Minami Restaurant

4.7
2265 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Japanese
Located in the vibrant neighbourhood of Yaletown, Minami 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.

PLEASE NOTE:
Patrons aged 12+ must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to dine at Minami. Please show proof of vaccination at the reception via one of the following approved records:

1. BC Vaccine Card printed, or on mobile phone
2. An outside-of-BC Immunization Record

NOVEMBER 29 & NOVEMBER 30, 2021:
We are currently undergoing maintenance to our gift card programme as we strive to serve you better. As we migrate to a new system, gift cards, unfortunately, will not be accepted on Monday, November 29th; this applies to digital and physical cards. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:30PM
Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:30PM
Sat 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:30PM

What 2265 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Becky
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The oshi sushi was fantastic! Try the tartare as well for appetizers

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TSknit
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Server was fantastic. Food was delicious as always. Too noisy though, had to yell to have a conversation.

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yvrssk
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Great ambience. Will definitely come back.

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vipKate
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

I haven’t been to Minami in a while, sadly we were disappointed. Hope it was a one off but it started with cold tea then a very long wait for lunch to arrive, and the service wasn’t great either.

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Kazmoc
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

You can get excellent value, certainly more than what you pay for. Highly recommend.

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JesseC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. Our first time trying Oshi style sushi and visiting Minami. Great experience! Our server and food was great. They made sure to do something special for my Girlfriend’s birthday. I highly recommend Minami for a different sushi experience and great service!

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ZHEFENGH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, nice service, bit too noisy but acceptable

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VanSushi
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

It's unfortunate that when you want to order something they decline it because they want everyone in the table to have the same item. I have never ever been to a restaurant with this policy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, Minami exceeds our expectations. Service, food and attention to detail is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food

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Vinzmike
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always dine in this restaurant when in town. Good food. Good serve.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never fails to deliver. If you are looking for the best abs most consistent fine dining Japanese food in the city - Minami is it.

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SeeC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Their happy hour is awesome...the food delicious as always and such great service.

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vipAdaF
Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Food and service were great, just extremely noise and the decor might need some updating.

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Tito
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Great server. We did $135 tasting menu, took over 2 hour and had to miss dessert to make game. Food portions were small. Very high quality and some great fish rolls. Not fan of duck dish.

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Alianna
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Especially loved the Humboldt Squid, and attentive details on all menu items ordered.

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BelindaM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Minami is one of the best Aburi place in VANCOUVER.

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annie
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was lovely!! Attentive but gave us space. She also brought a complimentary dessert for my mom’s birthday which was so nice!! Food is always so good.

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Audrey
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Would recommend this spot for a nice meal.

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CLaw
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My friend and I arrived early for our noon reservation, but the host was still able to seat us quickly.

We ordered some drinks, 2 apps and 2 mains between the 2 of us, and the sushi was super fresh, and everything was delicious.

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vipoldSchool
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Not impressed. Considering how hard it was to get a reservation definitely not worth it. Many basic sushi choices were not available. The server didn't understand basic sushi Japanese.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An Incredible dining experience, I'll be back sometime soon!

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Davis
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary and did the 7 course dinner. Amazing food, ambience and service. Drinks were great too with a Japanese spin to them. Definitely will come back!

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Adam
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Minami rarely disappoints. Plated meal, sake and some non alch drinks. Amazing service, ambiance and food. Flavours to die for

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had our celebratory dinner here for our engagement. The staff were incredible and gave us an amazing dessert here, on the house. Food was excellent, we will be back.

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chowchow313
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Nice meal. We were celebrating a birthday and they seated us at a table right beside the bar when they should have seated us in the main dining room. The cocktails were very average and not as asked for. Our server was excellent and saved the night.

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Kzinti
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

If you are looking for good sushi, this is not the place. This is not to say the food is bad, it is not, but what passes for sushi here is basically lot of rice, mayonnaise, sweet sauce and very little fish. Is the fish fresh? I wouldn't know, it is seared and there is very little of it. The maguro nigiri was tasteless (basically more rice). The unagi nigiri was good, but because it was seared, it was a bit dry and you couldn't fully appreciate the sauce.

First we had drinks. The Shiso Mojito is a tall glass of ice with the drink basically sitting at the bottom. The experience was unpleasant as one couldn't drink it normally and had to use the straw. The problem here was that the straw kept getting blocked by small chunks of ice. There also seemed to be very little of the drink.

For starters, we had the miso soup, goma-ae and "tuna and kaiso seaweed tartare". All three were excellent.

The Green Tea Opera was simply amazing.

Compared to other places with dining is in the same price range, the value is simply not there. At that price, I expect everything to be very good. The sushi was definitely the weak point and the reason we feel this way.

But if you are just looking for sake and a few small plates to share, this might be a good place for you.

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Geroge
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was very tasty and fresh. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fabulous experience at Minami

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vipCruiseY
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great atmosphere. Just did not like to be positioned in the middle of the floor space and server wasn’t really understanding our orders which we have to repeat a few times.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, manager is friendly as always.

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Hlapuz
Calgary
50 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Really good sushi! Everything tasted really good and top quality. The service was a bit slow but other than that nice restaurant and good food. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I cannot remember our servers name, but she was absolutely amazing, so personable with us and kind. Great recommendations and the food was some of the best sushi I’ve ever had in my life. Definitely would recommend this place!

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vipStephend2010
Vancouver
41 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Food wasn't a nice as usual.
Server didn't time the various courses well, so 2 of my 3 appetizers got cold before I could get to them. Chicken was tough and not as flavourful as I've had before.

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vipRaloha
Vancouver
26 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Decor and ambiance not as good as Miku but the food is about the same and maybe better.

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RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was excellent. It was a-relaxing lunch for a friend’s birthday. The Covid protocols and spacing of the tables made us feel safe. The food was lovely and creative.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Really good service, really nice restaurant, decent food

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MICHAEL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Hostess were friendly seemed overwhelmed

Stable service was great except felt like we were being rushed

Noisy atmosphere seemed like a cactus club not fine dining like miku.

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ScottB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

First time at Minami! It was a recommendation from a good friend and she was bang on about the food. Sashimi was delicious. Had the King Salmon and the Hamachi. Both were fresh and extremely tasty. The Sablefish was cooked perfectly and still was able to have the skin crisped that perfect amount.
Only criticism of the night was the noise level. Even the server said it was uncommon for it to be as loud as that. When you think about an upscale dining experience, noise like that rarely accompanies it. I'll be chalking it up to an off night or just a bunch of loud happy groups! I'll definitely be going back!

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TB201
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2Food5Service3Ambience3

My only challenge with the restaurant was that it was particularly disappointing to not be able to serve a cake for the 50th birthday.. I tried to understand their policy around it being during COVID but it seemed weird that we could "present the cake but not serve or eat it there" Further the following day another restaurant that was not as expensive was able to accommodate our cake no problem and when I asked about Covid they said that didn't make any sense.

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You can order delivery directly from Minami Restaurant using the Order Online button. Minami Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Minami Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 2265 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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