top over by the wall had just been vacated. I asked for it and, begrudgingly it was turned over for us. 6) Our newly-assigned server Cora provided excellent service. She saved the evening,

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Famous zucchini is different than it used to be when they were downtown and the tables are kinda crammed into the place. Food and service were good but idk if we’d go back. $40 for pasta is pretty steep-regardless of how good it is. I got the “upgrade” on the accompanying side salad and it was an extra $16. I knew there would be an extra charge but I wasn’t expecting that.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was pleased with everything--AS ALWAYS!!! Melissa and Joe are so welcoming. The flounder special was outstanding.

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  9. JodyW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This old school Italian restaurant did not disappoint. We arrived before our reservation time and were seated immediately. From the appetizers to the main course, everything was delicious. Outstanding service as well. Run, don't walk to this wonderful restaurant.

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  10. PatG

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is always an excellent meal and warm friendly hospitality. The best Italian restaurant in our Pittsburgh.

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  11. KenS

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    5 stars for food, but beware of upgrading any items. If you upgrade salad or pasta sauce, they give no credit for their standard offering, charge full price as a side. Just wanted a different pasta sauce, server did say upgrade, wound up with a larger portion of pasta than standard with different sauce, $20!

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  12. BobH

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff was very welcoming and professional. Cora, our server, was excellent, and the food was top shelf.

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  13. KateD

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints. Always a warm welcome from Missy and Joe. Charlette, our server, is always top-notch. The food is beyond yummy, and we usually have enough to take home and enjoy again the next night!! First class all the way!!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, fun atmosphere. Service was personal and very attentive.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. The food and service are consistently excellent

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good ambience and great service………………..

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A favorite go to place. Food is excellent and great service

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  18. Eileen

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place. The food and service were excellent. Had a great time celebrating with friends.

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  19. KNestle

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant provided a very friendly environment, food was delicious, and Service was very good.

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  20. Heather

    Pittsburgh

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Flounder special was amazing and you can never go wrong with the zucchini.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as always. Great food. Great personal service. Always treated as a family member.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the time we entered until we left, we received VIP treatment. Staff makes you feel special. Our waitress Cora was very attentive. Ambiance is warm and inviting. We started with a crab meat appetizer. My entrée was broiled flounder coated with herb breadcrumbs with a salad and broccoli. Everything was perfectly cooked and delicious! Joseph Tambellinis is a gem in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh! We will definitely be back.

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  23. Brownie

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, and David gave us outstanding service and also gave us great suggestions for all courses!

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  24. Pghdiner

    Pittsburgh

    197 reviews

    5.0

    197 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very enjoyable evening at Tambellini's. We love the cozy ambience of the dining room and the gracious service. Our server Charlotte did a great job of pacing our meal service. We both had the special entree of Veal Lucca with veal medallions in marsala sauce topped with crispy proscuitto. Delicious! We enjoyed after dinner drinks at the bar with Mike to finish a relaxing evening.

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  25. PatriciaT

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is good! Service excellent! Atmosphere comfortable.

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  26. colindean

    Pittsburgh

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our birthday meal was excellent. The porkchop was exquisite. Our waitress was attentive and impeccable. The price is high, but the quality is worth it. We'll definitely be back for more special occasions.

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  27. CharlieM

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always outstanding. Service and food never disappoint.

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  28. JoanL

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a great meal at Joseph Tambellini’s. First start to finish everything we ate was delicious. It’s one of our favorite restaurants.

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  29. DianeS

    Pittsburgh

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic!

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  30. JonBender

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We had high expectations for our Valentine's celebration, but we were very disappointed. We were told that they were "out of their typical pork chop" and it was substituted with a pork chop that was the same price as the filet- we were the first customers at 4pm.. so, really? The waitress rushed us through dinner service and even took my bread plate away - while I was dipping the bread- I wasn't even done. She brought us the dessert menu while I was still eating my dinner and my wife was done eating. The pork chop was WAAAYYY over salted - we even heard another diner comment on it as well. I scrapped of the gross topping just so that I could eat. The meal was only average and definitely not worth the $250 bill for two people. The best part of the meal was the appetizer. The dessert tasted store bought. We won't be back. You should definitely avoid.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! Our favorite Italian restaurant! Looking forward to our next experience.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding on every level. Every bit of the experience was top notch. My Wife and I decided Joseph Tambellini is our new go to place. Thanks Joseph Tambellini. You are a true artist.

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  33. Floridian

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and exceptional service. One of our favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh.

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  34. Frank

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a restaurant meant for a special occasion. In terms of food, I would say it’s very good Italian fine dining.

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  35. JeffreyFBeckyB

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went a Valentine’s Day evening. Jeff had the Lobster & Shrimp Thermidor, which was a special that evening. I had the Seafood Melissa which is on their regular menu. Meals were served with a salad with special dressing that evening…bread and herbed dipping oil was very good. The meals were delicious and the portions generous. Our waiter was very attentive, friendly and not overly pushing us to eat so a table could be turned over. We took our time eating and enjoying the evening.

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  36. JeffreyD

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AWESOME SERVICE AND THE FOOD WAS FABULOUS. Would recommend!

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  37. DavidM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Special in every way. Our experience was great from being greeted to coffee and dessert. Our food was delicious and service was excellent.

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  38. DRM184

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place all around, can’t wait to go back again

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  39. Vikingbro33

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience will be back! Very enjoyable amazing service highly recommend

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  40. RonaldY

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was outstanding, food was one of the best meals I had in years.

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FAQs

Joseph Tambellini offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (412) 665-9000.

Joseph Tambellini is rated 4.8 stars by 2447 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Joseph Tambellini

5701 Bryant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Mellon Street
  • Neighborhood
    Highland Park
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Steak, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Plenty of on street parking available.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop directly in front, for routes: 71A Highland Park
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Joseph Tambellini
  • Entertainment
    The owners frequent the dining room to talk with the guests to ensure a unique and comfortable dining experience!
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (412) 665-9000
  • Private party facilities
    We have many options for private parties. We have a semi-private space available for up to 16.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 35 people. (no Friday & Saturday on 2nd Floor) Please call us to discuss your individual needs.
  • Private party contact
    Melissa or Joe Tambelini: (412) 665-9000
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