Minami Restaurant

4.6
1435 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • 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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Neighbourhood
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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 1435 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and the food was good but not anything special for the value attached. We were also over serviced. We had at least 5 or 6 different employees come to our table, for constant water top ups (when our glasses were already full), delivery of food etc. It often interrupted our conversation and lunch experience and in the end, just became very annoying!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food .

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

Excellent everything!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious. Definitely try the menu tasting as there is a wide variety to sample. The tuna tartar was amazing! Couldn't stop eatting it. I would definitely go back.

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SN
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best sushi I have ever had! Our server was very knowledgeable about the food. Had a wonderful experience and cant wait to go back.

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GB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Although a bit pricy, it was worth the money. All courses were beautifully presented and all ingredients were fresh and of the highest quality. We had a sake pairing with and I highly recommend it.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was nice!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

Very bad service. For the beginning the waitress service is fine, after awhile she never comes back to check our table , I thought she off, at the end we ask for the bill, she just put on the table didn't even say any word at all and left. We try to ask busboy call manager come to our table complain about her. We saw busboy talked to the manager, but the manager(John) worst then her, he didn't come talk to us, he avoid to solve the problem. It was terrible night happened on us.

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OT
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Place was very loud. Food was good, but a bit on the pricier endz

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i
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mindblowing sushi. Very creative and executed perfectly.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is always amazing

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Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Wonderful service, delicious & creative dishes as well as an extensive drinks menu, including a impressive range of sakes. Definitely worth trying the chef's choice tasting menu!

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m
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Went for my girlfriend's birthday. Food & service was good overall as expected from Minami. Had the usual assortment of aburi oshi, and also tried the "premium" aburi oshi this time. The premium ones were tasty, but not substantially different in taste from the regular ones. I think it's mainly because they all have a layer of salmon & sauce on the top, which masks the flavour of whatever else is added to it. Next time I'll likely stick to the usual aburi oshi which are delicious! Only other note would be that the table we were at was VERY dark. The table next to us all used their cell-phone lights to even read the menu. We managed to read it using a combination of squinting and candle-light.

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AR
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

The restaurant is way too dark for dinner service. If you're a foodie, a major part of the experience is eating with your eyes, seeing what it looks like, appreciating how it's plated... especially if you're paying extravagant prices. I took my family here to eat for a birthday dinner and my grandma thought the fish roe on her sushi was sand because she could not see it, and it was crunchy when she bit into it. Even though the servers pointed out what each thing was, they all looked the same. I have been here for lunch and the ambiance is much better, although still dim.

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R
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic - as usual. Excellent service. Excellent food. Celebrating a birthday. But never need an occasion for Miname

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CS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I much prefer this restaurant to it's sister restaurant, Miku. The ambiance and noise level is much chiller and more pleasant, and the service was great. The menu is similar, but the tasting menu was more fish focused and I appreciate that when at a sushi restaurant.

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C
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As usual, Minami is such a wonderful meal. I have been coming here for years and the food is consistently amazing. Presentation is superb, but there is no lacking in flavor. Absolutely delicious meal and great service.

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OT
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The chef’s tasting menu was a wonderful exploration of the menu. We included wine pairings & they complemented well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Placed our order, appetizers came out very quick. Main entrees came out delayed. Would have been nice to have the food come out on time so no waiting in between bites.

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RD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

Persistent fruit flies swarmed the table while we ate. We were sat next to the divider at the edge of the room despite the venue being mostly empty upon our arrival and throughout the meal. Table was wobbly. Felt like we were given the worst seat in the house despite the restaurant being empty.

Food was decent but the overall experience due to the notes above is something I’d expect from an establishment that demanded a third of the price tag

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p
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

I was disappointed with the champagne roll and the red wave roll. The sushi rice was dry and a bit tough especially on the champagne roll. Not worth the price I paid for these rolls. I also found the tuna tartare dry as well.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

Its totally Over priced. Taste nothing special. I rather go to pther sushi places

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fun. Fast. Fresh.

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a
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We live outside of Vancouver, and booked this restaurant well in advance when we know we would be visiting. There were 4 ladies standing at the door, but none of them had a smile nor seem happy to see customers. But as soon as we sat down, our waitress, Felicia made us feel very welcomed and explained the menu and made recommendations. To our surprise, the food came fairly fast even though they had a lot of tables around us. The sushi and sashimi we had were very fresh and delicious. It was a great meal! Felicia's excellent service made up for the 4 hostess when we first came in. In my opinion, the food here tastes better than at its sister restaurant Miku. We will definitely be back again. Note* Maybe dress more business casual. Since we were exploring the city earlier that day, with the usual hike and scenic walks, I felt we were a bit under dressed. Maybe this was why we were not welcomed warmly by the hostess.

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H
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
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 on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
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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b
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Food was very good, service was average. Barely saw our server and empty glasses were the norm. Food runners did a good job of explaining our choices as they arrived.

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YP
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
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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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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AN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took the gf and she loved it. Haven't been for a couple years and still not disappointed. Sable fish still good as ever!

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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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BW
London
2 reviews
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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D
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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