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General Info
Both a restaurant and nightclub, this Japanese venue is enjoyed by jazz aficionados who come to see local and national jazz performers.
BBB Rating
A+
BBB Rating and Accreditation information may be delayed up to a week.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Fax: (510) 238-4551

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, diners club, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$$$
Location
Jack London Square
Neighborhoods
Jack London Square, Produce and Waterfront, Central Oakland
AKA

Yoshi's Japanese Restaurant

Yoshi's Jazz Club & Japanese Restaurant

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Categories
Japanese Restaurants, Sushi Bars, Asian Restaurants, Bars, Cocktail Lounges, Caterers, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street, Validated

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Caterers, Sushi

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Pets Allowed: No

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llm97

09/10/2009

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Overall
Terrific place!!

This is a terrific place for Jazz and sushi with upscale atmoshere. They have a live stage in the restaurnt. While tasty, fresh sushi is being served, you can enjoy the live jazz. Try Spinach & Arurugula Kobe Salad, it really melts in your mouth. Small portion, but the food is impeccable.

lkcoops

06/16/2008

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Overall
Great Sushi, Fun atmosphere

Took my parents here for Father's Day and we had a great time. I started with the Lemon Basil martini which was so refreshing and smooth. The scallops and ribs appetizers were outstanding. I had some of the best sushi I've ever had. My step-father had an interesting seafood tempura and my mom had some fish. Everyone loved their meal. And to top it off, the ambience was very warm and welcoming. The complaint I have is that the service is a la cart, which I've had before, but here there was a large gap between dishes. My parents were done with their meal before mine ever came out. But over all I give Yoshi's two thumbs up and I'll be back.

charsie

02/09/2008

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Go for the music, ONLY

I've lived in the area for 10 years and have frequented Yoshis. It's a well known fact that you will have to share your table or booth, even if you put your name on a seat previous to the show. (People that haven't been there yet, please be forwarned, you have no choice but to share it,) Food and service will never be the reason to go to Yoshis in Oakland, however... the calibre of performers is always outstanding, and they give some locals and lesser known people perform there as well. They mix up the genre at times which has proven to be a good thing since there are a lot of evenings earlier in the week where they can still have a full house for the first show and you can turn on to some upcoming artists.
I went to Yoshis in the city for the first time to hear Count Basie Orchestra with Ledisi -- what a great show, AND I got to reserve seats! I'm going back again, and again, and again... Yoshis is 5* for music and great value!

geebz74

12/13/2007

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Overall
Fairly Average Sushi

I can't comment on the atmosphere or the music but I did sample the food in the form of take out. It's your standard sushi fare but nothing really stood out. The bar staff was helpful with my order when the waitresses were useless. The folks that man the phones left a LOT to be desired also. I've never been put on hold for that long before.

Back to the food...I ordered the Rock and Roll, Spider Roll and Spicy Dragon. The first two were absolutely standard and uninspired. The Spicy Dragon, however, was delicious. It had just the right amount of spicy and very flavorful. It was delicious (did I say that already?). Overall, it isn't the best that I've had in the Bay Area but neither is it the worst. It's average.

jezter

11/24/2007

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Overall
Very overrated less than average experience

Hadn't been to Yoshi's for years, remembering them fondly from the old College Ave location(I know not actually college but very near). It has a very nice urban ambience, attractive setting etc.
The service however was atrocious! The drinks didn't arrive until after the main courses, one drink was incorrectly ordered but we just decided to let it go. The food was served up at totally disparate times and was bland and poorly prepared. The menu was limited and very expensive with very few choices for the non- sushi eater.
It struck me as a swank place that simply trades on its name and reputation for being a great jazz venue. You get the sense that they are doing you a favor letting you eat there which is an attitude I just can't tolerate. As far as the restaurant goes it was overpriced and underwhelming and when you throw that in with a less than attentive wait staff it's a place I never care to visit again!

realfoodgal

03/22/2007

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Overall
Sushi was Fantastic!!

I love sushi and I eat out at sushi restaurants alot...Had never been to Yoshi's before but came because I learned that the chef from Ozumo had landed here. And boy was it worth it! The sushi was fresh and pristine. The other dishes were interesting and delicious. Finally, really great sushi in the East Bay!!!!

hotsauce3000

03/04/2007

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The management is extremely incompetent!

I had a date this evening and wanted to experience the food (which has been improving) and catch the show. The waitress made a mistake and we did not recieve our food until 15 minutes before the show and the kitchen sent out an amuse to hold us over which is a plus and when the young man (""the runner"") brought out the food I explained to him the situation and he totally listened and understood about being allergic to iodine (he is not even the waiter?). The manager (I believe his name was Ben) did not listen, I explained to him that the experience was ruined and I was willing to pay for the drinks and the apps, but would like to come back for the experience I was looking for and wanted them to take care of it, so I would not have a bad taste about the place. I was willing to give them another try but ""Ben"" told me sorry...we don't do gift certificates. Unbelievable! I was not asking for a gift...I understand mistakes happen in the kitchen and with the wait staff, but when the support staff know more than the manager??? This place has a big problem the service was okay and the food really has been getting better but this evening I found the people in charge ruined the evening, he could have not cared any less about us. This is a message to Ben, you should find another career you are the worst at the one you are in. Yoshis, I am sorry for you. Usually when I dine there it's much better.

nise1234

11/18/2006

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Overall
Good jazz club, close by parking lot

Great jazz club. The restaurant used to be good but no longer with the new chef and menu - also very over-priced. The tea wasn't even good, tasted like only hot water. The old menu, chef, and waitresses were much better. The food looks good, not tasty and cost too much. They changed the waitresses and it appears that they are too young - not experienced. Maybe they are cutting costs to open their second one in SF. Should bring the better food back and ask for donations from regular customers! We eat out most of the time and don't mind paying for good food but $100 for the meal we had should have only cost $30-35.

nise1234

11/18/2006

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go only for the jazz club, not food

Not very good menu and service. Previous menu and chef much better. Will lose the regular clientele and will probably have one-timers with the higher prices, lower quality of food and not as professional service. Presentation is okay.

d33ds23

10/27/2006

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Overall
Music is great

I love going to listen to jazz there, the night that i have gone have been really great. the lotus drink is really good too.

gpfoodie

10/22/2006

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Overall
This is the spot

I am an Oakland resident, and i have been going to Yoshi's for quite a while now, for the music
not for the food, me and my wife love Japanese food, that's why we always go to San Francisco for japanese, our favorite spot is Ozumo, then i read on the net that former Ozumo chef (Sho) was taking over the kitchen to renew the menu, so we gave another chance to the food, we sat at the sushi bar, then we realized that the last Ozumo head chef (Armando), was also there,he gave a glass of fish broth to everyone at the sushi bar,it was like people that don't know eachother were having dinner at the same table, the place was packed to the top, great busy ambiance, beautiful dinning room, and of course amazing food...oysters with foie sauce,tuna and avocado salad, fresh sushi.... try the lamb!!.....it was a truly nice evening.....what a change!!!, no more crossing the bay for good japanese food, save your gas/toll money for some good sushi(and friendly sushi chefs), thank you Yoshi for bringing this to Oakland! heard that a new venue is opening in San Francisco......please stay here!

ps: Hostess,service and course timing need some work....we guess it is just a matter of time,great value for quality and food presentation

noefoodie

10/19/2006

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Overall
worst service ever

I wish I could comment on the food. We were a party of 8 and there for a birthday dinner. No problems in getting seated and ordering. 10 minutes after we got our food, our server asked us to leave. She said that another party was coming in and that there was a time limit on our table. Uh, we had been there less than an hour!

