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Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant

4.2
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$30 and under
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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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.3
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Robert
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Went to Mom & Dads for their Wednesday $60 special. Absolutely the worst food we’ve ever experienced in Tallahassee. Inedible! Manager was borderline rude when we expressed concerned with the food. After a One-Half price bottle of wine, our bill was $100 with a small tip. Sent the owners an e-mail about our visit, no response. I’ve been a fairly regular M & D customer since they opened in NE Tally. I usually sit in the bar and tipped the bartender extravagantly. Does not remotely compare to the Old Tally Mom & Dads or the one in Thomasville. I’m never going back to Tallahassee Mom & Dads..Done!

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SherriB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta with clam sauce was to die for! The shrimp pasta was just as tasty.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on April 3, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us! During the time Mom & Dad’s is offering curbside pickup of all your favorites along with delivery of orders over $50 within a 5 mile radius!

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JayH
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

This was my third visit to Mom & Dad's within the last six months. The two previous experiences were outstanding. This time though, we were first told they were out of alfredo sauce! Really! How does a first class Italian reataurant run out of Alfredo sauce on a Friday night? How tough would it have been to whip up some more? Further, my eggplant parm was mediocre at best. We enjoyed our evening and I will say the service was outstanding. Might be looking for a new place when visiting my son at FSU.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on April 3, 2020

Jay thank you for taking the time to review us. We take the reviews of our customers seriously and we will be sure to pass your comments along to our staff. During this time Mom & Dad’s is offering curbside pickup of all your favorites along with delivery of orders over $50 within a 5 mile radius!

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vipBLines
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good evening

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AndreaM
Jacksonville
38 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great. Service was slow, but they were overwhelmed with several large parties. The live music was wonderful.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2020

Andrea thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed dining with us at Mom & Dad's!

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Lane
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The food was average and their prices high. I have a steak and it was something I would have expected at a Waffle House. For a ribeye it was super thin. My wife had the Grouper special and it was super salty and mostly stuffing with very little fish. When the food was brought out it was Luke warm at best. Both dishes were close to $30 each. Definitely not worth the money. Though we had no where to be, we were there for over 2 hours.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2020

Lane...thank you for taking the time to review us. We take the input of our customers very seriously and we will be sure to pass your comments along to our staff.

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AshleyF
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Me and my wife have been to Mom and Dad’s a lot for a number of years. It has always been a favorite. I’m not sure what has happened recently but the quality of food and service has fallen drastically. The food can be compared to the same quality of a Chili’s or Applebee’s which is a tragedy for the price tag they put on it. The waitress on our last visit only had one table (ours) but you’d think she was slammed on a busy Saturday night. She wasn’t personable at all and I felt like we were inconveniencing her by ordering food. We discussed dessert options with her before the meal and then failed to even offer dessert after the meal. I think she was just ready for us to leave. I almost regarded leaving a 20% tip. It was just a terrible experience and not a professional restaurant environment by any means. It’s a shame I’ll never come back here because I really used to enjoy the spot. I’d recommend choosing a different restaurant. I would love to give it another chance, unfortunately, I just think it’s too far gone at this point.
On a sidenote: I had to leave the restroom with soaking wet hands because there were no paper towels. Poor attention to detail at best.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2020

Ashley, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. We are sorry to hear that your experience dining with us at Mom & Dad's was less than satisfactory. We take the input of our customers very seriously and we will be sure to share your comments with our staff.

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RileyK
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The menu selection was comprehensive and my wife and I both were able to select entrees we thought we would enjoy. The server also recommended some favorites of customers. My tomato bisque was very
tasty and filling and was accompanied by a bread item I found enjoyable. I enjoyed the Veal Toccata and my wife enjoyed the shrimp dish but could only eat half of it and brought the rest home. The desert selection made it hard to choose one but we settled on the Creme Brulee Cheesecake and were not disappointed.

The server left us alone but was there when we needed refills, etc. This restaurant is one of our favorites and never disappoints.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2020

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed celebrating your Valentines Day with us at Mom & Dad's!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Much better food than I expected. Service was excellent. Ambiance was stifled by seating in a back corner booth with no visibility to the rest of the restaurant. That might be preferred by some, but we felt like we were in a closet. But the food was great! More than ample calamari appetizer. Even the caesar salad surprised me how good it was. I had the veal picatta with angel hair pasta. I was not disappointed. And then they combined my two favorite desserts into one awesome treat with creme brulee cheesecake. We'll be going back.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us and sharing your experience dining with us. We will be sure to share your comments with our staff!

