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“Yoshi's has stepped up their game!”
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Ranked #6 of 1,275 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Oakland, California
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Yoshi's has stepped up their game!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

I have been a fan of Yoshi's since they were located on Claremont Avenue. Like any 'classic' restaurant that's been around awhile, you can pretty much expect a 'good' or a 'bad' dining experience as chefs, ingredients and trends change and you never know what you're going to get. WELL...Yoshi's in Oakland is DEFINITELY on an upswing to 'really good'!!

Went to Yoshi's last month for a 60th birthday party with a party of 25. I had gone to Yoshi's earlier to drop off a 'happy birthday' banner to the very kind manager who told me he would hang it as prominently as possible; he did, it looked great. Yoshi's also printed out a special birthday menu with our friends name at the top- nice touch.

THE FOOD? Yoshi's is BACK! They must have a new chef because the food was not good, it was FABULOUS!! We were especially surprised at the quality and freshness given that we were in a fairly large group and the menu was pre-set. Everything was delicious!

Great job Yoshi's. Now, you're not just a 'supper club' you're a serious Japanese sushi restaurant! Thanks!

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank gidgettravels
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  • English first
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English first
Piedmont, California
Level 6 Contributor
79 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Improved, but no bento boxes”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

We ate at Yoshi's (Oakland) and enjoyed an R&B performance. Hadn't been there for years so we immediately noticed the following changes:
1. The traditional Japanese menu was replaced by a more Western style menu, e.g., no bento boxes or donburi, but most dishes were prepared with some Japanese ingredients and cooking styles.
2. The system for reserving seats at the performance was greatly improved where the wait person reserves your theatre seats for you rather than the old system where the customer had to save seats by leaving a marker.

Visited April 2013
Thank PiedmontWalker
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Redwood City, California
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Cozy auditorium”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This is a great place to see some popular entertainers. Parking is right next door to Yoshi's, so it's very convenient. You can make dinner reservations at their chic Japanese restaurant ahead of time. This may give you better seats to the venue. I enjoyed being able to see this singer and band and not having to lean around big heads.

Visited November 2012
Thank 5150rocks
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San Luis Obispo, California
Level 5 Contributor
38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Tower of power concert”
Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Wow! Great meal. Awesome sushi! We dined before the concert and would recommend that as you can then reserve your seat for the show. Our only negative was the noise level in the restaurant made conversation difficult and the waiter forgot one of our dishes. Good table and plan on returning!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Colleen W
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Fresno, California
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“"Great Jazz Venue!"”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

My daughter and I saw the 10:00 p.m. Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band show at this venue on March 15. This was my third show at Yoshi's Oakand, having seen Earl Klugh and David Sanborn here last November. Yoshi's does bring the best of the best in contemporary jazz to Oakland and San Francisco and I'll keep coming up for Fresno for this reason, thus the "Excellent" rating. However, this was my first time having dinner at the restaurant before the show. I had made reservations for 8:00 p.m. and arrived there just before that time and was seated right away. We were even asked if we'd like a window table for the view and of course, we did. We ordered the brussels sprouts appetizer, which were good and the miso soup as a stater before the entree. The miso was very flavorful. For the entrees, I had the pork chop with fingerling potatoes and veggies and my daughter had the lobster tail with kale and it was suggested by the server that she might want to order a starch to help round out her meal as her portions might not be enough. She ordered a side of brown rice and shared it with me. The food tasted okay-- it wasn't bad nor was it something to rave about. I was surprised that both entrees were the same price. I've never known a pork chop to cost the same as a lobster tail and for the price, I expected my pork chop to be something spectacular and it wasn't. But the restaurant was an experience to try at least once. The service was great I might add.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Keepinitrealincali
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