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

Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Details

  • 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: 1:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
  • 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. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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.."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    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?"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Very noisy, somewhat expensive. Not a true Japanese experience, but enough choices. Great service."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "2nd and definitely NOT the last time I will be visiting. Favorite restaurant in the city!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Consistently great food and timely service. Always bring my out of town guests for a unique high end Hibachi meal and sushi."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Didn't appreciate the birthday ice cream and candle being added unexpectedly to my bill. Service was just ok."
    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."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I've been to Nakama several times now and the experience is always great. This was the first time I used this service to make a reservation, but all went smoothly with the service. I will always count Nakama as one of my favorite places to eat in the area. The food is great, atmosphere welcoming and service always on point. Thanks for another pleasurable eating experience!!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great food- great service- A little difficult to speak with your guests as it's a hibachi table...but worth it... Excellent food"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Always have a fun time! Great get together place for couples or girlfriends."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "I always enjoy going to Nakama Steakhouse. The chefs are always entertaining. The food is always cooked to perfection and served off the grill right onto your plate so it is always hot and fresh. The Sushi Bar is a bit on the slow side, however, but it didn't take away from the overall experience. Last time I went, they were temporally out of Guiness :( but they comped my drink so it was all good :) I'll continue to patronize Nakama."
    Dined on 7/18/2013
  • "I always leave satisfied. Great food and service was great during the lunch hour."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for Valentines Day and had a great time! The service, hibachi, and food were amazing!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Overall, an excellent experience. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone & everyone. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Took family of six to celebrate a 21st birthday. Arrived on time, seated quickly. Promptly waited on and menu explained for those who were new. Food was good and plentiful. Our chef could have used a little more personality (really - any attempt would have been better). Waitress was very helpful with cutting and passing out the birthday cake."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Always a great meal and when complimented by very attentive service it is a hard combination to beat. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "There were 3 or 4 hibachi chefs working the night we attended. Although a couple of the chefs were energetic, we had a chef that just cooked the food. He had no interest in doing any tricks or entertaining the people that sat at the grill. You could tell he just wanted to finish the night and go home. I think if we had a more energetic chef, we would have rated this experience better."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "The food and waitress were wonderful! Downside was waiting 40 minutes past our reservation."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "First of all, I DEFINITELY recommend making reservations; we went on a Thursday and my friend scoffed at the idea of making them, but was glad I did when we heard other guests complaining about the 2 hour wait. I love the atmosphere of the place. Everything was delicious-- their soup is a little spicy, but the ginger dressing on the salad is cooling and a little sweet (even my friend who hates ginger dressing wanted more!). Their specialty drinks/martinis are great, and you definitely get your money's worth. All in all, I would go there again, maybe next time with a big group."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We think the quality & selection are the best of all the local Hibachi-style restaurants. We had great service, and had a friendly chef who was not over-the-top on his presentation. We go for the food, not the "show"."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Made a reservation, which helped I suppose in the long run get say before walk ins, but still had to wait about a half hour to be sat. A lot of rules in order to be sat, wish I would have been informed before hand. So loud! We were a party of 6 and had to scream to talk to members of our party who weren't immediately next to you. Sushi came out at all different times, one member of our party got three rolls and a platter at all different times, but all before another member got the one roll they ordered (which was their meal). Drink I ordered wasn't fantastic, and our server was pretty absent, but it was extremely busy. Overall I thought it was over-hyped and over-priced, will probably go to a different restaurant next time I want hibachi."
    Dined on 1/10/2014