Mak N Ming

4.6
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241 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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French / Japanese
We offer a considered, seasonally conscious, a la carte menu and a set menu nightly – our constantly evolving Chef’s menu of 6 courses. Additionally, vegetarian/vegan/pescatarian dishes and set menus are available upon request and with advance notice. Culinary creations are inspired by the changing variety of available produce and protein throughout the year.
Executive Chef Makoto Ono and Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Cheng create progressive French/Japanese inspired cuisine with innovative breads and desserts.
Courses that have been featured in our set menus have included Dungeness crab noodle soup, kale “Pocky”, crusted nori bun, mirugai with celery root and parsley, duck breast with bitter greens and pear, farro ochazuke, and squash Mont Blanc.
A carefully chosen beverage and wine selection is designed to complement our unique menus; guided beverage pairings for the Chef’s menu is available upon request.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.5
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4.4
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OT
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible meal. Can’t wait to go back!

w
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Came for Valentines/anniversary and had the Chefs menu. I can’t recommend it enough. Each dish was more delicious than the last, and the attention to detail was impressive. I love that the menu changes; we will definitely come back and try a new menu!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant flavors and excellent service!

M
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great experience, exceed expectation in almost every way. Chef’s menu definitely worth trying, especially the Wakyu option. Had a really nice time and can’t wait to go again! Well done!

JP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I were unable to get a Valentine's Day reservation - understandably, the place filled up pretty quickly - but Mak N Ming made sure our February 13 date night was a magical one, one to remember for sure. We were served a delicious meal in multiple courses, dishes brought one by one to us, always together, giving us plenty of time to connect with each other in close, intimate comfort. The slow build up by means of many, MANY small, appetizing treats to a magnificent, filling main course, followed by a sumptuous dessert, left us happy, filled, and more in love than ever before! Thank you, Mak N Ming, you and your wonderful cooks and excellent servers! You have given us a wonderful night, and we shan't forget it! We'll be back - see you soon!

r
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Came for dineout and overall the experience was just ok. The beef katsu was unfortunately too rare for my liking. The server and restaurant should let people know about the rareness of the meat in case it doesn't suit their tastebuds.. so they can consider that when choosing the mains - 1 here for me for the lack of service in this regard. The brown butter cake was a let down. It was uninventive, bland, and tasted like a muffin you would have from a cafe in the morning. At a $45 price point you would expect a better "cake" dessert option. Lastly, I had requested a booth option but was not given one even though the entire time we were dining there was a booth available. When a customer writes a request in the reservation, good service means that you would try to accommodate this. Other than that the sablefish, tuna, and coconut pudding were delicious. However, I'm not sure I would return here anytime soon.

SG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and exquisitely attentive service. The environment and ambiance were soothing. Our favourite dining experience in Vancouver.

AR
Vancouver
45 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really appreciate the care taken in the selection of paired wines. Fantastic!

W
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mak N Ming is definitely my favorite restaurant in Vancouver. I have here twice so far. I would love to revisit it more often.

RC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went recently with my husband and 87 year old mother-in-law primarily because sablefish was on their Dine Out Vancouver menu (all 3 of us are big fans of sablefish/black cod). We were not disappointed, the sablefish was one of the best if not the best we have ever tasted. It was cooked perfectly and very moist. The broth it was in was to die for. For appetizers, the choice of either warm brussel sprouts or albacore tuna tartare were also excellent and the presentation was really well done. The desserts offered for the Dine Out menu (coconut pudding or almond cake) were the perfect way to end the evening. The pudding was very light and not heavy at all, and the almond cake was the perfect level of sweetness. Would also recommend getting a side of the cornmeal bread, as it was not dense like a lot of cornmeal breads. I think our primary server was also one of the co-owners (and pastry chef) and she was attentive and had a very easy going mannerism about her. All in all, a fantastic dining experience and we will definitely come back in the future to try their tasting menu.

LL
London
25 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mak n Ming is a lovely, quiet and small restaurant serving some of the best cuisine in Vancouver. The care and attention to every detail of prep to execution shows in every bite. Delicious and simple with it's clean flavours, yet the subtle, complex nuances and use of local ingredients is refreshing. The presentation and the dishes themselves are beautiful and the beverages pair perfectly. It is quite reasonably priced for the quality of food you will undoubtedly enjoy and you will find that you are quite satiated, not hungry at all. Yet you won't feel you have overeaten or been pushed your limits. Perfect portions with outstanding service. It's one of my favourite places to go to be sure.

m
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

It was a Dineout experience. Appie was great but entree, the sablefish was a disappointment... Dessert was decent but nothing impressive. Highly disappointed since I heard good things about this place.

G
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food!!! I’ve been wanting to try this place and glad they were part of Dine Out Vancouver 2020.

Great service and value.

Definitely will go back once Dine Out is over so I can try their regular menu

f
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

The food was disappointing given the price point. The food did not have the fine and delicate touches usually seen in high end Japanese restaurants. The sablefish was good, but should have been marinated longer for extra flavor. The beef karage was not appealing, and not a great choice for dine out Vancouver selection.

HY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

Food is very good and value for the money, service is wonderful. Just be aware of the smoking, the dining area is full of the smoke smells from the kitchen. My friends and me have cooking smells from head to foot after dinner.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Beef with foie gras is always the killer. For the Uni Ramon, I will try to make a crab Napoleon and use clear dashi instead of plain carb meat and crab shell dashi. The texture of the noodle is good. For the dessert, hazelnut ganache is too sweet for me. I will recommand some sea salt with it. The whole meal is brilliant.

RS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This is the closest to a Michelin starred restaurant that we have found in Vancouver.

DD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Having dined here last summer we decided to celebrate our anniversary here. Like last time, our meal was excellent. Presentation and taste was on point. Would not hesitate to recommend Mak N Ming for any occasion.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Chef’s tasting menu was fantastic.

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

terrible, food was just average

CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazingly creative, flavourful, and innovative food that was elegantly presented. Impeccable service. Calm and peaceful atmosphere within which to enjoy the food and conversation.

p
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mind blasting! Thank you for such a great dinning experience.

M
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best dining experience we've had in years -- inventive, superb food; warm, attentive and helpful service; great ambiance. In short, everything we could hope for in a restaurant. Truly a world class establishment.

AT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Attended with my wife and 2 friends. Ambiance very nice. Our 2 friends who had arrived 15mins before us and had been seated were frustrated as nobody had even offered them a drink yet. It went downhill from there unfortunately. 2 gin and tonics arrived at the table with no gin in the glass, cue waiter suspiciously eyeing glasses to confirm my friends hadn't necked the gin straight! Then I tested the wine and before confirming my approval (It was actually a nice Rhone valley red) the waiter had placed the decanter on the table behind us and disappeared. I guess i'll be serving my own wine then...

On to the food, starter a beet salad actually very nice. Main course, Pork belly for everyone with a Dickensian cauliflower gruel. Pork belly horribly undercooked for everyone's taste, cauliflower gruel had a 'fishy undercurrent' to it. I thought it would be impossible for me to eat a pork belly dish and not enjoy it. I stand corrected. It was so bad my wife and friend ordered a new main course which was even worse, ramen in some horribly fishy sauce which got sent back uneaten. At least they had the decency to take it off the bill.

A cautionary note. If a seemingly superb restaurant (according to the reviews) can be booked readily on a Sat night with availability for 4 people for the entire evening, beware. Those reviews may not be entirely legitimate IMO.

D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

World class tasting menu.

v
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

The service was very attentive with the server describing in detail all the courses and wine served with dinner. We travel internationally on business and as a result dine out frequently in San Francisco, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago etc. We found the food to be ok but none of the dishes Wowed us. The bill was very high for what we got. I did not drink any alcohol and my partner had 2 glasses of wine. Our bill was $250.00 with tip and tax. The room felt sterile.

s
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food is excellent. Service is great. Small setup so very good for conversation The only complaint is very smelly in the restaurant. Need to improve the kitchen vent. The bench is hard on the butt. Other than that, it’s a place I’ll go back.

a
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious for brunch!!

PE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience1

The food was good as was the service, but sadly the ambience was not up to par. The decor doesn’t reflect the price and the lighting is abysmal; very harsh lights on the wall that left me with retina burn. These lights are the only ambient lighting ( apart from battery operated tea lights), so the overall experience was underwhelming.

MW
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating my wife and sister-in-law’s birthday. Great service and fantastic food.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Got a candle on the French toast for birthday. Very thoughtful!

n
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Makoto and Chef Amanda continue to astound with their creativity and ability to satisfy a wide variety of pallet using the freshest and simplest ingredients in unique combinations. The dishes change seasonally and the wine pairings nuance the flavours of the dishes impeccably. In all the years that we have been enjoying their meals, we have always been impressed with their ability to leave you perfectly satisfied. That is true skill! May you be blessed with the opportunity to sample their creations!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Vancouver has to offer

JS
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. Will be back for sure.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So delicious, as always!!!

C
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really loved how intimate it was, the friendly chef who even brought out some of our food, the extensive descriptions of each dish by the staff, and the pacing/amount of food was perfect. The menu is also very well made and comforting. Thanks!! :)

DN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super thoughtful presentation and execution of a range of dishes - service was exceptional!

C
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Quality food but expensive for the Chef's menu... Main part of the meal was not substantial enough. Unique flavours and presentation of food.

f
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic Sunday brunch with the parents. They can’t wait to go back!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service. Dishes were creative and delicious - 8 courses!

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