Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant

4.5
528 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant has been an iconic restaurant in Tallahassee for over 50 years. The authentic italian atmosphere is full of friends and family enjoying the delicious recipes passed down through generations.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I arrived 5 minutes early for our reservation. We did not get the area we requested - we were told there were no high-top tables available. We were seated in a corner, shoved-in close to the next table. We waited 30 minutes and no one ever came to serve us even after alerting the hostess. I called another local Italian restaurant close by and we left and went there. The hostess was rude and unapologetic. This was our last shot here … the last time we dined here, the food was sub-par. We were giving it one last chance and were so hopeful. We’ve always loved this restaurant in the past. Disappointed to say the least.

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YvonneP
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our family's 2nd visit. Just as great as the first time. The food and service was excellent. Looking forward to the next time

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bovn
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

the restaurant interior was cold, the grouper was very salty

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I service was subpar because our waitress provided better service to other guests. We arrived at least 15 minutes prior to the other guests and placed orders prior to them receiving their menus. They received their drinks, bread and appetizers before we received our burnt “complementary bread”. The waitress noticeably attend it to the other tables more than ours. We were even forced to ask another waitress for assistance.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Food took forever once ordered.

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AaliyahC
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Mom & Dad’s it’s a date night stable for me and my husband. Perfect quiet night out with great food and fantastic wine. The desserts are also delicious. Presentation is wonderful and everybody server is so pleasant. I also love the hostess, she’s super sweet and always makes sure you’re comfortable.

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MahalaW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Mom and Dad’s for our anniversary dinner. We could not have asked for better service, food, or ambiance. Thanks Mom and Dad’s for a memorable evening!

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SusanW
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music was loud in our booth which made it difficult to talk unless we wanted to shout. Everything else was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Was able to stick to my diet and avoid triggering a wheat allergy. My fiancé loved his meal and the fresh baked bread. We will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We’ve been multiple times and enjoyed the food, ambiance and service. Tonight was NOT up to the norm… 15 minutes to get water, missing appetizers, over two hours to get dinner, etc.

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TomJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Well organized staff. Chicken Milanese was cooked perfectly and the sauce was so good I asked for extra and dowsed the pasta. Lasagna was too salty. Lasagna is not typical format. Comes in a bread or pasta boat shape.
Manager dropped by table snd we expressed disappointment in Lasagna. He addressed the situation to our expectations.

Will return.

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vipTallyfoodie
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

We have enjoyed many dishes at Mom and Dad's throughout the years but I cannot recommend any of their baked pasta items. The spaghetti and the lasagna are baked in a dish and were overcooked. The spaghetti had a solid topping of thick cheese that was impossible to cut through especially in a dish.

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Tyler
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place for a celebratory occasion. My wife and I celebrated our 1-year anniversary here, and we had never been before. Either the owner, manager, or both, Dan was his name, was splendid and made he restaurant even more homier. I would recommend this place for catering and celebratory times!

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BethD
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, our meal was delicious and the service was excellent.

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YvonneP
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From appetizers to the entrees, the food and beverages were exceptional! Unbeknownst to us our reservations were made during graduation weekend which the menu options were somewhat limited yet the staff was very accommodating ans attentive. It was a wonderful experience anf plan to go back

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LindaE
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been since Covid hit. The food has improved! The baked spaghetti was spot-on. David was our waiter in the bar and table side and did a great job at both!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server David was fantastic!!!

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DedraM
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Garrison was top notch! He was super sweet, attentive, helpful, and all around a great guy. It was my mother in law’s first time and she loved it! Thank you!

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ChrisV
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my daughter’s 17th birthday at Mom & Dad’s of course since it’s our favorite restaurant. Everyone enjoyed their meals and they were very accommodating to make our special event extra-special.

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PhilH
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! The meal (chicken marsala) was one of the best Italian meals I've had in a long time. And the service and server (Shelby) was second to none.

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AshleyW
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from the drinks to the service to the food. Seafood lasagna and chicken parm were both amazing along with the ceaser and Mediterranean salads. Can't wait to go back!

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Stephie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall very good. We would go back. Pleasantly surprised by the ambiance. Waitress (Morgan) took a while to come over to our table once we were seated, but once she did, she was very sweet and attentive the remainder of our dinner.
The food was just ok, nothing special. Therefore I feel the prices are a bit high for the quality of the food. I ordered the eggplant parm and asked for light cheese. It came smothered in cheese and way to much marinara sauce for my liking. I understand others might prefer it this way. The other three dinners at the table were all described as “it’s ok” or “it’s fine” when I asked. Again, not bad but not great either.
All the staff was very friendly and the restaurant and bathrooms looked clean!

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davidj
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Terrific place. Visited during the old days on Apalachee Parkway and the food was still really good. The place was packed and the staff were very friendly. Only issue is the food cost for the entire menu. Bring your wallet$$$$ and empty stomach.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food and service were excellent.

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MarleyL
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service were very , very good. Prices are a bit high, but overall, we had an enjoyable dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Just not good food. A party if 5 and not one of us liked our meal and i got sick that night. The waiter was awesome, friendly and informative, the restaurant is clean with nice atmosphere.

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viptallygirl
Salt Lake City
39 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a birthday celebration with wonderful food and excellent service which always the standard at Mom and Dads!

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Hank
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Our server, Rosie was delightful and helpful. She recommended the seafood special. And she was right.

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WayneJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've always loved Mom and Dad's! The food is so good!. We enjoy coming here when we are in town for a game.

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EDDIE
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ordered a top-shelf margarita drink ($13). Far worse than a standard Margarita to el Jalisco. Had to send it back. Spaghetti a la Bruzzi is just fair. Wouldn't come back here.

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cocodog
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food,great service, reasonable price, Will come again

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SFLfam
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a great family dinner at Mom & Dad's. Classic Italian food and a fun, beautiful atmosphere. Our server was Hailey and she was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took a friend from out of town. She was really impressed with it all: the food, the service, and the ambiance. It really measured up to what we expect from Mom’s and Dad’s!

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cablucas
Tallahassee
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We went to Mom & Dad's on a Friday evening with a 7:15 p.m. reservation. Although there were several tables available in the main dining area - nicely spread out - we were led to a small room that had six tables, close together, all of which were occupied. It took a while for our server to arrive, and when she did it was as if she were doing us a favor by taking our order.

When the salads arrived - all Caesars - I asked for pepper, as there was none on the table, and expected that our server would be back with a peppermill and grate the pepper for us (as has been done before, and what one would expect from an establishment with their price points). Nope - I was presented with a pepper shaker.

Our entrees arrived and were piping hot and delicious. My son had the fettuccine alfredo with chicken, which was marvelous. The subtle hit of garlic in the alfredo sauce was terrific. My husband had the stuffed eggplant, and was very pleased. I had the chicken marsala with angel hair. The marsala sauce was rich and wine-y, and the chicken was generous and perfectly cooked. Although I asked for my angel hair on the side with marinara, my pasta sans marinara was under the chicken with the marsala. Also, there were hardly any mushrooms in this version - I counted about seven small slices.

While the food was delicious and on-point, the service and ambiance made this visit lackluster. Our server's lack of attention to detail - checking the plate before bringing it when the customer asked for the pasta and marinara on the side - along with bringing a pepper shaker and not clearing dishes make this rating low. While we dined, there was a tray with dirty dishes within our line of sight, that stayed there until we were done with our meal. No one wants to look at dirty dishes while they eat. Also, after the other diners in the room left, staff noisily turned over every table while we dined - not the atmosphere one would expect at an establishment whose entre prices average $20PP.

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ChristolJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, my experience is always amazing! Definitely my favorite restaurant in town. It’s perfect for date night. The food never disappoints. I had the special, Seafood Canneloni. Kyleigh always ensures we have a great time.

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KathyG
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I have eaten here before and was always satisfied. This trip something was off and my meal was sub-par. I will visit again.

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our 33 wedding anniversary dinner last night, startIng with a wish for a happy anniversary from who I imagined was the manager, our wait staff was super energetic, smiles galore, and efficient without being intrusive! Thanks for a lively evening! Oh, and the take out pizza for lunch today was yummy! Cyd Metcalfe

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food and service was excellent.

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BrianC
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was very good. We will go back next time we are in the area.

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WallyD
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and atmosphere was so nice. We enjoyed our visit!

FAQs

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (850) 877-4518.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 528 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.