Yoshi's Oakland

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6167 reviews
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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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GB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great, service was great and we got front row seats for the show!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Extremely loud and the sun was piercing in my eyes from a high window

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m
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

WE only eat here if we're going to a show. the food is fine but not very memorable, and the wine list is mediocre at best. I was happy to see that the menu has changed a little.

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EH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the convenience of dining at the restaurant before the show. The server reserves our seats inthe club. And we can take the wine from table to table!

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except for the dessert. We had the brownie, it was dry and uninteresting and very little ice cream. We won't do the dessert anymore

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KR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had dinner prior to going to one of the concerts. Dinner was fabulous, reasonably priced. The venue is right there too, can't beat the convenience. Oh, and the parking garage is right next door, another plus!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy dining at Yoshi’s before a show. Food is outstanding! Wish Yoshi’s was open for lunch on the weekends!

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a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was just OK and way too expensive for what you get in terms of quality cuisine. I don’t think I’ll be going back.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to see The Beatles tribute “1964” for our anniversary. Great food, great show. You may spend more than a usual night out but was well worth it.

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GA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

FOOD AND SERVICE IS GREAT. YOSHIS ALWAYS PROVIDES A REALLY FUN EVENING OUT.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service , great food . Nice show .

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FT
Sacramento
44 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined here, like always, just before a concert in the main room. We normally order a series of appetizers to assemble our dinner so we keep the menu on the light side. With an order of sushi, some potstickers and skewered beef and miso soup we have plenty of food to hold us. The service was very good and the food was very good, probably not as good as our favorite Japanese restaurants, but great for a night club. Parking was very convenient, being in the same building, and having seating set up thanks to our reservation was a good move and the staff did a wonderful job taking care of this. We will always comeback here and dine before a concert or performance in the showroom as it makes for a fun evening.

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A
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had tickets to a show with friends and eating at the restaurant reserves better seats. The food is excellent and the service is good. It’s only the prices that cost a star. Probably 1/3 more than I expected.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Good service , food options were ok . Disappointed with spider roll seemed like it was rushed put together and it all just fell apart at arrival . Concert was good

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c
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful experience at Yoshi, and I have the Dinner and Jazz. I wish they would add more to the menu.

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h
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Sarah, recommended some dishes for us, which we ordered and loved. When we tried to order she let us know that it may be too much food and that we could always order more later. She was very helpful and added to the wonderful atmosphere of Yoshi's. We ordered the unagi nigiri, which was like butter - just melted in my mouth. The tako sunomono was refreshing and the tako cooked perfectly. The shrimp and scallop kakiage was delicious, with big pieces of meat. Scallops on top of pork belly - just order it, you'll understand. We saw the Robert Glasper show that night and had seats right in front of the stage as the staff will ask if you are there for the show and will arrange your seating while your having dinner. Great show, excellent dinner. We will definitely be back Yoshi's!

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PA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I HAVE RECOMMENDED YOSHI'S MANY TIMES OVER THE YEARS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We don't come here frequently, but we always enjoy the unique food, atmosphere, and service. Several of the rolls are quite unique and tasty. The service was incredibly fast - within five minutes of ordering, food began arriving at the table, and all the dishes arrived in less than 10 minutes. A very nice feature is that if you have tickets to a show, your waiter will reserve a spot for you in the venue so that you don't have to stand in line to get a good seat.

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o
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, will always go back to enjoy food and music

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C
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great Sushi. Table are a bit close and its very loud. However the great food and service make up for it.

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b
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service!
Great and expansive menu.
Thank you!

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k
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been coming to Yoshi's everytime an artist we like is performing in the showroom. The best feature is pre-reserve tables for dinner guests. We did open table seating once and it was horrible, stuck in to the corner of the showroom with open seating. Also, validated parking is a big plus. As for food, we've never been disappointed except the pre-fix meal on Valentine's Day. I would not have chosen any of the entrees offered.

