Yama Sushi & Izakaya

4.7
306 reviews
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Our skill and love of Japanese cuisine have guided us to remarkable popularity and regarded as one of Oregon Area finest sushi bars. menu is innovative and offers delicacies flown in daily from the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the Sea of Japan, all handpicked to be extraordinarily fresh, and lovingly prepared in Yama’s creative and abundant style.

Your accommodations will be met whether you're dining with a loved one or with the family or even just to get together with a few friends.

Our masterful sushi chefs use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients from fish to vegetables, along with the exceptional service you expect. Our menu changes seasonally, and has many varieties to please both fish lovers and vegetarians alike.

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JM
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! Had no idea the restaurant was here. Such gracious staff, food presentation was photo worthy and then delicious!! Unlike in many restaurants, I felt relaxed enjoying my food without constant "how is your food" overkill. Our waitress was available, but gave us time. I will be back...with more friends!

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RF
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We love the sushi and the ahi tower is incredible. It would be nice if the bar menu was more versatile- great sake options but wine and other spirits are lacking.

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SS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We come here once a week. Sometimes we catch the happy hour which offers good selection of items. Fish is fresh and we tried the top half of their ala cart sashimi, all good. Service is good for the most part, sometimes can be slower but if you come with no rush attitude, you will love it!

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Houston
16 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was on a business trip here in Portland and found this gem of a sushi restaurant. The food and presentation is wonderful, the service is impeccable. Definitely a must!

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JM
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy eating there. It's our celebratory place to go!!

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JE
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yama continues to have some of the best sushi in Portland. Always great service. Our favorite PDX Izakaya

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M
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Everything was delicious. Tried the Salmon Skin roll for the first time. Best in town.

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SS
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! The waiter was so nice and the rest of the staff too. The food was amazing. Great presentation and very accommodating for my gluten free diet. Highly recommend this place!

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GM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Terrible food! I sent back several items. Low quality! I can't believe people like this place. Perhaps they have never had amazing sushi or been to a great izakaya. Very disappointing!!!

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yama is hands down the best sushi and Izakaya in Portland Oregon. Fresh fish, innovative combinations and tasty ramen.

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DT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely worth it to make reservations. We got seated immediately and we were not pressured to eat quickly and leave. The food was excellent, fresh and as described. And a great value compared to other sushi restaurants in the PDX area.

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OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing ramen and excellent sushi.
The quality of the fish was fantastic.

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yama was perfect. I was hoping to have a larger size party come and celebrate. But I also wanted good sushi and sake. The solution? Yama. I made a reservation for 12 and it was all set up when I arrived. It was also happy hour and they were so gracious to accommodate! They let us stay until 8 even bringing out an ice cream birthday treat free of charge! AWESOME. And even though I may have had a few more than planned (19 in the end) they were gracious enough to bring waters and chopsticks. THANK YOU YAMA. YOU are THE BEST. Would definitely return.

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LK
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Each plate was very small for the price. Not the best value. Presentation was nice as was service. Wouldn’t go back. Very loud and overpriced for what you receive.

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L
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, Yama Sushi was excellent. One place my family is always willing to go. When we came in, there were two or three families waiting and a woman was trying to tell the hostess that she'd made a reservation by phone "about an hour ago." The hostess had no record of such a reservation and the woman left with her group, after being told that the wait was about an hour. As we were being seated, I said, "I guess that woman didn't use OpenTable!"

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j
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We go to Yama on many special occasions, and the food is always fantastic! However, every once in a blue moon we get a server that is a bit "off" the mark. I do not like waiters who constantly ask how everything is 'tasting', I do not like to have to ask for individual plates on which to partake of a group dish, I do like having to ask for water....and I especially do not like for the waiter to forget dishes ordered for our table! Yup, big celebration at Yama the other night and we got the really snotty waiter who did not do his owners proud. But as ever, the quality of the food rose above this smear, and was scrummy!

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PF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yama Sushi is one of my top two Sushi places! The prices are decent and the rolls are so delicious! The service has been great everytime we've gone.

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M
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi. Great staff. Great neighborhood spot!

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MS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite sushi places in Portland.

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IM
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. Really enjoyed the oysters and tuna sampler. Everything was fantastic and we will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was really good! Food was great! I love the Ramen there. The only thing is that wasn’t

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VS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for happy hour and had great service from the male waiter. He suggested his favorites which were spot on. Halfway through the meal, more waitstaff showed up and our new female waiter was not very attentive as we had to ask hostess for our waiter a couple of times. She acted confused when we wanted to order more food and had no personality.

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S
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun spot for a birthday dinner! Great food and service and the sushi is fresh and high quality!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good tast and services!

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M
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food, as always. Sushi is authentic and satisfied our Japanese exchange student. This was his restaurant choice of Portland!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Vest sushi in portland! Too bad they were our of the ahumai and gyoza but everything else that we ordered made up for it!

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NM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was really good! The service was quick and the food came out quick!! Love the atmosphere at Yama!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service! If I had to be picky I'd like the place to be a bit more spacious, but it's in down town Portland so that's pretty understandable and it didn't really interfere with my overall experience. Definitely looking forward to my next visit!

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t
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Incredible food. Highly recommend it. (Especially the popcorn scallops.)

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Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 3

We come here often as it’s close to our home (walkable), kid friendly and delicious. I recommend everything on the menu except the Flaming Jack. It was the first time I‘ve been disappointed. Weak wine pours so I recommend buying the bottle for a much better value.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We got reservations, so there was no wait. The servers were polite and helpful, the space was clean and tastefully decorated, and the food was plentiful and tasty. The only negative comment my husband had is that the salmon lacked a little in flavor. Overall it was a very pleasant experience.

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NA
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal, and our server was very kind, quick, and helpful. The whole staff in general was great.

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L
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the food is great. Beautiful presentation and the taste is perfect. Sushi comfort food, but up to date. Service very responsive, without being annoying or pushy. Not our first visit and it won't be our last.

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M
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We come here all of the time. Love the sushi, atmosphere, and the service.

This time the food was delicious, as always, but I would say we were less than impressed by the upstairs scene. We felt like we were placed in a small area of the restaurant where no one else ate.

I would recommend revamping the upstairs.

Also, it was a reminder for us to make a request as we make the reservation not to be placed there.

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Z
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite uruguay spo

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PH
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service. Our waiter was terrific.

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BM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fantastic experience. Lots of food for the price, really fantastic food. The broth in the ramen was phenomenal. I even got my baby boomer dad to try and love some stuff he wouldn't normally, like the takoyaki with the Bonito flakes. The beautiful presentation certainly helped with that. Would love to go again and will tell others about it. I already have someone planning on taking her sons there soon.

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I
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff

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m
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Absolutely love this place. One of my favorite sushi restaurants in the city. The food is always amazing. Service is good. The ambience is delightful.

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L
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The original ramen with chashu pork was to die for.

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