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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

SOBA Lounge Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (37)
Special Occasion (33)
Creative Cuisine (30)
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Fit for Foodies (25)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Romantic (21)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Business Meals (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Fun (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Cozy (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Authentic (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Spicy (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Casual (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Healthy (7)
Tapas (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Vegan (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Seasonal (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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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.

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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We live near Boston but Soba is must for all visits back to Pittsburgh. The food has always been excellent with a large variety of offerings to satisfy most anyone. One of our group has complicated food sensitivities and the waiter patiently and expertly negotiated a fine dinner for her.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Vegan
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had been going to Soba for years for special occasions as one of our favorites in Big Burrito Group. We enjoy all the Big Burrito group restaurants & part of their email list. This time we were very disapppointed. We had the chicken spring rolls which were extremely overdone & dry. We also tried a recommended dish that was a bowl of rice with beef chunks, kimchi, & veggies. The bowl was mostly rice. The beef tenderloin was good with a nice crisp edge but there was very little meat or vegetables. It was mostly rice. No specials were offered by waitress.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

One of our go to favorites. Fabulous menu and the taste combinations of the food are tremendous as are the portions. Cocktail list is unique as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Probably my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh. Had friends visiting from DC and they were enthralled with the food, atmosphere and service. We shared many small plates and everything was outstanding -- especially loved the spicy tuna roll and calamari. For dessert, highly recommend the homemade ice cream/sorbet, creme brulee and chocolate maki!

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I’ve been here dozens of times but the last two times the food was just off. If I’m spending $85 for two people (no alcohol) I expect better quality control. The calamari was soggy. I ordered pad Thai which comes with chicken, shrimp, and tofu. I can’t have the chicken so I just get shrimp and tofu. I had TWO pieces of tofu and 3 shrimp. That’s it. What would I have gotten if there was chicken? Less than that?

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Soba has always had a reputation for excellent and very tasty food. It is wonderful that this continues so well. The corn chowder was outstanding. Both the black code and the ahi dishes were terrific!

This has been our go to restaurant for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc. and this was for a birthday. Usually, they provide a dessert to go along with it but not this time. I don't know if the policy has changed or the waiter just forgot. But, which ever it was, it did not diminish the wonderful plates from the kitchen.

Soba is a wonderful place to dine.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Always a very tasty experience!

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always a great night!

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Return dining to a fabulous restaurant. From apps to entrees each choice was as good as the one before. Flavors were incredible. Service was exceptional. Look forward to returning!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Albert was am amazing server!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Had family in from out of town, so thought this would be a good choice. We had a few drinks at the bar first, and then had dinner - both were lovely. I'd also like to give them extra points for accommodating us on the first floor; I'm on crutches right now and upper-floor seating would have been difficult. One note: everything I've had at Soba has been delicious, but my family members were not huge fans of the Pad Thai. (Said it was OK, but not rave-reviews.) While I'm sure it's fine, honestly, I'd go with something a little more unique if you go, anyway - their menu is creative and interesting, so give a new option a try. You won't be disappointed. Also, service is always outstanding without being intrusive - big thumbs on that as well.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent spicy tuna roll. Our waitress was fantastic.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I’ve been going to Soba for years since it opened and the food is still outstanding and the service is top notch with servers who have great knowledge of the food and beverages. I have never had a less than perfect meal and the staff are always kind, personable and professional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Tapas, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Friends birthday food was outstanding the best I have ever had there

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The tuna never disappoints! Great shrimp app and pretzel dessert. Bar is prettiest in the city.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great place. Food is very innovative and tasty. Service is outstanding. Will definitely recommend it to our friends and try again next time we are in the area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was good but it took over an hour for our food to come out of the kitchen. Our server Ashley was great and the slowness of the meal

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

First timers, we loved their specialty cocktail menu as well as a very diverse menu. Apologize if I forgot but her name (I think Missy) but she was perfect, great recommendations, service and attitude.

Will go back for sure to try some other entrees. We took our Missy's recommendation and went out on a limb for the Duck and it was fantastic.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 11, 2017

As usual we had an excellent dinner at Soba. It remains one of my favorite restaurants in the Big Burrito group. The wait staff was very accommodating when I asked to change my table. I will definitely be returning.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great spot to get together with friends. Easy to talk (not overly noisy) and catch up, but still moderately busy too on a Saturday night. The waitstaff was helpful and friendly and did not push the pace which was perfect. The food was really excellent as well as the wine. Third time here and never disappointed.

Tags: Spicy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very disappointing, especially given the ratings. 3 of us for birthday dinner. Nice table on their deck upstairs. Ordered 2 glasses of wine plus a beer. They brought the wine and the beer but no glass for the beer. When we ordered more wine/beer, I specified that the beer come with a glass. Ordered the fried tofu. Almost inedible. When we mentioned this to the waiter he sent over the GM. He said that a lot of people had recently complained, but that they didn't know how each diner would react until they tasted it. There were 30+ pieces, so if the chef or one of his assistants wanted to be sure about the quality it would have been very easy for them to take one piece and try it. The restaurant did take it off the bill. The pork appetizer was served in lettuce leaves that were meant to serve as wrappers for the ground pork. The lettuce was torn into bite size pieces, virtually impossible to use as a wrapper, unless we were going to use tweezers to put the filling onto the lettuce. The accompanying herbs were not fresh, they were dried. We have never eaten that dish (or its equivalent) absent fresh herbs such as cilantro.
We were so disappointed in the quality of the appetizers that we did not order any main courses, we did order the two satays, the beef was significantly undercooked, the fish had a sweet sauce that didn't pair well with the fish. At this point the waiter came back and asked if we had decided on our main courses, but we didn't feel that we wanted to order any additional food given the level of disappointment we felt from the appetizers, the service, etc.
It is a very attractive restaurant, has an interesting menu - but the quality of the food and service is not up to what the ratings indicated.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I love eating there. Food is great and service 😉 amazing

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I have been to Soba a number of times, so nothing new written here. We went for a Korean 4-course tasting menu. Excellent overall. We loved the first course especially. Alcohol pairings also excellent, esp for the main course. There was a last minute substitution of a riesling that didnt work so well as what the menu said it was supplying.
Service was a B+: we had to ask for several things that should have been done automatically for $150 dinner for two people.
But still great evening.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

First time there. Celebrating birthdays with tasting menu to try variety with wine pairings.
Everything was delicious, good mix/variety. The lights were set very low during first course could barely see... but someone must've asked bc they turned them up then much better-still low enough for ambience but could see.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great for a special occasions, like a secret birthday surprise. Except the hostess ruined the surprise factor after she said "6 top" instead of "2 top" like we instructed her to do.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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