Yoshi's Oakland

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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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and a great concert!!

CT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a beautiful experience. Jonathan Butler was amazing. The food and service
was second to none

r
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Only ate at Yoshis because they say you get better seats for their shows. Service is sloooow and many times you have to ask more than once for items, like tableware. Food is OK but menu is limited and prices are high. If it weren’t for the fact they “force” one to eat there I would go somewhere else for dinner. Show was great.

PP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner & the Jonathan Butler performance was EXCELLENT! My waiter, "Steve" made the experience even more pleasurable. His friendly personality, dinner suggestions, and excellent waiter skills were impeccable. He made sure to treat me EXTRA SPECIAL because it was my birthday. All of the staff were friendly and helpful, even in the club area. All the dishes were very tasty, especially the Beet & Mizuna salad and the porkchop was also DIVINE. I LOVE Yoshi's Jazz Club & Restaurant anyway, but my experience this time was off the chart. The Jonathan Butler performance rounded off the whole experience. It was well worth the drive from Sacramento! I'll be back very soon!

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yoshi's Is The Best, Always Good Food & Service!

BL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first show and dinner and we had a great time....!
Thank Yoi

DA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this place...
Food & Music is awesome!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was very good and the show was fabulous.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Noisy. Uncomfortable. Small tables. Like sardines. Dennys diner at Kinkade's prices! No coat or umbrella racks. Overpriced. Did I say way overpriced? Blah/bland tasting Sushi. Nothing special. Small portions of Sushi. No real taste. Minimum for seat reservations is a joke! Seat reservations blind, no feedback.
Arrived 2 hours early to not sold out show and got crap seats designated. I should have stood in line at box office and helped choose. Discount for parking minimal, better to park on street, garage crowded and expensive and 20 minute line to get out. ( I could have walked to BART in same time)
Good concert despite bad seating, but never will I eat again

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary 20 years

VS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pre-dinner before a show at Yoshi’s. Best to do as they’ll reserve a great seat for you at the show, supposedly in order of dinner check in.

MS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

This is a restaurant I visit several times a year. I love the venue for music performances, and a restaurant reservation guarantees a choice Cabaret-style seat for the show. I am not sure if I would frequent it if not for the music. I find the quality of the food very uneven from visit to visit, and the service can be inattentive, which is especially frustrating when showtime is ready to start and you are still waiting for a check to arrive. We have had wonderful Sushi here, and the quality of ingredients used is top notch. Food from the kitchen, however, has been hit or miss. Dishes don't always come out the same way each visit.They just need to remember that at an almost $40 entree price point, people are paying for top notch. OK doesn't cut it.

J
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent pre concert experience. We have been here several times and it just gets better!!

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

So sad to post anything but stars. We have been to Yoshi's numerous times in the past year or two and always had excellent everything! This time, not so excellent service. We will go back and try again I'm sure and hope to get back to the norm we got used to. Not sure what was going on this night. going to hope it was just a bad night for the servers. Our dinner was just under $500 , which made me even more sad that the service wasn't spot on. It was interesting that getting a server and our food seemed to take forever, but she sure got the check ( Set Gratuity included BTW) to me right after dessert hit the table. Definitely wasn't our "Usual" experience at Yoshis's. We have bragged about it to friends over and over, but will reserve doing that any further until our next trip.

CT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall, very nice experience. The service team was just a tad out of step in coordinating the show we were going to watch right after dinner. It would be great to coordinate the two more tightly. Maybe take our drink/desert order for the show while we are still in the restaurant? That would seem to be a great way to keep the wonderful vibe from dinner going and have the two (dinner and show) seem a little better coordinated.

Also, our table in the dining room was not ideal. Tables were a little tight. Maybe ditch the tatame seating (didn't seem to get used) and use the space to give the dining room a little more elbow room.

Other than that, it was a great dining experience with great food, service, and ambiance. We will be back....

V
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent and so was the concert venue. Despite its Oakland location... I'd still recommend it to anyone.

k
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love yoshis. Food and music and parking

RM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We made a reservation but had to wait to get seated along with several others who had reservations at the same time.

The food was expensive and the quality was meh! I wouldn’t order that again-spinach and bacon salad and Pork belly scallops.

The service was just ok.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was accommodating and efficient. Wait staff very friendly and customer service oriented. Entertainment good. We had a party of 13 and everyone had a good time.

One small issue—We asked staff for a small container since we had a bouquet of flowers but one person said they could not help us, we asked another person if we could borrow water pitcher and no one ever came back. It was a special occasion for a visitor from Germany and he was disappointed because he brought the flowers for the table.

DW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. Wonderful server. The spinach salad to start was yummy and loved that there was Schramsberg by the glass.

JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Yoshi’s is a good venue for live music-the room is small and there is no bad seat. Service in the concert area, however, is usually poor. This week, my husband and I never had our drink order taken during the entire performance.

I also think it a tacky and cheap policy to require a $35 minimum per person in the dining room in order to have a table reserved for the show.

JK
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our table was located on an entryway passage to multiple other tables and was very busy. My entree arrived 20 minutes after my wife finished her dinner. The fish had clearly sat under a hot lamp for a while and was over cooked. Staff however was nice, responsive, and apologetic.

S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary

o
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

New Years eve dinner a ripoff. $95 per person, fixed 5 course meal, mediocre sushi, waiter was nonexistent probably due to 20% tip tacked on automatically even for only two people! over priced meal, and shockingly so since i didnt realize the menu was fixed.

Specifically went to dinnerto get show seats reserved and ended up with worse seat in the house sandwiched between small table and wall with my long legs pertruding out into the walkway right behind another small table of four sandwiched in front of me. Spent the entire concert feeling every butt ( and a few frontal areas for people passing buy not wanting to brush my knees with their butt:-O). And just get the great customer service go to when i complained...sorry we cant do anything we know its too tight. but no one else had to feel everyones butt when they passed by. and lucky me, this was the only entrance to the aisle so throughout te concert people and waiters both peovided unwanted advances! Last but not least paying over $700 for such a night with mediocre food, horrible customer service (but a great show when people were not passing in front of me) is very disappointing. Will not return to Yoshis...but they dont care since they sell out and been there for over 30 years! very distasteful!

LJ
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was New Year's Eve and so a fixed price menu. I would have preferred to order off of the menu. The food was fine, okay, but not outstanding. It was a four course menu with pretty large portions though. The entertainment was fabulous, Brian Culbertson which is why we came. We only eat at Yoshi's when we are attending an event.

RS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food servers in the restaurant were excellent. And the cocktail server in the concert room was excellent. Both were very friendly. The business was very crowded due to the holidays and the Brian Culbertson concert. But the experience was manageable.

ES
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great meal with family visiting from out of town. We made a reservation for 6 pm before a concert at 8 pm and the food was excellent! The service was top notch and I was very impressed with how quickly the food arrived after ordering. We will eat at Yoshi's again for sure.

CG
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

I brought a friend here from Canada in October for the Denice Williams show and had an incredible meal. I insisted with my company that we dine before the Brian Culbertson show on December 30/19. I made sure to order the same dishes: the tempura shrimp and one of the rolls. We were planning to order other items to try and were spacing out the meal since the show didn't start until 8pm but were beginning to hesitate because of what we were experiencing with the dishes. The shrimp was very small, completely flavorless and didn't even come with the dip I had with it last time. The roll was so mediocre that I know for a fact, I've had better sushi rolls at the Wednesday $5 sushi rolls at Sprouts. We were sitting there trying to decide if we should spend another $20 on a dish that had a strong chance of being mediocre, when the server came up and said there was a table rule and we would have to spend $35 on food before tax for priority seating. I had never been told that before. I was completely OFFENDED because after spending $152 on show tickets and driving from Sacramento, the last thing I expected was to be roughed up for not spending enough money during a high ticket show. I requested the bill and when I received it, I pointed out that we HAD spent $35 before tax so I needed him to explain what the problem was and why we were being publicly embarrassed like that with other patrons watching the exchange. I will never patronize this restaurant again which I will also reflect in my online reviews and instagram. I'm really disappointed in Yoshi's restaurant and surprised. I have had a long history with Yoshi's. I published a blues magazine for 10 years, "Real Blues Magazine" and Yoshi's ran ads in our magazine for almost that entire time. We did everything to support the club; we helped booked artists, we recommended artists to the club and we heavily promoted Yoshi's. The restaurant has been a big fail and this writer will not ever forget the experience.

F
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great as always!

CW
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Brian Culbertson was FANTASTIC as usual! I come every year, although I’ll see him in 2weeks on the Smooth Jazz Cruise out of Miami #”(#8 for me) & I also see him at Nspa
Jazz Festival

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Before going to the restaurant I told my husband and his friends the food here was good. We had to send back the fried calamari because it was cold and one of the workers said that he can help warm it up in the microwave. For a 15+ dish to be microwaved? Shouldn’t it have came out hot of the fryer? I ordered the shrimp tempura and it was also warm-cold, but I was so hungry and decided to not send it back. Our entrees cane 15mins before our show started so I was shoving the food down my throat. The whole entire restaurant was completely packed because of the show, but that should not be an excuse to undercut the quality of food especially when you charge so much for the food.

DT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I would recommend Yoshi's concerts to a friend - however their food and restaurant service is ordinary to poor. I ordered salmon ~which came with a tablespoon of string squash...$30. Had to pay extra for rice (which was slightly undercooked. Also - we arrived early for our reservation - so we ordered a drink and appetizers from the bar. When our dinner table became available - we were told we needed to closeout our bar tab (no problem) and that we "couldn't take our bar appetizers into the dining area." WHAT????

I like their music offerings-the seating is very tight to uncomfortable! You get better concert seating if you also have dinner - so it's a Catch 22! I would prefer to pay extra to get the seats I want - and eat somewhere else! I'll think hard before attending another concert with dinner reservations.

LW
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My first time eating or attending an event at Yoshi's Oakland. I chose Yoshi's because I was attending a concert to see Con Funk Shun. One of the best things about eating at Yoshi's you received priority seating.

The food was very good. I had the Ribeye, broccolini and a couple of drinks. The cost of the meal was very reasonable and the cooking was on point!

The energy level in Yoshi's was very upbeat and fun. Making Yoshi's Oakland a great place to have a meal and catch some live music!

SP
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I made reservations to eat dinner at Yoshi’s primarily for convenience because I had tickets to see a show there at 7:30 pm. Service was good. Waitress was attentive and food delivery was quick. Unfortunately , food was only fair and overpriced given mediocre quality. Also, I mentioned in my Open Table reservation that I was celebrating a birthday and no one acknowledged it. When my daughter mentioned that no one acknowledged my birthday, the receptionist instructed her to mention to the server to receive a free dessert. Per the receptionist’s suggestion, my daughter mentioned to the server who responded they don’t typically accomodate and would have to check with her manager. Eventually they offered a free dessert. I have no plans to return soon.

L
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious. Highly recommend the Dragon roll. The beet salad was yummy too. We were seeing a performance and doing a meet and greet. We got done with dinner within the hour but had to wait on the check even though waitress knew our deadline. It all worked out though. Yoshi’s is a great place for live performances. Intimate setting. Staff had the process down to a science.

NM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the first time that I came with a group of six. Our waitress was very accommodating and even made suggestions on our meal selections. The food service was fairly prompt. We had plenty of time to eat at a leisurely pace and still make the early show without rushing. We were quite pleased with the concert seats that we were given. Overall everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening out.

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place to dine especially before a show.
The food this time was not as good as last time I was there. We mainly had sushi though so I am not sure about the main entrees. The halibut looked good.
The Pomegranate martini was wonderful!

G
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My siblings and I had a very nice dining experience. With advance notice along with reservations, accommodations needed were honered.

NP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

One of us had to wait for her sushi roll. All others were served their dinners. Our waitress made up for it and took the sushi roll off of the bill. That helped a little bit.

LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My husband and I have been to Yoshi’s a few times for concerts, but this past Saturday was our first time eating at the restaurant. I ordered the pork chop, which was under-cooked. It had blood oozing on the inside. I sent it back and they brought out a new order which was cooked to perfection. The fact that I had to send it back left me with a bad first impression though.

We followed dinner with a Kindred Family Soul concert, which was awesome! We’ll be back for the music, but will be eating elsewhere.