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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Thanks for celebrating NYE with us! Our chefs Victor Reyes and Haru Sato created an elaborate and delicious 5-course prix fixe menu. Please check our website for the NYE menu. Due to the special ingredients and planning necessary for this menu, credit card number are required to hold reservations.

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

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (165)
Good for a Date (129)
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Special Occasion (85)
Fun (73)
Worth the Drive (73)
Good for Anniversaries (70)
Creative Cuisine (69)
Good for Birthdays (66)
Good for Groups (66)
Fit for Foodies (62)
Hot Spot (60)
Casual (59)
Romantic (55)
Bar Seating (50)
Authentic (49)
Healthy (49)
Vibrant Bar Scene (43)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Happy Hour (33)
Good Vegetarian Options (28)
Cozy (27)
Business Meals (25)
People Watching (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Waterfront (18)
Comfort Food (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Late-night Find (14)
Organic (12)
Seasonal (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Scenic View (10)
Disabled Access (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Spicy (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Tapas (8)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
Vegan (4)
Live Sports (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Eat before you attend a concert here! Service is poor and food is tasteless!

Tags: Live Music
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·Dined 2 days ago

I've been to Yoshi's many times and it's always great. Our server wasn't the best. Given that we were there for a 10pm show, we arrived at 830 for dinner. Didn't get to place our order til 850 and by time food came we had to rush and eat before the show started. Ticket came at 955. Didn't get any refills on our water, even though he kept saying he was coming back with it. Made it to the show at 1002, the act was already on the stage. I have been here many times and had no issues before. I usually try to be on my seat 10 mins before the act begins but I due to this server, we were made late.

Tags: Business Meals, Live Music, Healthy, Bar Seating, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent sushi and sashimi prepared fresh, as you would expect. Dining is casual and usually fairly load during dinner hours. Dinner choices are varied and very well done. I had the 'High Note' plate of sushi and sashimi, the 'Snow Monkey', and the beet salad. The salad was somewhat uninspired by tasty thanks to their dressing.
I had tickets to their jazz performance that evening and it is THE way to go. Check in with the restaurant desk, show them your tickets, and they will reserve a seat(s) for you while you dine. Your service person will deliver a general 'map' of the show seating with your reserved location. You might not think that this service has a high value until you're seated and watching couples or groups trying to find open seats. The food is excellent but is more enjoyable knowing that having to find a a table in the theatre is not your next problem.
If there's one issue, its the wine list. I can appreciate paying a premium for a glass of my choice with dinner, but paying more for a glass of mainstream wine than the bottle would cost across the street at BevMo. For such a stellar menu, Yoshi's deserves the option of either new and different wine choices or 'mainstream' prices for 'mainstream' wines. I could have paid $10 more for an unknown wine presumably more interesting, but, given the wine-pricing format, I could risk over-paying for an unremarkable wine.
Overall, excellent in food choices, preparation, service, and ambiance. Don't expect to be impressed with the wines.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined 4 days ago

Rare treasure bringing the best jazz performers in the world combined with a fine dining experience in one place!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

went there to see the New York Voices who were appearing the night of Dec 10th. They were amazing. Enjoyed my dinner. I had the Seabass Good value, nice portion but sauce could have been a bit more interesting. My buddy had the pork chop. A little over cooked but again portion was well worth it. Service was very good, being in the industry myself I was highly impress. Will be back for both dinner and show

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Casual
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·Dined 7 days ago

Over the years I have been to Yoshi's and I am pleased to see that it has remained a hot spot to dine & see great musicians perform in an intimate venue. I am always looking on the calendar to see upcoming performers. Keiko has been on the top of my list since i first heard her music. I will be looking forward to seeing her again when b she returns in 2018.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 7 days ago

Came for the concert following the dinner. The dinner experience was not worth the money. The food was alright for what it was, but the timing was rather delayed - especially between dishes. The restaurant claims to be “family style” so that everyone dines on a dish at once; and the dishes come out sporadically. This is likely so they dont have to worry about bringing everyone’s meal out at once as we were waiting between 20 and 30 minutes per dish.

Many of the servers seemed lost and unsure of where orders would go.

Not worth attending for the allegedly reserved and planned seating at the concert - as our seats were still in the back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Our waiter was very pleasant but slow. He was attending to too many tables. The food was just okay. Not authentic Japanese. It is often better to keep the fish simple. They try to add too much to a dish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

The food is consistent. Just wish they can do better job to accommodate dietary restrictions. Thank you.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Yoshi's is our "go to" spot whenever we come to Oakland for our date night. We arrived a little early, on a busy night. But, we were seated immediately! Our server was most attentive, as well as the rest of the wait staff. The Miso Caesar Salad could have been a meal by itself. Family style dining makes for a nice experience, allowing all at the table to enjoy meal options.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Arrived at 7:45 for dinner before a 9:30 show ( Keiko Matsui/Euge Groove great show). Our dinner was not at our table at 9:10. We had ordered a small sake and an order of sushi while waiting for our food. I cancelled dinner because we would have to eat very quickly and that didn’t seem right. They cancelled with no problem but did charge for the above mentioned items. I feel the least they could have done was comp us because we arrived on time for our reservation and yet did not receive dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

A bit loud.
The hostess did a great job fulfillling our request for a booth for the Euge Groove concert. Many thanks to her!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We were a tad bit late for our reservation and they were very cordial and accommodating.
Food was excellent and timely! Very professional staff and friendly.
Great time!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food is outstanding and the service even better

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Way too expensive for the food portions and quality!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

As always, Yoshi's was excellent! Great food, great music, great service! It's why we keep coming back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Fun, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We love Yoshi's, and the food was good as always. Service was fast last time, but very slow this time. It took the server 15 minutes just to say hi and another 15 before our cocktails appeared.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We have tried Yoshi's several times and honestly not sure we'll return. We arrived well before the concert we were attending so we could have a leisurely dinner. The food comes out when it's ready - which on the good side means it's not sitting on a counter. However, if the waiter says she/he is going to pace the items going in so they don't all come out at once....that won't happen. They'll come when they are ready. So unless you only order an item / course at a time, it's not going to be leisurely no matter what the person tells you. Although the waitstaff has always been pleasant and professional and seem to be running here/there working hard, just think this is a high volume place that makes it difficult for these folks. On each visit, there was something that went wrong. This time, ice bucket never came for wine bottle and one of our entrees never showed up. We told the person to cancel and as we were getting ready to go to the concert, it appeared. The food is certainly ok (we had edamame, salads and sashimi), for the price expected a bit better. We used to think that they gave preferential seating to diners, but our seat was in the back row (even though we arrived a little over 2 hours early).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very good food
We had reservation to the show and they took care of our seats and it was great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Yoshi’s is up and down with their experience. Prior to this they had been up, but fell short of my expectations this time. I had reservations for 2. I was seated at 6:04pm and in 35 minutes I had only received water and no service, not even a cocktail order. After becoming HANGRY...we waved down a server from a different section and told him we had been waiting for so long and noticed people who came in after us had received drinks and appetizers while we had yet to be greeted. Finally our server shows up and only made up the differerence by giving us 1 free dessert on a 100.00 bill. To boot I had show tickets with hopes of good seating at the show and still ended up one row from back of the room. Seriously Yoshi’s you need to do better. If you can’t do better from the start at least figure out how to recover.
Sad!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great place to eat and venue for great music. Timely and courteous service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

our server was AWESOME and put up with my picky requests with a smile! food was tasty as usual. But really we loved our waitress -- she was the best!

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Portions have gotten MUCH smaller... Noise level has gotten louder... concert hall is VERY, VERY cramped seating.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Went to see Lani Hall and Herb Alpert. Our waiter, Jack, was great! Well run establishment.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

If Yoshi's did not have a music venue I would not be dining there due to the fact that there are other choices nearby with waterfront dining. The restaurant is a little overpriced for me but it is still a great venue that has a long history at Jack London Square and with the music shows, it is a fantastic spot to enjoy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We have to drive about 1 1/2 hours to get to Yoshi’s...so when we come up for shows, it’s always natural to eat there as well...we always have great time there...service is better than ever, food is Always interesting and innovative...and delicious...great bar...and then in to see a great show!...it’s not easy for us, but we come up at least 2-3 times a year...and always have been super happy with everything!...thanks for maintaining such a high quality experience for so many years...

Tags: Live Music, Spicy, Hot Spot
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food was outstanding! Service was very good. We always eat there before the Jazz Show

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We had to wait 20-30 minutes for our order to be taken. My wife ordered a beer that never got delivered. The waiter blamed it on a new keg. Our food took a long time to be served and our water glasses never got refilled. The food was great once delivered but we were rushing to make the show.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great Japanese food and sushi. Service was excellent. Attended a great concert in their attached jazz club. Highly recommended night out on the town.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent service at Yoshi's; food is fabulous. We enjoyed a tasty meal with excellent server (Francisco) in a no rush environment before going to the 8 p.m. show.
Benefit of eating there, as well, is that we got excellent seats for the show afterwards. Thanks so much for a pleasant evening!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Although this is a restaurant that is used to large crowds for concerts, the staff seemed unprepared. They kept trying to bring us food we didn't order. And, or Server didn't check on us once.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

As always EXCELLENT. You cannot go wrong with Yoshis!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Live Music, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Healthy, Quick Bite, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I’ve been coming here for concerts a few times in the past year. The food is asian fusion the gindara was tasty and the sushi sashimi was okay. The specials does not change much. I would like to see more seasonal type of dishes with the Asian fusion twist. Also, maybe a southern spin on some of the dishes that recognizes the season.

Tags: Live Music
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

thanks to all of you ! Keep up the good work !
happy holidays!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Exceptional! Loved our experience! Thoroughly enjoyed our show and meal. Cannot say enough about the beautiful dining experience.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Customer service is out the window. The waiter barely checked on us and they were not clear about where our seats were going to be even though we were the first ones to arrive for the show

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great Food!! and Great performances by some of the world's renowed jazz performers!! I have always experienced exceptional customer service and professionalism by the restaurant and jazz club staff at Yoshi's until Sunday night, December 3. We were very disappointed in the jazz club staff on this occasion because they lost our seat reservations for the Johnathan Butler jazz performance at the 7p show. Opportunity abounds for improving communication between staff in Yoshi's Club and who were finger pointing on Friday night. More importantly, customers impacted by staff mistakes should be given a concession such as complimentary drinks, appetizers or even tickets to another jazz performance when they misplace a paid customers seat reservations from the restaurant.

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Simply the best before a show

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Yoshis is my favorite date night restaurant.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great Staff, Great Venue, Great Food, Great Entertainment!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Bar Seating, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic
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