Minami Restaurant

4.6
1955 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:30PM
Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:30PM
Sat 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:30PM

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Food and service was good, but front desk was beyond awful. We called to say we were gonna be 10 minute late, we showed up and the hostess said we had to wait because the last table was finishing up. 10 minutes later I asked the manager why did we have to wait if I made a reservation at 3 pm and we were late? He gave no explanation or apology, just told us to keep waiting. Another 10 minutes, this couple walks in and gets escorted to their table right away. I asked the hostess again what was going on and why did that couple just get it and get a table right away? She said she didn’t know. Another hostess explained that the earlier couple called before coming, I told her so did I. 3:30 pm only now they’re sanitizing the table. Out of 4 employees no one could explain what was the purpose of making a reservation at 3 pm if I had to wait 30 minutes. No apologies and this was all on Mother’s Day.

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vipTrevor
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome service was at awesome and the patio with

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IanM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food but didn't quite live up to my expectations, especially for the price. Service was a bit slow but that could have been due to covid staffing

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SBee
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The ebi fritters were AMAZING! Overall food was great, best oshi sushi around.

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VivienneS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

one of my fav sushi places in town! their pressed sushi and nigiri is really good

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As one of our favourite places for Japanese cuisine. We were lucky enough to be taken care of by Stephan which was our second time dining with him. He was attentive and provided excellent service and makes wonderful cocktails for me each time we have been there. Thank you for the always lovely food and great service. We shall return.

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vipdrewdeezee
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Nice patio

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for our weekly date night and as usual always enjoyed the food and service at Minami. The garden patio was nice and quiet and heated! I felt very safe with the covid precautions taken and service was attentive. There was about 8 tables, well spaced out so it was quiet. And being away from the streets and traffic was nice. The food was good but we did not try anything crazy adventurous, ordered a tofu crumble salad, ebi fritters, signature sushi platter and Saba oishi and special uni nigiris as well as the 1/2 bottle of the feature sake and feature dessert. Price was as expected for Minami and our bill came to ard $250+. We were comfortably full and shared everything between 2 people.

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dinningoutspecialist
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service , presentation of food was truly amazing. Will definitely go back to try some of the other dishes offered. Not cheap but felt the value was there great quality.

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Simone
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got to celebrate my sister’s birthday on the patio and it was lovely! Food and service was great as always :)

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LolaMM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food, and staff!! A great place to go on weekdays.

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anonymous
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely cozy patio. The food is fresh and excellent. You must try the Salmon Oshi !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 2nd time there within 3days! It’s been awhile! We felt wonderful to be able to come out and dine with your team! We felt completely safe in your restaurant. The food, staff, and atmosphere were fantastic as well! Thank you, Minami!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service by Ryan. Thank you for making my bffs 40th that much sweeter

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LynseyL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was impeccable! And so glad that Minami is affiliated with Ocean Wise, we will definitely be dining there again soon!

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vipPegs
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Felt very safe and service was great. Definitely one of the better places to eat during this crazy pandemic!

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KarenM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oshi sushi is a must!!!! Fantastic service, amazing atmosphere and such unique dishes. Strongly recommended!

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vipLeen
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great customer service, and food was tasty! Food came out a little slower than expected though.

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vipChrissyC
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. Always incredible food and service!

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vipDpeaches
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time coming here in years and I am so glad we checked out their sun drenched private patio! The sushi and Aburi Chicken was absolutely delicious and their Brussels sprouts were the best I have ever had! Our server who I believe is the bartender as well really made our day! He was so personable and gave great service and made a mean Margarita.
I highly recommend this patio especially during these restrictions!
Thank you for an amazing meal and a great day out!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing and absolutely delicious.
Will definitely visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

The patio heaters were not warm enough. It's not possible to have 4 tables to share one heater. Hot food and hot drink just cooled down very quickly. Had a headache from cold after dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Patio was too cold :(

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vipMonD
Vancouver
37 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Worst experience in my life. There were 5 of us and it was painful to get seated at 2 tables. There was only another table of 2 people. You would think that they would be happy to see us. Then I left to pick up my support dog. I was told corporate policy did not allow pets. I told them he's not a pet but they didn't care. They didn't care about City of Vancouver laws either and said their corporate policy trumps laws. They would not allow me to finish my food and drink. Told me to leave. They had 9 customers, 5 of them my party but even getting 2 tables was so painful even though all but 1 of their tables were empty. I was at Miku's grand opening with the priest flown in from Japan. Miku sucks at customer service. The restaurant did not even tell me happy hour had been canceled. I was going to order more but I was so upset. This restaurant will close this year. The food is chintzy and expensive. No wonder I saw only 4 other customers the entire time. What a loser. I have brought people before. Now I'm not going to patronize the joke anymore.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Easter lunch menu - what elevated cuisine! A special treat!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent from the moment we walked in the door. Food was very reasonably priced for what you get (we got the easter special)

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vipFionaF
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Not enough choices in the menu

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mbutter
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall our visit was good. We ordered the Easter special menu for lunch, and it was good, however, it took way too long for our food. We watched other patrons come after us, order, and almost finish their lunches, before we got our first course. It was good, but not worth a 47 min wait. The second course of Aburi sushi was great and the desert was beautifully presented.

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RedzS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed the food and service. Only one thing that kept me wondering.... why was the light for our table flickering?

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CC47
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My husband and I shared everything that we ordered. For appetizers we order Ebi Fritters. The white tiger prawns were fried in a very light batter and very delicious. It was accompanied with an Asian slaw which had a vinaigrette which I didn't particularly like.
Our second appetizer was Brussel sprout chips would have been even more amazing if the Brussel sprouts were fresher. The Champagne roll was delicious as was the Oshi sampler with the exception of the Ebi Oshi Sushi. The prawn was pressed so flat and it actually tasted hard and overcooked.

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janicet
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food at Minami is fantastic, as is the service. Ebi Oshi Sushi is one of my favourites along with the Nutrigreen Salad.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so splendid. I forgot her name but I really did enjoy my visit at Minami. Even though my partner and I did not dress too formerly, we weren’t judged based by our appearance. Just came to get some good food and overall very much appreciate the service we received from our server.

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VanessaM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, best service and delicious dishes! I recommend this restaurant.

KJ
KatieJ
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Wonderful food, service and ambience!
The only negative ...Restaurant is a little on the cool side, otherwise a perfect evening.

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vipJefferyW
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My only complaint, food service was quite slow....the wait in between courses was longer than what i would’ve expected. We were at least happy that our server recognized this and apologied for the kitchen. Seems like kitchen could not keep up with all the takeout orders and dining service orders.

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JulieK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I'll definite return. Fabulous service... awesome food... just as I expected.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful experience. Service staff remebered our last visit and were so kind to our two young children. Food and bar drinks were fantastic. Can't wait until our next visit.

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JohnW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pretentious but the food backs it up. The waiter told me not to use soy sauce with my sushi to not mask the flavour. Was very impressed with the food but also very expensive, it’s an experience forsure and definitely worth trying.

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You can order delivery directly from Minami Restaurant using the Order Online button. Minami Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Minami Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1955 OpenTable diners.

Minami Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://minamirestaurant.com/gift-cards-cakes/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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