Nakama Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar

★★★★★
In a space big enough to hold an audience of 200, dinner isn't just a meal, it's a performance.
  • 1611 E Carson St

    Pittsburgh, PA 15203

    Cross street: S 16th Street

    Map & Directions
  • 412-381-6000

About Nakama Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar

Hours
Sun 1pm-10pm, Mon-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu-Sat 11am-11pm

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Yum! Shrimp sauce!

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Yum! Shrimp sauce!

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Thank You for a fantastic Meal!

3
★★★★★

Thank You for a fantastic Meal!

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We ate at Nekama a couple of weeks ago for our anniversary. The cooking 'show' was excellent & we had a good time.

3
★★★★★

We ate at Nekama a couple of weeks ago for our anniversary. The cooking 'show' was excellent & we had a good time.

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I love it when its only me and the wifey at a table at Nakama.. Get sooooo much extra food!!!!!

3
★★★★★

I love it when its only me and the wifey at a table at Nakama.. Get sooooo much extra food!!!!!

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Wait was also nonexistent for sushi at the bar.\r
Overall: good, solid Japanese restaurant. Would go again.

3
★★★★★

Wait was also nonexistent for sushi at the bar.\r
Overall: good, solid Japanese restaurant. Would go again.

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My boyfriend took me here for Valentine's Day last year, and we had a wonderful time! The staff was very helpful and attentive and the food was excellent. The atmosphere is trendy and chic... I would definitely come back again!

3
★★★★★

My boyfriend took me here for Valentine's Day last year, and we had a wonderful time! The staff was very helpful and attentive and the food was excellent. The atmosphere is trendy and chic... I would definitely come back again!

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If you're into the whole hibachi thing and the whole doing copious amounts of sake bombs thing, Nakama can definitely be fun

3
★★★★★

If you're into the whole hibachi thing and the whole doing copious amounts of sake bombs thing, Nakama can definitely be fun

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Some of the best sushi I've ever had....and I come from the East Coast. Unreal toro, have some of it's available.

3
★★★★★

Some of the best sushi I've ever had....and I come from the East Coast. Unreal toro, have some of it's available.

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Great sushi.\r
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Very unique rolls and large portion size.\r
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It can get really crowded on the weekend, so call ahead.

3
★★★★★

Great sushi.\r
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Very unique rolls and large portion size.\r
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It can get really crowded on the weekend, so call ahead.

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Nikki was our waitress. She worked so hard all night, not only for us, but for everyone in our section. Did a wonderful job for us considering we needed a new drink every five minutes! She consistently asks if everyone is happy, which

3
★★★★★

Nikki was our waitress. She worked so hard all night, not only for us, but for everyone in our section. Did a wonderful job for us considering we needed a new drink every five minutes! She consistently asks if everyone is happy, which

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Our experience was fantastic! We are both in the industry & work at a sushi restaurant and the sushi here was phenomenal . Our server was amazing. We didnt have to ask for anything.

3
★★★★★

Our experience was fantastic! We are both in the industry & work at a sushi restaurant and the sushi here was phenomenal . Our server was amazing. We didnt have to ask for anything.

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Omg I loved my evening there, the food was fantastic, I would do it again :)

3
★★★★★

Omg I loved my evening there, the food was fantastic, I would do it again :)

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Great place to eat! Great Wine selection, had the 1997 Cake Bread Cabernet. I would highly recommend this place if you want great food and great vibe.

3
★★★★★

Great place to eat! Great Wine selection, had the 1997 Cake Bread Cabernet. I would highly recommend this place if you want great food and great vibe.

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I've had pretty good sushi in the NY / NJ area and this would definitely be a place we'd go on the regular, so for the people of Pittsburgh PA, you guys deff have good sushi in town. Not only was the sushi good, but a great selection of

3
★★★★★

I've had pretty good sushi in the NY / NJ area and this would definitely be a place we'd go on the regular, so for the people of Pittsburgh PA, you guys deff have good sushi in town. Not only was the sushi good, but a great selection of

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I love sushi. So much. I recently moved from Boston, eating awesome sushi once a week, to middle of nowhere PA...with no sushi. When we stayed in the city for a night, we were ready for any sushi we could find. We really enjoyed the sushi

3
★★★★★

I love sushi. So much. I recently moved from Boston, eating awesome sushi once a week, to middle of nowhere PA...with no sushi. When we stayed in the city for a night, we were ready for any sushi we could find. We really enjoyed the sushi

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This was an adventure...outstanding service...excellent location. The Sushi was outstanding (very fresh). The service is ths best. My server Laurel W. was excellent.

3
★★★★★

This was an adventure...outstanding service...excellent location. The Sushi was outstanding (very fresh). The service is ths best. My server Laurel W. was excellent.

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Love the food! The best food I've had in a long time. The service was a little slow. But I didn't mind.

2
★★★★★

Love the food! The best food I've had in a long time. The service was a little slow. But I didn't mind.

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I love everything about this place from the atmosphere to the delicious food! There is nothing else like it in the burgh!

2
★★★★★

I love everything about this place from the atmosphere to the delicious food! There is nothing else like it in the burgh!

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I totally agree with every reviews on here that talk about the terrible service and rude awful manager. I've eaten at nakama a few times. It's either hit or miss. My time there is either great with no problems or a horrible experience. The times I've had problems the manager has not lifted a finger to make anything better, grudgingly taken bad food away rolling his eyes, asked me what I wanted him to do about my rock hard rice .... He's a rude bastard and I have NO idea how he got the job as the manager.

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★★☆☆☆

I totally agree with every reviews on here that talk about the terrible service and rude awful manager. I've eaten at nakama a few times. It's either hit or miss. My time there is either great with no problems or a horrible experience. The times I've had problems the manager has not lifted a finger to make anything better, grudgingly taken bad food away rolling his eyes, asked me what I wanted him to do about my rock hard rice .... He's a rude bastard and I have NO idea how he got the job as the manager.

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Great food and a Lot of Hotties at happy hour.\n\nI get lots of phone numbers, because I am really good looking.\n\nOnce a gril names Tammy , told me I looked like a movies star. She is right.

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★★★★★

Great food and a Lot of Hotties at happy hour.\n\nI get lots of phone numbers, because I am really good looking.\n\nOnce a gril names Tammy , told me I looked like a movies star. She is right.

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We come here all the time after events downtown and it is great all the time. The sushi is really good!

2
★★★★★

We come here all the time after events downtown and it is great all the time. The sushi is really good!

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The manager is an ass hole and the waitstaff are too busy talking to the hipsters to care about getting your food to you. This is like a little wanna be Hollywood inside of Pittsburgh. The food is OK but plan on being bumped into all night by gel haired pretty boys trying to impress the skanks that frequent the place. When you ask for anything other than your order the waitresses sigh. That's OK! That was the second time in my life I ate a ton of food and left a big fat 0 for a tip. I told the manager that I wasn't happy with our waitress and he walked away and said ""you're just a drop in the bucket"". Really classy

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★☆☆☆☆

The manager is an ass hole and the waitstaff are too busy talking to the hipsters to care about getting your food to you. This is like a little wanna be Hollywood inside of Pittsburgh. The food is OK but plan on being bumped into all night by gel haired pretty boys trying to impress the skanks that frequent the place. When you ask for anything other than your order the waitresses sigh. That's OK! That was the second time in my life I ate a ton of food and left a big fat 0 for a tip. I told the manager that I wasn't happy with our waitress and he walked away and said ""you're just a drop in the bucket"". Really classy

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There are too many GOOD restaurants in Pittsburgh to even think about going to Nakama. Don't waste your money, or your time! RUDE employees including the Manager. \r\n We made reservations 6 weeks out, and after waiting over 1 hour for our table, the manager's response was ... ?Do you want me to walk you through the restaurant and show you that the tables are all full?? We were seated within 15 minutes of that encounter. \r\n The chef served chicken to two people in our party, although three had ordered chicken. When we brought this to his attention, he took some of the chicken off of the plates of those that he had served, and put the chicken on to the third member?s plate. Not only had he forgotten her order, it was completely unsanitary to remove food from one person's plate and serve it to someone else. \r\n My advice -- GO ANYWHERE ELSE!!

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★☆☆☆☆

There are too many GOOD restaurants in Pittsburgh to even think about going to Nakama. Don't waste your money, or your time! RUDE employees including the Manager. \r\n We made reservations 6 weeks out, and after waiting over 1 hour for our table, the manager's response was ... ?Do you want me to walk you through the restaurant and show you that the tables are all full?? We were seated within 15 minutes of that encounter. \r\n The chef served chicken to two people in our party, although three had ordered chicken. When we brought this to his attention, he took some of the chicken off of the plates of those that he had served, and put the chicken on to the third member?s plate. Not only had he forgotten her order, it was completely unsanitary to remove food from one person's plate and serve it to someone else. \r\n My advice -- GO ANYWHERE ELSE!!

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If you want to waste your money & time on really horrible sushi, then go to Nakama. This restaurant should do themselves a favour & take out the sushi bar completely, add another liquor bar & call it a day. Tuna from a can on a slice of cucumber does not make sushi! Does anyone in this town really know how to prepare fresh, real sushi?

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★☆☆☆☆

If you want to waste your money & time on really horrible sushi, then go to Nakama. This restaurant should do themselves a favour & take out the sushi bar completely, add another liquor bar & call it a day. Tuna from a can on a slice of cucumber does not make sushi! Does anyone in this town really know how to prepare fresh, real sushi?

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Great place!

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★★★★★

Great place!

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Awesome experience, friendly service and entertaining hibatchi chefs! I've been to the other "Hibatchi-type" restaruants, and they just dont compare to Nakama....from the service to the quality of food. Kudos Nakama.

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★★★★★

Awesome experience, friendly service and entertaining hibatchi chefs! I've been to the other "Hibatchi-type" restaruants, and they just dont compare to Nakama....from the service to the quality of food. Kudos Nakama.

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The sushi that they do have is serviceable enough - very safe choices for the crowd they attract. However, my request for uni proved futile, tobiko with quail's egg - no go. Neither of these are terribly exotic and I expect any sushi bar to have them available.\r\n\r\nToo many sushi choices come sauced to death. Again, fine when catering to a crowd that follows the trends but not if you truly enjoy the cuisine. Any of the delicate interplay of flavors and textures is obliterated.\r\n\r\nI didn't try anything from the hibachi as those tend to be fairly standard from restauarant to restaurant. Based on the sushi, however, I cannot recommend Nakama.

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The sushi that they do have is serviceable enough - very safe choices for the crowd they attract. However, my request for uni proved futile, tobiko with quail's egg - no go. Neither of these are terribly exotic and I expect any sushi bar to have them available.\r\n\r\nToo many sushi choices come sauced to death. Again, fine when catering to a crowd that follows the trends but not if you truly enjoy the cuisine. Any of the delicate interplay of flavors and textures is obliterated.\r\n\r\nI didn't try anything from the hibachi as those tend to be fairly standard from restauarant to restaurant. Based on the sushi, however, I cannot recommend Nakama.

