Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatatnakama.com/
  • Phone: (412) 381-6000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wed: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.; Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Steakhouse, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Ron Dunn
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Appetizer & Sushi platters are available for off-site drop-off.
  • Private Party Facilities: Nakama offers private dining accommodations for up to 35 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th
  • Public Transit: 51A, 51B, 51C, 51D, 51G & 54C
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available Tuesday through Saturday from 6:00pm. Street parking is also available.
A word from Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar is Pittsburgh's hip, fresh approach to Japanese cuisine. Nakama has won numerous awards including: Best Japanese/Sushi Restaurant by Pittsburgh Magazine, 2005, 06, 07,08,09,10,11, 12,13 &2014. Best New & Best Japanese Restaurant, City Paper, 2004,05,06, 07, 08 & 09 Best Sushi; Best Trendy Scene; Best Special Occasion Dining; Best in Upscale Casual Dining; Come in & see why Nakama is getting Pittsburgh's vote!!! Nakama is located at 1611 East Carson Street in the heart of the South Side. Enjoy the knife wielding chefs & experience why Nakama has the absolute best tasting hibachi grilled steak, chicken & seafood as well as the most awesome sushi in Pittsburgh. Valet parking is available Tuesdays thru Saturdays from 6:00pm! Nakama features Happy Hour Monday thru Friday from 5-7pm with specials on drinks & half off appetizers in their huge cocktail lounge. Nakama also offers a children's menu.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (57)special occasion (43)hot spot (29)fit for foodies (18)vibrant bar scene (15)neighborhood gem (13)romantic (13)great for lunch (11)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great place for a group of friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The place was crazy busy. Glad we had reservations. Didn't wait more than 10 minutes. So they really kept to schedule. Everyone who served us and cooked were great. very friendly and made us feel very welcome. Great personalities. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food portions and lack luster cook
    Juanjon2
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The portion sizes were very meager(shrimp, scallops and steak) One of our guest 'thought she was having an appetizer served with our 3 small shrimp flambes and actually thought she had a few extras then my wife and shared them with my wife. After the appetizers were gone, she realized that they were her main course. My wife felt bad that she had shared some of the "main course" of our guest. Why any cook would serve the main course for one person is beyond my understanding. It was too late after the fact! Our main course was served and there were plenty of vegetables and rice, but very few shrimp and scallops. Vegetables are fairly cheap and it would have been nice to have at least some jumbo or large shrimp and scallops rather than a few morsels about the size of your little finger. Sorry to say the cook seemed like he wanted to get done and on with the next victim or the next customer. Somewhat dissatisfied and not very impressed by the entire evening. One good note we had a very nice and attentive drink server, named Michael. To bad everything else was not as super as Michael. Live and Learn!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • it was ok
    MikeSrVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The meal was ok and the proformace at the table was average at best
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place!
    Deels1242
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I've had a few bad meals here but this visit inparticular was great. Our waiter was an awesome guy (Ryan I think?) he made us laugh all night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Hibachi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I haven't had Japanese Hibachi in a long time and it was quite delicious. I like that the fried rice is an upgrade, so those who want can be a little healthier with just steamed rice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fast Service, Decent Food
    Cabanabob
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Typical Japanese flat top dining. earlier reviews spoke of drawn out dinners, but ours was very fast, in and out in just about an hour, with a group of 5. We were paired with a couple to make the total around the grill 7 people. LOTS of rice with your dinner; our group had orders of shrimp, tuna and chicken, i had 'bobs' special. All were good. Service was great. even though we were asked 'how would you like it cooked', my rare steak was done the same as the 2 other steaks at our table, medium to well. they pile it all together and cook it all together, regardless of request for doneness. Tuna was asked to be prepared rare, was overdone at medium. Didnt complain, as we were there for the performance of it more than the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I give it a 3/5 the price of the food was not equal to the quantity or quality. The chef spilled my soup and sauces on the table and our meat taste burned. Also I was told my birthday guest would receive a pineapple with sparklers and she didn't which ruined a surprise.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our table was waiting for us!
    Kfabe22
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were thrilled to arrive ahd have our table waiting for us - ZERO wait time. Service was great. Good was awesome! We had a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annoyed
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Food was great, server was great but they took over an hour to start our food. Server did apologize, however management never came over and did not get offered anything for the inconvience. It would not of been a big deal, however we were going to a show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time
    Bestofthebest
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great sushi and great appetizers. Hibachi is good too but would recommend Nakama maki roll.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food ok, that's about it though
    OOsushi
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a reservation for 7:30pm last Saturday for my wife's Bday - arrived 15 minutes early, but weren't seated until almost 8:30. Very unprofessional bartenders, spent more time talking to each other than serving a packed bar. Waiter/cook forgot parts of our party's order, when reminded about it, they forgot again. We had a party of 6 and they couldn't get the bills right after 3 attempts. The food itself was good, but that's it. Nakama used to be a wonderful place to come to celebrate special occasions, not so much anymore.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SteelerPrincess
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was great & the service was awesome. My only comment is that the food price is way more expensive than the other hibachi places in the area, but Nakama definitely has the best tasting food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food was very good but the service was not so good. We went on a Weds night for my daughters birthday and our reservations were at 8 PM. The restaurant was busy but no over crowded. We were seated promptly at 8 PM but we sat at our table for a half hour before we got our soups/salads. I also feel the portions at Nakama are much smaller than the competition - Ichiban etc.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worse Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food tasted burnt from grill... Rice was hard and crunchy... Customer service wasn't welcoming... Cannot do individual vegetables...
