“Yakuza will reliably impress and surprise,
producing dishes beyond experience or expectation.” David Sarasohn, The Oregonian 9/2/2010
Yakuza Lounge: Japanese Taste, Portland Style
During the mid-Edo Period of Japanese feudalism the Yakuza caste was made up of misfits and undesirables easily identified by their elaborate tattoos and non-conformist hairdos. The Yakuza formed extended “families” and lived off the feudal grid in their own secluded villages and neighborhoods. Our restaurant name pays homage to these original black sheep of a highly structured society. We like to think they’d feel right at home in Portland, amongst our own merry bands of beautiful outcasts.
Inspired by the Japanese izakaya concept, Yakuza is a food-lover’s bar serving exceptional food and drinks best shared with good friends. Chef Caleb Vasquez’s daily food specials are devised around organic, local ingredients, complementing menu favorites like Kale Salad, Steelhead Tatami, Tuna Poke, Hamachi, Pork Cheek and the legendary Yakuza Burger, Portland Monthly Magazine’s Best Burger 2009. Our drinks menu features a wide selection of sakes, house cocktails, beer and wine.
We are open Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 5pm. We serve Happy Hour drinks and dishes every evening from 5-6pm, including the Kids Menu. Our Late Night Menu is available from 10-11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Tucked in a quiet neighborhood at NE 30th & Killingsworth, we proudly boast one of the best outdoor patios in town. Welcome.