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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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (37)
Good for a Date (36)
Special Occasion (36)
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Good for Anniversaries (35)
Romantic (31)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Cozy (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Bar Seating (14)
Business Meals (13)
Healthy (13)
Authentic (12)
Fun (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Spicy (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Vegan (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tapas (5)
Casual (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 19 hours ago

Outstanding from start to finish! We took our kids and spouses for a family gathering for evening out. Everything was on point.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 2 days ago

The bartender was our server so tasting menu was not presented like it usually is. Food was very good though.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

We spent Valentine's Day At Soba. We had previously spent New Year's Eve there, and had delicious food. We were in the mood for pad thai. It was a little too saucy for our liking. However, we had a great night, and we will return to the restaurant. The Maki Roll for dessert was very delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

Went for my son’s Valentines Day Birthday. Food was not as good as usual. Maybe because it was very busy. The service was great.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was outstanding and the cocktails were creative and delicious. The wine pairing was spot on, as well! The only slightly disappointing part was the profiteroles for dessert. The lemon curd was great but the profiteroles themselves we're definitely subpar.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

Missy did a great job as our server. Food was outstanding.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

Our entire evening was wonderful. Missy was awesome and really led us through a delightful meal!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Four of us went to SOBA to celebrate my son's birthday. We got an excellent table by the fireplace. Server was over the top polite and attentive. Didn't make us feel rushed. Food was excellent. We all got noodle selections. I recommend the Pad Thai.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Vegan, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The meal at Soba was for my birthday, and it was wonderful! Soba gave me a nice secluded table where my husband and I could quietly talk and enjoy the cascading water fountain across from us. We had the lobster taco and the bahn mi bao bun for appetizers, and they were phenomenal. We also enjoyed some beer and a cocktail, the Honey Bee, which was fantastic.

Our dinners were the duck ramen and filet bulgogi and they were fantastic! The ramen was the best ramen I've ever had, with a perfectly poached egg, lovely seared duck, ginger, bean sprouts, and a delicious cabbage. The bulgogi was delightfully spicy and a delicious dish overall, with tangy pickled mushrooms. The service, also, was excellent!

It was a beautiful meal and I enjoy every moment I spend at Soba!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was delicious- salmon was prepared perfectly. The calamari small plate was a generous amount for both of us. We had a table on the second level and it was perfect! The noise level was just right -we could talk without having to yell across the table. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Consistently good. Always old standby dishes with interesting seasonal changes. Never gets old.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Fabulous food, excellent service and a wonderful experience. As always!

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food here is just amazing. Creative, delicious, great portions, worth the money!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Hot Spot, Vegan, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Unique fine dining experience with Impressive portions! We ordered bahn-mi bao for appetizer, bulgogi bi bim bap and duck ramen as entrees, everything was very fresh, flavorful and authentic. Cocktails were excellent too, and our waiter was really attentive. Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Food was amazing and service was excellent. The Chilean sea bass satays I could eat several plate fulls!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Very nice restaurant. The Hangar steak was especially good. Nice atmosphere and complimentary valet parking is a nice touch on a cold winter day.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing food, great service, and overall an outstanding place to eat. The environment is nice and the service is great as well. You will not be disappointed and you will want to go back again!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I have been regular at SOBA for several years now. It consistently delivers delicious and creative flavors paired with fantastic cocktails. Personal favorites are: tuna tartare appetizer and Miso black cod entree paired up with Bangkok Iced Tea. The bar scene (especially Friday night or weekend) is quite vibrant as well.
My only "complain" is that menu rarely changes; I have seen pretty much same dishes & drinks over the past few years. Perhaps with couple of small additions. On the other hand - dinner or HH at SOBA will never disappoint with "tried and true" selections.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome! 1st time there and we will most certainly return!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 24, 2018

POSITIVE/negative
We LOVE Soba and Big Burrito, however, Wednesday was kind of a rough evening. First, our table wobbled and couldn't be fixed. It did not seem to bother the next couple, but these issues should be taken care of ahead of time. We were moved to a four-top but the 2 additional place settings were left on the table for the duration of the meal. We hadn't finished our cocktails when the first course arrived. Finished plates from each course were not removed before the next course came. On past visits, servers seemed to be aware of other tables during busy nights and pitched in when possible. Actually, another server did ask if everything was o.k. Our server was pleasant and very accommodating, but needed more training. The following, hopefully is not petty, but servers need to curb the comment, "Oh! that's my favorite" and "great choice". The food, cocktails and wine were excellent, as always. We were at Eleven the week before and will be at Casbah this Sunday. We LOVE Big Burrito.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 on January 18, 2018

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 on January 17, 2018

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 on January 17, 2018

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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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 14, 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

Their seafoods are generally great. Seabass satays and COD entree are the best!

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Spicy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 13, 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 10, 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 8, 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 6, 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 29, 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 28, 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 27, 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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