Yoko's Japanese Restaurant

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For the purpose of this User Test, I did in fact have a wonderful experience at Yoko's and would recommend it highly to anyone who loves fresh innovative sushi.

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For the purpose of this User Test, I did in fact have a wonderful experience at Yoko's and would recommend it highly to anyone who loves fresh innovative sushi.

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Even the sushi "chef" (and I use the term loosely) was surly and rude. Restaurant is dirty, food quality is poor, and the server dropped dishes that splattered on us. Apologies? Of course not. "Now's the time on Sprockets when we

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★★★★★

Even the sushi "chef" (and I use the term loosely) was surly and rude. Restaurant is dirty, food quality is poor, and the server dropped dishes that splattered on us. Apologies? Of course not. "Now's the time on Sprockets when we

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Pleeeez!!!! Don't give me this crap about how in order to produce great food you must employ surly employes who never manage to clean the place! I have eaten in sushi restaurants everywhere (incl. JAPAN regularly -- I am an intl. flight

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★★★★★

Pleeeez!!!! Don't give me this crap about how in order to produce great food you must employ surly employes who never manage to clean the place! I have eaten in sushi restaurants everywhere (incl. JAPAN regularly -- I am an intl. flight

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Yellowtuna gives an unfair review. This person is a born-again princess who just doesn't get it. Saying yoko's has a bad reputation is rediculous, unless it's among fools. The quality of yoko's sushi is the best in the state of Oregon by

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Yellowtuna gives an unfair review. This person is a born-again princess who just doesn't get it. Saying yoko's has a bad reputation is rediculous, unless it's among fools. The quality of yoko's sushi is the best in the state of Oregon by

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If you are looking for cold service and a negative vibe this is the place. If the crack smokin' waitress tries to charge you too much.. that's just protocol. This place has a horrible rotten odor as you walk in the door, looks like sushi has been deep rubbed into the carpet then never cleaned. The sushi was just average, and way overpriced, especially considering what you have to put up with to eat there. I expected more. I will never go back, there are so many good sushi bars in Portland it would be stupid to go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you are looking for cold service and a negative vibe this is the place. If the crack smokin' waitress tries to charge you too much.. that's just protocol. This place has a horrible rotten odor as you walk in the door, looks like sushi has been deep rubbed into the carpet then never cleaned. The sushi was just average, and way overpriced, especially considering what you have to put up with to eat there. I expected more. I will never go back, there are so many good sushi bars in Portland it would be stupid to go back.

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Have always loved the food, consistently great, but last visit there was treated really coldly by our server, guess cause we had a large group and asked if our table was ready 2x in the two hours we waited. I do understand large groups there are hard, it's a small place. The bad part was that she added gratuity and never told us or wrote it on the check. I've been a server for many years and that's just not cool. giving us poor, slow and rude service, and not telling us she added tip, I'll go back, but I don't think my friends will.

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★★★☆☆

Have always loved the food, consistently great, but last visit there was treated really coldly by our server, guess cause we had a large group and asked if our table was ready 2x in the two hours we waited. I do understand large groups there are hard, it's a small place. The bad part was that she added gratuity and never told us or wrote it on the check. I've been a server for many years and that's just not cool. giving us poor, slow and rude service, and not telling us she added tip, I'll go back, but I don't think my friends will.

Pros: great food

Cons: poor service

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Maybe they have great sushi, I'll never know because I'm not going to put up with being treated like crap long enough to find out.

Look, I'm a server...have been a long time and I know it sucks sometimes, but if you can't handle it, go find a desk job. Expecting a server to be polite and helpful is NOT unreasonable as so many other reviewers have suggested. IT'S THEIR JOB. If you are in a tipped industry THAT IS HOW YOU EARN A TIP. I don't treat MY customers like sh*t and expect them to reward me for it or become a return customer. I have never been rude to a waiter in my life and I am very forgiving of a server that seems stressed and ready for the end of his/her shift...I've been there! The staff at Yoko's just come off as dicks who want to let you know you are in THEIR house and playing by THEIR rules. No thanks.

Note to Yoko's: If you advertise that you do Take Out, then don't tell people you aren't doing Take Out whenever you just don't feel like it.

We left and went to Bara's and had pretty much the nicest server ever and a great dinner. I'm sure Yoko is a lovely, talented business owner who just unfortunately has some rotten apples in her staff.

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★☆☆☆☆

Maybe they have great sushi, I'll never know because I'm not going to put up with being treated like crap long enough to find out.

Look, I'm a server...have been a long time and I know it sucks sometimes, but if you can't handle it, go find a desk job. Expecting a server to be polite and helpful is NOT unreasonable as so many other reviewers have suggested. IT'S THEIR JOB. If you are in a tipped industry THAT IS HOW YOU EARN A TIP. I don't treat MY customers like sh*t and expect them to reward me for it or become a return customer. I have never been rude to a waiter in my life and I am very forgiving of a server that seems stressed and ready for the end of his/her shift...I've been there! The staff at Yoko's just come off as dicks who want to let you know you are in THEIR house and playing by THEIR rules. No thanks.

Note to Yoko's: If you advertise that you do Take Out, then don't tell people you aren't doing Take Out whenever you just don't feel like it.

We left and went to Bara's and had pretty much the nicest server ever and a great dinner. I'm sure Yoko is a lovely, talented business owner who just unfortunately has some rotten apples in her staff.

Pros: Didn't stay long enough to notice any.

Cons: Horrible service

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Try it. You wont' be dissapointed.

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★★★★★

Try it. You wont' be dissapointed.

Pros: great original dishes

Cons: can have a large wait.

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I regret to have to write this, being a portland area chef, foodie, and all around restaurant industry professional.
My girlfriend and my self have been dedicated to Yoko's since august of this last year. Frequenting Yoko's once a week at least. The first time we went to Yoko's we were very impressed with the food and very disappointed by the service. The second time we went we sat at the bar, thinking the service would be a bit higher, WRONG! The gentlemen preparing our sushi were very talkative and helpful with menu questions being very busy I was pleasantly surprised at this. How ever, waiting for 20 minutes for a server to ask if we would like water, tea, beer, or hell, Sake even. Is not at all impressive. Needless to say we slipped the sushi cooks our tip, knowing that the place tip pools even. As a this is meant for you not the patchouli doused blond twig with glasses.
Every time since we have had s%*$ for service, and yes by the same stankin patchouli wearing gall.
I have sent many chef and industry friends and co-workers to Yoko's, and evey one of them say the service sucks but will go back for the food.

All in all she needs to pull her hipster attitude out of her a$$ and get back to customer service, as that is how you make your wage, right gall!?

Food is amazing and service needs to change in a big way, unless you are a woman into woman then as observed last night you get your drinks and food in a very fast manor.

All the best to Yoko's owners as they have some house cleaning to do.

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★★★☆☆

I regret to have to write this, being a portland area chef, foodie, and all around restaurant industry professional.
My girlfriend and my self have been dedicated to Yoko's since august of this last year. Frequenting Yoko's once a week at least. The first time we went to Yoko's we were very impressed with the food and very disappointed by the service. The second time we went we sat at the bar, thinking the service would be a bit higher, WRONG! The gentlemen preparing our sushi were very talkative and helpful with menu questions being very busy I was pleasantly surprised at this. How ever, waiting for 20 minutes for a server to ask if we would like water, tea, beer, or hell, Sake even. Is not at all impressive. Needless to say we slipped the sushi cooks our tip, knowing that the place tip pools even. As a this is meant for you not the patchouli doused blond twig with glasses.
Every time since we have had s%*$ for service, and yes by the same stankin patchouli wearing gall.
I have sent many chef and industry friends and co-workers to Yoko's, and evey one of them say the service sucks but will go back for the food.

All in all she needs to pull her hipster attitude out of her a$$ and get back to customer service, as that is how you make your wage, right gall!?

Food is amazing and service needs to change in a big way, unless you are a woman into woman then as observed last night you get your drinks and food in a very fast manor.

All the best to Yoko's owners as they have some house cleaning to do.

Pros: Great sushi and amazing menu

Cons: Service

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I think that Yoko's has the best sushi in town. They are so popular, that there is almost always a wait however. But they'll call you on your cell so you can get a drink at the bar next store.

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★★★★★

I think that Yoko's has the best sushi in town. They are so popular, that there is almost always a wait however. But they'll call you on your cell so you can get a drink at the bar next store.

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I LOVE Yoko's! This is authentic japanese food, not the over complicated stuff you get at some places. Very, very yummy! My number one sushi choice in Portland!

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★★★★★

I LOVE Yoko's! This is authentic japanese food, not the over complicated stuff you get at some places. Very, very yummy! My number one sushi choice in Portland!

Pros: Great service, intimate, wonderful food!

Cons: Sometimes there's a wait to be seated.

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I have been to sushi all over portland and this is by far the best sushi i have had. Our waitress was so helpful and the service was great!!! i would def recommend this place to sushi lovers

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★★★★★

I have been to sushi all over portland and this is by far the best sushi i have had. Our waitress was so helpful and the service was great!!! i would def recommend this place to sushi lovers

Pros: Not a chain

Cons: sometimes a bit of a wait because it so delicious

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best. sushi, ever.

i go to yokos for the freshest best sushi in town, honestly i go for the BAT MAN ROLL! its sooo freaking good. seriously, a non-traditional combination- but so inspired and delicious...

i have been a loyal yoko's patron for the past 8 years, i've NEVER had a bad customer service experience. sure you have to wait, but they have like 10 tables, they cant help it, plus there is a bar across the street and next door...

Also where can you find high quality sushi, made fresh, by the business owner herself right in front of you... yoko is awesome, and adorable!

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★★★★★

best. sushi, ever.

i go to yokos for the freshest best sushi in town, honestly i go for the BAT MAN ROLL! its sooo freaking good. seriously, a non-traditional combination- but so inspired and delicious...

i have been a loyal yoko's patron for the past 8 years, i've NEVER had a bad customer service experience. sure you have to wait, but they have like 10 tables, they cant help it, plus there is a bar across the street and next door...

Also where can you find high quality sushi, made fresh, by the business owner herself right in front of you... yoko is awesome, and adorable!

Pros: best sushi ever, atmosphere, vibe

Cons: ... they dont deliver..

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Well besides the place being Slammed to the wall busy I thought the service was decent though the food was amazing. Their is no other sushi bar in this small little city that offers such creative food with a casual atmosphere, you can go anywhere for your traditional sushi but Yoko's stands alone. I my self have been a sushi chef for the last six years in the Portland area and this is where I go when I want Sashimi, Salmon,Hamachi and they always have the most fresh Tuna. Every sushi bar in town knows of Yokos trust me they are so busy. thats why they have the best fish. You have to try the Takas tuna and the Poki roll, Oh my God!! And they have the best Kara-age in town. Plus Yoko is so cute you will want to put her in your pocket and take her home. Its the sushi bar you HAVE to go to once at least...........

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★★★★★

Well besides the place being Slammed to the wall busy I thought the service was decent though the food was amazing. Their is no other sushi bar in this small little city that offers such creative food with a casual atmosphere, you can go anywhere for your traditional sushi but Yoko's stands alone. I my self have been a sushi chef for the last six years in the Portland area and this is where I go when I want Sashimi, Salmon,Hamachi and they always have the most fresh Tuna. Every sushi bar in town knows of Yokos trust me they are so busy. thats why they have the best fish. You have to try the Takas tuna and the Poki roll, Oh my God!! And they have the best Kara-age in town. Plus Yoko is so cute you will want to put her in your pocket and take her home. Its the sushi bar you HAVE to go to once at least...........

Pros: Their is a cool bar next store

Cons: No parking

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The sushi here is so good! The prices are little higher but worth it. The space is very tiny so waiting is common. They have a few fish tanks to space out on while you wait or just go next door to the bar and someone will grab you when a table is open. The seaweed salad is a must.

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★★★★☆

The sushi here is so good! The prices are little higher but worth it. The space is very tiny so waiting is common. They have a few fish tanks to space out on while you wait or just go next door to the bar and someone will grab you when a table is open. The seaweed salad is a must.

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Very sad. I am new to the area and live around the corner and was looking forward to eating here. I have walked over twice, once with a friend and once solo, both times I felt unwanted and as if the wait was some kind of test if your hip enough to eat there. I will not go back, as a customer I should not feel so uncomfortable. Its not the wait thats the problem its the vibe.

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★☆☆☆☆

Very sad. I am new to the area and live around the corner and was looking forward to eating here. I have walked over twice, once with a friend and once solo, both times I felt unwanted and as if the wait was some kind of test if your hip enough to eat there. I will not go back, as a customer I should not feel so uncomfortable. Its not the wait thats the problem its the vibe.

Pros: Bar next store

Cons: only good food in area

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Lot's of negative ratings...i'm surprised! Funny how people take things so personal.

We went on a friend's recommendation at 6:00 pm on a Saturday night. There were two parties ahead of us and we waited 15 minutes tops. Not bad, IMO. Our server was pleasant. She recommended a few items some of which we went with, others we passed. The food was B+ because it was different than what I typically order. The fried rice Nigiri with spicy tuna and avocado was interesting and tasty - I'm glad I tried it, but it isn't something I'd order again. I'm a traditionalist and I like my rice soft, not crispy. Of the more traditional Nigiri, the fish was fresh, adequately portioned and the rice was a nice complement. I'd go back again and try other menu items. There are other Sushi Restaurants in Portland I can't say I would try again.

My only complaint was that our table was the closest table to the potty. About, 3-4 feet too close. I'd wait for another table next time.

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★★★★☆

Lot's of negative ratings...i'm surprised! Funny how people take things so personal.

We went on a friend's recommendation at 6:00 pm on a Saturday night. There were two parties ahead of us and we waited 15 minutes tops. Not bad, IMO. Our server was pleasant. She recommended a few items some of which we went with, others we passed. The food was B+ because it was different than what I typically order. The fried rice Nigiri with spicy tuna and avocado was interesting and tasty - I'm glad I tried it, but it isn't something I'd order again. I'm a traditionalist and I like my rice soft, not crispy. Of the more traditional Nigiri, the fish was fresh, adequately portioned and the rice was a nice complement. I'd go back again and try other menu items. There are other Sushi Restaurants in Portland I can't say I would try again.

My only complaint was that our table was the closest table to the potty. About, 3-4 feet too close. I'd wait for another table next time.

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I like to think that I'm a good judge of food. I grew up eating all kinds of cuisines in new york, sushi being one of them. moving to Portland, it was easy to find OK Japanese cuisine, mio is just fine for a quick bite, Masu has good fish and kind of overambitious food if you wanna dress up, But Yoko's to me is the best of the best.

The food is exceptional. as for the fish, i NEVER get that 'not so fresh" feeling. the creativity of the menu transcends all other sushi restaurants Ive been to in portland, from the perfectly broiled hamachi collar, to the taka's tuna, your looking at some amazing plays on Japanese cuisine. fun and pretty to look at, the portions are also huge, more like a good burger at a bar than a tapas.

Look, the staff is not going to kiss you a**, they are busy and they get their job done. unless you get to this place at 5 your probably gonna have to wait anywhere up to an hour to eat. there is a nice bar next door that you can have yoko's call you at when your table is ready.

if your starving, go elsewhere. going out to eat is an occasion, and this is in no way fast food. neither is Les Halles, or Babbo. you go for the experience of the food, its very good, the chefs are personable when you sit at the bar, the atmosphere allows for jeans and a tee shirt, but never feels cheap. its the perfect mix of calm and quality.

if you think resturants like Koji and Todi and Fuji are OK, then stick to these. they will serve you questionable fish on the cheap and super fast. the staff will be super bubbly! you can savor this instead of the food. I prefer to preserve the integrity of my palate and my lower intestine, so i will be sticking to Yoko's!

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★★★★★

I like to think that I'm a good judge of food. I grew up eating all kinds of cuisines in new york, sushi being one of them. moving to Portland, it was easy to find OK Japanese cuisine, mio is just fine for a quick bite, Masu has good fish and kind of overambitious food if you wanna dress up, But Yoko's to me is the best of the best.

The food is exceptional. as for the fish, i NEVER get that 'not so fresh" feeling. the creativity of the menu transcends all other sushi restaurants Ive been to in portland, from the perfectly broiled hamachi collar, to the taka's tuna, your looking at some amazing plays on Japanese cuisine. fun and pretty to look at, the portions are also huge, more like a good burger at a bar than a tapas.

Look, the staff is not going to kiss you a**, they are busy and they get their job done. unless you get to this place at 5 your probably gonna have to wait anywhere up to an hour to eat. there is a nice bar next door that you can have yoko's call you at when your table is ready.

if your starving, go elsewhere. going out to eat is an occasion, and this is in no way fast food. neither is Les Halles, or Babbo. you go for the experience of the food, its very good, the chefs are personable when you sit at the bar, the atmosphere allows for jeans and a tee shirt, but never feels cheap. its the perfect mix of calm and quality.

if you think resturants like Koji and Todi and Fuji are OK, then stick to these. they will serve you questionable fish on the cheap and super fast. the staff will be super bubbly! you can savor this instead of the food. I prefer to preserve the integrity of my palate and my lower intestine, so i will be sticking to Yoko's!

Pros: Upscale qality at avrage prices, low key.

Cons: the wait, expect it, and you will be fine!

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I had to write a review after reading many of the 1 star ratings that have been posted. I am a regular at Yoko's and am surprised by how many reviewers think the service is surly and rude. I have never had this experience. The servers are not the fake smiling, nod in agreement to everything you say such as when you go to a chain restaurant but they are nice and get their job done. I go to Yoko's for the sushi, not to be friendly with the wait staff. One thing to remember, Portland in general is known as a city that has restaurants with great food but slow service.
Yes, there is always a wait, but for sushi that is as fresh, tasty and inventive as Yoko's is, it is worth it. The Poki roll is phenomenal and the sashimi is always fresh.
I find it extremely convenient that they will call you on your cell phone to inform you that your table is ready. The music is loud but I found that a simple request to lower the volume worked wonders. They were very accommodating when it came to the volume of the music.
It is a very small restaurant that is very popular, expect a wait unless you get there right a 5.
The food is absolutely worth it!!!!

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★★★★★

I had to write a review after reading many of the 1 star ratings that have been posted. I am a regular at Yoko's and am surprised by how many reviewers think the service is surly and rude. I have never had this experience. The servers are not the fake smiling, nod in agreement to everything you say such as when you go to a chain restaurant but they are nice and get their job done. I go to Yoko's for the sushi, not to be friendly with the wait staff. One thing to remember, Portland in general is known as a city that has restaurants with great food but slow service.
Yes, there is always a wait, but for sushi that is as fresh, tasty and inventive as Yoko's is, it is worth it. The Poki roll is phenomenal and the sashimi is always fresh.
I find it extremely convenient that they will call you on your cell phone to inform you that your table is ready. The music is loud but I found that a simple request to lower the volume worked wonders. They were very accommodating when it came to the volume of the music.
It is a very small restaurant that is very popular, expect a wait unless you get there right a 5.
The food is absolutely worth it!!!!

Pros: Fresh sushi, great fish tank, great choice for saki

Cons: long wait

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Earlier this week, my friend and I decided to go to Yoko's.
He lives right around the corner, and has been a pretty devoted patron of the place for a while now.
Before going to Yoko's that night, when I voiced my concerns about their (widespread) reputation for rudeness and a general disregard for customers, he assured me that my experiences were not an accurate reflection of the restaurant.
So, we went in, and signed our names up and waited.
When he thought our names were coming up, my friend, an excitable type, said to the woman seating (a blonde woman with glasses), "I think we're next."
She looked at the list, gave him a scowl, told him that someone else was actually before us and then added, "Isn't it too bad that there are other people in the world."
Needless to say, we walked out after that.
Look, Yoko's: I know you guys are popular, but to treat your customers like s***, like they're not actually making a choice to patronize your establishment, and like they're not worthy of basic respect, is a bad move.
As hipsters making sushi, maybe you guys have some private rationale for being insulting to your customers. It's a mystery to me.
If you're reading this, and are contemplating going to Yoko's, I'd recommend going to another sushi restaurant in Portland that values your business and that values you as a person.

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★☆☆☆☆

Earlier this week, my friend and I decided to go to Yoko's.
He lives right around the corner, and has been a pretty devoted patron of the place for a while now.
Before going to Yoko's that night, when I voiced my concerns about their (widespread) reputation for rudeness and a general disregard for customers, he assured me that my experiences were not an accurate reflection of the restaurant.
So, we went in, and signed our names up and waited.
When he thought our names were coming up, my friend, an excitable type, said to the woman seating (a blonde woman with glasses), "I think we're next."
She looked at the list, gave him a scowl, told him that someone else was actually before us and then added, "Isn't it too bad that there are other people in the world."
Needless to say, we walked out after that.
Look, Yoko's: I know you guys are popular, but to treat your customers like s***, like they're not actually making a choice to patronize your establishment, and like they're not worthy of basic respect, is a bad move.
As hipsters making sushi, maybe you guys have some private rationale for being insulting to your customers. It's a mystery to me.
If you're reading this, and are contemplating going to Yoko's, I'd recommend going to another sushi restaurant in Portland that values your business and that values you as a person.

Pros: Supposedly, fresh fish.

Cons: Why sacrifice your dignity to eat fresh fish?

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For one, I live around the corner from Yokos. We walk there every once in a while, we used to eat there often. The problems (I thought) were contained to monday and tuesday, when the regular crew was not there. Seems that is not the case. with friends in town late today and looking for a quick bite, My wife and our guests walked around the corner just before nine hoping to get a carryout. The Dreadful twerp trying to pass as someone in CUSTOMER SERVICE was rude and if I was his mother I would have slapped him. Tonight was the 3rd strike for Yokos. Once before we waited in C bar for a table 2hours. When a taxi pulled up and five people got out and were seated, I inquired as to our table. Blank stare as to who we were was all I received. Maybe they don't give a sh%t, and maybe they don't need my business. I work hard for my money, as does everyone else. Sorry Yoko, but until things change you will never see me or my money again. One would think you would want the locals. Get rid of the angst ridden hipster dufuss and hire some decent help. Maybe it's Yokos pool boy, who knows. I don't think she really cares. If she does they are pullin wool

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★☆☆☆☆

For one, I live around the corner from Yokos. We walk there every once in a while, we used to eat there often. The problems (I thought) were contained to monday and tuesday, when the regular crew was not there. Seems that is not the case. with friends in town late today and looking for a quick bite, My wife and our guests walked around the corner just before nine hoping to get a carryout. The Dreadful twerp trying to pass as someone in CUSTOMER SERVICE was rude and if I was his mother I would have slapped him. Tonight was the 3rd strike for Yokos. Once before we waited in C bar for a table 2hours. When a taxi pulled up and five people got out and were seated, I inquired as to our table. Blank stare as to who we were was all I received. Maybe they don't give a sh%t, and maybe they don't need my business. I work hard for my money, as does everyone else. Sorry Yoko, but until things change you will never see me or my money again. One would think you would want the locals. Get rid of the angst ridden hipster dufuss and hire some decent help. Maybe it's Yokos pool boy, who knows. I don't think she really cares. If she does they are pullin wool

Pros: fresh

Cons: hipster dufuss staff

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...No reason to pull the wait list at 8:45, especially if there are only two groups of three waiting. Just because a place closes at 9:30 doesn't mean they have to stop seating in order to get everyone out by 9:30... Every table had food and some were about to clear out, they could have seated us and had us served in no time. And the guy that mouthed off (dare I call him a hostess, cause he was a little b****) didn't have to be jerked chicken about it. "...We're closed..." AS he turns and walks away is not an acceptable answer when clearly the posted hours say they're open, just flipping rude. They're open for 4.5 hours a day, they can't maintain some level of courtesy for that long?

If their list is full enough at 8:00 to keep them busy until past 9:30, why not change the hours to close at 8? That way, when people are looking for places to eat they won't assume that, just because it's 8:45 and the place closes at 9:30, they'll get a seat...

I'm not saying I won't ever go back, in fact I'll attempt it tonight, but just because I'm curious to see if there's any consistency in their demeanor and (lack of) professionalism.

Oh, by the way, the food is really tasty!

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★☆☆☆☆

...No reason to pull the wait list at 8:45, especially if there are only two groups of three waiting. Just because a place closes at 9:30 doesn't mean they have to stop seating in order to get everyone out by 9:30... Every table had food and some were about to clear out, they could have seated us and had us served in no time. And the guy that mouthed off (dare I call him a hostess, cause he was a little b****) didn't have to be jerked chicken about it. "...We're closed..." AS he turns and walks away is not an acceptable answer when clearly the posted hours say they're open, just flipping rude. They're open for 4.5 hours a day, they can't maintain some level of courtesy for that long?

If their list is full enough at 8:00 to keep them busy until past 9:30, why not change the hours to close at 8? That way, when people are looking for places to eat they won't assume that, just because it's 8:45 and the place closes at 9:30, they'll get a seat...

I'm not saying I won't ever go back, in fact I'll attempt it tonight, but just because I'm curious to see if there's any consistency in their demeanor and (lack of) professionalism.

Oh, by the way, the food is really tasty!

Pros: great sushi; rolls, sashimi, everything

Cons: The staff has the worst interpersonal relation skills, bad business model

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You need to get there early to get served easily it is very busy! But very good. I go there often and am never let down!

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★★★★☆

You need to get there early to get served easily it is very busy! But very good. I go there often and am never let down!

Pros: Good sushi

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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who ARE all these people that keep writing that yoko's service is bad, even downright surly? i clearly seem to have been eating in an entirely different restaurant for the past 10 years or so. the fish is beautiful, the service is ALWAYS friendly and attentive. i eat here often, both with just my husband and in large groups and have always been fed and treated well. if you are reading about yoko's and are afraid to go, consider the fact that if you don't get there between 5 and 5:30 on ANY night of the week, you will have to wait in line. and that's for a tiny sushi place in a pretty random part of town. i rest my case.

I LOVE YOU, YOKO'S!!!

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★★★★★

who ARE all these people that keep writing that yoko's service is bad, even downright surly? i clearly seem to have been eating in an entirely different restaurant for the past 10 years or so. the fish is beautiful, the service is ALWAYS friendly and attentive. i eat here often, both with just my husband and in large groups and have always been fed and treated well. if you are reading about yoko's and are afraid to go, consider the fact that if you don't get there between 5 and 5:30 on ANY night of the week, you will have to wait in line. and that's for a tiny sushi place in a pretty random part of town. i rest my case.

I LOVE YOU, YOKO'S!!!

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Let me share my story. We went to Yoko's for the first time today. We were excited about our first visit; we heard the food was good. The atmosphere of the place was nice, and the miso soup was good if a bit salty. Then, one of the servers dropped dirty dishes on the floor right next to my husband. Dirty left-overs, dish pieces, food and some kind of liquids, splashed onto his arm, elbow, and hip bag. Mistakes like this happen at restaurants, but what was surprising to me was that NOT ONLY did the server not even notice, care or apologize, BUT ALSO the sushi chef said nothing even though he noticed what happened. How did we know that the chef noticed? Upset by hearing us complain to each other about it (after my husband came back from washing off the filth in the bathroom), he told us sarcastically, "If you do not want to tip, you don't have to. Have you been to Saburo? See how you like their service." So rather than caring about the customer or the service, the sushi chef made us (or rather, our expectations) sound like the problem instead. That was unbelievable and such a disappointment.

I saw the sushi chef of Yoko's defend himself in another review on this website with the name "sushitou" (fraudulently rating himself and his restaurant at five stars), saying that they are "only human" and "very busy." I?m sorry, but I have been waiting tables at a Japanese restaurant for five years and working with many different sushi chefs. I have never seen a real sushi chef get flustered even though we were much busier than Yoko?s. I think if he cannot smile and talk with customers when he is busy, he should NOT work at the sushi bar, and should go make sushi in the kitchen. He blames the customers while defending his own incompetence! Sushi chefs should be talented enough to make sushi while they are SMILING and PAYING ATTENTION TO THEIR CUSTOMERS.

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★☆☆☆☆

Let me share my story. We went to Yoko's for the first time today. We were excited about our first visit; we heard the food was good. The atmosphere of the place was nice, and the miso soup was good if a bit salty. Then, one of the servers dropped dirty dishes on the floor right next to my husband. Dirty left-overs, dish pieces, food and some kind of liquids, splashed onto his arm, elbow, and hip bag. Mistakes like this happen at restaurants, but what was surprising to me was that NOT ONLY did the server not even notice, care or apologize, BUT ALSO the sushi chef said nothing even though he noticed what happened. How did we know that the chef noticed? Upset by hearing us complain to each other about it (after my husband came back from washing off the filth in the bathroom), he told us sarcastically, "If you do not want to tip, you don't have to. Have you been to Saburo? See how you like their service." So rather than caring about the customer or the service, the sushi chef made us (or rather, our expectations) sound like the problem instead. That was unbelievable and such a disappointment.

I saw the sushi chef of Yoko's defend himself in another review on this website with the name "sushitou" (fraudulently rating himself and his restaurant at five stars), saying that they are "only human" and "very busy." I?m sorry, but I have been waiting tables at a Japanese restaurant for five years and working with many different sushi chefs. I have never seen a real sushi chef get flustered even though we were much busier than Yoko?s. I think if he cannot smile and talk with customers when he is busy, he should NOT work at the sushi bar, and should go make sushi in the kitchen. He blames the customers while defending his own incompetence! Sushi chefs should be talented enough to make sushi while they are SMILING and PAYING ATTENTION TO THEIR CUSTOMERS.

Pros: Food

Cons: The Sushi "Chef"

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After going to Yokos for the last 10 years (including the original in NW portland), I have to respond to the negative reviews on this site. For all the people complaining about the service, lighten up. They have always been friendly and on many occasions given us samples of new rolls that they are trying. They even gave us some free food and drinks when my wife and I got engaged. If you really need to be friends with the Sushi chefs or need constant attention from the servers, then this might not be the spot for you. I have talked with most of the people who work there and they are nice, but I don't go out to eat to make friends with the staff. They are always pleasant, but with the amount of Sushi that they have to crank out to keep the line moving they probably don't have time to chat up everybody at the Sushi bar. I have been to many Sushi spots in Portland (including many on the "best of" list) and Yokos is as good or better on most every night. I have had Hamachi a few times that wasn't as fresh as usual, but 99% of the time their fish is fresh and delicious.

Go to Yokos to enjoy the company you are with, get some good Sushi, and chill in an atmosphere that is relaxed and a little different than your average Sushi spot. It wont be fast, and the staff wont ask for your myspace address, but it is a solid restaurant with some excellent Sushi. And for all of the haters giving bad reviews, good riddance. I dont like to eat around uppity, drunk, or whiney people. Yokos Rules!

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★★★★☆

After going to Yokos for the last 10 years (including the original in NW portland), I have to respond to the negative reviews on this site. For all the people complaining about the service, lighten up. They have always been friendly and on many occasions given us samples of new rolls that they are trying. They even gave us some free food and drinks when my wife and I got engaged. If you really need to be friends with the Sushi chefs or need constant attention from the servers, then this might not be the spot for you. I have talked with most of the people who work there and they are nice, but I don't go out to eat to make friends with the staff. They are always pleasant, but with the amount of Sushi that they have to crank out to keep the line moving they probably don't have time to chat up everybody at the Sushi bar. I have been to many Sushi spots in Portland (including many on the "best of" list) and Yokos is as good or better on most every night. I have had Hamachi a few times that wasn't as fresh as usual, but 99% of the time their fish is fresh and delicious.

Go to Yokos to enjoy the company you are with, get some good Sushi, and chill in an atmosphere that is relaxed and a little different than your average Sushi spot. It wont be fast, and the staff wont ask for your myspace address, but it is a solid restaurant with some excellent Sushi. And for all of the haters giving bad reviews, good riddance. I dont like to eat around uppity, drunk, or whiney people. Yokos Rules!

Pros: Great Sushi. Inventive specials. TAKAS TUNA!!!

Cons: Sometimes a long wait, but just go next door and have a drink

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their sushi is not bad in general, but for the price. I would rather pay more for fresher sushi at Syun or Murata or Hiroshi. IMO nothing special, slightly better then Mio Sushi.

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★★★☆☆

their sushi is not bad in general, but for the price. I would rather pay more for fresher sushi at Syun or Murata or Hiroshi. IMO nothing special, slightly better then Mio Sushi.

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let me first say that my 3 year old and i eat sushi a few times a week, but we drive downtown to do it. with the gas prices how they are i made the effort to try a more local spot... mistake! we got there at 5 and put in our order immediately. at 5:22 i asked the server how much longer it would be to get our small order out, he returned and told me it would be out in 7 minutes, although it had not been started yet. i decided that i would rather use that 7 minutes and drive to our regular spot. he said fine, and that i just owed 1.50 for my soda. i paid it, but are you kidding me? this place has 5 tables, and the server told me the guy was just busy since all of the tables filled up at the same time. save yourself the irratation and go anywhere else but here.
also i wanted to note that if you have a child that enjoys sushi, this is NOT the place for them. the blaring music was not the issue, as much as the f word coming up is the songs on a regular basis. -not excited for my child to hear that.
the prices are on the higher side compared to most places in the portland metro area, but i did not get to try anything so im not sure if it is worth all the hassle.

0
★☆☆☆☆

let me first say that my 3 year old and i eat sushi a few times a week, but we drive downtown to do it. with the gas prices how they are i made the effort to try a more local spot... mistake! we got there at 5 and put in our order immediately. at 5:22 i asked the server how much longer it would be to get our small order out, he returned and told me it would be out in 7 minutes, although it had not been started yet. i decided that i would rather use that 7 minutes and drive to our regular spot. he said fine, and that i just owed 1.50 for my soda. i paid it, but are you kidding me? this place has 5 tables, and the server told me the guy was just busy since all of the tables filled up at the same time. save yourself the irratation and go anywhere else but here.
also i wanted to note that if you have a child that enjoys sushi, this is NOT the place for them. the blaring music was not the issue, as much as the f word coming up is the songs on a regular basis. -not excited for my child to hear that.
the prices are on the higher side compared to most places in the portland metro area, but i did not get to try anything so im not sure if it is worth all the hassle.

Pros: location

Cons: employees, wait time for sushi to be made, music choices.

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If you don't mind waiting an hour or two for sushi just to be talked down to in a condescending manner by the rudest servers in the world, then this is your place! It's a shame too because their food was one of the better places we have tried since moving to Portland. We were told by friends who took us there that Yoko is super nice but just has some rude employees, and it's true.
It may be ok for some but I won't be back.
Sorry, Yoko.

0
★☆☆☆☆

If you don't mind waiting an hour or two for sushi just to be talked down to in a condescending manner by the rudest servers in the world, then this is your place! It's a shame too because their food was one of the better places we have tried since moving to Portland. We were told by friends who took us there that Yoko is super nice but just has some rude employees, and it's true.
It may be ok for some but I won't be back.
Sorry, Yoko.

Cons: worst service ever!

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Over the last 7-8 years I've spent significant time and money at Yoko's. I've always enjoyed it. Tonight, though, I got there early; my Japanese in-laws are in town, my father-in-law's handicapped, we have babies, and I wanted to bring them something they'd enjoy. On the menu, it says take out orders are charged 15% extra, and that was no problem; what was a problem was the amount of hassling I got about whether or not the sushi chef would consider a take out order, and the feeling I got that I was making a huge inconvenience for them when essentially I was just there to happily pay them for their food and service. The restaurant was empty at this time. After feeling humiliated and being told that I could only order one hamachi collar, not two--it was the special--I decided not to order at all. I won't be back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Over the last 7-8 years I've spent significant time and money at Yoko's. I've always enjoyed it. Tonight, though, I got there early; my Japanese in-laws are in town, my father-in-law's handicapped, we have babies, and I wanted to bring them something they'd enjoy. On the menu, it says take out orders are charged 15% extra, and that was no problem; what was a problem was the amount of hassling I got about whether or not the sushi chef would consider a take out order, and the feeling I got that I was making a huge inconvenience for them when essentially I was just there to happily pay them for their food and service. The restaurant was empty at this time. After feeling humiliated and being told that I could only order one hamachi collar, not two--it was the special--I decided not to order at all. I won't be back.

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first of all, i don't even like sushi. my boyfriend does and he's a sweetie, so occassionaly i acquiesce and we go have some sushi. at yoko's. because it's good. there's always a wait (because it's good) and so we just walk across the street to the ship ahoy, play some pinball (that's also good... 4 super sweet games), and, in an hour or so, eat some sushi. please, let me reiterate... i don't like fish. i thinks it's gross and slimy and it stinks. only not at yokos. it's delicious and melt in you mouth fabulous. also, unlike some of these other reviewers, i have never had a bad experience with the sushi chefs. they're always busy... but also funny. maybe some folks don't like the dry humor. i do. i, too, have been in the service industry for over a decade and find their demeanor accomodating and helpful. in a fast paced environment i don't expect people to ask me how my kids are or how the new job's going... i want fast and competent service. also, when a restaurant is busy, camping is not appropriate. when everyone is waiting for upwards of an hour, i don't think it's unreasonable for someone to ask you to move it on out, 20% tip or not. there are 3 bars within 2 blocks of this place... go get a cocktail and continue your chat at any one of them. this place has great food and a no nonsense staff. i find their attitude refreshing and the food delicious.

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★★★★★

first of all, i don't even like sushi. my boyfriend does and he's a sweetie, so occassionaly i acquiesce and we go have some sushi. at yoko's. because it's good. there's always a wait (because it's good) and so we just walk across the street to the ship ahoy, play some pinball (that's also good... 4 super sweet games), and, in an hour or so, eat some sushi. please, let me reiterate... i don't like fish. i thinks it's gross and slimy and it stinks. only not at yokos. it's delicious and melt in you mouth fabulous. also, unlike some of these other reviewers, i have never had a bad experience with the sushi chefs. they're always busy... but also funny. maybe some folks don't like the dry humor. i do. i, too, have been in the service industry for over a decade and find their demeanor accomodating and helpful. in a fast paced environment i don't expect people to ask me how my kids are or how the new job's going... i want fast and competent service. also, when a restaurant is busy, camping is not appropriate. when everyone is waiting for upwards of an hour, i don't think it's unreasonable for someone to ask you to move it on out, 20% tip or not. there are 3 bars within 2 blocks of this place... go get a cocktail and continue your chat at any one of them. this place has great food and a no nonsense staff. i find their attitude refreshing and the food delicious.

Pros: service, b*ng for buck

Cons: it's a little too cozy

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My wife and I have been Yoko's devotees for a few years, but now we're looking elsewhere. They took my favorite sushi off the menu (hokki gai, surf clam) and our last time there the fish wasn't as fresh as we had become accustomed to. The hamachi was downright dowdy. And to top it off the staff seems to get less and less friendly every time we go. The sushi chef even made what I consider to be a pretty rude remark about bringing kids to the restaurant. It seems like they've started to take their customers for granted, and the fish definitely is not as good as we remember when we first started going there. Too bad. We really loved Yoko's.

1
★★★☆☆

My wife and I have been Yoko's devotees for a few years, but now we're looking elsewhere. They took my favorite sushi off the menu (hokki gai, surf clam) and our last time there the fish wasn't as fresh as we had become accustomed to. The hamachi was downright dowdy. And to top it off the staff seems to get less and less friendly every time we go. The sushi chef even made what I consider to be a pretty rude remark about bringing kids to the restaurant. It seems like they've started to take their customers for granted, and the fish definitely is not as good as we remember when we first started going there. Too bad. We really loved Yoko's.

Pros: decent sushi

Cons: not as good as it used to be. long waits. not very friendly service

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For me, dining experience is more about food than ambience, romantic setting, convenient parking, or even service. So a sushi dinner in rowdy Yoko's on Gladstone was a joyful and fulfilling experience, regardless of the waiting line and brushing elbows with other couples at the sushi bar. The fish cut was generous and superb, bringing out the freshest fish flavor. The sizable rolls were flavorful, each component stood out nicely. The only misfire was a cumbersome tepid concoction of minced tuna and avocado on a fried rice pedestal (featured special on Martin Luther King's Day). I'd recommend Yoko's to my dearest friends and send my enemies to Sin Ju in Pearl.

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★★★★★

For me, dining experience is more about food than ambience, romantic setting, convenient parking, or even service. So a sushi dinner in rowdy Yoko's on Gladstone was a joyful and fulfilling experience, regardless of the waiting line and brushing elbows with other couples at the sushi bar. The fish cut was generous and superb, bringing out the freshest fish flavor. The sizable rolls were flavorful, each component stood out nicely. The only misfire was a cumbersome tepid concoction of minced tuna and avocado on a fried rice pedestal (featured special on Martin Luther King's Day). I'd recommend Yoko's to my dearest friends and send my enemies to Sin Ju in Pearl.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Price

Cons: Waiting List

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it's encouraging to see the number of negative reviews for this restaurant. last friday i had the worst restaurant experience i have ever had in portland there. the food was certainly decent, although nowhere near good enough to warrant the horrible customer service and lack of interpersonal skills displayed by their 'sushi chef'.

after the requesite 1hr+ wait at the C-Bar, my friend and I were seated at the sushi bar. given that it was a friday nite, we had already had a couple of cocktails. i haven't seen this friend in some time and we were having a good time. evidently, that was my first mistake. my gregariousness and sincere desire to establish some kind of rapport with the restaurant staff evidently offended said 'chef'. i quickly realized he was busy and not in the mood to talk, so we let it go. after a decent (by no means spectacular) meal, we noted the kitchen staff was breaking down the line, so as we were finishing up our beverages, i tried to re-engage the guys on the line. the second-in-command was quite pleasant and approachable, but when i started talking to the prima-donna 'chef', i was offered a cab home and told not to condescend him. my friend and i were floored. we have both been in the restaurant industry for over twenty years each and were sincerely asking this fellow how his night went. to drop over $100 bucks on middle-of-the-road sushi that i could've paid a fraction for at infinitely better establishments like i love sushi or syun izakaya and then to be offended on top of it was pretty hard to swallow.

obviously this person is in the wrong industry. perhaps he doesn't get out much, but it is sort of expected that the sushi chef has some sort of interaction with the patrons at the bar, and that sometimes, these folks will have had an adult beverage or two.

i cannot state strongly enough that this establishment is not a recommendable destination. there is WAY too much good sushi and customer service in this town.

0
★☆☆☆☆

it's encouraging to see the number of negative reviews for this restaurant. last friday i had the worst restaurant experience i have ever had in portland there. the food was certainly decent, although nowhere near good enough to warrant the horrible customer service and lack of interpersonal skills displayed by their 'sushi chef'.

after the requesite 1hr+ wait at the C-Bar, my friend and I were seated at the sushi bar. given that it was a friday nite, we had already had a couple of cocktails. i haven't seen this friend in some time and we were having a good time. evidently, that was my first mistake. my gregariousness and sincere desire to establish some kind of rapport with the restaurant staff evidently offended said 'chef'. i quickly realized he was busy and not in the mood to talk, so we let it go. after a decent (by no means spectacular) meal, we noted the kitchen staff was breaking down the line, so as we were finishing up our beverages, i tried to re-engage the guys on the line. the second-in-command was quite pleasant and approachable, but when i started talking to the prima-donna 'chef', i was offered a cab home and told not to condescend him. my friend and i were floored. we have both been in the restaurant industry for over twenty years each and were sincerely asking this fellow how his night went. to drop over $100 bucks on middle-of-the-road sushi that i could've paid a fraction for at infinitely better establishments like i love sushi or syun izakaya and then to be offended on top of it was pretty hard to swallow.

obviously this person is in the wrong industry. perhaps he doesn't get out much, but it is sort of expected that the sushi chef has some sort of interaction with the patrons at the bar, and that sometimes, these folks will have had an adult beverage or two.

i cannot state strongly enough that this establishment is not a recommendable destination. there is WAY too much good sushi and customer service in this town.

Pros: next to c-bar

Cons: horrible customer service, all the ambience of a greyhound station

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I really enjoyed the sushi here. The place is small and a little out of the way, but well worth going to. Everything was great and the staff wonderful

2
★★★★★

I really enjoyed the sushi here. The place is small and a little out of the way, but well worth going to. Everything was great and the staff wonderful

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While at the sushi bar, we ordered a specific items from the sushi menu and did not get them. When we pointed it out to our waiter and he to the sushi chef, she insisted that she made everything we checked. But she did not and we still had to pay! Big rip off! (Sushi is definitely not as good as Saburos.)

0
★☆☆☆☆

While at the sushi bar, we ordered a specific items from the sushi menu and did not get them. When we pointed it out to our waiter and he to the sushi chef, she insisted that she made everything we checked. But she did not and we still had to pay! Big rip off! (Sushi is definitely not as good as Saburos.)

Cons: dishonest and over-priced

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Great Sushi and Tempura, horrible customer service skills. We are regulars, not demanding, forgiving patrons. We always order plenty including alcohol and tip well. We are happy to wait at the C Bar for a table and can return afterward for more conversation. Last week we had our table less than 45 minutes, when they asked us if we could leave because they were awfully busy. Hmmmmmmmm. The impression is Yoko's is busy enough not to worry about their patrons or return business. They recently remodeled the kitchen to be more efficent, however they didn't increase the small dining room. I guess the tacktick is to turn the tables faster. We won't be returning for a while. Plenty of other Sushi Restaurants to try . :(

1
★★★☆☆

Great Sushi and Tempura, horrible customer service skills. We are regulars, not demanding, forgiving patrons. We always order plenty including alcohol and tip well. We are happy to wait at the C Bar for a table and can return afterward for more conversation. Last week we had our table less than 45 minutes, when they asked us if we could leave because they were awfully busy. Hmmmmmmmm. The impression is Yoko's is busy enough not to worry about their patrons or return business. They recently remodeled the kitchen to be more efficent, however they didn't increase the small dining room. I guess the tacktick is to turn the tables faster. We won't be returning for a while. Plenty of other Sushi Restaurants to try . :(

Pros: Good Sushi and Tempura

Cons: awful customer service

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Terrible customer service. Waiters/waitresses were not tentative to our needs, which is strange because there are only about 5 tables in the place. Had to wait a long time for a water refill, check, and order. Rolls were not very good. Stingy on the tuna in the rolls. No sushi variety. This place is way overrated. I guess it's a small place that has a "following" and may have some kind of "vibe." But as a restaurant, it is not good. IF you want good sushi with great service, try Sushi and Maki on 82nd. Even a simple california roll is delicious here.

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★★☆☆☆

Terrible customer service. Waiters/waitresses were not tentative to our needs, which is strange because there are only about 5 tables in the place. Had to wait a long time for a water refill, check, and order. Rolls were not very good. Stingy on the tuna in the rolls. No sushi variety. This place is way overrated. I guess it's a small place that has a "following" and may have some kind of "vibe." But as a restaurant, it is not good. IF you want good sushi with great service, try Sushi and Maki on 82nd. Even a simple california roll is delicious here.

Pros: none

Cons: everything

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Wow, I'm AMAZED at some of the bad reviews I've read about Yoko's. I've been going there for a year and average at least one trip a month...so, after about 15 visits, I feel like I've got a pretty good handle on the place. I've also eaten at almost every sushi place in town, with the exception of a few really high-end joints in the Pearl and downtown. Yoko's serves, hands down, the most consistently high-quality and well-prepared sushi I've ever had in Portland. The fish is fresh and flavorful, and portions are generous. The rolls and specials are inventive without being silly. The soft-shell crab and hamachi simply cannot be beat.

Yes, it's small and you'll have a long wait (this is NOT a great place for little kids or large parties). Yeah, the staff gets busy and sometimes they forget things but they're always apologetic about it. I've never been told that I can't order more food; in fact, I normally sit at the bar and the sushi chef asks me if I'd like something else every single time. Unless I'm starving or in a hurry, Yoko's is my first choice.

I'm not really sure why I'm trying to convince you, now that I think about it... it just means you'll show up and make the wait longer for me.

2
★★★★★

Wow, I'm AMAZED at some of the bad reviews I've read about Yoko's. I've been going there for a year and average at least one trip a month...so, after about 15 visits, I feel like I've got a pretty good handle on the place. I've also eaten at almost every sushi place in town, with the exception of a few really high-end joints in the Pearl and downtown. Yoko's serves, hands down, the most consistently high-quality and well-prepared sushi I've ever had in Portland. The fish is fresh and flavorful, and portions are generous. The rolls and specials are inventive without being silly. The soft-shell crab and hamachi simply cannot be beat.

Yes, it's small and you'll have a long wait (this is NOT a great place for little kids or large parties). Yeah, the staff gets busy and sometimes they forget things but they're always apologetic about it. I've never been told that I can't order more food; in fact, I normally sit at the bar and the sushi chef asks me if I'd like something else every single time. Unless I'm starving or in a hurry, Yoko's is my first choice.

I'm not really sure why I'm trying to convince you, now that I think about it... it just means you'll show up and make the wait longer for me.

Pros: Excellent fish, nice atmosphere, great rolls

Cons: Long wait

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I thought I should write a review when I saw all the negatives. Have I been going to an "alternate universe version of Yoko's?" I've never had a bad time there--and I've been going for over 2 years. I have to admit I've only sat at the sushi bar iteself once, but the service there was friendly and attentive.

The wait staff has been pretty consistent over the past year as I see the same people when I go. There is one new face but I don't believe she was blond. Seriously guys, you were told only order one time?? Hmmmm.

My visits to Yoko's (as recently as two days ago) have been characterized by good food, fast service and a pleasant time. They do tempura donburi the best I've had in the city (although I hear I have to try "Ichidan"). My friends are always happy with their sushi, gyoza and unagi donburi.

The place is small, and, sometimes the wait can be long however this is a function of the small-size of the place and its popularity.

Waiting at the C-Bar rocks; so, put your name on the waiting list and go next door for a sake-izze..

2
★★★★☆

I thought I should write a review when I saw all the negatives. Have I been going to an "alternate universe version of Yoko's?" I've never had a bad time there--and I've been going for over 2 years. I have to admit I've only sat at the sushi bar iteself once, but the service there was friendly and attentive.

The wait staff has been pretty consistent over the past year as I see the same people when I go. There is one new face but I don't believe she was blond. Seriously guys, you were told only order one time?? Hmmmm.

My visits to Yoko's (as recently as two days ago) have been characterized by good food, fast service and a pleasant time. They do tempura donburi the best I've had in the city (although I hear I have to try "Ichidan"). My friends are always happy with their sushi, gyoza and unagi donburi.

The place is small, and, sometimes the wait can be long however this is a function of the small-size of the place and its popularity.

Waiting at the C-Bar rocks; so, put your name on the waiting list and go next door for a sake-izze..

Pros: Great tendon, good sushi

Cons: small dining room; can wait for a table

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So, you would think that on a Monday night, when a restraunt is only open for a mere few hours a day, the wait staff might have personality and like their job. Not the blonde at Yokos. First off, ONLY ONE SUSHI MENU PER TABLE "thats just how we do it here" (Our friends were marking their orders and apparently they dont allow such a thing...whatever.) Also, NO PHONES ALLOWED, even if it is your birthday and your mother is calling to wish you a happy one! ( I'm sorry, but whenever a restraunt is playing very loud fun music and everyone is loud, I wouldnt expect to not be allowed to have a cell phone in view!) I never recieved my beer that I ordered and considered going to the AWESOME C BAR nex door (seriously try it!!) Everything she said and did was with a horrible attitude, not short of making faces in disgust of regular restraunt requests (honey, you're our waitress!).
I was hoping the food and drink might make things better...but as I said before, no beer. So I was relying on the food. The rolls had good flavor, a very large variety, and the chefs were in good spirits. However, the rolls fell apart very easily making it a bit difficult, but still alright.
I wouldn't go here again, but maybe the other writers and I have all gone on the blondes "days of the month" and ruined our experience. Give her another week and try it out for yourself!

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★★☆☆☆

So, you would think that on a Monday night, when a restraunt is only open for a mere few hours a day, the wait staff might have personality and like their job. Not the blonde at Yokos. First off, ONLY ONE SUSHI MENU PER TABLE "thats just how we do it here" (Our friends were marking their orders and apparently they dont allow such a thing...whatever.) Also, NO PHONES ALLOWED, even if it is your birthday and your mother is calling to wish you a happy one! ( I'm sorry, but whenever a restraunt is playing very loud fun music and everyone is loud, I wouldnt expect to not be allowed to have a cell phone in view!) I never recieved my beer that I ordered and considered going to the AWESOME C BAR nex door (seriously try it!!) Everything she said and did was with a horrible attitude, not short of making faces in disgust of regular restraunt requests (honey, you're our waitress!).
I was hoping the food and drink might make things better...but as I said before, no beer. So I was relying on the food. The rolls had good flavor, a very large variety, and the chefs were in good spirits. However, the rolls fell apart very easily making it a bit difficult, but still alright.
I wouldn't go here again, but maybe the other writers and I have all gone on the blondes "days of the month" and ruined our experience. Give her another week and try it out for yourself!

Pros: The C Bar next door!!!

Cons: Waitress

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ok food, (not that great) but there is a blond waitress there and she was rude from the moment we walked in, so if u see her try another sushi place.

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★☆☆☆☆

ok food, (not that great) but there is a blond waitress there and she was rude from the moment we walked in, so if u see her try another sushi place.

Pros: the bar next door was cool

Cons: poor service, parking.

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Yoko's is wondeful. It's small and has a low-key neighborhood feel. It is always packed so be prepared to wait in the bar next door for about 20 minutes before getting a seat. The appearance of the restaurant is not very impressive but the sushi is incredible.

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★★★★★

Yoko's is wondeful. It's small and has a low-key neighborhood feel. It is always packed so be prepared to wait in the bar next door for about 20 minutes before getting a seat. The appearance of the restaurant is not very impressive but the sushi is incredible.

Pros: Food, relaxed atmosphere

Cons: small, waiting time

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Last Saturday, my girlfriend, her son and I went to Yoko's. We've been there maybe a couple dozen times and have had varying degrees of service, but always excellent sushi. Blonde waitress, appeared new, skipped us on the list. We were waiting next door at C-Bar, but received no call. When I walked over and asked her about it (they had an open table and 3 spots at the sushi bar), she said, "we will call you when we are ready." I tried to explain we were missed, but she would have none of it. My girlfriend walked in a minute later, spoke to another employee, who apologized and offered us seats. I passed, called back later and asked to speak to a manager. The same blonde waitress answered and when I explained, again, she said she didn't have time to deal with it and I could call back the next day.

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★★★★☆

Last Saturday, my girlfriend, her son and I went to Yoko's. We've been there maybe a couple dozen times and have had varying degrees of service, but always excellent sushi. Blonde waitress, appeared new, skipped us on the list. We were waiting next door at C-Bar, but received no call. When I walked over and asked her about it (they had an open table and 3 spots at the sushi bar), she said, "we will call you when we are ready." I tried to explain we were missed, but she would have none of it. My girlfriend walked in a minute later, spoke to another employee, who apologized and offered us seats. I passed, called back later and asked to speak to a manager. The same blonde waitress answered and when I explained, again, she said she didn't have time to deal with it and I could call back the next day.

Pros: Great sushi, location

Cons: Poor service last time, service level varies

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Great Sushi and really friendly service. Just DON'T wait at the C-bar next door while your waiting for a table at Yoko's or the experience will ruin your appetite.

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★★★★★

Great Sushi and really friendly service. Just DON'T wait at the C-bar next door while your waiting for a table at Yoko's or the experience will ruin your appetite.

Pros: Great Sushi, Friendly Service

Cons: Long wait for table at times

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Best sushi in Portland, hands down. Great cozy atmosphere. If you haven't tried Taka's Tuna, you don't know what your missing. Great staff as well, get there early to avoid a long waiting list.

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★★★★★

Best sushi in Portland, hands down. Great cozy atmosphere. If you haven't tried Taka's Tuna, you don't know what your missing. Great staff as well, get there early to avoid a long waiting list.

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I always drive by Yoko's on my way home from work and decided to give it a shot. Well I think it might have been a bad idea. It started out with a long wait, but the good thing is that we could wait at the C bar next door (where the service is great) and they give you a call when your table/bar seat is ready. The second we sat down at Yoko's we were treated as though we weren't supposed to be there. I was having a dinner date which was ruined by the RUDE SUSHI CHEFS. I don't know if they just didn't want people to be there or if they both just had something crawl up their a** and die. The sushi was okay.. I've had better. I just would never support a business that treats their customers like they're unwelcome, but I don't think that they would care.

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★☆☆☆☆

I always drive by Yoko's on my way home from work and decided to give it a shot. Well I think it might have been a bad idea. It started out with a long wait, but the good thing is that we could wait at the C bar next door (where the service is great) and they give you a call when your table/bar seat is ready. The second we sat down at Yoko's we were treated as though we weren't supposed to be there. I was having a dinner date which was ruined by the RUDE SUSHI CHEFS. I don't know if they just didn't want people to be there or if they both just had something crawl up their a** and die. The sushi was okay.. I've had better. I just would never support a business that treats their customers like they're unwelcome, but I don't think that they would care.

Pros: Waiting at the C bar

Cons: SERVICE

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All I have to say is that yoko's used to be my favorite sushi restaraunt. I would go out of my way to get there because I don't live close. I will say that they have good eats there, a little pricy but good. I went there tonight with firends that had never been and I ranted and raved about the place. We ended up waitng about 1 1/2 hours to get in because it was busy, which is fine I understand, but still we waited just to eat there. We had a little to drink throughout the day but no one was drunk. We were just a group of friends that were having a ton of fun having the weekend of from grad school. Granted one of us is a bit of a clown and was being loud, never once were we rude to any of the employees, we said thankyou for everyhting and made sure to give 20% tip seeing as how we were probably louder than other customers. Only amongst ourselves though, we never included the staff or others around us. Well I was standing to go to the bathroom while the rest of our party left. The sushi chef (who hadn't delt with us at all the entire night) said "have a good night" to the rest of my party. The clown guy said thanks and then gave me a thumbs up cuz I was being left behind at the bathroom. The chef thought it was some kind of derogitory gesture and blatently called him an a**hole, not realizing i was there. I said to him that it wasn't meant towards him and that my friend really wasn't trying to be an a**hole, he rolled his eyes didn't say anything like sorry. Then I mentioned to the waitress that we waited an hour to get in, didn't bother anyone and tipped well and that the employees should try to make sure not to call customers a**holes in front of them. She argued with me, told me that my friend was drunk and must have rubbed him the wrong way even though she didn't see anything, after she is the one that served us beer in the first place. All I wanted was for someone to say "I'm sorry I called your friend an a**hole". Thanks for ruining a great evening yoko's.

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★★★☆☆

All I have to say is that yoko's used to be my favorite sushi restaraunt. I would go out of my way to get there because I don't live close. I will say that they have good eats there, a little pricy but good. I went there tonight with firends that had never been and I ranted and raved about the place. We ended up waitng about 1 1/2 hours to get in because it was busy, which is fine I understand, but still we waited just to eat there. We had a little to drink throughout the day but no one was drunk. We were just a group of friends that were having a ton of fun having the weekend of from grad school. Granted one of us is a bit of a clown and was being loud, never once were we rude to any of the employees, we said thankyou for everyhting and made sure to give 20% tip seeing as how we were probably louder than other customers. Only amongst ourselves though, we never included the staff or others around us. Well I was standing to go to the bathroom while the rest of our party left. The sushi chef (who hadn't delt with us at all the entire night) said "have a good night" to the rest of my party. The clown guy said thanks and then gave me a thumbs up cuz I was being left behind at the bathroom. The chef thought it was some kind of derogitory gesture and blatently called him an a**hole, not realizing i was there. I said to him that it wasn't meant towards him and that my friend really wasn't trying to be an a**hole, he rolled his eyes didn't say anything like sorry. Then I mentioned to the waitress that we waited an hour to get in, didn't bother anyone and tipped well and that the employees should try to make sure not to call customers a**holes in front of them. She argued with me, told me that my friend was drunk and must have rubbed him the wrong way even though she didn't see anything, after she is the one that served us beer in the first place. All I wanted was for someone to say "I'm sorry I called your friend an a**hole". Thanks for ruining a great evening yoko's.

Pros: Taka's Tuna special

Cons: SERVICE!!!

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I love this place! One of the best sushi bars I've ever been to. I read another persons review that complained about the bar next door...not sure what she's talking about. Must have been a bad night or something. The staff/service at C bar is top notch. At least every time I've been there it has been. I highly recommend both places.

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★★★★★

I love this place! One of the best sushi bars I've ever been to. I read another persons review that complained about the bar next door...not sure what she's talking about. Must have been a bad night or something. The staff/service at C bar is top notch. At least every time I've been there it has been. I highly recommend both places.

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Fantastic sushi! Try their seared tuna sashimi, and their broiled mussels, you won't be sorry. If your adventurous, their wasabi soaked tobiko will burn out any cold you might be fighting, especially when accompanying their delectable Miso soup. The main Sushi chefs are both hospitable, as is the lad who is generally our server, and his support team. We often bring our teenager, but the space is a bit confined for infants. Biggest downside is lack of enough seating, which can lead to ridiculously long wait times. DON'T wait in the bar next door (it's called C-Bar), the service there is beyond terrible. Their male bartender seems always stoned out of his mind, and the woman is the rudest bartender on the planet.

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★★★★☆

Fantastic sushi! Try their seared tuna sashimi, and their broiled mussels, you won't be sorry. If your adventurous, their wasabi soaked tobiko will burn out any cold you might be fighting, especially when accompanying their delectable Miso soup. The main Sushi chefs are both hospitable, as is the lad who is generally our server, and his support team. We often bring our teenager, but the space is a bit confined for infants. Biggest downside is lack of enough seating, which can lead to ridiculously long wait times. DON'T wait in the bar next door (it's called C-Bar), the service there is beyond terrible. Their male bartender seems always stoned out of his mind, and the woman is the rudest bartender on the planet.

Pros: Great Sushi

Cons: Wait time for table

 

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