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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

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (43)
Special Occasion (43)
Good for a Date (36)
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Romantic (31)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Worth the Drive (23)
Authentic (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Business Meals (19)
Cozy (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Local Ingredients (10)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Casual (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Fun (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Seasonal (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 14, 2018

You feel welcome from walking in the front door through leaving the restaurant at the end of the evening. Such a consistent presentation and quality.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

It was fabulous as always. Can’t wait to go again. Would definetly recommend to all

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

This beautiful restaurant is the gem of the Highland Park neighborhood and really, the city. The decor is beautiful, the food perfect, and it is quiet and sophisticated. Our waiter, Adam, was excellent: very personable and knowledgeable. The chef/owner works very hard to produce a varied, interesting, and delicious menu. It was all perfect. We look forward to dining on the outdoor patio. We have been a few times and it is always special.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Another great meal enjoyed at Joseph Tambellini's- a favorite of ours for its warm and welcoming ambiance and outstanding food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great place, great food, great service and great ownership
NS dinner club

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The ambiance, friendliness, menu and food are consistently of the highest quality. Our waiter, Adam, who we have had on several occasions, is outstanding and adds to the experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Overall friendly environment. Our waiter Adam is always on top of things. The owner and his wife make the restaurant feel like you are always welcome and not just another diner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always a pleasure! Fantastic food, exceptional service and friendly environment! Our favorite place to dine!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fantastic food properly prepared a little pricey but worth it. The tiramisu was the best we have ever had. The service was good not great, and at that pric you should expect great. All in all a good meal we will return

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was all really tasty, and I was surprised how much I was able to eat before feeling like I was full. I think this is a quality of good food. The veal chop was ridiculously tender. As a group of 6 eating family style, we all tried at least 5 dishes and none were disappointing.

The service is outstanding. From the moment you enter, you feel welcomed. There was never a moment that I had to seek out a waiter... he was always ready when we were.

The only quirk to the ambiance that we joked about was the music, but even that wasn't so bad.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

One of the best restaurants in the East End of Pittsburgh as well as the city- reliably and consistently good, well trained staff and well prepared food attractively presented. A dining spot not to be missed !

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food here is spectacular! Great Italian food, and I travel every week sampling from restaurants around the country. The atmosphere is cozy and the service is quite good--attentive, but very relaxed. We would dine here every week if it was in our neighborhood!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had two birthdays to celebrate so I choose my go to for the best food in the Burgh. Never disappointed yet always pleasant surprises.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Tambellinis is one of our favorite eateries.
Food, beverage, and service is always excellent.

Our group ordered the prom chop, flounder, and steak offerings. Superb!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Amazing as always! Joseph Tambellini’s is one place that never disappoints. Our meals are delicious every single time! We will be back again and again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This is the best Italian food in Pittsburgh. Always start with the calamari arrabiata, but I prefer switching from sautéed to fried calamari. The pasta dishes are all excellent, and the chicken parmesan is delicious. I like the atmosphere as well, it being a smaller restaurant with a home feel. Keep in mind there are two floors of seating, so you may have to walk upstairs to your table, and the ladies restroom is on the second floor.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Beautiful setting -- we were seated upstairs and it was cozy but we had plenty of room, great value -- the entrees all came with soup or salad plus pasta instead of everything a la carte which is the trend at a lot of restaurants now, the drink specials and most wines by the glass were $10 -- delicious meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My wife & I went there for our anniversary and it was wonderful. We began with shared calimari and two ceacser salads. For our entrees my wife had the eggplant parmigiana and I had the veal chop. Both were excellent.

As good as the food was the service was equally as good. Adam was our server and was both knowledgeable and very attentive. This was our 2nd dinner there this year and I can honestly say we’ve never had better service anywhere else.

I’d recommend it for anyone who loves traditional food served with terrific service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. Fabulous food; excellent service; owners and staff that make you feel welcome and wanted. A gem!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We had a nice quite table for 6 and enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I was so excited to be finally dining here after hearing rave reviews from friends. I was a bit disappointed. I loved the space, and did not feel crowded. Our waiter was very attentive, but I felt the meal was rushed. My entree was tasty and hot when it arrived, but two members in our party of four had lukewarm entrees, one of whom sent it back to reheat. My burrata salad was outstanding; the best part of my meal. I am generally easy to please when dining out and rarely complain. My expectations were possibly too high based on all of the hype from past diners. I most likely will not return.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was our first time at Tambellini's and it was wonderful! Very busy night and had to wait a little for our reservation but food and service were outstanding! Meatballs are the best!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

If I had to pick only one food to eat for the rest of my life it would be Joe Tambellini's marinara sauce. By far the best that I have ever had. the rest of the food is superb as well. The our of us loved everything that we had.

my only two complaints are that someone in my party is a Penn State fan so i had to hear about their sports programs all evening;)

And my bigger complaint is that we had the second seating, and there is very little area to wait in while they are preparing the tables.

Next time we go we will go for the first seating.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Second time this year to tambelinis. It has become my favorite restaurant. Love the building. Great food and good service. Family atmosphere

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Joseph Tambellini's provides a friendly environment from the moment you walk in the door and are warmly greeted and welcomed. The wait staff is always on top of things, attentive but not intrusive. Joseph Tambellini’s is a restaurant that never disappoints. Our meals are delicious every single time! We enjoy dining here again and again!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food was very good. Service was ok.. waiter was too anxious to clear plates before people were finished. Salads
Are amazing.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We had a wonderful meal and the food was fantastic . Our only hangup was it took a little long for the food to be brought to the table. Staff was very friendly and atmosphere is very quaint.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Dinner was delicious as always !

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We always enjoy eating at Joe Tambellini's. Missy and Rick were so gracious and welcoming when we arrived and we had a great table at the front banquette. We had veal dinners -Picatta and Marsala, which were prepared perfectly. We love that Joe still serves a salad and a side of pasta with his dinners. Joseph Tambellini's ratings as one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh is well-dersreved.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The best! Exceptional in every way. Great atmosphere, food and service!

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food was fantastic, we sat upstairs in a cute little dining area, and it was perfect for my parents' 30th wedding anniversary. The waitress was very friendly and even wished them a happy Anniversary. My whole family loved this dinner and will definitely be coming back ❤️

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My wife and I live in Texas and go to Pittsburgh about once a year. We wouldn’t think about a visit to the ‘Burgh without a meal at Joseph Tambellini’s. Joseph and Melissa know what a neighborhood real Italian restaurant should be and they execute it to perfection. It’s so good that some people go just to experience one of Joseph’s special meatballs. Unbelievable. We love Joseph Tambellini’s and recommend it highly.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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