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About Joseph Tambellini
Located in Highland Park, Joseph Tambellini Restaurant offers the very best Italian inspired cuisine.
Owned and Operated by Joseph and his wife Melissa, the entire staff is dedicated to bringing you an overall exceptional dining experience.
Expertly crafted market fresh fish and steaks, fresh pasta, traditional chicken and veal dishes.
Also featuring beautiful hand made signature desserts, and an extensive Italian and Californian wine list.
Warm romantic fine dining in the true Tambellini family tradition.
If you have a First Floor Specific request, Please contact the restaurant by phone to make your reservation. We cannot guarantee First Floor for on-line reservations.
Price (Price reflects the average cost of dinner, including one drink and tip): $31 to $50
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The owners frequent the dining room to talk with the guests to ensure a unique and comfortable dining experience!
Plenty of on street parking available.
Bus stop directly in front, for routes: 71A Highland Park
Private Party Facilities:
We have many options for private parties. We have a semi-private space available for up to 14.
Our private 3rd floor offers space for parties up to 20.
If a larger space is needed, our 2nd floor is also available for up to 40 people. We can also accommodate larger parties using multiple floors. We have held small wedding ceremonies and receptions here as well. Please call us to discuss your individual needs.
Private Party Contact:
Melissa or Joe Tambelini: (412) 665-9000
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Joseph Tambellini Ratings and Reviews
We enjoyed our meal and the service was very good. The part I did not like was someone from the kitchen, maybe Joseph, standing at our table, talking to the couple next to us for 15 - 20 minutes. It was very annoying and distracting. If you want to catch up with friends, make a date and enjoy a sit down meal. It really put a damper on an otherwise enjoyable experience. If I recommend this restaurant, I would warn them of this annoyance.
You really can't go wrong at Joe's! The food is wonderful and very creative but also has a side of Italian and Pittsburgh Flair! Joe and the entire staff make you feel special and he comes around to every table to make sure your happy. You want a special meal "Eat at Joe's"!!!
I had eaten at Tambellini's on Route 51, and always loved it. The Highland Park location is every bit as good, just a little more intimate. My friends and I loved it...the food was amazing; the service was wonderful; and the location was very convenient. Great restaurant!!!
The combination of great food, great service, and ambiance create a very nice dining experience. From a review of the menu, Tambellinis may seem to be "dependable Italian." But the fresh, delicious ingredients and traditional yet creative cooking distinguish this restaurant above such a description. The home made meatballs are a must, either as an appetizer or with your dish. The escarole and beans were very good. The chefs are also very accommodating for any personal customizing you might want to give any dish. The owner suggested the flounder with a DuClair sauce for my friend who is gluten-free; it sounded so good I decided to try it myself, and it was a great choice.
First visit. Veal Marsala was scrumptious and very tender. My guests were please to find the soft shell crabs and a strip steak special, both of which they greatly enjoyed. My 2 year old grandson was treated warmly and his food cam quickly, which made the evening go well. Warm goodbyes also were nice. Server Holly was excellent.
When we are near Pittsburgh we always make a reservation at Joseph Tambellinis. We are frequent travelers all over the United States and always visit the top rated restaurants in the area we are visiting. We consider this place one of the best. So if you consider yourself a foodie and don't mind paying for a quality meal, I would strongly recommend a visit.
This is my 4th business trip to Pittsburgh and I'd heard about Italian food in or near Bloomfield was the best. So I did some research and decided to try Joseph Tambellini's. It was worth the drive! The bartender makes an excellent classic cocktail. The food is outstanding! You must try the wedding soup, the meatball, and a signature salad(I recommend Cesar) for starters. I chose the mafalda caprese(a homemade pasta) for dinner and it was amazing!
Now let's talk about the service...
The service is 3 star at best. My server Holly was good but not 5 star she wasn't attentive, my beverage glass went empty, and she overall rushed us through dinner even though the restaurant wasn't packed and she didn't have that many tables. The atmosphere in the restaurant is stuffy and not very welcoming but the food is amazing. I will try other restaurants in the Bloomfield area before returning to this one.
Me and my girlfriend took my dad and mom here for my dad's birthday. And it was just a perfect experience. Me and my gf go here a lot and always enjoy it, but this was my folks first time and Joseph the owner/chef really made my dad feel special when he stopped by the table to chat for a few minutes and we all enjoyed our meals as always. Our server, Adam was terrific as always, we always request Adam. I would highly recommend this restaurant, the owners, staff always make it an a terrific evening.
Overall, I felt very the experience was very good. The food was fantastic. They were very accommodating through and through. The art on the walls, lighting, and general style of the place made it feel like the right place for my fiance and me to celebrate our week-old engagement.
I only had two real issues with the restaurant. The first was the location: it's tucked away with no sign that I ever saw, which made finding it very difficult to find. Along with that, there was no parking to speak of, meaning you could walk three or more blocks if the street parking is full. My other issue was that some of the other diners in the restaurant were mildly rude, both in terms of noise level (they were very loud and could be clearly heard across the room), were mildly inappropriate with their language (occasional f-bombs, more-often-than-not "d*" and "s*"), and the subject matter was disturbing (e.g. shooting people, killing, blood and guts).
Overall though, this was a fantastic experience, and I'd definitely recommend it to others.
I took my bride to Joseph Tambelini's for our Anniversary dinner. First time at this restaurant and was not disappointed. We dined in the upstairs room which was cozy and quiet...which was exactly what we desired. This is a very upscale Italian/Continental cuisine restaurant with pricing on the upper end, but not stratospheric. Good portions for the money.
We -- Frank and his "haram" (4 of us, 1 guy and 3 gals, who regularly dine together on Sat nights) -- decided on Tambellini's to celebrate one of our birthdays. Joe knocked it out of the park once again! First, an amazing lasagna special with prosciutto, arugula, artichoke hearts, and béchamel sauce was ordered by all of us...the first time we all did that! It was truly decadent, luscious, and HUGE! Before that, the beans & greens were to die for, as was the amazing arugula & fresh buffalo mozzarella salad, also ordered and enjoyed by all of us. We finished off with a wonderful warm chocolate lava cake to celebrate our friend's birthday...ahhhhh...perfect pairing with the red wine! One of the best meals we've had there! Our waiter was the best, on top of everything! I'm ashamed that I can't remember his name, but I'll find out and request him again for sure!! Thanks Missy and Joe and staff for another wonderfully awesome evening!!! Always a delight!
My wife and I went there for my birthday. We hadn't been to Tambellini's in years and were in the mood for great Italian food. We were not disappointed. The food was tremendous and our waiter, Chad, was exceptional. He had all the specials memorized and new where the beef/fish came from. He was also very attentive. The only thing I wish Chad would have done was let me know the price of the steak special. Admittedly I should have asked but I never imagined it would be $58. Other than that it was a marvelous dining experience.
I will admit that my last visit to Tambellini's was not so great. This visit?... Redemption! The food was fantastic and the cocktails were delicious. Tim, our server, was very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. The only downfall of this place is the price. Over $12 for a cocktail made with Smirnoff? I could buy a whole bottle for that amount. That being said, this is a great place for a special occasion.
Best Italian food in the Burgh (Pittsburgh). Food is outstanding with special items being even better. Can be very noisy if you are seated by the bar or a table of loud guests which is always annoying wherever you dine. Wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable.
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