Cons: Limited variety of sushi

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Some chefs are better than others, but the food is ALWAYS good.

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★★★★☆

Some chefs are better than others, but the food is ALWAYS good.

Pros: great atmosphere

Cons: Make a reservation on the weekend

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I don't know what these people are talking about..this place is excellent! It's the most ""happening"" bar I've been to since I moved to Pittsburgh. I had the Red Dragon Maki and the triple combination, and both were delicious. The service was great, too. I asked for more and more of their pink sauce and the manager brought it over himself. Other people obviously love Nakama because it was full of people who looked like they were having a great time, too!

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★★★★★

I don't know what these people are talking about..this place is excellent! It's the most ""happening"" bar I've been to since I moved to Pittsburgh. I had the Red Dragon Maki and the triple combination, and both were delicious. The service was great, too. I asked for more and more of their pink sauce and the manager brought it over himself. Other people obviously love Nakama because it was full of people who looked like they were having a great time, too!

Pros: Clean & fresh seafood

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A year or so ago - my friend and I ate here. Our waiter was very intoxicated. Totally screwed up the check... Manager did not offer any sort of ""compensation"" or discount to offset the bad exerperience. I'd recommend that the management here take some lessons in customer service.

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★★☆☆☆

A year or so ago - my friend and I ate here. Our waiter was very intoxicated. Totally screwed up the check... Manager did not offer any sort of ""compensation"" or discount to offset the bad exerperience. I'd recommend that the management here take some lessons in customer service.

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My fiance' and I went there to celebrate my birthday the other night, when my fiance' was having worse than suspected allergic reactions to the food being prepared infront of him, and when we stated that we have to leave immediately because he was getting tightness in his chest, the manager came over and called me an idiot for bringing him there, called me a liar for not having him speak up about never being there before, and did nothing but complain that ""this makes me very mad, im throwing alot of food and money right down the drain"" and when I urged to let me pay for the drinks we had he just told me to ""get out"". I work in the food industry and I understand these things sometimes happen, and I tired to be sincere and apologetic but we did not want to take the food to go, we could not wait and just needed to leave. LASTLY, i tried to give the manager 10 dollars to give my server because she was not around and I did not want her to be punished for us leaving, and I strongly tried TWICE to hand him the money but he repeatedly refused and told us to get out. PLEASE DONT GIVE THEM YOUR PATRONAGE!

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★☆☆☆☆

My fiance' and I went there to celebrate my birthday the other night, when my fiance' was having worse than suspected allergic reactions to the food being prepared infront of him, and when we stated that we have to leave immediately because he was getting tightness in his chest, the manager came over and called me an idiot for bringing him there, called me a liar for not having him speak up about never being there before, and did nothing but complain that ""this makes me very mad, im throwing alot of food and money right down the drain"" and when I urged to let me pay for the drinks we had he just told me to ""get out"". I work in the food industry and I understand these things sometimes happen, and I tired to be sincere and apologetic but we did not want to take the food to go, we could not wait and just needed to leave. LASTLY, i tried to give the manager 10 dollars to give my server because she was not around and I did not want her to be punished for us leaving, and I strongly tried TWICE to hand him the money but he repeatedly refused and told us to get out. PLEASE DONT GIVE THEM YOUR PATRONAGE!

Cons: absolutely the worst customer service

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Dined at Nakama this past Saturday. I have always enjoyed hibatchi dining and then I went to Nakama and realized what I had been missing. Wow! What a fantastic time. The atmosphere is artistic, the service is great, the chefs are highly skilled and food is delectable. I went with a friend and a bunch of people I had not met before. It was a great setting to talk and get to know each other. Nakama serves the most tender and tasty filet mignon that I have ever had. The presentation of the sushi is absolutely gorgeous. Customer service was great, and I love the decor and ambiance. One thing is always true, a great time is had by all. It's no wonder the place is always packed!! I highly recommend this restaurant for any and all. Don't forget to join and become a VIP member for great treatment by management and great discounts sent to you regularly!

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★★★★★

Dined at Nakama this past Saturday. I have always enjoyed hibatchi dining and then I went to Nakama and realized what I had been missing. Wow! What a fantastic time. The atmosphere is artistic, the service is great, the chefs are highly skilled and food is delectable. I went with a friend and a bunch of people I had not met before. It was a great setting to talk and get to know each other. Nakama serves the most tender and tasty filet mignon that I have ever had. The presentation of the sushi is absolutely gorgeous. Customer service was great, and I love the decor and ambiance. One thing is always true, a great time is had by all. It's no wonder the place is always packed!! I highly recommend this restaurant for any and all. Don't forget to join and become a VIP member for great treatment by management and great discounts sent to you regularly!

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If you want to go somewhere so crowded you can't move and so loud you can't talk go to Nakama! The food, and service here is below average. This is simply a trendy place to ""be seen"" at. Little toyko bistro down the street has much better food, the service is excellent and you can actually enjoy your meal there!

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★☆☆☆☆

If you want to go somewhere so crowded you can't move and so loud you can't talk go to Nakama! The food, and service here is below average. This is simply a trendy place to ""be seen"" at. Little toyko bistro down the street has much better food, the service is excellent and you can actually enjoy your meal there!

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I went to Nakama for lunch because I keep hearing that everything was so good. In short, shoddy service and horrible food is all I can say. But that's not fair - you the reader should know how bad it was in detail. Too bad I didn't take photographs!!!\n \nFirst the tea came, the tea pot was missing it cast iron lid so the waitress thought to put a tepan sauce dish on top!!! WTF? Maybe she was just not too smart. However, the appearance was not the only thing that was horrible, the tea was just horrible too. It was supposedly green tea but it tasted like the paper tea bag. Unbelievable!!!\n \nWe should have left then...\n \nWe ordered four kinds of sushi, albacore, spicy tuna rolls, scallop rolls, and their spider roll (softshell crab).\n \nThe rice for all the sushi had a funk to it, and I don't mean good music type of funk, it was noticeably bad. Further the rice was not prepared properly, it fell apart while eating it. It just didn't hold together right.\n \nThe sushi, while served promptly, was vile. The albacore sushi was the first thing I tried and it was dry, over-sized and the fish fell apart while eating. It would have been better in presentation and eat-ability if it was four small instead of two huge portions.\n \nThe spicy tuna rolls were bombastic in a very bad way. The flavor was not properly mixed and was uneven as well being blah at one moment and overpowering the next. They make up the spicy tuna mixture in bulk, which is not uncommon, but I had the unusual ""pleasure"" of watching as a ham-fisted so-called ""sushi chef"" brutally squirted mayo and spice on huge slabs of tuna and recklessly mixing it together in a huge trough.\n \nThe scallop roll was next and did not have too bad a flavor, but the problem was it was too big to properly eat in one bite and furthermore the nori (seaweed) was all soggy and would not easily tear when biting so it fell apart. The scallop roll should have been made immediately after ordering and the nori shouldn't have been soggy. It looks like they had a lot of the open rolls made up in advance and it went soggy. Further the roll should have been actually four rolls instead of two oversized ones. The hotate was actually strange in that it was in mayo and cut up, perhaps this was how they infused their spice.\n \nFINALLY, the spider roll. The spider roll is supposed to be a soft-shell crab and vegetables. It tasted like they used KFC inside. In fact if they had used KFC it probably would have tasted better!!! It was nothing short of disgusting. The KRAB fake crab was predominate and very dry. I am not sure if any real crab was involved, if it was it probably wished it wasn't. The fried portion was oily and overcooked. For this they charged $9.99!!!\n \nTo be honest, I found nothing redeeming at all about my experience at Nakama. The sushi chefs were had no proper training they must have been fry cooks they put out there because the real sushi chefs quit or something. I pointed out each of these problems to the sushi-master and he looked like it was the first someone had every said anything!!! He reassured me that those were the sushi chefs, and that was not reassuring at all.\n \nThe food was truly disgusting for the price. I would not have complained if I had purchased some supermarket sushi, but this is a restaurant that people say is good. The only way their food would be good is if a person was so drunk that they could not see, taste or smell. I chose to pay so that I would not be bought off and could have the privilege of writing this scathing review in good conscience.\n \nBEWARE - wherever you go for Japanese food, DO NOT go to Nakama!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to Nakama for lunch because I keep hearing that everything was so good. In short, shoddy service and horrible food is all I can say. But that's not fair - you the reader should know how bad it was in detail. Too bad I didn't take photographs!!!\n \nFirst the tea came, the tea pot was missing it cast iron lid so the waitress thought to put a tepan sauce dish on top!!! WTF? Maybe she was just not too smart. However, the appearance was not the only thing that was horrible, the tea was just horrible too. It was supposedly green tea but it tasted like the paper tea bag. Unbelievable!!!\n \nWe should have left then...\n \nWe ordered four kinds of sushi, albacore, spicy tuna rolls, scallop rolls, and their spider roll (softshell crab).\n \nThe rice for all the sushi had a funk to it, and I don't mean good music type of funk, it was noticeably bad. Further the rice was not prepared properly, it fell apart while eating it. It just didn't hold together right.\n \nThe sushi, while served promptly, was vile. The albacore sushi was the first thing I tried and it was dry, over-sized and the fish fell apart while eating. It would have been better in presentation and eat-ability if it was four small instead of two huge portions.\n \nThe spicy tuna rolls were bombastic in a very bad way. The flavor was not properly mixed and was uneven as well being blah at one moment and overpowering the next. They make up the spicy tuna mixture in bulk, which is not uncommon, but I had the unusual ""pleasure"" of watching as a ham-fisted so-called ""sushi chef"" brutally squirted mayo and spice on huge slabs of tuna and recklessly mixing it together in a huge trough.\n \nThe scallop roll was next and did not have too bad a flavor, but the problem was it was too big to properly eat in one bite and furthermore the nori (seaweed) was all soggy and would not easily tear when biting so it fell apart. The scallop roll should have been made immediately after ordering and the nori shouldn't have been soggy. It looks like they had a lot of the open rolls made up in advance and it went soggy. Further the roll should have been actually four rolls instead of two oversized ones. The hotate was actually strange in that it was in mayo and cut up, perhaps this was how they infused their spice.\n \nFINALLY, the spider roll. The spider roll is supposed to be a soft-shell crab and vegetables. It tasted like they used KFC inside. In fact if they had used KFC it probably would have tasted better!!! It was nothing short of disgusting. The KRAB fake crab was predominate and very dry. I am not sure if any real crab was involved, if it was it probably wished it wasn't. The fried portion was oily and overcooked. For this they charged $9.99!!!\n \nTo be honest, I found nothing redeeming at all about my experience at Nakama. The sushi chefs were had no proper training they must have been fry cooks they put out there because the real sushi chefs quit or something. I pointed out each of these problems to the sushi-master and he looked like it was the first someone had every said anything!!! He reassured me that those were the sushi chefs, and that was not reassuring at all.\n \nThe food was truly disgusting for the price. I would not have complained if I had purchased some supermarket sushi, but this is a restaurant that people say is good. The only way their food would be good is if a person was so drunk that they could not see, taste or smell. I chose to pay so that I would not be bought off and could have the privilege of writing this scathing review in good conscience.\n \nBEWARE - wherever you go for Japanese food, DO NOT go to Nakama!!!

Pros: None.

Cons: Horrible food, bad service and deceitful practices.

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I love the food here and is a cool place to be. Good service and usually has hot people in the evening.

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★★★★★

I love the food here and is a cool place to be. Good service and usually has hot people in the evening.

Pros: Great food and atmosphere

Cons: crowded

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Not for me. Don't buy the hype. It's overpriced, it's dirty, and they definintely do give coupons for good reviews; I've seen it.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not for me. Don't buy the hype. It's overpriced, it's dirty, and they definintely do give coupons for good reviews; I've seen it.

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Server stole two credit cards, didn't even feel bad. Manager did nothing and still charged the meals on the cards even though there were no signatures! Super disappointing for a place that's supposed to be award-winning. Go at your own risk, but I'd rather have sushi or hibachi somewhere else.

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★☆☆☆☆

Server stole two credit cards, didn't even feel bad. Manager did nothing and still charged the meals on the cards even though there were no signatures! Super disappointing for a place that's supposed to be award-winning. Go at your own risk, but I'd rather have sushi or hibachi somewhere else.

Cons: service

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Last Thursday night while eating at Nakama, I gave the server my credit card to close out my bill. After waiting for over 20 minutes I asked to please have my bill/credit card back. Approximatly another 20 minutes passed and the server came back to inform me that he did not know where my credit card was. My friend and I were shocked and asked to speak to the manager who said they would hopefully find it by the end of the night. Obviously they did not. Nakama comped the meal (which they had no choice b/c I had to CANCEL my bank card after it was stolen/lost by the restuarant) but did not offer any other sort of compensation or apology. The least I would expect is an apology from the owner or a gift card for the trouble of cancelling my account and having to change all of my automatic bill payments. Please be careful when using your credit or bank cards at this restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

Last Thursday night while eating at Nakama, I gave the server my credit card to close out my bill. After waiting for over 20 minutes I asked to please have my bill/credit card back. Approximatly another 20 minutes passed and the server came back to inform me that he did not know where my credit card was. My friend and I were shocked and asked to speak to the manager who said they would hopefully find it by the end of the night. Obviously they did not. Nakama comped the meal (which they had no choice b/c I had to CANCEL my bank card after it was stolen/lost by the restuarant) but did not offer any other sort of compensation or apology. The least I would expect is an apology from the owner or a gift card for the trouble of cancelling my account and having to change all of my automatic bill payments. Please be careful when using your credit or bank cards at this restaurant.

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Nakama is one of the best restaurants in the city...the food is wonderful, the atmosphere is great as is the service....i eat there at least once a week and am never disppointed.

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★★★★★

Nakama is one of the best restaurants in the city...the food is wonderful, the atmosphere is great as is the service....i eat there at least once a week and am never disppointed.

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Sorry this is going to be a bit long winded. I was visiting family from out of town and had never been here. I pulled up the dinner menu online and looked at the great selection. I then called to make a reservation and they said that only the Hibachi tables could be reserved. When I looked back at the menu the dinner items I was looking at weren't designated at Hibachi so I didn't think I needed a reservation. We arrived and I asked the server to get on the list and she asked if we would be eating a Hibachi meal. I said no we would like one of the other menu items and wanted to sit at a regular table and order a non-Hibachi meal. She then proceeded to say that everything on the dinner menu was a served and cooked on the Hibachi and the wait would be an 1 to 1.5 hours. I then proceeded to ask her how is someone that has never eaten here to know that everything on the dinner page is served at the Hibachi. She proceeded to point out 3 of the roughly 20 meals on the page that had the word Hibachi in it and state that can't you tell that these are all served on the Hibachi. I said no, what about the other 20 meals that aren't designated with that term. She didn't have a response. The basic point to this is that if it was clear by some designation or by even proper labels or text on the menu that ""everything on this page is served at the Hibachi table"" I wouldn't have been so confused. The staff offered no explanation and couldn't see how I couldn't understand how their menu / restaurant works. I don't work there and was not familiar with the set up. So instead of treating me like I worked there they should treat customers as if they never experienced the Nakama restaurant and help us understand how it works. I will never recommend this place for that reason alone. And preferably over the phone not when the customer is going to have to wait an hour or more.

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★☆☆☆☆

Sorry this is going to be a bit long winded. I was visiting family from out of town and had never been here. I pulled up the dinner menu online and looked at the great selection. I then called to make a reservation and they said that only the Hibachi tables could be reserved. When I looked back at the menu the dinner items I was looking at weren't designated at Hibachi so I didn't think I needed a reservation. We arrived and I asked the server to get on the list and she asked if we would be eating a Hibachi meal. I said no we would like one of the other menu items and wanted to sit at a regular table and order a non-Hibachi meal. She then proceeded to say that everything on the dinner menu was a served and cooked on the Hibachi and the wait would be an 1 to 1.5 hours. I then proceeded to ask her how is someone that has never eaten here to know that everything on the dinner page is served at the Hibachi. She proceeded to point out 3 of the roughly 20 meals on the page that had the word Hibachi in it and state that can't you tell that these are all served on the Hibachi. I said no, what about the other 20 meals that aren't designated with that term. She didn't have a response. The basic point to this is that if it was clear by some designation or by even proper labels or text on the menu that ""everything on this page is served at the Hibachi table"" I wouldn't have been so confused. The staff offered no explanation and couldn't see how I couldn't understand how their menu / restaurant works. I don't work there and was not familiar with the set up. So instead of treating me like I worked there they should treat customers as if they never experienced the Nakama restaurant and help us understand how it works. I will never recommend this place for that reason alone. And preferably over the phone not when the customer is going to have to wait an hour or more.

