Yoshi's Oakland

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$30 and under
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Japanese
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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thanks for celebrating NYE with us! Our Chefs Victor Reyes and Lolo Gonzales created an elaborate and delicious 5-course prix fixe menu for $95/person. Check out our website for the NYE menu. Credit cards are required to hold reservations. $95 cancellation fee per person without a 24 hour notice.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for our annual company Christmas dinner. Our server was great and food was stellar. We had 2 guests with food allergies (nut/dairy), one pescatarian and one vegan. Everyone was able to enjoy appetizers, dinner and dessert. It was wonderful to be able to order dessert and not have to worry abt nuts. Our server was very attentive and addressed our food allergy issues very well. Wonderful experience

SY
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My visit this past weekend, Sat., 12/7 was to see Roy Ayers. I love Mr. Ayers and his music! He's up in age now but so grateful that he is still performing...his band really helps him push through! They were awesome!!

The dinner prior to the show was a little underwhelming. Our server, Khalil (sp?) was nice but he overlooked our table a couple of times until another server mentioned it to him. He became a little more attentive but we were done with our meal and ready to head to the concert. I appreciate his effort but wished it was from start to finish.

DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I ate sushi rolls and drank Japanese beer prior to the show. The service was very good, the food was delicious and we had a great time!

m
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

kitchen was overwhelmed by crowd as 3 in our party received their food after the rest of the party had finished. Waiter was to be commended as he caught and brought to cardholders attention that he had over tipped as tip was included in bill. Always a good spot for an evening out.

j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent! Always enjoyable! Always delicious food!

BL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was slow. Food prep and menu has been better in the past.

DW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Yes, nice restaurant. Good club except you need a workflow when there are two musical shows. The first audience needs to exit out, buy merchandise, etc., but not while the second show is entering. It's too chaotic but you already know this. Good sound, nice ambiance...

JT
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The kitchen was very quick to turn out the food, but the whole process seemed very rushed. Many were attending the show at 7:30 (we had a 6:30 reservation) and we made it clear that we were not attending, but wanted to have a leisurely meal with an old friend. We were finished with our appetizers, salads and entrees before 7... Not what we expected. in between the waiter seemed very rushed and was not very accommodating. Despite the mediocre service, the food (especially the appetizers and the Halibut and Salmon dishes) was excellent and nicely presented.

t
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Expensive, but really good food and service. Some of the wait staff could be more friendly although our main waitress was really nice.

N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Excellent service. Great performance.

s
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A night out at Yoshi's is the best of both worlds, delicious food and world class Jazz (and other music).
The menu offers a wide variety of small plates so there is something for everyone. There's not a bad seat in the club, and every seat was taken for both shows.
An added plus-at least for us women--the men's bathroom line was at least 5 times longer than the women's--the ONLY place I've ever experienced this!!!

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Four of us enjoyed dinner and a show. The food was mixed from excellent to overcooked fish. Interestingly my wife got a small portion of overcooked halibut that was way overpriced. My friend got a large portion of halibut that was cooked perfectly. The black cod was excellent and the 4 scallops were ok with a wimpy sauce. Brussel sprout and green salad appetizers were very good. The wine sucked for $50/bottle.

MK
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue to hear jazz and other music formats. Very cool vibe. Restaurant is mostly sushi based and is surprisingly first class plus you get reserved seating if you dine there. All aspects of the operation are top notch - very well run A real treasure.

AC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first experience at Yoshi's was fantastic. We will definitely go back. The food was top-flight, especially given our expectations of previous jazz club venues.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have such a wonderful time at Yoshi’s. They have great food and friendly attentive servers.

KY
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yoshi’s is a lovely place to dine. The service was good and I was surprised to see a couple of vegetarian/vegan entree options. The Vegetarian Lovers was very hearty and flavorful. The tofu was too soggy for my taste. But overall a great vegetarian option. The Brussel sprouts are always an excellent choice.

g
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time coming to Yoshi's. The whole experience from the moment we walked in the door was first class!!!! The food ,service and everyone involved was amazing and helpful.
I WILL be telling all my friends to come here !!!!
The Spinners were very mighty !!!

GREAT GREAT JOB !!!!
Bring one to Sonoma county??

JR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Great decor, server Steven was pleasant, food was average and not worth the price. If I ever went back, I’d stick to sushi.

CJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

There is no better way, to enjoy a show at Yoshi's !! Every time I go to a show there, I will always go to dinner. It just makes it so convenient to have dinner and relax before the show. You don't have to rush or stand in long lines to get a good seat at the event. They get you set up with good seats, so all you do in walk in and enjoy the show. The food is consistently outstanding, and the drinks are awesome. The check in process for the diner tables is fantastic!! The hostess are always so friendly and accommodating.. If you have never gone, you will not be disappointed. Yoshi's, the place for Live Jazz and Classic entertainment, and a great dinner. Great "Date Nite" location...

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to have dinner and to see the Spinners. I asked my wife out on a date and she had no clue where we were going until we were around the corner. Still not knowing who we were seeing until shortly after our first cocktail before dinner. How fun. Lena, our server, was delightful , attentive , professional and fun. She really made us feel special.
Then, the Spinners were incredible! I saw them 52 years ago popping up out of the stage at Disneyland. The band has changed with age, the music is still magical.

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We did recommend to friends! They actually joined us for dinner before the concert.

1
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Took over an 30 minutes to get seated even with reservations, then after ordering our food they forgot a roll , and when I told the waiter , he said it would be right out .. 15 minutes later still no roll .. very upsetting

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great time but it was a little loud

t
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waiter who kept us right on time for the concert

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great intimate music venue. Guaranteed fun evening.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Decent overall good

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service !!!!!

t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience4

The menu has change and I ordered something that wasn't good

JV
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First we hit the bar and the bartenders were very knowledgeable and patient. My niece didn't know what to order and they helped her get a good drink.

Our service was amazing. The food was great and the portions of the food were perfect.

Frank the busser was very attentive and nice. Everything we needed he got for us.

But Steve our server was amazing. All in all we had a great experience and will be back.

Thank you for an Amazing night.
Sincerely
Juanita Vasquez

RM
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

This place feels more and more like a cattle call for dinner before the show. Tons of people show up for the first seating, lots of waiting in line to be shuttled into your seat. Not at all an elegant experience! And if you wait till the line dies down your seating choices dramatically lessen in quality. And the food appears all Helter skelter! In my case all 4 items I ordered came at once including my appetizer and nothing arrived for my date. Very awkward and gives one the feeling that this is more about fast food than true dining. Again felt like we were cattle in a noisy barn

E
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yoshis was perfect for a bite and drink before the show.

DJ
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Been here many times before and still a good place for food and entertainment!

JG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great music and atmosphere. Food is a little overpriced

s
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Though the menu seems pricey the items are pretty generous and everything tastes fresh and delicious. Our meal consisted of the duck confit appetizer roll, lovely calamari with excellent dipping sauce, and one of the 'named' rolls--the Japonese was the one we had. Enjoyed a couple of 16 oz draft beers, reasonable at $8, and we had had enough to eat and drink. Bigger eaters might need another roll or a main to share, but it seems like the kitchen and sushi chefs know what they're doing.

F
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice dinner out with a friend

W
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We very much enjoyed our visit to Yoshi's but we were going to sit in the back but the table smelled like someone had peed. We moved up front and the waitress told us that it was actually spilled soy sauce that had fermented. Either way, this should have been taken care of before seating anyone in the back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice venue & good food before the show.

p
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They do a great job, everything that comes out of the kitchen tastes good.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We’ve been to Yoshi’s several times over the 10+ years. We enjoyed our time there. We usually go when Hiroshima plays.
We made reservations for 530, we were seated promptly.
Our server Midiri was very pleasant, somewhat attentive. But you had a packed house so it was understandable.
My husband ordered the salmon... he loved it, not so much the spaghetti squash.
I ordered the shrimp and scallop dish. I had to wait a while for it. In fact my husband had to ask the server to check on my food. My husband got his at least 15 minutes before me. And it was very greasy. I won’t order that again.
Otherwise, we had an enjoyable evening.