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SOBA Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA

SOBA Lounge

4.7
4.7
2707 Reviews
$31 to $50
Pan-Asian
Soba is a Pan-Asian restaurant that consistently rates as one of Pittsburgh's finest, with accolades ranging from Best New Restaurant (In Pittsburgh) & Best Restaurant (Pittsburgh Magazine) to Best Martini (Pittsburgh City Paper) & Delicious Design (Pittsburgh Magazine). The menu changes daily, allowing the chef to create signature selections with an Asian influence. The large selection of tempting appetizers are perfect for sharing among your group. Drink specialties include seasonal martinis made with house-infused vodkas. Soba's wine list is recognized by Wine Spectator and has a wine to complement any dinner. Soba is housed in a beautiful, three-story Victorian building on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside. The restaurant has an urban/modern Zen garden atmosphere with a spectacular two-story water wall. The restaurant includes a comfortable first floor lounge, several small dining rooms & a rooftop deck.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Pan-Asian, Asian, Sushi
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (412) 362-5656
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Lily Tran
  • Catering
    Off-site catering is available through big Catering, part of the big Burrito Restaurant Group. For information please call (412) 361-3272 ex 210.
  • Private party facilities
    Soba has a number of elegant spaces that may be reserved for parties, ranging from 8 to 150 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Clis Gallardo: (412) 362-5656
  • Neighborhood
    Shadyside
  • Cross street
    College Avenue
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Public transit
    71C, 75 Ellsworth and the East Busway are all convenient to Soba
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 2,707 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Healthy

  • Pittsburgh

    Healthy

2,707 Reviews
  1. BethV

    Pittsburgh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Soba! So many great options with large and small plates. It is beautiful space and the noise level is low so you can enjoy talking with friends. Service was excellent and the food was great. Lychee martini is one of my favorites

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere but food was not great overall disappointed though service was great

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  3. LeahJ

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always! One of our favorite spots.

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  4. LaurenK

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was incredible. Amazing flavor, great texture, just enough heat. Highly recommend the fried tofu! Our waiter was well informed, helpful and friendly. We’ll definitely go back!

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  5. GinaG

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service and the ambiance is so comforting. The drink menu is equally great!

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  6. Nikkoyuki

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I usually drink mocktails but ordered Dick and Jane’s Night Out. It was a great decision on my part. Very nice drink!

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  7. Bella

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my girlfriend here for Valentine's Day and we had a great time. There were plenty of vegetarian and vegan options and the cocktails were delicious.

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  8. Rose

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The decor and ambience of the restaurant were lovely. Our server was friendly and attentive. The carrot margarita was pretty bland, not much flavor but it wasn’t bad tasting either. The crab cake egg rolls were very expensive for the portion, and while it was good, it wasn’t worth $19 for a single small egg roll cut into two pieces. The seared tuna was good, mostly because of the sauce on it. It was served with kimchi, marinated cucumbers/onions, and fried rice. The fried rice was the better part of the dish. My friend got the Thai chicken curry, which she enjoyed along with the tuna crispy rice.

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  9. BillM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were excellent. The only issue I had was being seated on a couch with very low knee height tables. It is not relaxing to hunch over while eating. I did have a reservation but did not realize I needed to specify "regular restaurant table".

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal! Everything we ordered was delicious! We will definitely be back to try more on the menu!

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  11. Barbara

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious with one exception: I thought the fried dumplings spent 30 seconds too long in the fryer - they were hard to cut or bite into. I also thought although the prie fixe New Year menu was fantastic, it was a little pricy; $85 for one, without drinks and tip, makes for a very expensive evening. With those cavils, however, we had a great evening and Soba remains my favorite of the Big Burrito restaurants.

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  12. Visitor001

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great place, great food. But price a little too high

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  13. Holly

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Soba is one of our favorite Big Burrito Group restaurants. The food is always excellent and very different and the atmosphere is unique. The service is excellent and they are always looking to please.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and atmosphere was okay but the experience was not. Not a good place to celebrate. Waitress seemed very inexperienced and timid. Dropped things a few times, forgot to put parts of the order in, and brought out appetizers before we even got drinks.

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  15. ClaireP

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easy reservations, super staff! Decor beautiful. Lettuce wraps a bit too spicy, overwhelmed the other flavors, Pad Thai could use more flavor. Menu , nice variety, sushi, very good, flavor ful,

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  16. LisaG

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is delicious! Third time enjoying Soba and there hasn't been a dish I didn't thoroughly enjoy. A favorite as well with family and friends.

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  17. Edden

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience, good food and drink selection, kind service. Even music was good and right volume. 10/10

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  18. DonnaW

    Pittsburgh

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Valet and host services were very good. The waitress was pleasant, but I don't recall her providing us with her name which I always try to obtain. There was a large dinner party of about 10 or 12 people next to us (table of two), and although we were there prior to majority of their party, it was our first time. So ordering was a bit delayed on our part. However, once we did place our orders of small plates & sushi, it took longer than normal to be served. The waitress did apologize saying the kitchen was backed up.

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  19. Gabby

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our experience was spectacular! The restaurant is stunning, the service was impeccable and the food was delicious. We especially loved the desserts!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was bad. Drinks were wrong twice. Bricks cracked on the wall by the table so cold air coming in. Food had to be sent back and new dish ordered.

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  21. PamelaH

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is always delightful here! Food, superb too.

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  22. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience at Soba -- the food is fantastic. The service wonderful and the ambience perfect for a quiet, but lively Monday night dinner.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great experience. Our waiter was attentive and did a great job keeping up with our table even though we weren’t drinking. Will be back!

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  24. MaryGoRound

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, service, food--except for the dessert: gummy and strange.

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  25. Dave

    Pittsburgh

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu and food. Service was also great - very personable and helpful with the menu.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Chop chop in the shop. Bring shrimp to me now with sauce

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  27. ShannonE

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Annoyed that I made a birthday reservation not one person acknowledged my birthday. They said us at a teeny tiny table smack in between two other tables. It was definitely not a wonderful experience.

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  28. AlexisB

    Pittsburgh

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as usual. The food and service were excellent. I really enjoyed dining at Soba

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Our server was pleasant & professional. We loved the ambiance and comfortable seating at the restaurant.

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  30. TBTR

    Pittsburgh

    65 reviews

    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A truly consistent restaurant with great service, food and ambiance!

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  31. OutNAbout

    Pittsburgh

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We all looked forward to our dinners and were disappointed that it wasn't as good as we recalled from past dinners. We did not complain as it was a universal opinion. Our waitress and bar tender were attentive to us.

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  32. Freddie

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Nicole was amazing. She explained the menu, shared ideas and guided our first visit to an awesome event. We will be back to try more menu options.

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  33. Outtoeat

    Pittsburgh

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A small dining area makes the experience “cozy”, but it’s big on flavor! Great drinks, food is amazing and the staff was very accommodating. The roasted chicken udon was delicious, moist with crispy skin that makes my mouth water even thinking about it. A must try!

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  34. EllenG

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was delicious and service was great! We will be back soon.

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  35. wyattr

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    for the price of everything, you could find a better experience.

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  36. JenniferI

    New York City

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went here when it first opened and it’s just as good as it was 30years ago! Had the beef skewers Deelish and the chirashi bowls- the fish was very fresh excellent! Service was also great.

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  37. JessicaF

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Our server Alexie made great menu recommendations! The hazelnut cake was delicious!

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  38. Fishlover

    Pittsburgh

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant was exceptionally noisy less night (at least in main room). Also, I was surprised by the reduction in the size of salad we ordered (by about 40%). Otherwise, the dinner was very nice.

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  39. LGeat

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    one can always count on a great meal and service at SOBA. We had great apps (tofu, tuna tartare, crab eggroll). I did get the chicken curry, which I have had a lot of times, and it was different. very smoky, not curry-y.

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  40. opentableuser

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best experience, ambience, and waiter. Great food

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

SOBA Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (412) 362-5656.

SOBA Lounge is rated 4.7 stars by 2707 OpenTable diners.

SOBA Lounge does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for SOBA Lounge

5847 Elllsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Additional information

  • Cross street
    College Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Shadyside
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Pan-Asian, Asian, Sushi
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Public transit
    71C, 75 Ellsworth and the East Busway are all convenient to Soba
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Lily Tran
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (412) 362-5656
  • Catering
    Off-site catering is available through big Catering, part of the big Burrito Restaurant Group. For information please call (412) 361-3272 ex 210.
  • Private party facilities
    Soba has a number of elegant spaces that may be reserved for parties, ranging from 8 to 150 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Clis Gallardo: (412) 362-5656
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