For the most stylish and refined Japanese cuisine in Oakland, Ozumo is a can't-beat restaurant that serves exquisite meals in its inviting setting. The shira-e kozara with carrot, cucumber, tofu skin and sesame-miso sauce and the kaisen sarada with prawns, snow crab, wakame seaweed, yuzu and cucumber, make tantalizing appetizer options. Some of Ozumo's specialty entrées include the jidori with sake marinated roasted organic chicken with house tare sauce, the wagyu steak with foie gras compound butter served in a cast-iron plate and the abara sweet chili glazed pork ribs with cilantro. Vegetarian dishes, such as the yasai Japanese eggplant with zucchini, shishito peppers, peas and asparagus and the agedashi tofu with shiitakes and okra in dashi, are also perfectly seasoned.
Ozumo's maki-mono are also popular, such as the house maki Ozumo, made with unagi, snow crab and cucumber topped with tuna, avocado and spicy aioli.
We arrived promptly at the open table reservation time and found the restaurant closed for a special event. Obviously open table and ozumo are not communicating! It was a major inconvenience and embarassing to have to get back in the car, give up the parking that we found, and go to another restaurant.
It was my first time eating in Eastbay and it was brilliant, i feel very welcomed and would highly recommend it to any of my friends
Booked a table and came there they were closed! Why is their appointment system open if they're closed on a Wednesday? Website or fb account didn't say anything about closing that day. What a waste of time
This place is great best on the block!! I take my girlfriend here every time we want to go out and enjoy the night!!
This restaurant has good food and a great atmosphere however it is a bit pricey but more than that I was disappointed in the service as they had more customers than expected for the evening and we waited a half hour for our meal and when we first sat down no one came over to our table to greet us until about 10 to 15 minutes later. I expressed my displeasure with the manager and she apologized but that's all she seem to be able to offer.
We dined before the Oakland Speakers Series, Tuesday evening. Because I was tardy in making a reservation for the restaurant, we were seated at the Sushi Bar. While the sushi we were served, I was disappointed not to be able to choose from their extensive and interesting dining room menu.
We have eaten here before, however, this time service was incredibly slow and they did not have two items on their menu that we were hoping to have. They clearly were not prepared with adequate staffing for the clientele which they should have projected due to the Joan Baez concert nearby. We were there an hour and a half and had to cancel an order so we could get to the concert on time. The manager did comp our 2 glasses of sake. This was a birthday night out and we had high expectations that were quickly diminished. However, we very much enjoyed the concert.
Food and drink were wonderful as always. A touch pricey for everyday, but it's always good. Atmosphere is also friendly, busy and yet quiet enough for conversation.
The overall experience was wonderful. The food was excellent, and we loved our server. However, towards the end the restaurant was very busy and the service got quite slow.
Great dining experience for our ladies night out. Our server was awesome. Lychee martini was not fresh, but the food and service were great!
Had the pork belly ramen for the first time and it was excellent - very favorful. loved the soft shell crab maki roll. Would also recommend the sake flights - great to be able to taste seveal at the same time to compare the taste. Service was very attentive.
Went for the all you can eat sushi, they have limited the selection. Not that much to choose from unlike before, the small selection is no longer worth it.
All the cooked items were wonderful! Gyoza and tofu in particular. The sushi lacked freshness. Could be because it was a Monday?? That was disappointing. Would go back for the cooked items and the space itself is beautiful!
Waitress was incompetent in spite of her pretending to be the opposite. Some dishes were good , some bad.
We had heard great things about the restaurant so were excited to try it but we were largely disappointed mainly due to service which was extremely lacking during our meal . Our sever paid little to no attention to us disappearing for most of our visit . Our food didn't come up together so one diner was nearly finished before our food arrived and they completely forgot about the couple next to us apologizing and insisting another table must have gotten their order by accident. Umm ok. The food was ok but not as good as we expected . The sashimi was the highlight with the rolls all tasting more or less the same. We actually wanted to double check to make sure they were actually the rolls we ordered but we couldn't find our server so we gave up and ate it. None of the rolls stood out at all except for the fact that they were filling so at least we didn't leave hungry . I won't go back nor recommend it and I usually love all our meals eaten at nice restaurants. Overall a big disappointment .
Excellent food, lovely decor, prompt friendly service. Will definitely dine here again.
Five office mates who couldn't get their acts together decided to celebrate all five birthdays at once. We each ordered our favorites - mine was the ramen. The current ramen is not as spicy as the previous version but still delicious and I prefer the current one. The flourless chocolate cake is no longer on the dessert menu - much to the chagrin of our non-gluten eating friend - but lucky for us, the chef had made a few that day and popped one in the oven! Our waiter was very friendly, attentive, and cooperative, especially when we asked for the check to be spilt five ways. It was a happy celebration!
