Minami Restaurant

4.6
1406 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasion
  • 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 3:00pm
Bar Bites: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(604) 685-8080
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Alan Ferrer
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Catering
Catering services are available for your special occasion.

For more information, visit http://minamirestaurant.com/events-catering/
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Cross Street
Helmcken and Davie
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Parking Details
Restaurant valet is only available for dinner service on Thursday to Saturday for $12 with a stamped copy of your receipt available at guest services.
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Public Transit
We are located half a block east of the Yaletown - Roundhouse Skytrain Station on the Canada Line.
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Special Events & Promotions
Minami Restaurant features two private rooms for your next party, meeting, or special event. We can also do full buyouts on a case by case basis.

Please contact our Events Coordinator at events(at)aburirestaurants.com
For more information, visit http://minamirestaurant.com/events-catering/
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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Special Offers

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Early bird gets the worm - plan your New Year’s Eve today! Ring in 2019 with at Minami on December 31st with a live jazz band and an exclusive New Year's Eve set menu.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1406 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Vancouver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brittany our server was amazing. She was knowledgeable, sweet, friendly to all her guests despite being busy, and made us feel comfortable. I had allergies to stone fruit so she ensured that all my food was prepared allergen free. We had the tasting menu and went all out! High quality food, presentation, and everything was so fresh. One thing thought, the seats by the patio were a little cold but other than that the ambiance , service, and food was on point for a perfect dinner date.

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JW
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Service was very good, especially from our waitress Tracy who was friendly, gave us time and explained the menu and what the restaurant specializes in. Food was good, however not spectacular and we were expecting better. Certainly for the relatively high price, we’ve had better at other sushi restaurants in Vancouver for less cost.

The atmosphere was good but perhaps a little noisy if you want to have a conversation with people you’re dining with - at least when the restaurant is busy. That seemed to be the case regardless of where you sit.

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YP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

I had a birthday dinner at minami with my bf on this Monday cuz that’s kind of our special place. But his time the food quality was bad, we were very disappointed. The champagne roll suppose to be warm but it came in cold this time. And also other stuffs, I am not quite sure abt if it’s the chef reason or the whole quality is going down now. I don’t think I would go back after this time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was really good and the staffs there are very friendly and helpful. We arrived a bit late and they arranged us a seat anyways. Very nice place to have a dinner with a friend or a group of friend. Highly recommended!

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The service was slow, no one came to ask us do we need any drinks for 5 min after we sat down. The food was no as good as before

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j
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Overpriced at best. I won't come back. The front desk asian girl was rude and cold.

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CU
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best sushi ever. This is the sister restaurant to Miku in Coal Harbour. The food is unreal- a must try!

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K
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The entire experience was amazing, the service was over the top, the food was fresh and delicious and priced according to the value. I would definitely go back! I recommend the sashimi (any!) and the Aburi style salmon! So good.

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MR
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of Vancouver’s sushi jewels! The tasting menu and accompanying sake tasting are superb. The freshest local ingredients make this place top-notch. Friendly service where servers and managers make sure you have a wonderfully delicious experience. When I visit Vancouver this will be my go-to sushi place from now on!

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London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good service and good food except that quite a few of food were sold out after we ordered.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

While the price point is on the higher end, it's definitely worth it.
The Red Wave Roll is my favourite and I will sometimes have 2 orders of this.
The Salmon Oshi Sushi is awesome -- and I say this cause I typically will not eat salmon but this is so yummy I always have it.
The Japanese Wagyu and Hickory Smoked Bacon Aburi is also a good treat.
This is one of those restaurants I always go back to, they never disappoint.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Overall, a great experience! Wasn't too busy, service was impecable!

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NW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best sushi i’ve Ever had! A must go when you’re in Vancouver

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l
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great sushi at good prices. Really nice restaurant setting.

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m
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Some of the best sushi I've had in quite some time. Cocktails are creative and well done, and the sushi pairing for the tasting menu was spot on. The restaurant gets quite loud as it fills up, so go early if you are looking to have a conversation with your date.

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k
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant was fabulous. Our table was ready right on time. The waitress was very professional. Every dish we had ( about 6 different dishes) were delicious. I would drive an hour for that Salmonoshi any day!!!! So so good !!

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SA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and a wide range of sushi choices. Would definitely recommend.

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g
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A delightful feast. So much care is put into each dish and the service is attentive. We ate here 2 years ago when visiting Vancouver and we weren't disappointed when we returned.

