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About SOBA Lounge
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.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Pan-Asian, Asian, Sushi
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Off-site catering is available through big Catering, part of the big Burrito Restaurant Group. For information please call (412) 361-3272 ex 210.
Complimentary Valet Parking
71C, 75 Ellsworth and the East Busway are all convenient to Soba
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Visit sobapa.com for information on upcoming events at Soba
SOBA Lounge Ratings and Reviews
We have dined at Soba in the past and very much enjoyed our experience. However, this experience was very disappointing. We have lived in Asia and traveled extensively there as well, so we are very familiar with the various Asian cuisines. We did not expect Soba to duplicate what is served in Asia. However, none of the dishes we ordered was even remotely like the same dishes we have ordered in Asia. I started with a tempura shrimp appetizer. The shrimp were a nice size and had been cooked in a tempura batter but then covered in a sweet sauce. I thought the sauce would be served on the side. Serving the sauce on the shrimp as it was presented to me almost completely obliterated the tempura aspect of the dish. For my main course I ordered a miso/black cod dish that was swimming in miso - far too much sauce and, as a result, much saltier than miso flavored dishes I have had on other occasions! My husband ordered pork dumplings as an appetizer. The pork was flavorful but the dumplings were more like perogi - large and very doughy - than the smaller dim sum (the term used to describe the dish on Soba's menu) we have enjoyed in Chinese countries. For his main course, my husband ordered a Korean bulgogi, which was very light on meat, had too much soy sauce and just did not taste "Korean." We understand that most customers at Soba never have been fortunate to have spent significant time in Asia and to have developed a taste for the "real thing." However, what we were served at Soba was too "dumbed down" or "Americanized" for our tastes.
We have eaten at SOBA many times and usually had no complaint. The decor is beautiful both modern and warm. Our service was great. My husband ordered the seared tuna which he said was very good. We ordered fried pork dumplings and they were incredibly salty even without the sauce. I ordered basil chicken with noodles and it was overwhelmingly salty so that I could not taste any of the other flavors involved. The noodles were also mushy and might have been cooked the day before. I usually order a fish which is normally good but this time I ventured......
BTW the spicy pork in lettuce leaves appetizer is really good. Like I said this was my first bad meal. I don't like to send food back because that means I have to sit without a meal for 15 min. while my husband finishes his. And I don't want it taken off the bill. I want good food and I will pay for it.
Maybe it was because it was 7:45 on a Monday and the staff holiday party was at 9 that night, but the entrees were both a miss. The Korean BBQ Miso Black Cod was really fishy. The sauce was good but the fish was not. Our other entree, the Yellow Curry Chicken Noodles must have been a left over from nights past - the sauce was pastelike. It was so heavy that the dish was nearly impossible to eat. Which is a shame, because the Ramen style egg noodles were cooked perfectly.
I've been to Soba a number of times and it's the first time the food was this bad.
I was very excited to try this restaurant with my mother for my birthday. Waitress and hostess were very nice. Food was awful. We both got a different type of noodle bowl and there was so much salt that it was not edible. My mother has blood pressure issues and woke up with extreme swelling in all her extremities the next day. So sad as could not even take the food through all the sodium. I would not recommend nor return to this establishment .
We loved the dinner on New Year's Eve. Like most other restaurants on that night, Soba had a tasting menu. But, they also had a modified regular menu, and even offered to prepare one of the tasting menu items as an a la carte selection. We found that very versatile and appealing. As usual, the service was excellent, too.
Six of us, in our 20s and 50s, went to Soba to celebrate a birthday. We weren’t disappointed. Everything was delicious; there was something for each palate. We will be returning soon for another birthday. Soba has never disappointed for special occasions and even for routine dinners.
This was our first time at Soba. The valets at the parking lot started us off with very friendly conversation. The restaurant was really nice. The decor was a modern and trendy. Our waitress, Ashley, was THE BEST. She was energetic, informative and attentive. Our meals were terrific from the California roll to the lettuce wraps to the pork rib entree. We will definately try Soba again, especially to try the other food items we didn't have room for!
Went for the Pad Thai and wasn't disappointed.. also enjoyed the lychee sangria. Service was prompt and efficient. My only complaint was that the lighting was so low that I had an extremely difficult time reading the menus. Other than this it was an enjoyable experience.
I've eaten here a couple of times, each time hoping that Soba lives up to its high expectations. Despite the great atmosphere, I walk away disappointed every time. The service is lacking, the food is nowhere near excellent, and you leave unsatisfied. Soggy noodles, luke-warm dumplings, uninspired chicken, etc., etc. When you see Korean, Thai, Japanese, and Chinese options on the menu, you should be nervous. It's like the old turntable with a cassette player, and radio all-in-one. It can do a lot of things, but no one thing particularly well.
My only recomendación for the restaurant is the music was a bit loud and perhaps not well suited for the type of restaurant. Also the waitress was very nice and knowledgeable, but we waited a long time for our food, and she didn't go to our table often. Otherwise, great place!
The food was excellent. Our server was Nick and he was very attentive without being intrusive. He was able to answer all of our questions. Atmosphere and ambiance were perfect. Sound level was perfect for casual conversation. This was our fourth dinner here and there will be more. Even the parking valet was personable and made you feel welcome.
Our dinner with friends was outstanding. We were celebrating my husbands birthday. The only down side is driving from Cranberry to East Liberty, but that really has nothing to do with the restaurant food, server and ambience. Albert, our server was great and also the hostess who showed us to our table. It made for a very memorable evening !!!
Always a great time going here. To our surprise the menu had changed slightly. There were some new food options and new signature cocktails. We try and make it here 2-3x a year and every time it's worth it. It's a little on the pricey side, but for an occasional outing, it's worth it.
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