Shinsei Restaurant

4.8
875 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
Shinsei Restaurant is a Traditional Sushi Bar with a Pan-Asian kitchen.

When we came up with the concept of Shinsei we wanted a place that reflected our lifestyles: sometimes we went out to dinner with our kids and sometimes with our friends and husbands. We wanted to create a place where a night out with the kids didn’t mean food adults had to suffer through or a night out with the parents didn’t mean a stuffy place where kids had to wear a scratchy clip-on tie. Shinsei is just that: a neighborhood gathering place with date night appeal.

Our food is electrifying. But not so unexpected that you won’t be able to decipher the menu or recognize your favorite dish. Never boring, yet comforting at the same time. Our signature poppers, for instance, are a sophisticated mix of late night bar food and sumptuous finger food with a distinctly Asian flair.

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DD
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a FAVE for our family

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FH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the place. Parking is very very difficult. Food, service, amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner with dear friends and a fabulous waiter!

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SF
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter-in-law Birthday

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing as usual, food was great and Khalil was very welcoming. Love shinsei and will always come back.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience and food!

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NI
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for dinner on a Friday night. It was busy, which is a good sign to us foodies.
The restaurant is larger than it looks from the outside street view. parking is slim but valet is complementary.

We had a reservation for 8:00pm but were not seated until 8:20pm. Although we had a little bit of wait we were not concerned. The staff was very pleasant upon our arrival and kept us informed on the status of our table.

Our server Keleel (sp) was great! He was very knowledgeable of the menu and gave excellent recommendations for items to try. He was attentive, professional, and had a great sense of humor.

The food was AMAZING!!! The sashimi style dishes were to die for! We started with the blood orange margarita and a premium sake flight. Ordered the crispy rock shrimp and made our way to the shrimp dumplings, hawaiian sashimi, esping sashimi, Hoisin baby back ribs, brodsky sushi roll and finished with the cholocate cake spring rolls!

If you like sashimi don't miss the Hawiian and Esping! We would eat these dishes again in a heartbeat!

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Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A wonderful restaurant with very good food and service. Staff is very friendly.

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Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Squashed 5 people into a 4 seated booth which was incredibly uncomfortable for an executive dinner. Reservations were made a week ahead.
Table next to us for 8 has 12 people squashed in.
Awful

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, Amazing. Service, Outstanding. Drinks, Call an Uber! I would recommend Shinsei for Dates, Special Occasions, get-togethers... Oh what the heck! If you love Asian cuisines make it your everyday dining experience and PLEASE don’t forget the bread pudding. Mouth watering.

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CB
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit and I was not disappointed! Maddie was amazing, and so helpful in guiding me to a perfect sake selection, while guiding me to some great choices on the menu. Definitely sit at the counter to watch the master Elvis and his crew make magic!

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Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. Seating at tables is tight so consequently the noise level is very high. Several interesting entrees. Sushi was all fresh.

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KD
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. Food was great, service was better.
Dragon lady pressed roll was really smokey and delicious. The himachi and Thai fried rice stole the show, though. I'll be dreaming about the himachi.

The Scottish salmon dish was just okay. The broccolini was the best part of the dish. The salmon was pretty blah and verging on overcooked, and the forbidden rice had so much tarragon it was practically inedible.

Someone recommended we sit upstairs. It was a great recommendation. The two bartenders who took care of us were awesome. They alone were reason to go back.

The place is pricey, but the food is great, ambiance is lovely, and the service is great. Just don't get the salmon entree.

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P
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great moms night out on the patio. It was nice and cozy!

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BW
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious, and we were able to sit at the sushi bar which was so fun. Will definitely be going back frequently!

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s
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Great atmosphere, fresh and inventive sushi dishes and a great wine list.

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LK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently fabulous sushi in a busy, sometimes noisy setting. Wonderful cocktails and great non-sushi menu items!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great place for a group. Most of the menu is

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Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service & ambiance was amazing!!! Shensei is a great place for a fun dining experience & date.