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While Nakama is the perfect place for a few cocktails and some 'okay' sushi and steak, don't come here expecting the world's greatest meal. You will leave unsatisfied. A few things to understand before making your reservation at nakama: it is expensive, it is crowded, it is loud, and it is filled with 20 and 30-somethings. So, if you are looking for a more upscale but still young scene, Nakama is a great place. If you are looking for SUSHI, walk about 8blocks up the street to Sushi Too. There you will find better prices and MUCH better sushi. The review below me said new to Pittsburgh, and I am happy to tell you, friend, that luckily that is NOT the best sushi in Pittsburgh. Try these places:\r\nSushi Too (south side)\r\nLittle Tokyo (Mt. Lebanon)\r\nthe Fish Market (in the Westin Hotel)\r\nand surprisingly, the stand inside Wholey's is great if you get there when its open (i.e. lunchtime)\r\n\r\n\r\nHope you find a place you like:)\r\n\r\n

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★★★☆☆

While Nakama is the perfect place for a few cocktails and some 'okay' sushi and steak, don't come here expecting the world's greatest meal. You will leave unsatisfied. A few things to understand before making your reservation at nakama: it is expensive, it is crowded, it is loud, and it is filled with 20 and 30-somethings. So, if you are looking for a more upscale but still young scene, Nakama is a great place. If you are looking for SUSHI, walk about 8blocks up the street to Sushi Too. There you will find better prices and MUCH better sushi. The review below me said new to Pittsburgh, and I am happy to tell you, friend, that luckily that is NOT the best sushi in Pittsburgh. Try these places:\r\nSushi Too (south side)\r\nLittle Tokyo (Mt. Lebanon)\r\nthe Fish Market (in the Westin Hotel)\r\nand surprisingly, the stand inside Wholey's is great if you get there when its open (i.e. lunchtime)\r\n\r\n\r\nHope you find a place you like:)\r\n\r\n

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I made reservations at Nakama on a Friday night. It was very busy and valet parking was the only way of parking. We waited about 20 minutes past our reservation and were seated at large table where our chef performed ""tricks"" for us while cooking. He wasn't very good.\r\n\r\nOne of the first things I noticed when entering the restaurant was all of the sushi chefs were black/hispanic. I thought this was slightly odd. My girlfriend and I ordered strictly from the sushi menu. The rolls were very small and the taste was less than mediocre. This place is not a place to go if you want a good Japanese/Sushi. I wouldn't recommend this place for anyone who wants good food.

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★☆☆☆☆

I made reservations at Nakama on a Friday night. It was very busy and valet parking was the only way of parking. We waited about 20 minutes past our reservation and were seated at large table where our chef performed ""tricks"" for us while cooking. He wasn't very good.\r\n\r\nOne of the first things I noticed when entering the restaurant was all of the sushi chefs were black/hispanic. I thought this was slightly odd. My girlfriend and I ordered strictly from the sushi menu. The rolls were very small and the taste was less than mediocre. This place is not a place to go if you want a good Japanese/Sushi. I wouldn't recommend this place for anyone who wants good food.

Pros: Trendy

Cons: Expensive, poor service, subpar food

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I wrote my original review (below) and was wondering who these people were that were giving Nakama 5 star ratings. So I did a little exploring and found that most of the five hundred and sixty some reviews were given in a 1 to 2 month time period in 2006... all the users who gave these reviews only gave 1 review using their citysearch accounts... and that review was for Nakama. I'm sorry, but I have to call shananagans on this. Looks like 'someone' decided to get a good rating on citysearch and wrote themselves a whole mess of good reviews. I just couldn't believe that Pittsburghers have as poor a pallatte as these 5 star reviews led me to believe. Shananagans!\r\n \r\n\r\nI just moved to Pittsburgh recently and was hoping to find a decent place to get sushi. Everyone has been talking about Nakama, supposed to be a great place to eat. So, I took my wife to try it out. I actually enjoyed the atmosphere, which some people didn't like. It is loud, but isn't supposed to be a quiet suit-n-tie place. We ordered strictly from the sushi menu. First things first... ordered hot tea, which was cold. Asked for another, got it... still cold. Never got the miso soup we ordered. Got our sushi which was missing some of the order, which we had to ask for. The sushi itself was just ok... nothing spectacular. sushi should be fatty... this was not. Very lean... kind of bland. And the check was quite hefty for the low quality of the meal. This was a real dissappointment. Will not go back here. I hope this isn't the best sushi place in Pittsburgh.

