Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

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Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar is a hip, fresh approach to Japanese cuisine. Enjoy the knife wielding chefs & experience why Nakama has the absolute best tasting hibachi grilled steak, chicken & seafood as well as the best sushi in Pittsburgh. Nakama has won numerous awards including: Best Japanese/Sushi Restaurant by Pittsburgh Magazine from 2005 through 2015.
Experience why Nakama is getting Pittsburgh's vote!! We are located at 10636 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA and in the heart of the historic South Side at 1611 East Carson Street.
Nakama features Happy Hour Monday thru Friday from 5-7pm with specials on drinks & half off select appetizers in their huge cocktail lounge. Nakama also offers a well-priced children's menu. Gluten free options available.
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JN
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. The food is always great, it’s a great show, and the service is wonderful. A favorite of ours.

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JS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 12. The two chefs were great. Granddaughters ( age 3 and 4) had a wonderful time! Food was hot and delicious.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Had reservations at 7:00. Did not start eating until 8:30. People that were seated after us ate before us. Server was very slow and kept forgetting our items. Hibachi chef was also very slow and in my opinion not experienced enough to be cooking on her own. Food quality was not up to part and not a great value for what we received. Would probably not return again unless things changed.

Did not even acknowledge birthday even though it was booked as a birthday celebration.

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RL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Food was very good. The noise level from the fans was too high for conversation

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L
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my sons 18th birthday tonight. Our server was very nice. The chef was awesome. Food as always was very good.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a quality meal and fun experience.

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NB
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The chicken was overcooked so my kids wouldnt est it. It was very chewy.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Our chef was amazing but our server was horrible! We went almost an entire dinner service without a drink. Our chef told her we need drinks and she still wouldn’t come over. He ended up getting another server to get them for us. She never ordered the appetizer for the other party at our table and the chef had to quit cooking and go and get that as well. That was by far the worst dinner service I have ever had. To spend over $200 on a meal and not even get a drink is ridiculous!! Not a manager in sight. I won’t be back to that location!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hibachi chef was awesome

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I have been to this restaurant literally hundreds of times. After this restaurant opened Nakama it was very good. It has however deteriorated over time but last night was an all time low. our meal was literally in edible. On the positive side the manager did discount on our bill by 50% however we were not able to eat anything but the salad and soup that arrive first.

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MW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

I have not been in about 10 years and thought trying the new location with my family in Wexford would be worth it. Making a reservation was easy and we were seated around the time. Appetizer and salads came out fairly quickly and drinks were refilled. However, I think our table was forgotten about...
We didn't actually get started on the grill until 8:00p. It was an hour after our reservation. Another hibachi next to us had already started within them sitting down. If it weren't for the speedy service of the soup and salads, I think we would have left. Also, our meat was cooked first, so if you wanted that with everything else...it was cold by the time the rice and veggies were ready. For the price, we were disappointed.

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LK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so very much for the wonderful experience during my fathers birthday dinner! From the waitress to the chef you have wonderful individuals working for you! We were a party of 11 and you all were so very accommodating!!! I haven’t been to this site since it was Miyakos and I can see why it was replaced! You blew them out of the water!!

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AJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and menu!

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SM
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I was very disappointed in the overall dinner. I have been dining at Nakama since they first opened on the South Side. I have had may wonderful dinners there with my husband and family. Friday night was the worst experience. The chef was lacking in training and proper handling of the food on the grill. She was very young. It was clear from the start she did not know what she was doing. She cooked my seafood in the residue left from steaks that were cooked for other guests. She admitted to me she did not know how to cook the lobster. I have training both professionally and as a very good home cook. I talked her through each step. She left the appetizers for last. I discussed my experience with the manager and they did comp my dinner. But, I have to think I probably won’t return to that location.

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KD
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service-food always good. Great for families -our hibachi chef was interactive and fun

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t
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were seated in the bar where it was extremely loud and having a baby with us.. that was not ideal. so we ordered sushi to start that came out really warm and had an odd texture. we then ordered & my boyfriend for the lobster dinner and the portion was so small and absolutely not worth the price. My rice was extremely hard and inedible. We left extremely dissatisfied

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good but pricey. The fried rice is an extra charge which seems silly. The food was good but I am not sure it’s any better than other less expensive hibachi restaurants in the area.

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A
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, a bit pricey though

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 2 adult daughters had sushi appetizers which they always love, and also had the steamed dumplings (gyoshi?) shrimp/vegetable appetizer which was delicious. All 4 of us had fried rice, choice of shrimp or mushroom appetizer, tossed salad with Ginger dressing, and a beef broth mushroom soup. Steak, shrimp, and scallop dinners were great, with grilled vegetables also. Food quality was excellent, temperature hot right off hibachi grill, portion size large, served with 2 wonderful sauces -one for the beef and another for the seafood. Service is always friendly and excellent. And each chef always delights with the show he performs with food and cooking utensils right in front of you on grill:) Nakama's always wants to make sure the customers are happy with the quantity /quality/service - 5 stars on everything. It's our go to place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions or just a family treat.
The VanTine family♡♡

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D
Pittsburgh
33 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun hibachi steakhouse. Food is excellent and the presentation is a nice part of the meal.

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k
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Took my parents there for 1st time and we had a young female hibachi chef who said she had only been doing this for 4 weeks and it showed. She really didn't do any tricks you usually see the chefs do and did a poor job cooking food. The vegetables we received last werent even cooked all the way while everthing else was starting to get cold or we had already eaten it. She even strugled cutting the meats while she was cooking it! First time we had ever had a poor experience there!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great! Service is great! Overall great experience

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L
Pittsburgh
49 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went in on Valentines Day. We sat in the bar. The food was outstanding although we had to wait a long time for the sushi. I guess they were busy. Very good sushi and hibachi. I would recommend it!

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VS
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent high quality sushi made with fresh ingredients and creativity. Service team was friendly and attentive even on a busy night.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

My husband ordered a beer and I ordered a sangria. Both tasted like dish soap. The shrimp was undercooked to the point where it was inedible. The waitress was so nice, however, didn’t realize both drinks and meals were left mostly untouched.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall good experience but one chef was out that night so we eventually sat at the bar and watched a hockey game and received a discount of 25%. Definitely will go back since we loved the place, food, and service.

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OT
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Table service in the bar, hibachi was aweful. Dry, no sauce, expensive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sons 16th Birthday! There were 7 of us, for our family celebration. The chef was very kind and personable., made for a fun experience.The waitress was on top of our drinks . We look forward to our next visit

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!

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JP
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat at the hibachi grill. The service was fine (nothing stellar). The hibachi chef didn’t put on much of a “show” as some grill chefs do. I don’t know if that’s just not Nakama’s thing or if it was our particular chef. We haven’t eaten there in quite some time. Years ago we would frequent the Nakama in the South Side. The North Hills vibe is nothing like I remember South Side to be. Food was good but I couldn’t believe how empty the restaurant was on a Friday night.

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MD
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

They forgot our appetizer, beer smelled like a skunk, and sushi tasted like it was several days old - We will never return.

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B
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife's birthday with the family. Service was great.

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LB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Nakama this weekend. Had the tropical sushi roll and steak hibachi. My two tweenage kids loved it and I was happy too!

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nakama is always great. Awesome service and even better food. Hopefully be back soon

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SW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great! But we hoped the chef would have been more interactive and fun. Two of our kids never experienced hibachi and we were looking forward to having a chef that made the experience even better.

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JG
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great but the service seemed rushed. Our meals were ready before we had time to eat our soup and salad. Other than that, great time.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just got sushi in the bar area but the food was amazing and the service was great!

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SE
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great hibachi! Very reasonable prices and the food was wonderful!

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TR
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food,fast,friendly and never disappointed

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LT
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious, and the service Tanner provided was excellent. However, the wait for the chef was long despite having a reservation, and I felt crammed in like a sardine. We had no elbow room being against the next table.

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