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SH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Outstanding food. Everything we ordered was top quality and well presented. Lovely interior. Shortstaffed and service a little slow. Very noisy for conversation.

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JD
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent will definitely come back. Also recommend it to friends and families for special occasions

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had a great experience but waited quite awhile to be initially served and we were in a rush so it tainted our experience.

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious! Highly recommend the Salmon Oshi. And local BC wines are also pretty good.

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JL
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice restaurant though it’s a bit on the pricey side. The service was good and the food was so-so.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The food here is not as good as before.the main dishes were cold and taste below average. The manger is nice though,he asked us what’s wrong with the food.i think I won’t come back anymore

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AR
Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Aburi sushi is consistently delicious.

The food came promptly.

The wine selection has a decent selection.

Parking at this location is not very good. Valet is the way to do it.

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SS
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Consistent in delivering high quality food
Aburi oshi sushi are so outstanding

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AM
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

As usual, the food at Minami was worth the drive and divine! As we brought friends from out of town, I would have preferred to be a little over serviced vs slightly under as turned out to be the case. We had to request water refills, were drinking alcohol as well, and we needed to request plates be cleared. Our waiter was knowledgeable, interesting and engaging except for the actual server/service parts. We’ll be back as there’s few sushi joints who can compete with Minami’s quality of food!

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SJ
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I had the chef's tasting menu. They were able to adapt it to my celiac sister. It was a fabulous experience. The sake pairing was truly delightful. Totemo oishikatta deshita! Gochiso -sama deshita.

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JI
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Service was slow and food quality was not spectacular

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

Great service and friendly staff

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DH
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time we visit Vancouver we come here, although we typically like to try new restaurants. The food is simply exceptional, each and every time. From the sauces to the way the seafood is prepared, the approach is creative and delicious. I will return whenever the opportunity presents.

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T
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

The quality of the food has went down. I was year about 4 years ago and didnt remember having such a bad experience with the food. I def will not be coming back and won’t be recommending this place to anyone. For the price that you pay, it’s expected that the quality would be better.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sat on patio, service was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Start to finish, excellent. Knowledgeable server and an exquisite dining experience.

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RP
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and exceptional service from our waitress.

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KG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We came for dinner on a Sunday at 7 pm, and were seated after 5 minutes.

The area of the restuarant we were seated in was quite loud, and it was very hard to hear one another. The tables closer to the kitchen seemed to be a bit quieter.

We are regulars at their sister restaurant Miku in Toronto and were looking forward to a nice meal.

Our server Jessica was initially quite rude. When we ordered drinks we asked for straws, she informed us that they only had paper straws ; which was fine but she never brought them. We had to eventually ask one of the food runners to bring them for us.

Two people in our party had ordered miso soups, when they arrived we asked the food runner if he could bring us a third. After 10 minutes Jessica came by and we asked about the soup unsure if the food runner had punched the order in, and she gave us attitide about how it takes time to warm it up and would be out soon.

At this point we were getting a little frustrated and that's when the manager Sean came to our table and took over.

Sean has such a wonderful personality and really made the night memorable for us. He was positive and attentive to our needs, and after his appearance Jessica was a lot nicer. We have to note that our food runner Jason was excellent, he should really be a server as he's polite & always smiling.

The food was quite nice and the sashimi we had was lovely. The sablefish fish was cooked perfectly and the shrimp dumpling served with it was a great addition.

The premium oishi with Otoro was quite excellent and something different from the Miku Toronto menu.

The highlight of the meal though was the dessert! Their selection of ice creams and sorbets were fantastic and interesting. It was hard to pick a favourite among all that we tried. Their pastry chefs really shine and provide a wonderful end to a great meal!

Overall it was a wonderful dinner despite the initial hiccup!

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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

The service was lacking here. A tray of glasses was dropped near by our table (shattered glass ended up both on our table top and under near our feet). This was cleaned up right away but there was no apology / no one really asked if we were ok.

There was also no follow up on how our meals were.

The sushi was tasty but underwhelming experience brought our excitement down.

Won’t be returning back here anytime soon.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

Bathrooms needed attention.
Will not go back.
Instead will go to sister restaurant Miku.

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L
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Noise level is more than energic--is quite noisy and conversation is limited unless one can be seated on the lovely patio. Food is fabulous. Exceptional service. Don't forget to take a chocolate mint from the reception desk as you exit!

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