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.
Reservation resulted in table stuck upstairs in a corner
Waiter disappeared until check
Entree was more like a tapa.
Fantastic sushi, great service, cool vibe...one of the best sushi restaurants in town.
We had a group of ten people, and Jo rocked everyone by ordering all different dishes. It was a blast!
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.
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.
Great food. Great atmosphere.
Excellent food and service. Can be a bit noisy. Very nice outdoor patio.
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.
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.
Excellent service and really good food at a fair price. Beef cheeks and sashimi were fantastic options.
Incredible service. Food was Excellent
Fantastic!! Try the Whole Snapper. Perfection!! Great drinks and atmosphere. Will visit very often.
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.
Food is always consistently good. Service is excellent.
Thank you to the staff of Shin Sei for an amazing birthday experience
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.
Great dinner with out of town friends! Tried the whole fish for the first time in years. It was amazing!
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.
Prompt and friendly service. The sushi was great, although a little pricey.
Our food and drinks were great, as always! We had Elvis make us his favorites. He Hawaiian was amazing!
Delicious food and excellent service. We were a group of 6 and got a nice squared table which allowed a nice conversation.
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.
Always a little too loud for me but worth it for the food!
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!!
This place was amazing it even exceeded my expectations. Couldn’t recommend it more
I'm a big fan of Shinsei, but my experience Monday night was not great. It was so noisy that, while sitting at a 2-top, I could not hear my friend speak. I had to push my plate away and lean over, then caught a few words and had to lip-read to figure out the rest. Needless to say, it's hard to enjoy either food or conversation that way. We gave up on even finishing our meals. On a positive note, 1/2 price bottles of wine on Monday nights is great; the Brussel sprouts were great too.
This place never disappoints! Great service, knowledgeable staff, food is always delish, I can’t say enough. Each time I come to Dallas I make a point to arrange dinner here. I’ve tried many other places and always come back to this spot.
My number #1 restaurant in Dallas
Great food. The service was quick but sometimes had to be reminded a couple of times of the things we asked for. Overall an amazing culinary experience
Waitress recommendations were great, loved most everything we tried. Ask for the eel roll that is not on the menu- it is amazing! Thai fried rice was great, dragon lady roll was tasty, and the Brussels sprouts were crispy and flavorful.
Can’t wait to return and try more things!
Weekend date night. Great table upstairs, really good sushi.
Awesome place for sushi!! One of my favs!!
Best sushi in town. Elvis is the man ! Very popular establishment with involved owners.
Best sushi bar ever! Friendly and awesome staff. Quality of food was perfect.
Always good! Love our waitress - her suggestions are always on point.
Best EVER!!! our second time to go and it was just a perfect as the first. great wait staff, the food is fantastic, a bit pricey, but worth the splurge! Changing menu options keep it exciting for the foodie! Must have the fried rice & cotton candy! I'm craving it already!
Nice romantic type restaurant. Food was very good and fresh sushi. Cocktails were very good as well.
The shrimp potstickers were over salted so had to send it back. The chef agreed and yet did not offer any gesture such as a complimentary appetizer or desert to off set the problem. In addition, the mushroom special dish was under cooked at $12.00. Very disappointing experience.
Excellent sushi and Wait staff.
Expensive but worth it