Yama Sushi & Izakaya

4.6
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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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J
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and outstanding service

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and wonderful food and drinks!

M
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MB
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
30 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Son and mom dinner

TC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always.

KS
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good but not great

LA
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RV
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

TI
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the lobster roll...

KG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

JM
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
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!

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.

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!

OT
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!

SR
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We live just around the corner, and it's nice to have a sushi restaurant so close. Sushi is always fresh and they have a good selection of fresh fishes and creative specialty rolls, along with friendly wait staff. The hot food is excellent, our favorite is the light crispy tempura and the kimchi ramen.

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