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“Jazz, Sushi - Killer Combo!” 5 of 5 stars
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Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607
5102389200
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Ranked #30 of 1,066 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $35 - $45
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Washington
San Leandro, California
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Jazz, Sushi - Killer Combo!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Yoshi's is an Oakland institution, down on Jack London Square. Dinner is top notch, and there are ample choices for non-sushi eaters. Service has been wonderful at every visit.

One thing about the restaurant that is either a charming plus or a downer, depending on your attitude: the AMTRAK trains run right down the middle of the street outside Yoshi's. If you like trains, it's fun. If you are annoyed by them, maybe go elsewhere!

After dinner, there are evening shows in Yoshi's comfortable venue. Usually it's jazz, occasionally something else. The quality is always high, so it's worth taking a chance on something new.

This is a favorite place for us to go for a special evening out: sushi, some good wine or saki, a nice show, with easy parking nearby and friendly service. It's an easy place to love.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“How we love this place...!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

Parallel to a very active passenger and freight train route lies Yoshi's restaurant and Jazz Club. The atmosphere, service, menu, drinks, and dessert are all top notch if you like Japanese food, and even if you don't (like my fiance) there are many other items from which to choose. We go there at least once a year to take in world-class jazz concerts and top notch food. It is truly a pleasure and I highly recommend reservations and giving yourself enough time to sit and eat leisurely while waiting for the concert to begin.

Guests can choose to sit at regular tables, or Japanese style, in a depressed seating arrangement with no shoes. Every morsel I've had here has been a pleasure. We were delighted to watch the Amtrak trains pass by every 15 minutes or so.

Be prepared to pay a hefty tab with three courses and drinks, but it's worth it. Out-of-towners can stay at the Harbour Front Hotel across the road and walk to and from the venue without having to worry about hailing a cab, parking or traffic...aside from the train traffic, that is!

Truly delightful.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Lorenzo
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Sushi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

A really good place to have dinner & then listen to some jazz.

Visited April 2011
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Walnut Creek, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and really good Japanese food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We arrived at 4:15 pm for dinner in preparation to see a Sunday 6pm show. We were the first seated and I don't think they were quite ready for us. But, as soon as they were, waiters were attentive and did not rush us. The sushi and sushimi were well crafted and quite good.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best Jazz in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

I have frequented Yoshi's for over 20 years. Still the best. The line-up features the greatest entertainers that exist in the jazz world, the venue is state-of-the-art, roomy (unlike Blue Note in NYC), and food is mouth watering.

Visited August 2011
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