SOBA Lounge

4.6
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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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the new year at Soba! Our regular menu, as well as a tasting menu will be available. We require a credit card to protect us from no-shows. If you need to cancel, you may do so by contacting the restaurant before your reservation time. All No-Show fees will be donated to the Pgh Food Bank.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2043 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you! The seating was perfect

DF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Been to Soba before ... very disappointed this time .. party upstairs which obviously was most important to the restaurant
No raw sushi.. only rolls ... what ????? Not acceptable!!!
Chairs with broken or semi broken/ wabbley legs - waiter said “we are on the last of our chairs ... most are upstairs!!” - brilliant statement to a paying customer !!! Thanks. Won’t be back when there are other choices in pgh

OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

SO
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!!

NS
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've had several items on the menu. Food is always fantastic. Date night and family dinner friendly. Highly recommend.

SZ
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had my birthday dinner there. We brought our own cake and apparently not many people celebrate birthday there, coz the front service had no idea what to do with our cake. Kinda awkward for a while.
Our waiter and the food were very nice and good. They prepared the cake really nice. Overall it was very nice dinner.
I asked for a quiet corner and we did get one. Thanks!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time on a first date. Will be back forsure

S
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was patient and accommodating of our change of plans on a busy night. Menu is varied and interesting - enough different to be fun/unique but not so far out as to be unappealing. Highly recommend.

ML
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. The presentation was very creative.

AG
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food (bi bim bop), service was great, restaurant was busy. Not sure why all of these restaurants have men in suits walking around eyeing you up...that’s annoying. But everything else was great!

s
Pittsburgh
31 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner on a mid-week night, Tuesday, and was glad that there was a full crowd. I had a friend in from NYC who loves and kid knows the best NYC restaurants. He absolutely LOVED SOBA. I picked SOBA because my wife like to go there and have always had great meals and service and, for my friend, had a superb experience. My friend had the tuna tart app and the cod entree; I had the tuna sushi roll and the seared ahi tuna steak - seared and cooked medium rare. our server was the best; the atmosphere created the NYC vibe. cannot say enough about SOBA. - always always the best

OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy, delicious

OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful service from the minute we walked in the door and the host greeted us. Our server helped us navigate the menu since it was the first time we had been there. The food runner gave me instructions on how the chef recommended to eat the dish I ordered which was greatly appreciated. The food and drinks were all amazing and we appreciated the “mock”tails on the drink menu. Oh, and make sure to save room for dessert! I had the pretzel stack which was delicious!!! We’ll definitely be back!

c
Pittsburgh
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good and special attention was paid to dietary concerns in our party.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but worth it

l
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Found the service particularly slow, both for drinks and then bringing out our food courses.

OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment, comfort, and food. Valet parking a real plus.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was the best service I’ve had

l
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Most of the meals were fine but mine was very bland. I got the Pad Thai mushroom noodles and there was no flavor to it at all. I was almost in edible. The waiter brought some hot sauce but it actually just made it too hot to eat then.Our waiter was fantastic. He was very accommodating with our birthday cake.

T
Pittsburgh
80 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitstaff, Allison?, was well versed on the menu. Big Borrito ( parent company) trains their staff and it shows. All questions were answered accurately. C Drinks were well prepared and served punctually. My Duck was full of flavor and very lean, but not dry. DS meal was well tuned to the other selections. We shared the black cod satay which was scrumptious. REALLY did not want to share after taking a delightful bite. Our guests loved Soba and their food selections. We can't wait to return!!

FM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Phenomenal birthday dinner yet again. Our waitress Ashley was spectacular, and even toyed with the lighting to ensure we got a memorable picture.

MM
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dim Sum was delicious.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was kind of bummed when they sat us upstairs, the aesthetic downstairs is much cooler. When comparing this to Asian restaurants my boyfriend and I loved when we lived in philly, the food fell short. The dumplings were undercooked and there was barely any lobster in the lobster tacos. That being said, the duck lo Mein and spicy salmon roll were delicious! Overall a great experience, I just wish some of the dishes had a little more flavor.

p
Philadelphia
791 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food including ginger fried rice and bok Choi and mushroom stir fry! Service was good. Enjoyed a nice glass of wine during happy hour!

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great dinner. The food was fantastic. We really enjoyed the edamame hummus, the chopped salad, and the rock shrimp. All prepared well, presented nicely, and quite tasty! Service was fast and friendly. All told a great experience the only problem is we were visiting from out of town so we can’t go back this week!

t
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Good food- poor service and attention from all the staff. No one at front desk upon arrival. Waited more than 10 mins for a table past reservation time. Seated in bar at a cocktail table and had inattentive waiter.

JR
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

As always, Soba is a favorite of ours; however, service on this most recent visit was not as good as it often is ... water glasses were not refilled; plates cleared a bit too quickly though food was excellent ... we will be back in a few weeks and hope it's a true five star experience.

KK
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sobs is beautifully decorated with a great ambiance and also, due to separate areas or alcoves of seating, very quiet. Food is pretty unique and excellent. The whole experience, from hostess on, was terrific.

ED
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Soba for our anniversary. It was fantastic! Started with a Last Word cocktail, delicious. And love that they use Bluecoat Gin. The food was great, and although a little splurgy for us, it didn't break the bank. The service was great and they wished us a happy anniversary. <3 Will definitely be coming back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

One of the best in Pittsburgh! This Asian-fusion has amazing food with wonderful options for vegans and meat lovers. Don't miss the crab soup, the duck, and the lettuce wraps. Beautifully designed with a nice bar area and great happy hour. Too loud for a business dinner, but perfect for a night out with friends. Some small hiccups with service over several visits but this restaurant is not to missed if you're in Pittsburgh.

DN
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We love Soba and have been here many times. Our last visit was a bit disappointing. We had a reservation and were seated quickly. Our drinks arrived fairly quickly. Our appetizers arrived fairly quickly, but one was prepared incorrectly and had to be sent back. Our main course took a v-e-r-y long time to arrive. The restaurant seemed overwhelmed and unable to keep up with the crowd. Our server apologized to us multiple times - it became embarrassing and we finally asked her to PLEASE stop apologizing for every little thing. The steamed vegetable dumplings were a little tough, but tasty. The shrimp tempura was outstanding although a smaller portion from what I remember from previous visits. My husband had the main dish ahi tuna and enjoyed it very much. My sister and I split the mushroom fried rice. The flavor was outstanding and we enjoyed the large chunks of delicious mushrooms. We were full and passed on dessert. Our waitress was a little odd and too chatty (oversharing personal details) for our tastes, but someone else may enjoy that. We had to hunt down the valet to get our car back at the end of the night. We love Soba and have enjoyed our experiences there in the past. We'll chalk this one up to an off night. We'll probably avoid Saturday nights in the future with the hopes for a smaller crowd.

ML
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waitress spilled entire glass of beer on my partner and me. We had to sit through the entire meal with completely soaked pants and clothes. Food was not impressive, tasted nothing asian. Bad fusion.

BE
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was good. Service was very slow. Also, I received a call asking me to confirm my reservation. I called back and no one answered. I feel like having to call back to confirm a reservation defeats the purpose of making a reservation on open table.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was relaxing and hip at the same time. All the food was superb. Our Server was attentive and friendly.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely quiet dinner with a pleasant waitress and good food

DM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and service excellent . Our party of 4 ordered many appetizers and shared. The sea bass was the best!

CA
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soba is consistently great - food, service, everything. Highly recommend.

P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat near the open window, a gentle breeze blowing, within a dimly lit corner. Quiet, peaceful, attentive...mouthwatering cuisine of tuna, cod, calamari, edamame hummus, accompanied by a bottle of white Chablis, finished with an assortment of sorbet, blackberry/lemon, coconut, blood orange - Delish!

RS
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb mixed drinks . The darn and stormy had enough rum that l could taste. Excellent and well prepared dishes nicely presented

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good meal. Too many speakers. I don’t think I’ve had a meal there where I didn’t wish I could control the volume of the music.

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