What started out in 1977 as a modest sushi and jazz club in Oakland has become one of the most respected jazz venues in the world: Yoshi's. For more than three decades SF locals had to cross the Bay Bridge to listen to Stanton Moore, Branford Marsalis, and Diana Krall in such an intimate setting. With the grand opening of Yoshi's in San Francisco's Fillmore District, now locals can take a taxi. The two-story, 28,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art jazz venue features the finest local, national, and international jazz artists, as well as first-rate Japanese cuisine at the adjoining restaurant. The elegant club is awash in gleaming dark and blond woods, big sculptural Japanese lanterns, and sensuously curved walls that envelop the intimate stage. Don't worry about the seating chart; there's not a bad seat in the house. It's the perfect place for a romantic date that starts with hamachi and ends with Harry Connick Jr., so be sure the check Yoshi's website to see who playing while you're in town and make reservations ASAP -- you'll be glad you did.
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- Highly Recommended 2010