Minato Japanese Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 617 N 6TH St

    San Jose, CA 95112

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  • 408-998-9711

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Our default japan town restaurant. You can't beat the dinner box - it's a great deal and a ton of food.

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Our default japan town restaurant. You can't beat the dinner box - it's a great deal and a ton of food.

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They do serve sushi and rolls here but this restaurant is really not a sushi joint. The sashimi was fresh but the nigiri and the rolls were just average. I come to Minato mainly for their good (and cheap) rice plates and bento boxes.

I had their teriyaki spareribs before and it was pretty tasty from what I remember. On my last visit I tried the Katsu Curry instead. The batter on the fried shrimp was a bit too heavy. The tonkatsu was decent. The curry sauce was pretty nicely done but the pork could be more tender. It was far from the best I have had but I enjoyed my dinner.

Their portion is really generous. I could not finish my Katsu Curry. Big eater will really love their bento boxes. For only $12.95 (Dinner) or $8.99 (Lunch) you get a huge amount of food!

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★★★★☆

They do serve sushi and rolls here but this restaurant is really not a sushi joint. The sashimi was fresh but the nigiri and the rolls were just average. I come to Minato mainly for their good (and cheap) rice plates and bento boxes.

I had their teriyaki spareribs before and it was pretty tasty from what I remember. On my last visit I tried the Katsu Curry instead. The batter on the fried shrimp was a bit too heavy. The tonkatsu was decent. The curry sauce was pretty nicely done but the pork could be more tender. It was far from the best I have had but I enjoyed my dinner.

Their portion is really generous. I could not finish my Katsu Curry. Big eater will really love their bento boxes. For only $12.95 (Dinner) or $8.99 (Lunch) you get a huge amount of food!

Pros: Good Value, Tasty Bento

Cons: Close Early

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This is my favorite place to eat in Japan Town. The food is delicious and offer some foods that many of the other Japanese restaurants don't have. The salad dressing is also really good. The owners and waitresses are also really nice.

5
★★★★★

This is my favorite place to eat in Japan Town. The food is delicious and offer some foods that many of the other Japanese restaurants don't have. The salad dressing is also really good. The owners and waitresses are also really nice.

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This Japanese Restaurant is great. We tried several Japanese restaurants but never like this one. We go there at least once at week. The Spicy teriyaki Sauce or the regular teriyaki sauce are great(I couldn't find that rich tasty sauce at any of the other restaurants. Excellent Sushi. The portions are big. We tried the chicken, beef and Salmon plates are are all delicious. Their chicken salad is great and huge with their teriyaki sauce and their special salad dressing . Tempura is awesome. Friday and Saturday evenings is always a waiting line. Our tip if you do not want to wait plan to be there early 5:30 pm or after 8:00pm. This is the only restaurant that we don't mind to wait to be seated. The owners and the staff are very friendly. The owner will always pass by the tables to be sure everything is Ok and we are happy with the service and the food. I never see that in any other restaurant.

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★★★★★

This Japanese Restaurant is great. We tried several Japanese restaurants but never like this one. We go there at least once at week. The Spicy teriyaki Sauce or the regular teriyaki sauce are great(I couldn't find that rich tasty sauce at any of the other restaurants. Excellent Sushi. The portions are big. We tried the chicken, beef and Salmon plates are are all delicious. Their chicken salad is great and huge with their teriyaki sauce and their special salad dressing . Tempura is awesome. Friday and Saturday evenings is always a waiting line. Our tip if you do not want to wait plan to be there early 5:30 pm or after 8:00pm. This is the only restaurant that we don't mind to wait to be seated. The owners and the staff are very friendly. The owner will always pass by the tables to be sure everything is Ok and we are happy with the service and the food. I never see that in any other restaurant.

Pros: great service. Great food.

Cons: small restaurant. Be prepare to wait during pic hours.

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i was very excited to go to this restaurant ever since i saw that it was voted number 1 japanese restaurant in santa clara county. Keep in mind that i have been to over 10 japanese restaurants. When i walked inside the place seemed alright. The staff was friendly and service was prompt but the store itself did not have a very good atmosphere and it seemed cluttered. i ordered the teriyaki chicken with vegetable tempura which costed $16 and included miso soup and miso salad. The soup and salad were alright, the tempura was decent, but the chicken was HORRIBLE! the quality of the meat was pathetic. i have never had meat that was chewy from fat and grissle. if im going to pay $16 for a plate of chicken it better be good quality meat. honestly, i dont understand how this place got voted number 1 japanese restaurant in the metro. Out of all the japanese restaurants i have ever been to this place is tied for the worst with sushi boat in valley fair. you can't have a good dish with poor quality meat, end of story. i have been trying to understand how someone could enjoy food like that. If you know what good quality meat and good japanese food is you will know that this place should not have been voted number 1. I have been going to kobe on el camino in santa clara for 8 years now and i have yet to find a place that is better. I do not work there and i am not biased. i love trying out new places but when people leave 5 stars for a restaurant that tastes like sh*t it really makes me wonder. the point is stay away from here because of poor quality and stop praising places that serve the same quality food as my dog receieves.

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★★☆☆☆

i was very excited to go to this restaurant ever since i saw that it was voted number 1 japanese restaurant in santa clara county. Keep in mind that i have been to over 10 japanese restaurants. When i walked inside the place seemed alright. The staff was friendly and service was prompt but the store itself did not have a very good atmosphere and it seemed cluttered. i ordered the teriyaki chicken with vegetable tempura which costed $16 and included miso soup and miso salad. The soup and salad were alright, the tempura was decent, but the chicken was HORRIBLE! the quality of the meat was pathetic. i have never had meat that was chewy from fat and grissle. if im going to pay $16 for a plate of chicken it better be good quality meat. honestly, i dont understand how this place got voted number 1 japanese restaurant in the metro. Out of all the japanese restaurants i have ever been to this place is tied for the worst with sushi boat in valley fair. you can't have a good dish with poor quality meat, end of story. i have been trying to understand how someone could enjoy food like that. If you know what good quality meat and good japanese food is you will know that this place should not have been voted number 1. I have been going to kobe on el camino in santa clara for 8 years now and i have yet to find a place that is better. I do not work there and i am not biased. i love trying out new places but when people leave 5 stars for a restaurant that tastes like sh*t it really makes me wonder. the point is stay away from here because of poor quality and stop praising places that serve the same quality food as my dog receieves.

Pros: service

Cons: the worst quality meat i have ever receieved

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small and comfy restaurant. the food came in huge portions everyone i went with got the dinner bento and no one finished. ok service, would definitely go again.

2
★★★★☆

small and comfy restaurant. the food came in huge portions everyone i went with got the dinner bento and no one finished. ok service, would definitely go again.

Pros: Good Food, Quick, Friendly, very casual

Cons: very small

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Minato is one of our favorite Japanese restaurants. Located in San Jose Japantown, the food is always fresh (great tempura) and the servings are large. The service is very good as well. The owners, Gene and Joanne, are wonderful people!

PROS: great, fresh food and good service
CONS: restaurant is small and can get crowded, no sushi bar

4
★★★★☆

Minato is one of our favorite Japanese restaurants. Located in San Jose Japantown, the food is always fresh (great tempura) and the servings are large. The service is very good as well. The owners, Gene and Joanne, are wonderful people!

PROS: great, fresh food and good service
CONS: restaurant is small and can get crowded, no sushi bar

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Cute waitresses, generous portions, good quality food, although decor is nothing to write home about. One negative - hours are short and strange.

2
★★★★★

Cute waitresses, generous portions, good quality food, although decor is nothing to write home about. One negative - hours are short and strange.

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It just doesn't get better than their Sushi appetizer. 10 glorious pieces of tuna and hamachi (best I've ever had) for $6.95? It's just the best. Also, their lunch bento boxes are great because they give you a little taste of everything.

My one complaint is their menu doesn't have soba, but that's it!

2
★★★★★

It just doesn't get better than their Sushi appetizer. 10 glorious pieces of tuna and hamachi (best I've ever had) for $6.95? It's just the best. Also, their lunch bento boxes are great because they give you a little taste of everything.

My one complaint is their menu doesn't have soba, but that's it!

Pros: good, fast, good

Cons: limited menu

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This is a great restaurant with very friendly staff and owners.

All of their dishes taste great. I really am partial to their tempura dishes. I've been a fan of this restaurant for many years. Our family travels from mid-peninsula to eat their.

Try it you'll like it!!

2
★★★★★

This is a great restaurant with very friendly staff and owners.

All of their dishes taste great. I really am partial to their tempura dishes. I've been a fan of this restaurant for many years. Our family travels from mid-peninsula to eat their.

Try it you'll like it!!

Pros: Great value, Excellent Tempura

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I loved the Tempura Sushi Roll Miso Soup and the Gozas. MMM What a treat and for great dirt cheap prices. I...

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I loved the Tempura Sushi Roll Miso Soup and the Gozas. MMM What a treat and for great dirt cheap prices. I...

 

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