Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant

4.4
513 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
What 513 people are saying
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LindaE
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server David was fantastic!!!

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DedraM
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
38 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
5 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.

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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!

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DiMTLH
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

This restaurant has been a staple in Tallahassee for a number of years . We brought friends with us on this occasion and were not only disappointed, we were bordering on embarrassment that we had even recommended it. From the very beginning with our arrival, the young lady had no idea where to place us (we had reservations), and finally asked us where we would like to sit. She seemed flustered and yet there were only two other tables currently occupied. There was a shortage of a few things we wanted to order because the ingredients were not stocked in the kitchen. Two meals were overly salted beyond palate preference. Our waiter, Garrison, was attentive and offered the replacement of a meal, but it needed to be prepared as a to go order by the time it was cooked since others in the party were almost finished.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great. We love it. Looking forward to going back.

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MarkD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We were seated quickly but next to the kitchen area and the busiest area of the restaurant. It was noisy and a high traffic area. The food was good but we had to wait on our bread for a long time and had to ask for more bread when the food came out. Our waitress was didn’t seem like she wanted to be there and very unfriendly. They have you put down what the occasion is and still ask when you get there. It was our 26th wedding anniversary and chose there to celebrate it. Don’t get me wrong the food is good and we might go back and sit outside. Very disappointed because the original restaurant was great food and service.

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MeganH
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Same classic food as the prior location, but in a more elegant setting. Service was great, unique specialty drinks, wine list was ample and I left with a full stomach and leftovers, all for a reasonable price. I will definitely be back.

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Foodie2021
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We found the soup and the calamari to be almost too salty to eat

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WJB0923
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly server. Reservation time was honored. Food was excellent. Two main courses and a bottle of wine came to $90.

JB
JakeB
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such friendly service- Kyleigh is AWESOME! Delicious food. Perfect family dinner :)

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VivienneT
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Monday-Wednesday dinner for 2- included a bottle of house wine. My server (Shelly?) was stellar. oh my gosh the chocolate dessert-to die for-ate it all!

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Rob54
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time eating there and it was a very pleasant dining experience. The restaurant has a very nice decor and is very charming. The menu has various items which should cover a variety of Italian cuisine. The wait staff was excellent and the food was outstanding. We plan to return, it was an excellent dining experience.

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vipEmmie
Tallahassee
33 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Probably due to pandemic impacts, but it was slow to get seated and served. Long time for food to come. The server was delightful and attentive, though, and went above and beyond, especially in satisfying our 4 year old. Food was very good but not superlative.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was rather slow but somewhat understandable as restaurant was packed. Waited quite a while for cocktails but food came in a reasonable amount of time after cocktails. Food was delicious, as always. We sat outside and had a lovely evening.

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TomF
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We asked for a booth more than once yet were taken to a table. Then had to say “we asked for a booth “

Annoying since open table already sent the booth request

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MarthaS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four of us enjoyed our delicious meal. It was great to have a potential waitress training with out lead waiter.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I visited after a recommendation from Tallahassee foodies, I was disappointed. The water was served no ice and barely cold but still managed to be the best part of the meal. The Mediterranean salad was very fresh but tasted bland, I’m guessing due to the salad dressing that had no taste. The watermelon mixer drink was so sweet I could only take a couple sips. I paid ten bucks for that and left a full glass. I ordered the spaghetti, it was served in a kid sized dish and was not worth the $17. Again, it was season-less. I really had high hopes for this because I waited quite sometime to go. On a high note, the ambiance and service were impeccable. This place is great if you require a salt free diet but I wouldn’t order the watermelon mixer if you suffer from diabetes.

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vipKyle
West Palm Beach
47 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The food was terrible except the curds. Everything was too salty. The veal piccata was a thick almost canned sauce. We’ll never go back.

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 4.4 stars by 513 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.