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★☆☆☆☆

I wrote my original review (below) and was wondering who these people were that were giving Nakama 5 star ratings. So I did a little exploring and found that most of the five hundred and sixty some reviews were given in a 1 to 2 month time period in 2006... all the users who gave these reviews only gave 1 review using their citysearch accounts... and that review was for Nakama. I'm sorry, but I have to call shananagans on this. Looks like 'someone' decided to get a good rating on citysearch and wrote themselves a whole mess of good reviews. I just couldn't believe that Pittsburghers have as poor a pallatte as these 5 star reviews led me to believe. Shananagans!\r\n \r\n\r\nI just moved to Pittsburgh recently and was hoping to find a decent place to get sushi. Everyone has been talking about Nakama, supposed to be a great place to eat. So, I took my wife to try it out. I actually enjoyed the atmosphere, which some people didn't like. It is loud, but isn't supposed to be a quiet suit-n-tie place. We ordered strictly from the sushi menu. First things first... ordered hot tea, which was cold. Asked for another, got it... still cold. Never got the miso soup we ordered. Got our sushi which was missing some of the order, which we had to ask for. The sushi itself was just ok... nothing spectacular. sushi should be fatty... this was not. Very lean... kind of bland. And the check was quite hefty for the low quality of the meal. This was a real dissappointment. Will not go back here. I hope this isn't the best sushi place in Pittsburgh.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Food, Service

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Been there 3 times....shame on me but wanted to give it a chance....nothing good to say. Overpriced, terrible service and is way over packed/booked on Fridays and Saturdays!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Been there 3 times....shame on me but wanted to give it a chance....nothing good to say. Overpriced, terrible service and is way over packed/booked on Fridays and Saturdays!!

Pros: nothing

Cons: nice building...wippy

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SO expensive..try some of the other places for hibachi in pittsburgh and you will see they are so overpriced.\r\n\r\nAverage food and the sauces are horrible.

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★☆☆☆☆

SO expensive..try some of the other places for hibachi in pittsburgh and you will see they are so overpriced.\r\n\r\nAverage food and the sauces are horrible.

Pros: nice place

Cons: price, food quality, attitude

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The only thing this place has going for it is it's atomsphere- and by that I mean the building and decor. It was noisy and over crowded as soon as we walked in. The place was completely packed and had a line around the restaurant waiting to be seated. Enough is enough- take a reservation or stop accepting walk-ins! I have never had such a bad server experience as well- unattentive and horrible! Our entrees came out before our apps... the food was horrible... our order was wrong... and the sushi was HORRIBLEEEEEEE. I have been to many sushi restaurants and restaurants in general... never again.. not recommendeddddddddd at ALL.

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★☆☆☆☆

The only thing this place has going for it is it's atomsphere- and by that I mean the building and decor. It was noisy and over crowded as soon as we walked in. The place was completely packed and had a line around the restaurant waiting to be seated. Enough is enough- take a reservation or stop accepting walk-ins! I have never had such a bad server experience as well- unattentive and horrible! Our entrees came out before our apps... the food was horrible... our order was wrong... and the sushi was HORRIBLEEEEEEE. I have been to many sushi restaurants and restaurants in general... never again.. not recommendeddddddddd at ALL.

Cons: long wait, over crowded, horrible service

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I am a regular at Nakama. I must say, delicious food ( I am addicted to the sushi Maki Platter ) However, service is dreadful. My last 5 times at Nakama the waiters had no idea what came with my meal ( I had to litterally tell him what came with it! ) and almost seamed as though he was high on some reefer. They all seem very untrained and lazy. Its a shame, but I keep going back because of the delicious food.\r\n\r\nIf you decide to go to Nakama, dont expect great service, but expect some good sushi!\r\n

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★★★★☆

I am a regular at Nakama. I must say, delicious food ( I am addicted to the sushi Maki Platter ) However, service is dreadful. My last 5 times at Nakama the waiters had no idea what came with my meal ( I had to litterally tell him what came with it! ) and almost seamed as though he was high on some reefer. They all seem very untrained and lazy. Its a shame, but I keep going back because of the delicious food.\r\n\r\nIf you decide to go to Nakama, dont expect great service, but expect some good sushi!\r\n

Pros: Great Sushi ( depending on the chef of course )

Cons: Staff are morons.

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Nakama WAS my favorite restaurant...four years ago. Yes, it's been around that long but most of its current clientele won't be able to recall the days when the seating was ample, sushi was uniquely fresh, or when you could still find parking on the South Side.\r\n\r\nI've lived in the South Side for 5 years, and my, have I seen a dramatic shift. Nakama is a quintessential example of what can happen to a great restaurant or neighborhood. The establishment traded good food, fun and quality for martini's, bad (live?) music, and halter tops in January. Yin'zers go to Nakama so that they really feel like they are ""going aught, aught"" to the ""COOLEST!, HIPPEST!, EDGIEST!, HOT SPOT IN THE 'BURGH! "" Why? Because Nakama has done a phenomenal job of marketing itself as such. \r\n\r\nThe bottom line? The food is lackluster, the crowd is obnoxious and the staff is over worked, (and occasionally rude...hey, they're not hurting for business so few ticked off customers are just a drop in the bucket). \r\n\r\nIf you want to escape the monotony of suburban life and pretend like you're eating exotic (aren't we SO worldly with our saki-drinks and new duds from the SouthSide Works) then by all means go. Pay for the valet, otherwise you'll be circling around looking for parking for 20 minutes (yes, even on a Tuesday) but know that you'll be taking parking away from residents and run the risk getting side swiped by your fellow party pals since the valet simply huts for street parking so you don't have to.\r\n\r\nIf you want to try REAL sushi, go to Kiku in the nearby (and equally trendy) Station Square (oodles of parking!) or try Wholey's for a less expensive (and less classy) option.\r\n\r\nOh and a side note: \r\n\r\nAttn. Frat Boys: Please try to remember after your 8th Yager Bomb that there are tax-payers, elderly and families residing in your party central. PLEASE! Stop the unnecessary vandalism and violence! And call a cab for God's sake!\r\n

