SOBA Lounge

4.6
1934 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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DR
Columbus
74 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We were very disappointed. I got an Arsenal fighting Elleck. Says it is 7 oz for $8. It came in a champagne flute which looked less than 7 oz. I looked on line for how many ounces are in a champagne flute. It said 6 oz....not 7 oz. I then got a Kahleesi drink....not good at all...tasted like soap. Lastly, I asked for leftovers to go. For some reason the waitress decided I didn’t want the left over sea bass, only the tofu. Not sure why ...I had combined the 2 on the plate. I only wanted the sea bass given it was $12 for 2 skewers. We left the food given no sea bass. The waitress asked at the beginning of the meal if we were celebrating anything. It came out that our anniversary was in 2 days. Nothing was mentioned again. Not sure if Soba does anything for anniversaries or birthdays. Well!!....with everything that happened I would have thought there’d be another order of seabass (1 skewer) or something removed from the bill. Nothing!

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MC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice special occasion restaurant! Food is always great as is service.

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p
Philadelphia
746 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn't decide where to eat so came back for dinner and happy hour in the lounge at Soba again! Trying to break away and try new items so got a few small plates. The soft shell crab bao bun was tasty with a small kick. The Korean fried chicken was good too but definitely an enjoyable kick! Loved the Chilean Sea Bass Satay, yum! Service at the bar by Nicky was excellent, friendly and very informative with suggestions! Enjoy happy hour at the bar with drink specials only including nice selection of wines for $6 (half price)!

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k
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The salmon dish is very good, but the pad thai dishes are very disappointing.

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M
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We were seated 20 minutes after our reservation. Our appetizers and entrees both came out very late - there was overall a lot of waiting. Not my favorite Soba experience!

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C
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening, good food, service and atmosphere. I will definitely go back.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Good Eats

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TK
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our time at SOBA. Made a reservation online and received a phone call the day before from them to confirm. Showed up 30 mins early and they sat us right away. Food and service was excellent. The atmosphere is unique because of how the restaurant is laid out in different rooms and on different floors. Definitely going back after this excellent first-time experience.

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E
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun. Great service, Steven, wonderful manager, Jeff.

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P
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! Our server, Sara, was great! The noise level was perfectly low!
Wish I lived here so I could go there more often!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top dining experiences in the city!

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s
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I ordered bi bam bap. The rice did not have a crunchy crust on the bottom as it should have, that was disappointing. The waitress was in a big hurry to remove our appetizers before we were even finished. My husband had to flag her down to refill his empty water glass.

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GM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Not crowded at 530pm on a Friday! So casual...my kind of place.

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h
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty crispy tofu app; delicious duck with miso; great house made Kim chee.

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AF
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice low key ambiance appropriate for an Asian fusion restaurant with very tasty food, good drinks & very good service. Highly recommend it AND it's open on Monday, pretty rare in Pittsburgh.

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BB
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love soba! my go to favorite!!! best restaurant in the city

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AS
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I have been to Soba several times and typically have a great experience. Bar staff is really great but wait staff could use direction.
This particular evening I reserved a table for five, sat down to a table set for 4, and had trouble even getting extra utensils/ menu.
Waitress was not very knowledgeable nor attentive. One order was a split order and the split that that chef provided was so unequal it was hilarious. Food was ok, on the whole most dishes were a little too saucy so that all you could really taste was the sauce versus it being an accompaniment.
Not a great experience but since I’ve had great past experiences, I will chalk this up to a bad night.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soba never disappoints! Maybe my fave place ever.

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LE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The service is great in restaurant but bar area service needs to improve

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A
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, wholesome, and not too salty. It came out in a very timely manner. There was great ambiance; the servers were friendly and kind. It reminded me of a place one might find in California. HIgh class for a reasonable price.

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AM
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great. Our service could have been better. Our waitress clearly was less interested in taking care of us ( 3 people) than the larger group of 8 nearby.

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z
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed with the poor service and lack of attention to details.

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B
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The special Songkran Night Market menu is terrific, and cocktails are always worth the trip. Especially nice sitting in a small booth in front of the water wall. Service is always on point.

Especially good was the crispy noodle salad and the taro ice cream with mango, lychee and toasted coconut.

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C
Pittsburgh
85 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Our server Nicholas was knowledgeable and not obtrusive, and very accommodating. Many choices of small plates from the Thai Night Market Festival that made it fun to share. We had a great time. Bravo Big Burrito and Chef Lily.

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b
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went to the Thai Water Festival. Our faves were the Mango salad and the Nam Kao Tod! Both were absolutely delicious! A new development which is really helpful is the addition of allergen information to the menu items. As someone who is GF and DF, this was a nice change . Nick the server was also good but then the servers usually are. Soba constantly strives to better itself and be relevant. That is one reason that we have been coming to this restaurant for 20+ years!

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NJ
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food, we ordered traditional items including the Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps, Dumplings and Salmon. All were top notch and would get again.

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DB
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding dinner. Only complaint is the chair wasn’t very comfortable. Otherwise all excellent.

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E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Food prepared well. Good size portions, small plates portions maybe even too big. Service was so so, a bit slow.

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B
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place for good food and conversation! Would recommend to anyone that wanted to enjoy a nite out with someone they love.

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F
Pittsburgh
100 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely dinner
Tofu and hummus appetizers were amazing!
Main entrees were prepared perfectly!
Service was good!
Great evening

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DN
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food...Amazing service....Beautiful Atmosphere....it was a bit loud but you'll have that on a busy night. Would love to see more gluten free desserts!

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RW
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the perfect evening! Perfect food, personable waiter, good wine to pick from, quiet and wonderful atmosphere. We will be going back.

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DT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Soba with my fiance to celebrate my fiance's birthday. All members of the staff were friendly and attentive, the food was amazingly beautiful and even more delicious, and they decorated the dessert plate for the occasion which was a nice touch. One of the best dinners both of us have experienced. I highly recommend Soba for any special occasion dinner.

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DF
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites

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JR
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and service were good. Our server appeared to have a lot of tables and it took a while to get more water. We weren’t asked if we wanted more wine when our glasses were empty.

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BS
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Soba never disappoints! Exceptional service, fresh and creative food, and you can actually hold a conversation without shouting across the table!

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J
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always consistent,food and presentation excellent...the flavors and different spices / herbs work together so welll. Our favorite pgh restaurant And service is always good

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CC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun cocktails and fusion food. Very nice new decoration. We have been regular customer for years. A great place.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderfully flavored food and warm, friendly service. What's not to like??

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ME
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tell tale sign: I'm coming back! Great food in cool setting. Need to fix the waterfall on the sides ;-)

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