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p
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yoshi’s never disappoints us. The food and service are very good. We see shows in the jazz club every couple of months and always eat In the restaurant beforehand. The restaurant, jazz club, and parking garage are all in adjoining buildings. So convenience is very high. It’s a bonus to have such good food as well.

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NL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Yoshi’s Oakland, the food was good and our waiter’s personality was superb!

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a
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was good but I have a problem with it being served at different times. There is no coordination with the other dishes at the table.

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o
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful presentation and wonderful food, very good service and always a great place to see and hear music.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The concert

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KG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went to its Jazz concert after the dinner. I feel the restaurant is like a huge eatery factory; very noisy, crowded people/servers, food is on expensive side but presented well, and the food came in very fast. This is a good place to have a meal and leave, not for a romantic night. My husband and I had to yell at each other to talk.

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MR
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our foursome dined and went to see the early show of Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin. We had a wonderful meal, choosing different items to share. The Japanese Whiskey Mojitos were very tasty, much more flavorful than the regular Mojitos. The drinks were mixed well, flavorful and not weak. The food came especially fast. Our seats were reserved because we had the dinner reservation. One person in our party just had knee surgery, and the management was very kind to accommodate our seats for comfort. We love Yoshi's for food, drinks and music. It's one of the best venues around.

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DK
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exquisite. All the dishes served arrived hot except for the sashimi plate. The presentation was excellent! The sashimi was exceptionally fresh. Our server was outstanding recommending dishes for me as I was unsure of what I wanted. The pork chop was tender and juicy. I will definitely come back the next time I’m there to see a show.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, a little pricey. Definitely recommend

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j
San Francisco
245 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food; very good service. Came for a show at 8 p.m. Started dinner at 6 pm which was plenty of time to eat and enjoy. They give you your show seating assignments while dining, so no worries about
getting in line again to be seated for show.

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JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone at our table had a fantastic meal, way beyond their expectations. Perfectly cooked fish, tantalizing broths, even the vegetable platter tasted delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-show dinner. Service was excellent and awareness of our time schedule for the show was much appreciated. Food was great.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful as always. However, first time it was ever confusing about dinner and having a seat request for the show. We have never been told to walk to the front desk and request a table for the show. Usually the server will check to see if our favorite seats are available. Our server on Thursday night seem irritated that we request certain seats. She said she doesn't do that and that my husband had to leave his dinner and walk up front. We were shocked. So now we know each server has their own procedures.

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OT
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Made our reservation for 5:30 which is when they opened for dinner, which I highly suggest. Seated promptly. Waters brought out and filled throughout our dinner. The waiter was good although he was a little too flirty with my 16yr old (she looks older but still inappropriate). Allowed a taste before ordering our wine (thank you for that). Veggie tempura and sushi rolls brought out quickly. Dinner was good. Bf and daughter had the chicken, pork belly & scallops. I had the salmon. Asked for well done and unfortunately about half way through it was a little too under cooked for my liking and I didn’t finish it. Wouldn’t order it again because of that. Overall we did enjoy ourselves, and even tho the place filled up while we were there, the service never lacked. Would I go back? Probably not given the number of restaurants in the area, but I am happy about the overall experience. Wished my fish was cooked the way I asked tho. Felt silly sending it back half way through the fillet.

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C
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I was disappointed because the food was horrible, not like what I remember. The food was also very pricey and definitely not worth it (the friend calamari was so salty It made my head hurt, the miso soup tasted like hot sea water, and the sushi was warm and didn't taste fresh). I was frusrated because the ambiance and the service was so nice, I really wanted to like the food. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be coming back here anytime soon.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Loose Ends w/Jane Eugene was fantastic . The seating was terrible. I'd rather pay a higher ticket price than be treated like cattle! The servers on the floor have no serving etiquette. Food was very good.

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PA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yoshi’s never disappoints! Wonderful greeters with timely and cheerful waiters. The food is GREAT and if there is a challenge they are happy to resolve. Customer friendly!

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and fun atmosphere

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