Shinsei Restaurant

4.8
800 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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm and Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Shinsei does not accept reservations between 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Between 6:30pm - 9:00pm please come for dinner between these times as it is first come first serve. Lunch: Open Friday from 11:00 to 2:00
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Phone number
(214) 352-0005
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
Catering Available
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Cross street
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 800 People Are Saying
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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous!!

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R
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu has great selection. The food was delicious. Most importantly the service was perfect!. The staff if friendly and attentive.

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MH
Dallas
146 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Wow. What a great time and awesome food. Everything was fresh and tased great. Will go back again. Service excellent.

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AD
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our waiter, Casey; he took great care of us!! And love the ceramic kitty cat chop stick rests! So cute...nice touch. And of course all of our food was out of this world.

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TM
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive but not intrusive. Drinks were terrific. Food was pretty spectacular.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal with excellent service from Casey. Thank you.

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l
Dallas
167 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Shinsei has long been a classic Dallas option. Outstanding sushi offerings, plus a unique Asian-kitchen menu. Perhaps the best black cod in Dallas. Excellent service; a variety of options. Nice wine list. Excellent service. Just a comfortable friendly wonderful place to dine. Worth the trip

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SK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had so much fun and the food was great! The cocktails were yummy and so was the food. We went for my friend’s 30th birthday and she had a great time!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. A bit loud but bearable.

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j
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great suggestions from the waitress
Service and food was over the top!!!

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FC
Savannah
18 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would give it six stars if I could. The food was creative and the service wonderful. A true gem.

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t
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was just OK. Nothing to rave about. Tempura green beans were kind of soggy. Cucumber shrimp rolls were acceptable. The miso black cod medallions should not be sold as an entree. There were 3 bites of fish. Each could not have been more than one ounce. 3 bites for $19. The blood orange margarita was very tasty. Server was just ok. No personality. Seemed completely indifferent. I know Parkies love this place, but I just don’t get it. Not going back. Lots of better restaurants in Dallas for the money.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating good news!!

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sushi in North TX!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Reservation resulted in table stuck upstairs in a corner
Waiter disappeared until check
Entree was more like a tapa.

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M
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic sushi, great service, cool vibe...one of the best sushi restaurants in town.

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WM
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of ten people, and Jo rocked everyone by ordering all different dishes. It was a blast!

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O
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Always good food, always packed and loud, not cheap but not exorbitant. A lively, perennial favorite for creative sushi. Elvis roll is yum, as are the cocktails.

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KW
Dallas
65 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I get to Shinsei about once a month. We usually have small company meetings there. Two of us in our firm are partial to Japanese food. Although there are a couple of pretty good Japanese restaurants in Dallas, the service at Shinsei stands out.

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D
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for an early dinner before the opera or symphony. It's hard to get a reservation around the dinner hour but if you have to eat early, it's great and not too crowded. The food is original and fresh! Nothing tastes like it's been prepared beforehand.

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OT
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great atmosphere.

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Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

It had been some time since we last dined at ShinShei. Based on Friday night's experience, we will never return. Our party of 5 tried at least 12 different items on the small plates & sushi menu, not one was more enjoyable than a trip to Applebees -which is not a compliment. It was like the chef went down to the Costco, bought several of their frozen appetizers and reheated them. Pretty brutal. But it was what it was.

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OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Can be a bit noisy. Very nice outdoor patio.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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L
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had wonderful food, and the service was simply outstanding. Our table was small and right next to other tables. It was Friday night so we were there at a peak time and the place was packed, but it was so loud my date and i shouted at each other the whole meal while all the tables around us similarly shouted. So, just know before you go, if you go at peak times, it's gonna be crowded and very loud. This is the first time I've been there, and again the food and service were killer, just crowded and loud at a peak time.

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F
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and really good food at a fair price. Beef cheeks and sashimi were fantastic options.

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f
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service. Food was Excellent

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MZ
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!! Try the Whole Snapper. Perfection!! Great drinks and atmosphere. Will visit very often.

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CM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

My complaint revolves around the totally bourgeois "busing" of tables prior to guests competition of meals. I don't mean just clearing of complete course (s) plates, but rather removing everything from the table up to and including flowers. The pièce de résistance was the stacking of plates/silver & glassware for the next day's set up. This is not the >20 years experience and training one expects from Tracy Rathbun or Lynae Fearing owner/operators!

This is the first time, and hopefully the last time I will experience this amateur service.

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SG
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always consistently good. Service is excellent.

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KL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you to the staff of Shin Sei for an amazing birthday experience

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Expensive but always sooo good. Love the menu, the wait staff. It’s a bit noisy so if you’re looking for conversation, ask for a table upstairs.

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MN
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with out of town friends! Tried the whole fish for the first time in years. It was amazing!

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Besides having good service sadly the food quality has really declined. Does shishito peppers were just okay the coconut chicken was greasy and not good at all I actually didn't eat it. The Dragon Lady roll was just okay. The chocolate cake that I always look forward to at the end of the meal was mediocre at best. Wasn't served warm like it usually is and didn't taste as fresh and moist as it usually does. Since I was disappointed in the chocolate cake I also order the pumpkin bread pudding which was very good! But overall the quality of the food was much less than what it has been in the past and very disappointing for the price point.

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prompt and friendly service. The sushi was great, although a little pricey.

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KM
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food and drinks were great, as always! We had Elvis make us his favorites. He Hawaiian was amazing!

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W
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service. We were a group of 6 and got a nice squared table which allowed a nice conversation.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I don’t get the hype on this place. Been many times over the years and always disappoints. Tried it again last night- and same deal. Food came out almost as quickly as we ordered it (combo of hot items and sushi). Made me feel like we were at a cheap Mexican restaurant where all the food is pre-prepared. That would be ok for a low end spot, but prices warrant at least the perception that food is made to order. Sashimi was mushy, lovers roll good but spicy and appeared no better than grocery store grade sushi. Fried rice had super dry and over cooked chicken and shrimp in it. Really want to love this place- great scene and it’s convenient! But what a miss again. I will say service and attentiveness if staff was very good. Food for the prices is just not worth it.

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K
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a little too loud for me but worth it for the food!

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RJ
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While I love Shinsei for date night or a night out with my favorite girlfriends, it is also a perfect spot for special occasions. Shinsei has been a go-to spot for 10+ years and every experience is the perfect blend of consistently delicious sushi and new menu twists, notable specials, and some of my favorite craft cocktails in Dallas. And, the service is also exceedingly good. Love this place!!

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