Shinsei Restaurant

4.8
784 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 784 People Are Saying
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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
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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KW
Dallas
63 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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OT
Washington DC
18 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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OT
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
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
2 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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OT
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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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing it even exceeded my expectations. Couldn’t recommend it more

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j
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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.

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CR
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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M
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My number #1 restaurant in Dallas

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JG
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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Y
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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DK
Dallas
91 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Weekend date night. Great table upstairs, really good sushi.

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for sushi!! One of my favs!!

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SC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in town. Elvis is the man ! Very popular establishment with involved owners.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi bar ever! Friendly and awesome staff. Quality of food was perfect.

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

Always good! Love our waitress - her suggestions are always on point.

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t
Amarillo
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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TO
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice romantic type restaurant. Food was very good and fresh sushi. Cocktails were very good as well.

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

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.

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e
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent sushi and Wait staff.
Expensive but worth it

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