Minami Restaurant

4.6
1851 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.

Support Minami Restaurant during COVID-19

Offers

  • Happy Hour with Aburi Signatures

    Multiple dates available

    Sun 12:00 PM - 4:45 PM, Mon - Thu 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM, Sat 12:00 PM - 4:45 PM

    Enjoy $7 Aburi Oshi Sushi, $7, petite desserts, $9 signature cocktails, and more. Available Monday-Thursday, 3-5PM.
  • Collect 1,000 bonus points

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

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

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
What 1851 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! Best sushi my fiancé and I have EVER had. Staff was super welcoming and hospitable. Chef Melvin was especially very friendly and informative of the dishes he was preparing. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I’ve been to so many of high end restaurants in the city. Unfortunately never been so disappointed. Food was good but not anything unique or impressive. Beautiful presentation but that’s not enough when you go for a wonderful food experience.
We ordered lobster special dish. Lobster was definitely overdone and chewy. There was also couple of pieces of red meat on the plate that we absolutely disliked it. It was solid fat. We stopped ordering as we were not pleased with the food and planned to go somewhere else for dinner. We believe we did not get the value of the $$$$ we spent. Green tea dessert did not change our opinion at all. We won’t go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

birthday experience was bad.

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TimW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and creative fare. Brussel Sprouts with Bacon was outstanding.

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vipvancouver
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently Great!

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Patrick
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with excellent and fresh food.

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vipVanfoodie
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Repeat customer because the food is always so good!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable.

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vipAdaF
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The server was great, not so much the hostess. Excellent food as always!

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Lams
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to Minami and tried the Holiday Shokai menu, food and service was good, definitely will recommend to friends and will come back again.

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ALIH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very fresh delicious sushi. On the expensive side but you get what you pay for. This is more of a fine dining experience.

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JennJ
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely lovely experience. The food was beautiful and the service was outstanding. It was above and beyond my expectations.

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BarryL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

People who come to more upscale places should not bring their uncontrollable children with them. Not the restaurants fault ......yelling children, just poor parenting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A little overpriced for lunch

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vipAngelaW
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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MBee
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good however not worth the price. I’ve had better sushi elsewhere. Went for a birthday and was charged for a birthday cake suggested by the waiter.

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TimO
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Overall terrible experience. Two loud and obnoxious couples felt the need to have a socially distanced dinner together that required them to shout across the restaurant which ended up prevented us from not being able to hear our waitress or each other.

Would have actually ordered a meal but we got something quick to get out as quickly as possible. I assume they knew the manager since he came out to greet them rather than ask to be respectful to the rest of the room (we weren’t the only couple that was frustrated). Completely ruined our evening.

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vipmichaely
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great! It was busy because closed to Christmas but still received full attention from our server.... other staff not quite — very different experience from Miku where we regularly go

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tonyc
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At the top of the Sushi pecking order in Vancouver. Upscale ambiance, top notch experience

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JoelP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had one of the top 5 meals of my life, the Holiday Shokai menu. Amazing. Expensive, but amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food as always - love Minami!

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Adam
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

There were some parts of the meat that we enjoyed but for the price I would expect everything you try to be amazing. Some items fell short on quality, made better by a chain like Joeys.

Was a good experience but we agreed we won’t be going back.

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Saby
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was truly great. Friendly and informative and you can see they cared to provide a high level of service. Food and drinks were also great. It was my first time, but already looking forward to next time.

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LoriT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, exceptional service. Highly recommend

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LaurenH
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fabulous time! The food was amazing and our server Ryan was fantastic!

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Charles
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Pretty disappointing. Long term client of 3+ years and first time back since COVID. Even though we reserved, had to wait 15mins for a table, got situated in a tiny room beside a noisy group. Terrible date night for my girlfriend, tried for a fun anniversary dinner but couldn’t even have a decent conversation with the obviously obnoxiously drunk group beside. Server was good but the quality was lackluster. Oshi were like the usual but the carpaccio was different to what we were used to. Sad that a great restaurant is showing deteriorating qualities. Used to be one of our favorites

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vipMonD
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The hostess was nice when I showed my dog card. But some white guy started hassling me about the dog which was disappointing because I had been there a week ago with the dog and no problems for 3 hours ordering 7 items. This time I was embarrassed in front of my lunch when it was my turn to pay and I had chosen the place. I will not be going back for a while. Also the crust on the passionfruit dessert was so hard that we needed a steak knife to cut it and I just didn't eat it since I didn't want my teeth to break. The restaurant was so empty. On one hand I feel sorry and want to support local businesses, on the other hand the hostile, unwelcoming nature plus the downward quality of food has me having second thoughts about this place. I was at the grand opening of the sister restaurant so I am really disappointed in how things have worked out in this location.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food.

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soythor
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very good option if you are looking for Asian food, excellent quality and a delicious taste. The decoration is very clean modern corporate and the service is excellent

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Jody
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Minami premium Zen is a perfect choice for lunch. So delicious and at a good price. The place is kept tidy and clean and the staff are friendly and courteous. Looking forward to coming back here again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s

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KatrinaS
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our happy hour service was outstanding. Our server Reza? Resa? Not sure how to spell it but she was absolutely lovely. She was fun and attentive and very careful with covid protocols. She ensured that my friend and I had an awesome experience and a fun happy hour!
Definitely coming back, for the food alone I’m loyal and devoted, but every single thing about the experience was 5 stars

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quite good

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Fran
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Minami is definitely a must-try in Yaletown, however there were some elements which could be improved! Our server was perhaps overloaded but would take a significant amount of time to come visit our table after saying "I'll be right back to assist you". This meant our wine bottle remained unopened and we were uneasy as to if we should open it. Overall however, when attention could be paid to our table, the service was great! I think perhaps giving wait staff smaller sections would let them have the appropriate level of attention to their tables.

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Lance
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having been to Miku, I expected no less from Minami. Their ebi fritters and chicken nanban were amazing starters; the kanpachi and hamachi nigiri pieces were also extremely fresh.

But of course, the oshizushi is hands down the best here.

Would have scored them a perfect 5, but there were a few other patrons that were a bit noisier. Not Minami’s fault though.

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YIZHIS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect place for dating. The food is excellent. I had a great time with a cute girl.

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shani
London
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

it wasn't as good as I had anticipated. There is still room for improvement.

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AndreaD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although we had walked by many times, this was our first visit to Minami. It was fantastic. My partner and I both did the Yaletown tasting menu and we were glad we did. Excellent selection of what the restaurant has to offer especially for our first visit and not being sure about what to get, portion sizes etc. Service was top notch - attentive and good explanations for everything. The set up was very Covid-friendly with plenty of space between tables. We will definitely be back to try it again!

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BarryL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Normally we go to Minami's sister restaurant at Miku but its easier to get a reservation here at Minami. Food and service always good! Never disappoints.

FAQs

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 1851 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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