This was our first time at Ozumo and it was DIVINE. We are a family of 4 with 2 kids (teen and preteen), and despite them being well behaved, you never know how you're going to be received. Especially since this is a beautiful, classy, "grown up" restaurant with incredible ambiance. Well, Ozumo was literally the nicest dining experience we've ever had as a family. As soon as we were seated, the manager, Mel, came to table to see if our daughter wanted crayons, and he was so completely gracious and hospitable that it just put us in a wonderful mood. Then came the excellent cocktails, and plate after plate of amazing food. We had a big variety of small dishes, and each was very well prepared, especially the kara-age chicken and the sushi. Also, the desserts were to die for. And the service was spot on throughout. We can't wait to come back!
Fantastic food and atmosphere. Service was fast and attentive. Highly recommended!
one little issue with the menu; we didn't realize there were several more pages of choices!
We had a 5:45pm reservation for 7 persons, which I made a few weeks before. We had a special occasion and told the waiter we would need to leave by 7pm. The hostess greeted us with, "I'll seat you in five minutes or so" even though no one was in the restaurant. We had my 95-year-old mother with us, and I asked to be seated right away. Then the hostess seated us at a table that was too small for our party. We had to move. We then ordered a fairly simple dinner that included three chicken dishes (all identical). Four people got their dinners but the chicken dishes were not served. After asking after them for about a half-hour—and receiving excuse after excuse ("they are being plated. . .", "they'll be ready soon") the chicken was finally served. But everyone else had finished their dinners. The manager comped us one chicken dish—hardly enough to make emends. It was an unnecessary dining disaster and we will not return.
We had a fantastic time at Ozumo. It was my friend's birthday and I had forgotten to tell the restaurant to put a candle in a dessert when I made the reservation. We had finished lunch and had already paid the bill but just chatting when suddenly the waiter brought a molten lava chocolate cake with a scoop of berry sorbet and a candle on the plate for my friend's birthday!! It made our day---so very thoughtful of Ozumo!!!! They went beyond my expectations and I know we'll always remember the fabulous birthday celebration!!! This is how a great restaurant continues to be great!!!!!
Food and service were good, my only surprise was how expensive it was, over $80 for 2 people with no alcohol. We ordered a beef and rice bowl and a salmon bento box and a Jalapeno roll to share. (I didn't think the roll was that tasty. It was just ok and seemed to be sliced thinner than I am used to at my regular sushi joint) The Miso was delicious. The bento salmon was a very small piece for the price. Nothing really stood out with the bento box, though my friend really loved her wagu beef bowl. I'd go back and maybe try ordering something else as my friends have raved about Ozumo for years. Maybe my local place is just such a good value they've spoiled me. Ozumo atmosphere is very nice.
The food is always excellent and satisfying. It is quiet and relaxing, a good place for a business meal or for a date night dinner. Service is perfect. The staff could not be more accommodating.
Table service was a little lacking, but seemed to depend on who your waiter was. Had to ask for help several times. Once arrived the waiter was courteous and knowledgeable about the restaurant's specials.
blown away.Can't wait to go back to Oakland and see a show at Paramont or the Fox and hit up OZUMO. Great experience .the tempora short ribs were incredible. Grreat food ,ambience,drinks..everything..
The food was delicious and our server was very pleasant and informative. However, despite the fact that we'd let her know that we had to be out of the restaurant in time for Oakland Speaker series, our food was delivered out of order (sashimi starter came after soup and salad) and our vegetable tempura was very late! We hurriedly ate it in 5 minutes while we waited for the check.
We visited Ozumo before the Oakland Speakers. Great food and on time..
Though a bit expensive, the sushi was fresh and tasty, the service was great and the ambiance perfect for a quiet lunch.
Some of the best sushi and sashimi I have had in a long time.
This restaurant is terrific. Great food, wonderful bar scene and gracious and attentive service.
The food is incredible, and the ambience modern, sleek and very hip. We were celebrating a birthday dinner and were literally treated like celebrities. I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone visiting from out of town, or anyone seeking a fun,lively and trendy restaurant to enjoy this type of cuisine. Great for drinks or dinner, or both.
great dinner. very casual pace, no one will rush you to order and get out of there. plenty of time to enjoy the interesting decor and talk with your party.
The teriyaki chicken in the bento was inedible. It literally tasted like rubber
We went there for a business lunch everything was great, however the lunch we ordered seemed to take longer than usual to receive, I want to say it took about 30-40min to receive our actual lunch orders and we didn't ask but we also weren't provided an explanation for the delayed arrival of our meals.
We love this place for lunch but he dinner service is seriously lacking. 20 min wait for water, food coming long after everyone is finished.
Ozumo Oakland was a very mixed experience. The food was good, the server was very sweet and knowledgable, but it seemed that she was stretched incredibly thin, working two opposite sides of the restaurant. We got some of our food pretty promptly, but we received the rest of it over an hour after we were seated. It seemed like the restaurant was unprepared for how busy it got that evening.
Food, service and atmosphere were outstanding however a bit pricey. I understand the urban enviroment an all but....
Have eaten here on multiple occasions and have always enjoyed each visit
Some of the worst service I've ever had the displeasure of experiencing. 35 minutes to get our drinks, 45 for the first app, and over an hour for my first sushi roll. Also, the restaurant was not even a third full. Very very bad service!
Great time with some work colleagues. I love the ramen here. Just awesome.