Garbarino's

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$30 and under
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Italian
Garbarino's is a 4th generation family restaurant that was brought back to life! originally opened 1945 in Long Island and closed in 1996, Chef Andrew Garbarino decided to bring his families 51 year history back. While most of the menu is influenced from southern Italy you can still find some Northern touches. All pastas are made fresh in house and all wines by the glass will be Italian. Gluten free pasta available at no extra charge.
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Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience1

It felt like I was eating in a warehouse. The music was on very loud and was hard to hear others at the table. The food was so-so, the eggplant parmigiana was very salty and soupy.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Early Saturday dinner for party of 4 - easy drop-off and parking. Fairly small, open dining area with view into active kitchen - fascinating hanging glass chandeliers and decoration over dark bar (noise level increased as night went on...). Server was low key but friendly, helpful, attentive, and very knowledgeable about menu, food items, and wines - also had flexibility around options and preparation. Table had chicken parmesan and piccata - both prepared fresh and exceptionally well - included pasta was perfect. Beetroot salad was very good - caeser was OK (but would rather have the anchovies plain and not fried...). Limited wine choice but all selections were top quality and paired very well with the food - very generous pour. Shared housemade cannoli for dessert - very smooth creamy center, crisp pastry, generous pistachios and chocolate...
Plan to go back - would highly recommend.

OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved our dinner here! Appetizers and pastas were all great and pasta was cooked perfectly! Definitely will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great music.

P
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The hostess should get into a different line of work, perhaps a hair stylist at a funeral home. My friend and I had a reservation, showed up on time, and plenty of tables were empty. The hostess acknowledged our reservation but simply and stoically announced that she had no clean table available. Not one. That was puzzling. I suggested that she or someone else clean one, and from the look on her face, that thought never occurred to her. She reluctantly proceeded to clean the least desirable table, especially on a very chilly night — the one by the door. We asked that she clean a different table. She reluctantly complied. She asked if we would like water. We said yes. She then said she’d be right back with the water. She disappeared for quite some time before breezing by our table without water and returning to her hostess station. We had to flag her down and remind her about the water. If it wasn’t for the hostess’s incompetence, cluelessness, and lack of a personality, I would have rated this place more favorably. The waiter was good and the food was good, except for the bread, which was nothing special. That was disappointing. My suggestion to the restaurant is get a new hostess and serve high-quality bread or focaccia. Those two changes would make a huge difference for the better.

J
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Regularly wonderful!

g
Pittsburgh
36 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to Gargarino's on a week night and had an early reservation. We pretty much had the restuarant to ourselves so we were able to talk to the server and bartender about the selections. My wife had a Negroni spritzer which was a delightful twist on the Aperol spritzer and Negroni cocktail. My Vieux Carre was well made and a good option on the menu.
We enjoyed a side of meatballs which was on the Happy Hour Menu which was generous and tasty. Also a choice of brusselsprouts which were again well made and generous. My Ceasar salad was a bit tasteless and very well chopped...nothing exciting and I was not especially thrilled with the presentation of the eggplant parmasean. It was served in a bowl that was too small for the amount so it was more like a stew than something which could be enjoyed by selecting the amount of eggplant and cheese by having it served on a plate. It also seemed rather soupy because of the bowl . My wife had the chicken parm which was served on a plate with rigatoni that she loved. All in all, I'll go back, but to try another selection. Thought it was a bit pricey as well.

DM
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife picked this spot. It was very good! Truly enjoyed the experience!

J
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Will go back for sure!

LF
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our meal. Restaurant went out of its way to accommodate my wife' s food allergies/sensitivities. Only caveat is that it is quite noisy when the restaurant is full.

KM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We love Garbarino’s. The food is very good; the staff are wonderful and treat you like family.

OZ
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is our third time visiting Garbarinos. We do love their food! Our concern is the consitancy of their food. We visited three time so far with larger groups and smaller groups. Our feedback is: Food is delicious, BUT, Maybe not as hot as it should be (Egplant parmagion) perhaps pasta is too well done, or too soft... (If this is an Italian restuarant, pasta must be done perfectly every time !!! Right??? Not our experience over four months... Willing to overlook this, but the other dishes should be consistant, such as the fruscilli... too over done to make the scallops overdone but NOT inedible, ..Both times we ordered Fucilli, the pasta waas over done.. This menu is critical for timing of the cooking items. They have not perfected this yet. HOWEVER, we have had delicious meals, and are willing to give them a fourth or fifth chance. We hope you will too!!!

R
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Stella was our waitress. Very good

TG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bolognese was incredible...

A tad disappointed with the risotto. The portion was a bit small and would have preferred a few more additions (Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, etc).

Server was super attentive and nice wine selection.

Looking forward to trying a different dish sometime soon!

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved all the food. Great restaurant. Highly recommend.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The bread and dipping sauce and Proseco were excellent. The small plates my friend and I ordered were rather poor: the calamari was undercooked and way too salty. The meatballs were too salty and the Beans and Greens were average. Overpriced meal. But the ambience and service was nice.

KP
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta cooked perfectly. Nice hostess and waitstaff!

HN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We found this to be a disappointing experience. Very loud. They had run out of standard meal choices.
We had to wait a long time for everything

Garbarino's
Responded on October 3, 2019

Sorry you had a bad experience as you could tell we were very busy that night. As for the running out of "standard menu choices" we actually only ran out of one dish which was the grilled veal chop, not our standard menu choice for the majority of guests. We are a small independent restaurant that tries our hardest to not run out of menu items, we cant afford to keep excessive amounts of food sitting around.

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D
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. A new favorite

c
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food at reasonable prices. Loved this new find. Will go back often with my family - including two teens!

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience. We ordered several menu items to share and everything was delicious. Ambiance was comfortable and unfussy felt like a neighborhood bisto in NY or Rome. We will definitely be back and highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner. Monique was an excellent server she did everything to accommodate special food needs. The pasta was delicious and so was the chicken piccata.. Our complaint was the leftover food was packaged in containers but we were not given a paper bag to put the containers in. We were told the bags were too large The paper bags look like they were for takeout service. In a restaurant that had everything perfect we didn’t understand why they didn’t have a plastic bag to accommodate the smaller containers . We mentioned this to the manager and he said they would take this into account.

I would recommend the restaurant as good food and a pleasant experience!

C
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so delicious and delightful. Reminded me of being in Sicily last year. Enjoyed the whole evening

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were really excited to try this new restaurant, but we were extremely disappointed with our experience. Our drinks were not flavorful. Our appetizers were not seasoned and had no flavor. We ordered the calamari and it was not crispy and gummy. We ordered pasta for our main meal and it was extremely undercook to the point where it was inedible. Once again our main dish had no seasoning and was extremely bland. Would not recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dinner. Pleasant, friendly place with down home Italian food.

C
Pittsburgh
52 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was excellent, the pastas were fresh and al’ dente. The eggplant parmigiana is great, so much better than the typical/ at best average attempts in most places

M
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, friendly wait staff, exceptional food

OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was incredible! Great service, Great Food, Great Restaurant. Would recommend to everyone. Can't wait to go back

BE
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The quality of the food and beverages was excellent. It did take a long time to receive drink orders. I feel that the atmosphere though does not live up to the quality of the food, and some slight changes would make the restaurant a bit more enjoyable. The lighting is too bright, and the noise level is too high. The seating area could use some soundproofing to muffle echos. A tv facing the main dining area shows only the movie The Godfather which is a bit tacky. I also personally do not like that the staff wear cheap looking T-shirts which seem to be more fitting for a fast food type restaurant or food truck but perhaps that is being overly critical. I would definitely go back but just think the restaurant itself needs be elevated a bit given how good the food is.

O
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a delicious meal at the bar. The bartender was a great help in picking just the right menu.

MH
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place. Pasta dishes were great We will go back.

DJ
Pittsburgh
90 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good in all respects. Menu is limited but adequate. Our server, the bartender, forgot the bread service that everyone mentions.

j
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not our first time there, and we always enjoy it. The service was excellent as always, the wine list is not unreasonable. My only criticism is that the pasta dishes could benefit from a bit more sauce/liquid. The pasta is slightly al dente, it soaks up available liquid. The dishes would be that much more delicious with an extra 15-20% amount of sauce.

MC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Estella was fantastic. Food prep and presentation was different than anything we've had elsewhere (in a great way). We will be back.

b
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful staff. Enjoyed the experience.

J
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an absolutely amazing time celebrating my birthday at Garbarino's! My husband & I had reservations during happy hour time & we were able to enjoy some DELICIOUS spritzer cocktails at happy hour prices! Did I mention they use pasta noodles for straws to avoid using plastic?!
Everything was amazing from the appetizers to the meals! The meals are plentiful & they are very accommodating with boxing everything up for you. Garbarino's has an upscale take on your classic authentic Italian joint. The pasta is homemade & the sizzling garlic butter than is served with the bread is so different & delicious! Will definitely come back again - maybe to sit bar side during happy hour!

L
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

We were disappointed in the taste of the food, the lack of ice tea, the hostess took drink orders and never brought them... server finally came. Server was nice. Pasta was barely cooked, not al dente, but ill cooked. Ice seemed to be hard to get. We won’t go back... very disappointed.

Garbarino's
Responded on August 24, 2019

We are not a diner that focuses on the service of iced tea, what we have is an imported product from Italy that we do not make. Also in regards to your host and the drink order, she even told you herself that she is unable to take drink orders that you would have to wait for the server! And finally the Pasta was cooked to perfection, you are probably not used to beautiful fresh made pasta!

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k
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Electricity was off. It was end of restaurant week and pasta offerings seemed very expensive for what was ordered. Dishes were so so, disappointing.

ST
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious Italian - excellent fresh pasta! Caesar salad was overdressed and a tad bland. When I told waitress she asked if I wanted another one. Rose wine was delightful.

I
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I decided to try a new place during restaurant week and are we happy we came to Garbarinos! The food was delicious! The value was outstanding even if it wouldn’t have been restaurant week, the portions are generous and worth every penny of the original price. The bartender made me a lemon spritz using Prosecco and their homemade basil limoncello...so good!! Needless to say we can’t wait to go back!