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About 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

5701 Bryant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Mellon Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(412) 665-9000

Website:
http://josephtambellini.com/

Entertainment:
The owners frequent the dining room to talk with the guests to ensure a unique and comfortable dining experience!

Parking Details:
Plenty of on street parking available.

Public Transit:
Bus stop directly in front, for routes: 71A Highland Park

Executive Chef:
Joseph Tambellini

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

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Joseph Tambellini Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (38)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Romantic (29)
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Good for a Date (29)
Authentic (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Cozy (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Good for Groups (13)
Comfort Food (11)
Business Meals (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Fun (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Casual (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Healthy (2)
Vegan (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service. Be forewarned it is very pricey. Ideal for special occasions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service was great. Loved the stuffed shrimp. Fried zucchini recipe was changed. I prefer the old one. Massive scallops were wonderful. Great portion size also. Staff was very friendly. Try the Tam "Bellini"

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 7, 2017

It was a Tuesday evening and not too busy. We were seated in the bar area which isn’t as nice as the other room but it worked out fine. The food was as good as I remembered from my previous visit. I had one of the salmon specials and it was wonderful. My friends were also pleased with their veal and chicken selections. It’s a bit pricey but nice for a special occasion.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server was so attentive, we could tell he was busting his butt to wait all of his tables, but he did this without leaving any tables out. As for the food, amazing!! Everything was amazing. From the bread, to the side salad, to our meals, and to the creme brûlée for dessert. Overall 10/10

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I always look forward to going to Joseph Tambellini's, I love the building, atmosphere, and especially Joe's cooking. It very much reminds me of my own Italian brand of cooking; homemade pasta, great sauce selections, superb steaks, great salads and all served in an authentic Italian style, simple with great ingredients, perfecto! Melissa and Joe are approachable in a "your my guest in my home", kind-of-way!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Cozy neighborhood gem...great food and very attentive service...excellent and reasonable wine list. A bit pricey -- fried calamari app was small for price, parm shavings for salad and toppings for veal chop were extra upsell, annoying when you're paying $52 for the chop. But all forgiven since everything was so yummy.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fantastic is an understatement! Each time we bring friends there’s for the first time we love watching their reaction - they’ve all LOVED everything about the entire experience and have all vowed to come back. We know we will - again and again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy, Comfort Food, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

excellent food and service made for a great way to celebrate my wife's birthday!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The service is amazing, which was only matched by the quality of the food. Adam was our server and was very attentive, friendly, informed, and patient. Couldn't recommend Joseph Tambellini more. Thank you for making our anniversary even more special!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Joe Tambellini is a superb chef. He knows how to cook and season food perfectly. Pricey yes but the meals are fabulous

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Our dining exerience was sheer perfection! Will be returning.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very good, authentic Italian food. Perhaps a bit overpriced. The house salad was delicious. The fried zucchini strips were disappointing. Our entrees were quite nice but there is a hefty, un-noted by us (is it on the menu?), fee for splitting entrees. The special of butternut squash ravioli with sage cream sauce was delicious but the ravioli were perhaps rolled a bit too thick as they bordered on chewy. The crushini fritti were a lovely way to end the meal...not too sweet. Plenty big enough for two or even three.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Another’s outstanding evening enjoyed at Joseph Tambellini with great service, awesome food served in a leisurely manner with a cozy ambiance. We were warmly greeted as soon as we entered and the personal yet professional and attentive staff make this a restaurant not to be missed! The food is so well prepared with creative touches provided by Joe.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The atmosphere is of an older 1990s restaurant. Awful selection of wines by the glass. No service until my husband sat down. My steak was seasoned well but slightly over cooked and my husband's seafood was mediocre. Not what we were expecting.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

One of the best dinners we have had in Pittsburgh this summer! Food was delicious, fresh and plentiful!
Love this restaurant!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Grew up in east liberty and never ate here. I loved it. Best pasta dish I ever ate. Good value will definetly be back

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Best restaurant in the city. Have been dinning there for years and never had a bad meal. If your coming from out of town definitely put it on your list

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Enjoyed our evening, food was exceptional and service was professional. Thought the 14 dollar up charge for a different salad was a bit excessive though. Good special occasion place, pricey for everyday dining.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Loved our dinner. Food more than delicious. Service was PERFECT. Everything was excellent (and always is!)!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was delicious, but our waitress was not so good (Perhaps she was new). Other waiters seemed very attentive. Would dine there again but would ask for a different waiter.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wonderful experience

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The service, food & table, all great. Our waiter did a wonderful job offering suggestions about the meal wine as well.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Celebrated a 90th birthday.
Enjoyed our evening.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

One of the best meals I have ever had in Pittsburgh

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Several visits here have all been excellent. The food was very good and they made efforts to accommodate special needs in our group. The server was very good without being intrusive.
Noise level was higher on this visit than on previous visits, but this may have been due to certain circumstances on this night.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Had heard all the rave reviews and been in Pittsburgh for 15 years and finally tried it for my birthday. It was average. Nothing to write home about other than the hand made pasta--it was excellent! Very small place and felt like I was having dinner with the people one table over. Very cramped and wouldn't recommend for an "intimate" dinner. Since the tables are so close together, you heard the entire conversation of the table next to you. I had the grouper special--it was average. Hubby had the chicken piccata and said it was average. We've both had better. Cold bread. If I'm paying this much for a meal, please give me warm bread. Seems more of a local joint. (Everyone coming in knew each other.). Perhaps it's a local gem for some but when driving all the way from the Pittsburgh airport area, we probably won't go back. Definitely not worth the drive, in my opinion.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Just the best Italian food I've ever had outside Italy. Creative without getting in its own way. Wonderful staff, delicious food, lovely building. Just couldn't have been more pleased. Thank you Chef Joe!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 24, 2017

First time there, I see why it gets excellent reviews! Food was wonderful, old world service at a leisurely pace. Joe came out to talk and see how everything was. Couldn't have had a better experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had greens n beans, meatball parmesan, and malfada with meatball and sausage. The food was great as always! Mixed drinks were good, too.

Reservation was for 7:45 but didn't get seated until after 8. It felt like we got passed over because we waited outside to be out of the way and many people that came in after us were seated ahead of us. That was disappointing. I eventually had to go inside and ask for status and both times a host went to check and never came back. I'll probably make sure I choose the early seating next time.

The waiter was exceptional. I've always had great service, here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Top restaurant in Pittsburgh, bar none. consistently great (not good, great) food in a white table cloth, upscale atmosphere. a little hard to get to unless you live near the zoo - but worth the drive. service is top notch.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 20, 2017

As always, the food was great, Adam our server is outstanding as is the entire staff.
Looking forward to our next visit

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Always Great !

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

This was our fourth time coming there since we go every year on our anniversary. They continue to go above and beyond every time we are there. We will be back for several years to come

Tags: Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We really enjoyed the meal. The food was a creative spin on traditional Italian cuisine. Our party was a little confused about the seating of our party of four. We were shown the to the second floor dining room where we were seated directly next to another table in the corner. The small space required the wait staff to squeeze in between one of our chairs and the table next to us. It was very annoying to my sister in law. Keep in mind, the rest of the second floor dining room was empty. Perhaps another table would have been more comfortable for us. But other than that issue, the food and the atmosphere was lovely.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

We enjoyed our visit to Tambellini's very much. The food was excellent and the waiter was terrific. We will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Unbelievable dinner experience would recommend for any occasion

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

All 3 of us knew the Tambellini name, but this was our 1st visit to Joseph Tambellini's. Our service was lovely and the chef stopped by to check on our dinners and even offered to bring a few more bites! Famous fried zucchini appetizer was delicious as was the sole special and shrimp scampi and the tiramisu! Generous servings gave us a chance to take enjoy some at home. Will definitely return.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 2, 2017

As always, the food was delicious. All five of us had tasty meals and the desserts were spectacular. Our server was efficient, cordial and helpful. All said, a splendid experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Delicious food, wonderful service, elegant but not stuffy atmosphere. Joseph and Missy, along with the entire staff, always make it a memorable experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Food was exceptionally good. Server Adam was wonderful . So professional and efficient .

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