We complained to management and they backed the server up. It was only AFTER we all got up and had our food boxed up that the hostess discovered she had evicted the wrong table! It was the table next to us that had been there for nearly 2 hours...not us. Even then, there was no move made to get the other table to leave. The hostess simply said sorry, didn't offer us any sort of compensation, etc. There were a number of ways the management could have saved the situation for us even at this point, but they chose not to. Shame on them.

mskg50

10/08/2006

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Overall
Sho is Back!

Executive chef, Shotaro Kamio, and his team of culinary artists have completely revamped the menu with delightful and delicious original creations. Fish is flown in daily from Tokyo to give a fresh flavor to several dishes. Try the Ocean Sunomono for a unique blend of marinatied seafood and seaweed served in a martini glass with tiny fish roe shimmering around the edge of the glass. The grilled entrees are the showcase; spiny lobster, salmon, duck, lamb, and more. The sushi is prepared to order and the presentation is as specatular as the the taste. The cost of fresh ingredients, excellent taste, and an attention to detail is worth spending a little extra for a unique dining experience.

ggyy

11/11/2005

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Overall
The Sushi's Were Crying For Help

The fish were crying due to the chef's lack of skill in preparing the sushi. I feel bad for them fish for such a lousy way to go. I have had better sushi in some Japanese supermarkets. Go for the music, skip the food.

pehlanasha

08/13/2005

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Overall
Good Food, Average Service

Went there on a Friday night, did not attend the jazz club, but the food was great. We had the chicken salad with sesame dressing, which was excellent, and a sashimi plate was good. There was no abnoxious smells (like in some sushi places) and the food was good. The service was a little bit slow, and the waitress was a little bit rude. The crowd was mixed, from young to old and of all races. There was plenty of seating and we were seated immediately. Definately recommended for an average price restaurant.

charlenex3

01/26/2004

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Overall
Regarding Yoshis'

This is a wonderful, intimate venue. The acts are top notch, the sound is good, the chairs somewhat uncomfortable. Newcomers don't realize you have to be there very early to put your name on the best seats, or have dinner in the restaurant to get some of the better seats rserved for you. I rarely eat there, I have other choices for Japanese food!
All in all, it gets a high rating from me due to the caliber of musicians. I'd like to see a wider range of music there since it is a good venue.

mlmathe

01/14/2004

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Overall
food ok, jazz great

I have always heard of Yoshi's and of the horrible food and great Jazz, but recently checked it out for myself. Jazz is AWESOME and worth going merely for that. Food was ok, although more what I would expect in a shopping mall. Still very edible.

tetsuo

10/20/2003

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Overall
Avoid the food

In most cases, one gets what one pays for, but not so at Yoshi's. For my 20 bucks I got chicken teriyaki that had been microwaved to death, and the sauce was the saltiest teriyaki sauce I've ever tried. I'm no chef, but I'm pretty sure that stuff's supposed to be sweet. The sushi was premade (I watched the chef turn and get my roll from a tray of them). My server was busy chatting with her co-workers (until it was time to pay, of course), and the busboy did all of the work. The show was great, though. But that has a separate price tag, now doesn't it?

thegland

12/20/2002

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Overall
best jazz, worst venue

yoshi's is the bay area jazz monopolist, and the rude staff knows it. yoshi's gets the best acts, but offer the worst experience. preferential treatment is offered if you eat their over-priced, second rate japanese food. drink service is slow and awkward, serving to people crowded in uncomfortable seats, awkwardly arranged. i have witnessed more than one drink go into someone's lap. unlikeley more than a couple will sit together unless very early, which means waiting outside. don't confuse the music with the club. catch the artists anywhere else if you can. yoshi's is a last resort. maybe one day there will be adequate competition in the bay area.

gypsyykris

10/24/2002

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Overall
swank-o-rama

Swank place to hear jazz. Sophisticated crowd, a-m-a-z-i-n-g sushi and good wine list. A nice evening for grown-ups.

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