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“Great Venue for Sushi”
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Ranked #276 of 2,173 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Shadyside
Cross street: College Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Venue for Sushi”
Reviewed February 18, 2014

After having tried several Sushi places in Pittsburgh, I thought this is a great sushi place. I would say it as someone with a Japanese background.
Fresh fish, friendly service and good selections of sake, beer, and wine. I had a regular Sushi dinner from the menu, but I would not hesitate to do an Omakase next time.

  • Visited February 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Best sushi in a town where you wouldn't expect sushi”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

This gem is nestled upstairs, off the beaten path, in Shadyside. I am from Pittsburgh, but was wowed by the amazing, fresh fish Mr. Su created! I will definitely come back for me. And I even saved room for dessert... and was happy that I did!

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank ShellieBH
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“WOW”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Best sushi ever. Each piece was uniquely prepared. Out waiter Daryl was fantastic with his recommendations for everything from the sake to dessert. The desserts were incredible. Go and enjoy!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank ur2000
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Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very Pretentious - Not Worth the Money”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

While we enjoyed SOBA, our experience at the even more expensive UMI left MUCH to be desired. For the kind of money they charge, we felt we had been taken quite advantage of. The surfaces (Handrails, table tops) were sticky, and the upstairs room was just OK decor-wise. We had the Omakase tasting - 3 people . Again, food very good, but portions so small as to strain one's patience. After the 3rd course, one could start to see the trend of the same sauces presented slighty differently - but becoming boring and repetitive. The service was good - but again, nothing special. And we could see the chef behind the bar, almost chuckling that he had put one over on the public again.

Clearly, resting on its laurels, and has become lazy and complacent.

When we left, we found ourselves still hungry, and feeling ripped off. For $360, I expected a lot more. VERY DISSAPOINTING!!

We are not food snobs - We love everything from Hot Dogs to a Gourmet Meal, and we do not mind paying a lot - as long as we get what we pay for.

UMI is pretentious - and frankly, insults one's intelligence - We shall not return, nor recommend

  • Visited May 2013
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great experience!”
Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

A friend is in town visiting and was able to talk her into the Omikase tasting menu. Our waiter was great starting us off with a bottle of champagne. He explained each course and each one was delicious and expertly prepared. Read the article on Mr. Shu receiving chef of the year and it was nice seeing him at the counter preparing the sushi and not a sous chef. It was the right amount of food to be pleasantly full but we added a couple sashimi plates just to try more.

Visited June 2013
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Thank Mdpbm
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