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***** Minamoto Japanese Cuisine is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, based on 12 reviews!

  • *****

    Great serves !!
    Seafood is super fresh
    One of the best sushi spot in Bellevue
    The chief is very friendly and nice

  • *****

    Top quality food. The staff is very knowledgeable. This is not an economical place, but if you value quality, you should try this restaurant. I would recommend the foie gras and umi toast, and the A5 sushi. We had the Sashimi and sushi omakase, both with excellent quality fish.

  • *****

    Amazing new sushi restaurant in downtown Bellevue, even better than I Love Sushi used to before it went downhill. Very fresh fish, mainly sashimi and nigiri. Not really a roll place.

  • *****

    Best sashimi I've ever tried. Great in taste, freshness, and to your surprise for such a upscale place - portion! I mean of course the portion is not equivalent to McDonald's level, but you get more for the same price on similar item in other restaurants. Same for taste and freshness - same price, but better.
    However, other food items are not all so great. There are some items comes in typical tiny portions, or taste is not the best for price. However generally I still want to give it a 5-star.

  • *****

    We came for Mother's Day lunch, although lunch is not served on Sundays. We made reservations ahead of time and were immediately greeted and sat at a large window table upon arrival. The restaurant has a small bar directly in front of the entrance, and is elegantly decorated in simple contemporary decor. The staff was very attentive and courteous and generally accommodating of my one year old son. I ordered the grilled unagi roll which was decently priced at $10 but not very large or impressive. My dad ordered the sushi platter which was also rather small for the price and nothing significantly special. I wouldn't come here just for the sushi. You can find sushi of the same caliber for a better price in the area. My sister ordered the soft shell crab which was seasoned and battered nicely, however it did not come with anything other than the crab itself. My mom ordered the fish bowl which was probably the most impressive dish in terms of presentation. Although not a large dish, the fish had a nice flavor and was perfectly cooked to a soft delicate finish. Finally, my brother ordered the fried rice which, again, was nothing too special. Our party also ordered miso soup (done well) and sake. Overall, I would recommend ordering family style to best take advantage of the portion sizes and get a true idea of what the menu has to offer. Also note that there are quite a few parking garages in the area however parking is not validated. Be prepared to spend a decent amount of money.

  • *****

    Ridiculously expensive but totally worth it. Grant moved here from New York to open the Bellevue branch and brought the NY prices and service!

    Amazing fresh selection of fish, including Uni. Authentic and real wasabi (not what 99% of restaurants give you made from paste).

    Special occasion place. If you can afford it, definitely try the omakase. Sale selection is good, wine collection not so.

    Will be back here!

  • *****

    I think the quality of the sushi is the best on the east side, which isn't saying much. The sushi is not as good as the best in Seattle. Service is a little disappointing.

    What this means is I think the lunch bento is a good deal (5*) but the dinner is overpriced (3*), so I gave it 4* and recommend you try it for lunch.

  • *****

    It's our favourite place in Bellevue. Food is always fresh and delicious.
    Here are the best sushi that I've ever tried. The stuff is very friendly and polite.
    Hopefully, we will visit Minamoto again pretty soon =)

  • *****

    Nice restaurant in Bellevue!
    We were promptly seated at a table on the left of the restaurant. Could be used for a private area for large party, but we were sharing with another table of a large family.
    Since it was our first time, we kinda navigate the menu blindly. We ordered the chawan mushi, our granddaughter's favorite. She ate it with gusto! The crab jelly was refreshing. The uni and foie gras toasts were simply decadentand scrumptious!! We would come back and make a meal of those by ordering multiples! The jumbo soft shell crab was nice, but somehow We expected it to be a bit more crispy. The karaage was crispy though. Again that was one of our granddaughter's favorite food. The grilled maitake was excellent.
    Then came the Angus on lava stone. It came with a sauce to be poured over the steak, and it made a lot of smoke. We did tell our waiter that we do not share the entres, but they came out of kitchen one by one. The grilled duck with lavender was served in a big pot, the aroma coming out once the lid was lifted. The king crab was very sweet. The wagyu fried rice was excellent! The chirashi and the nigiri platter were good.
    There was no menu for desserts, the waiter told them to us verbally. So we ordered the sesame ice cream and the green tea pudding. A satisfying end to an excellent meal.
    I should say there was one disappointment, though minor. The Angus steak came out first, and we sat there waiting for the other entrees, so by the time we ate, the steak was well done and chewy. And the nigiri came out very last, while the other table next to us got their sushi and sashimi first, even though they came after us. Question of coordinating and timing.
    The service was excellent. Water was refilled, sak was poured for us, plates were taken away in a timely manner, and the assistant server offered to take our group pictures.
    Coming from San Francisco and being regulars at Pabu and Roka Akor, we were very happy to find Minamoto in Bellevue. We shall come here every time we come up to visit our family. Our 2year-old granddaughter likes it here, so that's a bonus point!!

  • *****

    Best place on the east side for traditional Japanese cuisine with a little twist! The uni is amazing, all the fish was fresh and flown in from Japan, service was top notch (made me feel at home), full bar with tons of great sake. Highly recommended for a very unique experience!!

  • *****

    I tried the Grilled Unagi(Eel) Maki, and Angel Roll, both tasted good. I would still say it's bit pricey for dinner though, service was ok.
    They don't have enough Soy Sauce pots, and the waiter came asked to take mine while I was having dinner. That's really strange, when you open a restaurant, you have to make sure there is atleast one Soy Sauce container for each table.

  • *****

    I'm normally not easy to impress!! But I'm impressed!!

    Is it the decor? Yes!!! Is it the fact that they actually have almost everything on the menu flown in from Japan!!!?? Totally!! How about that Japanese uni??? Growing up in Hawaii, I'm so familiar and in love with Japanese uni! It is so uniquely sweet, tasty and then some! I mean we can get it for $5 extra!! Like hell yeaaa!!

    But Pnw, this is new! The space is beautiful! The sets are plenty in food! I can't even finish 1/3! Let alone 1/2!! Sake per glass are around $10 for lunch! So reasonable! So beautiful!!

    The chef is super cool, passionate guy! Their special?? Uni toasted foie gras! I've only had this in Hawaii from my favorite chef before. It's a french meet Japanese technique! I love it! The black cod was beautiful! Sashimi was stunning!!! My tako was perfect little portion!!

    Chawanmushi was pretty watery though. I still enjoyed it!! And the dessert!! Light! Pretty! The conversation with the chef made it that much more fun!! I love this spot!!! The space is almost hidden but not quite. It's gorgeous though. Perfect for almost every occasion!! And I love my food!!! So beautiful! Can't wait to return!!

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