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SOBA Lounge
SOBA Lounge

SOBA Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bigburrito.com/soba
  • Email: sobal@bigburrito.com
  • Phone: (412) 362-5656
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Danielle Cain
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available through "Big Catering", part of the big Burrito Restaurant Group. For information please call (412) 361-3272 ex 210.
  • Private Party Facilities: Soba has a private dining room that can accommodate up to 25 guests as well as multiple room cocktail and sit down dinner parties for as many as 75 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Patrick Warren (412) 362-5656
  • Special Events & Promotions: Visit www.bigburrito.com/soba for information on upcoming events at Soba

Getting there

  • Cross Street: College Avenue
  • Public Transit: 71C, 75 Ellsworth and the East Busway are all convenient to Soba
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lots are located next to SOBA & across the street (entrance on College Avenue). Street parking also available.
A word from SOBA Lounge
Soba is a Pan-Asian restaurant that consistently rates as one of Pittsburgh's finest, with accolades ranging from Best New Restaurant (In Pittsburgh) & Best Restaurant (Pittsburgh Magazine) to Best Martini (Pittsburgh City Paper) & Delicious Design (Pittsburgh Magazine). The menu changes daily, allowing the chef to create signature selections with an Asian influence. The large selection of tempting appetizers are perfect for sharing among your group. Drink specialties include seasonal martinis made with house-infused vodkas. Soba's wine list is recognized by Wine Spectator and has a wine to complement any dinner. Soba is housed in a beautiful, three-story Victorian building on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside. The restaurant has an urban/modern Zen garden atmosphere with a spectacular two-story water wall. The restaurant includes a comfortable first floor lounge, several small dining rooms & a rooftop deck.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "One of the best meals I have had. Rave reviews from our out of town guests. Every dish was fresh and tasty!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I just went to Soba for only the second time, to use my 'birthday entrée' coupon- turned out to be the perfect choice! I traveled to Korea for many years for my job, and love the flavors and options Soba offers in Korean/other Asian cuisines. My friend and I had black cod and ahi tuna- both delicious! The calamari was also excellent- the best I've had in a long time. Our server was kind enough to let me purchase wine at the bar during happy hour (at a reduced price) and bring it to the table- much appreciated- and service was ideal, i.e. always available and never overbearing. I hadn't seen the first floor before the remodeling, but its gorgeous now. Thanks for a great meal in a beautiful setting!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Our Soba experience was amazing! Food and drinks were amazing. The tuna is always the best. Water fest was a blast!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Food was great and so was the atmosphere. Just wish our service would be a touch quicker. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "another spectacular meal at Soba. The tuna is a must-try. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Food was not that great, a little over priced (you could have gotten a better Pad Thai dish for half the price in a fast food restaurant), however worth it because of the service of our waiter (John)."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "we've been to SOBA many times. As always the food and service were superb. our waiter, Scott, was ten on the 1 to 10 scale."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This place is amazing!! My husband and I love coming here, and we are never disappointed."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food (Alasan halibut and seafood hot pot) was outstanding as usual. The service was friendly and competent, but slow in terms of removing dirty plates and checking in for additional items needed during the meal. We were a two top in a room of larger groups (4+), so I think our server and the bus staff were more preoccupied with them. Some other other diners were quite loud, which combined with the slower service, did not provide a dining experience worthy of the delicious meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I dined Saturday March 29 and had the salmon and it was amazing....Great table, service was awesome( John was waiter) and I would highly recommend SOBA to anyone interested in a great meal in a very cool neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "food was great, but noise level was great. I was told that they do serve lunch yet"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I ate at this restaurant for the first time last year for my birthday and returned again this year. Both times the menu has overwhelmed me with the number of really interesting options. The wait staff has been consistently helpful in providing recommendations to help me make a choice. The cocktails, the appetizers, the main courses - all of it was really wonderful with interesting pairings of foods and spices. Tables are spaced far enough apart that you can have a private conversation at your own table. It is becoming one of my favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh for a special night out."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My husband & I were joined by another couple to celebrate my birthday. From beginning to end, the experience was fantastic. Hostesses that greeted us were friendly and welcoming. We were also greeted at the table within moments of being seated. Our server (Ashley?) was the best server I have had at any restaurant in quite awhile. On a busy Saturday she never made us feel rushed. She read our cues that we were hoping for a leisurely meal and she was happy to oblige. And her descriptions were awesome - it made for an exceptional dining experience. And to the chef and pastry chef - my Korean BBQ short ribs and chocolate maki dessert were AMAZING. Thank you Soba staff for the great evening!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We have reserved before we went in. The restaurant is modern and well decorated. We ordered calamari for appetizer and it was great. Then, pork chop and seared rare tuna , both are impressive , large portion, and delicious.finally , the most favorite of mine is chocolate maki. It was creative and delicious dessert . Overall Soba impressed me and I recommended this restaurant to others :D"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. While there have been some very good additions to the menu, the desserts need tweaking; they haven't changed a lot over time. The cocktails are excellent, especially the "Offer You Can't Refuse". It is great. The service was very good with a small glitch; the extra bowl of rice we ordered was brought way before our entree and was cold by the time the main course was served. Soba is a wonderful restaurant as are all the Big Burrito restaurants. We enjoyed our evening tremendously."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We were stuck in traffic due to tunnel construction & called ahead to push back our reservations. We were told that was fine & whenever we got there was fine. However, when we got there the hostess told us we could not be seated because they like to allow 1.5 hrs b/w tables & there was only 1 hour 20 mins so they were unable to seat us & we were more than welcome to sit in the lounge (the tables are knee length and not ideal for eating at, especially for a special occasion). We told them we would not sit there & had we been told when we called that was the case we would not have sat in traffic for over an hour to get there. They were able to "squeeze us in". The restaurant was 1/2 full the entire time we were there & no reason to rush us"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Another perfect evening at Soba. We took our son who was visiting from NYC. Everything we chose was excellent. The food and service were impeccable."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "First time there since remodel, everything looks great and always a suprise how everything fits into the building. A little slow to get a drink but well worth it, Cucumber Vokda Martini served with a Dill Pickle, wonderful. Fun and vibrant atmosphere, great place for a group of 4 to 8. The staff, like all Big Burroito concepts, was very helpful and happy to be there, appetizers and entrees exceeded expectations...a must try in Pittsburgh."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I've dined at Soba many times and it is always fantastic. We took all of our waitresses suggestions and everything was a hit. I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Soba for more than a year and enjoyed the remodel, the valet parking and of course our dinner."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Ordinarily very good, but the food was at best mediocre and the service was non existent..."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "First time I was here since the remodeling and the place looks great! The feel and energy from the bar is palpable as it gets you ready for an amazing dining experience! The food here is so consistently delicious and I appreciate so much their support of local farms and the ingredients they use leading the sustainable trend. It is very important to me for the restaurants I support to only use meat from humanely treated animals."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Chef Danielle Caine once again wowed us at our recent visit to SOBA. Her food always has the freshest ingredients, innovative & powerful flavor combinations, & the menu always has something seasonal, new, & delicious. Her scallops and black cod melt in your mouth , her homemade Kim Chee has the appropriate edgy bite, and don't even get me started on the black truffle samosas. Her Nam Kao Tod should come with a warning label: Warning you are about to become addicted to SOBA's Nam Kao Tod. A beautiful space, best cocktails in town, & absolutely delicious 100% of the time."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We were trying to think of a restaurant in Pittsburgh where we could take a friend from San Francisco who is used to incredible food choices, and we decided that SOBA would be fun. We began the dinner with their upgraded cocktails, which were festive and worth the splurge. Then, we had the tofu, hamachi and pot sticker appetizers (tofu is still the best; tiny portions of hamachi on the appetizer, but nicely presented with avocado); then main courses, the most memorable of which was a calamari with an array of interesting ingredients. The decor, including the waterfall wall and lively bar scene, make this a fun spot. We had excellent, attentive service and a waiter who knew his drinks and menu well."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had a great meal with excellent service in a very nice restaurant. Quickly becoming a favorite place for us."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Good food, good service, good atmosphere. What else is there?"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Since my last visit to Soba, the downstairs has been further remodeled, giving it a more coherent sense of space with a comfortable and contemporary Asian flair. The menu continues to provide innovative adaptations of more traditional Asian fare with more emphasis on seafood than on beef, pork, and poultry (although all of those are still well represented}. Vegetarian choices are more limited, but I thoroughly enjoyed the seaweed salad and the Thai vegetable curry. Our server, John, was attentive and answered any questions that we had with enthusiasm. Although we don't get to Soba more than a couple of times a year, each time we do go, we tell ourselves we should go there more often. Maybe this year, we will."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Food and drinks were very good. Negative was the staff kept rushing things, asking multiple times if they could take our plates, which still had food on them... It wasn't like midnight or anything like that, and we weren't the only customers. If you don't want people to be there past 10... Don't take reservations after 830...on a Saturday night...as it's a sharing plates and talking environment."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was especially good due to the creativity the chef used and the perfect marriage of unlikely flavors such as the cod with the pulled pork sauce. The waiter was very attentive as was everyone who worked there. We loved the ambience and the decor. We wished we could get everything on the menu because everything looked so good! We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Soba is one of my family's favorite restaurants. The last 3 times we were there I ordered the beet salad with the apples and goat cheese. I could eat it every day of the week. I love the tempura rock shrimp with the crispy lemon slices. I always clean that plate. My family has especially enjoyed the entrees with duck. We have always had tasty and beautiful food. I like to end my dinner with the chocolate maki which is both tasty and whimsical. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful when we have questions about the menu. Thank you, Soba!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Our server Amanda completely made this an amazing experience for us. Her knowledge and passion about the food in combination with her great interpersonal skills made my wife and I so happy. We haven't been out to eat lately due to some recent bad experiences, so it was just what we needed. We've been to Soba sporadically in the past, but the service we received from Amanda was enough to make us want to come back on a weekly basis."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Second time at SOBA. While visiting University of Pittsburgh. As soon as my family and I knew we would be in town, we immediately booked a reservation at Soba, based on a fantastic experience that we had there last year. Everything was just as great as we remembered it, can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "As usual, our visit to Soba was excellent. The food is superb and the ambience is among the best in Pittsburgh restaurants."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Great ambiance, wonderful food and excellent service."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food, service and ambiance and Soba are all excellent. I went there with a group of four and we decided to split most of the "share" options family style. Each dish had its own merits whether it was the best lobster maki I've ever had, the wonderful crab spring rolls, or the delicious short rib dumplings. We did not sample any of the cocktails, and instead stuck to the very organized wine list. Overall I was very impressed and I will be returning in the future."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I have been a fan of the big burrito chain for years now and this Valentine's Day they impressed again to say the least. The tasting menu offered was fantastic and the service and pace that the dishes came out was ideal. Thanks again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was the first ten my wife and I went to SOBA. We were blown away by the food. Our server was also amazing taking time to explain and give suggestions from the menu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great place to go for a special occasion. I've never been disappointed!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We experienced Soba for the first time and chose the tasting menu! It was outstanding, the wine pairings were perfect. It was busy, but we never felt like we were forgotten, the staff was impecable. I have to point out that the Sea Bass was out of this world ! We will go back, without hesitation."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was delicious and service was outstanding. The atmosphere and ambiance is wonderful. I cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014