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★★☆☆☆

Nakama WAS my favorite restaurant...four years ago. Yes, it's been around that long but most of its current clientele won't be able to recall the days when the seating was ample, sushi was uniquely fresh, or when you could still find parking on the South Side.\r\n\r\nI've lived in the South Side for 5 years, and my, have I seen a dramatic shift. Nakama is a quintessential example of what can happen to a great restaurant or neighborhood. The establishment traded good food, fun and quality for martini's, bad (live?) music, and halter tops in January. Yin'zers go to Nakama so that they really feel like they are ""going aught, aught"" to the ""COOLEST!, HIPPEST!, EDGIEST!, HOT SPOT IN THE 'BURGH! "" Why? Because Nakama has done a phenomenal job of marketing itself as such. \r\n\r\nThe bottom line? The food is lackluster, the crowd is obnoxious and the staff is over worked, (and occasionally rude...hey, they're not hurting for business so few ticked off customers are just a drop in the bucket). \r\n\r\nIf you want to escape the monotony of suburban life and pretend like you're eating exotic (aren't we SO worldly with our saki-drinks and new duds from the SouthSide Works) then by all means go. Pay for the valet, otherwise you'll be circling around looking for parking for 20 minutes (yes, even on a Tuesday) but know that you'll be taking parking away from residents and run the risk getting side swiped by your fellow party pals since the valet simply huts for street parking so you don't have to.\r\n\r\nIf you want to try REAL sushi, go to Kiku in the nearby (and equally trendy) Station Square (oodles of parking!) or try Wholey's for a less expensive (and less classy) option.\r\n\r\nOh and a side note: \r\n\r\nAttn. Frat Boys: Please try to remember after your 8th Yager Bomb that there are tax-payers, elderly and families residing in your party central. PLEASE! Stop the unnecessary vandalism and violence! And call a cab for God's sake!\r\n

Pros: Feel like a hipster, parties can be fun

Cons: Crowded, noisy, no parking, unauthentic food, over worked staff

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had dinner htere last night on a reccomendation of a friends wife, really bad - sushi rice was overcooked and when we mentioned it the staff was less than concerned. Fish was obviously frozen and of poor quality to begin with. It really reminded us of sushi purchased in a grocery store or cafeteria lunch kiosk, really!\r\nThe catchy menu items do not live up to thier descriptions, sublime service with no emotion or feeling. \r\n\r\nOverall I will not return - there are far too many places that offer good attempts at traditional sushi items around to have to put up with this typ of bad impression of classic japanese food.\r\n

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★★☆☆☆

had dinner htere last night on a reccomendation of a friends wife, really bad - sushi rice was overcooked and when we mentioned it the staff was less than concerned. Fish was obviously frozen and of poor quality to begin with. It really reminded us of sushi purchased in a grocery store or cafeteria lunch kiosk, really!\r\nThe catchy menu items do not live up to thier descriptions, sublime service with no emotion or feeling. \r\n\r\nOverall I will not return - there are far too many places that offer good attempts at traditional sushi items around to have to put up with this typ of bad impression of classic japanese food.\r\n

Pros: Trendy location which probably saves this place.

Cons: Service, beat tired american versions of otherwise supposed good cuisine

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I have been to Nakama a few times. The food is SALTY. The bartenders ARE TERRIBLE. My bachlorette party started here. We had a reservation for one of the private rooms for 9 p. m. We showed up at 8 p.m. and were told that the room would be ready. At 10:15 the hostess finally told us that a table opened up and we could have it but we wouldn't be sitting in the private room. The waitress took 20 minutes to come over and take the drink order. Not friendly. The chef...not friendly. I have visited for drinks on seperate occasions and apparently I am not cool enough to get a refill on my cabernet. After sitting for about 10 minutes with an empty glass the bartender, after flirting with a bunch of women, walked by and I grabbed his attention and asked what I had to do to get another glass of wine. He replied, smuggly mind you, ""sorry, you don't have to get snippy"". I have never snubbed any person tip wise but that chump got zilch from me. I say....don't waste your time. Especially if you really enjoy Japanese food. If you are 22 and superficial, by all means have a ball. The first time I went to Nakama I met the owner. Boy would I like to see her again.

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★★☆☆☆

I have been to Nakama a few times. The food is SALTY. The bartenders ARE TERRIBLE. My bachlorette party started here. We had a reservation for one of the private rooms for 9 p. m. We showed up at 8 p.m. and were told that the room would be ready. At 10:15 the hostess finally told us that a table opened up and we could have it but we wouldn't be sitting in the private room. The waitress took 20 minutes to come over and take the drink order. Not friendly. The chef...not friendly. I have visited for drinks on seperate occasions and apparently I am not cool enough to get a refill on my cabernet. After sitting for about 10 minutes with an empty glass the bartender, after flirting with a bunch of women, walked by and I grabbed his attention and asked what I had to do to get another glass of wine. He replied, smuggly mind you, ""sorry, you don't have to get snippy"". I have never snubbed any person tip wise but that chump got zilch from me. I say....don't waste your time. Especially if you really enjoy Japanese food. If you are 22 and superficial, by all means have a ball. The first time I went to Nakama I met the owner. Boy would I like to see her again.

Pros: They have electricity and running water

Cons: Too many to list

 

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