Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

3.9
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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 2018. Experience why Nakama is getting Pittsburgh's vote!! We are located at heart of the historic South Side at 1611 East Carson Street & 10636 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA.
Nakama features Happy Hour Monday thru Friday from 5-7 pm with specials on drinks, half off select appetizers & sushi specials our bar area. Nakama also offers a well-priced children's menu. Gluten free options available.
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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The chef made a great show at teppanyaki table.

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j
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

First I ordered a filet steak. I was served a strip steak that I ordered medium well. It was completely raw on the inside. The waiter said he knows nothing about how it was prepared. The manager came over and said because the grill wasn’t warmed up enough that it was undercooked. She sent it to a different grill and it came back 10 minutes later still raw. They offered no reduction from the bill. I don’t fight for customer service. If you can’t do the right thing for your customers, then I’m not going to tell you how
We will never go there again. Poor quality, poor customer service.

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JG
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience and dinner. Show/cook was good, but we have had better.

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CG
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love going to Nakama when someone from out of town is visiting, it has a good atmosphere and food. The one thing I always hate is when hibachi places don’t cook your steak how you tell them too. I ordered medium rare and got well done. It was taken off the grill the same time as the person next to me who ordered medium and that’s just carelessness in my opinion, especially for how much you’re paying. All in all, it has good food, but compared to other hibachi restaurants you don’t get as much for the price.

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SS
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to a few hibachi restaurants and often find the food rather bland, but this was my second visit to Nakama, and again, I found the hibachi food very tasty. Also, the Seared Ahi Tuna appetizer was delicious (and even more so, since it was a free birthday appetizer--check their website!).

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

My first experience at Nakama was not a good one. Our server was incompetent and did not have any knowledge of the menu or drinks available. My friends had ordered hibachi. The chef was not entertaining whatsoever. I was under the impression that when you choose to sit at the hibachi station that some type of show is given while your food is being prepared. This was not the case. I ordered a sushi platter, which was not on the menu given to me. The server was unaware of the sushi menu and had to return to the table several times before providing me with the proper one. My sushi was served after all of my friends had finished their meals. We were told that the kitchen was “backed up.” When ordering a draft beer the server had to once again leave the table, as she had no knowledge of what was on tap. My sushi was fresh and I enjoyed my meal, although I was served last and did not get to enjoy it with my friends. I will not be returning.

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BW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food for sure. Only a few issues.
1. Menus were pretty dirty
2. Had to get my own soy sauce dish and tap list
3. Tap list was out dated
4. Directly under A.C and fam so it was freezing for my wife and myself.
Other then that it was a good time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Food is fantastic. No question. Our experience, though, was terrible. It was a hot and humid day (typical for Pittsburgh in mid-June), and the air conditioning was broken in the restaurant. To address it, the restaurant had fans on in the bar area and the front door open. When asked, our server explained that the fans in the restaurant area could not be turned on because of the open flames used for cooking hibachi. The problem with this explanation is that the fans from the bar area and the open door of the restaurant also posed a fire hazard, evidenced by the fire from the hibachi flying directly in front of the face of my young child. I was able to pull the child out of the way of the fire, and she was thankfully unharmed, but petrified. She would not remain in the restaurant and so we left. The server was unapologetic and the manager never came over, but communicated a small discount on our bill through the server. It was incredibly disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I made the reservations the day before for four people my friend that I haven’t seen for 50 years was meeting me with her husband they tried to see this at a table where there was hardly any spots left they wanted us to be separated where the person lives the table up and walks in the middle somebody would’ve been sitting on around corner the owner came over very rude did not know how to talk to people she refused to move us at first when I told her you will move us and do it now finally they did I’ll never go back there

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JH
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I don’t think this restaurant is worth the current buzz/hype. The food was marginal, with the sushi rice being abnormally sticky. Like, weirdly sticky. Edamame was very good, and saltier than most restaurants serve it. We ordered several different types of sushi and sashimi and none of it is particularly memorable, which is disappointing. Ambiance is moderately noisy and very dark. Overall, it’s an okay place, but not great.

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D
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We come to Nakama regularly as one of our favorites. The portions are generous and well prepared. We’re members of their VIP club and we celebrated our anniversary with one free dinner entree.

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SR
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a really good experience. We ate and drank in under and hour. The service was great we didn't wait on our server at all. She was always there when we needed her.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Dirty restaurant, disgruntled staff, pushy server.

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s
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great.... Service not so much our cook did not Talk or Entertain when cooking. the Other cooks around us looked so much more fun.

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s
Washington DC
123 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Good sushi Lots of variety. Beautifully presented Service slow.

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LA
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was average and the entire process was rushed. Could not hear our server because of the noise level and frankly she did not seem to care. From the beginning of the meal she was rushing us through.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have a shellfish allergy and we let the waiter know when I had ordered however the chef proceeded to cook the shrimp and scallops along with the vegetables and before my meat so it was cross contamination central. Thankfully nothing happened. Also, it was very loud and there were kids running around being obnoxious

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We all agreed that the lunch menu should have included veggies. Thats the best part of the meal.

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L
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding and so was the food. Looking forward to my next visit!

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p
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are visiting the city enjoyed the food service and ambiance

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MC
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Birthday

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

This was not a good experience, and as people that travel for work often, we enjoy trying local spots, but this was by far one of the worst. Started with the extreme delay with getting seated. Our reservation was for 7:30pm, however they did not see us until 8:30pm, A WHOLE HOUR LATER! When it was time for the chef to come prepare our meal, he had little to zero interaction with anyone. We have been to many hibachi restaurants and there are certain expectations that come along with that. You come for not just the food, but also the show, however here there was none. He did nothing but prepare our food, and leave. Finally, to wrap it all up, or check out process took 40 mins!!! Our waitress first brought the check and had left multiple items on it from another table that we didn’t even order. We informed her, she took it back to fix it, brought it back, and it was STILL wrong and had food on it we never ordered. I tried to catch her again to tell her and the rest of the staff inform me she went outside, and instead of grabbing a manager to assist they told us we could wait for her. So the PAYING CUSTOMER had to wait for the waitress to come back from being outside for 10 mins. She comes back, I inform her that again items are on our check that didn’t belong to us, and she goes to fix it again, however this time it takes 20 minutes before she comes back with our check fixed. All in all we were there for 2 and a half hours but only 20 minutes or so was actually eating/having our food cooked. Terrible experience, and poor management.

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DG
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Very mixed experience. First. the food was OUTSTANDING. The chef was polite but not particularly engaging.

The service was NOT a strong point. The server came to the table and seemed to be in a HUGE hurry. Asked if we had been there before, and our table-mates said "yes", but before I could say "no, it's our first time" she launched into a mile-a-minute spiel "well then you now that dinners come with.... and the vegetables are.....". I barely got any of it (also was VERY hard to hear due to the noisy atmosphere) and she was gone in a flash before I had a chance to ask a question. When she came back and was taking our orders like it was a race, I asked what was in the vegetables (as I was deciding whether to order extra mushrooms), and she said "....like I said before....". Although her tone was not snarky, the words most definitely were! When soups and salads came, she practically threw them at us.

Later, there was an issue with a drink in the other party, and both the server and manager (who they asked for) basically said "we'll make you a new one, but will charge you for it". They sent the drink back, and THEN the manager came and said that the bartended tasted it and whattayaknow, it WAS made wrong, so they gave the young lady a new one. But really - after making them go through all that?? It was ONE drink, and she clearly had only taken a sip, it isn't like she was trying to scam for a free one!

After all that, an 18% tip was automatically added to the check.

On top of that, when we left, the valet took our ticket and said "it will be a while". Huh? Then the party who walked out BEHIND us got their car - and clearly knew the valet (they hugged and spoke). Then 2-3 more parties who came out behind us got their cars before us.

All in all, the food was the best part, but I'm not sure I will give it another chance. There are other hibachi restaurants that I want to try.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

My steak was barely seasoned. It was really bland and I didn't enjoy it. Please instruct all the chefs to be consistent .

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 5

I’ve been a Nakama super fan since to 6th street 5 years ago during my education at Duquesne University . I used to go 2-3 times a week for lunch or dinner . Having moved back to the south hills , I don’t get to go as much as I’d like .

