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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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The service from the hostess to food server was awful. They are not friendly here and look like they are unhappy to be there. I still gave 20% because I refuse for them to rationalize their rude behavior. I have already started to tell people about my bad experience there, and it's too bad because we went to see Ottmar Liebert on Sunday and he was great."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We were seated towards the back . The noise vibrates and echos creating an atmosphere where you have to yell with food in your mouth. Otherwise nobody can hear you. I waiter was not attentive. We had to ask for drinks, silverware and he disappeared when it was time to pay. Our party had to go to the front greeter and ask for our waiter. We stood at the front door and waited around for another ten minutes in an attempt to pay for our dinner. As we stood near the front door the greeter finally found him. The waiter appeared very indifferent, nonchalant took our payment for the dinner and left. Needless to say we were not very impressed with our dining experience and most likely will think twice about coming back for dinner. Great show"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time. Yoshi's is a Japanese restaurant. As a vegetarian, I was able to find at least four main dishes that were suitable for vegetarians. The small sides are also suitable for vegetarians. The produce was fresh and well prepared. If you have tickets for a show and eat at the restaurant, you are given reserved seats in their famously intimate music hall. A great date night! We will be visiting again for sure!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We usually have dinner before attending a show (They reserve your seats if you do). Fusion-Japanese Cuisine with sushi and sushi rolls. We had the Seaweed Salad, Tempura, Gindara, Duck Breast, Panko Eggplant, High Note Sushi Combo and some assorted rolls. Everything was prepared and presented well. The potions were just right. The duck and gindara were especially good. Fro dessert the Kuro Crème Brulee was excellent. They also have a great sake list."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I love Yoshis for the great artists they bring to the East Bay. The restaurant is perfect for before the show. I'm not a sushi lover, so I'm not a good judge of their specialty, but judging from the full crowd, it must be good!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I had such a nice and romantic night at Yoshi's will be doing it again on Sep.7 to see the Dramatics trying my best to rekindle the flame with my ex- girlfriend so far so good but this is a nice place to start just let things happen the food was great the music was great all in all it was a nice night.See you on the 7th Thank You for providing a beautiful ambience you can never go wrong with Yoshi's"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "As always, the food was amazing! We went to see the John Jorgenson Quintet and they were incredible!!! If you have dinner before the show, they give you reserved seats and our seats were fantastic. Do try Yoshi's for the food and one of there wonderful shows. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "My main complaint is the service, which detracted from the whole experience. From the moment we arrived, the servers aggressively pushed us to order more food and drink than we wanted, which was annoying. The server brought our main courses before we had finished our appetizers, so we felt rushed and there was little room at the table for everything. Then one of them asked three times if he could clear a plate that we were not finished with. The food is overpriced and the bill was outrageous for what we ate, and for a meal that is required in order to obtain good seats at a show. Although the food is good and the ambience is lovely, I left with a bad taste in my mouth."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • " Martini was sour and tasted like a mix was used. Hamachi starter had too much sauce which smothered the fish, mango and other toppings. Too tart. Rib eye was outstanding, but should offer two sizes: 6 oz and 12 oz, since two six ounce fillets are served. It was a waste, since I was staying in a hotel and couldn't take back leftovers. Expensive for ala carte. Waiter did not explain anything to me, but did to other tables. Probably because I was a solo diner and a woman. It's a music venue first and foremost. Front of house was very helpful."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Yoshi's Oakland has always been a gem in the music scene and the Jack London area - it is a favorite for fine quality jazz and music shows! The restaurant on the other hand is good but not really special. The decor is very nice and the service has improved over the years, but the food itself is medium quality at high prices. And they like you to buy dinner in order to reserve the best seats at the jazz club, a system I don't really approve of. The menu has western items as well as sushi so it can appeal to a wide variety of diners. But prices are quite high and the quality of the food is not the highest of caliber. My soft shell crab was fried and greasy inside. Sushi was fresh but not special. The salad was excellent however. Service ok"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Wonderful food and ambiance, perfect if you are attending a show afterwards--the combination of sushi followed by hot jazz is not to be missed!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Consistent high quality food, inventive presentation and flavors."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Our server was very pleasant. Didn't hover but was attentive. Made sure our seating arrangements for the show were taken care of and reminded us to get our parking tickets validated. Food was very good. We had a group and decided to just sample the various rolls between us. These were very good, but a little pedestrian...... Next time we'll order separately and try something new. But as always, we'll be back and looking forward to a great meal and a great show. Thank You Yoshi's for being a bright spot to us all."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The food was decent, but a smidge too expensive. We ordered the Japonese roll (Great!) Lobster Tempura roll (meh.) Miso Caesar Salad (A++, would order again) Veggie Tempura (good) and Soy Garlic Edamame (YUMMMM). The food runner accidentally gave our soy-garlic edamame to another table, but our waiter immediately remedied the situation (by getting us a new one) and took it off our bill. Overall pleasant experience, but I was sad I didn't order the scallops after seeing a few orders go by. Thanks, Yoshi!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Yoshis is always a winner. The food is consistently excellent and the service has never disappointed."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "If you are going to a show, this is a good place to eat as you will have your seats reserved in the club and not have any hassles in waiting on line. Plus, there are not many options in this neighborhood to have a decent meal in a pleasant atmosphere. The downside is that the prices are inflated and portions are on the small side. For a serving of vegetable tempura, one spider roll and one spicy tuna roll, a beer and sparking water, the bill came to $50 before tip--I'd say this is too high by about a third, but this is the tradeoff one must make at times."