We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Dru Hill”
Review of Yoshi's

Ranked #2 of 39 Nightlife in Oakland
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Both a restaurant and nightclub, this Japanese venue is enjoyed by jazz aficionados who come to see local and national jazz performers.
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Great intimate venue. The crowd was all in as we remembered the hits. It was a sing a long for sure.
Buying tickets on line was very easy. There was standing room only when I purchased so I new I'd have to stand. Thank God for wall space.

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (46)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
All reviews
"japanese food"
in 4 reviews
"priority seating"
in 2 reviews
in 2 reviews
"great venue"
in 3 reviews
"jack london square"
in 3 reviews
"parking lot"
in 2 reviews
in 8 reviews
in 6 reviews

30 - 34 of 46 reviews

Reviewed 30 June 2014

This is wonderful place for not just food but also entertainment. Love the diversity of nightly performers; the venue is intimate and with a mature audience. The menu and food is just as good which is rare...usually you don't get both good music and good food...idk why I'm just saying most places that I've experienced haven't mastered that exceptional duo.
Parking is wonderful as they are located below a well lit lot with more than adequate space.
If you opt to go to the show w/o having dinner the seating is open. However, if you choose to enjoy dinner there before the show you automatically get resv'd seating at the "premium" tables-no extra charge, just let them know you have tickets for the show that evening.

1  Thank TravelSistah_2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 March 2014

Came here to see Manhattan Transfer perform, and came early enough to sit at the sushi bar and enjoy the food.
It's a bit pricey, but for a 'Night Out' it was fine.
Odd to see the sushi chefs wearing gloves...just sayin'
The front of house took care of our seating for the performance and our waitress brought it to us toward the end of our meal. Very nice.
Very nice selection of fish, all fresh and assembled by a good team of workers. The Caliente Roll was my favorite, very spicy.
The calamari was note-worthy as well, well fried and very tender, the sauce rich and flavorful.


Thank William M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 February 2013

We enjoyed seeing Manhattan Transfer here, the singing and musical performances were wonderful. We were given good seats eventually, but the entire process of waiting, getting seated and served was problematic. First, we arrived at 7:30 pm to line up outside for an 8 pm show (we thought). At 8:10 pm the line began entering - after those ticket-holders who had eaten at Yoshi's restaurant and were in line inside (who knew?). After making it inside the doors, there appeared to be no seats remaining that did not have reserved signs, and it was a polite pandemonium as people didn't know where to sit. Eventually (not on our first several attempts to get help), we were told that a staff person would help everyone find a seat. Yes, this happened, but there was such confusion that people were no longer in any semblance of order. The waiter came to our table immediately, dropping the menu at the same time asking for our order. The others (including 2 strangers were shared the table with) ordered, and I asked him to come back for mine - another mistake. I didn't get a drink until the very end of the show. The other couple ordered food that arrived at the table after the show had ended, after they had paid their bill (minus the food which had not yet been served)! Would try again for the right performers, but be prepared for some annoyances.

Thank 5heartfamily
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 18 February 2013

Yoshi's is conveniently located in Jack London Square Oakland. An easy drive across the bay for a great Japanese restaurant and a show. Packages ensure that diners get access to the best seats in the house. The shows are usually twice a night and priced very reasonably. This is a nice intimate show space, holding only a few hundred people. A great way to spend a Friday or Saturday night or many weeknights for that matter.

Thank JPHauck
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Yoshi's also viewed


Been to Yoshi's? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing