Umi Japanese Restaurant

4.9
443 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese



Umi offers an evening of unparalleled dining, featuring New York style sushi and Japanese cuisine and meticulous preparation. At center stage is our awe-inspiring omakase: a multi-course adventurous meal prepared by Mr. Shu, winner of Pittsburgh Magazine’s Chef of the Year.


In addition to world-class sushi, Mr. Shu and his staff also prepare a selection of dinner entrées including teriyakis and tempuras. House cocktails, as well as a variety of sakes and wines are available to complement your experience.


Umi's dining room transforms the top floor of a Shadyside Victorian row house into a delightful Japanese garden. Authentic tatami seating, a large sushi bar, and a delicate waterfall create a transcendentally peaceful dining experience.

Support Umi Japanese Restaurant during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 443 people are saying
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KristanB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The service was exceptional. However, for the price, we were not at all impressed with the meal we experienced. We left feeling hungry.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience there to date and we’ve being going there for years, highly recommend.

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PamelaM
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant for food, service and ambiance. Love it so much, appreciate it now more than ever!

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mallory739
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Umi is perfect for a special date night -- best sushi and service in the city.

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DebC
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience4

We had the 11 course seating and it felt like Groundhog Day because every single entree was exactly like the one before. And it was extremely expensive for what we actually got.

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CatS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course of our dinner was perfect. And our waitress was the SWEETEST. Props to our waitress working the evening shift on October 10th.

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vipDonnie
Pittsburgh
299 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy that Umi is back. The meal was an incredible 2-person family style. The regular menu is not available yet and so be aware that the current options are delicious but very pricey

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ShakMok
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove 2 hours to have a good dinner, but had a Great Dinner! Where we live in Cleveland, good quality sushi is not available. I am glad to have found this restaurant and hope to go there again soon!

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Azirocks
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always. Love everything about umi.

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Will
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best sushi I’ve had. Japan-level quality!

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SarahB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful except for the raw garlic on fish course. Way too overpowering. But other than the food was truly amazing and the service was perfect.

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DBrennan
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place to eat sushi in Pittsburgh. The covid19 era seating plan provides more than ample space for an intimate meal. We enjoyed the family-style menu option this time around, having previously enjoyed the 7-course tasting meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food but prepare to pay a lot.

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LawrenceH
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as always. Our server Larry was extremely attentive. Three of us were regulars and we had one newcomer to the Omakase dining experience. Larry really made her feel very welcome and comfortable, and the presentations of the food were excellent.

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vipJenniferG
Pittsburgh
29 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first visit to indoor dining at a restaurant after the quarantine began. They practice safe distance and provide hand sanitizer upon arrival as well as thermometer to check temperature. All staff wore masks and tables set up with distancing in mind. Our server was amazing, very friendly and personable and enjoyed sharing details about our tasting menu. The food is always fantastic at Umi and we had a great time and were pleased to have them open again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Amazing chef
Consistently awesome

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vipAndre6704
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible as always. Best sushi in Pittsburgh by a mile

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vipEllyW
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Umi provides the best dining service and shares unique flavors and courses that can not be found anywhere else in the city.

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vipChristineC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best of a japanese gastronomy in Pittsburgh

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TerryB
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad Mr. Shu and the crew are back!! Awesome as usual!!

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vipTamaraG
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Restaurant in the city!! Always consistently perfect food!

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vipDonnie
Pittsburgh
299 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite sushi

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vipCaren
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Expensive...the size of each dish is very small and overpriced...

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vipSpohnny
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Danielle is amazingly awesome. We request her every time we go to Umi. The omakase is awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best sushi in Pittsburgh, but small portions for the money

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vipRedwine
Pittsburgh
32 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just a great evening. The sushi lovers in the group raved about their choices. My teriyaki steak was just as good. Great time.......and high marks for the chef and server.

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paulad
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great anniversary dinner. The 11 course omikase is so worth it. We have had Ashley as a server twice and she is outstanding. So knowledgeable about each course. We have really enjoyed every meal here and will come back again.

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JByo
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The omakase was amazing. Service was awesome too. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A few months ago I went to a ryokan in Japan and I was really missing the meal experience we received there. I was hoping this might be an enjoyable local experience to ease how much I missed the real thing and it absolutely was! The food was incredible and the tatami table experience was very relaxing even at 5’2” (me) and 6’8” (my husband). One of the best dates and meals we have ever had.

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BrookU
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always amazing! Always a great experience!
Fresh and fun food!

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vipKristenH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal. Get the omakase, you will not regret it.

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vipLeighF
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual, both food and service (Larry is the best!)

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vipkata
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual!! Service matches the quality of food! Chef outstanding!

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Elliott
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our 16th dating anniversary at Umi. The atmosphere was very intimate, and there was almost no one there when we arrived at 6pm on a Friday night. The restaurant slowly filled up as the night went on, but it never seemed too loud or busy.

We were confused at first, because we were ushered to the traditional low-table Japanese seating, but there were chairs, so instead of kneeling we had to bend our legs to the side. Then we figured out that the floor was lowered under the table, so we could sit with our legs down like in a normal chair! So, it's not really traditional seating at all. Not a big deal, just would be good to know, instead of looking like idiots for a minute.

The food was excellent! Best fish we've ever had. The presentation was excellent. We ordered the 7-course omakase, along with a carafe of the cold nigori sake. No complaints at all, except maybe the price.

All in all, a wonderful spot for a romantic special occasion.

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vipKateG
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I treated ourselves to the 7 course omakase for his birthday, and it was incredible and absolutely worth the money. That night the courses consisted of 5 raw dishes, 2 cooked dishes, and a dessert. It was the perfect balance and we were amazed at the flavor Mr. Shu is able to pack into the dishes. I highly recommend the splurge of the omakase for a special night out, it made for a very memorable experience.

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vipSpohnny
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Danielle was absolutely amazing and helpful. Best service in Pittsburgh

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vipTamaraG
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please bring back the banana split! Umi is our special place for my son and I. We always get the 7 course meal and add the banana split and sorbet!

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vipAmyB
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding every time! Best sushi! Fantastic service!

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vipCarlaK
Naples
27 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For me, Umi is the best restaurant in Pittsburgh! The food and service are always excellent.

FAQs

Umi Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 443 OpenTable diners.

Umi Japanese Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://secure.bigburrito.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.