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Minami Restaurant
Minami Restaurant

Minami Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.minamirestaurant.com
  • Email: info@minamirestaurant.com
  • Phone: (604) 685-8080
  • 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: Japanese, Sushi
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "Everything about the Minami experience was great but the star was the sushi. Amazing flavours and gorgeous to look at. The staff were engaging and informative. Their service was exceptional!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Pleasantly surprised to see a such a unique twist on Sushi. The specialty rolls were outstanding. I will definitely return!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Went to minami today for lunch. We were greeted by a friendly hostess, and our server David was very knowledgeable about the menu and provided us with an excellent service. Minami zen was delicious as usual, and their new dessert blueberry lime tart was also super delicious! Definitely going back sometime soon."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I love sushi and japanese food and love the food here. The rolls are great, the salads, the sablefish, everything i've tried is great. The only thing i would complain about is when they announce each guests' arrival with a loud yell. If you are sitting close to the sushi bar and you are one of the first guests there, you will be hearing that A LOT which completely interrupts your conversation...so i've asked to move twice now. ANother minor thing is that they dont have any herbal teas. I love to have mint or chamomile tea with my dessert (i cant handle the caffiene in the evening)...i think to buy a box of herbal tea leaves is cheap and doesnt go bad so why not. But the food is excellent."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We were in Vancouver for the weekend and my husband wanted some sushi. He just happened to find Minami by doing a Google search. We were wowed in every way!!! I was not a sushi person before eating here, but now I am! The food was not only delicious, but each dish was a work of art. The service was amazing and the setting was upscale without being pretentious. We might go back to Vancouver just to go to Minami again! We're actually hoping they'll open one in Seattle to save us the trip!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We frequent M quite often and have always had a great experience. However, the other night fell a bit short. Ordered steak. Steak was delicious, but the mushroom side dish tasted stale like it has been sitting in old oil for a couple days. Couldn't eat it. The service, while friendly, very slow. Took some time to get any service at all, and she was v slow picking up drinks from the bar. Was well into our entrees and still no bottle of wine that we had ordered. Finally asked someone else to get it when he happened to see our drinks were empty and asked if we wanted to order more drinks. If we go back at all, will go during a non busy time."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Lunch at Minami was a wonderful experience! Food was fresh and delicious, great selection, something for every appetite. Service was friendly and attentive. Without doubt I will put this restaurant on my schedule every time I visit Vancouver! cheers Barb"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I dare say the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver and that's saying a lot because we sure have lots of great Japanese food. It is a bit pricey but you get what you pay for - quality food and service. Innovative cooking. Great tastes."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We sat at the bar on Saturday night at 6:15. We were assisted by several people in regards to the menu within the first five minutes but after that it was very difficult to place an order or ask questions. We weren't really sure who to ask. Our bar chef seemed very young and unsure. When we did ask him something he went to ask someone else. We were planning on ordering a cocktail to start and then some beer and sake with dinner but that didn't happen. We ordered two cocktails to start but one of them never arrived. After 20 minutes we had to flag someone down to order another beverage. Which was only the beginning. The food was good but seemed to be ruined by the lack of service."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "What a great meal. Let the server guide us thru food and drink and wow!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "A great dining experience. The sushi was fantastic, beautifully presented and delicious. The entrées were not what I expected from a Japanese restaurant. Large portions, perfectly prepared with a Japanese French fusion. Our server was attentive and very knowledgeable in the numerous sakes on the menu. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great everything. The Aburi rib-eye is one of the best steak dishes you'll ever try. The Oshi bites are awesome. Everything is good."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Great restaurant with wonderful service. Food is really good!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "I went to this restaurant - the sister restaurant to Miku - with my sister, who was visiting from out of town and had liked Miku when she was previously visiting. I had the crab and shrimp udon dish with miso foam which was very nice and light though the broth was a bit too intense for me. We also had some osha salmon and other well known/signature dishes here that were great. The lighting is a bit low to read the menu (candles at the table were helpful) in the back area, but otherwise this is a great place to eat, right in the heart of Yaletown. Service was great as well. I have been here before with others and it has never failed to be an enjoyable dining experience so far."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We had the sampling dish with the saki pairing. Dishes were explained well as well as why the sake was chosen"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food here is great. The atmosphere is nice enough. I'm always a little thrown off by Caucasian servers in a Japanese restaurant though. It's grating when a person doesn't know what the food is that they're serving. Service was friendly to the point of being overbearing. Not a big deal though. I would come back if i thought it was worth it. But the prices are a bit silly. Sure I've paid over $100 for me and my date at a sushi restaurant before, but I'm usually either full, or totally blown away by the food. Here: neither. Overall, an enjoyable experience. Would I come back? Sure, if somebody else was paying."