Ozumo - Oakland
Ozumo - Oakland

Ozumo - Oakland

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ozumo.com/oakland
  • Phone: 5102869866
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Yo Matsuzaki
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Ozumo does offer catering in both its San Francisco location and its Oakland location. Please call either the Oakland phone number at 510-286-9866 or the San Francisco phone number at 415 882-1333. Advance notice is required.
  • Private Party Facilities: Ozumo offers two dynamic private rooms. One is a beautiful Kotatsu room, traditional Japanese private room that has glass walls lined with decorative sake bottles, and a custom wood table that can seats up to 20. Ozumo also offers the Private Dining Room, a fully enclosed room.
  • Private Party Contact: Amanda Pinkham 5102869866
  • Entertainment: DJ Thursday - Saturday in our sake lounge.
  • Special Events: 3 Private Dining Rooms. Contact Amanda at apinkham@ozumo.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Grand Avenue
  • Public Transit: 4 Blocks from 19th Street Bart Station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street and Valet available Monday - Saturday
A word from Ozumo - Oakland
Ozumo, contemporary Japanese cuisine with Oakland's largest sushi bar, sake lounge and full bar with a nightly DJ. Ozumo serves classic Japanese cuisine along with it's own original creations. Ozumo has 3 private dining rooms and chef counter seating as well.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Ozumo - Oakland reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (46)vibrant bar scene (45)good for groups (37)special occasion (36)neighborhood gem (33)hot spot (28)romantic (22)great for lunch (15)notable wine list (9)late-night find (7)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • good food
    Ecer
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our meal was excellent from appetizers to desert. The noise level is pretty high and hard to have a conversation with those at my table. Our food also took a long time to come but in the end was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great time was had...both times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have been here twice once on a date the other during happy hour with a girlfriend and both times Ozumo was accommodating for both situations. Food is amazing and drinks are superb. DJ on Friday is amazing as well. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi place if you love modrn
    SushiLover
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Service was great as well as the sushi. The ambiance was nice, but the place is very modern and noisy, which is not really my preferred style for sushi (The ambiance is still great). Since the price tag is more on the upper scale for a sushi place, I'd say it's great for special occasions. I definitively do not regret to have dined here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my favorites
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Ozumo is particularly great on a Friday and Saturday night, with a hopping bar and live DJ. The expansive restaurant is stylishly themed and serves first-class sushi. If you want quiet, just ask to be seated deeper into the restaurant; otherwise, just enjoy the buzz and let the hum wash over you. There is valet parking, which although not cheap, makes your evening a breeze. I've eaten here many times and never had a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    Carm
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Ozumo is the hot spot of downtown Oakland. The food, service and ambiance was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A star!
    fallonVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Ozumo was a "hey, why not?" choice one night for dinner - and turned out to be a JEWEL of a place. We now go every couple of weeks. The food is delicious and the service is absolutely impeccable. Eat there immediately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I've eaten at Ozumos in SF many times and it is wonderfuland. The oakland spot does not even come closes. Services was very slow and food was underwhelming.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We wanted to do the Monday Sushi menu and I thought I had entered this detail in my reservation notes but when we arrived this was not in their records. We explained this to our waitress who quickly accommodated our request and we had an awesome evening. Definitely will return because of this waitress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A gem in Oakland dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The sushi is always wonderfully prepared, but the beet salad was a delightful addition to the meal. Our server was very helpful with portions and attentive. The noise from the bar scene was somewhat distracting (e.g., loud), but lessened as the night progressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CilantroVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    From the moment we walked in the door, we felt welcomed and cared for. Really good cocktails and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely special occasion dining
    SushiConvert
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went to Ozumo for the first time. It was early evening reservation. The place filled up while we were dining. Noise level rose a bit when a larger party of disabled elders arrived to occupy a privately cordoned group "room" near our table, but the lighting supported an intimate, quiet experience. Cocktails were delightful. Fish was fresh and well prepared. All flavors blended well. An enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best quality sushi around
    Pindog
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It's a bit pricey bit definitely one of the best sushi places in Oakland.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud hip hop music
    Jake
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was delicious for the most part and the outdoor patio furniture that all the seats indoors were made out of weren't terribly uncomfortable, but i came there to celebrate a birthday and we could hardly hear each other over the blasting music. I ordered a dish with avocado instead of cucumber and the waiter said that wouldn't be a problem. When he served the dish he mentioned that it had avocado and not cucumber, so i believed him and didn't bother checking. it had no avocado and did have cucumber. They comped that item from the meal and gave us some free whisky which was very good. I don't think the staff are overly competent, but i appreciated the effort the waiter took to remedy the incident.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this restaurant!
    jandfVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I always have a good experience here. The staff is friendly and attentive. The space is beautiful. And the food rocks! I love the Hanabi and the sushi, and they always have a special roll that's unexpected and delicious. I'm a huge fan!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was excellent
    Magz36
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    There was a plate that I order that was so good. I can't remember the name, but it had a jalapeno and ginger sauce (?). I will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced and loud
    Plunko49
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was quite good but incredibly overpriced, especially considering the lackluster service and extremely loud noise level. The dance music was as loud as a dance club, which is fine if we thought we were going to a dance club. We knew we were going to a restaurant with a lively atmosphere but we had to yell to one another at our own table. I've been here twice and won't be coming back, and will warn others. This place needs to figure out what it wants to be.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful restaurant!
    OTfanVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Loved the decor! The menu worked for my older Japanese aunt as well as for my not-so-authentic Japanese tastes. Wine choices by the glass were great for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ScooterVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Upscale, fine dining in Downtown Oakland. Large selection of Sakes, numerous small plates to choose from in addition to seasonal specials. Chocolate Fondue allows for interactive dessert...a great way to close a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great with a few hiccups
    ACharlesVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I tried Ozumo again after a long hiatus. Their menu has completely changed since I last came in, and I had a fee questions for the server. I specifically asked if there was sauce on anything and he said no. Additionally, my friend wanted no tofu as one of her sides. The food arrives and her tofu was replaced with something else, which turned out to be fried halibut and was quite tasty. My food arrives with sauce on my skewers. I told the staff that I had specifically asked because I have food allergies. They were very accommodating about getting a new dish without the sauce. The kicker though was when the party next to us came in with their dog. I had been planning on ordering dessert but quickly changed my mind.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Sushi
    jonathonstoneVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Two separate rolls, shared, were delicious. Very good service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AG's birthday celebration
    neighborhoodgem
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    When asked where my son wanted to celebrate his 23rd birthday, without hesitation Ozumo's Oakland was his enthusiastic response. From the top notch service to the stellar presentation of our delectable dinner selections, it was a most memorable evening. Thank you to the awsome staff for making my son's birthday so special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • alike
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    LOVE the fresh Sushi, always consistent! My 10 year son and his friend love to eat sushi here. All you can eat night is perfect forlittle one's.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    Huggs
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Thank You For Making Our Birthday Dinner Another Highlight. Service Is On Point and Appreciated. Sushi and Saki Yum Yum
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Quality of fish excellent. Presentation outstanding. Service -- outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SOLID
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I used to go all the time for their Sushi Bar special. I have been for dinner as well, every time its a great dining experience. Usually the service is spot on but our server was not too attentive on the drinks however a server I've come to know made up for it with a special treat from the kitchen! I would not let that serve as a reason not to go at all - people have bad days. Over all they have a great staff and really make you feel special. Namaste!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BerkeleyDiner1VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was our second time eating at Ozumo and we did not like it as much as the first time. Food was just ok, service was just ok. There was a large party near us with young children that were completely out of control - screaming and running around with the mother screaming in our ears at them. Very unpleasant. Our dinner for four was extremely expensive considering what we had and compared to other restaurants that offer the same food and drink. It's definitely a popular dining spot - so we may have just had a bad time this time around. Our first dinner there last year was really outstanding.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    albanyfoodie
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We love eating at Ozumo. All the food is so good and the staff is really nice. The sauces are amazing. And our kids (7 and 9) love it too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding sushi!
    CeCe
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I've only dined there once for lunch, but the food was excellent and service wonderful! Comparable to Yoshi's (Oakland), which I very much enjoy as well. Beautiful dining rooms and very comfortable surroundings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 840 reviews are from the Ozumo - Oakland reviews archive.
  • Ozumo overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Partially things were good. The waitress must have been having a bad day. She was in a rush to get us out of there. Not pleasant and did not help the dining experience or the price we paid!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ozumo Awesome!
    carter
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    From the time we were greeted by the hostess Elyse to being guided by the most awesome server of all time, Kim Tran! Kim took us on a culinary journey complemented by the best Sake pairing ever! Food was extraordinary and Sake exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Customer Service
    Rena
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I've eaten here several times over the years. I absolutely love Ozumo's for their food and ambience! It's a special treat. I made a reservation to treat myself to lunch. I sat in the bar area. I placed my order within a reasonable time. I waited 20+ minutes after my order was placed (which is unusual). I asked about the status of my order. It turns out that my order wasn't "sent" in the computer. Thus, my long wait. The waitress apologized profusely. I understand, mistakes happen. They redeemed themselves by compensating my meal free of charge. I tried something new (the various meats) bento box. It was absolutely wonderful! I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so Ozumo
    JenniferC
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Got a gift certificate so we decided to try this place...and it was just so-so. Ordered a variety of items from menu (Sushi rolls, robata, hot appetizer) and rather than space the selections (or ask if we wanted them spaced), the waiter put it all in at once and food came out all together. The rolls were OK - the jalapeno himachi was not spicy at all, but the hoshi was very good. Ordered the robata sampler plate - fish was over cooked and dry and the beef was chewy. Nice atmosphere - good drinks, but so-so food. Without another gift certificate, unlikely that we'd go back. Too many other good sushi places in the Bay to settle for Ozumo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    raeeatz
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Service was good and efficient. There could have been more friendly and offered explanations about the menu including specials etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great place to entertain clients! My clients and I thoroughly enjoyed the ambience and the excellent entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Bento Box EVER
    Rena
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I treated myself and dined alone. I was in the bar area. I ordered the Sake Bento Box and it was a feast for my eyes and so scrumptious! I tried and ate something new (the mashed radish, the buckwheat noodles with the mushrooms, the tempura shredded veggies)! The vanilla cream puff was an unexpected treat! Wow! I will order this again! I highly recommend this dish and Ozumo's in general.!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SC4Julie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate graduation. Ozumo was perfect. Food was delicious. We ordered appetizers, veggies, rolls and desserts. Our party of 5 had a generous sized table for all our dishes. We could easily carry on a conversation at our table, even with all the other diners on a Saturday night. The DJ in the bar played good music but it wasn't loud in the separate dining room. The sushi rolls were a little petite compared to other Japanese restaurants where we have dined. The edamame and veggie sides had wonderful depth and flavor. The flour-less chocolate cake with green tea ice cream and fruit was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GiGi
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Service was excellent and quality of food is great. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dinner
    namsmom
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Three of us enjoyed a recent dinner in which we tried a variety of menu items. We began with just-right salted garlic edamame beans, a sashimi plate of tuna, yellowtail and salmon, a beautiful tuna tartare, and a yummy three-seaweed salad. Entrees included seared tuna, a chef's choice of skewered and grilled filet, tuna, salmon and chicken, and potato encrusted petrale sole. A gorgeous vodka-cucumber cocktail and some lovely sakes rounded out the meal. Service was perfect, the food was incredibly delicious, and we couldn't have been more pleased. Highly recommend that you give Ozumo an evening of captivating your taste buds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'm a sushi nut!
    dragonrabbitVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The rolls were excellent and I'm sure the rest of the menu is very good. The only thing I would suggest is more comfortable seating and tables. The bench was hard even though they had cushions, and we couldn't figure out how we were supposed to sit. The table was too low for us to cross our legs and we had to slouch over to eat, and the backing was such that we couldn't sit up properly. At the bar, we heard a young couple talk about how sore their butts were after sitting on the wooden bench. Would we go back? Absolutely for happy hour because of the pricing and not wanting to sit at an uncomfortable dining table for long. I hate reviews that don't talk about the food, and am sorry to be one of them, but it left such an impression... :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Robata!
    drmw
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    We sat at the Robata Grill and ordered from the Robata menu and from the regular menu. Everything was so good. I would definitely recommend the "sampler" from the Robata (can't remember what it's called but there was salmon, chicken, steak, and pork on skewers), the Gindara, pea shoots, and the Gyu Kakuni. Things were pricey, but for the amount of food we ate plus 2 large beers and 2 glasses of sake, I don't think it was too bad.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet