We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Great location on the water, FABULOUS food, terrific waitress - what more could we want?”
Review of Xina

Xina
Ranked #3 of 297 Restaurants in Toms River
Certificate of Excellence
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: New restaurant where Ava's by the bay was.
Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Level Contributor
25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great location on the water, FABULOUS food, terrific waitress - what more could we want?”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

This evening was my second visit to Xina...and it was sooooo good. This is a hard restaurant to beat, folks.

It's a tastefully decorated restaurant, light and airy with nice views of Barnegat Bay. The owner, Steven Lee, is very much a part of dining here...and he is VERY aware of turning out a high quality experience. The sushi tonight was delightful. We tried two special rolls - the Acapulco which was lobster tempura, sticky rice, mango and topped with white tuna, tobiko [caviar] and jalapeño. Topped by a squeeze of fresh lime - YUMMY.

The Forever roll was several different types of fish - spicey tuna, salmon to name two -wrapped with seaweed paper, then rolled with avocado, tobiko and a sushi piece of tuna on top. Beautiful to see and better to eat!

Also tried Kobe beef, marinated, sliced like carpaccio, and cooked by us on a tiny hibachi with a hot stone ... so tender, flavorful and fun.

Final special we tried was Xina's Japanese take on clams casino.. baked in the 1/2 shell with a spicy béchamel sauce and bacon - really special. Tender clams and a great blend of favors - with BACON ... This was my favorite of the evening. The specials were so good we couldn't leave ... we actually ordered vegetable tempura and one final sushi roll. Both were also terrific - fresh, flavorful and well prepared.

Would also like to compliment our server, Jackie. She was extremely pleasant, knowledgable about their food, made good suggestions and seemed to be someone who was happy with what she was doing...she was a pleasure. In looking around at other diners and staff it seemed to me that the staff at Xina are well trained, attentive and happy...another big plus.

Mr. Lee should be very proud of Xina...it's beautiful, well run and staffed, and the food was top-notch. I must say this was one of my best dining experiences at the Jersey Shore! In addition to sushi, his menu offers some wonderful Asian and fusion dishes. I tried them on my first visit last month with several friends and they were every bit as delicious as tonight's sushi.

Only two caveats folks ...this restaurant is VERY POPULAR - make reservations! Also, it can be very lively and loud but to my way of thinking the spectacular food we ate more than makes up for some noise!

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank TobysMom02
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

326 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    227
    76
    13
    4
    6
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Bridgewater NJ
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great place in Toms River!”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

I really enjoyed the cuisine at Xina! Our waiter was excellent and the food was delicious! It was really nice that it is a byob. I look forward to visiting again when I'm down in the area.

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Jan S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Toms River, New Jersey
Level Contributor
112 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“High End Chinese Food”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Xina is a trendy place with a nice atmosphere. The Chinese food is above average in quality and preparation but pricey when you don't even get tea or fortune cookies with the meal. It seems to be a popular place for the 20'- 30's age group. They have a large bar.

  • Visited November 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Ken_NJ_11islands
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lavallette, New Jersey
Level Contributor
15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Our favorite place!!”
Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I eat here at least once a week. We love the owners and wait staff. Food is always delicious! Best sushi around.

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Kshen
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Toms River
Level Contributor
32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Appetizing Asian Cuisine”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Everyone in our family from the youngest (age 6) to the oldest (prefer not to tell) loves Xina. The menu is varied...sushi, Chinese, thai etc.. All dishes are well-prepared and very tasty. Some of the best General Tso's chicken anywhere. The owner is very gracious to both new and returning diners and the servers are both knowledgeable and prompt. Reservations are a must as Xina is popular every day of the week, so be prepared for crowds and noise.

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Rich H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Xina also viewed

Toms River, Jersey Shore
 
Toms River, Jersey Shore
Toms River, Jersey Shore
 
Toms River, Jersey Shore
Toms River, Jersey Shore
 

Been to Xina? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing