Minami Restaurant

4.5
1492 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Japanese
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Located in the vibrant neighbourhood of Yaletown, Minami Restaurant follows the pioneering footsteps of its sister restaurant, Miku, in delivering the innovative dining experience of Aburi cuisine to Vancouver's thriving food scene. Each piece of sushi is flame seared using a blowtorch and binchotan (oak charcoal), resulting in sushi with a smoky aroma and a melt-in-your-mouth texture.

From the kitchen, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients are integrated into Minami's dishes to reflect Vancouver's diverse flavours. This culinary approach evokes both the passion and beauty of Aburi cuisine, as each dish is artfully plated on custom-designed Arita Yaki plate ware hand picked by owner Seigo Nakamura from the artisan town of Arita, Japan.

Minami Restaurant offers a dynamic space for both dining and entertaining, including two private dining rooms, a seated lounge, hidden garden patio, and sushi bar.

Private Dining

Located in the vibrant neighbourhood of Yaletown, Minami Restaurant offers two distinct private dining rooms accommodating groups between 14-30 for a wide range of private events.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
My out of town guests said they definitely want to come back.

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SL
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

One of the best Sushi restaurants in Vancouver. Amazing food and service.

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LR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Big fan of the food. Had a good time hanging out with friends.

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N
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, lovely ambiance and great customer service!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Out of town visit. Last time at this restaurant was about 2 years ago +. I remember it to be much better. Rice for sushi was quite gummy/gooey, and much too large for one bite but fell apart for 2 bite. Disappointed.

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MF
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Good service, excellent food. We are all experienced sushi eaters, and we were all impressed by the food.

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e
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We came back after one year later for our anniversary dinner and it was even better than the last! As soon as we sat down, our server was very happy to welcome us back and give us a quick run through of the changes in the menu.

For dinner, we decided to order the calamari, the premium oshi trio, salmon aburi oshi sushi, saba aburi oshi sushi, and the champagne roll (one roll too many for the 2 of us!). The calamari was the most underwhelming dish as there was too much batter for my taste. The premium oshi trio was a nice way to try a variation on the salmon aburi oshi and our favourite out of the 3 options was the Japanese waygu and smoked bacon. Then as always the salmon aburi oshi sushi is our gold standard for aburi sushi, that somehow no other restaurant can seem to match the flavour and quality as that of Minami and Miku.

By this point we were so full that we didn't have room left for dessert but we still managed to spend 2 hours there. All in all a very lovely evening with delicious Japanese food, good conversation, and the nicest serving staff.

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SW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, fantastic service. Can't say enough great things about this restaurant!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

One of the worst services i have ever had, the food took too long to get to our table. We saw people that got there after us being served long before. Took 45 mins to let us know that they where out of some of the items we ordered.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Arrived at 6:45 for my reservation, Didnt get a table until 7ish. After we sat down, no water was served. Was given attention 10-15 minutes later to order. After order has been placed, Kale Gomae came but still no water nor utensils/plates.Requested extra ginger but received wasabi instead. Overall food tasted very delicious and came quick. Expected a better experience from an upper scale sushi restaurant. Especially for a birthday occasion.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Did the Aburi experience and it was excellent. Worth it

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SD
London
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The menu is more condensed than it was last time we were there -- no more brussels sprouts! :( -- tho I suppose there are better side/veg accompaniments for Japanese food. Oshi Sushi is still the focus, and there are about 6 kinds, all very good but very expensive. Service is excellent. Decent wine list too.

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great time there.
Our waitress was very friendly and gave us beautiful services.
I expected little more design/decorations each plate.

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T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome food! Real Japanese tastes with true Canadian atmosphere. Friendly and professional service staffs made our visit very pleasant.

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TF
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow, wow! Great food and wonderful knowledgeable service.

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MR
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious as usual!
Best sushi in town.

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YL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Aburi Salmon Sushi is the best sushi I have ever had.

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TG
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our dinner was exceptional and we enjoyed the flight of dishes. Each piece of sushi was a mix of fresh ingredients and beautiful artisan offerings.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very kids friendly

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and great service!

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B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience, service, and food. Food is quite pricey but is worth it for a special occasion. The beef short rib was so tender and to die for.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Pro : aburi Sushi was okay
Con: everything else. Got the zen lunch set, sashimi and poke was not fresh, miso soup was lukewarm, service was not up to expectation, louder than expected as well

I really wanted to like minami. I heard it's one of the best Japanese restaurants in Vancouver, but I was just so disappointed by the food and service. I would not recommend it to anyone.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always excellent!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

very amazing we r from trt and We saw the pic from open table then choose the minami to have a try but!!!the oshi trio really surprise us !!!highly recommaned!!

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OT
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

I wanted to love this place, and I tried really hard, but it was just whelming. Not over or under. I think there are better choices in Vancouver for sushi.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Todo excelente, solo un poco distraídos los meseros, la comida deliciosa con una excelente presentación, la vajilla y mobiliario de muy buen gusto, la atención de las hostess excelente, las personas que entregan los alimentos explican a la perfección el contenido de los platillos

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L
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

The server was kind of odd and awkward to talk to, she had no smile and no energy. It was almost as if we were keeping her from something better to do... the food is on par with minami standards as we have eaten here countless times and had great service.

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VL
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bring back Brussel sprout and bacon appetizer please!

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JC
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Always a great experience dining here or at sister restaurant Miku.

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EF
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The holiday tasting menu (Dec '18) was fabulous!
All courses were an absolute delight, delicious and melt in your mouth.
The included dessert (a chocolate cake item) was mediocre, however a cassis and lime sorbet was available and that was much better!
We had a group of 5 and all guests would absolutely recommend the restaurant.

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CS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was delicious, pricey but worth it overall. Good service. Fairly noisy.

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JZ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

I have been to both Miku Vancouver and Toronto. Minami was very disappointing. I ordered the steak and it was terrible. The veggies were extremely salty, so I notified the waiter. The steak was also very salty and over cooked, nothing special. Once they came back with the replacement veggies, it was still salty and it had a notably more sour taste to it..so they probably added too much vinegar and it was undercooked (probably because they were rushing). The waiter did not offer to do anything about the dish after, as most of it was practically not edible. Disappointing service..
The sushi rice was not good as Miku either. Would not come back again... if you want better food then go to Miku Vancouver.

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Y
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was amazing and the food was incredible. Great experience and would highly recommend it to any sushi lover!

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SK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent overall

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P
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Minami. It is truly one of the best in Vancouver. Champagne Roll, Salmon Oshi and Ebi Oshi are my staples. Expensive but I really like it.

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DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Table was delayed to be seated. Upon seating, server did not come for another 15-20 minutes before taking our drink order or food.

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Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Its aburi oshi sushi has always been the best in Vancouver.

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HM
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

I was pretty disappointed in the experience. The food was very bland, although it was beautiful. However I don’t feel that it’s right to have food at 10/10 beautiful and 1/10 flavour. It was very basic for a restaurant that claims to be fine dining and award winning. We left very disappointed, confused and feeling like we “got got”.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Like it!
All the dishes were pretty good

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic quick dinner as usual. The service is great and up to American standards.

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