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“Surprisingly good!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shinbashi

Shinbashi
139 High Street, Ellsworth, ME
207-667-6561
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Ranked #18 of 56 Restaurants in Ellsworth
Cuisines: Asian
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: The old Green Tree Restaurant - same owners - built a beautiful upscale restaurant in the center of Ellsworth. Excellent - same recipes says Catherine -half of husband & wife team.
Boston, Massachusetts
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Have been twice for lunch. Had their bento box with shrimp & vegetable tempura and tuna & avocado roll both times. It was excellent and a very good value.

Service and the kitchen are a little slow. Our waitress last time had a very poor command of English and had trouble getting our order correct. Recognizing this, we had her repeat back to us and got things straightened out as we went along.

Overall very good and surprising for Ellsworth, ME

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mount Desert, Maine
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124 reviews 124 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Reliably excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I eat here almost weekly although with three others this week, one was not satisfied. It was a beef and shrimp dish and the meat was clearly overcooked - and a lot of it! Everyone else had a good meal - sushi, bento box, lobster salad. Usually everything is great. This was just an overcooked piece of beef.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Miami, Florida
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Wow, What A Great Surprise.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

My friends & I were really surprised at how good this restaurant is. They really try hard to please and they succeeded! I will be looking forward to my next visit to Shinbashi to try some of their other nicely prepared foods. It took a few minutes to get to know how the menu was laid out since it has so much on it. Blake, the waiter was very helpful. Enjoy!

Visited August 2013
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Deer Isle, Maine
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“Terrific experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

My Husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary this year and because he knows I love this restaurant, he took me to Shinbashi for dinner!! We had a wonderful meal and the atmosphere is splendid!!! Loved the seating and the service is great!!! The food is yummy and not typical Chinese food!! It is more authentic Chinese food with amazing flavors and different choices !!! The green tea is lovely!! Our server was very prompt and friendly!!! Really enjoyed our evening!!! Can't wait to go again!!! Thanks you to everyone who made our night so special!!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Langley City, Canada
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“Lots of varieties”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

The menu looked a bit confusing to start with. The menu included Japanese, spicy Chinese (Szechuan and Hunan), Vietnamese and Thai just to name a few.

We ordered sashimi and sushi, Hunan beef and pineapple fried rice. Pineapple fried rice is usually light yellow in colour. They made it brown and the taste of Chinese sausage was all over the dish. Except for the pineapple fried rice, the other food was average to above average.

Our server was courteous and friendly, but he was not very knowledgeable about the food. He did not understand what tobiko was and thought it was salmon roe.

Sashimi and sushi were pricey. The other dishes were reasonably priced, especially good in a tourist area.

Visited July 2013
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