Umi Japanese Restaurant

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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.
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best dining experience

SL
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sushi place in Pittsburgh. We have been going for years and we always enjoy seeing Danielle. Great service, good atmosphere, nice wine selection.

D
Pittsburgh
222 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in Pittsburgh

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service in the city. Great wine list. Never disappointed.

d
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing staff was so great explained everything. Great experience!!!!

B
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant atmosphere was perfect for my son, husband and myself. The service was just right, helpful with the dishes we could choose from and the attention to what our needs were. The food was simply amazing.

D
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food, service, and atmosphere in Pittsburgh.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi restaurant in Pittsburgh and one of the best in the world in my opinion. Absolutely amazing.

D
Pittsburgh
222 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best sushi in Pittsburgh

M
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Great service too

D
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious but small portions so kind of pricey! That’s why more for a special occasion!

D
Pittsburgh
222 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in Pittsburgh by far

HF
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food- service excellent

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebration of success

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was amazing!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Phenomenal

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AR
Tampa
77 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice, clean food, but super small portions.

MB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New favorite sushi place! The food was great and so were the cocktails. We went for my fiances birthday and they also gave us chocolate pudding. Will be back!

JG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is delicious, the ambiance is upscale with a relaxing and comfortable vibe. The servers are extremely knowledgeable and helpful with the menu too. The way Umi develops flavors is out of this world. We were blown away by how delicious something simple like vegetable tempura could be. We also tried the black cod miso, salmon mushroom sashimi, and rock shrimp tempura. Incredible. Can’t wait to come back and try the rest of the menu. Oh and desserts and drinks were just as delicious as everything else.

JK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

11 course omakase is the best meal in Pittsburgh. Larry our waiter was fantastic.

MK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was close to perfect, and the service could not have been better.

MH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with friends from NYC that love sushi and have eaten sushi from the best restaurants in the world. They loved it and said it was one of there top two sushi experiences. I was glad to hear that because I love Umi, but always wonder if pittsburgh good or great by any standard. It’s definitely the latter.

Btw don’t touch the soy sauce or wasabi this sushi is too good to waste either on it.

NB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Pittsburgh. Mr. Chu is the best sushi chef!

GB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Overpriced for sushi and sashimi dishes available elsewhere for more reasonable price and realistic portions

JG
Pittsburgh
25 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Umi sushi is the best. Nothing else in Pittsburgh comes close.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was outstanding food but the service wasn’t the best, also the place needs to be updated. Just looks uncared for.

PM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, best sushi in Pittsburgh and always great service too.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous, service was perfect. I can’t wait to eat there again!

AR
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in Pittsburgh! Everyone at Umi was beyond friendly. Made my husband and I, as South Carolinians, feel welcomed. Daniel was a fantastic server who gave us the heads up on what to order and when. She and her fellow coworker gave us some great suggestions for what to do in the city for our next stop. Sushi was unbelievably fresh. Some of the best sushi I've had in the states. Hot sake was flavorful! Traditional style of the setting created an authentic ambiance! We loved our server and will definitely be back to visit!

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They did not note this at the restaurant so I just let it go- husband birthday-

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SPECTACULAR on every level! One of the best meals I've had!

KL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was excellent. The food was fine. I thought the sushi was cut small but it was good. Atmosphere, service, and the food was good enough to make it worth going back if I was taking friends for sushi. Salad was solid, well above average. The miso soup was excellent - flavorful, with generous seaweed, scallions, and tofu. The sushi was good but again, small cuts. Given the size of the sushi, it was only a fair value.

KB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the 11 course omakase meal as a birthday indulgence. Our meal was very expensive, but it was delicious! The service was wonderful and the restaurant was charming. It is the best sushi/sashimi in the city. Its prices are a little high, so it's a special occasion place.

E
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Best sushi in the entire city.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best experience here!!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the eleven courses. It was amazing. Great experience!

OT
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect from start to finish!!

R
Pittsburgh
30 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just another exceptional evening. Grabbed some cocktails at Soba and then went up to UMI. The sushi lovers were very pleased with all of their various choices. I had a teriyaki steak which was also excellent. Very good and consistent food and service.

S
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always excellent; staff is incredibly courteous. Food is delicious and worth the price.

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