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About Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

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.

1611 E. Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Teppanyaki

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm (dinner menu served all day)

Cross Street:
17th

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(412) 381-6000

Website:
http://www.eatatnakama.com/

Catering:
Appetizer & Sushi platters are available for off-site drop-off.

Parking Details:
Valet is available Tuesday through Saturday from 6:00pm. Street parking is also available.

Public Transit:
51A, 51B, 51C, 51D & 54C

Private Party Facilities:
Nakama offers private dining accommodations for up to 35 guests.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Good for Groups (15)
Special Occasion (14)
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Good for Birthdays (12)
Fun (12)
Casual (8)
Kid-friendly (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Hot Spot (4)
People Watching (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was excellent as was the service! I love Nakama. I had been before but my boyfriend had never experienced hibachi so we went for our first anniversary. We loved it and are looking forward to anything trip back soon with a group of our friends. Fun, delicious, and something different.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Authentic
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·Dined 3 days ago

great food and our chef was amazing. We had reservations for 5- just wish we didnt have to share the hibachi with strangers while we were celebrating a birthday.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was great. However our grill did not seem to be working properly. The chef has to wait ten mins before he could start cooking because it wasn’t hot enough. When he did cook by the time the meat was done the vegetables were cold. I’ve had this chef before and definitely not normal for this place. Overall between the server being busy and the grill being slow our dinner took almost 3 hours. Other than the long waits and the first food out being a little cold by the time the rest was done everything was good. Food was still delicious and definitely was not the chefs fault.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

So crowded! The waiting area was packed BUT they did take us on time for our reservation. Meal and drinks were excellent! Celebrated a birthday-would definitely recommend. Our chef did not speak to us while preparing dinner but some of the other chefs at other tables did; we really didn't mind as the restaurant was packed and the noise level was moderate. Will go back.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Had the miso soup, was not the greatest but decent. Edamame was good and a good size portion. Ordered 3 types of rolls and all of them were very good and large sizes. Overall a good experience! Would eat here again!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

This was one of the three worst experiences I have had at any restaurant in the last 10 years. Unfortunately, two of the three were at Nakama. I can't begin to express my disappointment given the cost of a dinner like this. Although this was not a special occasion, it was a rare time that we could get out for a "nice" dinner and we were very much looking forward to it. The wait staff never stopped to see if everything was ok or if anything else was needed. At one point we had requested a glass of ice and after 10 minute, stopped another employee who returned with it within two. minutes. The chef had already begun cooking prior to the appetizer being delivered. The soup and salad were delivered at the same time instead of the soup first, which had never occurred at any of the other Japanese steakhouse restaurants we had been to (including past dinners at Nakama) except one other time. Perhaps you can guess where that occurred. I understand if the restaurant is busy that service can suffer, however, as we watched our server walk passed several times, she never once even looked at our table. In other words, not only did she not check on us and ask if things were ok, she did not even acknowledge our table. Then didn't get the pint of sauce we asked for to take with us, and when we asked bout it, turned her head and rolled her eyes. Not going back even though in the past we had been there dozens of times and took all of our friends and family from out of town. After two times I will not waste my money on such poor experiences. The food is good but the frustration of the entirety of the evening is not worth it.

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·Dined 7 days ago

I put in to have reservations a month before valentines day. I had really horrible seats with my husband, no room to move, and the portion was considerably smaller. For a $35 dollar plate/ per person he shouldn't have left hungry. It wasn't nearly the same experience we had a year ago.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 14, 2018

The server took good care of the patrons but the grill master set the experience and the reason for us to return soon

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious food and great service but way too hot and loud.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I feel like I am rushed through the whole dinner. I did not like that at all!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great place

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 8, 2018

OMG YUM
Was 13 minutes late for reservation. Their response- “no problem.” Waitress immediately took drink orders. Salad and soup did come out while still eating appetizers. But finished before chef started cooking. I had seafood trio and it was to die for deliciousness. Ahi tuna and scallops were cooked perfect. Waitresses stand off to side so all you have to do is look over and they come see what you need. Now this was a Thursday night and it was 65% full in bar with 3 hibachi tables going. I’m sure the weekends are way busier. Not only would I go again, I can’t wait to go again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Brought our young kids with us. Everyone had a great time and food was excellent.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I was extremely disappointed in the way that it was understaffed and people were stuffed into tables. Looks like company greed to me. Wait staff and cooks were great but obviously stretched too far. Dinner took incredibly too long and we missed half of our show after. The food was wonderful. Waiter was great and accommodating. Cook was entertaining and talented. If only there was adequate staff this review would have been different and I would be a common return customer.

Tags: Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great dinner

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I was very disappointed. I have been to many hibachi places, but this was not one I would recommend going to. The chef was not entertaining at all, he just cooked our food. The food was not good at all, but our waitress was nice.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 22, 2018

My experiences here have been hit or miss. This trip was not the greatest. I have a feeling they don't have their best people in on Mondays. The waitress seemed to want to hurry everyone to order. We had to ask for a dish and soy sauce for our sushi, which isn't a big deal but I just feel like the devil is in the details. There were only four people total at our table and the hibachi chef did not find us worthy of putting on a show. I was the only woman, and the only one at the table who did not order seafood. The chef prepared all the seafood and then cooked my meat. So I waited longer than anyone for my main dish. The grill is huge so I don't understand while when you're only cooking for 4 why you can't fit my food on. He could have asked if I had a seafood allergy if that was the concern. Plus, why not cook the lady's food first? Not to seem old fashioned but it did seem strange.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

I thought that the food was good except that the steak had too much gristle - also the sushi came out with the app -which was okay, but almost immediately following was the soup, salad and the chef showed up to cook our meal. We really did get time to savor and enjoy the good food.

Also, sushi could use some improvement, falling apart and tuna and salmon cut too thick

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

They have valet parking, but don't advertise that it's $7.00!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My birthday

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My favorite!!! Excellent food and service. Great value

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food was ok but that's only a part of why we went to Nikama. We mostly go for the hibachi cooking show. This time it was lackluster. The chef said that there was a lawsuit against them so he wasn't allowed to "perform" as we were used to with the knives and food flying. It was also very dark in the restaurant and hard to read the menu which led to a surprise upcharge on our bill for fried instead of white rice. I don't see us going back there.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We went to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Everything was delicious!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Happy New Year! 2018

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Pretty poor at managing reservations.
Showed up and was told they were behind and that we had to wait for a seat. Was told that they would find us once the seats were available. Never happened. Had a couple of drinks and then just ordered sushi at the bar.
Poor management.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were seated a hour after our reservation. They were very nice to give us free drinks but it was still an hour after we were supposed to be seated

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I normally frequent Nakama for special occasions or a quick bite at the sushi bar (I went about twice a month for two years). After this experience, I doubt I will go back. The service was absolutely deplorable. Our server was rude, agitated, and generally unfriendly. My party and I (who had a reservation and checked in 10 minutes prior to the reservation) waited over 45 minutes for our table, with no explanation for the wait. I am very disappointed.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

made a reservation for 5:15 and a table was not ready for us. We did not get seated until closer to 6. Food and chef were very good.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a wonderful experience for our Christmas Eve family dinner. The food and service were great! Our waiter Lance was the best waiter we ever had. The chef did a great job and there was a ton of food. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great meal. Entertaining for kids. Servers were great and the chef was very social. Will definitely be back/

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Nakama is great for kids and large groups. Guaranteed to have a great time!

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We went with 4 adults and my 4 year old for his birthday. He loves sushi and wanted it for his birthday dinner. He got that and more. The food was excellent. The flames and cooking on the hibatchi in front of us made my son's eyes go very wide. He was amazed, entertained and best of all he loved the sushi, shrimp and rice. We all loved our meals and had leftovers we enjoyed the next day. The staff and chefs were wonderful. We will be back soon and not just for special occasions.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

After planning what I had hoped to be a VERY special birthday celebration for my niece's 13th birthday, I was sorely disappointed at what turned out to be extremely bad service, a total lack of concern or attention for the customer, and the equivalent of being seated in a back storage room. To begin, I made reservations for hibachi - we were seated in a back, closed-off room where they prepare the takeout orders, so while waiting for the less than par service, there was constant motion from kitchen personnel and others preparing take-out orders. It was like being seated in the kitchen. The experience - which I had hoped to make memorable for my niece - was totally impersonal. The chef at our table was upset because the waiter ordered seven dinners instead of six so he prepared an extra tray for the grill. The waiter appeared to be inconvenienced by the fact that he had to come to that area to take orders in the first place, he forgot/never brought my niece's appetizer - I had to ask another server nearby to please get it. That same "stand in" server took a drink order from my niece then, promptly served her drink to another customer at our table leaving my niece without a drink. I had requested the happy birthday song and gong for my niece, however, since we were an "afterthought" it was never delivered. Our check was incorrect as well - after the party of four on the other side of the table left, my niece and I were left sitting in the back room - no server and no service for at least 15 minutes. What I hoped to be memorable was indeed memorable - but for all of the wrong reasons. Don't waste your money or your time - it is apparent that this establishment prefers to cater to a younger "Carson Street" crowd and isn't concerned with the more traditional customer!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our family has celebrated many special occasions at Nakama. We love the atmosphere and the delicious food. The servers and chefs are always so pleasant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

As usual, we had an enjoyable evening with a good meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Sushi was so fresh. Staff very friendly. I wish we had time to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We’ve eaten at Nakama for many, many years. Their chef Luke is the greatest and will give you an amazing and unforgettable meal. From the show to the food it’s top notch. Some of the other chefs are very hit and miss. The food is always good but as we found the other night all chefs are not created equal. Our chef ran through the mandatory fire and the rest of the cooking with very little enthusiasm. The rice was undercooked as well as they cross contaminated the all the utensils first cooking shrimp and chicken and at the same time using them on the vegetables, rice and tofu. We had to stop the chef so everyone would not end up sick. We’ve never had that experience. The chefs have always cooked the vegetables and rice before cooking the meat. I’m hoping this is not a trend. This is where we go to celebrate big events in our family and I’m not sure we will be back many more times if the chefs don’t at least try to reach the standard I know they can have when people like Luke are cooking.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Disappointed with our chef, my kids wanted to see a show,it was their first hibachi experience .unfortunately the chef at our table was not very entertaining especially in comparison to the other table chefs that evening

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was excellent-love the grilled veggies and rice and the steak was very tender. Fun time with friends and family.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent food and service. Thank you!

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