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Minato Japanese Restaurant

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617 N 6TH St, San Jose, CA 95112-3240
+1 408-998-9711
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Clearwater, Florida
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Local friends brought us here. Nice treat, very good. Some had Bento box. Looked like a good deal. Tempura was yummy! Wish I would have tried my friend's Japanese pickles.

Thank Markboy
Melbourne, Australia
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82 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

I really don't understand the hype about this place. Yes, the service is attentive and good - but the food is downright bad. I have travelled and dined around Japan, and in general, I grew up eating a lot of very, very authentic Japanese food because my extended family and I are Japanese food devotees. What I had at Minato... More 

Thank geigerin91
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97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

The wait list system is set up well, and we were seated without too long of a wait. Prices are average or better, and we found the portions to be quite big! Miso soup was good, sashimi was decent, but the spicy rolls were VERY spicy, and the sauce on the unagi too thick. Family owned, family run, and family... More 

Thank tsukikage
North Salt Lake, Utah
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158 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

We absolutely LOVED Minato! It is a family-owned restaurant which is authentic, cozy, and delicious. You know when it’s a great restaurant when you see other Japanese people eating there too. We ordered the lunch bento and they were kind enough to change it so we could get the combination we wanted, which was katsu, gyoza, and tempura. The sushi... More 

Thank Laurelsan
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

We went with family here for dinner when we visited San Jose. This is a small cozy casual restaurant which serves very tasty japanese food. We loved the ambience here. The grilled eel was really yummy and its a must try here. The sushi and sake were also good. We enjoyed our dinner. If you are planning to visit this... More 

Thank 366sivans
Magnolia, Texas
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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Fantastic sushi! My husband and I visited Minato for dinner while I was in San Jose for a conference. We first walked around the neighborhood before setting on Minato, and we were not disappointed! Excellent service, meticulous rolls, and unsurpassed freshness! We left completely stuffed with a bag full of leftovers! (We ate the leftovers two evenings later and they... More 

Thank allicatag
Seattle, Washington
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589 reviews
280 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

A nice casual Japanese restaurant that was made increasingly popular because of Anthony Bourdain. I ordered the spareribs appetizer with unagi-don (grilled eel over rice), both of which were covered with a sweet teriyaki sauce. Both were delicious. I also ordered a hamachi roll which was ok. Everyone was very attentive - from the servers to the owner - and... More 

Thank loveDCA
Detroit, Michigan
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94 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2015 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch. There was a line but the staff were incredibly efficient. There was a board for putting your name on a wait list and menus to peruse. Staff came by and asked if you would like to preorder. You were handed a ticket. Once seated your waitress gets your ticket and the food comes out very... More 

Thank AminaTree
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 November 2015

This is a great place to stop before a sharks game. The people are friendly and the food is great! We ordered food "to go" and it was a perfect meal at the Sharks game. We have eaten at the restaurant before and it is always consistently good.

Thank lorig746
San Francisco, California
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2015

Can't believe that I'm barely reviewing this restaurant. My wife and I have been coming here for the last 14 years and not had a single bad experience here. The food is EXCELLENT, portions are perfect and the service is top notch. Even Gene (the owner) will come around at least twice during your meal to make sure that every... More 

Thank jascri

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$15
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 617 N 6TH St, San Jose, CA 95112-3240
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-998-9711

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?