We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“My husband's new favorite: Funky fun Bento Restaurant”

Minato Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #295 of 2,215 Restaurants in San Jose
Price range: $15 - $15
Cuisines: Asian, Japanese
Restaurant details
Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

In September we had to fly out of the San Jose Mineta Airport and ended up eating at Minato Japanese restaurant. My husband fell in love with the food here. Now, we look forward to flying out of SJC so that we can eat at Minato and try a new bento box.

He had another flight out of SJC and couldn't wait for Minato's to open. Apparently, we aren't their only fans. At 5 p.m. there was a rush to get in. The food is good. The owner thoughtfully goes around to check on his customers. We've only been there three times and noticed that it is always busy. Patrons consists of families, members of the business community, all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. The local police seem to like it. Instead of donuts San Jose police eat delicious bento...some with chopsticks! The food is good, service is good, and everyone there always seem to be enjoying the food. I still have to get used to the short shorts the waitresses run around in. I'm not sure whether it's a Hooter's thing, or if it's just hot in the kitchen. Clearly, it doesn't hurt business or tips, and every waitress we had was very good at their job. It is just a funky fun place. The decor is unique with the mirrored tiles, tacky white lamps that dangle down...can't explain why this only makes me love the place even more. Maybe it's because the place is very clean, and it is obvious that there's a lot of 'aloha' in this restaurant. Love is in the meals prepared and in the welcome customers receive when they enter Minato's.

You should check it out. It maybe just the diamond in the rough you've been looking for in your dining experience.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank 12Safari
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (36)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

23 - 27 of 36 reviews

Reviewed September 27, 2011

THey have a limited menu, compared to some, but what they do have they prepare very well. It's a family run small place -- been opened forever I hear. The interior is nothing fancy, which is just fine as it keeps prices on the food items reasonable. A good alternative would be to order take-away and grab some great sake around the corner at the Japanese grocery story and eat at home (or somewhere) and save $$$$ . We had various sushi (all ok), gyoza (very good), tempura (also very good), donkatsu (fried pork cutlet) -- good.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank SJM-Weasel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 3, 2010

The food is incredibly fresh with excellent proportions. This is a family owned and operated resturant, the owners take pride in there food and business. Food comes quick and hot. If you leave hungry or dissatisfied you're not at Minato. The atmosphere is a bit dated but very clean.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank DulcisAbbas
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
A TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook
San Francisco, California
Reviewed December 6, 2008

great for lunch & after work.

Thank A TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual contributor and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
A TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook
Seattle, Washington
Reviewed July 16, 2008

The best teriyaki ribs! Yumm!

Thank A TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual contributor and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Minato Japanese Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing