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Minato Japanese Restaurant

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Cumberland, Smyrna
  • Stars
    The sushi at Minato Japanese Restaurant is a can't miss
  • Tips
    Christina W.
    "Try the cowboy hat, Pat sushi, or Frank roll."(10 Tips)
    No N.
    "The caterpillar roll and the super crunch roll are delicious."(5 Tips)
    Benjamin G.
    "Spicy Albacore and possibly the best Unagi"(3 Tips)
    "The best rolls are not on the menu."(5 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon49 Tips and reviews
  • sushi
  • cowboy hat
  • super crunch roll
  • spicy albacore
  • chirashi
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  • Jeremy J.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy JonesNovember 14, 2016
    Usually get the Sashimi Tempura lunch special. Great salmon sushi and try the No Name sushi. It's a great mix of crab and fish. Plus the owners are great people.
  • Benjamin G.
    Benjamin GoublySeptember 9, 2014
    Amazing sushi. Cowboy hat in the picture, No Name Sushi, Spicy Albacore and possibly the best Unagi I've ever tasted anywhere in the world so far. And super friendly staff. Sit at the bar and enjoy!
  • Joe A.
    Joe AndraskoMarch 13, 2021
    Been here 25+ times
    Sashimi is amazing and high quality. My usual order is salmon, mackerel, yellow tail. Chefs take great care, portions are large but never stringy or bad quality (like can happen at some places).
  • Mack E.
    Mack Erman™August 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Sushi lunch is great, but the place is suitable for dinner, too. I prefer to sit at the sushi bar for the best service, plus the chefs will occasionally pass complementary Cowboy or Cowgirl hats. Yum!
  • Brian P.heart icon on user image
    Brian PaigeJanuary 18, 2015
    Cuts melt in your mouth, service is quick and genuinely friendly. Become a regular, and they'll offer off-menu items. Pat roll and Morgan-Frank roll are just two examples. Their chefs are the best!
  • Eric D.heart icon on user image
    Eric DoliveOctober 25, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent food and service! Sit at the bar for special treats. And don't forget an order of cowboy hats.
  • Earl B.heart icon on user image
    Earl Belcher JrFebruary 12, 2018
    Excellent sushi and service. Ask for the maki rolls not on the menu. Ming roll rocks!
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MoormeierMay 2, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Sashimi here is substantial and high quality. The chef's special and chirashi are some of the best buys around for business travelers on a budget
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MoormeierJune 27, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing sashimi. Salmon at Minato is in a league of it's own. Very generous portions compared to other locations. Excellent value.
  • Billheart icon on user image
    BillMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The best rolls are not on the menu. Ask about the Ming and Rice Paper rolls! (There's more than one if each). If you don't hear what you want, ask.
  • Candice W.
    Candice WebbOctober 13, 2012
    The Negima? Delicious! The Gyoza? Amazing! Highly recommend the tempura, as well. Very friendly staff and great atmosphere! Will definitely come back here.
  • Pat W.heart icon on user image
    Pat WolfeDecember 22, 2014
    Never had a bad meal there....Favorite's include Cowboy Hat, Super Crunch, and Scallop any way Kevin and Ming prepare it....
  • Alexandre M.
    Alexandre MunhozJanuary 31, 2021
    Best way to describe it: chaos. People running like headless chickens, half of the tables empty, people lined up waiting, only take outs being served, two waitresses having their dinner. Psychedelic
  • Josh L.
    Josh LombardMay 24, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Best sushi ever! The Super Crunch is one of the best things on the menu. I have never heard of anyone not loving it. Other favorites include The Cowboy Hat, No Name Sushi, and the Spicy Albacore.
  • Krista M.heart icon on user image
    Krista MillerOctober 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This place. LOVE! My favorite hidden gem. Order the Cowgirl Hat. It's off menu.
  • Julie M.heart icon on user image
    Julie MajewskiApril 24, 2015
    Phillip roll and Cowboy hat are amazing! Tony is always the best!
  • Stacey W.
    Stacey WaldripNovember 11, 2011
    Great quality sushi and delicious traditional Japanese dishes! Quiet dining areas and very attentive staff. You will not be disappointed.
  • Austin B.heart icon on user image
    Austin BitzasOctober 13, 2017
    Amazing definitely recommend. Sit at sushi bar. Servers very kind.
  • Keith B.heart icon on user image
    Keith B.August 7, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The super crunch is excellent. My other favorites are the last roll and supper supper roll. This is my favorite sushi restaurant. I've been a for over 16 years.
  • Christina W.
    Christina WallMay 16, 2014
    Try the cowboy hat, Pat sushi, or Frank roll. Items that are not on the menu.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MolinaroOctober 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best sushi place I've been to in the area. LOVED the Super Crunch roll; will definitely be coming back!
  • Vilma S.heart icon on user image
    Vilma SneedJune 8, 2013
    Great food and even better service! Ask them for chef recomendation.
  • Kristinheart icon on user image
    KristinOctober 10, 2013
    Bento box is disappointing. It doesn't have any sushi and it comes with fried chicken strips with BBQ sauce. There should be a description on the menu.
  • Clint C.
    Clint CAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I've been coming here since '95 - the sushi is the best you'll find and the service is outstanding!
  • J A.heart icon on user image
    J ArenaFebruary 13, 2017
    Been here 100+ times
    Best sushi. Great people- family. Love Minato! ❤️
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SheehanFebruary 1, 2010
    Great atmosphere with good food. Long-term owners who have a passion for the place and their customers. Tempura and chicken combo is my favorite.
  • marco r.
    marco rJune 3, 2011
    Best sushi anywhere been a customer for almost 15 years. Staff and food are great
  • Raviheart icon on user image
    RaviFebruary 28, 2018
    Get the Chirashi bowl
  • Mack E.
    Mack Erman™August 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Chirachi is an excellent choice for lunch.
  • Kara J.
    Kara JacksonSeptember 16, 2010
    Do not order off the menu!! Just ask the staff to recommend stuff. It is wonderful!! Cowboy Hat Rocks!
  • Drew P.
    Drew ProsperiNovember 20, 2012
    Sit at the bar and ask for the "no name" sushi. Amazing.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MarracciniMarch 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The freshest (and most reasonably priced) uni in town! Plus, they have the friendliest staff you will ever meet
  • amy r.
    amy rabideauOctober 27, 2011
    My husband and I live this low key hide-a-way. Great rolls.
  • Philip K.
    Philip KinscherfMay 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Have the "Cowboy Hat". Then have another...and another...and another. It's that good!
  • Jim D.
    Jim DraheimFebruary 6, 2013
    Yummy. Sashimi lunch and shared super crunch roll. Great lunch
  • Katie M.
    Katie MorganFebruary 12, 2014
    Best sushi ever! Kevin & Pat are awesome!!
  • Xi
    XiOctober 19, 2012
    Got the katsu don and oyako don to go. Chicken was dry and tasteless pork was also bland and small portion relative to the amount of rice. Also price was 20% more expensive than advertised. Avoid.
  • Jesse
    JesseJuly 11, 2009
    Go to Minato's and order the spicy albacore nigiri - it's not on the normal sushi menu. Your choice on whether you want roe or not!
  • JT T.
    JT T.March 27, 2010
    Order the Cowboy Hat. Unusual name for something in a sushi bar, but you won't be disappointed!
  • No N.
    No NOJuly 23, 2010
    The caterpillar roll and the super crunch roll are delicious.
  • Jack D.heart icon on user image
    Jack DanielJune 24, 2022
    🍣 🍱 is 😋🤤
  • Harold M.heart icon on user image
    Harold MayfieldJuly 17, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Best sushi!!
  • Tiff J.
    Tiff JAugust 23, 2013
    Food was excellent!
  • Julia
    JuliaMarch 14, 2011
    Super Crunch roll was amazing!
  • Wes W.heart icon on user image
    Wes WFebruary 28, 2016
    Cowboy hat!
  • Keith B.heart icon on user image
    Keith B.October 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Super Crunch Roll!
  • Brooke T.
    Brooke TaylorJuly 20, 2010
    The place smells funny and feels unkempt. Hard to give opinion on sushi when it is covered in sauce, barely able to taste fish. Not sure I'd want to in this case. Won't be back.
  • Walter H.
    Walter HickmanFebruary 15, 2010
    The Hamachi is incredible.
  • Sheldon M.
    Sheldon MartinOctober 15, 2011
    Service sucks. Super slow.
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