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.
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