The Japanese dish of sushi is a fine art.
Each bite is a symphony of color, texture, presentation, and taste. But not all sushi is created equally, the best sushi requires quality ingredients and the best sushi chefs can develop complex flavor profiles for an adventurous dining experience.
There is no shortage of fine sushi establishments in Pittsburgh, from traditional to trendy, tucked away throughout PIttsburgh’s diverse neighborhoods.
A sushi feast is a great way to celebrate a special occasion, or perfect place for a date night. Buy your friend or loved on the gift of sushi using Giftya personalized gift services. Just pick your favorite spot from our list below and you can text your gift right to the recipient’s cell phone.
202 38th Street
Tue-Thu: 4:30pm-12am (Sushi ends at 10pm)
Umami makes its home on bustling Butler Street and it certainly lives up to the hipness of the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Situated above Round Corner Cantina, the entrance is discreetly around the corner.
Once you enter, the atmosphere is electric with graphic visuals and ambient music played by in house DJs. Considering itself an Izakaya, or Japanese Pub, dedicated to Umami flavors, the experience is truly authentic. You can choose from their Street Food menu, Yatai, or a range of sushi options, accompanied by unique sake, Japanese beers, and creative cocktails.
For a young, fresh, super hip sushi experience Umami is the place to go!
“...The food is stunning, all carefully prepared to allow you to experience the complex and subtle flavors that are the hallmark of Japanese cooking. Our server was very attentive, and contributed several helpful suggestions regarding my menu choices. Several vegetarian options are available...There's a terrific Japanese ambience overall. Very impressive!” - David B. Yelp Review
5849 Ellsworth Avenue
Umi is a high-end sushi experience, head by the esteemed Chef Shu, nestled on Ellsworth Street in Shadyside.
While the prices are steep, they are deserved for the quality of ingredients and exceptional flavor profiles and presentations. They offer several items not available anywhere else in Pittsburgh, and strive to innovate their craft.
The atmosphere is elegant, authentic, and peaceful. If you’re hungry opt for the 11 course Omakase for a culinary adventure like no other!
“...We ordered in many rounds. Soups, umi cocktails, salads, sushi, sashimi, maki rolls, miso cod, edamame, and soba noodles. Each dish was prepared, cooked, and plated perfectly. I enjoyed the flavor profiles of each dish and drink...These staff members are incredibly knowledgeable and are clearly proud to work their jobs. The staff, the food, and intimate atmosphere combination make for the perfect dinner...” - Yelp Review
2032 Murray Avenue
This cozy quiet sushi venue in Squirrel Hill offers all of your favorite sushi options with high quality ingredients.
While the flavor profiles are authentically Japanese they do serve “American” portions, which tend to be 1.5 times larger. Many recommend their fried chicken appetizer, for its juicy, though not greasy flavor.
They feature a nice selection of other traditional Japanese food beyond sushi as well. *Note it is BYOB so if you’d like to enjoy some wine or sake with your meal, take it along with you.
“Here you have a deceptively small restaurant that is enormous in variety, service, quality, and value. The menu has at least 20 types of seafood to choose from. The food is super fresh and delicious. Service is very friendly and attentive. One of the finest sushi restaurants in the area, in the heart of Squirrel Hill!” - Yelp Review
4734 Liberty Avenue
Tue-Thu: Lunch 11am-3pm | Dinner 3pm-10pm
Fri: Lunch 11am-3pm | Dinner 3pm-11pm
Sat: Lunch 12pm-3pm | Dinner 3pm-11pm
Sun: Dinner 12pm-9pm
Prepare for a taste of Japan in Pittsburgh’s Little Italy.
Offering authentic upscale Japanese cuisine at reasonable prices, Ginza is a straightforward quality spot for good sushi in Pittsburgh. With 26 special rolls to choose from including a Yinzer approved “PA Roll”, you’ll easily find your new favorite dish.
“We ordered 3 specialty rolls...All were ample and delicious...Service was attentive and friendly. This will become a repeat spot.” - Yelp Review
2122 E Carson Street
Mon-Thu: Lunch 11am-2:30pm | Dinner 5pm-10pm
Fri: Lunch 11am-2:30pm | Dinner 6pm-11pm
As an offshoot of Little Tokyo in Mt Lebanon, Frank Lin opened this intimate sushi house in South Side.
You can expect the same superior quality, cleanliness, and hospitality at this location with a few new rolls added to the mix. Not only does their menu offer a great variety of fresh sushi options, but it also features Habachi selections, kitchen specialties, and more. Be sure to pair your sushi with a Japanese beer or fresh sake from Japan!
“...Their sushi are the best. Nigiri have just the right amount of rice, not too much like other places. Salmon literally tastes like butter...When you walk in, the staff always welcomes you with a big smile, and same when you leave...Always a pleasure coming back. - Yelp review
1611 E Carson Street
10636 Perry Highway
Nakama has a sushi empire in the Pittsburgh community.
Between their South Side and Wexford locations and roaming food trucks that you can find at many warm weather outdoor events, it’s one of the most well known sushi spots on the list.
The ambiance is fresh and modern, with Hibachi tables in the rear. This is not a quiet hole in the whole type sushi spot, and lives up to the “fun night out” vibe South Side is known for.
They offer different specials throughout the week on sushi, hibachi, or drinks, if you’re looking to save a few bucks.
“That Baked Alaskan roll though....what it does to my mouth, mmmmm...Dine solo or with friends and Nakama has all the makings for a good time.”- Yelp Review
5432 Walnut Street
Mon-Fri: Lunch 11:30am-2pm | Dinner 5pm-10pm
Sat: Lunch 12pm-2pm | Dinner 5pm-10pm
You can find a little of every kind of cuisine on Shadyside’s Walnut Street, but if you’re looking for sushi, Sushi Too is your spot.
Offering a wide variety of affordable, authentic Japanese fare, from Udon dishes to bento boxes, you won’t be disappointed no matter what you choose.
Their sushi options are endless from tempura rolls and sashimi to more unique options like "sushi pizza” and "sushi donuts” (yes, donuts. Though it’s not fried dough- just try them!)
“....I love a sushi bar that's open because you know everything being made is fresh! They also have a regular bar which is rare at many sushi places...” - Yelp Review
128 Oakland Avenue
Don’t be deceived by its “hole in the wall” vibe, in the sea of chain restaurants of Oakland, this unassuming spot is a hidden gem.
While the space is cozy, there’s additional seating upstairs.
Patrons find the dishes generous, well-priced, and fresh, everything you look for in a great sushi spot!
“...Everything is very fresh and and the have a variety of options along with the the classics....All of their plates come out with a flower...very instagramable” - Yelp Review
1611 Penn Avenue
Whether you’re a local foodie or visiting from out of town and exploring the iconic Strip District community, Maiku Sushi is a must stop sushi spot.
Beyond the standard, yet well-executed sushi options, they feature a range of Vietnamese cuisine as well. Don’t come expecting fanciful rolls, the sushi options are refreshingly simple (as is the decor) but well-received.
Guests also rave about their pho, so we suggest splitting some rolls and one bowl of pho for the perfect asian treat!
“It's a teeny little place but they have quite a variety of food on the menu for a place this size...Thank god we split the pho - it was 'pho-king' huge (yuk yuk yuk- thank you - I'll be here all night) and so flavorful...Will definitely be back!” - Yelp Review
Southside - Station Square
225 W Station Square Drive
Tue-Thu: Lunch 12pm-2pm | Dinner 5pm-11pm
Fri: Lunch 12pm-2pm | Dinner 5pm-11pm
Sat: Lunch 12pm-3pm | Dinner 4:30-11pm
Sun: Lunch 12pm-3pm | Dinner 4:30pm-10pm
While Station Square is no longer the happening ‘hood it once was, don’t let the location fool you. Kiku has dedicated and talented sushi chefs that will wow your taste buds.
The owners moved to Pittsburgh from Japan in 1983 and opened one of the first sushi establishments in the Burgh. You’ll find countless Yelp review raving about their Toro so be sure to try one of their toro options when you order.
“Wow. I was not expecting to be blown away but the quality of the sushi fish was beyond compare in the Pittsburgh area...We tried about fifteen different types of sushi and all were phenomenal...Even the ginger salad I ordered was good, not just iceberg lettuce. The other Japanese restaurant staple, miso soup, wasn't watery and had tons of flavor. Station Square may be a ghost town but Kiku is a hidden gem...” - Yelp Review