Tonight I stopped in with my father and cousin to grab some hibachi . I haven’t seen him in quite some time as he had two young boys and I am quite busy running 3 companies . I am a young professional operating at the executive level and on the weekends I like to dress casually .

My cousin however , is dealing with a incurable form of autoimmune disease which causes his blood pressure to rise and makes him extremely hot . While he had a hoody on , he took it off due to this and had a tang top underneath . Within 3-5 minutes the manager (a 40-50 year old) woman abruptly came over to our hibachi table , interrupted our conversation , and yelled at him like a child because of this . As much as I love the taste of the food here (it’s my favorite hibachi place in Pittsburgh) , I will most likely never go back .

While I understand and respect the purpose of dress codes at nicer restaurants , especially in the drunken college scene of Southside , this was not the manner in which I expect anyone to treat anyone for any reason , especially when spending $100+ a meal every time I go there .

ADVICE TO MANAGEMENT - Instead or yelling at guests like children in elementary school for not following the “rules” , perhaps start the conversation by asking the guest if they were aware of the dress code policy , and then make a reasonable effort to accommodate the guest . To my knowledge , and I may be wrong , there is no easily visible signage informing guests of the dress code policy .

Treat your guests with respect , not like trash .

Much Love ,
A Sad Nakama SuperFan

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PK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting Pittsburgh on vacation, I have been to this Nakama before and it held up pretty well!

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with family for my birthday, it’s been YEARS since I’ve been to Nakama and I wasn’t disappointed! It’s a little pricey for hibachi.. but it’s DELICIOUS!! Get the Hawaiian roll! Thanks Nakama!

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BH
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service great atmosphere . Highly recommended for any occasion. Kudos to the wait staff and chef!! Can’t wait to go back .

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

We normally have no issues when we dine here. We are frequent customers. This particular time we had reservations and were sat 30 minutes late (we had our whole party with us). I'm not sure if the waitress was having a bad day but she seemed "off" from a typical waitress there. She messed up our checks twice and it took forever to even get the checks. The manager/lady in charge was very scattered brain and didn't seem to know some of the things we asked her. The cook was great. The food was great. We will continue to come back but are hoping this was just a one time thing where our experience wasn't top notch like usual.

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p
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the lettuce wraps and our drinks. Had an enjoyable time.

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Seated at 9, started cooking at 10:30. Couldn’t fill our table. Finally sat another couple with us, but they argued with the waitress setting the rest of the night in a downward spiral. Think we were done shortly after 11. Hard to get refills on beverages also. After 10 things going wrong and apologies, we were given the $110 bill for myself and my daughter and a free bowl of ice cream. Which was 3 scoops of regular chocolate ice cream.

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TW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visit with out of town family

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M
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best hibichi I've ever had! Very busy place but they were extremely efficient! Overall great experience. Would definitely recommend making a reservation to make sure you get in!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The hibachi wasn’t heating. So we had to wait an extra half hour. Then the hibachi chef was boring! He didn’t do anything fun like they normally do:-(. Our kids were bummed. Then we left and I realized they never got their ice cream with their kids meals. It has been years since we ate at Nakama and I was disappointed at how downhill it has gone.

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t
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My daughter lives out of town and picked nakama for her favorite dinner this time. We all had amazing food, and drinks. Even though one member of our party was rudely 30 minutes late, they still were able to accommodate us on a busy Saturday. They were very pleasant about it also

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

They didn't seat us until 20 minutes after our reservation and sat us at a table that was open the whole time. There was also very loud random music. Weird experience for a place that is typically 5 stars

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Loud. Server wasn’t very friendly and didn’t provide us with menus, soy sauce or water half the time. Our hibachi chef was great though. Everyone was sick about half an hour after we left. :(

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

The food was delicious. However I was told by the hosts that I could not request a chef as well as the server. The chef I requested told me nobody even mentioned that there was a request. Very unprofessional especially after coming from a restaurant job before you try to accommodate guests requests

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent. I wish it had more light in the restaurant.

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OT
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Super loud, but expected. Food was phenomenal. Service was fair. Our check was incorrect and we had to ask for boxes several times. Server did not go above and beyond by any means.

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