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RobertJ
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice and the service was outstanding as well as the food

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us Robert!

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RichardD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Happy Anniversary to us! Mom & Dad's is a local treat with an upscale feel at a down-home price.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on February 14, 2020

Happy Anniversary to you both! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed celebrating with us at Mom & Dad's! We will be sure to pass your comments along to our staff!

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vipMark
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was outstanding but the food quality seems to have slipped slightly. It might have been the night I was there because past experiences have been superior.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Mark thank you for taking the time to review us. We will be sure to pass your comments on to our staff!

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JENNYH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great and never disappoints!

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thanks Jenny! Come see us again soon!

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Lola
Tallahassee
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great server. Apps were great. Food was very good. Dessert was very good. Wine was reasonably priced. Had heard Ave to poor reviews since prior visit but was guide pleased

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on January 24, 2020

Lola! Thank you for taking the time to review us! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed dining with us at Mom & Dad's.

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Buddy
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had to wait for 30 minutes even though we had a reservation.
Food and service was good once we got seated.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us, we will be sure to share these comments with our staff!

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vipCelebration
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. It doesn’t fit with what I remember of the old Mom and Dad’s. The prices were less than I expected considering how pretty it was. Great wine list.

The food was ....ok. The calamari was under cooked. The escargot was too cheesy and had mushrooms in it, which irritates me...I ordered escargot, not mushrooms.

We had the rib-eye, the stuffed grouper and the pasta with vodka sauce- side of Italian sausage. All three were just ok.

The service was fantastic. We had two waiters as one was in training. They made a great team and we never waited long for a drink refill, to order our food to anything at all.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us, we take the input of our customers very seriously and we are always trying to improve! We will be sure to share your comments with our staff!

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Pamd
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to come in on Wednesday nights as our middle of the week date night . They have a fantastic menu and the specials are always exceptional .

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on January 10, 2020

We love having you, come back and see us again soon!

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Retrain
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Server bri was amazing. Food quality poor. Temperature cold. Sauce for calamari inconsistent. One spicy next was inedible and they charge for second tiny cup. Veal not cooked. Menu not as posted on open table. Restaurant recently changed hands.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us we will be sure to pass your comments along to our staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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ChristinaT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience at Mom&Dads. New management has transformed the menu, enhanced the recipes that we all know & love and has created an incredibly welcoming atmosphere. Will definitely be back!

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on January 10, 2020

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed dining with us! We will be sure to pass your comments on to our staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our kids and their spouses were in town for Christmas so we all got together for dinner. Our waitress Bree was excellent and took good care of us. Everything we ordered was very tasty and portions are super large. One serving of anything is enough for two people. Good food and nice atmosphere. Price are a little high but lots of food. Highly recommend.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you for choosing Mom & Dad's!, come back and see us again soon!

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MitchW
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Worst experience in a long time. This restaurant used to be great when it was in the old location. Now all they are worried about is being trendy and modern. Food has gone downhill, service is poor, and prices are high.

We had a reservation on my wife’s birthday for 7:15, made a week in advance. We ended up waiting almost 30 minutes for a table. The hostesses wouldn’t even look us in the eye as many other people were seated before us. Then when we were seated, the food was mediocre at best. The mozzarella sticks were frozen mozzarella sticks you could buy at any grocery store, the sauce on the pasta tasted like pure sugar, the pasta was overdone, the caesar salad dressing didn’t even taste like caesar dressing, and my veal piccata was literally cold - so much so the sauce was separating from the oil. I wouldn’t reccomend this place to anyone.

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zoegirl
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for 4 people but a 5th guest showed up at the last minute. The host was so gracious and managed to accommodate us even when the restaurant was completely booked at the specific time slot. Our waitress was very friendly, knowledgeable of the menu and attentive without being overwhelming. The seafood lasagna is to die for!

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on January 10, 2020

The seafood lasagna is one of our favorites as well! We are happy to hear you enjoyed dining with us at Mom & Dad's!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was cold and had to be sent back. Veal was tough and stringy. Restaurant wasn’t overly busy and there seemed to be plenty of available waitstaff, but it took 10 minutes from seating to getting water.

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vipTallyTrish
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always authentic Italian and the service is superb.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on December 6, 2019

We are so happy to hear you enjoy dining with us at Mom & Dad's!

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MaeleneT
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on December 6, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to review us!

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John
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Will try this again. Lasagna was a little soupy and needed to have a little more body. Bread was good and salad was good. Server was attentive and pleasant. A little too pricey for what it was.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We hope you will give Mom & Dad's another chance to warm you heart with the taste of Italy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food wasn't good at all

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on November 7, 2019

Please accept our sincere apologies for your recent dining experience at Mom and Dad’s. We know how frustrating it can be to have plans for a nice dinner and it not meet your expectations. We want customers to enjoy dining at Mom & Dad’s Italian Restaurant and it seems like that was not the case during your visit. Your comments and feedback regarding your experience are very important to us so we greatly appreciate you making us aware of your situation.

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CamilleP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, but we had to wait for 45 minutes to get our table past our reservation time. There seemed to be empty tables, but our server told us they'd run out of clean water glasses and were washing them each time a table got up. I think they needed more staff on hand for a busy night - Homecoming dance crowd was there from local high school.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We will be sure to share your comments with our staff!

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JodyK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish!! We have New York Italians visiting... very good. It was beautiful outside seating.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave this review!

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vipJayH
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful meal at Mom & Dad's restaurant with my son Joe on Friday evening. We had a nice table and server was both knowledgeable and friendly. My son enjoyed a filet and pasta dish which was outstanding! My veal was delicious as well. We paired both dishes with a nice cabernet.
Overall a great dinning experience! We will be back.

Jay H.
Bradenton, FL

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on November 1, 2019

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed dinning with us, come see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the meal, the server and the overall atmosphere was excellent. But, the greeter did not remember confirming our Open Table reservation and reported us as a “No Show” to them.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my new favorite restaurants! I had the seafood lasagna. OMG, to die for!! 😀

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MargoB
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience5

This was our second visit to Mom & Dad's and unlike our first visit it was unacceptable. The restaurant is an upscale facility, plenty of parking etc. It is on the pricy side but the ambience is great.
The problem is the food. I had a Lasagna which was much closer to a traditional Manacotti. It featured lots and lots of cheese and very few layers of macaroni. If you love cheese...this will work! But the Veal Cutlet was in a class of its own. The veal was overcooked, burned on the edges, and tough enough for an electric knife.
My wife and I choose not to complain beyond telling our waitress the veal was really really tough. It was apparent from her reaction that the staff could have cared less...we just decided that we will find another Italian Restaurant.
As an aside on both of our visits we used 'Open Table' for reservations, on both occasions the Hostess claimed she had no record of the reservation.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 11, 2019

We are sorry to hear your experience dining with us was not what you expected. We take the input of our customers very seriously and we will be sure to share your comments with the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We didn’t love the meal. The lasagna had too little cheese, the ravioli was buried in too much sauce. I wouldn’t go back. The marinara sauce is very smoky and heavy, we didn’t care for it.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 3, 2019

We are sorry to hear your experience dining with us was not what you expected. We take the input of our customers very seriously and we will be sure to share your comments with the staff.

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TomG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very nice restaurant that we try to get to once a month or more. We like the variety and quality of the food and the service.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 3, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We hope to see you back at Mom & Dad's soon!

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MichaelP
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

For what I was expecting and for the price, the place was subpar. It was myself, three other adults, and one child. Our waitress was very nice but while we were waiting for our food, we heard a series of crashes and plates breaking in the kitchen. Over an hour went by and we still didn't have our food. Our waitress went and checked on it and, sure enough, ALL of the crashes were our food. When it did come out, it wasn't great. Not terrible, but definitely not anything special. We had hoped the restaurant would do SOMETHING to make up for the over hour wait for our food but nothing. We might go back because the crashes were a freak occurrence I'm sure but the food wasnt great. We'll try out a lot of other places before we return.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 27, 2019

Micheal thanks you for taking the time to review us! We are sorry to hear about the time delay you experience while dining with us and we will be sure to pass these comments on to our staff. We do hope you come and visit us at Mom & Dad's again!

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JeanneT
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We’ll be back. Eggplant parm was especially good.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to review us! The eggplant parm is one of our favorites!

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vipFrankP
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great.

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vipMMMF
Tallahassee
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We loved the stuffed mushrooms.
The wine and drinks were great.
The salad needed less iceberg lettuce and blue cheese crumbles.
Offer server was great.

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 30, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We hope to see you back at Mom & Dad's again soon!

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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 4.2 stars by 380 OpenTable diners.

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