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About Shinmai

Modern American Izakaya/Japanese Concept. We combine elements of fine dining and Izakaya with the casual comforts of home and the fun of Oakland.

1825-3 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612-1517
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Izakaya

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Between 18th and 19th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 271-1888

Website:
https://www.shinmaioakland.com/

Public Transit:
19th Street BART

Executive Chef:
Jerrod Doss

Shinmai Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
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Bar Seating (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fun (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Romantic (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Authentic (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Casual (5)
Healthy (5)
Tapas (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Cozy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I am writing a review after my second visit. I had one of the best meals ever here recently. The food is excellent: creative preparations, fresh and delicious. I do not like conventional potato salad, but Shinmai’s version of it is just remarkable—with slightly pan-fried/roasted baby potatoes and furikake aioli. I’m also a big fan of the mussels in the curry broth. And the ramen is to die for! It’s a great place to share and taste a host of dishes, from the specials to the permanent ones on the menu. I really love this place. My service this time was outstanding; the waiter I had the first time I visited put a shadow on my visit. I’m really glad to have given Shinmai a second chance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great ramen! Always awesome experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Second visit, server remembered us, always makes you feel welcome! Food was so good, and so is the service. Has become one of our favorites of Oakland!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We sat in the back room next to the beautiful painting. There is something wrong with the sound proofing or there is no sound proofing at all... the noise level was so high, we had to literally scream at each other to have a conversation and I had to plug my ears a couple of times because the noise hurt my ears. I did not have this experience sitting in the main room.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

It’s synonymous to when a baseball player hits a long flyball. It’s looks good but it ends up being an ‘out.’ That’s Shinmai in a nutshell. The reviews are great as well as the decor, but it falls flat in food and service. The food was nothing special. The ocean trout was delicious and wonderfully presented but it didn’t make up for the over battered ford okra or the chewy ribeye. Our service was inconsistent and on the slow side. Our server was a bit condescending to my partner which I didn’t appreciate. Overall, it’s a hip vibe that falls flat.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Very good meal and lovely space. Wish the music was better.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Ok, here we go..

Food: Excellent 5 stars
Ambience: 5 stars
Customer service: Rude hostess -3 stars. Asked for different table and was denied with plenty of tables available and RESERVATION. Not good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great small plates with an unusual flare. Plus the ramen broth is outstanding.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food is amazing!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was fine, but there are much, much better options for izakaya in the Bay Area.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

I think it is very good all the food is delicious but the chicken karage, it was so salty and burned. Other than that it is a very nice place

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We were a party of six and had only an hour before leaving for a show. We ordered several dishes and kept ordering, and still had time. The service was great and the food and drinks arrived quickly- very accommodating! The food was also fantastic and creative - the fried potato salad is a must! The portions are very small, but appropriately priced. It's meant to share and this way one can try lots of dishes.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food was good, but not exceptional. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it were about 20% cheaper. Otherwise good service and good ambiance.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Thanks again, everything was delightful

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Super trendy restaurant with a creative menu. Everything was delicious and we loved the ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, People Watching
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Absolutely delicious. I would recommend to any and all foodies in the bay area

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Very good food but don't go there looking for Japanese. It is gourmet with some Japanese ingredients.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Two words for the overall experience: AMAZING & perfect balance!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Omg extraordinary ramen , side dishes and appetizer also excellent .

Silky broth takes you to Tokoyo!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

food is expertly prepared and everything was delicious. a great place to go when you are up for spending some dinero for a special meal.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The food was not what I was expecting given the reviews. We didn't try the ramen but probably should have. The robata and izakaya items were just ok. We had the chicken, beef, and okra. Beef was under-cooked, they kindly took it back and gave us the okra free of charge. Service was great but food did not blow me away.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Everything is on point.. Can't wait to go back!..Small but exceptional menu...

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Casual, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

This place serves Japanese food that is mediocre and more expensive than closer and better restaurants (Itani, B-dama, aburaya) the karaage was 13 and came with 4 tiny pieces. It was the best part of the meal and still not as good as B-dama.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great service. The food is really yummy and the ramen is so good. Most of the plates are very tiny so you do need to order a lot which ads up to $ spent.

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Read a review in the East Bay Times and decided to check it out. The food was great and my server Kristen gave me some great suggestions. I'm glad I tried it out.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Loved everything. Unprepossessing from the sidewalk, but inside you find a beautiful space, great service, excellent food. We were very happy with this find!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

The food and service were excellent. The menu is elegant and the atmosphere is friendly

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Spicy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Must get the Tonkatsu Ramen, very tasty broth and not greasy. Ramen noodles were the thin ones which I prefer, were cooked perfectly just past al dente. The small plates were all delicious and beautifully served. We enjoyed the hamachi/peaches, rib eye, fried potato salad, shishito peppers, chicken karage. Our favorite and you must get the fried potato salad! It was amazing as I've not tasted anything like this before. Overall, a great dinner and I will be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Five star dining experience. Outstanding food and service. Knowledgeable, attentive staff. Great drinks.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great, fresh fish; awesome service; had the omakase, we love this place!

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