Garbarino's

4.4
197 reviews
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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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Pittsburgh
80 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second trip to Garbarino’s this week. We thoroughly enjoyed both of our dinners. We would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good Italian food. Everything is presented beautifully and tastes delicious.
Our waitress, Estelle,was knowledgeable and quite efficient. She was our server at both dinners. We enjoyed talking to her.
This restaurant is a great improvement over the previous restaurant in this location.
We look forward to returning often.

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally an excellent southern Italian restaurant in Shadyside. Really enjoyed the food and service. We had the Eggplant Parmigiana and Scampi both were delicious

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LL
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every choice whether appetizer or entree was delicious that we were too full to try the desserts so we purchased tiramisu to go !

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic new restaurant in East End, surprising how little Italian the area has, felt as a big void was filled. Loved the all fresh made pasta. One of the best spaghetti bolognese I have ever had!!! We also saw a veal chop Parmesan being ordered next to us and we know what to get next time. ( it was bigger than the plate) service was fantastic, it felt like a cozy family Italian joint.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where to start. I was fortunate enough to run into this young guy who turned out to be the Garbarino at Garbarinos. We talked for a little about the new restaurant and how every is going and this guys passion for his Italian heritage is awesome! I get it he’s having a hard time finding quality people to work and the are very understaffed but also super busy which was nice to dine at a nice busy restaurant. The service at the bar was nice and friendly I’m guessing they are having a hard time finding waiters and waitresses, I read an article about service industry shortages so I’m sure they aren’t alone. I started reading through some of these reviews and I’m appalled at people and the “I’m a critic” mentality. GET OVER YOURSELVES!! The food was just exactly what the neighborhood needs! Fresh all made in house pasta. I had the Sicilian ragu special with rigatoni and was just in love with every bite. They told me that it’s going to be a week day special and only available Tuesday-Thursday....looks like I know what days to visit. The garlic butter was almost an appetizer in itself and decided to get the beans and greens to start. With a glass of Amarone I was a super happy camper!!

Thanks for the enjoyable night and love for Italian heritage

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TM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food! Great experience overall! Would definitely go back

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N
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely new restaurant operated by a personable and talented young chef who has based this restaurant on his family's Italian-American restaurant on Long Island. A menu full of classics but all done in an elevated way. All fresh pasta, gnocchi made with pate de choux not potato, served in a ratatouille sauce, chicken piaccata served with beautifully steamed broccoli rabe. Everything just done to a high standard yet still a homey, comfortable atmosphere. This could easily become a restaurant I would come back to on a regular basis.

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DB
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

So excited to try this new restaurant in very disappointed in the service and the unseasoned food.

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P
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

I took my mother, wife and son out for an early Mother’s Day dinner Saturday night. I know this is a newly opened restaurant and I suppose some rough spots are still being ironed out. There were some good things and some bad things, then there was an unacceptable ending.

The good: greens and beans were excellent, the chicken special with sausage, artichokes, peppers and potatoes was also very good and the snow pea risotto with mushrooms was unique and tasted good.

The bad: my rigatoni with short rib ragu was taste free and the pasta was from a box and not fresh made. The same for my sons rigatoni special - from a box not fresh. The calamari were rubbery and tasteless and the arincini were also pretty tasteless.

The unacceptable: Our sever must have been new as she was slow with service all night and unsure of her answers when questions were asked. None of that was good, but what made it unacceptable was when she took my credit card to pay the bill. She kept it for over 15 minutes, walking around to other tables, disappearing for a bit and never returning with it. Finally I had to get up and walk over to her to ask for it back. When she disappeared for a bit I wondered if she took off with my card. Hopefully they learn from this and return your card promptly when you pay.

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M
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife here for her birthday. She had the Chicken Piccata and I had Branzino Diavola. Both excellent! Staff were very attentive. Will definitely return.

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PM
Pittsburgh
37 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent food!!! Highly recommend!! Everything the 4 of us ordered was wonderful. Pasta is 100% made in house!!

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J
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Over-priced for what it is - undistinguished Italian-American standards

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible menu in a cool space. All pasta made in-house. I could eat here everyday!

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful experience and would recommend Garbarino’s. It was my daughter’s birthday and we had a great time. The food was delicious and the service was spot on.

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j
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time since it was altered to focus on Italian versus French bistro. Quality of the food was excellent. Enjoyed it as La Riveria but this is a step up for the food.

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JT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a very nice dinner. The food was good. We were surprised by the limited wine selection by the glass. The gelato that was served for dessert was very unsatisfactory. The server was very cooperative and when told about the dessert took it off the bill. We were very surprised about the 30% discount. We drove from Butler County and were amazed that the AAA lot across the street was not available in the evening when it was obviously not in use. Parking is an issue. Neighboring businesses should be more supportive of making the entire area more attractive to visitors.

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Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great experience at the restaurant and would recommend to friends and return for another great meal. Great food, good choices on menu and great waitstaff. Just one suggestion: we ordered the cheese plate and it would help if bread and maybe some different mustards were added. Can't wait to try other items on the menu.

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KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, nice menu choices. Waitstaff was great. It WAS a bit loud...

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HH
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A great menu, good food, decor and service. The only shortcoming was the noise level, which was far too loud even though the room was only half full.

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Really great drinks and appetizers! All pasta dishes seemed very al dente for all four diners (1 gluten free dish) which is maybe more authentic Italian?? Value for the food was great with the 30% off discount they’re running for opening month, but wouldn’t quite have been worth it at regular pricing. Our server was very attentive and thoughtful, but bar service left something to be desired. Glad to have tried it out.

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LG
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely new place that we were excited to try. 30% off was an added incentive for myself and my friends. Wine selection was great. Service and atmosphere were good. Some dishes were good, others were just so-so. Eggplant parmesan and calamari appetizer were great. Fusilli Scampi was awful. It tasted like lemon which was very disappointing since lemon wasn't even a listed ingredient! Not sure we will be returning.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food. Great atmosphere. Attentive service. Meals were ready quickly, which was good since we were headed to a show.

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MS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Might recommend. Needed more help. Had to look for server to get drinks and order.

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RF
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This place has potential but needs more practice. The calamari was soggy and gummy, the meatballs were tough. I appreciate the handmade pastas but the scampi didn't taste anything like I would recognize a scampi to be. Our server was kind but seemed flustered and unprepared, like the restaurant opened too soon and no one has enough training. Everything on the menu is 30% off through April, for their opening month so it was definitely a worthwhile try.

I look forward to coming back in a few months when they've had more time to get into a groove.

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CK
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience, great value, will definitely return!

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EC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and service was great! The staff was very friendly and accommodating, will definitely be back

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LA
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, especially our server. But, unbeknownst to us, we wound up paying $12 for WATER! I highly recommend that you make certain people know they are paying for it, and so much.

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D
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here--- very nice! Dinner was special Taste30 Pgh menu. Both of our meals were very good. Our server, Estelle , was absolutely delightful! She is an asset to your restaurant. We will almost certainly return

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steak Tartar was amazing!

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DE
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went to La Riviera to take advantage of its participation in the Taste30Pgh program. We each chose from the 3 course menu they offered for the program. We chose different options for each of the 3 courses and were very happy with everything we had. I chose the Winter Scallops entree and it might have been the best scallops dish I've ever had. Both dessert options were very good.
The wine by the glass options for both red and white were interesting and reasonably priced.
The service was appropriately attentive without being obtrusive.
We look forward to returning in the future. We've already recommended the restaurant to several friends.

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BW
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent, unique and hip atmosphere plus an excellent wine list. Regularly dine there with friends, clients and family.

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KK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome. Service was top notch and food was delicious. Excited to visit again!

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R
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had a very good meal at La Riviera! The grilled trout is outstanding. It comes on a bed of lentils, smoked pear and rapini. I was wary because I'm not a huge lentils fan, and I don't often don't like smoked foods, but I love rapini and trout so I went for it. It was so delicious, I was sorry when it was gone. My friend had the beet salad which was a generous portion with arugula and two large mounds of soft goat cheese. Yum! We shared the foie gras appetizer which was to die for. The cocktail menu is amazing as well. I decided just looking at all of the choices that I have to go back just for the drinks. The space is large, and I was afraid I wouldn't like the atmosphere, judging from the pictures online, but filled with people and the twinkling lights over the bar and open kitchen, it was enchanting. I can't wait to go back and sit at the bar for something different. I highly recommend La Riviera!

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and cocktails along with an extensive wine list. A new favorite for us!

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C
Pittsburgh
38 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We all enjoyed our meals. Lovely appetizers, steak, pork chop all delicious. Our server was extremely professional while being friendly. Definitely Go!

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CR
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice menu that frequently changes. Always fresh and well prepared. Enjoyable atmosphere. Good drink list. Excellent place for casual dining. Desert menu is always good.

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F
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Food was oddly paired and we were all disappointed by the lack of flavor and poor presentation.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was just ok. Nothing exceptional. The portions were a good size. I was disappointed that the seats were plastic or metal and were too low for the table ?! If I’m paying $35 for an entree I would like to be in a comfortable seat! The bar seats looked like they were padded and a lot more comfortable. Our server was good. She was attentive without being over bearing.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

More than 30 minutes to get our initial drink order filled, 2 and 1/2 hours for a 2 course meal, with bread arriving after the entree. One person's French onion soup had a chunk of super hot pepper in it, making it impossible for her to enjoy any of the rest of her meal.

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Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome food. Better than when we have dined here before. Foie Gras is the best you will find. The hot pot escargot was also delicious. Can’t go wrong with the coq A vin. Nice selection of different French wines as well. Definitely worth a return visit!!

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