Review: Yoshi’s Sushi Bar and Jazz Club

510 Embarcadero West

Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 238-9200

The general anxiety about notoriously great places is that they’ll fail to live up to their lofty reputations, but Yoshi’s continues to impress after almost 40 years. Originally a 25-seat North Berkeley sushi restaurant (opened in 1973 by three first- and second-generation Japanese students), Yoshi’s has grown to become an award-winning hot spot that has hosted such jazz royalty as Harry Connick, Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie.

Yes, there is a San Francisco outpost, but it’s a special treat to take the ferry over to Jack London Square for some great music and eats on the water. And speaking of food, the menu at Yoshi’s is as top-notch as its jazz. Known for creating complex flavor pairings, executive Chef Shotaro ‘Sho’ Kamio serves up modern Japanese fare, using fresh seasonal ingredients, traditional spices, and the occasional surprise.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with a special late-night menu on offer in the club, bar, and lounge. Live shows, showcasing the finest in neo-soul, latin jazz, blues, and more, take place twice nightly. Check out the full calendar for upcoming shows.

Read more about things to do in Jack London Square.

Take the Blue and Gold Fleet ferry to Jack London Square, or take BART to 12th St. station in Oakland and catch the free Broadway (B) Shuttle to Jack London Square.