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Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar - South Side, Pittsburgh, PA

Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar - South Side

4.2
4.2
1400 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
We are now offering complimentary valet parking every Saturday for parties of 6 or larger, starting from July 29th.
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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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Teppanyaki
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm. Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm (dinner menu served all day)
  • Phone number
    (412) 381-6000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    Appetizer & Sushi platters are available for off-site drop-off.
  • Private party facilities
    Let us host your special event! Whether a birthday party, office function or any other special occasion - we take care of all the fine details, bringing your event to life, just as you imagined. Host your next party or get together at Nakama. For more information email party@nakamass.com
  • Private party contact
    Nakama's Private Event's Team: (412) 381-6000
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    17th
  • Parking details
    Valet is available Tuesday through Saturday from 6:00pm. Street parking is also available.
  • Public transit
    51A, 51B, 51C, 51D & 54C
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,400 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Kid-friendly

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Lively

  • Pittsburgh

    Kid-friendly

  • Pittsburgh

    Lively

1,400 Reviews
  1. wolfandguzzle

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was beyond great ! Food was tasty and well prepared. Clean and comfortable. Kids had fun and affordable kids menu is offered.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and wonderful service! The cook and waitresses were all so nice. The food is incredible!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nakama used to be so great. Whomever is managing it now is running it into the ground.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Restaurant full Of smoke woke up feeling like I smoked cigarettes

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  5. Freedom2Live

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The overall experience was well. I truly appreciate the disclosure throughout the menu and the restaurant regarding new pricing and credit fee.

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  6. TinaS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Are waiter and chef a good job Unfortunately, we had the speed up or dinner. We would be late for another event in they were polite about it. I still felt special on my birthday

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  7. OnnieC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Really busy that night. Not enough cooks. Other than that, fabulous

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  8. Klee

    Pittsburgh

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Prices up, amount of food down. Soup and salad are now extra. Our waitress said she was new and it showed. She was not attentive. Took almost an hour for the chef to come to our table with groups that were seated and waited on after us being served first. Food portions were substantially smaller, but my seafood favorite was cooked perfectly. Veggies were almost all onions, so hope you like them..Drinks were very well done, at least the ones that we ordered that the server actually brought to the table. Hopefully the service improves.

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  9. MFri

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is always a good experience but it is incredibly pricey. And the upcharge for using a credit card is a terrible idea.

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  10. SuzanneB

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our chef was superb and prepared our meals to perfection. Our waitress was very pleasant, prompt and attentive.

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  11. KathleenS

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This place is not like it used to be , hopping with people. We sat at our hibachi table for at least 20 minutes waiting for the chef to come over and cook the food and there was only one other table there with people, they must’ve cut back on staff. The food was dry and tasteless and for the first time I didn’t finish my meal Very disappointing since this used to be one of our favorite places to come and a bit embarrassing since I talked it up so big to my son since we brought him here for his birthday The server was great though, she was very attentive.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was very respectful and responsive. We had reservations and was seated 2 minutes after we arrived. Food was very delicious. I got the filet which was out of this world. Thank you for a great service over all. Happy new year!

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  13. BrianM

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had not been there in a while. The experience was just like you would expect. It was not extremely crowded for a Saturday night though which was fine with us

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  14. KaylaS

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our visit to Nakama was great! The food & service was wonderful. Both our waiter and chef were very attentive and provided a great experience. It was a bit noisy and hard to hold a conversation, but that was to be expected with such a lively environment.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a typical habachi experience. The chef was awesome!

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  16. AllisonK

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Soup and salad are now extra charges and there is a charge for all credit card transactions. The ventilation is very poor.

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  17. RichardM

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent. Our chef really paid attention to his cooking and his flavors were the best we’ve had there. Only reason for the 4 on food was that the salad dressing was EXTREMELY salty. The waitress told us so as she served them. They did take them off the bill, but this was unacceptable. We missed out on the salad.

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  18. ErinL

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for first time and had an absolute blast. Sat at the bar area, which was very busy at the time,the bartender asked if we wanted water and brought it over quickly. Once drinks and food order was taken everything came out at a great pace. The bartender was incredibly helpful and made the evening a true joy! Would highly recommend for a great date night.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    By far one of the worst meals I have had at nakama. I have been a patron since it opened and this was so disappointing. The salad dressing was overwhelming and very much different than before. The lettuce was less than fresh. Very soggy. The rice was hard. I am just so shocked by how much it has changed in the last year. It was a terrible meal.

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  20. DawnF

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My group of 5 had a wonderful time:) We truly enjoyed our food and the service was top notch! All of the staff were friendly and so personable. We will all be returning very soon.

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  21. ITdeelish

    New York City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Salad ingredients were listed as spring mix- other lettuces like iceberg were in it. Rice rolls were not bad and the shrimp and mixed vegetables were okay. Cold day- hot tea would have been nice.

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  22. Dave

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food quality does not match the high pricing of the food.

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  23. Btaylor

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We didn’t get any soup or salad and paid for it. Very confused about that. Expensive for what you get

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best Japanese restaurants in Pittsburgh.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Didn’t seem like the vents were on, the entire restaurant was Smokey

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  26. DanielleS

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Quality of food and portion size has declined since I last visited. I would not recommend and don’t plan on going back.

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  27. Penelope

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was slow and impersonal. Our check was wrong and we were charged for other people's meals at our table .

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The staff at Nakama was fantastic! Everyone was super attentive and very friendly. The food was okay, chicken was very dry but the steak was delicious. There were perhaps 2 or 3 full tables in the opposite half of the restaurant but even at normal talking volumes the restaurant vas very loud. I would never go here if it were busy because I doubt I’d be able to hold a conversation.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Prices have gone up and will not be back. $240 and one one drink

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great sushi and hibachi. Server was terrific. Highly recommend

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Our table was filthy dirty had to be cleaned twice. The menus were sticky and dirty, and the food was horrible. Nowhere compared to the past which I have eaten here several times in the past gas station Sushi was better than this. We had a horrible experience 

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  32. CoryF

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    EXCELLENT..!!! Highly recommended.!!! Good service and the Chef’s are Awesome..!!!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nakama is one of my favorite places and I usually go once a month. However, the most recent time I went the food tasted different. I heard there is new management who has changed some of their recipes. The onion soup used to be my favorite but now is spicy with little taste. The flavor of the steak sauce had also been dampened. The original recipes were definitely better. The other people we were seated with had the same thoughts. Overall, our sushi and main courses were still very good. Just upset with the minor changes that have affected my overall experience.

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  34. NoahF

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, our server was awesome and the food, especially the fantastic fillet mignon, was absolutely delicious!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food portions are drastically smaller!! The same meal I got last year 5 dollars more, but half the size!!! We go there every year for our anniversary and we will not again.

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  36. JeffreyS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! Would definitely go back!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful experience, and the food was amazing!

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  38. RachelG

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated a bachelorette party on Saturday Aug 19 and we had a marvelous time. Elijah, the server, was attentive, kind, and helpful. And our chef (I didn't catch his name) was funny and entertaining. The service was so efficient we had enough time to take pictures on Mt Washington before heading to our next event! Can't wait to go back!

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  39. BillF

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good. The service was good. But the portion sizes were noticeably smaller than they have been in the past.

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  40. KimberlyM

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fantastic! Service was great! The only downside was the temperature it was the hottest day of the year and it felt like their was no air conditioning

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FAQs

Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar - South Side does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar - South Side also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (412) 381-6000.

Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar - South Side is rated 4.2 stars by 1400 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar - South Side

1611 E. Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Additional information

  • Cross street
    17th
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm. Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm (dinner menu served all day)
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Teppanyaki
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet is available Tuesday through Saturday from 6:00pm. Street parking is also available.
  • Public transit
    51A, 51B, 51C, 51D & 54C
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (412) 381-6000
  • Catering
    Appetizer & Sushi platters are available for off-site drop-off.
  • Private party facilities
    Let us host your special event! Whether a birthday party, office function or any other special occasion - we take care of all the fine details, bringing your event to life, just as you imagined. Host your next party or get together at Nakama. For more information email party@nakamass.com
  • Private party contact
    Nakama's Private Event's Team: (412) 381-6000
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