About Us

Yoshi’s began in 1972 as a small, North Berkeley sushi bar owned by it’s founder and namesake, Yoshie Akiba, alongside her two best friends Kaz Kajimura, a journalist and carpenter, and Hiroyuki Hori, a painter and Japanese cook. Over the next 40 years, Yoshi’s built itself into one of the world’s most respected jazz venues, earning a reputation as the Bay Area’s premier location for great Japanese cuisine and jazz music. Today, Yoshi’s is an award-winning 310-seat live performance venue with a state-of-the-art sound system and design, occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square. Under the guidance of esteemed Artistic Director Michael Pritchard, the venue has expanded it’s focus to include broader genres suitable to a variety of musical tastes.

 

Contact Info

Hours

DINNER

Monday-Wednesday

5:30PM TO 9:00PM

Thursday-Saturday

5:30PM TO 10:00PM

Sunday

5:00PM TO 9:00PM

*Open 2 hours before the show
**Restaurant/Bar/Club/Lounge closing hours change based on show schedule

BOX OFFICE

Sunday-Thursday

12:00PM TO 8:00PM

Friday-Saturday

12:00PM TO 10:00PM

*Box Office closing hours change based on show schedule

Location

Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510.238.9200

Ticketing and Reservations

Restaurant reservations are highly recommended. They will not only provide you with the ability to dine at a specific time, but also help assure you will be seated in time to have your seats reserved in the venue if you are watching the performance.  We recommend reservations 1.5-2 hours before the show in order to ensure an excellent dining experience. Download Seating Chart Here  (pdf)

Transportation

Yoshi’s is located at 510 Embarcadero West between Washington and Clay Streets around the corner from the Jack London Square Cinema Complex on Washington. Yoshi’s is on the ground floor on the front side of the seven-story parking structure. DO NOT PARK IN THE COST PLUS PARKING LOT – YOU WILL GET TOWED!

DRIVING

BART

Get off at Oakland 12th Street station. From here you can take a cab or Bus #72, 58, 58X, or 301. Last train for San Francisco leaves 12th Street at 12:51AM. Bart # 510.464.6000 or visit www.bart.gov.

AMTRAK

Ride the Capitol Corridor to Oakland’s Jack London Square Station and walk 5 blocks Northwest on Embarcadero to Yoshi’s at 510 Embarcadero West. For more info visit Amtrak Capitol Corridor Destinations.

FERRY

The Alameda/Oakland ferry drops off and picks up directly across the street from Yoshi’s. Call the 24-hour FerryFone at 510.522.3300 for times and prices or visit the Blue & Gold Fleet Ferries website.

Tech Info

Advance Form Letter

Download here (pdf)

Show Advance Information

Download here (pdf)

Production Crew Bios

Download here (pdf)

 

Photo and Video Policy

Permission to film or photograph at Yoshi’s is granted on a case-by-case basis. Please submit requests to Ash Maynor, ash@yoshis.com, a minimum of three (3) business days prior to the performance.

 

FAQ

General
Club
Restaurant

What kind of performers/shows do you have?

Yoshi’s promotes and hosts many different types of music as well as local, national, and international acts. Please take a look at our online calendar for artist information and a music samples.

How long are the shows?   

Most of our shows run between 70 and 90 minutes. On some occasions shows may run shorter or longer than the average time.

When do tickets for _______ go on sale?

Most show tickets usually go on sale in the 90 days before, but this depends on many factors so there is not a set time. Please check out our calendar at yoshis.com/calendar to see what’s on sale and who’s coming soon.

The best way to stay informed is to join our email list. When signed up to our mailing list you are also eligible to receive special presale emails which allow you to purchase tickets to special shows prior to their availability to the general public.

Is there an age limit?

All our shows are all-ages unless specifically noted. However, it is a live performance and some show content or volume may not be suitable for the very young.

Is there a dress code?

No, Yoshi’s does not have an enforced dress code. Most of our patrons come in casual attire. Formal attire is recommended on such nights as Valentine’s or New Years Eve, but not required.

Is there parking?

Yes, and it is very easy. There is a paid public parking garage directly behind Yoshi’s. You can access the parking garage on Washington St., or Clay St.  Yoshi’s can validate your parking ticket for a discounted rate during your visit.

We do not offer valet service.

What public transportation is available?

The BART trains run until about midnight. Check www.bart.gov for detailed schedule. The Ferry service runs until about 9pm and is only recommended for getting to Yoshi’s. Check www.eastbayferry.com for details. The 72 bus has the closest stop to Yoshi’s. Check www.actransit.org for route and schedule. You can ask our box office staff or bartenders if you need to catch a taxi after the show.

I received a Yoshi’s gift card as a present. How do I buy tickets?

You can purchase tickets in person or by calling the box office at 510/238-9200. Have the Gift Card handy when you call. Gift Cards can be used to buy show tickets, Yoshi’s merchandise, or to food and drinks in the jazz club or restaurant.

What is a Meet and Greet ticket?

For select performances, Yoshi’s offers opportunities for a meet and greet with the artist. In order to make it an intimate and interesting experience, the content and structure of the meet and greet is left up to the artist, so every one is different. These tickets are very limited in order to keep the experience intimate. Meet and Greet attendees must be at the club entrance 1 hour prior to the performance for early entry and meet and greet seating.

Is there a drink minimum? 

There is a one item minimum per person during the show, so please enjoy a burger, some sushi or an after dinner drink or dessert!

How does the seating work?

Doors to the club open 15-30 minutes before the show begins, and patrons can enter on a general admission basis afterwards.  However, our guests who are dining at the restaurant, bar, or lounge at least one hour before the show can get their seats reserved in advance of the doors.  On arrival, please present your ticket to the restaurant host, bartender, or lounge server prior to dining, and seating will be arranged for you while you enjoy your meal. Download Seating Chart Here (pdf)

Yoshi’s recommends dinner reservations 1.5-2 hours before showtime.

For parties of 10 or more, we are happy to reserve your seats all together regardless of your dinner plans.  Please call the box office at 510/238-9200 to make arrangements.

Note: Standing Room tickets are only for the standing room section and cannot be assigned.

What is the seating like?

The seating is cabaret style with 4 person tables primarily. There are also a limited number of booths and 2 person tables. Download Seating Chart Here (pdf)

Can I pick a specific table in the club?

No.  Seating is done by our staff on a best available basis.  Although we welcome requests for a certain area/section, accommodating everyone with the specific tables requested is very difficult.  Large groups, artist guests, guests with special needs, and some promotions may have an impact on seating.

What is a Meet and Greet ticket?

For select performances, Yoshi’s offers opportunities for a meet and greet with the artist. In order to make it an intimate and interesting experience, the content and structure of the meet and greet is left up to the artist, so every one is different. These tickets are very limited in order to keep the experience intimate. Meet and Greet attendees must be at the club entrance 1 hour prior to the performance for early entry and meet and greet seating.

Is the restaurant separate from the club?

Yes.

Our restaurant has received the following accolades:

Zagat rated (“Very Good” to “Excellent” in all categories),

4 star Yelp reviewed

TripAdvisor award winner

Diablo Magazine Best of the East Bay winner

The winner of OpenTable Diners Choice.

Please note: This is a family style restaurant, and our dishes are not coursed. We recommend that our guests share.

The jazz club, with a state of the art sound system, is open nightly for live music. For a more casual atmosphere, we also have a bar and lounge area where food and drinks are served. Tickets are required for admission into the club.

Do I need a restaurant reservation?

Restaurant reservations are highly recommended. They will not only provide you with the ability to dine at a specific time, but also help assure you will be seated in time to have your seats reserved in the club if you are watching the performance.  We recommend reservations 1.5-2 hours before the show in order to ensure an excellent dining experience.

 

Is Yoshi’s available for group events?

Absolutely.  We are happy to help plan events ranging from 10 person celebrations, to 50 person private parties, to 300+ person full space rentals.  For more information, click here.

To contact our Private Events Director, Robert Amacker, please email robert@yoshis.com or call 510/238-9200.

A credit card is needed for restaurant reservations of 10 or more guests. Please inform the restaurant 24 hours in advance of any changes to your party size to keep from incurring a $30.00 no-show fee/non-diner fee per person.

Can I bring my own cake or bottle of wine to the restaurant or club?

Yes. Additional fees will apply.