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About Umi Japanese Restaurant




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.

5849 Ellsworth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
College Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(412) 362-6198

Website:
http://bigburrito.com/umi/

Umi Japanese Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (12)
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Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Healthy (4)
Romantic (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Casual (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I have had Ben a server multiple times now. He is very knowledgeable on the menu and cares deeply for his guests experience. Ben is an asset to Umi. I look forward to dining here again. Food and service always exceed expectations.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Way too much money for the value delivered

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The sushi and the fish (Black Cod) were outstanding.
The Fish Tempura not so much, but I don't know of any restaurant in Pittsburgh that has real tempura (as done in Japan).
Overall, a good experience, with excellent service, if a bit pricey.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Enjoyed everything about the dining experience. First the valet service was excellent in service. The waiter explained the menu and ingredients of the cocktails. Have great recommendation for a unknoweledged sushi diner. The food was amazing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The food is generally good, but seemed that every dish come with the same sweet ponzu sauce. Other than that it’s all good

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 3, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant over the past 14 years when I first was introduced. Amazing sushi , miso cod, red snapper with truffle etc. everything is amazing.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Very meager portions for the $$$ price. $9 for 2 skimpy pieces of vegetable Tempura - really? Had to walk up two very dimly lit sets of stairs - about 35 steps. For the elderly, this was very difficult. If there was disabled access; i.e. elevator, we didn't see it. Would not recommend this restaurant.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Anniversary

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 13, 2017

As always the sushi and other plates are very good. The quality of the food is outstanding. After many years of coming here, the creativity needs to be increased on the menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great, will be going back!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had the omakase and the food is very, very good although I would have liked to have had one more hot dish. The real problem was a table of six who were incredibly loud. So much so, that many other diners started complaining to management. I would like to go again and try it one more time.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The restaurant is wonderful.. our table was great it was the 6 top next to us that has never dined at a nice establishment before. They were loud and drunk!! I'm surprised the wait staff didn't politely ask them to quiet down. It was our anniversary and we almost had to move tables because we had a hard time hearing one another talk... once they left the evening was very enjoyable.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Cod was delicious and well prepared! The Miso cod was perfectly cooked.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Best fish in Pgh. Really reminds me of Nobu in NYC,

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 26, 2017

By FAR the best sushi in Pittsburgh. Mr. Shu is a genius!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Late-night Find, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Awesome food but very expensive. But if you love sushi and your a foody it’s well worth the cost. The chef’s 11 course meal is awesome and worth it

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food is amazing every time I eat here. Mr Cho is the best. Staff is always friendly. Love Umi

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Incredibke

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I think this place is probably better for hibachi or sushi. We'll try that next time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We had an exceptional time at Umi. The food was delicious! Sashimi was very fresh.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 15, 2017

This is some of the freshest sushi I've ever had. Also ask for the chef's sake recommendation.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We expected more for the pricey bill. Portions were small and just OK. Would not return. My husband was hungry when we got home...

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This meal was an experience definitely a must for those who love authentic sushi/sashimi.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 11, 2017

My husband and I went for a "date night". Started with specialty cocktails, then splurged for the 7 course Omakase dinner with dessert + a nice bottle of sake. Everything was outstanding! We've had sushi in NYC and Tokyo, and this was just as good -- fish was very fresh, preparation outstanding and very creative. Flavors of each course were unique, and the whole meal flowed nicely from end-to-end. The desserts were very good too. We definitely will be back, and make Umi our "go to" for sushi in Pittsburgh.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

I haven't been to Umi in over 12 years (I don't live in Pittsburgh anymore) and last time I was there I remembered a completely different experience to what I had last week. The Nigiri Sushi cuts of fish were small and very uneventful, the fish did not taste fresh. The "Toro" they had was not O-Toro (which is fatty tuna, the best part of the tuna) which they professed, but more Chu-Toro (medium fatty tuna). Umi (the sea-urchin roe) should have been nice whole pieces, instead it was macerated mess on a roll. They did not even have fresh wasabi root, they provided mushy poorly prepared wasabi powder mess! What Umi was serving was poor abrogation of Japanese cuisine. I will not recommend this place to anyone. Absolutely horrible food!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Food was delicious but wildly overpriced and the portions were outstandingly small. Could have gotten better value elsewhere but still the same quality

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Best sushi in Pittsburgh. Recommend chefs tasting!

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on August 1, 2017

The food at Umi is consistently delicious! We continue to return for the chef's creative dishes that we can't find anywhere else in Pittsburgh! The staff and service are exceptional!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Fantastic, as always. If you can, make sure you have the white tuna appetizer. I'd crawl across death valley with a cinderblock chained to my ankle for a piece of that.

The omokase is overwhelming. It's a rare treat.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 21, 2017

so good the food was great and it the interior was cool

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Great food and atmosphere and amazing service! Loved it, just make sure to order more than one dish the portions are small

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 1, 2017

It's quality over quantity. Great selection of wines. Ask for help on menu items. Try something different that you would not try somewhere else. For example the eel! Sketchy at other places, but amazing at UMI.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Hot Spot, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Best sushi I ever had. We ordered a variety off the menu and it was all wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Amazing experience. The drop in tables are so unique and the chef's tasting menu was the best I have ever had.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The food is always amazing. Service is great. I love the tatami seating available.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Our meal was very expensive. It was good, but because if the price, we will eat at different sushi places.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

excellent omikase. excellent omikase. excellent omiokase

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Omakase here is best meal in Pittsburgh. If u like Shushi you owe it to yourself.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I have always been a big fan of Umi. Specifically, the Omakase dinner. I invited friends to join me for this fantastic experience. However, I was disappointed. The menu of the omakase dinner has not changed in 10 years. Further, this time, it seemed as though every dish was topped with the same sauce....ponzu sauce. I was sadly disappointed and also shocked that the menu has gone downhill, but the price continues to increase. Further, the chef was unwilling to create a gluten free option simply using tamari sauce instead of soy. This is disappointing for a dinner that costs ~ $100 per person. I will not go back.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Best sushi I've ever had. The quality of the fish used is always great which makes for great sushi. Favorite sushi spot.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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