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Arrived for our reservation at 9:30pm, table was still not ready. We were not seated until 9:55! No apology, comped appetizers, or drinks. Hostess' were rude. Sushi was mediocre. Save your money and stay off Carson st!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nervous Cook
    LoveMeSomeNakama
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The only reason why I rated Service as "Good" is because the guy who cooked the food in front of us didn't entertain us as much as I have seen other cooks entertain. The other times I have been there the cooks do all kind of different tricks and our cook only did 1 or 2. He was nice, but seemed nervous. Maybe we was new.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday dinner
    SouthSideExp
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    What a great experience here at Nakama, Fun and entertaining along with a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Give it an A+
    morriswhatuget
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great service, great food, overall great evening spent with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Table NO
    moonmom
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Restaurant was very good, however they did NOT have my reservation through OpenTable- youre better off calling them
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great hibachi style food
    Jess
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Delicious hibachi style food with sushi bar. Also has a complete alcohol bar as well with open first come first serve seating. Recommend a reservation and will still wait at least 15 minutes on a busy night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best
    MacAttack
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I've been to this restaurant many times. The chef seemed new- there was not enough food for everyone resulting in cooking twice. My chicken was undercooked and the restaurant was very warm in general.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeds Expectations Consistently
    Jada
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have been to Nakama for lunch, dinner and happy hours and it NEVER ceases to amaze me! I mean all places have a time where they don't meet what you expect and have an off day; not here! It's hip, trendy and chic! Keep it up
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Mcgowan20
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The restaurant had great good and great service I would recommend to anyone who like steak sushi and seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • veryverypicky
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was so great, absolutely loved it. Very happy I made reservations online or else we would have been sitting there for hours. Our cook was very good and very funny. It is very noisey in there. I couldn't hear my boyfriend sitting next to me. But the noise is not enough to keep us away. For sure coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Out
    RK0429
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Was able to make a reservation online through their website with ease and was seated promptly after being greeted at the door. The Pittsburgh Penguin sushi was excellent and the hibachi chef was a great guy. He was very friendly and put on a great show. Chicken Diablo is the best. Will definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • boring
    livetoeateattolive
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I was looking for something fun for a change. the cook could not even break an egg. it was very loud and not very good. disappointed. It did not live up to the hype for me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Have been to Nakama several times and was disappointed with this visit. The food was not as good-chicken and shrimp overcooked. I had to tell the server to replace a dish as it was dirty. The bathroom was a disgrace. No toilet paper in any stall and trash can over flowing. This is not a bar but a fairly expensive restaurant!! Not sure I'll return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • lepopoviVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Love Nakama!! Food was excellent! My grandmother noted it was loud (yes) and there was no coffee! BUT other than that, she loved the food! Great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went to Nakama as a group of 4 for dinner prior to attending a show at the Benedum. We had a very enjoyable dinner. The chef that prepared our meal was very good, and was friendly. The menu was hard to read because of dim lighting and dark lettering on dark menus. I suggest the server explain the menu prior to ordering. Overall a very pleasant dining experience and I would/will recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 878 reviews are from the Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar reviews archive.
  • First Time.
    ThatMaleNurse
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have heard so many good things about Nakama and I was so excited to finally get to experience it first hand. The service was excellent. It took a small bit of time for the cooking of our food to begin but my date and myself were patient as it was a Friday night. Our cook had a wonderful personality and was very skilled. The scene was vibrant and so much fun to be in. I would recommend this restaurant definitely to anyone who is looking to do a group outing or anything of the sort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We always have a great meal at Nakama...Can't wait to go back!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bignightout
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The presentation was boring. But the food was delish. The kid birthday presentation was unique.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    TerriLips
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday, and he absolutely loved it! He had never been to a Japanese Steakhouse before, and his first experience was perfect. The food and atmosphere were great, and the service was top notch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific as usual.
    deRp
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I don't make it to Nakama nearly enough. Every time I go it is wonderful and fun
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Experience
    Allhype
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    For my first Tim it was the worst dining experience. I would have rather went to Pizza Hut. For all the things I heard about this place and to go with someone who been there before we both we're blown away. The chef was super quiet and not engaging food was a 4 on a scale of 1-10. We did receive a 10% off card for the next visit and was urged to come back but I don't know if I want to.. The person who Took me was embarrassed. She said she always have a great experience there and don't know what happened this time..
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  • Still got it
    Wolverine
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife and I haven't been to Nakama in about 5 years. Everything was just as we remembered. Had a great time with great food. Who could ask for anything more?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Winnie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We have dined here a few times and every time the food is great. Our last visit, on 6/27, the chef was especially good. The food prep was enjoyable as always. Waiter seemed a little unsure of himself. We were only seated with 2 other people but enjoyed not having a full table. Good beer selection, full bar. We showed up a little early and were seated immediately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner for 2
    Goomba
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The setting is very nice and the food and adult beverage choices were a plenty... The only things that were a disruption was the "gong" being hit during a Happy Birthday and it was a little warm, temperature wise. I didn't know if it was from the fireballs or if the A/C was off... Overall it was fantastic...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food But Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I took my daughter to Nakama for her high school graduation dinner. In retrospect, probably not the best choice for an evening where you want to have a conversation. The place was LOUD. Very difficult to hear the waiter or the cook for that matter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed the food & service but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    When making my reservation the website noted the dress code was business casual, after arriving my fiancé & I was surprised at the actual attire people had on! We traveled an hour and half looking forward to a nice dinner with other well dress patrons and it was far from it, if your going to state a certain attire then it should be enforced. The lighting was not very good and the noise level was very distracting, not only was it difficult to speak with waiter but my fiancé & I had a hard time hearing each other.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.