Oakland >Food & Dining > Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero W, Oakland, CA | Directions 9460737.795936 -122.278286
Neighborhoods: Produce and Waterfront, Downtown Oakland
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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