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.
Oakland, CA 94607
Hours of Operation:
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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
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
Dining room is beautiful, but tables are packed closely and it is very noisy and hard to hold a conversation or hear wait staff.
Food is delicious. It is a bit pricy but not over the top. We went there to eat before a concert.
The concert was good but super loud where we were sitting (over 105 db according to our cell phone apps). The concert was a sell out, We had booth seating, which is more comforable than the cabaret chairs, but with 5 plus size people in the booth it was very cramped, and leg room was non-existant. The venue is small and intimate so you are really close to the artists.
We really enjoyed all of the food we ordered - shrimp tempura and sushi rolls were all good and the nigiri were really great! My only negative was the music being played in the restaurant was too loud -- made it difficult to interact with our server at times.
The food at Yoshi's was exceptional, and they were accommodating when we asked to change our seat away from the window because it was cold.
The wait people were attentive and concerned with our experience.
The one negative is that from time to time the music would get very loud, but then would get quiet again.
Very efficient wait staff who got our food out quickly so we could see the show.
Food, as usual, very good.
only complaint is that the noise level is way high. I would call it cacophony rather than "energetic".
hard to hear our table mates and tables very close together.
To be honest, the only reason we eat at Yoshi's is to get a better table for the live music shows. The sushi is not very inventive, although it is fresh. The sauces are quite spicy, which we don't like. The menu is small, very few choices outside of the sushi. The one standout item on the menu is the miso caesar salad, which is excellent. The service is not particularly good, although I realize they are making sure we get our meals before the show begins. Also cocktails are not very cold.
We went for dinner before a show. I was concerned because it seemed so busy when we we arrived and there was a line for check in. But things moved rather quickly. Our server was very helpful and gave great suggestions for drinks and food. Each dish was good looking and very tasty! And we were exactly on time for our show.
I like that we had assigned seats to our concert since we were having dinner at Yoshi's. But it would have been better if we got priority seats in the front section. We got seated in table 48 all squeezed together and the waiters would bump into my chair suggesting me to move....what? Not cool!
Everything was good except for when I went to pay for our dinner. The waiters and manager lied and said that they were running my bank card which kept declining. When I contacted my bank Wells Fargo was informed that the card had not been ran through the system for Yoshi's. I ended by using the ATM inside of Yoshi's to pay for our dinner.
The waiters and the manager were very unkind to me when it came to me paying for my dinner. On top of this it took 30 minutes for me to pay for our dinner which cost us to be 20 minutes late for the show of El Debarge at Yoshi's. We will only attend the Yoshi's in San Francisco going forward.
primarily went as seeing an act at the adjoining jazz club. Food is fairly good. Service was at best average. Because they are pushing customers through to meet the show deadline the staff are at full stretch. We waited a long time between starter and mains, had to chase for a second drink and then ask again - still slow in coming. Considering we were having sashimi as main, which is not exactly challenging for a Japanese restaurant, it was surprising it was slow. This said the Fish was good. We made the mistake of ordering a dessert (Creme Brûlée) which was poor. Ordered with 20 minutes to spare and it arrived with about 2 minutes to eat it before having to go into the show. Given the brûlée was already made it either needed to br brought more quickly or the server should have advised against it given the time delays. If you are going to the venue for a show then I would recommend as a reasonable place for dinner and makes an overall nice night. Arrive with plenty of time if you don't want to rush your meal or just do one or two courses. If you like Japanese and are in Oakland then again not a bad choice but if you are looking for a special dining experience then probably wouldn't be my first choice.
Whenever we see a show at Yoshi's we have dined at the restaurant. In the past, the food and service were very good. Unfortunately, this was not the case this time. After enjoying some wine and appetizers, my guests and I placed our dinner orders. Liking sushi and sashimi, I ordered a couple of different raw fish dishes as my entree. My guests all ordered hot items. Clearly, despite our various entree choices, we all intended to eat our dinners together. Instead, within minutes, my sushi and sashimi began to arrive. I explained to the food runner, who happened to be the host, that we were eating together. The runner/host asked me if I had told our server that I wanted my sushi and sashimi prepared and delivered at the same time as my guests hot meals. I was astounded that she felt the burden was on me to explain to our server that we wished to dine together. Rather than concede the server's error, she suggested that the error was mine. I finally convinced her that she would need to take the sushi and sashimi back and deliver a fresh order at the time the hot food was ready. All good, right? Not so fast. We then waited nearly 40 minutes for our entrees to arrive, even though the restaurant and our server knew we were going to the show. It was too bad that the host and the dining room undermined the kitchen's performance. Nevertheless, we left a 20% tip.