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JN
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Our reservation was for 8 pm. We arrived at about 7:50. We were told it would be a 40 minute wait. We stayed and waited. Then they wanted to seat us in their crowded, cramped, noisy BAR, though we had specified the dining room. That was not the ambiance we wanted. So we said no. They said it would be an additional HOUR to eat in the dining room. We left and ate elsewhere. What's the point in having a reservation system, if the reservations are not at lest somewhat adhered to ?

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The sushi was ok, there are plenty of restaurants near by to choose from to not have to go to Shinsei for the sushi. The food we ordered was delicious! Katina’s fried rice, the Brussel sprouts, pork and garlic potstickers and the beef short rib. I would definitely go back for the main dishes. Our waiter was great and super helpful suggesting the dishes.

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BB
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loud but the food and service was stellar. I’d eat here again!

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CS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

They brought out all the food at once which was really unprofessional. It even got there before the wine, go to uchi if you looking for the best of the best.

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E
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Peggy!!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience. We had a reservation for 9 but they were so busy and we ended up being sat closer to 9:40. It was totally fine, we grabbed a few drinks at the bar and before you knew it we were sat. The manager treated us to a few apps for the inconvenience which was entirely too sweet! Overall the food was amazing, the service was on point and we had a great time. Can’t wait to come back.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

always awesome food!

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j
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi! The sashimi was to die for. Their Thai Brussels
Sprouts Salad is also delicious!

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T
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was valentine’s night so it was super busy and service was a little slow. Food was great though.

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JE
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

-Hot rock was great
-Sea bass was good
-Sushi was moderate

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S
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was a bit boring and bland. Service was excellent! Cocktails were great as well. We ordered the Hawaiian yellowtail which was good. Then it went mostly downhill... the short rib potstickers were soggy and the sauce was nothing special. The rock shrimp was fine, but the sauce was not Asian inspired at all. The whole fried fish was out of stock, but they ended up doing halibut pieces instead. Was a similar batter to the rock shrimp, just more fried food.

When I think whole fried fish from an Asian restaurant, I do not think of heavily battered fish nuggets. The 3 sauces were uninspired and hardly Asian. One was just ponzu, the second was the same Mayo based sauce as the shrimp, and the 3rd was a bland pesto(??). The glass noodles that were under the fish nuggets tasted like nothing. Literally zero flavor :( The Brussels sprouts were good.

Dessert was really good: we got the white chocolate bread pudding—yum!

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EM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was AMAZING! It is by far one of our favorite places to eat in Dallas! Two items that we get every time and are not to be missed, The Dragon Lady pressed sushi and the Wagyu Beef!

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BR
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Everything was amazing. I thought I had good sushi before but this was excellent sushi. The quality was amazing. I will definitely be going back. Our servicer wasnt the greatest but I cant hold that against the quality of the food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Our waiter forgot many things we ordered and when I asked him to help guide our group of 8 on ordering, he was not helpful at all. I love shinsei and have been here many many times. This was the first time I had a less than perfect experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was amazing. It was a bit loud and drafty downstairs.

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1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very good food and drinks! Service was okay, but when I asked for the house red they brought the most expensive glass of cab they had. Server was more of an order taker than someone creating an experience.

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m
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and lower noise level on the enclosed patio! You can actually hear and enjoy your dinner guests there- inside, it is too loud to bother. It was disappointing that they had such limited vegetarian offerings--Only 3 salads and edamame-- at an "ASIAN" sushi restaurant? That's surprising. I hope Shinsei will consider adding more non-meat options as so many people are changing their eating habits. It doesn't seem they have evolved much in the 15 or so years they've been there.

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m
Dallas
37 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Shinsei is always good with great ambience and energy. The ribs and potstickers were great appetizers and the fried rice is my favorite. The bill is also always very high. Much higher than other comparable Asian restaurants.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s quit energetic but loud and difficult to hear at times. Also, cold temps. Food and service fantastic! Tried the shrimp wontons for the first time. So delish!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation
Didn’t sit for 40 minutes and didn’t get drinks for another 20
Then slow
For that price point I won’t be going back

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z
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fun
We celebrated my adult daughter’s birthday. Our waitress, Tammy, made everything fun and festive!!!

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