Minami Restaurant

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Japanese
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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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrating family’s Birthday !

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tasting menu lunch - delicious, varied, filling and incredible value. Great staff, too!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Server made many mistakes and didn’t apologize or even acknowledge that mistakes were made but the food was excellent.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi!

KS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed lunch on the patio and ordered Premium Zen set as it was our anniversary. Signature sushi was amazing, and baked salmon was one of the best I ever had. Portions were generous so we were pleasantly full and happy.
Only suggestion for the menu would be to replace too acidic beet salad with goat cheese for something more subtle.
Overall, we were quite happy with our choice for lunch at Minami, and have enjoyed delicious meal, excellent service and peaceful auietness of the patio on a summer day.

BK
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service.. excellent food quality n portion with their Zen Premium Lunch Set.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service and attention to detail.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, the best sushi I have ever had. I traveled to Vancouver from North Carolina and sought out sushi since I love it so much and there is much fresher fish here. Vancouver has a plethora of sushi restaurants, but our experience at Minami was simply divine. We had an appetizer, 2 rolls of their signature flame seared sushi, sake flight, and cocktails. Everything was delicious but the flame seared sushi blew me away. My husband and I came here for our anniversary and it exceeded my already high expectations!

S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating birthday for my best friend. The surprised ice cream birthday wish was very appreciated.

M
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great as always

OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat out on the patio. It is much quieter and a nicer ambiance out there. Service was great. Definitely recommend.

Minami Restaurant
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your feedback with us. It is very fulfilling to hear that you enjoyed your experience on our patio! We will share your kind message with our team as well. Thank you again, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. -Minami Management Team

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Out server was excellent! We learned so much from him being out first time. Can’t wait to be back!

Minami Restaurant
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Minami!. We will definitely share your kind message with the team. Thank you again, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. -Minami Management Team

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Servers and host was very friendly and attentive

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very great experience, Minami never fails to disappoint. A slight technical error caused our food to be served in the wrong order (which I did not mind at all), however the restaurant made every possible attempt to enhance our dining experience and the General Manager himself went as far as even offering us dessert over this simple oversight. I will be returning here as much as I can

AY
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I ordered a la carte and felt the flavours weren't spectacular and the 2 rolls, 1 appy and 2 pieces of nigiri were NOT worth the $60 I as charged. I've had sushi that was of equal flavour and quality for half that price at multiple places around the city. It's a typical Yaletown spot that caters to people with more money than taste.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best sushi places I have ever been to! Incredible food and amazing service!! 100% recommend because if you are in Vancouver it is a must, we were only in town for 2 days and went both days because its just that good!! The rolls in the pictures were my favorite but honestly everything was delicious❤️

J
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere on the patio.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Some food was super good but some was average. Restaurant was packed and it took a while to get our dishes. It was pretty noisy but fun vibe.

OT
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a nice lunch we had. Lunch menu choices are adequate. Food portion is fine. Place is clean and neat. Service is great.

K
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Came here several times the foods are always keep the same level.

OT
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Fantastic sushi!

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious sushi. However, our reservation was not a reservation. We waited ~45 after our scheduled time to be seated. Simply unacceptable, and with basically no apology from the staff.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing, I like it

JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not sure why this place is so popular. The food is just not even close to being worth the charge. It is fine and the belly tuna was terrific, but most is middle of the road... and the prices are quite high.

M
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the tasting menu - you won’t regret it.

JM
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and date night. Everyone at Minami went out of their way to great care of us. Food was amazing. Thanks!

Minami Restaurant
Responded on July 16, 2019

Dear Jonathan, thank you very much for taking the time to share your recent dining experience with us. It is very fulfilling to hear that you had a wonderful evening with our cuisine and service! We will definitely share your kind message with our team. Thank you again, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. -Minami Management Team

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TS
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Used to be one of my favourite restaurants, but this time around, I found that both the quality of food and service has lessened noticeably.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Sushi was amazing. The sable fish was very nice but not worth the price. The sides could have been better. It also took nearly 30 minutes to get our first drink and place our order.

K
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

sushi that melts in your mouth, YUMMM! The staff are friendly and professional. Had a great time, thank you!

BA
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing about my experience at Minami was great with one exception. It's too noisy to have a quiet conversation. This place is better for a group rather than a quiet dinner for two. A little sound dampening would go a long way.

CC
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi, beautifully arranged, fast service.

JV
Toronto
46 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My hubby and i’s

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite place to go every time I visit Vancouver

PK
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a winner. Celebrated three birthdays in Minami style with Omakase.

L
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best salmon sushi of my life. The chefs tasting menu is worth every penny. Don’t dismiss the dessert matcha cake - it was superb.

SQ
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 4 and had the luxury of sitting on their patio which was a lovely quiet setting. It's been a while since our last visit...don't know why because the service and food were outstanding! Many thanks to everyone at Minami for a memorable meal!!

SB
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and dessert were wonderful! Professional and friendly service made our birthday celebrations more fun!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall good. Chicken Nanban was the poorest dish as it was soggy and over sauced.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were amazing!

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