Yoshi's Oakland

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5956 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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DW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and incredible service. Ideal dinner and show location. I especially love the venue- intimate, great acoustics.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for a show. Good rolls, shisito peppers were awesome, enjoyed it

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

Seated for dinner ahead of our reservation time! Food came quickly and accurately. Great seats for the concert!

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CJ
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting family and wanted to see Chris Standring. We decided to dine at Yoshi’s before the show and totally enjoyed our evening
We have attended concerts there in the past and will continue to have dinner there since this was such a wonderful experience

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

The wine & food were exquisite

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LJ
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Been to Yoshi's many times, always to take advantage of preferred seating for show. Everything about the restaurant is serviceable and consistent, neither bad of great. I will say they do have creative sushi dishes that are not easily fond.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazingly quick service. Perfect for a pre-show meal.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table was waiting on time. We were served quickly with a friendly smile. Love to Miso soup and all the sushi offerings. The staff set us up in the theater with excellent seats.

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BK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Experience was a winner! From the greeting to the service to great music.

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K
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food , environment and the service was excellent. Celena was amazing. Give her a raise.

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o
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yoshi's has been one of our go-to places for family celebrations for 20+ years. The food is delicious and there are cooked options for those who don't like sushi. Service is always awesome. Some of the offerings are trendy and a shade too cute for my taste: sushi rolls in local team colors, for instance, but the superfan in our group loved her Oakland A's roll. They offer beautiful classic sushi and sashimi along with more inventive goodies.

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BF
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to have dinner and see Eric Benet with my wife. Had a fantastic time. Food was great, the show was amazing with a great vibe and atmosphere. Very fun place to see a show. Would recommend to anyone.

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EP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our waiter was great. The support staff seemed a bit confused about what was ordered, but even with that our waiter took care of everything.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

It started terrible. We had reservations for 130 pm that they knew nothing about. Didn’t get seated til 2pm then no food till an hour later. During the process nothing but excuses we are under staffed the manager won’t be in till later our computers are down so we missed our movie which started at 330 terrible experience

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SL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Awesome food

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s
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our dinners were delicious with generous portions and a great bargain for the price. The cocktail that our wait person recommended was as described and delicious as well. The wait staff was attentive without hovering. The only disappointment was the brownie dessert which was dry and flavorless. The black cod ( also recommended) was fresh and perfectly cooked. The calamari and fritter were crispy without being greasy. And all the salads we had were outstanding

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EL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time.

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Music performance

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LP
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What a fun place with great quality and taste. Oakland ‘s Jack London Square does not get recognized for what a nice place it is. Worth your dollars and your appetite.

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SS
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yoshi’s is always solid and an Oakland mainstay. It never quite meets true fine dining as there always seems to be confusion or a little chaos, but it’s a great spot to grab food pre-show. Decent menu options, especially on the sushi side.

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Very calm ambiance. Low lighting, romantic. Waiter was nice and attentive but not intrusive. My only qualm was that they really pack the seats in the performance area. The seats were so close together I could not adjust my own seat, or scoot my chair back or forward to use the restroom.

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DS
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and service. Rib Eye with mushrooms and soy sauce was awesome!The club is the best. Pacific Mambo Orchestra was great!

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JL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 2

Haven’t been to Yoshi’s in years-wanted to have a little post New Year celebration with a friend. The place was packed. The noise level was so extreme the three of us. Oils not follow a conversation. The service was attentive, but VERY rushed even though we told our waiter we were not going to the show and have plenty of time. Food tasty, but not an enjoyable experience. Will not go back. Plenty of other restaurants nearby.

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L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was wonderful. Sashimi was fresh and tasty. Wine list is nice and also affordable. Service was spot on. Tickets for a wonderful show at 8:00 were provided in advance. Dinner prior to a show is a no brainer. We have always been very satisfied through the years.

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The scallops and pork belly were exceptional... That was one of the seven dishes we ordered. Tuna tartare was mushy - did not taste fresh, and was not chilled at all when it arrived. We had ordered the dishes in the order we wished to enjoy them. Everything arrived almost at once, so virtually nothing was consumed at the correct temperature.

Nonetheless, the jazz venue is superb, parking easy, so we will be back. But we won't try to do a fine dining experience. Maybe just stick to sashimi and a salad.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Basically,
1-the Sea Bass was chewey not moist (melt in your mouth);
2-was scheduled to see a show (while spending way over $100+)
3-upon entering auditorium the host had the nerve to tell me I had to wait 2 MINUTES (keep in mind I had VIP Tics, a drink in my hand and other hostess holding my food) !!!!! Bad service.

4-Just over all BAD Service. Poor Yoshi, this appears to be not HER Club anymore. She ran a TOP NOTCH EVENT.

FYI - my experience: I traveled around researching Jazz Clubs aroubd the world. We are developing a Local $90M Jazz Museum here in the Bay Area.

I miss Yoshi!!!!

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FS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Quite an experience. Food was okay, service was good, music was great!

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J
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We arranged to surprise my brother and sister-in-law for their anniversary with 2 other couples and brought our own champagne. Staff immediately took care of chilling our champagne, getting us the most desirable seats for the show and suggesting the way to order for all 8 of us. The only complait: food came out way too fast from the kitchen...but it was hot and fresh!

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food and policy of reserving seats if you dine before show adds considerable value. My only complaint was that the kitchen was slow to deliver the food, so two sushi rolls arrived moments before we were to finish our dinner and head for the show.

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S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great anniversary dinner and great company. Parking was great I the garage attached to the restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

New Years!

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yoshi's is definitely my go to! I am there at least once a month if not twice a month and have been going for several years now. I love the food and staff. Everyone who works there are friendly, warm and accommodating with smiles on their faces. The food is delish, mostly sushi. After dinner, I attend the live jazz show. Evenings there are truly amazing. Thank you Yoshi's!!!

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JB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner before the Brian Culbertson show

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BL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Made reservation for two months in advance for the Bian Culbertson show, allowing 1.5 hours for dinner. We found out that the menu was changed to a prix fixe menu which our server insisted we knew about because we were either informed by email or by our hostess. She was quite rude about this. A salad, sushi and main course of a small lobster tail or beef short . The sushi was very good. The rest was just so-so. The big problem was our server forgot about us, missing the salad (which was finally served). 30 min prior to the performance I had to find our waitress to get the main course ordered. It came 15 min before the performance. (The restaurant was not that busy) We rushed to eat or last course and put the desert in boxes. And finally the 20% tip as automatically included for a total of $275. So the tip is not really indicative of service. Yoshi's has been good in the past, this time was a bust. Perhaps eating at Kicaids or elsewhere is the right choice.

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I
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except for the fact that there was a set menu that was never mentioned to me!!! I was not prepared to pay $124 for a set menu that I couldn’t enjoy because I don’t eat sushi or anything raw!!! The waiter was very apologetic and no substitutions...so I paid $124 for a salad, main course & dessert!!! A very unhappy customer & ive been a customer when Yoshi’s was located in Claremont.

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYEve. Brian Culbertson

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LE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Love Yoshi's. We go frequently and it's a great place for excellent Japanese food and good jazz! My complaint was specific to 12/30/18 reservation. When we arrived we were informed the "New Years Special meal deal" was a Price Fixe for $95/person which is probably two or three times normal pricing! Hostess said they had my phone number on record and should have called (they didn't). Waiter said he had heard the same complaint from multiple parties. If they weren't going to call they should have flagged this info when we made the reservation. As always the food was excellent but absolutely not a good value whatsoever at $95 per head!

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KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Didn't understand the whole New Years eating event, which was a waste of money, as who eats that much food? We couldn't take our food home because there wasn't a place to store it while we watched the show. I usually love the food at Yoshi's but that night, we opted for the vegetarian meal, which was tasty, but cost too much, and too much food was wasted.

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PM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

New Year's eve-eve treat. Fixed price menu. Food was good. Kind of pricey with tax and gratuity and corkage fee added to bill. Went to get good seats for Brian Culbertson, who was fantastic. Will attend performances again, but might not always eat there.

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j
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yoshis never disappoints me!
The Shrimp & Scallop Scatter was delicious and the Sushi hit all my taste points!
The atmosphere was cool like a supper club and we attended the show after dinner which was awesome.
Would definitely recommend for an entertaining evening!

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