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Japanese, Sushi, Bar, Pub
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Reviewed December 27, 2019

It's really hard to find good Japanese food in Bellevue that is not sushi or ramen specific, or that won't break your pocket book. Minamoto has excellent food all-around and while it's a little more expensive than a "cheap eat", the quality of the food...is worth it. The crab appetizer is excellent, and the ramen is way better than what you normally get. I've eaten here twice and the service has been excellent. As important - it's not loud. Many places you go to these days are so loud it's hard to have a chat, and Minamoto is much more conducive for meetings, etc.More

Date of visit: December 2019
490taylorc, Owner at Minamoto Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2019

Thanks so much! We can't wait to serve you again.

Reviewed October 30, 2019

We had a wide variety small dishes. The sushi and some of the early dishes in the course were great. At the end we were getting full so not as enjoyable then. They automatically added a 20% gratuity to the bill at the end which...was a surprise and I wish we had known beforehand. I think tip amounts should be determined by the customer. They validated our parking which was appreciated.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Taylor C, Public Relations Manager at Minamoto Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2019

Thank you! We really appreciate your generosity. It's always nice to know that we are moving in the right direction.

Reviewed October 8, 2019 via mobile

The nigiri omakase was excellent! Worth every penny. Started off with a Kumamoto oyster topped with Ikura, followed by 3 courses of nigiri. All excellent. Fish just melts in your mouth. Probably the best sushi I’ve had in Bellevue. It’s expensive but worth it for...a special occasion.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Isaac Z, Owner at Minamoto Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2019

Thanks so much for your kind words. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed July 9, 2019 via mobile

Not sure how the reviews have been high. Our experience was quite bad. We got dropped off at a table and no one came to greet us for quite awhile. When the waitress did show up, she dropped the cocktail menu in front of us...and immediately asked if we were ready to order drinks. Really? Couldn’t give us s couple minutes? She obviously didn’t want to make a trip back to the table to allow us time to look at the menu. So she walks away annoyed and doesn’t come back. I had to flag her down to give her our drink order. Many moons later the drinks show up and my girlfriend’s tea was barely lukewarm. But since she took off immediately and refused to make eye contact with us, we couldn’t tell her what was going on. About 20 minutes later we finally ordered some food. When it started to come out, my food came out first and my girlfriends didn’t show up. I sat for TWENTY minutes trying to flag her down. Eventually I had to literally talk very loudly across the restaurant saying “Excuse me” to get her attention. She said she’d check on it and never came back. We waited even longer. Turned out she screwed up the order and didn’t put my girlfriend’s order in. Mind you, this was my girlfriend’s birthday dinner. Eventually her food came almost 40 minutes later. Our drinks were empty and she never asked if we wanted anything else. I had to ask the table busser to order me another drink. Of course he wasn’t happy about that. All in all it was a 2 hour dinner with 20 minutes of actual eating. To add insult to injury, I made arrangements ahead of time to have a birthday dessert for her. I told them my girlfriend was lactose intolerant. What did they bring out? A single scoop of ice cream and something that looked like a flan. Ridiculous. Thanks for ruining a special dinner dinner! I won’t be back.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Isaac Z, Owner at Minamoto Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2019

We are truly sorry, hope you come back and give us another chance.

Reviewed June 28, 2019 via mobile

Great service, sophisticated place. They know what they are doing. Try the soft shell crab maki. Yum.

Date of visit: June 2019
Isaac Z, Owner at Minamoto Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2019

Thanks so much! We can't wait to help you again.

Reviewed June 23, 2019

I had Scallop Shitake Mushroom Soup, Raw Oysters and Nigiri sushi. All good taste, knife cuts and service was excellent.

Date of visit: June 2019
Isaac Z, Owner at Minamoto Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2019

Thank you so much for your great review! Please give us the opportunity to serve you again soon!

Reviewed May 11, 2019 via mobile

Transplant is all the more problematic, with no good taste, poor service and no dessert menu. I've never seen such a restaurant before. The transplant sugar was good at first, but the second one is really bad.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed March 13, 2019

Pretty decent but not in anyway worth their prices. Had seafood carpaccio as appetizer; ok, but not outstanding. Then the Chirachi as main course, which I often use as a benchmark for Japanese restaurants. There was nothing wrong with the Chirachi per se, but at...$38 I had expected a little more sashimi and a little higher quality fish. Also had a Sake flight of three sakes. The restaurant is extremely snobby/snarky and features non-Asian servers pronouncing the Japanese dishes in an exaggerated manner. It seems pretty evident that the prices and style of the restaurant are simply a match for the super expensive neighborhood in which it is located.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Isaac Z, Owner at Minamoto Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2019

We're sorry that you had a less than stellar experience with us. We'd like a chance to make things right so please try us again!

Reviewed February 7, 2019 via mobile

The Nigiri Omakase was fantastic! 12 pieces selected by the chef, with fish flown in from Japan a few days ago (fresh, never frozen). I have never heard their names before, but my palate will not easily forget them. We came with a party of...8 - lots of appetizers, great service, and although it was expensive, each of us paid under $90 when we split the bill. When you fly in to Seattle, you expect good fish, and this was definitely a great place.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed January 5, 2019

We had a weekend lunch here, and while obviously on the higher end of the price scale, the quality of the ingredients and skill of preparation was quite evident. Of exceptional note: Uni & Foie Gras Toast appetizer Chawanmushi Agedashi Tofu Takoyaki Chicken Karaage Double...Lobster Roll We had other items as well, which were all very good, but the above list stood out. We would (and will) be sure to order those again in a future visit. Service was quite pleasant and attentive as well.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Minamoto Japanese Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5