Umi Japanese Restaurant

4.8
364 reviews
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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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Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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!

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Pittsburgh
2 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-

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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.

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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.

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

Always the best experience here!!

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

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

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

Everything was perfect from start to finish!!

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Pittsburgh
27 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.

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Pittsburgh
2 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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CL
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been here before - always enjoy it. Desserts come upstairs from Soba, which is closed on Mondays... so only one option. They had also run out of a few things on the menu. However, what we had was wonderful, so not a real complaint - I just wondered if they ran out of some things because they only have so much fresh fish of some type (which is a good thing - I don’t want un-fresh fish, and high demand means it’s popular) or for some other reason?

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JC
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was good, but not exceptional and exceptional is what you would need to justify the price. It was our daughters birthday and she wanted sushi but it did not meet our expectations. Food was good, overall it was ho hum. It would be great if they have 2 bathrooms. The one shared bathroom was not very clean and didn’t work well. There is no desire to go back.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi place in Pittsburgh by far. No other place in the city comes even remotely close. On par with the best in NYC.

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PG
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came with our children to celebrate her birthday. We had the 7-course Omakase meal and our children (11 and 15) had the strip steak entrée. It was all delicious!

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n
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

As always, Chef Shu came through with an exceptional Omakase menu. Unfortunately, the service was not on par with our $500 bill tonight. Did the management never think that the folks who ordered the expensive bottle of wine wanted the staff to pour it? At best, the staff was overworked, impersonal and seemingly uncaring. To be a truly exceptional restaurant, the service needs to equate to the high quality of the food. Burrito Brothers listen up -- a truly exceptional restaurant experience is a melding of good food AND good service. You need to focus on the latter, which is unfortunately absent from most of your restaurants.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks and food we’re phenomenal! Danielle struck just the right balance of engaged but unobtrusive. Had a great celebration!

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal service and even better food.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

The people next to us were on a first date and we could hear the entire conversation. Very annoying.

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TG
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place in the city! Food is amazing as is the chef!

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

No question at all

Best Sushi In Pittsburgh

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SA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! We love it every time we go! Manager very attentive.

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MB
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

It had been a while since we ate here. The sushi was very small and overpriced. My salmon dinner was over cooked and the salmon was very thin.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice! Great quality and excellent service!

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The absolute best sushi in Pittsburgh and I’d put it up against Sushi anywhere. Chef is top notch and service is incredible. In particular, Larry has been there for years and you won’t find a more knowledgeable and service oriented staff member.

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RP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous flavors of top shelf seafood. Try the chef's special plates if you don't mind an expensive meal (with drinks you'll hit $150 or above for two). The very best Unagi sushi possible and melt-in-your-mouth tuna. If you want to keep the cost down from adding plates and bites, the sushi plate and sashimi plate are delicious (clean, sleek, and straight-forward without having to find the food in boats and flowers). Always a high-end delicious meal with superior service in classy casual atmosphere.

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D
Pittsburgh
178 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi in Pittsburgh by an order of magnitude.

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NS
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a stellar experience. Hands down, the best sushi in Pittsburgh.

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RP
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Best restaurant in Pittsburgh. Highly recommend!

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c
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

We didn't get to sit at a tatami while there were a couple of empty tatami tables the entire time. I put birthday in the occasion, but my friend did not get anything.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome
Service was exceptional and knowledgeable and friendly!
Food well all the above!!

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Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A group of four of us had a wonderful meal--pretty much sharing everything. We sampled from the Umi specialties, the Nigiri sushi, and the maki and liked everything we tried. The yellowtail with yuzu and jalapenos and black cod with miso were especially good, but so was everything else (e.g. shrimp gyoza, veggie tempura, hamachi sushi, spicy tuna roll, and more). We even finished with the chocolate maki, which was excellent. Our server was attentive and fun. Perfect.

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FD
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration was fantastic

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was impeccable. We got the chef tasting and everything was perfectly paired to an American pallet. The quality of the fish was incredible especially the Spanish mackerel. We would love a few more challenging options either on the flavor profiles or textures.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Ordered food off the a la Carter menu and actually thought this was more enjoyable and more food. We have done the omikase in the past and it was great but pricey and still leaves you for wanting more.

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Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Place is upstairs -- a lot of stairs -- from another Japanese restaurant SOBA. The downstairs actually appeared more upscale than this place (note that this place was also very attractive), but prices would indicate otherwise. The quality of the food and the service were impeccable, but the sushi portions could best be describes as precious. Handrolls were wonderful -- it is rare that you get them served with the nori still crisp unless you are sitting at the sushi bar. Drinks were wonderful. Except for the vegetable tempura the appetizers were fantastic. The tempura was the only thing I could complain about, greasy and poorly plated. Some of the nigiri were as good as anything I've ever had, some better. BUT PORTIONS ARE EXPENSIVE AND SMALL.

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VC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Larry & Darlene were excellent. Food was awesome and amazing. Excellent service.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The omakase was outstanding. We had a lovely time!

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TH
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi I've had in the US! Don't bother with anything other than the omakase menu. It's fantastic and always changing.

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CK
Naples
22 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! We live in Florida but come to Umi for sushi!!!

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