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "The service was beyond the call of duty... especially the nice young Japanese guy... manager? Food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The sake offerings are also wonderful."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Miku is always busy during lunch so we have decided to have a lunch meeting at minami instead. Perhaps the time was later than usual, but it was quiet and the service was excellent!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "As usual minami didn't disappoint. Love every single item we ordered. From the sautéed Brussel sprouts to their sashimi to the aburi sushi to the chocolate dessert. One word SATISFIED!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was our second time at Minami. We did the tasting menu both times. The food is very good and the amount of food is certainly adequate. Our only complaint this time around was that we felt a bit rushed by the wait staff. They were pleasant and attentive but a bit too quick to pick up plates and in fact almost took one plate from my friend who wasn't even finished."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We have been to Minami quite a few times and we kept going back whenever we crave for exceptional Japanese food with outstanding service (the combination can be hard to find). We have been there on different days during the week and have had different servers, but I have to say regardless how busy they were and who was serving us, they have consistently exceeded our expectations. Definitely a place that I am happy to go back any time or take my guests to!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I had a good time with my friends in minami restaurant. Foods are tasty and fresh. For dessert, i really recommend the chocolate ones, that was the best dessert i have ever tried. The matcha in the cake is not very sweet and i like the jasmine flavor ice-cream best."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went for dinner the other day. I have been there a few times, but it's my boyfriend's first time there. We tried the $80 Shokai, it was really good. The server who serves our table was super friendly. Our sushi arrives slightly late but our server noticed that and took care of it immediately. I have recommended this place for my parents and friends and they all love it."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Had a great dinner! Good food, good service. The only small downside was that they layout of the tables left us right behind a counter, so a line of guest behinds were right at our face level. Other than that, would recommend!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food is top-notch and well worth the price for business lunches or special occasions."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "No doubt Minami lives up to it's reputation as a fresh, diverse and innovative Japanese fusion restaurant. Excellent service and amazing food! Remember to order dessert!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have eaten at Miku and now Minami...the food delectable, beautifully presented and service was outstanding! We look forward to our next time!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Had a great time and would recommend to anyone. Great sushi and sashimi. Very pricy but worth it."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Love tMinami....will be back again soon! The service is always amazing."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The food was very very good, and somewhat different from the "usual", which is a nice change."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the food - best sushi I've ever had actually."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I expected nothing less from the Miku/Minami group and I wasn't disappointed. A majority of restaurants were dead after the dineout period but Minami was still "hopping" as I walk through parts of Yaletown to get to the restaurant. Noticed also a lot of business meetings there, very interesting. Anyway, had great food and good service so I was in a happy place."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Yes, the Salmon Oshi is amazing. Yes, the Sake flight that I had with my Dine-Out Vancouver menu was mind-blowing. But it's the service that I will be bragging about that will keep my friends coming here."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Very good service. Food was presented very nicely. Absolutely amazing aburi sushi, but the short ribs was a little dry and tough. Overall, a wonderful dine out experience!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "First time at Minami through Dine Out Vancouver. Easy to get to via Skytrain. Food was fabulous and the service outstanding. I plan to return with friends and family. The servers were friendly and knowledgeable. We loved the entire experience!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "I've heard wonderful things about Minami, from friends to colleagues, even strangers.. I entered the restaurant and I was seated within two minutes. The restaurant decor was simple, which I like. One other thing I'd like to give kudos for is their well ventilated air system, unlike most Japanese restaurants, Minami did not have a lingering smell of grease. Overall, Minami did not disappoint. In fact, it exceeded my expectations as a restaurant whole. :)"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I really loved this restaurant. Not only did it have a wonderful ambiance and seatings the sushis they served were high quality and well made. I have not had such good sushi in Vancouver for a long time now- all the others are westernized sushi such as California Roll... Anyways, I loved this place and would definitely recommend it to others."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "We had to follow up on our food order. With the price and service charge we need to pay, I don't think it's acceptable."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food, service and complete dining experience was exception. I liked that we didn't have to choose from the menu as the Dine Out menu was a Tasting menu which offered several samples of the regular menu. The strictly enforced 1 1/2 hour sitting for Dine Out Patrons made it a bit rushed."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My friends and I came here for dinner during the Dine Out promotion and had a fantastic meal. Service was phenomenal! We will be back soon."
    Dined on 1/28/2014