I really liked this restaurant.
I really liked this restaurant. The food, music and ambient was overall very good. Hightly recommended.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ythey took down a separating
Ythey took down a separating wall so its extra loud
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
There were five of us. WE
There were five of us. WE ordered a small plate to share with cocktails, and for dinner ordered two salads and four main dishes: two ribs, one chicken and one sukiyaki. Our bill, divided by five, was not nearly as much as I thought it would be. High prices had been mentioned in every review I had read. The salads were good, not spectacular, but the ribs and chicken dishes were great. Sukiyaki
was good. I definitely will return, though maybe not on a Friday night. It was quite noisy. The Monday sushi special is something
to which I'm looking forward.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Have been to Ozumo before
Have been to Ozumo before and enjoyed it very much. This time was no exception. The food is consistently good-innovative and delicious. The service is attentive and knowledgeable. My brother and family, from out of town, and my 102 year old mother all had a memorable time.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quality Japanese in Oakland!
Ozumo brings a quality of flavor, decor and comfort to Broadway in Oakland.
This isn't an easy task. We have dined at Ozumo several times and each time there is consistant food, beverage, service.
5/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love Ozumo ever since it opened up, but the noise level has tripled since they removed a diving wall between two serving rooms.
Now i have to yell to my waiter and vice versa.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service and cuisine in uptown
Highly recommended, service and food were great! Server even added complimentary fondue dessert for our birthday dinner!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ozumo is so classy and the food is incredible. We had an excellent assortment of dishes including sushi, plus two desserts. Everything was impeccably presented and super fresh. The ambience and décor with low lighting is such a nice departure from a lot of restaurants. Tables were not squished together, very spacious feeling.
I would definitely recommend Ozumo to anyone who loves good food and will be dining there again soon.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for business lunch
You can't go wrong if you like Japanese food and a nice restaurant for your business lunch. It is great for personal dining too. CAn't say what is my favorite as I like them all!
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Service & Food to Match
I love the concept of ordering small plates and sharing a bunch of different things, rather than one gigantic entree for each person, so Ozumo was already in my good books. The food was amazing - the hanabi was so perfect it actually sent my friend and I into a giggle-fest over just how good it tasted (but I'm sure the sake had something to do with that too...). It was also beautifully presented, with perfect portion sizes to split each dish between two of us. However, it was really the service that impressed me the most. Even with awful service, I probably would still recommend Ozumo because of the food, but our server, Megu, really made the evening special. She was warm, welcoming and incredibly knowledgeable about everything on the menu.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ozumo is great, beautful surroundin
Ozumo is great, beautful surroundings and wonderful sushi. great spot in uptown Oakland.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little too dark inside;
A little too dark inside; could hardly see the menu!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went for our anniversary. We had a good table next to a window, making it easier to read the menu. Our waitress was very attentive and checked in with us after each course was served to see how we liked it., and to ask if we needed anything. The food was beautifully presented and unique in taste. The portions were on the generous side of what we expected, and a special tasting was offered from the chef when we sat down. Everything was delicious. We will be returning!
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The freshest food, great drinks, excellent service - what could be wrong! We love this place for special occasions, too. I actually have a reservation set for tonight!! If you love sushi and Japanese food, you must try it - oh and expect to pay but you get great value for money.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for business
I've used this restaurant MANY times for business. The staff is very courteous and attentive. Never left wanting as they continually check in with the table at the right times.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
I met my son for an early
I met my son for an early dinner before a class that I was attending nearby. They start service at 5:00pm which made the timing possible. This early, the restaurant was nearly empty and very quiet. May be noisier later in the evening.
The menu is varied and broader than the typical Japanese restaurant. I ordered the potato soup and the short ribs, both of which were delicious. The ribs were very rich and might have benefited from some additional vegetables in the dish. My son ordered the hamachi collar which he also thought was delicious and was a sizeable portion. Service was excellent but, again, things might change during peak hours. I still have 5 classes left which will give us a chance to visit again.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best experience ever
I love this place and the diversity of beautiful successful people. And the food and drinks were the best . Customer service was outstanding.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
I like the look of the new
I like the look of the new seating in the back area, but the feel was a bit off. While the atmosphere is cozier, the pillows on the bench were uncomfortable and the table was low. It was awkward to get my legs under the table and I'm short.
On the up side, our waitress Yu was great and the potato soup I had was very flavorful.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Find, Great Food...Love, Love
Loved the feeling as we walked in, modern sleek look, clean, big and open. Started with a vodka drink, had 2 so good,
Friends had saki taster,Yum. 1st, Edamame hot with garlic & salt, to die for, then Dohyo, spicy tuna tartare,fresh,delicious, then Blue Mussels in sauce, flatbread could of eaten all night, and a Sumibi Yaki Platter, each one better then next. Then fresh sushi, red trout, baby halibet, maguro and amberjack .OMG.all fresh/tasty. Bincho grilled alaskan black cod and braised shorts ribs, tender and delicious. Meal came to $280.00 for 4, but got our money's worth with drinks/ apps/dinner. Would come back again and sit at the Robbata bar forpre-fix menu. A gem of a place. Go, Eat, Drink, Relax and ENJOY. Won't disappoint
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this place but since they took down the wall i find myself yelling to my friends. It's too bad especially considering the food is amazing. I suggest sitting at the Robata bar!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Recommended by Open Table. Was a Saturday night but quiet. We had a great table and service constantly but not invasive. Waitress recommended several amazing dishes. Would have liked to have tried the dessert but we were too full. Next time (and there definitely WILL be one!). Thanks guys.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really top restaurant
We ordered a variety of dishes, and everything was delicious! Even certain seafood that I wouldn't ordinarily eat were outstanding. Everyone in our party of 5 was blown away. This is way above and beyond what one would eat at a "typical' Japanese restaurant, so if you think you don't like Japanese food, don't dismiss this place. The waiter was very helpful about explaining the different dishes, and the food was amazing. We will definitely go back again, even though we live 35 miles away.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you dine here, allow the waiter to help you choose what you'll have to eat. If you are willing to explore, you will be amazed by what you'll experience!
The service is excellent
The drinks are delicious and interesting. Their sake selection is exceptional.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Family and I took my sister
Family and I took my sister here for her birthday dinner. The maitre d' and the servers were absolutely wonderful. We were greeted with a glass of champagne by the maitre d' for our celebration. The food was delicious. My mother had a little mishap with her meal but it was quickly resolved. The only improvement that can be made is to create a kids menu. Our waitress had some good suggestions but my little niece like many kids her age can be a picky eater and she likes things that are familiar to her -- perhaps adding bento boxes, which are only available during lunch, to the dinner menu for kids would provide more options. Overall, we had an outstanding time.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We tried the happy hour for
We tried the happy hour for the first time and it was very good. Good prices for good food.
7/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was above average, probably
Food was above average, probably one of the best Japanese restaurant in oakland but you pay a higher price for it. Service was also quite good but of course there were very few customers at the time. At the bar, it was very noisy but if you get a table at the back, the noise level is ok. The halibut was cooked perfectly. The Kobe beef was a bit fatty for our taste.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a good experience while enjoying my wife's birthday. They greeted her with a glass of champagne and a nice chocolate fondue for dessert. We will return.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice presentation of food on plate, it made tasting the food that much more enjoyable . Great variety of Sake. Desert ; flourless cake with green tea ice cream was delectable .
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Early dining experience
We had very early reservations (5 pm) and were the only patrons in the restaurant section until about 6:30 or so. It was not a problem; we have been to the restaurant several times before. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. I only mention the small crowd for those who need to be part of a larger group. It is probably why we were offered 1000 points. I enjoy the restaurant and have no need to be part of a larger crowd. If they continue to offer extra points for early dining, they can count us in!! We would (and have) come without the extra bonus. We have always enjoyed our meals at Ozumo.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oasis in an urban location. Interior is dark and quiet even with people nearby. Service was excellent but the food was not up to what I recalled from the original Ozumo in San Francisco. However, that visit was more than a decade ago. Good spot for a business lunch which was my purpose. If I were looking for excellent Japanese cuisine, there are better places in the Bay Area. Parking is not easy and validations are not offered for the pay lots in the area.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Date Night!
Upon entry, the music and noise coming from the bar scene gives Ozumo upbeat energy. As soon as the host walks you past the bar and toward the tables, the mood changes a bit. There's still an upbeat vibe but its a bit calmer.
The spicy sushi rolls are amazing as well as the garlic edamame. Our attentive server gave great recommendations which made my experience even more memorable. The delicious panna cotta dessert topped off the wonderful evening.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Oakland Restaurant
Second time to this restaurant and was just as good as the first time. Will definitely go back.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fish was fresh and elegantly presented. We will return.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic fish, service was awesome...there was a leak from one of the apartments upstairs near our table and the staff was very apologetic, they promptly moved us to another table and gave us some complimentary sake which was very good to go along with the fantastic sushi which is very solid and all on the minimal side, if you like massive rolls drowning in spicy mayo and pieces of nigiri that take two bites then avoid this place :) I will be back!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been to Ozumo in Oakland and San Francisco many times. It is always great. This time I branched out and tried several of the non-sushi small plates; the ribs and pork belly were crazy good.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service has always been good. Depending on where one sits it can be noisy but have had very good dinners there. Early reservations on key nights probably a good idea, and why the last time it was pretty loud, but we made reservations late and ended up closer to the bar.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
great 6 course tasting menu
I recently purchased a living social deal for a 6 course tasting menu with sake pairing. Food was excellent, plentiful, and fun to have pairings to go with. Service was excellent if not a little too fast in the beginning, but the server realized the issue and adjusted for a great finish. Ozumo is an expensive place to eat, but the food was fabulous and I was happy to be able to buy a living social deal to make it a little affordable. Still the bill was $85pp with tax and tip.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am from Boston and am mad I discovered this place on my last day of vacation in Oakland.
It may have been the best sushi I ever had. Try the tuna Tatar dish as well.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was chaotic, probably
The service was chaotic, probably due to an event nearby that was
starting at 8:00. We recommend the soft shell appetizer.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm not a raw fish fan, so I wasn't thrilled when my client picked a sushi restaurant for our lunch meeting. I was pleasantly surprised. There is a good choice of cooked menu items in addition to the sushi. The restaurant was busy for lunch, but not so loud we couldn't have a conversation in normal voices. Access by bus, BART or walking is excellent; there was even parking when I arrived at 11:20, although I can't vouch for later in the lunch hour. The waiter was attentive but not intrusive; my only complaint would be that he did not offer coffee before bringing the check. Prices are reasonable: three of us had lunch for just under $65, including a 20% tip. Overall, a very good dining experience.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time here. I really enjoyed myself. The food was good a little pricy and not too many things to choose from for my taste buds. I came here for my birthday with my friend and sister and lucky thing they had been here before and knew what to order, but I had no clue. I would come back.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
great for japanese food!
love the sushi and side dishes
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had dinner here for my wedding anniversary. As soon as we sat down, our server greeted us & promptly brought out 2 complimentary glasses of champagne while we looked at the menu. For appetizer, we had the skewers which inc. salmon, chicken and beef. Every bite was incredible! for entrees, i had the dragon roll, and my husband had the kobe steak. Both were delicious and in good portions... just enough to have a little room for dessert. We ordered the choco-chan which features a chocolate flourless cake, topped with green tea ice cream. The texture was so perfect, it just melted right in ur mouth. Best part, it was also om the house! The atmosphere was lively, good music, really makes u enjoy ur food and the ambience. I would def go back!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've known several people who have about Ozumo's all you can eat sushi night but have never actually tried it until the other night. It was truly an amazing experience! The server was extremely friendly and attentive and the sushi chef was as well and took the time to joke around with us. I will be telling everyone I know that they must check it out!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
If eating dinner after 7:30ish,
If eating dinner after 7:30ish, it gets a little noisy. The DJ cranks up the music around 9 pm and you really cannot have conversation at your table after that. Otherwise, eat early. Or enjoy the bar scene.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great date night
It was great to go to Ozuma 's for our date night. The atmosphere was hip but the noise level was just right so I could hear my partner and still feel like we were private. We got the chef's six course tasting menu and everything was delicious.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding Japanese food and more
This was our first visit, we were seeing a show nearby and found Ozumo on OpenTable. This is not only an excellent sushi restaurant, it is a superb seafood place overall. The menu choices were innovative and exceptionally well prepared. Our server Michael was gracious and knowledgable about the menu and the excellent sake list. We loved the interior design and overall layout, and there is just enough separation from the lively and attractive bar to give you some of the energy there while still having a quiet dinner. If we lived near to here, they'd have a table with our name on it. :) Worth a trip...
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great fixed menu ! With thoughtful
Great fixed menu ! With thoughtful sake pairing. Very impressive !
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love the SF location and
I love the SF location and was looking forward to the Oakland spot being great as well and perhaps more family and large group friendly. We had an additional guest so we called to see if we could add one more and perhaps come earlier. They were so accommodating and gave us a great table. The server was lovely and food delicious.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
An Oakland Highlight
I know that San Francisco is Ozumo's home base here in the Bay Area. Still, having Ozumo in Oakland confirms the amount of interest in great food in Oakland.
Their service is enthusiastic, provided by a team that is clearly interested in helping diners experience the food that Ozumo's is excited to create.
The menu is filled with taste sensations that delight the palate. I can't wait to go again!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM