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: 4123816000
  • 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: 1:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,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, 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, 2005,2006, 2007, 2008,2009 & 2010. 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; Best in Group Dining and Best Date Spot, City Search 2006. 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
60 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (45)special occasion (42)hot spot (21)neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (12)vibrant bar scene (12)romantic (9)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (8)late-night find (5)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Open Table NO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • lepopovi
    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.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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..
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Dinner and a show
    Jennifer
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I took my mom to Nakama for her birthday for something different because she always ends up at the same restaurants. She loved the experience and the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FrankyGVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Very noisy, somewhat expensive. Not a true Japanese experience, but enough choices. Great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 864 reviews are from the Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar reviews archive.
  • Good food, nice portions, fun
    MrsS
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We had a great dinner at Nakama. The food was delicious and properly cooked. There were a lot of good choices on the menu, both for hibachi and sushi. The only issue we had, which made our overall experience a 4 instead of a 5, was that our server forgot to bring my wine and my husbands beer. We had to remind her to bring the drinks. Other than that, it was great, and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pittsburgh Chic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    2nd and definitely NOT the last time I will be visiting. Favorite restaurant in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stick to Sushi
    Rich
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Our service was great, but the food was lacking and the restaurant was TOO LOUD to even hear the person next to you. This used to be our favorite spot for hibachi, not anymore. We'll be back for the sushi, some of the best in town, but that is it.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grad weekend lunch was AWESOME here
    Julz
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I came here with my parents on the Friday before my college graduation at 3 pm. It was an excellent way for us to catch up because it was quiet at this time so we could have a nice conversation, but the service was still attentive and relaxed in a good way. Hibachi chef was funny and very personable. They paid attention to the fact that I was a vegetarian, and the food was SO good. Awesome spicy mayo sauce. Overall, totally recommend it.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    Terrell0629
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    If you're looking to enjoy a nice upscale bar scene before going out to a club or if you want to have a nice hibachi dinner, this is the place. Nakama is always a great experience with good food!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappoints
    SimplytheBestVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Consistently great food and timely service. Always bring my out of town guests for a unique high end Hibachi meal and sushi.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful.
    qorinthian
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I don't have much time, but I will tell you that this place is wonderful. The food is prepared right in front of you with flair and fun and the food is very very delicious. It is definitely worth the price, though some dishes are VERY expensive.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Didn't appreciate the birthday ice cream and candle being added unexpectedly to my bill. Service was just ok.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    Teachme
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    My only complaint. My reservations were for 7 along with my confirmation email however Nakama had them for 730 and then were mad when I showed them their mistake through my confirmation email. In fact the hostess pointing out on their screen that it said 730. It wasn't a big deal but it could be at a different time or day and what happened to the customer always is right.Especially when they actually are. So the hostess was rude and arrogant and less to be desired, at least if this was my restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing done right for bday dinner
    GbondVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We made our reservation on Opentable and under special comments listed our request for their birthday dessert with sparkler and gong. In order to make sure it happened I also made personal contact with the restaurant for the birthday request. That never happened but that was only the start. The five of us sat for a good 15 minutes and no one took our drink order. Then when our drinks came we ordered appetizers. The appetizers/rolls arrived when they were serving us dinner! Sort of defeats the purpose of an appetizer. After we were done having dinner the waitress came over and never asked about having dessert BUT she was quick with the $230 bill. We had been to Nakama MANY times before and it was our favorite but on this day it was the worst
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waited forever with a reservation
    Dave
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had a 7:30p reservation, party of 4. Did not get seated until almost 9:00p. Food was great, but not any better than other hibachi/sushi restaurants in the area. The manager was very helpful in the end as she helped out with our bill, but we probably won't be back since the wait was just unnecessary. Good food and drinks, people watching, very loud (almost club-like), and reservations only reserve you a spot in line to wait.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • #weatewithCutch
    Ninnydee
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    This was my first time at Nakama and definitely won't be my last!! About 10 minutes after my party was seated McCutchen and friends walked in! Very cool atmosphere and environment! One of the begs meals I've had in the burgh!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    grando
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We took our daughter to Nakama for her birthday. The whole experience was outstanding from the moment we walked in until the moment everyone at our table was singing "Happy Birthday" to her while she was banging the gong. We go back here anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    HappyDiners
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Great sushi. Some of the best I have had. Hibachi was decent. $3 charge for fried rice was shocking as most hibachi places give you that at no extra cost.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food! Mediocre Service
    SouthSideFoodie
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Living in the South Side for the past 4+ years, I've been to Nakama over 40 times during that time. The food has been and still is of the highest quality. However, over the years (and particularly the last several months), the service has deteriorated. I could not tell how how many things went wrong when I was there on Sunday night (3/16). 3 of us went. None of us had drinks until after 2 of the 3 sushi rolls we ordered came out (the 3rd one came out way later - only after I complained - and it was the wrong roll - still pretty good though). Had to wait 10-15 minutes if any of us wanted a refill on our drinks - our whole table of 8 had several problems which we all discussed at the end of dinner. Overall, great food, poor service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Children
    nanay
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    My husband and I had reservations for noon for our wedding anniversary celebration, and were seated, it was empty and quiet. The couple that they sat with us had a baby, and it was very distracting , he was dropping things and crying....just made it hard to relax. I understand that there were no other guests at that time, but we did not have a choice but to deal with it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Nakama!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Nakama is awesome!! It's really loud in there on a Friday evening and the seating arrangement can be kind of annoying, but the food is delicious and the service is great. I go there a few times a year and I would not mind going more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, very busy,
    SamM
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Excellent food, very busy, had to wait long time despite having reservations, waitress appeared overwhelmed and forgot drinks, food. Never sang or came with gong even though were there for birthday. Positives were valet parking and excellent food. Not sure if I would come back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall