Yoshi's Oakland
Yoshi's Oakland

Yoshi's Oakland

  • 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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Yoshi's Oakland reviews from OpenTable diners
294 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (172)fit for foodies (133)good for groups (112)hot spot (88)neighborhood gem (86)romantic (78)vibrant bar scene (63)late-night find (56)notable wine list (23)great for lunch (21)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (11)scenic view (11)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Going downhill....
    Anjani
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We dine at this restaurant frequently. Maybe there's a new chef. Old favorites were gone. The exceptional Brussel sprouts. They're fiddling with the dragon roll. Shrimp that I spit out. All of them. When I bit into a shrimp (they'd put inside the dragon roll, I thought for a moment I was eating an artichoke!! Heart of palm? Something nasty. Then I saw it was a shrimp. Why it tasted so yucky I can't tell you. I love shrimp. We each ordered a roll of some kind. There were six of us at that table. We left food behind. This has never happened at Yoshi's for my family and friends. We always ask others to, oh! Taste this. Oh, you've got to try this. We pass around our dishes sharing. This time...nope. Disappointing. I'll rate again the next time. There will be a next time, for now. But if the tastes aren't as delicious as the past, we'll go somewhere else for dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Dinner before a show. It's convenient to be able to eat dinner before a show. My friend has some food restrictions and asked the waitress if she could have her food come out in a certain way. She was not accommodating and said what ever comes first is delivered out. I order a salad, nigiri and a roll. Ate my salad and nigiri and never received my roll. Told the waitress to cancel the order and she said OK. Received the check with a charge for the roll. She then questioned that I actually got the roll. Maybe it was a off night but I wasn't impressed. Working on customer service might be a good idea.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food; great theater
    TerrificTraveler
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The food was exquisite and the service attentive. There was a nice buzz in the dining room, but not so loud we couldn't have a conversation. I started with the Panko eggplant. It was hot, crispy on the outside and melting on the inside, and the taste was marvelous. The whole meal was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food, Excellent Service!
    WCGirl
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    This was an excellent place for a birthday celebration! 5 of us dined before the 8:00 show... The drinks we ordered from the bar were perfection. Our server Michael was quick, informative, attentive and made sure we had everything we needed. The sushi is amazing, the lobster tempura was a favorite of our group, along with the geisha and spicy tuna. We even had time for dessert ... the fudge brownie was heavenly, and paired nicely with the strawberries, blueberries, blackberries with an incredible sauce. Yoshi's made sushi lovers out of all of us!! We will definitely return for another meal! It is an added bonus that you receive preferred seating for the show if you dine in the restaurant ... our seats for the show were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place good food.
    Susiequilt
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We love Yoshi's. The food is outstanding and very good quality. It's always a great place to dine before the show every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yoshis
    BlessedLaLa
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I have always enjoyed Yoshis since first seeing Ledisi there. I love the menu and the supports of the staff while there. I always have dinner before the show because of the preferred seating options. I will continue to love Yoshis and I hope that it continues to grow. One thing I do want to point out about the Jazz club is the option for better seating for example more booths or better chairs because the chair options have always been uncomfortable and make request a booth all the time. Other than that, the experience has always been fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yoshi's. A bit if a bait and switch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Full price ticket for half a night's show. The first half show was brief and the venue definitely had a "okay, get out so we can have the second show" vibe. Wouldn't recommend it to see music, but food was good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice restaurant, overpriced food
    xman
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I think the place is nice and it's fantastic it has a live band playing. But that's exactly what you're paying for. The food was very subpar and very overpriced. Not a fan.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dcview
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great service and an excellent dinning experience especially when paired with an evening of music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food! Great Shows!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Love hitting the shows at Yoshi's! Gives me a great excuse to have dinner at one of my favorite restaraunts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sashimi...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Enjoyed our meal and even better, Foghat live. Excellent choice of sashimi and CA rolls...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very convenient
    Jeffrey
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Good portions of food. Very good service and convenient if you're staying for a show. Everything is ala cart. I mean everything. When she asked us if we wanted white rice or brown rice, I assumed the dinner came with it. I ordered brown because she recommended it. They came to $4 dollars a bowl. Their Carafe is very small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 8-8-14 Dinner and Foghat
    ralmondword
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The Sushi was cut a little large and the sticky rice wasn't very sticky at all. Soup and miso soup were terrific.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazz. It's all about the Jazz
    rocinkokoVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    great sushi and great jazz shared with great friends what more can you ask for. Oh and great service even though the kitchen was a bit slow that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yoshi's Oakland restaurant
    lionking
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Excellent food and service. The black cod (gindara) was delicious. Desserts, which we had in the night club, hit the spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great way to spend my birthday!
