In 1997, Yoshi's was invited by the Port of Oakland to relocate to Jack London Square as part of a plan to revitalize the area. Together with Morimoto Architects, Yoshi's built an award-winning 330-seat jazz club with a state-of-the-art sound system and design. Occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Jack London Square, the club is in it's tenth year in that location which has become one of the East Bay's greatest destinations. The restaurant and lounge have a combined capacity of 220. In 1998 Peter Williams was hired as the club's artistic director. Under his leadership, the club has continued to present the finest in jazz music, as well as world music, blues, neo-soul, latin jazz and afro-cuban music. In fall of 2006, Kajimura decided that it was time to elevate the menu to the quality of the jazz by recruiting Executive Chef Shotaro 'Sho' Kamio, one of the Bay Area's top chefs to make the change. Chef Kamio (formerly of Ozumo) brought a whole new generation of modern Japanese cuisine to Yoshi's, which instantly put it on the map as a destination to dine in addition to the best place to hear great live music.
A wonderful Japanese place with great Jazz! -Jonathan Waxman, Top Chef
Go to Yoshi's. Eat sushi and watch jazz.
I love this place including when there's performers. They are normally locals and there's mostly a $10-$15 cover but it's totally worth it.
Yoshi's Oakland is the BEST place to catch legendary jazz artists as well as the up-and-coming.
The absolute best shushi. A wonderful night out. Go early, enjoy your meal, then relax in the club listening to the live performance.
Bay Area's Best
San Francisco Bay Area
Oakland Restaurant Week 2012