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Everything was exceptional and I had an amazing time with my international friend from Germany. He was even surprised at this wonderful place. Not even Germany has something special like this restaurant. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Arrive on time at 8:15p for diner reservations with late show tickets, (which were to be held at will call), told to see box office before taking name or any conciderations for dinner. the box office could not find reservations I brought tickets up on line and told they were for dinner and not the show. Bought new tickets then told my dinner reservations were a no show. Foretunatly I was with a verygrounded lady friend that calmed my nerves with an understanding waitress and a Martini. I will be returing only for reimbursment of duplicate reservations."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Yoshi's is a fine restaurant with great food and service. My experiences have been great. It is difficult to rush out all the food and drinks for the crowd going to the show at 8:00. If I had to wait for something due to the rush, it was complimentary. Highly recommended for both the food and music. If you've never been there, you are missing something."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Went to a pre-concert dinner. Staff was great. Seating was just fine in a small corner. Wait staff was friendly and very attentive. We both had the teriyaki chicken and it was cooked perfect. Would love to dine here again."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Delicious, wide variety of Japanese cuisine in friendly, authentic atmosphere. Food, wine, service absolutely first rate. Pricey but worth it. This is where you want to go if you want to go first class. And if you've got tickets to Yoshi's jazz show, combining your evening with dinner at the restaurant is the perfect pairing."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Although the sushi, sashimi and tempura dishes are all first rate, the duck item is among the best duck dishes I've ever had, anywhere. They cook it perfectly to order -- I like mine rare and my wife likes hers medium, which is exactly how our two dishes were delivered. Along with the squash puree and caramelized cabbage, this dish is so pure, it really sings!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Great service and great food. Our server had it down with great advice and a warm and inviting manner. We felt special and really enjoyed our 3 very different meals."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Due to having tickets for the Shawn Colvin concert, we decided to make our dinner reservations at Yoshi's as well. The restaurant is nicely decorated and all staff were attentive. If we were not visiting from out of the area, we would have returned to try out many of the interesting offerings. We especially loved the Snow Monkey sushi and my husband very much enjoyed the swordfish with mango. The only somewhat disappointing item we had was the brownie dessert (it seemed a bit dry and cold) but it did not overshadow the full experience. If we return to Oakland in the future, we will definitely dine with them again."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "If you're in Bay Area and you love music and good food, this is a must!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I frequent this restaurant often. They changed the menu Saturday so a couple of my favorite items, one being Brussel sprouts was not on the menu. Overall,I love Yoshis Oakland."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This place has become an Oakland mainstay. Always classy, always a great atmosphere! The food is awesome, the drinks hit their mark as well! My wife loves when I take her there, which is always a plus. Yoshi's Oakland keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "But the noise level was so loud that it was an unpleasant dining experience. Had to shout at each other."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Although I love going to the Jazz cafe, the restuarant itself is way over priced for the quality of food and portion sizes! I will never order dinner there again."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed the freshness of the black cod. I was disappointed restaurant was sold out of asparagus at 7pm. Our waiter Troy/Todd was attentive and made sure we had enough time to enjoy dinner before our show at 8pm"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I arrived late for my dinner; however, the resturaunt staff was accomodating and saved my reservation. I did not enjoy my order of vegetable tempura. I suspect that the remainder of the menu was decent. The person that I arrived with ordered and meal and it was late, incomplete and cold. I don't know if that was a consequence of my being tardy or a mix-up in the kitchen. Thanks."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "as an entertainer at Yoshi's, coming to support local talent, it's a REFRESHING JOURNEY EVERYTIME I GET HERE, IT'S LIKE COMING HOME TO EXTENDED FAMILY!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Sitting on the floor without shoes was fun! The food was excellent, the service superb and atmosphere fun!! Loved the entire experience."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We eat there just because we had Jazz show tickets. They reserve good seats for the diners who are going the show. Over the years, the restaurant became just expensive Cal-Japanese cuisine. Fish quality is not so great so I stick to safer choices like maki sushi."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We had not eaten in this restaurant in quite a few years. The food has really gotten a lot better than we remember it. The waiter was very good at really "spot on" suggestions. It appears as if the kitchen gets a bit backed up though, so I would suggest you order your entree at the time you order your appetizer if you are going to an 8:00 show at the Jazz club. Overall very nice experience!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Were it not for the entertainment, I would not go to this restaurant. I've been to an excellent Japanese restaurant and this could not compare to that. It had a very limited, Americanized menu. I had to do a process of elimination to finally select my dinner."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Pretty much a flawless experience. Try the Music to My Ears cocktail. Any night is a great night at Yoshi's!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We saw Ron Carter Trio. Food was great - as always - and getting these seats meant we had a good place to listen to the music. Sushi was fresh, generous. Kids enjoyed - and our table was half vegetarian and also remarked a the many menu items and quality."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We loved the food, ambience, and waiter, with one exception: he said he would tell us our table assignment in the club, but never did, even after we reminded him."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The service was outstanding and it is just a lovely place to go."
    Dined on 7/27/2014