Minami Restaurant
Minami Restaurant

Minami Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.minamirestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6046858080
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm (Tapas 3:00pm - 5:00pm)
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (late night menu 10:00pm - 11:00pm),
    Brunch- Saturday - Sunday:11:30am- 3:00pm
    Dinner 5:00pm- 11:00pm (late night menu 11:00pm - 12:00am)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Kazuya Matsuoka
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Helmcken and Davie
  • Public Transit: We are located half a block east of the Yaletown - Roundhouse Canada line Skytrain station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Restaurant valet is only available for dinner services for $8 with a stamped copy of your receipt at guest services.
A word from Minami Restaurant
Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Yaletown, Minami Restaurant delivers one of the most unique and innovative dining experiences to Vancouver. Minami follows the pioneering footsteps of sister restaurant, Miku for introducing the Aburi style or flame seared technique to Vancouver’s thriving sushi scene in 2008. Aburi sushi requires no soy sauce or wasabi, as the chefs create specialty sauces using non-traditional Japanese ingredients to complement the flavor properties of each variety of fish.

From the kitchen, seasonal and regional ingredients are integrated into dishes to reflect the diversity of responsible food choices. Traditionally trained Japanese chefs are inspired by global flavors and cutting edge techniques to create a new style of cuisine. The culinary approach evokes passion and beauty, as each dish is artfully plated on custom-designed Arita Yaki plate ware, handpicked by owner, Seigo Nakamura.




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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Minami Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
140 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (101)special occasion (70)good for groups (65)hot spot (51)neighborhood gem (43)romantic (42)great for lunch (32)great for outdoor dining (24)vibrant bar scene (23)late-night find (23)kid-friendly (14)great for brunch (14)notable wine list (10)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Good but pricy
    Eyp708VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We went to Minami to celebrate a friends birthday. The food is good but not outstanding and very pricey compared to other Japanese restaurants in town. The server was friendly but somewhat forgetful, but always apologetic for her errors. We got the feeling the high price was to pay for the location and the trendy furnishings, as it felt more like a night club than a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous place
    NadjVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food here was really great. We had the set menu for taste of yaletown and the saki pairing and it was excellent. Service was timely and friendly and the atmosphere was inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was fantastic...sushi is a real treat, unique and full of flavours Food came a little fast on this visit and we noticed some people were getting their 2nd course before their 1st (taste of yaletown).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bring ear plugs, warm up your voice
    philly
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    of course the salmon oshi is amazing as is most of the food. but the place is REALLY LOUD. they need to install some curtains or something. (all hard surfaces so the sound bounces around) don't bring anyone here you'd like to have a conversation with. order, eat, (sooo good) and go somewhere quieter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fanstastic Food.
    Patti
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Excellent Food!! Service was fantastic...Only complaint is noise level was quite high..hard to have a conversation with others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    mams
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great food, ambiance and service in such an eclectic looking building.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Night
    JoelVic86
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Found this restaurant online. I wanted to treat my girlfriend to a nice dinner as sort of an early birthday present/late anniversary present. We came over from Victoria and came here before a concert at the Vogue. I was unsure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised as the restaurant was very nice it felt casual, yet elegant a perfect place to take your date. I ordered the ebi fritters which was quite a large serving for an appetizer and definitely surpassed expectations. The main course I had the Kaisen Soba Peperoncino which was excellent. My gf had a salad which wasn't on the menu, avocado nigiri, and brussel sprout chips which she enjoyed. The drinks were great overall it was a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Desserts rock!
    MCDL
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Overpriced for what it is. The menu has no coherence. Some dishes sounded great in concept but failed in execution. I would only go back for the desserts. I enjoyed the space very much and the noise level was bearable which is rare on the Vancouver restaurant scene these days. I would not go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made my day
    dinedine
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    It was my birthday and their services were great and memorable for my special day. The note on the dessert plate "Happy Birthday" made my day exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cyjhVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    GORGEOUS patio with amazing ambience. Impeccable, creative modern style Japanese using the highest quality, freshest ingredients. Even the rice is flawless and has an addictive texture and subtle sweetness. Apparently the owners' family spent 50 years cultivating their own rice grains! Charming, genuinely warm service staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • exceptional all-round
    foodmunki
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This restaurant was a recent find by me and ever since my first experience, I have been back multiple times with family and friends and have never been disappointed with the quality of food as well as the level of service. The Oshi sushi is not only unique, but a fantastic approach to traditional sushi holding its own against some of the most delicious dishes I have ever had. Hands down my new favourite sushi spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Elain
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have been to different Japaneae restaurants in different countries and definitely this is one of the best. Food is very delicious and valued for money. Excellent service, definitely will come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My new favorite spot
    meyetnotme
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    First time at minami and it was a fantastic experience. Food was a adventure of flavour - brussel sprouts and wild mushroom, nicely done. the sable fish was very moist, the eggplant with miso - very good. oshi salmon sushi - the piece of jalapeno did it. scallop carpaccio was a fantastic start. last but not least - my drink, and i dont drink alcohol - mango ginger was really nice. jasmine ice cream is a must try - so fragrant. this is definitely my new favorite spot - many items on the menu, and the desserts, i still want to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    Loveit
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food is fantastic and the service is great. We have been coming back every couple of weeks as the menu is always changing. Great front door staff as well. Have taken a few out of town guests here and they have raved! We be coming back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great nite out
    Hubb
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food, service and ambiance was great. From the opening welcome to the last bite it was a great night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Sushi lifted to a higher level. Great cocktails too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go to Miku instead
    GodziVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Minami is good. But Miku, the sister restaurant, is better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not your average sushi restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    If you're looking for a bento box lunch, keep looking. Minami has an amazing take on Japanese food. Very unique. Amazing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great for a first time visit
    Leslie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Waited a long time for server to come to our table, even though the restaurant did not seem very busy. Then we waited FOREVER for our cocktails. Waiter apologized for the bar backup, but I still ended up having my cocktail with dinner, which did not go well together. Waiter poo-pooed our choices in a way that was a bit condescending, but we gave him the benefit of the doubt and enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive for the quality
    dovss
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Left still hungry for 45 dollars per person. The size of the nigiri sushi wasn't generous, and the fish fell off each piece easily (indicating it wasn't very well constructed). Quality of the fish was great, and the spot prawns were super fresh but the whole experience didn't really feel very authentic Japanese. If you are looking for a trendy spot with sky high markup to impress your clients this might be good but for an anniversary dinner out we loved the Farmer's Apprentice at the same price 20x more than this. Wouldn't recommend in a city full of amazing sushi for less cost.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall excellent
    Bendre
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Good service, very original food. Food came in small portions but was quite filling. Sushi with a twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    Food2food
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is my second time going to Minami. I would give it a 5 out of 5. The food is really good and the service and friendliness of staff is 5 out of 5. The only thing that I wasn't happy about during both visits is that the food comes out very slow. The kitchen needs to step it up just a tad. Otherwise, very good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Delicious pressed sushi!! Nice romantic ambiance with open kitchen concept
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Took my friends from out of town to this restaurant. I have been to this restaurant several times and it is one of my favorites. My friends had a good time. They really enjoyed the food and would come back here when they are in town again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service
    jfrazureVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our finale meal in Vancouver on our last night and it did not disappoint. We loved it all. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good food, but small
    3ptlam
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    the food was excellent, but the portions were small then again...I'm a big eater with a fast metabolism nonetheless, the flavors were great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try omakase for special occasions!
    20thandProud
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Minami is our favourite fine dining Japanese restaurant but this was our first time to try the Omakase menu. It was outstanding and the menu team of chefs prepared for us was out of this world. We brought special friends we wanted to honour as we each celebrated our 20th wedding anniversaries. The service was outstanding and there was no doubt the royal treatment made us feel like VIP - like the only guest despite a very busy restaurant on a Friday night. Everything was perfect to the finest detail. The omakase dinner takes some planning (a form to submit stating your allergies/preferences 72 hours in advance) but is a good investment of your time and $ for special occasions. Highly recommend Minami and also their omakase.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • japanese food lovers must try
    food4thoughts
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have been to minami several times now to be able to say its probably one of the best japanese restaurants in vancouver. Granted, the price range isnt for everyone, it is not outrageous at all! The quality is good - fresh ingredients, seasoned perfectly, original combination of flavours... having said all this, this is not your "traditional sushi restaurant". Then again, minami is what you expect to see in tokyo, a bit of a fusion twist on aburi style sushi. All in all, if you are open minded and love japanese flavours you will love this. But if you are california roll tempura teriyaki combo seeking vancouverites, this is not for you. Ps, you will crave their saba aburi!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Terrible Service
    foodie77
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was good. Pretty, well garnished, and tasted great. The service however was terrible. I've had better service at Denny's. We had to wait for our server several times to get drinks/order more food. We are the type who like to order as we go, and this place just did not suit that kind of style. The décor and atmosphere bordered on romantic, but unfortunately for us the screaming baby behind us kind of ruined that. I would go again possibly, but this time on a week night where I would hope they are less busy and therefore could be more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi in Vancouver
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was delicious but when sitting in the outdoor area we saw a rat in the bushes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Experience
    Rafe
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is amazing. It was our 5th anniversary and they customized a dessert for us with beautiful writing on the plate. We decided at the last minute to walk there and bring our baby and they found a table that let us bring the stroller in and be comfortable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef's creation
    Muncher
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Wonderful courses - delicate - super presentation - could reduce size of portions or number of courses
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to be rushed experience
    MCDiner
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I've been to the sister restaurant Miku and this is definitely on par. The atmosphere is more casual and I enjoyed it. The food arrived promptly. I had the Minami tasting menu. Good mix of sushi and inspired cuisine. We had a trainee as part of a pair of servers. My friends tried the plum wine flight and it was equally delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    You can definitely find better valued sushi in Vancouver and its surrounding areas. However I took a customer that is from Toronto and he was very impressed. It may be that we are spoiled in Vancouver with so many great options but they are used to paying equally as much for way less quality. The atmosphere elevated the experience and their signature dishes are worth going for (Aburi Oshi Sushi, Red Wave Roll, Crunchy Scallop Roll) Everything was super fresh, great service and the BC Spot Prawn Sashimi put it over the top.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing.
    saladnvodkaVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Will drive back from Seattle just to eat here! the salmon oshi rolls are to die for. great with a sake-tini!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have had better waitresses
    Slimmer007
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I didn't appreciate waitress attitude. It was a little condescending. I still tipped 20 percent as I know how the tips work in a restaurant. She didnt need to give her opinion about soy sauce and how one doesn't need it. It's personal taste
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food tastes great and I like the table display. The environment is nice and quiet, and it is open kitchen.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • doudou
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    First is a small Watermelon which is not very fresh ! Second is SHUSI, just melt in the mouth,very good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing and enjoyable!
    HungryWeGo2
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Wonderful dining - a modern take of Japanese cuisine. Example was the Beef carpaccio and the Hokkaido scallops. Great service. Will return when we visit Vancouver again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • better than MIKU
    blueskyjeffVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Love it =) wanna go there again and again and again, the service was great and this time even better. they always improving themselves. It was great they finally get to create more item and still kept the best from the old one. Awesome. Great job guys
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet