Yoshi's Oakland

4.5
5741 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese
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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
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Phone number
(510) 238-9200
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington
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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.
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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.
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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.

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r
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very nice meal and service was also good.
Great for pre-show dining.

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TG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love Yoshi's! If you are going for a show be sure to make dinner reservations and enjoy the evening!

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

Outstanding meal coupled with outstanding service. The restaurant was packed early on due to the upcoming show. Everything was organized, and we just had the best time. The shrimp & scallop fritter tempura was particularly memorable as was the Sea Bass dish. Yum!!!!

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

Everything was fresh and prepared very well except spinach salad which was over dressed. Waiter did not ask for dressing to be served on the side. Great date dinner as we enjoyed food and drinks and had no problem hearing ourselves. Both the cod and sea bass were perfect.
Recommended!

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AE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always to go out on a nice date and take in a show at Yoshi's. The food is excellent and I absolutely love the ambiance. Thank you

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Maysa was an outstanding show. Food was good but the waitress was beside herself this time. Nice person, tried hard, but missed on a couple of important things. Gave us 2 menus with different prices for the same item. Of course, we were told the higher price was the correct price. She missed on giving us silverware for main course and dessert. I used the sticks throughout but my friends were not happy trying to navigate the chopsticks. Then when dessert came he women did not have spoons to share in what the men ordered. Then she said stay, no rush, doors to the show open at 7:30 show starts at 8. I decided to get up at 7:31 as she asked if we wanted another round of coffee. We went in at 7:32, the show started at 7:30 on the nose! Actually if there was another venue like Yoshis in Oakland, I would give Yoshis a rest for a while after that mix-up.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Preconcert dinner.

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Was a beautiful Friday night and even though my date was running late they held a table for me which was very nice. Was expecting a little more from the menu but what we did get was amazing. It was a little more expensive than I had anticipated but pretty much on par with other restaurants of that caliber in the area. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed dinner prior to attending the Maysa Show. I do look forward to dinner at this location. The food is always fresh and tasty.

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SJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The size of the serving was a nice portion but the food was just OK.

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XW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great entree for a show at their music venue. Show your tickets and you get priority service and they hold your seats. It makes for an overall good time out.

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E
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of favorite restaurant for great music and amazing food! I enjoy the ambience and their outstanding musical lineup!

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F
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

it was fine as we were there to see a show. Food was good but pricey for what we got

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for fine food along with entertainment that always have quality sounds.

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W
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great until the end. Service and food was excellent. Coffee and dessert, not so much. Cold coffee and mediocre dessert created a disappointing ending to an otherwise great meal.

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AI
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The waiter in the showroom was not paying attention. Could not remember our drinks, tried to take more tip money then he deserved. I hope that staffers are testes for drug use. This guy was out of it, and again, when I asked him for our change, he said he did not remember where we sat. I used to be a waitress, so I know all the tricks. I never stole money from a customer, and I hope that this is not your policy. Also, my Salmon was undercooked, and I became quite ill the next day. Not fun!!!! I only go to this place because of the entertainment. Otherwise, I would have to be crazy to come to Oakland. Also, I could not be seated until 5 pm, and there was chaos at the front desk. Check people in at 4:30 to 5, because no one knew at Yoshi's how to manage people. What a dump!!!!

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really good. The ambiance was a perfect setting for getting together with friends, and the best part was getting great seating for the concert that we were looking forward to - Sergio Mendes! Overall, a very enjoyable evening. We've been here several times and have always had a great time.

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L
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible service. Dined here before a concert in order to get good seats. Yoshi’s sat everyone else who didn’t dine with them in front of us. We were last row. What’s the point in dining before a concert if you’re just going to seat everyone else in front of us? Service was extremely slow too. It took almost 20 min for anyone to even acknowledge us at our table. Would not dine here again.

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I was looking forward to a spicy tuna sushi thatYoshi’s makes, and I was disappointed they changed their menu and no longer offer it. It would be great if they could put it back on the menu or offer it to customers that request it.

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DJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My wife and I enjoy going out to Yoshi's to dine and love the show venue and artists that perform. Highly recommend

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VP
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love that Yoshis has great food and drinks and the concert venue for after dinner entertainment.

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PG
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dish that I had was absolutely amazing. I had the Oakland A's and would recommend that dish and any other at Yoshi's. We flew to Oakland from Los Angeles to see one of their fabulous shows and to dine at Yoshi's. Fantastic neighborhood Hidden Gem. We will go again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out!

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A
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Yoshi's use to one of the better sushi restaurants. It's now average, maybe a bit above. What made the evening, was the show we saw after dinner. I wouldn't just go here for the sushi. Quality average and over priced. Two of the 3 Sushi chefs were marginal as to creativity and presentation. Fish was fresh.

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S
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect if you are going to the show after your meal. Very good if you like Sushi!

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t
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent, but the service was lackluster. Server Francisco was an inattentive automaton. There were 2 guys delivering food who kept messing up both our order and those around us. There didn't appear to be any management to oversee the room and this chaos.

Also, after the show, which got out before 10, many attendees were dismayed to find the bar was closed.

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E
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter excellent in clarifying menu and offering suggestions. Food was served hot and in reasonable timeframe. Great atmosphere

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L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and amazing concert! Great service.

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TC
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We were there for a 5:00p 1st seating reservation, planning for a 6:00p meet and greet with Bobby Caldwell. We had to stand in line to get seated for 20+ minutes. Waited for anther 20+ minutes to order. The food was overpriced and way too salty.

Our recommendation is have dinner somewhere else before seeing a show at Yoshi’s.

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j
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food; a bit pricey but worth it. We always dine there when we have tickets to any of the exceptional list of performers at Yoshi’s. Top drawer!

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KM
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We've been to Yoshi's many, many times prior to a show. The food and service has always been very good. This last visit was disappointing. Service was slower than usual (we did have a new server) but the food coming out of the kitchen was very spotty. Two of our party ordered the cold soba noodles. One of them got their order fairly quickly. But she was almost through with her meal before the rest of us got our items. That is an uncoordinated kitchen. I would also say that the food wasn't up to usual Yoshi's quality.

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L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jack was an amazing server! Food is excellent and the entertainers are awesome! We love coming here especially to see some of the old Motown groups. The venue is perfect. You can see and hear everything. It’s intimate

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BL
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I came in from Las Vegas to see Roy Ayers, my friend had a chance to see his old friend from 50 years ago... They played jazz together, John Patton, they shared memories after show...

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E
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Good selection of cooked dishes and the sushi is always good. We had the Scallops in plum sauce. Their was plentiful with 5 Scallops. The Yellow tail imPinging sauce was quite good. Just enough sauce, fresh lime and mango, yum.
The waiter Michael talked way too much and needs to listen more. But he was a nice well intentioned fellow

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BJ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My goal was to attend a concert at Yoshi''s. We decided to eat there to save time and travel. Our Server was very pleasant and helpful with describing different dishes and helping us choose the appropriate ones. We were celebrating a Birthday and they did comp us a dessert.
We were pleasantly surprised with the food. We especially liked the Kobe beef skewers and brussel sprouts.
The prices were a bit high. I would return if there is another concert I am interested in.

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CR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Felt like too many people were jammed into the restaurant; seating was squished; hard to hear

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R
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love Yoshi's excellent Japanese food. Dinner in the dining room gets you priority seating in the adjacent jazz club. The restaurant and the cabaret together are a Bay Area treasure. Go there!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Went here on 8/27/18 Had the Rainbow, Spider, Rock'n'roll, Vegetable Tempura. The tempura was great. Rolls not so great. Freshness and flavors were good, but the rice was SOGGY on all the rolls. It was the consistency of really thick oatmeal. Rice had no bite, just mushy. I just don't understand how none of the sushi preparers did not notice it.

After dinner went to see the show and the sound guy sucked. The mics were on too low in the beginning and squealing feedback the rest of the show. Lighting poor for photos unless you were sitting front an center. No video or flashes allowed. It would have been nice to at least take a photo of the artists doing their thing.

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CB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was impressive for being the 1st timer- food was good, service was fast & servers were attentive.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Yoshi's. Great service (thanks, Jack) and delicious food. A little pricey for the neighborhood but always consistant. We usually do the show and dinner. Just so easy. We have been going for years. Always a favorite.

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