Citysearch Editorial Review. Bringing Yoshi’s to San Francisco was as much a community-driven effort as it was an opportunity to have the beloved jazz club anchor both sides of the bay. Housed inside the Fillmore Heritage Center, the mall-esque building seen as the centerpiece of the Fillmore Jazz District preservation effort, the jazz club wields an impressive 28,000 square feet of space. It also touts the same top-notch acoustic engineering as its Oakland location resulting in a sound quality that is loved by both its musicians and eager listening audience in equal measure. The fuss-free interior, muted colors and tiered, ground-level seating is almost an exact replica of the Oakland location as well. Though both attract some of the best jazz acts in the world, many hardcore fans still feel like the Oakland camp (which has been around since 1977) continues to have more cred than San Francisco. Sibling rivalries aside, the SF location does get props for vigorously seeking out local acts, such as the Jazz Mafia, who are booked regularly.
Great for music, restaurant needs work.
I love Yoshi's for the music, but not for the restaurant or lounge dining. I've been here twice in the last week and unless things improve, I'll find another place to dine before the jazz club events. Dining and bar service in the lounge is slow and erratic. Menu is very limited, most of the items we ordered were acceptable but unremarkable. The tofu seaweed salad was pathetic, &my friend who ordered this was very disappointed, but given the slow service ordering something else before the show was out of the question.
Later that week we tried the restaurant, but and had high hopes given the beautiful setting. But service was also slow, and erratic. We ordered drinks and food for a large party-- some people got drinks, then food while others were still waiting for drinks. How long does it take to pour a carafe of sake?
About half of our group was vegetarian, and had very limited options, far more limited than in a neighborhood Japanese restaurant, and too many of the choices were fried. Unlike most good restaurants, they were unwilling to create other options. Overall, the food was decent, but also completely unremarkable. Actually quite boring.
And again, erratic. When multiple plates of the same dish came to the table, some were beautifully made and presented, others looked basic and pedestrian. Clearly the chefs are not working to the same standard! I've had far better Japanese meals at local restaurants for a fraction of the price. And at these prices, one would think that they could hire enough chefs and servers to make the service more prompt.
The live jazz in the lounge is nice, but too loud, as it makes dinner conversation difficult. Interesting, because Yoshi's has the sound system in the jazz club tuned perfectly, so one would think they could adjust this for the restaurant.
I love Yoshi's for the jazz club events, where the music, is first-rate, and the setting perfect. But the restaurant is simply not of the same caliber. I'd love to dine here before events, but it will take some improvement...until then, there are plenty of other options for dinner in San Francisco.
Wish the Food was as Good as the Entertainment. The location is part of the Fillmore Experience. The space is peaceful and comfortable. But since I am basing this review on food, I would have to say this is a spot for tourist or people that just dont know you can get better Japanese food for less money somewhere else. Beware if you have a party of 6 or more, 20% gratuity! The sushi/sashimi is ridiculously priced for locals. The lounge menu has some refreshing concoctions. Most noted the Refresco($8) & the Ruby, My Dear($9). The edemame w/ garlic & soy sauce($4) is very edible(I sometimes order two). Tuna tartare($14), not the best I ever had. Tenpura(tempura) plate is barely full w/ a few scattered veggies.($12 SIGH) The miso braised short ribs($25) are succulent but priced for business execs that come by. I have to say that if you do a show & dinner here the evening may put you back $300 easily. So I suggest sticking to your local foodie hang out or happy hour next door(1300 Fillmore) & show up for drinks & the show!
Modern Japanese delicacies flavor the city's premier jazz destination, which showcases both legends at their zenith and young players on their way up.. A tiny Zen garden sits beneath a winding staircase that connects the sprawling dining room and upper lounge. Sinuous, Asian-inspired decorations hanging from the high ceilings add kinetic elegance, while jazz grooves glide through inconspicuously. In the midst of it all, well-dressed birthday parties, music buffs and couples sip gourmet cocktails served by expertly trained staff. Executive Chef Sho Kamio's extensive menu features meticulous creations he popularized at Ozumo. The kona kanpachi carpaccio, served with seaweed, avocado, shitake confit and a subtle chile ponzu, is refreshingly simple. Traditionally heavy kakiage (tempura pancakes) are given a lighter spin, with just enough batter to hug the meaty chunks of ebi shrimp and scallops. Inventive maki rolls are sliced thin, then bookended by hearty hand rolls. Exceptional entrees include charcoal-grilled black cod that flakes into a shitake broth and a decadent miyazaki filet mignon that practically dissolves on the tongue.
Very Rude Service.
-Host sat 5 people at a table for 4
-Waitress never brought food or drinks without reminders
- Manager indifferent to our concerns
Great food. 4 of us went to this restaurant for the sushi/atmosphere. We were greated by a very rude host, who wouldn't even take our name for a table. We found our own table in the waiting area/lounge. It took almost 20 minutes for the waitress to come take our drink/apps order, and almost 30 minutes after that before our drinks were brought out. We almost left many times due to the long wait and rude staff. Ultimately, the drinks were brought and were great, the food was fantastic, and we had a pretty good time. I highly recommend the tempura appetizers...to die for. The sushi was really good too, and the atmosphere was lively and fun. It was just such a bad start to the night, that we never quite got past it.
One of the best restaurants/clubs I've been to.. Best Sushi, great atmosphere, helpful staff in Restaurant and club, and the best server named Robin. We went there Wednesday night to have dinner and watch the show "Rupa & The April Fishes". The original dinner reservation was for two. Got changed to eight and again changed to six when everybody showed up!. They were very accomodating and helpful in finding seats at the club that we could sit next to each other. The food was fantastic. The service was excelent, and our server was the best. The show was great. We were all very happy.
Amazing Jazz & Sushi.
My husband and I recently moved to San Fran and immediately began to look into the local venues for music and especially Jazz. We were told by a co-worker to check out Yoshi's and found their line-up to be impeccable! Needless to say once there we found that we had great seats right up front at a table, an array or delicious drinks to select from as well as a not so shabby wine selection. After the show we had dinner at the Japanese Restaurant and found it to be amazing. I think we tried to order almost everything on the menu because every dish that came out was better then the next.
I am so excitred to have Yoshi's in the neigborhood and I am also looking forward to checking out the Oakland location and having many more meals at their restaurant. Thank you Yoshi's you will see us again soon!
You pay the price for convienence to dine and catch a show in the same building.
Our waitress was very nice. We didn't mention it was my birthday (dinner & a show) but she heard my friend telling me to order whatever I wanted because it was my BD. As we were about to order dessert, she brought out 2 tiny scoops of mango sorbet with a lit candle on it, complimentary. In my years of dining, this has happened only once, at Gary Danko's. But the friendly and attentive service couldn't overcome the pricey cost of the small portioned food. We enjoyed all our appetitizers (tuna tartare, seared ahi tuna) but not the spicy dragon roll - run of the mill. The only other sushi we ordered was the hamachi nigiri and the fish was very good, fresh. The entrees were unimpressive. The Kobe beef was really at a nose-bleed cost of $90 for 8 oz of meat. We were warned of the price but expected a little more beef than that. The cod was fishy and bland. The salmon was very good. And if you wanted rice with any of this, it was $2/bowl and more for the brown rice. Didn't like any of the desserts (sorry, Chef Churchill). The Okinawan donut holes were dry, cakey and covered with too much cinnamon sugar and the coconut soup had sour mangoes and the chocolate cake round was dry. The only think I liked was the sm container of ice cream which came with my donut holes and the beet (it was very good!) ice cream on top of the chocolate cake. The food was all beautifully presented, but food isn't always about art, otherwise, I'd just go to a museum, and especially at that price. The restaurant is really lovely and ambience (we were in a small, quiet back room) is great for an impressive evening. I would guess the outer larger room is more noisy but the high ceilings are gorgeous.
The jazz club is nice & cozy. Herb Alpert (performing w/his wife, Lani Hall) indicated that all the jazz clubs should look like this one. Minimum 1 item order/person (we had cookies, not impressed).
WORST SERVICE AND OVERPRICED!.
The waiters at Yoshis need to be trained in basic customer service. For a place that appears to be upscale, it is surprising that the service is so ridiculous. Add that to the fact that the food is overpriced, and there really are no vegetarian options. As far as the food goes, if you're looking for Japanese cuisine, DON'T go to Yoshis. There are plenty of other options in the city.
As far as seeing a show, the music is always great; however, even the staff selling the tickets is unhelpful and seem to know NOTHING about the shows.
Best bet: GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!
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