January 9, 2019
Food & Drink

A Tour Through Pittsburgh’s Best Hidden Sushi Spots

A Tour Through Pittsburgh’s Best Hidden Sushi Spots

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.

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Umami

Umamipgh.com

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Lawrenceville
202 38th Street

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Tue-Thu: 4:30pm-12am (Sushi ends at 10pm)
Fri-Sat: 4:30pm-2am
Sun-Mon: Closed

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.

Simply marvelous dining, and truly authentic Japanese Cuisine.

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
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Umi

Bigburrito.com/umi

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Shadyside
5849 Ellsworth Avenue

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Tue-Thu: 5pm-9pm
Fri-Sat: 5pm-10pm
Sun-Mon: Closed

Umi is a high-end sushi experience, head by the esteemed Chef Shu, nestled on Ellsworth Street in Shadyside.

I'm so incredibly blown away right now...WOW, such an amazing meal(s)...

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
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Chaya

Chayausa.com

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Squirrel Hill
2032 Murray Avenue

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Mon-Thu: 5pm-9:30pm
Fri-Sat: 5pm-9:45pm
Sun: Closed

This cozy quiet sushi venue in Squirrel Hill offers all of your favorite sushi options with high quality ingredients.

...deceptively small restaurant that is enormous in variety, service, quality, and value.

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
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Ginza

Image courtesy of Rachel W.

Ginzapa.com

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Bloomfield
4734 Liberty Avenue

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Mon: closed
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.

Great sushi. And great value for the price...

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
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Little Tokyo Bistro

Littletokyopittsburgh.com

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Southside
2122 E Carson Street

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Mon-Thu: Lunch 11am-2:30pm  |  Dinner 5pm-10pm
Fri: Lunch 11am-2:30pm  |  Dinner 6pm-11pm
Sat: 5pm-11pm
Sun: 4pm-10pm

As an offshoot of Little Tokyo in Mt Lebanon, Frank Lin opened this intimate sushi house in South Side.

...Everything is always fresh and incredibly delicious. Their service is great as well!...

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
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Nakama

Eatatnakama.com

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Southside
1611 E Carson Street

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Wexford
10636 Perry Highway

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Mon-Thu: 11:30am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11pm
Sun:
1pm-9pm

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 drinks here are delish and while the hibachi is ok, the sushi is AMAZING...

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
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Sushi Too

Sushitoopa.co

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Shadyside
5432 Walnut Street

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Mon-Fri: Lunch 11:30am-2pm  |  Dinner 5pm-10pm
Sat: Lunch 12pm-2pm  Dinner 5pm-10pm
Sun: 12pm-9pm

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.

...Such fresh, excellent flavors. I can't wait to go back and try more...

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
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Mt Everest Sushi

Mteverestsushi.com

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Oakland
128 Oakland Avenue

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Mon-Thu: 10:30am-9pm
Fri-Sat: 10:30am-10pm
Sun: 11am-9pm

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.

...Becoming one of my favorite spots for casual sushi. The service is friendly and fast!...

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
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Maiku Sushi

Maikusushi.com

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Strip District
1611 Penn Avenue

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Tue-Sun: 11am-8pm

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.

...Don't let the small size of the place and no frills interior deter you - the food will wow your taste buds...

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
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Kiku

Kikupittsburgh.net

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Southside - Station Square
225 W Station Square Drive

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Mon: 5pm-10pm
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 sushi was the freshest I've ever had...

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
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