Best Sushi In Pittsburgh

June 25, 2011 6:00 AM

Some consider a properly made sushi roll to be an art form, and there are some places in Pittsburgh that have it down to a science. Here are some of the top places to find sushi in the ‘Burgh.
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Nakama Japanese Steak House

1611 East Carson Street; South Side

KDKA’s staff overwhelmingly chose Nakama as their favorite sushi spot in Pittsburgh. The restaurant has won quite a few awards over the years. KDKA staffers say, “So many new variations of traditional sushi favorites!” and “Great for Happy Hour!”

Little Tokyo

636 Washington Road; Mt. Lebanon
(412) 344-4366

This restaurant specializes in sushi, hibachi, tempura, teriyaki udon noodles and appetizers. Locals know it as “Frank’s Place,” and are thrilled to have superb sushi in a welcoming atmosphere. The owner is so friendly that one KDKA staffer says, “Frank is always smiling!”

Tamari Restaurant and Lounge

3519 Butler Street; Lawrenceville
(412) 325-3435

Tamari was voted one of the 25 best restaurants by Pittsburgh Magazine. The restaurant offers a blend of Asian and Latin cuisine. One member of the KDKA staff says, “I love this place! Fantastic rolls! My favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh!”

Umi Restaurant

5849 Ellsworth Ave
(412) 362-6198

This restaurant attracts everyday Joe’s and local stars alike. One KDKA staffer says, “I first heard about this [place] in Ryan Whitney’s Penguins bio as his favorite Pittsburgh restaurant. Now I see why.” Umi offers several different types of sushi – something for everyone.

Penn Avenue Fish Company

2208 Penn Avenue; Strip District
(412) 434-7200

“Best anywhere!” said one KDKA staffer when asked where they go for sushi. Known for its fresh seafood, this restaurant has every kind imaginable, including special dinner nights like “Sushi Wednesdays,” where you can enjoy all-you-can-eat sushi for just $17.99.

Sushi Kim

1241 Penn Avenue; Strip District
(412) 281-9956

Also in the Strip District, Sushi Kim offers great sushi with a unique atmosphere. Patrons love the location and say it offers great specials. There are plenty of options to choose from.

Jimmy Wan’s

Cranberry Township
1686 Route 228
(724) 778-8978

Fox Chapel
1337 Old Freeport Road
(412) 968-0848

This restaurant specializes in Pan-Asian cuisine; their website says they try to incorporate Chinese, Japanese and French styles into their food. Fans love the sushi bar, and they have an extensive wine and sake list. One KDKA staffer says, “Try it. Only then will you have tasted the very best, and you will know it from the first bite!”

Osaka Sushi & Chinese Restaurant

2101 Greentree Road; Scott Township

One KDKA staff member calls this their favorite restaurant. Patrons love the big portions and the small prices. The sushi is fresh and the staff is friendly.

Pittsburgh Magazine voted the “Friday Roll” at Chaya Japanese Cuisine as the best sushi roll around. The roll is lightly coated with tempura batter and fried. Want to give it a try? You can find Chaya Japanese Cuisine at 2104 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill.