Yoshi's has served Japan's best traditional dishes to Bay Area patrons since 1972. The menu highlights artfully arranged sushi, fresh grilled seafood, ... More
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.
I used to love this place. What happened? Well, I read some of the other reviews and apparently they have a different chef from a few years ago. Their prices have gone way up too and they do charge too much for rice and Miso soup. The worst part is their sushi now. I found much of it to be completely inedible and disgusting and I love sushi. This used to be one of my favorite restaurants but after the last few bad experiences don't ever want to go back. How sad. I think they get away with this because they have good Jazz and excellent drinks.
This food is overpriced and the concert is a ripoff. I paid $44 for 2 people just to sit there for 30 minutes. Also, 10 pieces of sushi for $30. What a ripoff! I would never go to this place again. When I ordered seafood tempura, they just give me this fried lump of crud. It was all mixed and I had massive diarrhea afterwards. After spending $100, we two were still not full.
The maitra de for the jazz club is consistently rude! I've reported each rude interaction but his behavior has not improved. I love supporting businesses in Oakland but this experience has made this venue trying.
Why o why can't we go back to the old chef. After going to numerous shows over my college career starting in 2002, i had a drought and hadn't been back until 4/12/07. What a difference!!! No more combo plates, terrible sushi, and nickle and diming the customer. Come on, you charge $16 for some terriyaki chicken overpowered by the capers (and overpowering terriyaki is hard to do!) and then you have to charge for white rice and miso soup....?? The vegetable tempura is soggy and the seafood tempura was fried to oblivion. They used to have some cool drinks, but not anymore. I would recommend replacing the chef asap. All of the new dishes feel contrived, instead of the delicate balances and hearty portions of the old Yoshis (hearty portions by japanese food standards that is). The food just does not god well together, especially when you consider all of the raised prices. I will not go there again, or at least skip the food altogether and just go for the show.
Food is always good. You can sit at a table that gives the appearance of sitting on the floor. I usually have the bento boxes, tempura or sashimi. Good place to go on the weekends and some weekday nightes and listen to live performances. Good social spot for office functions too.