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“Great Sushi; Kid Friendly” 4 of 5 stars
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Jinsei
713 North Lamar, Oxford, MS 38655
662-234-0109
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Ranked #26 of 140 Restaurants in Oxford
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian
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Oxford, Mississippi
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great Sushi; Kid Friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

On early Saturday we went to dinner at Jinsei and had a wonderful dining experience! We took our grandchildren, ages 4 & 7, and the staff was so nice to the kids! We had their wonderful tempura onion rings and their grilled edamame! Both excellent! We then proceeded to have a mixed selection of rolls and sushi; again all extremely tasty! Service was very good while acknowledging we were there early (6:00 PM) and not crowded when we arrived but filling up as we were leaving. Not cheap but worth the $$ if you enjoy great Japanese foods! Beautiful and warm decor and polite people! That all equals "two thumbs up"!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Oxford, Mississippi
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Three very good dinners in January 2014”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I've been to this restaurant 3 times and had a great experience each time. I have yet to try something on their menu that I don't like. The prices are lower than upscale restaurants on the square and around Oxford. Maybe the comments about high prices are really about the portions. The portions are exactly what you'd expect for a sushi restaurant but they might appear small if you are accustomed to dining at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oxford, Mississippi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“I don't think you can call this sushi or anything related.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Really awful. The rolls I had appeared to be filled with bits of chopped pulverized raw fish. And it was during their opening period, so I can only expect it will go downhill from there.

Visited September 2013
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University of Mississippi
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“A Surprising Oxford Sushi Experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Surprisingly good sushi experience at Jinsei in Oxford. The couple we were with - as is frequently the case - establish a relationship with a chef and then just say, "Bring us what's good," usually resulting is several off-menu dishes. (This worked wonderfully at Peche in New Orleans last summer.) This time the courses started with thinly sliced yellow tuna with cilantro, a small amount of hot pepper and a nice sauce, then moved from one even better dish to another. Pricier than just ordering off the menu, but well worth it (Also a good deal of our bill was for cocktails which were average at best - not nearly as sophisticated or nuanced as the sushi. So, skip the cocktails and focus on the creative sushi.)

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vicksburg MS
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206 reviews 206 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“except for uchi austin, as good as it gets”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

It's a beautiful space, and much like Snack Bar, you never ever would remember you were in a strip mall until you exited. We dined in the lounge, which seemed even more inviting than the main dining area, nice effective lighting, beautiful bar area, VERY comfortable. Service was exceptional, friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable, personable. And then there's the food and drink: first, let me say that their saketini is one of the best drinks I have ever had, a mixture of sake, vodka, and crushed cucumber. Someone else has posted that the tempura green beans are addictive; they could very well be. We will know more this next weekend when we are back in town: if we find an excuse to stop by Jinsei, even just for some green beans, we will have our answer. We also had the Tuna Kadoma, incredible tuna atop a rice cake with avocado, jalapeno, and an eel sauce (please do not freak out over this, it is just an ideal soy sauce based bit of juice to finish the preparation)...this is an amazing dish. Also had tuna with goat cheese crumbles and crispy green apples and a wolfe roll, which was ONLY delicious, as compared to out of this world. As for the concerns over expense, we had 2 saketinis apiece, 2 tuna dishes, 1 roll, and 1 appetizer and the total bill was $78. This is a wonderful addition to the Oxford dining scene; we loved every single thing about it.

  • Visited November 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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