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About Yoshi's Oakland

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.

510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 94607
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Dining Room:

Monday-Thursday: 5:30pm-9:00pm

Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm-10:00pm

Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm (opening time may change based on showtimes)

Bar opens at 4:30pm Monday-Saturday

Late Night Menu served in the Jazz Club, Bar & Lounge

Cross Street:
Washington

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 238-9200

Website:
http://www.yoshis.com/

Entertainment:
Yoshi’s has been host to a wide range of world-renowned jazz musicians such as legends Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, and Pat Metheny (just the tip of the iceberg) since 1972. With Yoshi’s top-of-the-line, custom designed Meyer sound system, a 1998 Steinway 9' Concert D grand piano, state-of-the-art lighting, unparalleled breadth and quality programming, there is no better venue to see jazz in the Bay Area! With its calming, elegant Japanese design of simple curves and soft tones, Yoshi's is an extremely inviting atmosphere for all ages, any time, in a smoke-free environment.

Parking Details:
Yoshi's is located on the 1st floor of the Washington Street Garage at Jack London Square. The garage is 6 stories high and offers plenty of parking. Discounted parking rates are available with validation. Bring parking ticket into the restaurant for validation. Pay for parking at payment kiosk prior to returning to vehicle.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Yoshi’s Oakland offers a variety of accommodations for groups of any size. From The Enkai Room to our Tatami platform to the Yoshi's Lounge to the Club,Yoshi's has the space for your special event.

Yoshi's Oakland Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (65)
Worth the Drive (65)
Fit for Foodies (64)
Good for Birthdays (64)
Hot Spot (56)
Romantic (56)
Bar Seating (51)
Casual (49)
Healthy (47)
Neighborhood Gem (45)
Authentic (41)
Vibrant Bar Scene (38)
Cozy (32)
Business Meals (31)
Good Vegetarian Options (30)
Happy Hour (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
People Watching (24)
Waterfront (20)
Late-night Find (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Great for Lunch (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Local Ingredients (12)
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Tasting Menu (12)
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Sunday Lunch (10)
Seasonal (9)
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Disabled Access (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Scenic View (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Tapas (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Great Beer (4)
Live Sports (4)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Yoshi’s is the perfect venue to have dinner and see your favorite artist perform. I appreciate that our table was ready when we arrived. The seating in the dining area allows for nice views of Jack London square. The occasional Amtrak that passes by is very unobtrusive if your in deep conversation. The staff will keep your table clear at all times and make you feel right at home. Best to not fill up on dinner as there is an interesting assortment of desserts to choose from. The beauty of Yoshi’s is that if you are seeing a show and having dinner, you can request your show seating while checking in for dinner, two birds with one stone. Always a good time.

Tags: Waterfront, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, People Watching, Spicy, Live Music, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

It was my first time eating and attending a show. I totally enjoyed it tremendously and will certainly be attending again. Thank you so very much!

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

I love going to Yoshi's for the live entertainment. I have never been disappointed and the food is very good. There's a little something there for everybody. The staff is very helpful and transition you from dinner to the live shows very orderly. Everyone was very professional. It is an experience that makes you want to come back.

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Professional staff. Great Food, great time. Nice seating and great show.

Tags: Cozy, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We came for a birthday and saw a show there as well. We had been there several weeks before and had a handcrafted cocktail that the server did not know. She went to the bar and inquired with the bartender to see what it was. They were able to replicate the drink and the food was great. We also had great seats for the show! Will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Restaurant and music venue are very tight. No privacy

Tags: Live Music, Quick Bite
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·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful service as always
Yoshi’s is the best!! Thank you for making it a special night!!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was okay, and overpriced. Sashimi was worth.

Shrimp tempura wasn't crunchy or flaky, and neither was the tofu starter.

The Japonese roll was solid, but price and quantity make it an okay item.

Seaweed salad wasn't bad.

Finished the meal in 30 minutes but waited 20 to pay and get the check.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Love, Love, Love Yoshi's! Had an awesome dinner, staff is so nice and helpful! Watched a great show, seating arrangements made by staff while you dine. Could not ask for a better dinner and musical entertainment venue!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Fun
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·Dined 6 days ago

We dined before the LaToya London concert and the evening was simply amazing. Good food, ambiance and customer service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Seated and served promptly. Meal and service were very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

I have been going here for years, the food is consistently good, but the service is very inconsistent. I don’t think I will be eating dinner here again. For the price of the food, the service has to be better.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Organic, Business Meals, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great meal and great show at a great location.
We had the vegetable tempura, grilled salmon, 49ers roll, california roll, and a few other dishes. Everything was wonderful, plus eating dinner at Yoshi's got us reserved seats for the music event.
We really enjoyed the Pacific Mamba Orchestra. Great horns, drums, singers, and piano player.
Over 20 people on stage at one time but they all worked together. What a wonderful night of food and music.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This was a special occasion dinner so the table location was perfect, and guests loved the menu and wine list. Oysters and hamachi were standouts as appetizers; we had a big group, so got to sample a delicious sauvignon blanc, Malbec, and sparkling wine. Yoshi's was also very helpful reserving seating for the show, which was amazing.

Overall, Yoshi's was great, and I would definitely return for a dinner and show. In the future I might opt to do appetizers and drinks beforehand (we got to the performance a bit late while waiting for the check) and a full dinner after, or have dinner before a later performance (10pm instead of 8pm). Yoshi's is an Oakland gem!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fun, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

We went there for a show Cornell CC Carter and had dinner it was awesome the food was amazing but a bit pricy.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Waitress was exceptional and excellent. It would be a pleasure to have her at every visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years eve

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is our favorite restaurant in Oakland. We come here quite often and love that it accommodates us both, being a vegan/carnivore couple. Service has always been great. We appreciated that even their New Year's pre-fix menu had vegan/vegetarian option that was actually $30 less than the regular menu.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Live Music, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Yoshi’s is a great restaurant. Both times I’ve gone I’ve also had tickets to a show (Brian McKnight August 2017 and Goapele December 2017). The servers are great at reserving your seats for the show. The earlier you get to dinner, the better your seats will be for the show. It was a preset dinner menu on NYE but most of the options were good. Overall it’s a nice place wth great windows. The train passes by but that’s a minor noise factor. The restaurant plays house music but it was so loud on NYE we couldn’t really hear it. If I’m in Oakland again, I will definitely go back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Dined here with friends for NYE. Their pre fixe menu was decently priced and sushimi was fresh! They seemed pretty organized. Only con was the soy sauce was depleted.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Yoshi’s provided a fantastic dining experience before a beautiful show. The reason I give it 4/5 overall is docked for “Ambiance” because the speakers in the show room need work. We were sitting in the third row on the left, and the bass was muddy and too loud.
Yoshi’s is still a great venue for a fine dinner and a show.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a wonderful time at Yoshi's. The food was delicious and the service was great. We had dinner before seeing the Goapele show and were able to get reserved seats for the show in the 2nd row. I would definitely recommend Yoshi's for the food, service and, if you are seeing a show after dinner, for the reserved seating.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Atmosphere is sophisticated,fused with traditional Japanese. Great live music and performances from various legendary and talented artists.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Come for Goapole's show. Made dinner reservations to get reserved seats. The host was very rude, impatient, and unfriendly. Bad first impression. However, the waiter was awesome!

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Live Music, Romantic, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Yoshi’s is a favorite. Excellent food, which comes out quickly, and the service was incredible.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Authentic, Live Music, Waterfront, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The sea bass was delicious. I always love the Brussels sprouts as well.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We enjoyed the Great Food, great atmosphere and great people.

Tags: Fun, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Dinner is a loud and fun time, food was excellent, but the music volume made conversations slightly strained. Do go and enjoy yourself though!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Love Love Love this place, the food was amazing and seasoned perfect. The Beef Scewers are bomb. Had my birthday dinner then saw Goapele perform. If you eat before the show they will sit you in front of the stage and reserve it for you and your group. Great food

Tags: Great for Lunch, Organic, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, People Watching, Bar Seating, Casual, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Live Music, Business Meals, Romantic, Vegan, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

It has been awhile since I’ve been to Yoshi’s and was really impressed with the quality of the food. We saw a very good show and the seating, because we had dinner was excellent

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Just OK Japanese food at really stellar music club. Would probably just eat in the lounge next time.

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Waiter wasn't very attentive, forgot my drink, called another waiter for assistance and he seemed like we were disturbing him. The waiter came back to check up on us when we were almost done with our food, the multiple times we needed her prior she was not present. Definitely did not have a good experience first time dining at Yoshi's.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Yoshi’s used to be a LOT more cutting edge and reliably excellent. I have been dining here before shows for years, and this year has felt like a decline. I am a lifetime restaurant pro, and it feels as though they no longer have a real chef in the kitchen, and standards have slipped. We ordered a Spider Roll and it came to us cold; I am certain the softshell crab had been fried much earlier and then made into a roll when we ordered it. You could feel and taste congealed fryer oil, it was inedible. Mgmt did remove the charge, and replaced it with another roll. It was OK, nothing more. I love getting good seats for the music by getting a table at the restaurant first; maybe next time only an appetizer or 2 instead of a full dinner. Way too expensive to be only mediocre. Still superior service, however. Kudos for that.

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The best thing about Yoshi's is the music! The performance, like many I've been to, was incredible. I ordered Sushi, it was good but not special. It lacked the creativity that some restaurants in the Bay Area offer. The service was simply poor. The food came out in very random order. The Miso soup never made it to the table, and I had to ask about it most of the way through the meal. The beef skewers appetizer never came, despite me reminding the waiter half-way through the meal, and we just ended up cancelling the order. I ordered an extra Sake cup, that was delivered about 25 minutes later...

Since I really like the music, in the future, I will probably have dinner somewhere else, and just go for the performance.

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Meal and service were very good. We were seated right away. Everyone in our party enjoyed everything.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Bland all around. Poor unfriendly service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Not very good. Quite sadly.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The only reason to go to this restaurant is to secure decent reserved seating at the performances. This restaurant is not worth the price point as it's quite expensive for the chintzy quantity.

The tartare was barely a shareable size and oversalted! Having eaten Japanese cuisine my entire life, the cold soba noodles portion size was downright insulting. Do NOT bother to order this dish; it is NOT entree size and it costs $18! The saving grace of this restaurant is the outstanding server and the decent quality of the cocktails. Kudos to the bartender and to our server.

We frequent several restaurants at the same price point as Yoshi's that offer more refined Japanese/Asian fusion cuisine. This restaurant has so much potential if the back of the house would chill out on the salt and increase the quantity size by 25%, except increase the portion size on the noodles by 50% minimum. Maybe the saltiness levels are intentional so we order more cocktails?

Some highpoints: the visually pleasing food presentations will not disappoint. The calamari was fried to perfection and still soft, tender and temperature hot when presented at our table. It was truly a high point of our meal.

So this restaurant is more for the convenience and the reserved seating benefit. And eat at home before going to this restaurant!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Went with our family with three generations in attendance and all of us had a great time! Children offering was great and the adults were able to have some great food and sake.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great Venue. Yoishi's never disappoints. I will be back soon!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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