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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.

5847 Elllsworth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Pan-Asian, Asian, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
College Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(412) 362-5656

Website:
http://www.bigburrito.com/soba

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.

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking

Public Transit:
71C, 75 Ellsworth and the East Busway are all convenient to Soba

Executive Chef:
Lily Tran

Additional:
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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

A valid credit card is required for reservations on this day.
$40 per person fee will be applied to cancellations, non confirmed reservations and no-shows.
A minimum cancellation notice of 48 hours is needed to avoid being charged. Confirmation is required.

SOBA Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
Good for a Date (36)
Creative Cuisine (33)
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Good for Anniversaries (27)
Romantic (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Cozy (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Business Meals (12)
Fun (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Authentic (10)
Healthy (9)
Casual (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Spicy (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Vegan (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Tapas (6)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
People Watching (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great Beer (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding service, excellent food, but virtually sharing a table with strangers, and that greatly limited conversation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 6 days ago

LOVE Soba. Best Bi Bim Bap in town! Their sushi/sashimi/rolls are always excellent too. Can't forget the Kim Chi!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great service, great food, great drinks, great ambience... perfect for a special occasion with your significant other.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 14, 2018

took my vegen girlfriend for her birthday as she love the fried tofu served at SOBA. The wait staff was very professional and nice and wished her a happy birthday.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Burmese leaf salad, sea bass satay Korean black cod , Pad Thai - all dishes were very good.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The menu varies, so there always seems to be something new to try. Interesting combinations of flavors.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Kevin our server was great and the atmosphere was great for our date night.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 9, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Creative and delicious food. Inviting and intriguing design. Each meal is better than expected. Delicious cocktails and very friendly service.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The entire meal was well prepared and delicious. One of our desserts came out and was a disappointment (not as described on the menu), the staff willingly listened to the complaint and offered a replacement.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Vegan
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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 .

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Soba never disappoints. The wait staff are always attentive, the food superb, the venue elegant. Lately, the food has gotten very spicy...so just ask them to tone it down if this doesn't appeal.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

always a reliable dinner. great menu with a variety of offerings for even the luckiest amongst us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Good Asian food with a twist. Sometimes simpler might be better. Great waitress, thanks Emily. Wonderful setting.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Delicious dinner as always. Love the ambiance and setting.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 22, 2017

As always Soba has great food and drinks. This is the best place to have a meal before going out.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The food is consistently good here. Love the black cod. The spicy tuna roll was good but too much mayonnaise on top. Our server was less than friendly but the hostess and bar staff make up for that. Will return for sure.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Thank you for the delicious vegan food! Our server was very good and also knowledgeable about vegan food, which was great. We will be back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our meal was really slow which was a damper on the night - but our waitstaff was great and the meal was delicious as always.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The black cod was superb and two of us enjoyed it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food is consistently good. Great atmosphere and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The food was really good. The waiter was friendly but he took so long to get me a drink and serve us.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Lovely fusion food, perfectly prepared.
The duck was especially succulent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was delicious, interesting flavor profiles, cooked perfectly. Great service.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing food!
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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Delicious, flavorful food
Beautifully presented
Lovely dining experience

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was amazing, atmosphere was fantastic.
Service was extremely poor.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food, friendly staff, and comfortably atmosphere! I definitely recommend a visit to this restaurant.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We had the shrimp tempura, spicy tuna roll and the bulgogi. Everything was very tasty and we would order again. Also the cucumber Collins was refreshing. The staff was very knowledgeable and pleasant. I highly recommend Soba Lounge and will return!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had an anniversary meal to remember. The service was outstanding as was all the food and cocktails. I will be coming back again soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 !!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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