Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

4.3
1302 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Good for Birthdays
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Teppanyaki
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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)
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Phone number
(412) 381-6000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Nakama offers private dining accommodations for up to 35 guests.
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Catering
Appetizer & Sushi platters are available for off-site drop-off.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
17th
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Parking details
Valet is available Tuesday through Saturday from 6:00pm. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
51A, 51B, 51C, 51D & 54C
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1302 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

First time for the both of us. Really enjoyed the experience

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Son’s Birthday

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great dinner and service

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food tasted great. The atmosphere was exciting and fun. It was a bit noisy so I could not talk to someone a few people away. Our cook was not very engaging, but competently cooked the food.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Nakama is one of Pittsburgh's best and it never disappoints

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

My partner and I were entertaining his parents this time around for my yearly birthday lunch. We were seated at a hibachi table at first, however when the waiter noticed we were not interested in that, he kindly moved us to a booth. The food and company were fantastic as always!!! We simply cannot get enough of the baked alaska & crunchy philidelphia rolls as we ordered 2 a piece!!! He loves the hot spicy chicken with extra sauce for dipping his sushi into. His folks were more laid back and had egg rolls, tempura shrimp and california roll. All in all, it was a very enjoyable time and we can't wait to come back again!!!!!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was good. Server and cook need to work together on getting the correct food prepared. Had incorrect food issues, but somewhat resolved them. Also had to ask for more water after everyone's glass was empty for 15-20 minutes.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is more of an OpenTable review. Nakama is delicious.

I made a reservation for Mother's Day for 4 people. I have that confirmation still saying it was for 4. When we got to Nakama they only had space for 3, and I see that this review has my reservation listed as 3 patrons. Somehow OpenTable messed up. Nakama could not accommodate the 4 of us which led to my party splitting up, and 2 left the restaurant. Nakama lost half our business. We were extremely unhappy.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fantastic food and service!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers Day it was very nice

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Came to dinner with 2 of my girlfriends and the service was spectacular. The food was delicious

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Everything was great will definitely be back all except the parking was awful:(

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

My husband and I have been dining here for years. Our experience Friday was not a good one. The waitress seemed overwhelmed and we couldn’t hear her due to the noise. The food was okay to good but the chef cooking put a minimal effort in. We got our appetizer at the end of the meal. He didn’t really interact with the table much.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Birthday dinner for 4. Made reservations, seated just after the time requested in hibachi area. Had a great meal and a fun dining experience.Everyone was very satisfied with their meals.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Excellent, definitely cannot wait to go back. Food was excellent and they gave you a lot of it. Great value.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

One can stay near the front for views of Carson St or head to the back for an entertaining experience. I had my best date here and many good conversations....This place has always been one of my favorite establishments!!!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Wonderful food! It seemed like other chefs were more entertaining than the one we had. But overall enjoyabale!

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

It was ok. It wasn’t great. I did like the fact that they offered to make my food first, before making the other food that had meat in it.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It was just okay. They didn’t know what tempura was...

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Had to wait 50 minutes after reservation time for a table, then terrible service- the only time that we have ever had a bad experience there so not sure what has changed. For the prices of the food, which is usually exceptional, you expect excellent meals and good service. Place was noisy and packed too!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Birthday // last Pens game of the season

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I have been going to the southside Nakama for over 10 years and my last experience, the problem wasn't the food or the servers. The new management/owner under this lady named Sun is so rude and ignorant . She's very unprofessional. We expressed our concerns to her that we had about the sitting arrangement when we came to the restaurant and she had an attitude and just didn't care. I will not be spending anymore of my coins at the Southside nakama location going forward. I'm going to go to the restaurant in Wexford going forward because she will never get any more money from me.

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1.0Dined on April 2, 2018

When we arrived there was only two other people dining in the hibachi area. Our waitress Amber forgot two orders and when the cook needed something he couldn’t find her. The restaurant was nearly vacant while our food was be prepared and our waitress never checked with us to refill drinks or see if we needed anything. When it was time to pay it took her 15 minutes to process a credit card payment because she said she “couldn’t find the cashier” 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 these are just a few of my experiences during this visit. The food is typically good but everything was rushed because it was forgotten about , very disappointing

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

As always the hibachi was amazing, but the service definitely left something to be desired. Our server was sweet, but our reservation was at 7:30 and we didn't get our drinks until 8:15 and our soup and salad (which came at the same time) didn't come until 8:30. I don't think this was our server's fault... they just seemed short staffed/unorganized. When I asked for a second glass of wine (after my first glass was completely empty) they brought me a half glass of wine. I sent it back and asked for a full glass. I'm pretty much NEVER "that girl"... I understand that some restaurants give larger pours than others, but this was ridiculous. If I'm paying $12 for a glass of wine I'm not getting jipped. Once things finally got started the food was great, but it completely threw our schedule off and put a wrench in the rest of the night.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The experience was fine. Nothing special even though I said It was my daughters 13th bday on the reservation & the server acknowledged that it was her bday. They didn’t do anything to celebrate the bday. The chef was ok, did not overly engage or put on a show or acknowledge the birthday. Overall, nothing special for a birthday which was a bummer for my family.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Delicious shrimp and rice!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Once seated at the hibachi table, nobody came by to take a drink order for easily 15-20 minutes. We could have been on our third libation, without even drinking quickly, had a drink order been taken sooner. Once the service began, it was okay along the way.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Very accommodating! We originally made reservations for 9 people and were able to add 2 more at last minute without any problems. Food was amazing and staff very friendly.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

This was about our 6th time at Nakama in about 10 years and was the worst of the 6 for the following reasons:

1) The waitress kept mixing up people's orders and getting confused.
2) One member of our party was seated in an awkward position in between grills. This person had a poor social experience, with a cart blocking his view much of the time.
3) The chef made mistakes - forgot to bring enough food for certain people, gave too much to some people so almost nothing was left for others.
4) The chef did not put any effort into the entertainment aspect of the cooking - no big flame, not much spectacle with the utensils, etc.
5) The waitress rarely came back to give drink refills.
6) The chefs for both back-to-back grills came at almost the same time. So it was noisy and conversation was impossible.
7) Other patrons who were seated later at other tables were served before our table.

I do not plan to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This is one the best restauranst in Pittsburgh. The steak is awesome as is the shrimp. Incredilabe.... highly recommended

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

My family and i went here Saturday for my sons birthday before the Kid Rock concert. All 4 of us had stomach issues after this meal and during the concert. Ive had several meals at this restaurant and have never had this negative experience. i almost called the restaurant to complain to management but thats not typically my style.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

only been there twice, excellent service and food. will eat there again

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Overall the food was great as usual
Our wait time was excessive greater than an hour for a chef

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Our chef was great - entertaining and considerate of the kids. Our waiter left quite a bit to be desired.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

While we enjoyed the food and ambiance our waitress was scatter brained. She forgot my rice for my meal. And I ordered a mandarin vodka and tonic beverage and she gave me straight vodka. While others may have enjoyed that error it was difficult to drink! She really didn't pay much attention to us after she took or order either.

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1.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Misrepresented menu charged soft shell crab price for it’s imitation imposture- menu item (Sushi/Spider Roll) states soft shell crab, avocado and cucumber but actually it made with imitation crab and tempura fried soft shelled crab on each end - horribly disappointing, fraudulent and totally dishonest.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This place is over priced, there was an up charge for fried rice vs steamed rice. Our cook did not entertain us, he made the volcano with the onion. That was it. It was my sons 16th birthday. I paid $5 extra for a sparkling candle. The green tea was not good either. My chicken breast was over cooked, it was dry.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Nakama is one of our favorites. We dine there 4-6 times a year as the food, service and experience has always been consistently excellent. And when you sign up for their rewards program, you get a free dinner on your birthday and/or anniversary.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Sushi was excellent. Super noisy, awful lighting, but the habichi was quite good.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great food and great fun!

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