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Yoshi's Oakland
Yoshi's Oakland

Yoshi's Oakland Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.yoshis.com
  • Phone: (510) 238-9200
  • Hours of Operation: Dining Room:

    Monday-Thursday: 5:30pm-9:00pm

    Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm-10:00pm

    Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm (opening time may change based on showtimes)

    Bar opens at 4:30pm Monday-Saturday

    Late Night Menu served in the Jazz Club, Bar & Lounge
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, 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
  • Entertainment: Yoshi’s has been host to a wide range of world-renowned jazz musicians such as legends Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, and Pat Metheny (just the tip of the iceberg) since 1972. With Yoshi’s top-of-the-line, custom designed Meyer sound system, a 1998 Steinway 9' Concert D grand piano, state-of-the-art lighting, unparalleled breadth and quality programming, there is no better venue to see jazz in the Bay Area! With its calming, elegant Japanese design of simple curves and soft tones, Yoshi's is an extremely inviting atmosphere for all ages, any time, in a smoke-free environment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Yoshi's is located on the 1st floor of the Washington Street Garage at Jack London Square. The garage is 6 stories high and offers plenty of parking. Discounted parking rates are available with validation. Bring parking ticket into the restaurant for validation. Pay for parking at payment kiosk prior to returning to vehicle.
A word from Yoshi's Oakland
Yoshi's has served Japan's best traditional dishes to Bay Area patrons since 1972. The menu highlights artfully arranged sushi, fresh grilled seafood, classic Japanese dishes, and vegetarian fare. Patrons can kick off their shoes in the traditional Japanese tatami seating or dine at tables. Expert
sushi chefs create sushi and sashimi to order either in the restaurant or in
the jazz house. Start the evening in the cocktail lounge before dinner or
have a nightcap after taking in a show in the jazz house.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
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Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I frequent this wonderful spot on a regular basis and have never been disappointed. The food and service is always top notch, and the show this evening was one to remember. The Count Basie Orchestra was excellent! The food at Yoshi's SF is no where as good. Thank you Yoshi's for all the great memories!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Good service. Knowledgable about food. Wonderful presentation. Great concert"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Not very fresh sushi. Deserts were stale and tasteless. Service was spotty, but to be expected with a pre-performance crowd."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "A beautiful restaurant, amazing service, nice ambience but the portions were small for the price. Skip the sashimi, it seems like a lot but more of an appetizer with thinly sliced fish."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • " Went to a concert. Dined before eating. Threw up in my plate!!! Had not finished eating. Maybe the combination of food. Japanese with American but, could bot attend the show."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The people here go out of their way to make your combined dining/concert experience stress free and pleasurable. It is nice that you can order lots of starters if you want (or not). The food is inconsistent and the sushi menu very limited. The grilled Brussels sprouts were great (and I have never been a sprout head). The tempura lobster disappointed: it was very bland, and served with what seemed to be a cup of plain old ketchup. The tempura "fritter" reminded me of when I once tried to make hash brown potatoes and they turned into a gluey mess. The risotto was good, with the scallops perfectly prepared. If you eat dinner when you have concert tix, they will reserve seats for you and this makes your dining experience very relaxed."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have been to Yoshi's both for dinner and entertainment in the show room and have never been disappointed. Everything I have eaten in the restaurant has always been excellent to say the least!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was very good but did not have the wow factor. High end food price. Not your typical Japanese menu. Unique menu. Recommend reviewing (download) menu so you are not surprised. We had rainbow roll - nothing special; seafood risotto - very good; tofu appetizer - fresh but not wow. Excellent service and atmosphere. We came to listen to jazz and as restaurant customers, they reserved fantastic seats in the Yoshi jazz club, otherwise, wait in line."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This was my first time to a place as amazing as Yoshi's. The seating is comfortable and relaxed with an atmosphere of calm serenity. The food was better than what mere words could describe. Simply mind blowing experience."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "sushi rice was mushy, homemade miso sauce for vegetables too sugary, hot saki lukewarm too cold after one sip, ambiance and service very good"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We love going to Yoshi's whether in SF or Oakland. The lineups are excellent and the space is intimate, allowing you to view the show quite well from virtually anywhere in the room. While I've eaten mostly Yoshi's desserts, they are pretty delicious and interesting with Asian inspired ingredients. The presentation of the desserts are always artistic."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Yoshi's is a special place. We come for the show and dinner and it's a great venue and dining experience. Some food items are better than others but nothing is mediocre. I think food is reasonably priced, service is very good, and the show is always a special experience."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I am a big fan of Paul Taylor's. So I was so excited to see that he was playing at Yoshi's! Our friend from down south joined us for dinner and the concert We had a great evening and it started with dinner"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food and service both great. Made reservations for a party of 8. Out table was ready when we arrived and the food we ordered started arriving shortly after. Then we attended a wonderful smooth jazz concert there, featuring saxophonists Paul Taylor and Marion Meadows. Lovely evening all around for everyone in our group."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have eaten here a few times, but this time the food was not cooked right. The eggplant was overcooked as well as the brussel sprouts. The lobster was plain"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The table-to-show procedure is pretty well-oiled and makes for better show seating, and service friendly and competent. But the food itself is not good enough to warrant a visit. Wait staff inside the club are incredible- super-efficient without being crabby."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We ordered the lobster tempura, which was excellent, and the fried brussels sprouts,,which everyone was crazy about. The vegetable tempura was also very good as was the glazed salmon. The shrimp tempura lost a little crunch but not too bad. Hard to get that crispness perfect."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Visited for the first time, finally. there for a concert. friendly staff. food was great."