Minami Restaurant

4.6
1635 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Japanese
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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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Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was amazing, I like it

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JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Not sure why this place is so popular. The food is just not even close to being worth the charge. It is fine and the belly tuna was terrific, but most is middle of the road... and the prices are quite high.

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M
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Get the tasting menu - you won’t regret it.

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JM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dinner and date night. Everyone at Minami went out of their way to great care of us. Food was amazing. Thanks!

Minami Restaurant
Responded on July 16, 2019

Dear Jonathan, thank you very much for taking the time to share your recent dining experience with us. It is very fulfilling to hear that you had a wonderful evening with our cuisine and service! We will definitely share your kind message with our team. Thank you again, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. -Minami Management Team

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TS
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Used to be one of my favourite restaurants, but this time around, I found that both the quality of food and service has lessened noticeably.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Sushi was amazing. The sable fish was very nice but not worth the price. The sides could have been better. It also took nearly 30 minutes to get our first drink and place our order.

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K
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

sushi that melts in your mouth, YUMMM! The staff are friendly and professional. Had a great time, thank you!

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BA
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every thing about my experience at Minami was great with one exception. It's too noisy to have a quiet conversation. This place is better for a group rather than a quiet dinner for two. A little sound dampening would go a long way.

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CC
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great sushi, beautifully arranged, fast service.

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JV
Toronto
44 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was good

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite place to go every time I visit Vancouver

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PK
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Always a winner. Celebrated three birthdays in Minami style with Omakase.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best salmon sushi of my life. The chefs tasting menu is worth every penny. Don’t dismiss the dessert matcha cake - it was superb.

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SQ
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were a party of 4 and had the luxury of sitting on their patio which was a lovely quiet setting. It's been a while since our last visit...don't know why because the service and food were outstanding! Many thanks to everyone at Minami for a memorable meal!!

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SB
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and dessert were wonderful! Professional and friendly service made our birthday celebrations more fun!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Overall good. Chicken Nanban was the poorest dish as it was soggy and over sauced.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service were amazing!

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Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, service and drinks were excellent. Great location for a special occasion

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Excellent food, but service would be improved if the hostesses were more friendly. The server assistant was great with topping off water but our original server was near impossible to get ahold of.

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D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Impeccable service at Minami matched by the brilliant food. The flavor really pops with their signature braised sushi dishes. Each one with a specific sauce so soy and wasabi is not even a remote thought! My server was excellent and gave great suggestions and guidance. A thoroughly enjoyable dinner!!

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SS
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Still consistent in offering good tasty food
Always have a concern about the back room and the noise
People alas tend to shout instead of talking. That s really unfortunate

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Generally the experience was very good- the servers forgot that we had brought a birthday cake to the restaurant but that is minor, also the host took the birthday cake to put in the fridge but carried it with her to the table first - so the birthday person waiting was able to see it- so much for a surprise - neither of these things are a big deal. But they could improve in that- other than that the food was good and the service was very good-

Minami Restaurant
Responded on June 3, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent dining experience with us. While we are happy that you enjoyed our dishes and service, we are also very thankful for your feedback on the surprise element of your birthday cake - we will definitely discuss this topic with our management team. It is only with feedback like yours that we are able to continue to improve. Thank you again, and we hope to see you again in the future. -Minami Management Team

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised. The food was yummy and the service was on point. I already recommended Minami to friends.

Price point was $$$$

Minami Restaurant
Responded on May 24, 2019

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your recent dining experience with us. It is very fulfilling to hear that you have recommended us to your friends. We will definitely share your wonderful message with our team. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. -Minami Management Team

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Z
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellence lives here.

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OT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's the perfect place to bring a date and for hanging out with friends.

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OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Harvest was a great server

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PR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Too service and food was amazing! Our waiter was super informative, just enough time spent looking after us. Everything we ordered was outstanding quality and flavour.

Would recommend without hesitation

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

The sushi was overly sweet and didn’t taste good

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing dinner. Some of the best sushi we've ever had. Highly recommended.

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e
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Please add more creative rolls!

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JG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Not worthy for the money we paid. I went because I love going to Miku and they advised me that Minami was basically the same. But so dissapointing.
I ordered several dishes to share with my family. The sushi and the salad were good, however the chicken which was the most expensive dish was so plain, no flavor at all. I would not go back to this restaurant.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing dinner! Thank you for the pleasant experience

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Tracy the Somali was exceptional and help make the evening most enjoyable.
Perfect Pinot

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SF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was delicious!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Hard to find a waiter or waitress for service.

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RR
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Our daughters fav food. I notice that whenever we come in, even with a reservation made weeks in advance, their first inclination is to seat us at the very back of the restaurant - it’s quite odd. Today we finally mentioned that the entire main dining room is empty and we refuse to sit in the back so they pretended it was an issue but ended up seating us appropriately. Very odd and frankly rude when the dining room is empty and we had a reservation of course. Anyways, food is amazing but front of the house employees are never friendly.

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P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food choices are alot more limited than before. But the taste is still good.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Although we had made a reservation, we still had to wait 45 minutes to be seated. We had a friend visiting from Australia and were very excited about bringing her to Minami, one of our favourite restaurants. But the service could have not been worse. The hostesses were not very friendly, and did a very poor job at letting us know why the wait was so long even though we had a reservation. Once we were seated at our table, we still had to wait for a while to be greeted by our server. She was friendly, yet she forgot to bring our bottle of wine, which ended up arriving with our food. The manager attempted to address the situation by bringing us a small appetizer, but overall we were very dissatisfied with the service. We live close by and dine at Minami often, as we thoroughly enjoy their menu. But I must say that they need to be more attentive when it comes to customer service and guest relations.

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VG
Vancouver
49 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Honestly a bit too much food for the lunch aburi zen but delish.

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RL
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

It's very good and a little different and unique for sure. It felt like upscale sushi roll. Personally love sashimi but was very open to their style. Enjoyed the unique flavor and style. Worth it to try as an experience.

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