Natick >Food & Dining > Minado Restaurant
1282 Worcester Road, Natick, MA | Directions 0176042.299157 -71.383760
Mon. - Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm;Sat. - Sun. 11:30am - 3pm
Poor customer service, not baby friendly – Went to Minado last weekend for a family dinner. We had a large party with 8 adults and 4 kids. My 13 month old baby was charged for a meal. When I asked that the charge be removed, to my disbelief one of the employees asked to have my son measured. Children under 2 1/2 feet are free. My baby is not walking yet, nor successfully standing on his own. So after a few attempts I had to have him lean against this growth chart on the wall. He is less than 2 1/2 feet. I actually had to get my son measured to get the $5.50 charge removed. I couldn't believe the crappy customer service. Common sense and good customer service would tell you that a baby shouldn't be charged or measured "just to be sure." He's not a big baby and he just ate a few bites of rice, tofu and bananas. So unhappy with my most recent experience there. Had to speak to the manager who apologized, but still tried to defend his employee by saying something ridiculous like "...some 12 yr old kids are 5'5" and the parents want to pay the kid's charge." Ok, an adult sized kid and a baby are not the same. Left the restaurant unhappy. Will never go back.
Japanese buffet lures hungry families to bustling suburban corridor for dependable sushi and seafood fare. – The Scene
Situated in a former warehouse in one of Route 9's ubiquitous strip malls, Minado's bright, high-ceilinged dining room offers seating for the largest of groups and clear walking lanes, even when it's filled with large groups. Kid-friendly pricing (those under two-and-a-half feet eat free) makes this a family favorite. Dutiful servers are quick to clear used plates, while buffet-station workers are pleased to explain any unfamiliar dishes.
Discussion of the seemingly endless buffet (more than 100 offerings) must begin with the exceptional sushi: Highlights include huge pieces of freshly-sliced salmon sashimi or made-to-order California rolls. (Baked lobster tails don't fall under the buffet's all-you-can-eat realm; they're limited to one per person.) Diners who pry themselves away from the sushi bar find dozens of hot (tender beef teriyaki) and cold (giant snow crab legs) options, as well as a made-to-order hamachi table. Desserts include tea cakes and melon slices.
Fabulous sushi!! – My husband and I tried Minado for the first time yesterday and were absolutely thrilled with the food, value and ambience. The sushi selection exceeded our expectations and everything we tried was delicious. The dessert selection and hot and cold food was excellent as well. The service was great - our waiter cleared our plates as soon as they were empty and was very attentive overall. On a weeknight at 6:00pm, the buffet was $23 each and the lines were short.
Minado gets an A+ from us!!!
All You Can Eat Sushi and Seafoods – If you are looking for declicious combination of sushi, seafood, steak, salads, cold seafoods, and desserts. Minado is the right place for you to visit. Minado has high quality foods with the price of $25 per person. If you are looking for a place all you can eat sushi and sashimi, this is the right place. What I love about Minado is that after you eat many plates of sushi and seafoods, you still want to have desserts. THeir desserts are the best of the best.
Try and get your money's worth! – Minado is a GREAT place if you are the type that has a blackhole for a stomache and it's decent if you just want a bit of everything. It offers a good variety of both cooked Japanese food and raw sushi but do not expect the best fish there since it is an all you can eat place. Going on a weekday night is great since you can avoid the crowd and the waitress was amazing attentive: clearing place when we finished and filling up our water glass or tea cup.
Still makes no sense, but... – Attention sushi snobs of the world! Overcome your "better judgement" and go to Minado for a fun, delicious evening when you feel like finding out just how much sushi you can jam into your maw before you collapse. The weekend dinner selection is the best, so if you're going for the first time , plan for then. Try to go AS CLOSE to opening time as humanly possible. Trust me. As for the hot stuff, the beef teriyaki is unearthly good, and the teppanyaki grill is tasty if you avoid the "scallops" (Skate, I believe. But it's forgivable.). For dessert, hit up the crepe station, and if you need a "bit of the cray-chur", I am very happy to say that Minado's Plum Wine is a DELICIOUS sweet Umeshu called "Choya", which is far more authentic than the swill served at many more expensive Japanese places. YOU WILL ENJOY MINADO.
skeptic turned believer – I go for quality over quantity any day of the week. So naturally, I was skeptical. But why not give it a try. It seemed to draw a crowd on a weekday so it can't suck too bad. And to my surprise, the sushi was excellent. Yes, you can have quality AND quantity, even when it comes to sushi. Even at a la carte sushi, the uni isn't always fresh. You can't keep it more than a day or so. but the uni at this place was very fresh. The hamachi was generously portioned. Bigger than some a la carte places. The variety. The quality was better than most. It isnt for a guy looking to impress his date. OK, even if my expectations weren't so low, I think I would still rate it high. I've had sushi in Japan and NYC. In some respects, this was very close.
The good and the bad of all-you-can-eat – Buffet veterans know that you will trade off quality for quantity in many cases. Minado's sushi is not quite as good as if you went to a standard Japanese restaurant, but if you have an enormous appetite, it makes up for it with tremendous variety and reasonably fresh offerings. They will make you handrolls on the spot, so I recommend doing that as much as possible, as opposed to taking your chances with what's out there. Avoid salmon, which seems to me to be obviously lower grade. Avoid the shrimp. I think they've been frozen, and they sit out there a fair amount. Try the udon noodle station, the hibichi, the salads and the crab legs. All are above average.
better than the yankees – I travel to NYC a few times a year & always look for good sushi spots. But right here in our own backyard is who would have thunk it - all you can eat sushi - that is actually very good & value priced. Much better than it's sister spot in midtown NYC. & Much better patriots here (new yorkers can be quite rude at buttets). The hot food selection is awesome. & yes I do eat the sushi here, my standards have not been lowered, just acceptable for what you pay for. Avoid NY's all you can eat places. Stay home & come here! Great for family outings!
The Mother of All Buffets – I've been to many other buffets (such as Todai), but Minado beats them all. I know what you're probably thinking: "Those places never have good food," or "I bet they only have maki sushi and nigiri made with with giant balls of rice." Well, the food is actually very tasty, and no giant rice balls. You can even have sashimi, which is excellent. Of course you can have sushi, and there is an endless array of nigiri, handrolls, and maki -- there must have been 40 different types of maki alone. They have tons of non-sushi choices too (both hot and cold), including one of my favorites: snow crab legs. They even have ice cream and other desserts too. What a deal. I'm definitely going back.
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