Umi Japanese Restaurant

4.9
455 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.

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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 455 people are saying
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AngelaL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very delicious! My husband and i went here and it was amazing. So much different varieties of sushi and our waiter larry was very informing with telling us what fish we were eating. I would recommend this to anyone! If you love raw sushi give this place a try it’s very fresh! The best in pittsburgh we will be back again!

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MWalker
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Extremely disappointing experience on several levels.

- Ordered an 11-course omakase tasting menu. Menu composition was underwhelming; no variation in texture or plating, dishes repeated almost exactly, sloppy flavor profiles. Sweet ponzu on almost everything, poor knife work on the garnishes. Everything was served on the same slightly stained plain white plates.

- I have had many tasting menus at this price point or above in my lifetime, and never have I been quite so bored. Plain white plate, exactly three slices of fish, no textural contrast, nothing to distinguish it from the last course. Mostly just mediocre, although there was undiluted fake truffle oil dripped on a few things that made them almost inedible. Likewise for some decent red snapper ruined by jagged chunks of raw garlic for some reason.

- Service was robotic - drop dish, recite rehearsed description, leave. No actual interaction or reading of the table. A sake was ordered and the server suggested a replacement when they were out of stock, then never bothered to check on how the table liked the replacement - it was nothing like what was ordered and not very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Very disappointed. We visited the restaurants a few years back and had an outstanding experience. Tonite menu was limited to 2 meal choices only. Could only order al a carte after ordering one of the 2 meal choices. Meal choices were all sashimi dinners. No soup/salads were offered. If would have been notified before day of reservations of this limited menu would have canceled reservation. Very pricey dinner for so many limitations. Will not be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expertly curated dining experience. It was delicious!

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JamieH
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience - waiter was very knowledgeable on the food and sake selections. Their tasting menu is a fantastic experience. Would absolutely recommend.

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vipChristineC
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The delicate flavors of the multiple varieties of fish, the freshness and subtile décoration of the plate makes this place a true Pittbsurgh treasure. We have been fond of the Omakase for many years. Each time it is pure enchantement. .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

11 course meal prepared by the wizard chef Mr. Shu was fantastic! Every course was exquisite. And we did not get overly full with this choice, which was our concern. Delicious cocktails also! Thank you Jeff and Ashley also for the service and hospitality!

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vipHenry
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the most amazing food in western Pennsylvania. Mr. Shu truly makes Pittsburgh a great city.
I highly recommend the Omikase. The sequence of tender fish with delectable sauce one after another is one of my favorite experiences.

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vipAvig
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a good sashimi meal in Pittsburgh, this is the place excellent food and service

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JaneP
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was fantastic and food was deliciously memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to eat! Amazing food and superior service.

TB
TerryB
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing every single time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. A favorite.

PM
PeterM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Umi and enjoy it every time we go.

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vipLanybelle
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food quality was excellent, but menu was limited and very expensive. There was no indication on the website that the menu was limited to omasake only. Diners were forced to purchase the omasake even though they didn't want that.

We were stuck!

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Brianna
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Umi! I’ve been waiting to go for my “belated” birthday since COVID happened in March. Everything was spectacular! And our waiter was wonderful, energetic, and explained each dish as they came out.

We can’t wait to go again! We are looking forward to when their full menu comes back

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LoriS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined here for our 16th anniversary. It was an absolutely amazing experience. We opted for the 11 course meal and it was worth it. The portions were perfect so you easily get through all the courses. The service was outstanding. The actual food was awesome, sublime, spectacular - pick the best adjective you know and the food will live up to it. We will be back!

KB
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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vipmallory739
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DC
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
314 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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AMB1
Pittsburgh
8 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
12 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
6 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
28 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best of a japanese gastronomy in Pittsburgh

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TerryB
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TG
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
314 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite sushi

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Umi Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 455 OpenTable diners.

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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.