Minami Restaurant

4.5
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Japanese
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.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Good food but exceedingly expensive when compared to the,amount of food served. We had to order additional dishes just to be satiated. The wine too was highly priced for an inexpensive bottle of white wine. Presentation is lovely but if carcasses and flowers cannot be eaten they should not take up most of the room on your plate of a few thin pieces of sashimi. They should be more generous with their fish for the prices charged.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious!

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AR
Vancouver
45 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

The new spicy edamame is a treat!

The eggplant and red pepper nigiri are new favorites.

Bus service was good. Our primary server was hard to get a hold of.

k
Vancouver
103 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came here for a Valentine’s Date and everything was so delicious. We ordered the aburi beef carpaccio, the salmon oshi sushi, the Saba oshi sushi, the ebi oshi sushi, and the champagne roll. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the ebi aburi sushi - the citrus flavour complimented the ebi so well! We also ordered a matcha lemonade and a glass of nichol Pinot Gris white wine. Everything was simply delicious. The service was great too. We always have a wonderful time here and cannot wait to come back!

J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

If you want a fancy sushi restaurant which serves sushi at expensive prices, with a nice ambience, than Minami is a good choice! However if you're looking for value and better tasting/quality sushi then you best venture elsewhere. I would recommend this as a place to try, or a place for a social function not for a place where you want good quality sushi for the price. I say this due to the fact the aburi sushi (top is seared) came to us cold, as if it was sitting there waiting for a server. The sushi rice was also cold, as if it was taken out of a fridge not too long ago. I guess it was my fault for coming here with high expectations as I knew the sushi came with a high price point. The Service however, was great! Very friendly and water glass was constantly topped up and each sushi roll came with an explanation of what it was. However, service can only go so far. I can say I am glad I tried Minami but for the price point I will gladly go to other sushi joints that offer the same if not better sushi at better prices.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything is fine just the food servicing is a little bit slow

A
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Didn't really enjoy the flavor of their "famous" salmon roll. Overall, it was a very underwhelming experience, and we left disappointed. Out of all of the meals we had over a week of vacation in Vancouver and Whistler, this was the least favorite.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Minami is the best sushi I’ve had. We are not from Vancouver and when we get the chance to make it up there, we always go to Minami without a question!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and drinks
Impecable service

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was great, but the restaurant was really noisy

CI
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Both thumbs up for food quality, service, and ambience. Will surely be back!

JA
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Philippino male server was awful. Never going again

HS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My friend and I did the Dine Out Vancouver, lunch and it was as expected. Delicious and everything came out at a timely manner and each dish was well described by all the servers. Thank you to all for this great experience.

CL
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure dining at to Minami! Quality of food is always great and we are always reminded that we should come back more often! All of the Aburi sushis are amazing!

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was very attentive. I just hope he mentioned his name when he approached the table. Food was a hit or miss. Overall, it was a good experience.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Service was horrible. The server did not even greet us until 20 minutes later when we were ready to order she served another customer that just sat down. We were not even give water then. She even got our order wrong. She was more interested in hiding in a corner flirting with the manager. I will never go back to Minami. Miku is so much better and I suggest that anyone considering going to Minami to go to Miku instead.

CR
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our absolute must visit every time we come to Vancouver!

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Minami offers high-quality sushi and sashimi and beautifully presented dishes. Their food and service are consistent every visit. We definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the dine out menu and it was excellent. As my first time going to Minami, it was a wonderful sample of what kind of dishes they offer. Great staff. I will be coming back.

OT
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Service is extremely slow. We waited 15-20 minutes to be seated (we were on time for our reservation) and the first dish was served after 20-25 minutes. We are never going to go back.

AW
Vancouver
14 reviews