Great food and service. Love
Great food and service. Love my neighborhood! We added two more to our party and we were accommodated well. Got noisy and hard to hear others across from us without using our outside voices.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Kobe burger in town.
Best Kobe burger in town. Sushi hand rolls (not on main menu) are also slammin.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Creative delicious Japanese-fusion
We had a great time here with our friends for dinner on a visit a Portland. A true neighborhood gem, with really good Japanese-inspired NW food presented very creatively.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Yakuza Burger (Kobe Beef)
I had made reservations for a friend and me and had one thing in mind, a kobe beef burger. The meal was simple. $12 for a single burger, nothing more, nothing less. But it was worth the price for how delicious it was! It has fried onions and a house made spicy mayo that added a good smokey flavor. They offer a good amount of mixed drinks and wines as well as sushi rolls. The place is dimly lit with candles at each table and wood interior that makes for a pleasant atmosphere. Definitely recommend to couples or groups for a nice experience.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best in P-town
Nothing on that menu short of amazing. Our favorite Portland spot.
Service is always outstanding as well.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a party of 14 including
Had a party of 14 including 4 young children. Excellent food, staff very flexible. Food came in a timely pace and they let us bring in the birthday dessert! Husband loved the excellent Kobi beef burger as he is not a fan of sushi.... ribs were outstanding as was everything else. Will certainly return.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious, quick service.
Delicious, quick service. Sushi was fresh and not skimpy! The crab roll and spicy tuna roll were awesome. The scallop plate was out of control delicious! The sun choke purée on the side was superb! Overall, I will be back soon after my baby girl is born so I can enjoy one of their innovative cocktails or some cold sake this summer!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Yakuza burger is the best I've ever eaten. If you don't like sushi (or even if you do) this is the perfect choice.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
All Around Terrific!
Was recommended by a friend who loves the Yakuza Burger and found that, along with everything else we ordered to be amazingly
Delicious and beautifully presented. The food tasted as good,if not better than it looked, which is saying a lot. Service was attentive,
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unique Japanese dining experience
Did you know that yakuza is the Japanese equivalent of the mafia. In other words, a yakuza is a gangster.
Yakuza is not your typical Japanese restaurant or sushi bar. It is more like a Tapas Bar with a Japanese flavor. The plates are small and sharing is encouraged. The scallop tempura is like nothing you have ever eaten and truly delightful. We also had the kale salad, tartare, spicy tuna roll and pear jalapeno roll. All were excellent.
Try the Eiko Fuji cold sake. Very dry and exceptional.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Yakuza Lounge is a great place for a date or to be with close friends. The ambiance is is welcoming, dimly lit, and trendy. I go there every chance I get. The Yakuza Burger is something you will crave once you've tried it and savor every last bite! Hand's down the best gourmet burger by far!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We hadn't tried Yakuza before
We hadn't tried Yakuza before but due to its proximity to a theater event and the fact that it participated in Portland Dining's 3 course for $29 we gave it a try. Excellent food, extremely well prepared! The fish dishes were perfectly cooked (this is saying a lot from two fish biologists and a foodie). We look forward to our next visit!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good. The
The food was very good. The drinks were outstanding! The service was a bit hit and miss -- when it was on, it was excellent; when it was off, it was missing in action. We sat indoors -- I can't wait to try the outdoors.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have probably been to Yakuza
Have probably been to Yakuza 10 - 15 times as at one time was just a few blocks from my house. I always find the food excellent and love the ambience both inside and out. I would recommend a combination of sushi / sashimi and warm plates. I would not recommend going there to fill up on sushi alone. The Tuna Poke, yakuza burger, avocado/cucumber salad, ribs, sashimi trio, scallop tempura are all consistently amazing. The scallop tempura has become a seasonal dish and I am always disappointed when it is not on the menu and hope it will become a permanent menu item again in the future.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good cocktails, food for shairing
The maki rolls where average, the tempura scallops outstanding. A tapas view on Japanese ingredients and style. More social than romantic, nevertheless a good choice for a date with someone you are already dating or a spouse. Perfect for groups. It's made to share, so enjoy.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best burger ever!
The Yakuza burger has become one of my very favorite things to eat. I no longer live in Portland but every time I'm in town, a trip to Yakuza is mandatory. I've also really enjoyed their sushi and the jicama salad, but the burger is unbeatable.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We really enjoyed the lay out and openness of the restaurant. The food was amazing! It look a while to get out to us and not all of the food came together but the taste of everything really made up for the wait. Their spicy tuna roll is actually spicy, unlike most other places.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I brought my gf here on Wednesday night for her 24th birthday. She likes a lot of seafood/sushi and I felt that the place would be perfect for special day. I say I nailed it with this place. The atmosphere was just about perfect for us. Not too dim, nor was it loud by any means. The staff was very friendly, and all of our servers (yes it seemed we had more than one. Which I felt was better because if the one server you have is busy you're not wondering where they went) were right on top of everything. I would certainly recommend this place for a date night.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great anniversary dinner!
Beautiful setting on their back patio was comfortable and quiet. The plates are small (we knew this) but perfectly prepared and presented. We had Miso Black Cod, California roll and Lamb medallions.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first visit, and I seriously questioned "sushi" anywhere but on an ocean front. I have to save each of the four sashimi plates we had was outstanding with unique seasoning. Likewise, the kale salad and cooked cod were delights. I am ready to go back and try the rest of the menu. Nice outside area and one table, inside but adjacent to the patio, for ten or twelve I see myself organizing a party around.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was good but if you
The food was good but if you are a big eater try someplace else. Service was very poor and for a Friday night they should be way more efficient.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have dined at Yakuza 5+ times, and it is excellent every time. Scallops, tuna poke, and burger are all must-haves. I only wish the beet martini was offered year round...
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would never have found this myself!
Visiting Portland with friends, we looked for a restaurant with a good outdoor patio; we reserved at Yakuza based on an article in Oregon Live. When we got there we discovered that the restaurant doesn't take reservations for their outdoor space (not mentioned in the article or by Open Table). They did allow us to wait at the bar, and the cocktails were very good. When we were seated the rest of the experience was great! Loved the various types of sake, and the food portions were the right size for appreciating the tastes.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very best hamburgers ever
This restaurant has something for everyone and that something is delicious. One does not expect a most yummy hamburger in what one might think is a sushi place. I love it. I am not a sushi devotee; but have plenty of friends who are. Diversity in food, small plates, reasonable prices and very cool ambiance makes this one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner versus service
The food at this restaurant is always consistent and amazing. Unfortunately I always hesitate bringing people here because the service is unacceptable. There always seems to be an arrogance with the wait staff every time. It took forever to get served our first drink and then there is never an apology or friendly attitude. The look on the servers face when someone ordered their burger "medium" was rude. It was like he was an idiot for requesting it. The staff all seem to carry the same demeanor which unfortunately represents the overall attitude of the restaurant.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Each new plate was a treat and we didn't have to compete with the music to have a conversation.
The braised back ribs with grilled peach chili sauce and cilantro were a poem.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kimchi Pancake & Burger are a must!
Ordered Ahi Prosciutto, Burger, Kimchi Scallops Pancake, Kale Salad. Pancake & Shaved Kale salad was amazing. Very interesting cocktail list, don't leave without trying one.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious cocktails. Good plates for sharing. Lively atmosphere.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
from rolls 2 burgers its all devine
The food is FANTASTIC! and the ambiance is great! This is a go to date night spot! Everything we have ever ordered is above and beyond expectations.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful dinning experience.
Wonderful dinning experience. The burger is a must for first timers.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great and loved getting
Food was great and loved getting to visit with Bishop and Dayna!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM