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Yakuza Lounge
Yakuza Lounge

Yakuza Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://yakuzalounge.com
  • Phone: (503) 450-0893
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Gaspar de Alba
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Everything from small parties to upwards of 100. Call in advance to discuss menu options and pricing.
  • Private Party Facilities: Seats 8-16 people in semi private back dining area adjacent to our patio.
  • Private Party Contact: Kyle Lovell (503) 450-0983

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NE Killingsworth
  • Public Transit: Trimet 72, 9, and 10
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Readily available street parking with no meters.
A word from Yakuza Lounge
"Yakuza will reliably impress and surprise, producing dishes beyond experience or expectation." David Sarasohn. The Oregonian 9/2/2010

Inspired by the Japanese Izakaya concept, Yakuza is a true food-lover's bar, offering exceptional drinks and signature dishes best shared with good friends. Beloved for its classic Kobe Tartar (with jalapeno lime oil + crispy poached egg), Sashimi Trio (tuna, yellowtail + salmon with Thai chili + tobiko) and the award-winning Yakuza Burger (with chevre, shoestring potatoes, house catsup + spicy mayo), Yakuza consistently ups the ante with new favorites like Grilled Octopus or Dungeness Crab Rolls with avocado + crème fraiche. Daily food specials are devised around organic, local ingredients and complement the extensive drink menu of house cocktails, a wide selection of sakes, plus beer and wine. Yakuza is tucked in a beautiful space in the Concordia neighborhood and proudly boasts one of the best outdoor patios in town. Dine and drink with us soon!Continued

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Diner Reviews
  • "We have dined here multiple times although it had been awhile and we were pleased to find that Yakuza still has it. We dined outside and had a lovely evening. Best burger in town!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "just a good spot for experimenting with unique combination of flavours"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Excellent cocktail and sake selection, delicious Japanese inspired dishes, which rotate in and out regularly."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was outstanding; we had the burger, salmon sushi, and ramen. All were perfect. Unfortunately, it took over an hour to receive our first dish (sushi! It's raw!) and an hour and a half to receive the rest of our food. There is no excuse for this poor of service. Our server took the sushi off our bill ($9 - the cheapest item and first to come out) but it wasn't enough to make it a good experience. And ours wasn't the only bad one -- the couple next to is had to send back their burgers because they were cold. Swing and a miss. Good food, but only worth it if you go full and have a couple of hours to kill."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We came to eat at Yakuza Lounge on a Friday afternoon because earlier in the day a friend had recommended it. We both liked the environment and ambience of the lounge. I had a cocktail that was creative and delicious. When we reviewed the menu, I realized that there were not many items on it that I could eat since I have a medical condition that means I cannot eat foods that have hot spices. I asked our wait person about possible modifications to some menu items, and she did not respond positively. We were eventually able to get something off the menu that I could eat. However, with the limited menu choices, and this type of response from the server, we would not plan to come again unless it was just for drinks."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My wife and I went here on a hot evening and sat outside. The drinks were fantastic (Whiskey No. 2) and my burger was phenomenal. Great spot and I already want to go back on a cooler day for the ramen and ribs."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Four of us enjoyed a celebratory evening with a wonderful variety of tastes served with knowledge and a playful mood, on small plates we shared. A memorable evening. Our only complaint is the patio was full and eating outside would have made it perfect."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Enjoyed sitting on the deck sipping a delicious cocktail waiting for our food. But when the Bibimpa arrived, the evening went downhill. The portion was tiny and the dish it was served in was not the traditional hot stone dish that makes this Korean specialty so delicious. Instead, it was served in a wood bowl. Sounds like I'm being difficult, but since this dish has three ingredients, it's important to get the basics right. Drinks were cheap and cocktails delicious so we ended up having a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "They were out of several items on the menu... Spicy tuna, hamacci, scallops, mint for drinks, 2 of the four bottle beers +++ Had a burger, which was excellent."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The service was slow. Our waitress forgot to put in one of our food items, but made up for it by comping that item. She was still pleasant and as attentive as she could be, being one of two waitstaff. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Went with a large group and they accommodated us well. Thanks!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I really loved the food at Yakuza, but the seats were very uncomfortable. They were solid wood, mostly like picnic benches. Definitely gave the message, do not linger and relax. But, the food was so good that I will return and bring friends and a pillow."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I've been to Yakuza a number of times and last Friday I took some friends to ex Patriate (a truly wonderful spot) and afterwards we needed some food so we went across the road to Yakuza. They were from Texas, London and Sweden but all of them loved the food and atmosphere there"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The burger rocks! The meat is outstanding cooked perfect."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Dinner here is always amazing. The pear salad is something I actually crave."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My friend and I went here for the last of Portland dining month and it totally blew us away. We went off the recommendation of a mutual coworker and had almost no expectations before we went. Athens sushi was fresh and refectory rolled, the kale salad was simple but thoughtful and the short ribs were out of this world. A great little spot."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Yakuza lounge was great. This amazing area of Portland features several great new restaurants, and yakuza is among the best in the city. I took my parents and wife for Portland dining month, fixed price meal, and we had a roll and spare ribs. YUM."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "How have I never eaten there until now?! I have heard it was wonderful and it didn't disappoint. Outstanding food and service. We will for sure be going back, and often."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Yakuza does a lot of things well including great sushi rolls, great drinks, and great ambiance but there is nothing they do better than their burger. It IS the best burger in Portland!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Decided to finally try Yakuza after having received a number of recommendations from friends. Made a reservation to celebrate my girlfriend passing her CPA exam, brought a nice bottle of wine & ordered several small plates & shared the burger. Everything was EXCEPTIONAL & the burger is possibly the best burger in Portland. The serve was very good & as a treat before we left the host, whom had complimented us on our bottle of wine, brought two wines over to our table for us to sample. Highly recommend Yazuka for any occasion."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Had a variety of plates at Y, the only disappointment being--no dessert! I got over it though."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I have eaten many times at Yakuza since shortly after it opened but had not been back for almost 2 years for reasons nothing to do with the restaurant. Ate there again this week and was delighted that the food was as delicious as ever. Creative, exquisitely flavored small dishes. Our party of 3 savored every thing we ordered and we ordered many things. Service is friendly, helpful and prompt. Only complaint is that they now keep the lights turned down VERY low, too low in my opinion."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Cocktails were fresh and tasty, the sake list (while not as long as Biwa's) is well curated and the food sublime. Not the cheapest spot in Portland but, spend the extra money and go. Lots of babies and small children when we were there but they remained mostly quiet and well behaved. The staff all treated the kids like gold which was nice to see. This is a busy corner for restaurants, don't overlook this one for splashier Beast. You really won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Best Brussels and little ribs in town. Great service and a cozy dark space on a rainy night. Most people avoided the large middle tables and sat around the edges. I will definitely go back for the exquisite food."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The Yakuza Burger was one of the most amazing things I've ever eaten! The Donburi was also spectacular! We were seated right away and it wasn't too busy. I can't wait to eat there again!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Four of us shared eight dishes. All were delicious! And the specialty cocktails were inventive and yummy. It is a fun atmosphere and it was a great evening. And using Open Table made it so easy."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The experience was not what I was expecting. The hostess asked what we ordered twice per item and still the order was partially wrong. The lamb was raw and not medium rare like we wanted. Overall, food was not as good as it should be for the price. Except for the yakuza burger it was awesome."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "LIke everything except the noise level. Way too high for pleasant conversation."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The food at Yakuza always is fantastic. Yakuza is probably my favorite Portland Restaurant. The sushi is impeccable and the sauces are peerless. They must have a fantastic saucier. My only advice is if you go for the sushi you may want to pass up on the Yakuza burger, which by itself is wonderful, but it competes with the sushi experience."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had the sachemi a green bean dish and a vegy roll that had mango inside. All were fantastic. Place was busy so a reservation was a good idea. Although we did not order the burger, the folks next to us did and said it was awesome"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Food was absolutely AMAZING!! Service was poor but didn't change my opinion of the restaurant. I would tell everyone to check this place out! It is a gem!!!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The service is great. The food is delicious (if you're expecting small portions). So what's the deal with the stupid name? It's offensive, and I avoided this place for years because of it. Once inside, I discovered it's an ordinary place without obvious reference to organized crime. The Yakuza Burger is delicious and substantial. If you're hungry, get that. Everything else is in tiny tapas portions. I went with a raw-food fanatic friend who was in heaven. He had the steak tartar and yellowtail."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Yakuza is the best for variety, flavor, and satisfaction. I love having sushi and a burger in the same night. Add the kale salad, a perfect glass of wine, and it was a perfect Saturday night out with friends."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Service was terrible (slow, not friendly at all). Took 20 minutes to put in a drink order. Portions were micro. I made a sandwich when I got home, after spending $40. Food was alright, i suppose."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Yakuza has some great things on the menu and as always the burger doesn't disappoint. It was surprisingly quiet for New Years Eve but the service was subpar, lots of wait time in between visits to the table. The biggest disappointment is the sushi. As someone who enjoys many of the sushi bars in town, the prices are very inflated and the fish portions are minimal for such a high price. The sashimi trio is cut very thin although the added sauce over the pieces of fish were nice. The $12 rolls are hardly worth the money. Several seemed like something you'd buy out of desperation at Fred Meyer for $6. The spicy tuna roll is loaded with peppers on the outside that dominate the tuna and avocado. Overall, it was an OK meal but overpriced."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "As expected, Yakuza has once again knocked it out of the park. My brother was in from out of town and I have been wanting to show him that the northwest really does beat the pants off the eastern seaboard for great food. Portland thankfully doesn't care too much about the super fancy (read expansive) dinning experience, but rather does a superb job of taking the regular and making it fantastic for everyone. Portland is the only city in the world I can think of that the best place for chicken wings is a Thai restaurant and the burger to end your quest for the best burger in the world can be found at a 'sushi' bar. Of course the sushi is nothing to pass over either as the Hamachi left me without words to describe it's perfection."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "i've been to yakuza many times and am usually psyched about my experience - food, scene, drinks, service....so, brought a group of business colleagues that i wanted to impress. the food was awesome. but, the service was unbearably slow and inattentive. we ended up canceling our last 2 items because were we over it. and i usually like a vibrant, energetic scene, but the music was waaaay too loud, we could barely hear each other across the table. except for the caliber of the food...it was amateur hour."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Yakuza was a wonderful find. The food was simply delicious and atmosphere dim lit, warm and cozy. The staff was very friendly but seemed a bit stretched. My water glass was empty for at least 20-30 minutes before anyone came by. That is a minor complaint however because everything else was really great! We will for sure be back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We went on the basis of reviews of their hamburgers--ridiculous of course for a basically Japanese restaurant. My daughter and husband had the hamburgers and were duly impressed but not hysterical as some reviews have been. Definitely worth a try. I tried the beef tartar thinking I had gone made eating such things in a sushi-focused place, but it was really excellent. The only issue with this place is VERY small portions which I generally like but very high prices for VERY small portions. High quality. Some folks may not like sitting on picnic bench seats, although they do have chairs along the perimeter of the room."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. After reading the menu online I was excited for Japanese influenced tapas. The service was great and they were gracious about our being late for the reservation. If dining out was about only the service they would be all star!! However, it is not. The food was okay but way over priced for the size. We ordered 5 menu items and left hungry! These were not small portions they were micro! I honestly cannot justify spending 14.00 for an ounce portion of steak tartare! If I were to ever go here again I would try the burger. Atleast that would be filling."
    Dined on 11/29/2013