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
63 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (36)good for groups (31)special occasion (31)vibrant bar scene (31)neighborhood gem (28)romantic (25)great for lunch (19)hot spot (14)notable wine list (8)late-night find (6)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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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
    ACharles
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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 2011
    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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 829 reviews are from the Ozumo - Oakland reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunches are good, too!
    JohorVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great at Ozumo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Food and service. My only complaint was my date. Back to the drawing board on that.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    Sharon
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very happy first time diner
    French19
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find for sushi in oakland
    Jordan
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SLOW service even when not crowded
    msdb
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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
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  • Special Dinner With Our Daughters
    MamaJ
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been to Ozumo several times.
    Joanie
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for a 1st date
    Andrew
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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 ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great from Start to Finish!
    Mobileaccess
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Sushi near Fox Theater
    Lulu
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place to go to
    Doll
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet lunch spot
    eastbayfoodie
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No hesitation to take my guest(s) -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.