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This Jack London Square anchor tenant lives up to its claim of world-class jazz; everyone from McCoy Tyner to John Scofield comes by at least once a year, and you can also occasionally catch rising stars and school bands in addition to big-name national acts. The acoustics are marvelous, the sushi is fresh and good, and the grilled calamari is also recommended. Tickets range from $5 for a Sunday afternoon children's matinee (with paid adult admission) to upwards of $100 for a special event. Two shows nightly on the weekend.

Yoshi's champions both Japanese traditions and a style of nouvelle cuisine called “sousaku,” adding sizzle to a place that has served as snack bar for the adjacent jazz club. The sushi is just okay, but the sousaku dishes excel. Broiled on sake-soaked cedar (to approximate Japanese charcoal), the Kurobuta pork chop is fierce. And barely smoked scallops splattered with truffle oil have the cool fire of vintage Miles.

Hours: 5:30-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 5:30-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5-9:30 p.m. Sun.

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Price: $$$

Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, cash, ATM/Debit

Attire: casual to dressy

Entertainment: not in the restaurant, but nightly jazz in the attached nightclub

Extra Info: heirloom pork

Upcoming Events

  • Ethan Margolis (Blues, Folk, & Country)

    • Mon., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. $24
  • Wayne Krantz Trio (Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret)

    • Tue., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. $24-$49
  • Savoy Brown (Blues, Folk, & Country)

    • Wed., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. $22-$49
  • Jonathan Butler (Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret)

    • Thu., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. $27-$59
  • Jonathan Butler (Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret)

    • Fri., Oct. 28, 9:45 p.m. $29

See all upcoming events at Yoshi's Oakland »

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