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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4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Good for Groups (10)
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Good for Birthdays (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Casual (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Authentic (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Romantic (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 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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·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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·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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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent food and service. Thank you!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The restaurant was okay. The service was decent. The chef was cute. I️t wasn’t the best experience I’ve had there. I will not be returning and hoping other patrons stay away until they rectify their mice problem. After dinner, there was a mice seen running back by the bathrooms. That’s disgusting, unsanitary, and GROSS. The manager reported they were working with the county to rectify the problem. Maybe they should be closed until it’s resolved. I noted I️t in my receipt.

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 (Ottawa)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing dinner. Quality food, excellent presentation and skilled chef preparation. Such a good time, we greatly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks so much!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Nakama is more than a hibachi show. The food tastes fantastic. The chefs definitely dazzle. But, the food flavors and quality are top notch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was my daughter's birthday. Our chef and server was awesome. However, the lady manager running around in a white apron was very rude. We were still eating when her and the bus boy startes bringing the next table set up to start setting up. That was very annoying. Then the lady manager said to me we can move you so you can talk. I told her I was waiting for my credit card and I was not moving. We did not get the gong you get for your birthday, either.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was great and the service was perfect. No wait at all on a Saturday at 530. A little pricey but that was expected going in.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Terrible, waited forever and had a terrible hibachi experience.
Took an hour for drinks to be delivered and then was forced to pay an 18% tip

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Terrific Sushi

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I went here with some friends for my birthday. I included in my reservation details that it was my birthday but still had to let our server know three-quarters of the way through the meal. She also forgot the rice for two of my friends. One of them spoke up for the both of them, but in the end only one person got their rice. It was also amazing to me the pure loudness of the place. I enjoy a rowdy and excited atmosphere but you couldn't hear anything in there. I felt like I had to scream just to communicate basic information with the person sitting next to me. It sort of ruined the evening because none of the people who came were able to feasibly converse. We also had a reservation but our Hibatchi chef did not come out until an hour after we had been seated, which seemed like an unreasonably long time, especially having made a reservation. Granted we did go to this restaurant on what I assume is one of the busiest nights of the week, but considering there are 52 weeks in a year... would it be too much trouble to get their act together on these days? I also was shocked at the difference in portions. My friend and I ordered the same meal with different types of protein and received hugely different portions. Despite paying the same amount I walked away with leftovers and my friend walked out of there hungry. I would not recommend Nakama if you want a consistently awesome experience. I know there are a ton of people who love this place and love it every time they come, but I just don't see them being consistent in any area of service, thus I would not recommend. It's a mixed bag!

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Celebrated our daughters 21st. They made it special, she was thrilled.

Tags: Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We loved this place! A friend recommended it and said she visits everytime shes in the area and it did not disappoint. Sushi was delicious and the hibachi was tasty as well as impressive to watch! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very dissatisfied with experience. Had noted it was my daughters 16th birthday and nothing was said by staff. Why ask if your celebrating something if you have to tell them again. It is suppose to be a surprise . Surprise. We got nothing !

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

This habachi was so so good! Food is great, service was even better and had a great time. A little pricey if you ask me but Im also a college student.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Been to the restaurant a half a dozen times. This time was for business and wanted to impress because we have had positive experiences the previous 6 times. Unfortunately we didn't have a good experience this time. Our chef cooked!!! Did a one gimmick and banged his utensils. He was nice but obviously inexperienced. We ordered Sushi and did not receive until we were done with our Habachi Meal. They felt bad about it and did take the Sushi off of the bill. My Customer was cool about the whole thing. I will go back and hope that things will be the better next time!!!

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

I took my fiancé here for her birthday dinner. I talked to them about it being her birthday and wanting them to stop over with their b-day celebration they do. The said they would even after I reminded them again but they never brought it over to celebrate her birthday.. I had the chicken diablo which they over cooked the chicken and ruined it. Overall I spent over $100 for 3 of us to eat and my food was terrible and they never did the ice cream and candle for her birthday even after I talked to them multiple times and was told they would.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food is always good & portions are always large.

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great food. Great ambiance! Great service! We will be back.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Good place for Sushi at the bar. I have no tried the Teppanyaki (Hibachi) but seems to be good too.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Overall experience was good.
Little pricier than other similar restaurants. Not happy with paying more for fried rice versus steamed rice. Other restaurants give you a choice

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Birthday celebration!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our server was horrible. Made us feel as though we were an inconvenience. Never said hello. Never even smiled or spoke to us. When we asked for a drink or some water he said. "Hold on". Just rude!

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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Very good and overall great atmosphere

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Food was great. Waiter was not great but overall it was good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

The food was amazingbut their was an up-charge to get fried rice instead of white rice when the price was already fairly high.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Worse nakama experience I ever had. I will never return to this restaurant. The hosts were all chatting when we arrived, they did not greet us until I finally spoke up and told them I had a reservation. We were not ask which seating did we prefer, they just took us to a table with a group and we wanted to seat at a regular table. After explaining to the hostess, that we did not want to seat there and preferred to sit a regular table for two. They finally sit us where we wanted then it's a waiter forever to come to our table. When he finally arrives he has the biggest attitude. He asked us if we wanted something to drink and ask us was there anything else. I told him we needed food menus because we weren't given any. He returns with our waters and one food menu knowing we needed two. After seeing how rude he was going to be if we decided to just leave. I don't trust a impolite, unprofessional, and aggressive waiter!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Very nice for a group of 8 people. fresh cooked food very tasty

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Server was great, but chef was very rushed. All of the meat and seafood was more well done than we requested and meal felt very rushed. Have had great experiences here in the past, but this meal was not worth the high price.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Everything was enjoyable and delicious. The service was great and the food perfect. Would definitely go there again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We have been going to Nakama for years. This past Sat. night we had one of the most entertaining chefs!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Food was good. Service was slow. Not like our food took a while. The server just went away for really long periods of time. It was kind of bizarre. Loved the location and the service itself was quite friendly. Overall, pretty good. I would come again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 16, 2017

The food was good. Our hibachi chef was friendly and engaging. He made it a fun experience. Tipped him well. Our waiter was just ok. Not attentive to our drinks. 18% gratuity added in for our party of 6. The service was not worth 18% especially after directly tipping our chef. Overall good experience for those celebrating their birthdays.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Overall experience was good..went there to celebrate birthday.. host and waiter forgot to bring dessert. After check was paid for host laugh like it was a joke and says oh i forgot ur dessert. No comp sorry or anything...that was rude and unexpected considering the place was nowhere near busy. ...other than that i had an awsome time...Note to self do not go here for birthday..

Tags: Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 23, 2017

First place my boyfriend took me four years ago and we've been coming since. Love the sushi!!! Wait staff has also always been very friendly!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 13, 2017

The front desk staff needs training.
They didn't check us in on OpenTable, so I was notified we were a no-show, while sitting in the restaurant. I went to the front desk to ask about this, and got tons of excuses and then was told sorry, can't change it after your arrival time, too bad. Finally, the manager came up, logged on, and changed our status to arrived in about 5 seconds. A simple, "let me ask" from any of the front staff would have been the right thing to say.

Good was fair. Not bad, not great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

A good place for a fun evening! However, it was pretty loud, and it was difficult to hear the wait staff and chef. The food was worth it though!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 6, 2017

We went there for my son's 16 th Birthday. It was his choice as he was there a few weeks ago for a friends Biethday and raved about it. Both times, his food allergies were well attended to by both the server and the chef. He had no issues and loved his meal!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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