Yoshi's Oakland

4.4
5571 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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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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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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Father’s Day, food and drinks were good. Had a very pleasant experience

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Our server was sooo suave , sooo professional and understood the menu items. He clearly spoke knowlegably when asked about drinks and entree items Yay, Oakland!!!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I LOVE COMING TO YOSHI'S, ITS ALWAYS A PLEASANT ATMOSPHERE..

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We had dinner and went for the Lyfe Jennings show; both were great. The service at the show was a little lacking, but, overall, it was a good time, the food was delicious and the service in the restaurant was great. I will definitely recommend and be back!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We attended many concerts at Yoshi’s and always make reservations for dinner. I am a vegetarian and would like to have more vegetarian options rather than fried veggies and or spicy veggies. Other than that I love Yoshi’s.. it’s great

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Try the Spicy Tuna & rhe 49'er Rolls, they are excellent!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

My wife and I came in from about forty miles away to see Elvin Bishop. We had dinner before hand and the food was excellent! Appetizers were incredible, (beef skewers). the entrees, salmon and rib eye steak were perfect. Our waiter, Ben, was very cordial and recommended the salmon to my wife, who was having a bit of difficulty deciding on dinner. Ben also reserved our table for the concert, (front row, about five feet away from the band). This was great, although there are no bad seats here.
Definitely a great time, and we've been here for dinner and concerts before, but this was the best!

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We we're disappointed with the very slow service - up to and including getting the check.
Sorry - we are loyal Yoshi's guests, and we're sadly disappointed with our last visit.

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The bar was backed up so we got our "before dinner" drinks half way through the meal. There were four of us dining. The fourth entree came after three of us finished our meal. Not a good experience

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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

stringy hamachi sashimi. loud. Only eat at Yoshi's to get reserved seats for show.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Yoshi's Japanese restaurant has delicious Japanese food, the service is excellent, and the waitresses and waiters are friendly and helpful. Yoshi's is also a jazz club, and if you have dinner at the restaurant you automatically have the best reserved seats for the jazz shows. A perfect evening is dinner and a night of fine jazz music in the same venue. You can also order food and drinks within the jazz club, but you don't get preferred seating.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

I usually eat here before one of their amazing jazz shows. Service tonight was pretty slow for a 50% full restaurant. Reservations at 6:15, show at 8. Barely made it in time. They’re usually better.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Meal and service were good. Enjoyed the show there after dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

We took our cousin who lives in Berlin for dinner and live music. We all enjoyed our evening a great deal and would love to do it all over again the next time she visits with us. Yoshi's is a great experience.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Wonderful evening, food is consistently outstanding.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

I LOVE Yoshi’s!!! I have been coming to Yoshi’s for years and the food, atmosphere and shows are still outstanding!!!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Good food and great service. Recommend eating there before watching a concert to get decent seats.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We dine and go to the show there approx 6-8 times a year.. the food is great.. the shows are very nice.. the only thing about the dining ( for 2) is that the tables are very cramped ( unless we are fortunate enough to get a booth area) which is a bit better.. if the food all comes at once .. there is no room on the table.. I ask to spread the meal service out.. that seems to help.. last time I forgot to ask at the moment we ordered and it was too late to change .. so said our server.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Our Family regularly looks forward to Yoshi Venues, and we always plan
dinner beforehand. Bar/ Dinner Staff are exceptional (&)accommodating.
EugeGroove is an outstanding artist. Our only improvement would be
that the Concert open seating not be S-O-O close . Thanks for a great
evening.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Having dinner at Yoshi’s before our jazz concert was the perfect night out. The food was delicious, and came out of the kitchen very quickly. The server was great, and we all appreciated the lovely booth reserved for us for our show while we were having dinner.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We were there to see the Count Basie Orchestra with friends. The seating was arranged well,
the meal was good, the wait staff was attentive and efficient, the band was outstanding and so we had a good time. It doesn't get much better than that. We'll be back.
Cheers,
Tony

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Night out with Wifey, everything perfect as usual although this is the first time our server was maybe overwhelmed forgot we asked for wine had to ask for forks was not available when we asked for something we needed, he could have paid better attention to us which your restaurant has always done when we dine there.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Yoshi's is my go to place for special occasions. The food is always great and the service friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We love to have dinner at Yoshi's before a show. It's great food and drinks and you can reserve your seats early.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The three of us have eaten at Yoshi's many, many times. We have never had a less than perfect food item served to us! Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Excellent service are you friendly atmosphere awesome

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The food was fantastic, as usual. The timing was way off. We placed our order and my roll instantly appeared! I thought it must be a mistake. A minute later our salad came. I had to ask for our drinks. Finally, my partners roll arrived. Lastly the drinks. A little more attention on the meal timing is needed.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Yoshi's is one of our favorite restaurants.
We love the performances and the dinner before the performance.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Yoshi's is a music venue with a restaurant, or vice versa. Either way you look at it, or choose to partake, of one or both venues together, it makes for a great experience. The music venue is jazz and the restaurant serves an interesting and enjoyable Japanese style menu. A meal at the restaurant before a show is recommended. The server will get your seats saved in the music venue while you dine, giving you the best vantage point to the stage. This saves you from rushing and hunting for a seat. Show your ticket and in return you will get a table number and seat map from the server. There are ushers to direct you as well within the performance area. The size of the show area is sized so that most seating has a very good vantage point to the stage. It is only a matter of how close you want to be to the stage. The sound system is excellent. You can hear voice and music equally well. There is a single item purchase requirement when attending the performance, whether you dine in the restaurant or not. There is a multi-story parking lot just around the corner with an attendant at the exit. You must pay your parking at a self-serve kiosk before going to your car. Yoshi's will validate your parking ticket providing you a discount on the total parking fee. Go to Yoshi's calendar, find performance to see, enjoy a great meal, and be part of the culture of Oakland.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Other than the noise level, our dinner was great. Our waiter was excellent!!! The show was very funny. Very enjoyable evening

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2018

I love Yoshi's for the music. the convenience of having a table ready for you once inside the venue is the bonus to eating there. But, I feel that the menu is very limited and do not understand why the burger is not served in the main restaurant. it's one of the best things on the menu. I would go to Yoshi's more if they simply offered the Burger. It can't be that hard.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

We were provided a complimentary dessert as a acknowledgement of our 26th wedding anniversary! Sinbad was excellent and our seating was right in the front! He was very respectful and funny! Recommending to others for sure.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The food was very good and testy. All the servers and helpers were quick and polite. My blonde server with her "baby bump", I forgot her name but she impressed my table with food selection and especially the drink selection. The three of us were about to order the Sake sampler. Her suggestion to enjoy the Sophisticated Lady was right on! Because of this another order of the Sophisticated Lady was purchased during the Sinbad show.

Also, worth mentioning was the rapid correction of one of our dinner orders by the same waitress.

This total dinner experience made our nite very special.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Mixed drinks were not that great.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

FAST & awesome service!! Perfect place for any occasion; Must have the calamri!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Nice Japanese restaurant near Jack London Square with a variety of both sushi and hot dishes - flavors and prep always very good. For best seats, definitely eat there if you are attending a show at their great music venue.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I brought in a birthday cake the day before our reservation,to surprise my sister. When we arrived, I reminded the hostess about the “surprise cake” and she very loudly confirmed the details w my sister standing right there.
Then the waiter brought dessert menus after dinner because apparently, he also didn’t know about the cake and I had to tell him about it in front of the table.
Such a simple service ask to bring a surprise birthday cake to the table after dinner. So Yoshi’s disappointed on both the loud hostess and unaware server front. However, the waiter was a sweet guy besides the cake problem. Just disappointing given that I chose to bring the cake in a day early to surprise my sister.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary with great food and entertainment (SHO). We've done this in past years at Yoshi's. Our waitperson Steven was excellent! Thanks.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food was very good, as usual, and quite interesting. We had sushi rolls and other small and mid-size plates. Unfortunately, our waiter was not very good. Extremely slow in the beginning (we waited a least 10 minutes before he showed up), another 10 minutes for wine service, with excuses, constant promises that he would return to the table very quickly (my favorite was the 30 second promise that turned into 5 minutes), etc. Disappointing, especially considering the place was less than 1/2 full.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Loved the sushi. Our waiter was the best. Thank you

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