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Umi Japanese Restaurant, Pittsburgh, PA
Umi Japanese Restaurant, Pittsburgh, PA
Umi Japanese Restaurant, Pittsburgh, PA
Umi Japanese Restaurant, Pittsburgh, PA
Umi Japanese Restaurant, Pittsburgh, PA

Umi Japanese Restaurant

4.8
4.8
681 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.

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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2 people

10:30 pm


Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (412) 362-6198
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Mr. Shu
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What 681 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pittsburgh / Western PA

    Best Ambience

  • Pittsburgh

    Best Ambience

681 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was awesome. Food was great. Eleven course is a long dinner. Seven would have been better. A bit over priced for what you get.

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  2. OCM1

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and outstanding service, as always!

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  3. Knightrydr

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Forst time there, had the 11 course meal and I had a great time. will be returning in the future.

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  4. Ashleyc

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    With just 54 seating this restaurant is quite noisy but despite all that this was a wonderful sushi experience to be had. Each dish described to us, each one fresh. Will return.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    West Virginia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best omakase in pittsburgh!! Staff are extremely well trained with etiquette and knowledge. A must try

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Umi was such a beautiful dining experience. To start, the atmosphere, the artwork, and seating arrangement all felt very comfortable and personal but embodied the graceful ambiance of formal Japanese dining. We enjoyed the 7 course Omakase and each and every course was delicious. We had our favorites but had no complaints about any. It initially seemed like we were going to leave hungry, and while we didn’t leave stuffed, the food was so good it didn’t matter. It is also nice to not feel stuffed to the brim and lethargic after eating out. I was inclined to leave 4 stars for value instead of 5, but being as this was by far the highest quality fish we have had in Pittsburgh, the flavor and taste greatly outweighed the smaller course size. The last course, the fish was served with rice, and prior to that was the sole hot course, which made the service order feel intentional and thoughtful. After the first five courses we were hungry for more, but the last two left us perfectly content fullness wise. Our server was attentive and informative, and was there when we needed her but not overly present, which we prefer. She was very kind but it didn’t feel forced. We are very much so looking forward to our next visit.

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  7. MichaelC

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In the past two weeks I have been to Tokyo twice as an airline pilot. I wanted my wife to experience authentic Japanese cuisine. Umi did not disappoint. The quality and presentation were better than two high end restaurants I experienced recently in Tokyo. The service was outstanding. We truly enjoyed dinning there. If you want an experience with loved ones or friends that creates a meaningful experience that won’t be forgotten then Umi provides that. An evening is an escape from the ordinary is what you can expect at Umi.

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  8. Legal

    Pittsburgh

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There’s nothing quite like the experience of Mr. Chu’s 7 course omakase dinner. Everything is creatively prepared, seasoned to perfection, and served beautifully. The sashimi simply melts in your mouth and the black miso cod is remarkable. The flight of homemade chocolate truffles finished the evening beautifully. It’s always an experience to be treasured

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  9. Mourning

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time to Umi and will not be our last. Everything about our experience blew our expectations out of the water. We had heard from a few friends about how amazing their experience was and their recommendation was spot on, the food and atmosphere were incredible. Definitely our new favorite spot in Pittsburgh. Thanks!

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  10. Vinnie

    Columbus

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the second time we have gone, the last time we did the seven course meal, which was absolutely fantastic. This time we did the 11 course meal and it was just as fantastic with even more delicious courses. Even the desserts we had were delicious.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dining experiences in town. Spectacular food, beautifully presented with top notch service.

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  12. JoshL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fish is amazingly prepared. Service was superb. By far the best service we’ve had in Pittsburgh.

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  13. LoriZ

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolutely amazing experience and one of the best meals ever!

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  14. LinY

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a pleasant birthday dinner with the 11-course omakase, but were a bit underwhelmed. Seasoning on many of the courses tended to skew too-sweet (sweet soy seemed to be on everything). The course with the spoons of lobster and kobe beef was meant to be served warm or hot, I believe, but they arrived cold. Minor service point: most of the sashimi plates arrived after having been carried at an angle, spoiling the plating and making the dish visually sloppy - at this price point, this shouldn't really happen. Dessert was the most disappointing - four house-made bon-bons that were cute and fine, but kind of a cop-out and more suited to being mignardise over being the actual dessert. It's a nice dining room, staff was friendly, but generally a "meh" meal for $400 not including tip.

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  15. KristyL

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the atmosphere here! It’s a smaller space with a moody ambiance and fantastic energy. Ashley and Larry couldn’t have been more welcoming to us, they honestly made us feel like we were old friends which made dining so much fun. They truly made my birthday so special. The sushi was some of the best I’ve ever had in Pittsburgh, hands down. It’s certainly not your typical sushi restaurant, so no monster maki rolls here. Every dish that was served to us had phenomenal flavor combinations that featured a multitude of layers, and its presentation is executed so thoughtfully. The meal is paced beautifully, setting you up for a relaxed yet adventurous dining experience. It’s now in our top 5 favorites, highly recommend.

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  16. CarrieA

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome- great date night. Expensive.

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  17. Courtney

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is the best in Pittsburgh and the music they were playing that night was fun and upbeat. Service is always outstanding. Don’t ever close!!!

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  18. LoriH

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful special occasion restaurant. Service is outstanding and the food is an experience.

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  19. IsaacB

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner and truly unique experience. Worth the trip

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  20. ZachM

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I chose the Omakase 11-course w/ dessert. It's hard to really put the experience in words. The food was simply marvelous. I've never had Japanese cuisine like this before and the flavors I tasted were spectacular. The drinks were tasty and paired well with the casual atmosphere. The dessert was a little lackluster, in my opinion, but nonetheless good.

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  21. DadnPASchool

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is not a restaurant it’s an experience. They don’t have a menu, it’s chef choice. Which is absolutely delicious but not for members of your party not into sushi.

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  22. SeanE

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing. Best staff in the city. Beyond knowledgeable on every dish.

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  23. DavidP

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best sushi in the Pittsburgh area. A must visit in upscale shadyside.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent omakase experience. Five-star selection of sashimi with superb flavor and presentation, complimented by the delicious sauces and aiolis they were paired with. Our servers were wonderful and knowledgeable about each dish. We would have ordered another 11 courses if we had room - it was that good!

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  25. SchenleyFarmer

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best sushi in Pittsburgh with a great staff and atmosphere. It made for a very nice anniversary dinner.

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  26. Jows

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    400 dollars to go home and order more food! Delicious food but not nearly enough for the price

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  27. Jenn

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal and our server, Larry, was awesome. We enjoyed the experience and the food.

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  28. JasonH

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've traveled all over the world and still consider this one of my favorite restaurants! The setting, mood, and service alongside the quality of the food make this an unforgettable night out! Mr. Shu’s 11 Course Omakase is just flat-out amazing. In any restaurant, the food can be amazing but without great service it means nothing! Larry is one of the best in the business! Always in good spirits and delivering smiles every time.

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  29. JeffF

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service! We always are happy with our experience here.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Umi does not disappoint. Plate after plate of delicious food. Umi, compared to other omakase places, emphasizes tasty sauces that bring out the flavor of each fish.

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  31. SamiL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience for my boyfriend's 30th birthday. An excellent choice for a special event. Each dish more delicate and delicious than the previous.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Did the 11 course omakase. Although every course was good, the courses are so similar. No rice and really only 3 courses not sashimi. Not worth the price. I would recommend the alacart sushi but you can’t order it without getting omakase.

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  33. PittsburghCouple

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Umi now forces you to order a pre-fixe dinner that is around $100 per person. We wanted to enjoy Mr. Shu's sushi and instead had to eat 7 courses first of food we didn't want. Umi has always been our favorite sushi in Pittsburgh but that was probably our last time going there. It ended up being an $800 night for the four us after we finally got to order the sushi we came for.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely outstanding food, service, and pacing of dishes. Drinks were excellent. What astonished me was the temperature hot dishes were served at, not hot enough to burn your mouth but fresh off the pan. Better than some Michelin star restaurants I have been to. Not one dish disappointed. 11/10, will be back.

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  35. Sadtobewritingthis

    Pittsburgh

    29 reviews

    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 3 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I struggle to write this review, as Umi really used to be the best sushi in Pittsburgh. It was always exceptionally expensive and had odd decor, but the food was lovely. Sadly, the sushi situation in Pittsburgh has grown, and Umi has not. Omakase is now the only choice, & it is a series of nearly identical dishes, with no plating, only slight changes in fish. Each dish was 3 very small pieces of sashimi, with a sweet sauce. One used Kecap manis, often called Asian ketchup, which is an embarrassment in a place like this. There was no balance, contrast, or texture in any dish. Just soft fish with sweet sauces, all of which would have been on the menu at Nobu or Morimoto, 15 years ago. These are carbon copies of those dishes, with some fried shrimp from Soba downstairs thrown in, and no rice at all until the final course. The meal concluded with candies from Eleven, which were, of course, lovely, but have nothing at all to do with the cuisine at Umi. Dinner for 2 with a single drink each was more than $300, which would pay for extravagant meals at any of the better sushi places in town. Umi needs to decide if they wish to just slowly fade, or rise to meet the competition.

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  36. YusufF

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Umi is a definite must try in Pittsburgh. Minimal ingredients, maximum freshness.

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  37. HVACMAN

    Pittsburgh

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best sushi in town( or almost anywhere!)

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  38. KimH

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent excellent food and service. We love coming to Umi for special occasions!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. Unique experience. Pricey but worth it

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  40. StaceyF

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best sushi in Pittsburgh hands down! If you are a sushi lover, a must. Amazing dining experience.

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Umi Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 681 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

10:30 pm


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Umi Japanese Restaurant

5849 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    College Avenue
  • Area
    Shadyside
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Valet
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Mr. Shu
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine
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