Yoshi’s is a fabulous Japanese restaurant and “world class” jazz club located near Jack London Square in downtown Oakland. They offer a contemporary Japanese cuisine coupled with exemplary service. The restaurant has classic American table-type seating, counter seating and sunken tables that give you the feel of sitting on the floor Japanese-style without having your American legs go numb. To view the restaurant: http://www.yoshis.com/frame_restaurant.html .
Their sushi is exceptional—very fresh, tasty and beautifully presented. Their vegetable tempura is incredibly good and was my favorite dish on their menu. One note: be prepared to remove your shoes if you plan to be seated in the sunken table area.
A schedule of their featured jazz musicians can be found here: http://www.yoshis.com/