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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C
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

C
Pittsburgh
49 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, friendly wait staff, exceptional food

OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BE
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

DJ
Pittsburgh
90 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful staff. Enjoyed the experience.

J
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

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
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

LA
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for restaurant week. Our meals were delicious and our server Monique was wonderful. Will absolutely be returning!

JS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for restaurant week. They had several offerings. Everything was very good. We enjoyed ourselves and will be back.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visitor. It was fantastic. Food and service was top notch. Can’t wait to comeback with friends.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the portions were large. Our table LOVED the Fritto Misto and will be back for certain. Our server was friendly and attentive. Definitely a restaurant to put o your list!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was very slow. There didn't seem to be enough staff for the volume of customers. The food was decent. I love the atmosphere. The decor is very hip.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant week menu was outstanding. And the portions tremendous. Too much! But welcome, as now I have leftovers for lunch. All in all, a great meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. The caprese salad app was incredible as well as the bread service. The sauces in the pasta dishes were delicious and the tiramisu was amazing!

D
Pittsburgh
210 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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j
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Perhaps an off night as this was highly recommended.
if they changed a few details - I am accustomed to
the basic of basic Italian restaurants to at
min have- real ground pepper & fresh parmesan

AH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly staff

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food.

ES
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience was outstanding! Visited for 1st time during Restaurant Wk. Will definitely return. Beautiful presentation of caprese salad, delicious rigatoni & meatballs, fabulous frutti de mar fusilli, great tiramisu. Excellent service. Wonderful find!

LM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and plentiful, the wine by the glass I selected was amazing. Our waitstaff, Julia, was great!

BS
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent Restaurant Week dinner on 8/9/19. I had the fritto misto, spaghetti bolognese, and limoncello sherbert. The fritto misto had an excellent level of breading and weren't overfried. The combination of meats in the bolognese sauce was savory but not overpowering. The limoncello sherbert was the perfect way to end the meal. I have been there before and will definitely go back!

AL
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, huge portions, nice atmosphere.

OT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very considerate and friendly. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Very tasty eats!

BR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Generous portions...loved everything!

KT
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time we visited this restaurant, and we found it excellent. I had the caprese salad for an appetizer which was as good as i had in Europe. It’s a more creamy type of cheese than the typical mozzarella, but it was still excellent. My husband has the spaghetti with the meat sauce. My husband and I ordered an order of the meatballs and they were excellent. They give you bread with your meal. They serve it was a butter garlic sauce with garlic cloves in it - also excellent. I highly recommend.

OT
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Our dinner was great! The ambiance was great, especially due to a table of 16 and another of 8 that were seated up front and we were seated away from them! The food was fantastic!

v
Pittsburgh
119 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined at Garbarino's last Sunday evening. This was our first trip to the restaurant but it won't be the last! The food was delicious and the service was excellent. As others mentioned, the restaurant tends to be a little noisy. There are a lot of hard surfaces for the sound to bounce off. The menu had a lot of nice items and they also had a couple of daily specials. I had the salmon, a daily special. Portions were ample.

C
Pittsburgh
50 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you look at the menu, you might think “just typical” Italian. But the key is everything is done exactly the way it should be, using high quality ingredients and attention to detail. If you’re looking for great Italian food that is the polar opposite of the mediocre/run of mill restaurants, this is your place

MH
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Your policy of charging $2.00 for ice on a rocks drink is terrible. The waitress indicated that all restaurants do that which is simply not so. Please consider raising the price of your drink by $1.00 (which more than covers the ice displacement) . If we come back, and that's a maybe, we will not order liquor. Your loss.

Garbarino's
Responded on July 22, 2019

We are sorry for any confusion regarding this, our rocks charge is not for ice its for the extra 1 oz of liquor that is required to make the drink. Our system doesn't allow us to have the following modification and not present it on your check, from day one we have always been about not over charging people for liquor and high up-charges. please feel free to reach out to us for any further information regarding this.

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