Yoshi's Oakland
Yoshi's Oakland

Yoshi's Oakland

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.yoshis.com/
  • Phone: 5102389200
  • 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
304 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (175)fit for foodies (115)good for groups (104)hot spot (93)romantic (84)neighborhood gem (84)vibrant bar scene (70)late-night find (56)notable wine list (23)great for lunch (20)kid-friendly (18)great for brunch (13)scenic view (13)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • Dinner & A Show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It was my first time at Yoshi's and I was definitely happy with my overall experience. The venue was intimate and the food was a great precursor to the show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service & Ambience
    ZabrinaJeZaPhoto
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Yoshi's Oakland is a great venue. We've booked a 2 person table to celebrate our anniversary. The ambience is excellent, sitting on Tatami style was not a problem and it enhance the japanese dining experience. Great drinks, they tasted excellent. This would be the perfect place to celebrate birthday or any special occasion. They have a wonderful system as soon as I check in for my table, the server would reserve the seats for us from the jazz concert venue next door(with ticket purchased in advance) for us. The service was excellent, made wonderful suggestions and really pay great attention to all the detail. Because we have somewhat high standard in Japanese food dining for go japan all the time, we've felt the food could be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    inhalesgoodfood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our server was friendly and made wonderful drink and food recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a great experience!
    Leah
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Yoshi's to celebrate a special occasion and we were not disappointed. The server was very attentive but not overly so - so was all the rest of the staff. We also attended the concert that night - great vibes all around. Overall, amazing experience! We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BillnStef
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Always a favorite when seeing a great show. Like that they pre-reserve seating when you dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yoshi's is the best
    dpkooljazz
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    If you have never experienced a true cabaret style jazz club, you need to treat yourself to Yoshi's Pick the music of your liking and lose yourself in the ambiance of Dinner and a Show. It is a combination that great experiences are made of. Try the sushi or the full menu. Both will be great and enjoy the show with a cocktail and relax in a superb show place for music.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy but great food.
    suenp
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Dining here before a show is the only way that I know of to get a really good seat. It's very noisy and a bit crowded, but the food is very good and inventive and the service is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our party of 4 thoroughly enjoyed our meal before the show Friday, October 3. We ordered the calamari and lobster tempura for appetizers, one prime rib, the duck, and an assortment of sushi rolls-all delicious! The atmosphere was upbeat and pleasant, and the staff helpful and professional, usual. During the show we ordered desserts and drinks and/or coffees-a great evening all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service and food
    goodeating
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Yoshi's food is Japanese influenced but mainly fresh and straight-forward. Service is very fast and attentive; one course even came before the drink orders. The scallop-shrimp fritter is always a winner. Fish & steak entrees are simple but flavorful in preparation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better this time
    EATS4BB3VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The on shift manager allowed my dining companion to order the American Kobe Burger from the Lounge menu, made her night! The Hamachi was fresh, the Kale & Baby Romaine Caesar had more Kale than two weeks ago, the Calamari was fresh and crisp. We came at 6pm because last time Yoshi's was out of the Gindara Black Cod at 6:30pm, it worked! I ordered the dish and it was very good, our wait person was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful but not bountiful...
    franksu
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    What a great evening! Celebrated a birthday w/dinner followed by Raul Midon. Everything was smooth..reservations online, will call pickup & prompt seating. Our server was friendly & offered great food suggestions. We were given super seats for the show... seat assignment smooth & easy. We loved our watermelon martinis, great salad, scallop & shrimp fritter & duck breast. Dinner ended w/a fantastic complimentary brownie & ice cream..thanks! We both enjoyed each other's food, presentation was beautiful & food tasty but we left feeling a bit hungry & our pockets quite a bit lighter. We'll be back AFTER payday next time! ;-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food! Great Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My husband and I were really impressed with the food and service. Our waitress was quite attentive and very professional. This is a big change from previous visits where the food service workers were lacking appropriate decorum. Bravo to you, Yoshi's management.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Yoshi's
    eclectic
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Yoshi's is a special place, combining great Japanese food with Jazz....what more does a person need? Always good food, great service, and an overall marvelous experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dependable
    Gatesstudios
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Yoshi's is a great place. The food , service and convenience for seeing great music is outstanding. Open table has some issues with their scheduling, as my reminder e-mail said 6:00 pm and I know I made a 5:30 reservation. The auto fill for the date and time of when you want to make the reservation should be deleted, allowing people to enter the correct date and time. I have had an issue in the past where I missed the spot where it is selected and the form defaulted to the day I was looking at the open table form. It would be nice to not be asked every single time I used the restaurant for a review. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The restaurant provides a credible menu with a range of choices that should accommodate most patrons dining before the jazz performance.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our reservations was for 6:45 and we arrived at 6:15. They seated us right away. The service could not have been better, The hostess was gracious and our server was attentive and made excellent recommendations. I was a little worried about the food as I am not a fan fish or sushi. If I had had to of order sushi though, there were enough of non-fish items to choose from. We had a wonderful (non fish) meal. We had edamame with our cocktails and then shared a spinach and bacon salad with lotus root. I thought the lotus root was YUMMY! Then we ordered a chicken and pork chop with a side of brown rice. We then ordered a reasonable bottle of wine to start at the table and take with us to the show. It was a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always have a good time
    Terry1977
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I have been going here since the beginning when they we on Clarmount Avenue And always had a good time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time
    Losvasquez5
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Ed was our server and he was great. The food was tasty and once you decide what you like it comes pretty fast. I will return for another occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazzy meal
    Jazzy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Enjoyable prelude to enjoying your special smooth jazz artist. Food is excellent, presented well and preferred seating is a plus when you dine before the show.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed this time
    rosie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    just seemed disorganized and a bit of a mess..lines for the show..crowding and no air...felt uncomfortable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner and a show
    JazzyDiner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It was a wonderful experience. The food was divine and the service was excellent. The show afterward was intoxicating. It was an all around heartstopping night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    goodfood
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great Japanese fusion cuisine - the service was excellent. Very warm and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yoshi's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food and Service was great. It was a perfect evening
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Music/Poor Food
    wlle
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    In a highly unusual turn of events the food that night was far less than what I am used to at Yoshi's. Our baby spinach and bacon salads were tasty enough, but the shrimp tempura ordered by two of us was flavor less and uninspiring. My soft shell crab was adequate. The Brian Culbertson concert however was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun place to dine
    aboutthevenue
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Check in and seating service 2 stars. Waitress 4.5 stars. Seatng arrangement extremely close and service would tell guests to watch their heads while seated enjoying their meal... as they attempted to squeeze through tight quarters.quarters 1 star.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen to slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It took 45 min for my husband's meal to arrive, by that time I was finished eating, we were told several times 3 more minutes how long does it take to cook chicken over greens ?? Even fellow diners said our meal should have comped after they witnessed the lack of service
    • Food
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  • Food was so so, ambiance was better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was below average and way too pricey for the taste. Would not recommend the restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Japanese language service
    Yumi
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service was very good. However, serving in Japanese could be much better. I am Japanese and English proficiency is not so good. When i entered into Yoshi's and said " I have a reservation",receptionist talked so fast for me that i could not understand what they said.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Gourmet1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was delicious. Our waiter was great. He made excellent recommendations. The show was outstanding. Brian was a treat! Not a bad seat in the house. I wish i was closer as I would frequent more often. Wee need Yoshi's in San Jose! There are amfewmlocations that would be great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • less than expected
    EATS4BB3VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was the first time I tried the dinner with a show deal...may not do it again though. 6:30 reservation already out of the Saikyo Miso Black Cod, the Rib Eye was tough but tasty, the Duck Breast was good but three slices could not be chewed. The KALE and Baby Romaine Miso Caesar had VERY LITTLE KALE, the Tempura Shrimp were good with the little bit of sauce they drizzled, batter had NO flavor. would not let us order the Kobe Beef Burger (which is my dining companion's favorite) because it is only on the CLUB/LOUNGE menu. Felt very rushed. BRIAN CULBERSON WAS GREAT!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner and Entertainment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Enjoyed the Dining experience with great entertainment. Food is always excellent..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    SQ1959
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Yoshi's is my favorite place for entertainment, eating and getting great service in a relaxed but professional setting. I've encouraged four friends to join me a lot and they feel the same way I do. Great place on all levels!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Synthia
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We were happy with the assigned booth. Two thumbs up!! The Dramatics were remarkable. They took me back to those teenage years.. LOL
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.