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Ozumo - Oakland
Ozumo - Oakland

Ozumo - Oakland Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ozumo.com/oakland
  • Phone: (510) 286-9866
  • 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: Japanese, Sushi
  • 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 (510) 286-9866
  • Entertainment: DJ Thursday - Saturday in our sake lounge.
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Service was good and efficient. There could have been more friendly and offered explanations about the menu including specials etc."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great place to entertain clients! My clients and I thoroughly enjoyed the ambience and the excellent entrees."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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.!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Service was excellent and quality of food is great. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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... :-)"
    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."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Have been impressed with dining here and brought a work group for lunch. Less fancy than dinner, but great service, good food, reasonable priced for a business lunch. Will return. "
    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. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "My friend and I wanted a fun ladies night and some delicious food. We decided Ozumo would do the trick. We were not disappointed. The server recommend exceptional selections for our sake flight. We shared 4 courses and spent $50 each. For the quality and quantity a fairly priced meal and incredible experience. If you love sushi, you can't go wrong. Skip the cooked offerings, it's a waste of stomach space and taste buds. Come here for fresh, raw seafood bliss. "
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food and service. My only complaint was my date. Back to the drawing board on that. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I loved everything about this place!....It was difficult to choose among the entrees because everything looked delicious....I was thrill ed with my choices, and will return again."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This restaurant is very close to the Paramount theater and we had tickets to see Bill Cosby, so after reading the reviews on Open Table we decided to try Ozumo. Our expectations were exceeded. Not only was the food innovative and delicious, we had the most amazing waiter named Roy. He was knowledgeable and friendly and he made sure we were on our way to the theater in plenty of time. The restaurant had made jello shots in a nod to Bill Cosby since he used to do the commercials for Jello brand. It was just a fun little extra that made us smile. Such attention to small details is so rare, and we will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I have been here several times when the restaurant was lively and service was good. Thursday night at 7, place pretty dead and the service was off and the food seemed even pricier than I remember. Constantly had to flag down the waitress for drinks, to order food and more drinks. The food was fair at best and the restaurant seemed sluggish in general. Won't return"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "finally made it to ozumo. it was worth the wait and hype! delicious fresh fish and great service. nice spot with a happening scene for a Friday night definitely will go back"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had such a fun time out with our daughters, celebrating our family togetherness. Both of our girls are married and have their own busy lives and families, we needed to set time aside to catch up with each other. Our waiter Ron was perfect! making suggestions on our drinks, appetizers, entrees and desert. The food was all so very delicious and presented in such a beautiful way."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Been to Ozumo several times. Great place to take clients. This visit was a colleague's birthday lunch. Service was a bit slow, but the server himself did a very nice job. Would return again and would definitely recommend as a great lunch spot."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "She wanted Sushi on our 1st date, I'm not a sushi fan but she was so excited about the idea so I booked a table at Ozumo on a Friday night. The place was hopping. Bar was full, the music was loud but not too loud so we could still hear each other. Beautiful room and the food was fantastic. Maybe I do like sushi after all. She ordered a variety of sushi, I ordered short ribs and a steak item. ALL of it was fantastic. Great place to order a few small plates for sharing. Our waitress was super helpful suggesting some Saki to sample. She was around when we needed her and she was invisible when we didn't need her. Date was success, next week she & I are having Italian in the city ;)"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Absolutely exquisite Japanese food with fabulous service and great ambience. The seasonal specialties were amazing - grilled lobster tail over mushrooms and curly spinach in vinaigrette, Wagu meatballs on skewers, and grilled ribs with fresh green herbs. But the big surprise was how wonderful the regular menu items were. The Gyoza filling was really good while the Miso soup was outstanding - lots and lots of flavor in the broth along with fresh green onions and tofu. We then shared the Bucho roll - shrimp tempura inside the rice covered by thin, thin avocado slices and roe - absolutely the BEST roll we've ever had. Our primary server was really helpful and all of the wait people gave us great service throughout. PRIME CHOICE!!!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Tried Ozumo before a show at the Fox Theater. Made a reservation 2 days in advance, with no problem. Contemporary interior, large but doesn't feel "too big". Appropriately attentive service. Very fresh-tasting sushi rolls, agedashi tofu, sashimi, nigiri and sunomono salad. Highly recommended and will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We checked out Ozumo for dinner when it first opened and were very impressed. It is not an inexpensive spot but is nonetheless popular. The restaurant has a large number of tables, but doesn't seem crowded. The high ceilings which help keep noise manageable and give a feeling of spaciousness. This was our first try for lunch and it was very enjoyable, low noise level It was at for lunchtime, although we recall that the bar area was very noisy at night time. Food is excellent and service very good."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I was meeting up with a friend. When I first walked in, I was greater right away. Arrived earlier than my friend, so I had the option to sit at the bar or go to my reserved table.. The alcohol drinks are very good, and I had teriyaki chicken, with white rice. Sat in the back. Very nice ambience. It was my first time there, and I'll definitely be back! Happy hour ends at 7."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "My friend and I enjoyed our dinner last Saturday: I requested a hot water - I appreciated very much that it was served in a nice pot with a couple of sliced lemons - the restaurant shows we are the first-rated: Yes, indeed!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Nice birthday experience, however the server could have been more attentive. The food was delicious, and the atmosphere very vibrant, however the slowness of the server caused us to leave before ordering any entrée."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We have dined at Ozumo 4/5 times before, and it seems to surprize us - for instance this time, how "non-Japanese" it was, perhaps because we did not order sushi or sashimi. The atmosphere is good, not crowded, the seating comfortable, the sevice pretty attentive, though they didn't know that much about Japanese food. Another surprize was that we couldn't tell he size of a dish - some of the small dishes were larger than te main course! It didn't matter because they were all good and we shared. The Ika was particularly good, tender with light batter. Aoba salad was good, like Ceasar's with a tiny bit of fried lotus root - and was HUGE - and shared. Not on the menu - ordinary warm flask (atsukan) of sake, but when it came it was very good!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I've never been let down at Ozumo's Oakland; I've been here for dinner and I love the service, the crowd and ambiance. The food is always 5 star and the service is superb. Yes, it is pricey but well worth every penny. You pay for quality."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I came here with my mom and boyfriend for my 26th birthday and the food was incredible. We only ordered entrees, so our waitress brought us smoked duck on a lotus cracker with jalapeno dressing so we didn't have to wait with no food while our meals were being prepared. I had the Kobe steak, my boyfriend had the chicken, and my mom got the braised short ribs. All three were spectacular. Our waitress was also very knowledgeable of gluten free items (very important for me!) and brought us a complimentary flourless chocolate lava cake with green tea ice cream on top. Delicious! Overall, great experience and I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Always great food & great service. I love the fact that they are able to accomodate us for late night dinners. Most places close much earlier for dinner."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "A colleague of mine attended a training nearby so we decided to have lunch so, I made a reservation for three. We arrived, checked in and were seated right away. Waiter came over right away for drinks and water. Food didn't take long at all sushi and food were excellent! We were in and out in no timewith excellent food and service. We will be back for both lunch and dinner."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "overall the environment was nice my first visit and the service was great the food was well prepared will definitely be back the meals were price just right had a great experience."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I had a great experience here. The food was excellent and the server was very knowledgeable of the food and sake being served. I would definitely come again."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Celebrated my wife's birthday with friends, who were 1st time visitors to Ozumo. We all enjoyed the experience, the food, the helpful staff and the ambience. For a large place, it is surprisingly easy to hold a conversation at the table. We'll be back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "THE BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. PERHAPS THE BEST I'VE EVER HAD. SALADS WERE GOOD AND EVERYTHING ELSE WAS OK. BEAUTIFUL AMBIANCE MADE FOR A NICE NIGHT OUT."
    Dined on 2/8/2014