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Minato Japanese Restaurant

) #294 of 1,832 Restaurants in San Jose €€ - €€€ Japanese, Sushi, Asian
617 N 6TH St, San Jose, CA 95112-3240
+1 408-998-9711
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good45%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“unagi” (3 reviews)
“bento box” (4 reviews)
“grilled eel” (2 reviews)
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
€€ - €€€
617 N 6TH St, San Jose, CA 95112-3240
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Reviewed 17 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
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...More

Thank geigerin91
Reviewed 19 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...More

Thank tsukikage
Reviewed 1 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...More

Thank Laurelsan
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...More

Thank 366sivans
Reviewed 28 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...More

Thank allicatag
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...More

Thank loveDCA
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...More

Thank AminaTree
Reviewed 11 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...More

Thank lorig746
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...More

Thank jascri
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$15
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
  • E-mail