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Joseph Tambellini

1247 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(412) 665-9000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joseph Tambellini
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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.
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Private party contact
Melissa or Joe Tambelini: (412) 665-9000
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Cross street
Mellon Street
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Parking details
Plenty of on street parking available.
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Public transit
Bus stop directly in front, for routes: 71A Highland Park
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The owners frequent the dining room to talk with the guests to ensure a unique and comfortable dining experience!
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 1247 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Off the chain good!

5.0  Dined 7 days ago

First visit this past weekend. Excellent food, excellent service!

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Friendly and attentive staff. Victoria salad was delicious. Glad I saved room for the Lava Cake dessert.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

The food and the service is just great every time we go just love it

5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Amazing time this Valentine's day at Joseph Tambellini. All the food was cooked to perfection and our waitress was very sweet. Will deffinatley be back in the future!

Crosstowndriver (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food and establishment was excellent, but the special menu for Valentine's Day had prices above he normal based on the online menu and was more limited. Had sign on door that limited time at table due to Valentine's Day. This was a turn off. Also, was called in advance to confirm, and told if I had not returned the call, they would have cancelled by reservation. A bit unusual. Did reservation online on Open Table and had a reminder from Open Table of the reservation. Thought that was all I needed to so.

OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My all time favorite. It's like going to your brothers house for dinner. Joe & Melissa are great down to earth people who will do anything within reason to make your dinner night enjoyable

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This place was incredible! I booked a reservation for Valentines Day after reading reviews of different restaurants in Pittsburgh. They had a special menu for Valentines Day, which I was unaware of ahead of time. We ordered the Twin Crab Balls and they were absolutely incredible! Our entrees came with a side of tomato basil pasta and either a salad or soup. Everything we had was fabulous. We will definitely be back!

CraigSuethefoodcritics (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We started with an assortment of appetizers since we had a party of 6. The sautéed calamari was excellent. We also had the bean, sausage & spinach and the crabmeat appetizer with a very generous portion of lump crab on top. My wife had the veal chop which was the best we have ever tasted. I had the lemon piccata veal which was so tender. The house salad is very nice & I added Gorgonzola cheese. My wife had the buratto salad and that was very tasty. We also had some excellent wine one was a Mercury Head & the other was a Napanook. Chef Joseph even came out at the end of the meal and thanked us for coming. He is definitely a fantastic chef and has spent his life learning from his father & uncle who had famous restaurants. We will definitely go back!

vipBigal (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Awesome as always. Adam is the best. Food is fantastic.

vipLouP (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife, son and his girl took me to my favorite spot for my birthday and as always, Joe didn't disappoint! The beens n greens were delicious and the arbiatta calamari fantastic as our appetizers. Then two of us had NY Strip steaks and the other two had the speical: Beef medallions with sausage, roasted potatoes and banana peppers in a wine sauce that was out of this world! Then Joe sent out my birthday dessert - and that put the topper on a special night, made even more special by the friendly staff along with Missy and Joe! Can't wait to go back!

vipJW348 (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We've lived in Pittsburgh now for 6+ years and always heard how great this place was, but we never managed to remember to go there for some reason. What a mistake on our part. This will now be one of our top go to restaurants in Pittsburgh. The place is really nice, very comfortable. The service was excellent. I had the scallops for dinner and my wife had veal romano. It could not have been better. Looking forward to going back as soon as possible.

bridgit (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I would recommend this restaurant because of the food. The sauces are terrific, and that is high praise from me. However, I have a few comments. First, if you are from Pittsburgh and you were familiar with the other Tambellini's "famous" fried zucchini appetizer, this isn't it. That was battered in a beer/egg white batter and flash fried in whole paper-thin strips. This is small squares of thicker zucchini that have been breaded. The are still good and served with a wonderful marinara sauce, just don't get confused. I found the service I received to be "spotty," however. I heard a different waiter list in detail many specials, but mine did not mention them. Good thing I eavesdropped! And certainly, the prices are high, but I knew that as the menu is online, a good thing. My husband's chicken piccata entrée came with a salad, as did mine. I just ordered the salad of the day, and it was included as it should have been. However, when asked what my husband wanted, he said he would like a Caesar salad, and the waiter said nothing. There were notes on the menu that said you could upgrade your pasta side dish, which I did, for $2.00. However, my husband was not informed that by specifying a Caesar-style salad, his included salad would disappear and instead he would be charged $10.00, which is what happened. So, be very proactive at this restaurant or your bill will be much higher than you expected. Also, ask what the specials are and the price - one great-sounding special was actually $54.00. Great place if you are aware!

OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Very nice atmosphere, great decor. Service was excellent--waiter was more than accommodating. The sponge cake dessert was unreal. Would definitely go back!

Jmac (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent dinner!!!!

vipBernie (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Great food and service. Joe the owner is a true entrepreneur. He visits tables and makes sure everything is great.

pghmark (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Absolutely doesn't get any better than this. Joe's food, combined with a fantastic wine and cocktail selection, is simply the best around. I can't endorse Joseph Tambellini enough. Go, go, go. Consistently the best food in Pittsburgh, with outstanding service, and a cozy, comfortable atmosphere. Love it.

divadiner (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We visited Joseph Tambellini for the first time for my birthday dinner. The ambiance is quaint, Italian decor. The zucchini appetizer was delicious. I enjoyed the veal piccata (very good). My husband ordered the veal chop and requested the chop to be cooked "medium". Unfortunately, when our entrees arrived my husband's veal chop was rare at best in the center. The waitress did take his meal back to have the chop cooked further. However, THREE people checked in on our table to ask how our meal was and were informed of the "veal chop situation". At a restaurant like Joseph Tambellini, you would have thought maybe an appetizer or dessert would have been compensated as a result of the poorly cooked veal chop. When you are spending this amount of money on a meal, you expect it to be almost perfect, which unfortunately, it was not.

OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

This was a retirement party for our dear friend. What an evening! Our server, Jamie (?), was wonderful. The room was busy, but she treated us as if we were the only people in the room.
We were greeting by the manager with a warm greeting as we entered the restaurant that made us feel welcome. The food was incredible, the wine excellent and the atmosphere warm and inviting. It was a very special evening and we cannot wait to return. You have to make this your go to restaurant you will not be disappointed.

vipJPT1 (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Best food and service in the city. It’s not pretentious, just down to earth great food. One thing to consider when talking price, Tambellini gives a creative salad, side dish, and vegetables with entrees. Almost unheard of this day and age. Portions are large, quality is top notch, but most of all it’s Always consistent!!