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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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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