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Have been a patron on and off for years and years for the Jazz more than for food. I don't eat sushi - I ate the fish and it was great. I eat okra but this was the first time I believe I actually TASTED okra. Very nice. Server was efficient and courteous. The other help were good as well. A little slow once the place started to get packed out but it was fine. I got served and plates cleared and check delivered in reasonable fashion. Waiter even let me swap out my veg selection even after it has been brought to the table."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The ambience is good for someone who is in a rush to get to the show. The service is quick and the food and dishes are good and well presented."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "If you're expecting tradtional style Japanese dishes this is not the place to go however the choices were exquisite, delicious and well presented. Justine our server was superb in every way making our dining experience an enjoyable one."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I've been to Yoshi's many times, but this last time going there was my first time going in about 3 years. As always, the food was great. I remember the service being very good, but this time, the service was just ok. Our server wasn't as attentive as I expected. When it came time to pay the check, I actually left my seat to get the attention our server to hand her the payment. My date's order wasn't quite correct either. Other than that, the main entrees were outstanding. We shared a dessert, the cheesecake, but it was too thick, so we didn't eat much of it. Our server did remove it from the check. When the dessert came, we weren't given any silverware to eat it. Still, I recommend Yoshi's, especially for a dinner and a show."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food was great and the show was awesome! A great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Yoshi's has always been like this... the food is good (not outstanding), but way over-priced, so the whole experience turns out to be kind of a bummer. I think they feel like they can get away with this because you have to eat at the restaurant in order to get a decent seat for the show (this is why I keep coming back), but to me that's no way to run a business. There are far too many fantastic food options in Oakland these days... people shouldn't have to be trapped eating at Yoshi's just so they can see the band up close, and they wouldn't FEEL trapped if Yoshi's took it down a notch price-wise, which they could totally do by focusing on quality rather than up-scale presentation. Our server was wonderful... there's something."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Delicious food, good cocktails although light on the alcohol which in the end was likely better!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We went for friends birthday celebration- food tasted great and having the music on site makes it convenient - a little pricey for every day. Overall good experience"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Quick, friendly service! Quality, fresh ingredients. Reasonable price point. An excellent choice if you love sushi and want an easy to access, quality meal. Large establishment with nice atmosphere. Got to sit by the window so did some people watching :-)"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "An indulgence for my family is having dinner at Yoshi's followed by a world class jazz musician's intimate concert. The draw for us was the opportunity to have a meet & greet with Mr. Victor Wooten, prefaced with a stellar meal (as always) made more so with an attentive wait staff. It was a most memorable evening!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "hadn't eaten here in a while. I was here for pre-show dinner. Most of our sushi's rolls seemed to have been made long ago & the soft shell crab was not good. The place was packed & the food arrived quickly, but I'd rather wait & get fresh quality food. I enjoyed my dinner, but know I can do better just a "block" away. Will think twice before eating here again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Service was fine. Restaurant was Extremely noisy. Will not return because of the noise level. We were yelling at each other just to communicate. Food was OK. Tempura was dry and bland. Brown rice was even drier ----go with white rice. The jazz club was really nice. People sitting with us in the club suggested coming for a drink and an appetizer, not for dinner."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food. Great entertainment. Reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were there for the Jon B concert and had dinner first the food was delishous especially the veggie tempura"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Definitely enjoyed seeing Victor Wooten in an intimate setting and the food quality was pretty sweet. But the waiter forgot my edamame, and I was a little bummed about that. Then I wasn't aware of the one item minimum during the show. Had I known ahead of time, I wouldn't have eaten so much at dinner just before the show."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "As usual, the food is great, but portions are small for the prices charged. Sushi rolls are good, but twice the price and half as big as a regular sushi restaurant. If you want to avoid crowds, go after the shows start, usually around 8pm..."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had tickets to a concert at Yoshi's, and decided some sushi would be a good lead in to the entertainment. We ordered four rolls, in the $12 to $16 range. All but one of them were lost on the plate - a measly six thin slices. There was nothing artistic about the plating, so the minimal portions couldn't fall back on that lame excuse. The only roll worth its price was the Crispy Spicy Hamachi. Our waiter, Mike, was knowledgeable and attentive. Great waiter and a nice guy. The saki Mike recommended - Kokuryu “Junmai Ginjo” - was excellent. I will look for that again, albeit at a different restaurant."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I had the salmon... Excellent! Others around me commented that their meals were wonderful and large portions! It was a Friday night with a world famous musician playing so place was busy but with reservations I was seated early and service was quick. No waiting around for water, or a drink and the bill came quickly, didn't have to be chasing down a waiter. Easy to get to and parking was a breeze. I will be back!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "A great experience! We loved the way we were given reserved seats for the show so we did not have to rush through dinner. Portions were fairly small but we savored every bite. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We decided to have dinner prior to their live show and the food and service were excellent. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "otherwise I wouldn't bother. The food is good, but the service is lackluster. We would have ordered more drinks if we could ever get the waiter, despite the fact that we were sitting right next to the lobby/bar and the place was dead on a Sunday night. No one ever asked us if we needed anything else, if our food was good, etc. Food was fine, but very expensive and small portions. As I said, very convenient if you are seeing a show. Nightclub/music venue service is snappy and friendly, juxtaposed with the restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Yoshi's has been around for years in Oakland, and still draws a crowd - primarily because of the world class jazz club, and their location. The food is still very fresh and very good, however the menu was very limited when we were there - perhaps because it was a Sunday. I was very surprised when I ordered chicken teriyaki and only received chicken teriyaki (with a few pea shoots) - I thought it would come with something else, not just be al la carte. The sashimi was delicious and fresh. I noticed that the tempura, which used to be a combination of various items, was only the one item. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014