    Ottercar
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great food, service and company and an amazing show. The restaurant was very accommodating with our group too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some problems
    CharVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food is excellent, but they brought almost everything out at one time -- appetizers, salad, various entree dishes. No room on table, and hot things got cold.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner ok, Excellent Jazz
    Plantbased52
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was ok - portions, taste, versus cost and quality, not worth the money. However excellent jazz - Hiromi was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhoodgem
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    No surprises re: service and dining--great prelude to a concert! I appreciate the freshness of the menu along with the professionalism of the waitstaff. Only disappointment was the pumpkin spice cake dessert--very dry but enjoyed the gelato that came with it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Wonderful service from all the staff. Definitely a recommendation item for anyone looking for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In love
    jazzandmore
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My boyfriend and I are from Portland Oregon and were not sure what to expect or not even sure what to wear. We were there for a nice dinner and a little jazz. We were not disappointed in the least. We were totally happy with the food, the service and our seats for David Sanborn were perfect. We loved our whole experience from the moment we walked in the door. We are already talking about planning another trip there. Thank you for topping off our trip with some great memories.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yoshi's Jazz
    LuvChineseFd
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Yoshi's OAKLAND has great Jazz groups coming to town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Celebration
    Craig
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great dinner, food was wonderful and the music after was very enjoyable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific service
    clairec
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I took my grand daughters to dinner, and when I saw the crowds I thought we would have to go elsewhere. But someone at the desk helped us and we were seated right away with many other dinners waiting. Wow. Was that because I had an Open Table reservation? Then the servers showed up quickly, took our orders, and the drinks and food came quickly. A very positive experience. Especially when one is out with children, quick service is a treat!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yoshi's Oakland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It's mainly a sushi place, albeit they do have "other" dishes. The sushi was ok per my companions, a little pricey for what they got. I had a kale salad??? Really, where was the kale??? It was more an overdressed Caesar salad without the croutons and cheese. Had the vegetable tempura and those were ok , not much can go wrong with that. Also had the avocado vegetarian sushi, again ok nothing spectacular. The best dish by far was the salmon w. the mushrooms that one of friends ordered and I had a bite of. Service was very nice and fast. Also good ambiance. I loved Yoshi's as a music venue, the only reason for me to return to the restaurant would be because you get pre-seating for the show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amzing food and great music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This is the perfect place if you like food that looks as great as it tastes. The Jazz is really nice for both going to the show or just background music while you eat. All the wait staff where really friendly and made sure that we had the perfect service. It was really quit as 5:40pm but got louder as it got to 7pm with more people coming in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, people,great service
    rocknroll
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The location of Yoshi's is awesome. Trains ride at street level right in front of the restaurant which i think make a great experiance. Yoshi's has lots of windows for a great view of whats going on outside. Not a trapped feeling at all. great food, nice people and great service
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My sensory overload at Yoshi's
    5stringbassjumper
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My friend of over fifty years told me about the show being put on by Terry Bozzio at Yoshi's. We both admire and enjoy watching him play percussion so buying the ticket was a no brainer. We expected a great show and we were not disappointed; but Yoshi's restaurant and staff added a pleasurable dinning experience to our night out. Starting at the front door the woman who greeted us with a warm smile asked for our tickets and shared all the information we needed to get started. We had a wonderful waitress serving us and the food was excellent. I had the Rib eye that was cooked to perfection and my friend had the scallops and shrimp in a tempura batter; he said he liked it. I drove from Carson City NV and it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terry Bozio and great sushi
    goodtimz
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My wife and I arrived early and had a very nice dinner before we went in for the show. Great salad and sushi, excellent service. We also got 2nd row, nearly center seats for the show. Awesome, we will do this again for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mmmm
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food was just ok. I appreciate flavors and intensities and I just did not receive that. My wife had the miso black cod. The presentation was great but the flavor was just ok. We also had some of the vegetarian tempura. I found it a little greasy. Overall not a great value for flavor.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A FAVORITE.
    FATBASTARD
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The staff here isincredible, as is the food. Our server wsn't the most enthisiastic on this visit, but no complints. The food is always flwless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stylish from Beginning to End
    surfwave
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Yoshi's just seems to know how to do "classy" and make it all seem effortless. While I've enjoyed several shows lately in the Club portion of Yoshi's, last night was the first time I had included dining there prior to the evening show. I arrived (with my Open Table reservation) and was seated promptly at a great table. Our waiter, Michael, couldn't have been any more professional and gracious and that goes for all the support staff there. The food was so delicious that I will return there to dine even when I'm not attending a show afterwards. Our table in the club was held for us (in the front row) so that we could leisurely enjoy dinner and not worry about rushing in to get seating. Great food, service, & music all done perfectly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After being married for 11 years it is tough to find things to do but Yoshi's takes the guessing out of planning and made our special day fun, romantic and memorable. Highly recommend this spot and Justine provided excellent customer service! The jazz show was amazing and we will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Reviews
    GirlsNightOutVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was great...particularly the duck breast. The service coming out of the kitchen was horrible. The worst I've ever experienced at Yoshi's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressed
    Surfersteve79VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    First time in the area (we lives in SD) and took a guess to dine here. Game.. set.. match! Wonderful experience across the board with wonderful flavorful food, top quality sushi, good service, amazing ambience, and nice food presentations. Try there saki flights as well. We'll be back as we may be moving to the areas soon. Good to know this maybe our new spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Perfect Venue
    JoeLinda
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great music, awesome food, meaning well prepared, presented, fresh and paired with the best service! What more can I say!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic dinner and show!
    FunTimes
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Service impeccable, food delicious, show entertaining! Thanks for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food
    steveverna
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food is fantastic, the service attentive and friendly, and the whole experience is always great. I love Yoshi's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Blackpearl8
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We loved it at Yoshi it was my husband and good friend birthday. We did enjoy our selves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yoshis
    Kirsten
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The service and ambiance are always great. The food is good enough but I always feel like it's a bit pricey for the quality. Some portions seem large while others seem small.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.