Minami Restaurant

4.5
1588 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Japanese
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  • Good for a Date
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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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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Service was extremely poor. Multiple staff passed us why we waved and asked for help. This happened multiple times. As seems as staff only cared about their own table or whatever they were doing. Extraordinarily long wait for service.

Only the oishi was good. The sashimi did not taste fresh and the chicken aburi was below expectations. Overall food was underwhelming and not worth the value compounded with awful service. Would not recommend. Their sister restaurant miku has far better service with slightly better food.

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SV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is expensive. And it is worth every cent. Such amazing food, and friendly staff.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, Great customer service, Great Money

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k
Vancouver
84 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my grandma here who’s visiting from Taiwan! We both ordered the premium lunch set! Everything was delicious! We can’t wait to come back.

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JW
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply excellent all around and I would keep coming back for more delicious entrees and cocktails.

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C
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Minami never disappoints.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

It was a good dining experience. It is not the traditional Japanese but tastes good.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience from start to bottom will definitely gonagain

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E
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful space, impeccable service, delicious food!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Shrunken menu. Lacking options

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OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

The sushi was old and the miso soup cold

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TD
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This is a spectacular Japanese food restaurant but not for value-seekers. I have dined in many fine restaurants throughout Japan and Asia and this team served up the finest I have sampled. Price is a little high, however, so hopefully money is no object for you if you want to dine here. We had the sampling menu with wine pairing and the food and wine were both great... But the team couldn't serve the wine at the right time as the food course was served.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

table wobbles none stop, had to wait for over 5 mins to get seated. Nobody greeted at the reception.

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AD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I'm a regular here and it is regularly wonderful. Everything you'd expect from a classy yet casual japanese restaurant. Best Salmon Oishi in BC hands down!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

We ordered the Miso soup, Chicken Nanban for appetizers and Aburi flat iron steak , Miso king Salmon for Entrees. We felt the appetizers were more appealing in taste than the entrees. Also the Service was below par surprisingly for a restaurant of this stature.

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D
Calgary
54 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We both feel strongly that this is some of the best service we have ever experienced, even at some of the highest fine-dining restaurants we’ve been to. The food (all sushi) was the best we’ve had.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

The food is amazing, but the service was odd. We made a reservation for 9:15 and after just getting settled, ordering our first round of drinks, ordering food and waiting on food, the server comes by and asks if we think we will want anything else because the kitchen is closing. For a restaurant that takes reservations that late and charges what they do for amazing food, the service does not line up. Definitely something to work on.

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j
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Did not receive good service at all. The salmon tartare was very very cold not tastey and salad had to return it.

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AL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Rice overly sweet. Fish was fishy. Flavours not balanced so left with a greasy feeing and upset stomach.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Always a wonderful meal and experience. One of my favourite places to dine in the City.

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sister restaurant to Miku Easier to park in Yaletown than going to Miku. Food is great, Miku might have a slightly better ambience and service. Overall good experience.

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D
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was wonderful. Service was wonderful. It was a bit loud for our purposes that night but I should have predicted that.


The Aburi sushi in particular was fantastic.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Aburi sushi are the best as usual but not the other lunch special.
Aburi chicken come with a hot pan but not hot just warm. Sashimi just okay...
Not so impressed other than aburi sushi
Chris is nice and helpful.

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A
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

service depends on who serve you.
Not every server service in same level.
It’s better drinking in this place.

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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food especially the Aburi sushi but the price point in general was too high. Server was very polite.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service

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f
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Quite liked the food but location was quite loud which made it a bit difficult to talk with person across the table. SeaOtherwise all good.

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AW
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrating a medical milestone for my dad in his battle with Parkinson’s

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G
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Japanese food/sushi I've ever had in my life. Fantastic venue, traditional feel and great service.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We loved our late Valentines dinner at Minami. Everything from cocktails to food was perfection. And we LOVED our server Jen. 🤗

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

good food and nice drink

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C
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I enjoyed the set lunch menu 45 very much! Food was great & had a great time!

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l
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I really love this restaurant. This restaurant is the best one in Vancouver ive ever had.

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AL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best sushi and atmosphere. Love coming here for lunch and dinner

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RH
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was excellent! Service was a bit slow and non existent near the end.

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SO
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service , excellent food and experience . Will definitely come back again .

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E
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing. Seafood was fresh and our steak entree was over the top. Special thanks to Katie our server who made our experience memorable. Great date night.

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JM
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Consistent food quality and friendly, reliable service.

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London
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My partner and I first visited Minami in 2016 on a trip from London, UK and it was top of our list on a return trip to Vancouver. It’s our favourite sushi restaurant worldwide. We went for the lunchtime premium menu so got to try some of the hot dishes as well. Will be back next time we are in town!

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