Yama Sushi & Izakaya

4.6
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$30 and under
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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.

What 347 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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JB
Anchorage
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Glad it is in the neighborhood.

J
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good options, I liked the drinks. Donica was amazing

A
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious rolls. Great sake. Beautiful interior. We will return!

BW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I go here very often. It is always fantastic!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yama is always great and location is perfect for a fun night out in Portland!

J
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and wonderful food and drinks!

M
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. Appreciate the attentiveness and kindness.

MB
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So delicious and so fresh! Great sushi but steep prices! Special occasion sushi. It was wonderful food, great and friendly service and we had a great time!

M
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Yama Sushi & Izakaya was recommended to me for my mother's birthday, sushi was requested by her. Three of us went. We started with edamame and pickle plate. Good selection to the pickles (jalapeno is a "modern" touch which we declined), very nicely presented. The miso soup was excellent. One of us had bento box tempura, California roll, and teriyaki chicken. Very good, although chicken on the dry side. One had tonkatsu, very good, crisp, large portion (he couldn't finish). My mother had the Rock n Roll sushi plate. The rice for the sushi's and the bowls was very fresh. Presentation of the food was very good and eye appealing. Service was friendly and attentive. The ambiance fresh and clean, very calm. It has the best qualities of a good Japanese restaurant and excellent food.

NA
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite sushi spots in Portland. Come here once every few months. Great quality fish. Great sushi selection. And customer service is top notch.

O
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time here, couldn't of been better. It was a very rainy day, so even though I came for the sushi, it was the Ramen that really hit the spot. That being said, the sushi was fresh and yummy...the sashimi sampler came with all our favorites. Am already looking for an excuse to come back again.

c
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was absolutely delightful allowing us to thoroughly enjoy a birthday celebration! The oysters were some of the best I've ever had. The bluefin tuna was also top notch! A great sake selection. They were out of several of the desert selections but the black sesame ice cream worked for us! Actually, the entire experience was world-class!

M
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent neighborhood joint for sushi and ramen! Service was efficient (not particularly friendly, but that’s an individual server thing...) Food was really good, though. Rolls were yummy and ramen was very good. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in the neighborhood.

KM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fabulous sushi. Did not like sitting upstairs as it removes one from the camaraderie of dining with others. The busser came to the table with a full bus tub of dirty dishes to collect one of ours. NO! NEVER! Detracted from the experience. Food always great.

M
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at this restaurant. Inventive cuisine and fresh seafood. Oysters on the half-shell as well. Delicious.

MM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The volcano roll was hands down the best thing we ordered. We even ordered another. The outdoor seating was nice and I appreciated being able to bring my dog. All of the rolls were top quality and the 55 sake was great too.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We enjoyed the food but service was terrible. We ordered appetizers and the waiter didn’t come back again for at least 45 minutes till long after we’d finished eating the apps. Dinner took a long time to arrive and one roll of sushi was missing. Waters were not refilled. Plates were never cleared. It was just very unfortunate since the food was great.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there for my birthday, and the food was amazing! I got the Yama Bento Box and the Yuzu sake wine. Both were amazing and perfectly complimented each other. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a date night, special occasion, or even just for a great lunch! 10/10, would recommend!

CB
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food is way beyond excellent. Have not had a "roll" that was not YUMMY! The sushi and nigiri is fresh and served well ... always a great presentation! Can not say enough good things about YAMA ... repeat customers here and will continue to support them!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son and mom dinner

TC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always.

KS
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I had two very drastically different experiences with this restaurant. My boyfriend and i went there our first night and had an amazing food experience, the grilled octopus was plated nicely and garnished with a touch of perfection. The second night however the grilled octopus was charred and did not have the same dry rub it was so carefully done in the previous night. The plating was drastically different as well as it looks like the cook had just thrown it on the plate. We also didnt recieve the same sauce/garnishes we did the previous night. We ordered a tuna tower and the server took our utensils and began smashing the tower before we had a chance to appreciate it at all. She exclaimed it was the best part, but ive never had a tuna tower mashed down and sturred up to look like dog chow in front of me before. Im perplexed...

OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to sushi restaurant. We come here at least once a month and have tried almost all the specialty rolls. Never disappoints!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good but not great

LA
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was amazing the only issue was that our reservation did not show up on their guest list. They did however try to accommodate to fit us in but unfortunately the only available tables were outside. I didn’t make a fuss and took the alternative only because it was our 5th wedding anniversary.

S
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Have been going to Yama for years and as always the food is amazing but the last two times it has taken over an hour for them to bring out any of the ordered sushi rolls.

SM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It's a very pleasant spot. For the most part the food was very good. Perhaps the only disappointment was the uni which might have been a bit fresher. But it's very agreeable. We had the black cod which was excellent.

CP
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dining here, it's one of our favorite places.

RV
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and general vibe of the place. The rolls are amazing and hard to pick a favorite. If you like sushi, we would highly recommend Yama.

J
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Yama Sushi. I used to live in SE Portland and it was a regular haunt. Now that I live outside the city, it's a special treat. Their Kobe beef roll is unbelievable. One of my favorite things on their menu. And I also really enjoy their house sake. Their food looks and tastes so clean. Fabulous place!

DS
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice mix of sushi and cooked food. My kids like this place, and they are picky. They order the miso soup, karaage, sushi rolls, and salmon teriyaki. I like the razor clams. Great ice cream across the street at 50 Licks for dessert. Lively crowd of families, 20-somethings, date nights. This is a great neighborhood izakaya. However, the ramen is not as good as at two Japanese chains that have spots in town (broth is decent, but noodles don't quite stand up).

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our friends did not steer us wrong when they sent us here.
Everything was amazing!

TI
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food is good, but we've been there twice and the service could be much better.

4
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The sake was delicious, and the servers recommendations were very good! The black cod was especially well prepared , and the salmon roll was also very good.

f
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the lobster roll...

KG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Yama twice, but this last time was hands down the best service experience I have had in Portland. Alex was our server outside and he was absolutely spectacular. He was passionate, knowledgeable, and he created a unique and enjoyable experience. He recommended two separate bottles of sake and educated us on the various types, flavors, how it was made, etc. Yama is great, the sushi was amazing, the sake delightful, and the experience one of a kind. It also happened to be my birthday which made it that much more special. When I come back to Yama, I will ask for Alex to serve us every time. He was the best!

PP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, excellent sushi and perfect service. It was quiet, but we were a bit early (7pm on a Thursday). Sake flights and everything you could want, including scallops 4 ways (my favorite!)

BK
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This has been our go-to family friendly sushi restaurant, but sadly this past visit wasn’t a great one. Our server was wonderful and helpful, but the food delivery and food quality fell flat.
Our daughters commented that their usual rolls seemed smaller than usual. Still pretty tasty, but not the same. And while the rolls came out in a good amount of time, our sashimi platter took an additional 30 minutes. So my husband and I sat there waiting while our girls finished their meals. And then they finished and waited along with us.
Our server checked in with us a couple times to let us know the delay was due to the fact that only one sushi chef cuts the sashimi. Ok. I get it. Special levels of sushi chefs. When our platter finally came we were ultimately disappointed in the overall quality of the fish. Some pieces were chewy and some had little flavor. There were a couple good pieces, but when you spend $40 you kind of want all of it to be great.
We figured we would be compensated for the inconvenient wait time, but nope. No free basic roll, no free drink, nothing except an apology.
We’ll be exploring other sushi places before trying this one again.