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SOBA Lounge
SOBA Lounge

SOBA Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bigburrito.com/soba
  • 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
  • "I was a first time diner at Soba. The atmosphere is cool. The service was excellent, including the waitress helping my undecided dining companion choose an entree. The drinks were delicious....overpriced, but delicious. My only complaint is that the tables were to close. I felt right in the conversations of the surrounding tables. In fact, I chose my entree based on the opinion of the woman at table next, only she wasn't talking to me. I also felt like my entire conversation could be heard. So I would definitely give Soba a low score if privacy was one of the rating choices."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "My family and I were slightly disappointed. First the restaurant looks more like a hotel lounge than its more trendy previous incarnation. Second, the kitchen was out of the two items we wanted - duck and soft shell crabs. The server explained that was due to Sunday's popularity. Is there no markets open on Mondays? I'm pretty sure that Wholey's is. Third, we always enjoyed the restaurant for its PanAsian flavor but there were many items on the menu that did not fit that characterization. However, we enjoyed the small plates; the Korean ribs were excellent,and the tofu dish and the crab rolls (or something like that) were very good. My husband enjoyed his fish dish although it was not particularly generous in servings size."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "We always enjoy a summer evening on Soba's outdoor patio. The food is always perfect and yummy drinks!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I first found SOBA two years ago and loved it. springrolls were wonderful. The salmon was average but I expected more from the restaurant and the price. The portion was adequate but everything else was basic ( lentils overwhelmed the salmon, the beans were warm and over seasoned. The desert Terrain was amazing, but sadly, we may move on to another gem. michelle labayen"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "my wife and i visit SOBA at least twice per year for their seared rare tuna. it is absolutely the best."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Moderate food, barely tolerable service. Very poor for a very pricey place. Indifferent to hostile service service at the door and on departure. Charmless."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Good food and good service. Unique flavors on all apps and dinners that we ordered. Waitress hovered a little in the beginning but eased up quickly and was friendly overall."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were celebrating a special birthday and chose one of our favorite restaurants, SOBA. The food as always was spectacular - my favorite remains the seared ahi tuna. THe menu had changed since we were last there and we think the changes are food for the good - more offerings, and more to our taste. Its also soft shell crab season and that was one of our appetizers - again, just great. Our kir royales were spot on, and the waiter was particularly helpful. another great visit!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I had a coupon from Big Burrito for $30 toward an entree, and seeing as how I hadn't had an excuse to go to Soba yet that was my choice! I had the seared rare tuna and my boyfriend got the crispy tofu & crab springrolls. All of our food was amazing! Flavors were fantastic; the sauce and seasoning for the tuna was spicy, but not overly so. Our drinks were great as well. For dessert we did the chocolate maki, which pretty much blew my mind creativity-wise. It was also delicious for someone who loves chocolate. Our service was good, but we didn't ask a lot of questions or need much help. He did keep our water glasses full and check in often which was great!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed dining at Soba and would definitely return again. The ambiance is always perfect for a date night and the food is delicious. We will return again!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We had a great date night at this restaurant. The food was delicious, although the menu was somewhat limited. We both really enjoyed the evening and will definitely return ."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food is fantastic. They have so many creative dishes. I like everything I ordered including the blue bay mussels, lobster maki, duck entree and chocolate maki as desert. Definitely a 5 star and I have recommended to a lot of my friends."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "In addition to the wonderful flavors and food combinations from the Soba kitchen we were very impressed with the excellent service we received from our waiter. Glad I chose it to celebrate my birthday."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We live within walking distance to 4 Big Burrito restaurants and enjoy aspects of all of them. Soba is one of the most reliable. We generally have tasty interesting meals there. Decent wine list, nice bar scene, good asian-fusion food. Service can be uneven, well intentioned, but they don't always come thru as you would like them to. Prices are moderately high, but not out of line for what you get. Wild Alaskan halibut & thakkali curry (vegetarian) were both enjoyable although the rice on the curry plate could be a little more interesting (maybe fresher & less dry). Chocolate pretzel stack was rich, perhaps more malt & miso flavor & a little less sugar for balance. Wine markups are 3x-4x, pricey but typical for these retaurants."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great ambience and awesome service. This is a great date/special occasion spot. Recommend dishes: Tuna and halibut."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I usually get the black cod which is always terrific. This time I went with the halibut and was not disappointed in the least. My wife had the pad thai which is a solid standby and loved it."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food; service good, but not great. Sat on the deck on a delightful evening."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The evening was very gracious and so was the dinner. The calamari was an excellent choice for an appetizer. I had the halibut cooked to perfection while the Mrs. had salmon, also perfect."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Wonderful mix of pan - Asian. Always fresh interpretations of a variety of Asian dishes. From meat eaters to Vegans, everyone has a spot on the menu. Freshness is highlighted in all dishes."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I took my fiance to Soba for his birthday. The drinks and food were excellent. I had the bangkok tea and the miso black cod. My fiance had the biddle buck and the seared rare tuna. Our server was attentive, but was not very knowledgable about the menu. Overall, I would reccommend this restuarant for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The soft jazz music was overbearing (I couldn't hear my date). I ordered the tuna steak. The sesame seeds were burnt, and it was doused in a bad interpretation or a Korean BBQ sauce. The dining room wasn't terribly clean, and, even though it had been "redone", looked cheap. We sat on top of the table beside us, as we were squished in. What was sad is that the dining room was not even filled, and we had a reservation. Was that necessary? Overall, a pretty poor dinner. I would not recommend wasting the money on overpriced food with a poor atmosphere. Our server was awesome, but it didn't save the experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I was very excited to try Soba for the first time, and maybe that was my first mistake. While the food and the drinks were good, they were not outstanding. Each dish that was presented felt like it was "missing sometime", some crunch in the springrolls, some sauce for the maki... Maybe I am being too critical, but I was not impressed. It is not likely that I will return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The vietnamese tasting menu was an unexpected change, and we really enjoyed it. The service was top-notch, and each course and wine pairing was explained well."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "From the trio of starters to the delicious dessert, this was an excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "visited for the vietnamese menu tasting and was very impressed with it. everything was great, the server's knowledge of the dishes was impressive and i left looking forward to another visit."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Went for wife's birthday. Were seated immediately in the mid level room. Shared strawberry soup with ginger oil and greens. Served chilled. Ginger oil gave soup a slight kick and greens a pungency that went well with the soup. I had the Thai seafood hot pot and my wife had the duck two ways. There were plenty of mussels 4 or 5 shrimp, two sauteed scallops and two fish cakes served in a spicy soupy sauce. Fish cakes were excellent. Everything else cooked to right degree of doneness. Wife's duck breast was cooked medium rare as ordered and the braise legs very tender both complemented by the sauce. The chocolate maki with warm chocolate sauce was rich and creamy. Service was prompt but not rushed. Anna helped make the night special."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Took my husband for his birthday, great food and atmosphere. Main floor seemed like a great place for a larger party. Will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our food and wine were great. Wish the service had been as good. We think we had an inexperienced server. Food was yummy, and wine list impressive. Only issue is that it seems like the prices keep cheating up, so we come out less often than in times past."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I ordered Pad Thai. It was too gloppy for my taste. I would have preferred it to be lighter and with more fresh vegetables. My husband had Bi Bim Bop, and he didn't think it was that great either. We've had better, I would say. Decor was nice and music is trendy, for those that appreciate that."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I always go to Soba for my birthday, and I am never disappointed. The food is flavorful, the wait staff is unfailingly polite and helpful, and the atmosphere is festive and fancy."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The newly renovated space is lovely--warm woods and great fabrics, a more open feel. Happy bartenders made a wonderful summer drink with rhubarb. The food was always great and continues to be, seafood with an Asian inflection. My soft-shell crab was wonderful as was the salmon. My companion had the pot stickers and udon and loved them."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "After my meal at Soba I felt somewhat underwhelmed, I took my fiancee there for her birthday after reading several fantastic reviews. The first thing I noticed was how quiet it was for a Saturday night, most restaurants I have been to in Pittsburgh are buzzing on a Saturday night. The appetizers were excellent, with the crab spring rolls a highlight, The mains were nice but nothing special. Overall it was an enjoyable meal, I just felt that Soba did not live up to its excellent reputation."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great apps. The lobster maki is always terrific; the shrimp tempura succulent; and the lump crab spring rolls crispy and delicious. Entrees were great also. The filet cooked to perfection; the tuna rare and tasty; and the Thai seafood hot pot filled with tasty shellfish and just hot enough. And the chocolate maki and the sorbet trio were just what the doctor ordered for dessert. Always a great meal here."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Soba, like all the Big Burrito restaurants, maintains a consistent high quality. The food offerings are innovative and consistently excellent, the service excellent; unobtrusive to those who know what they want, yet helpful to first-timers or diners not sure about the offerings. One of our first choices for a great place to take visitors or for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "food very different but very tasty able to cut down on the spices which was good a bit expensive since it is mostly ala cart"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Wednesday to celebrate his recent promotion. We had been here before and enjoyed everything; however, this time was worst. The Service and ambience was good. The food was horrible. Our soft shell crab, which was an appetizer, was burnt. The calamari had a strand of hair added to the dish as well. The night was ruined thanks to the kitchen staff."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This restaurant is the right place to have dinner at. The food is always interesting and good. The ambience is quiet and changes every time."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Wonderful food and atmosphere. We did ask to switch tables to sit outside, mostly because I'm one who is always cold and I preferred to sit outside on the deck and enjoy the 75 degree weather."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food and service here is always very good. The bartenders were very quick to serve us upon arrival and we were seated at our reservation time."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Soba has the very best tuna steak, ever. Have recommended it literally 20 times and never disappointed "
    Dined on 5/29/2014