Sen Nin Japanese Teppanyaki & Sushi Restaurant - Islington
Sen Nin Japanese Teppanyaki & Sushi Restaurant - Islington

Sen Nin Japanese Teppanyaki & Sushi Restaurant - Islington

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sen-nin.com/restaurant-7.html
  • Phone: 02077041890x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open All day from 12 noon to 11.30pm
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  • Cuisine: Japanese, Contemporary Asian, Pan-Asian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Highbury & islington Undergroundstation

    Essex Rd Overgroundstation
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sen Nin Japanese Teppanyaki & Sushi Restaurant - Islington
Sen Nin is a contemporary Japanese Teppanyaki, Robatayaki and Oriental Restaurant in the heart of Islington. Being Islington's first and oldest Japanese Restaurant, Sen Nin has recently undergone a full refurbishment featuring a centrally located Teppanyaki (Hibachi Grill), Robata (Japanese BBQ). Sushi Counter and Wok Station. So you can now see the Chefs prepare all the dishes in full view of all diners. Fresh sushi is prepared and you can watch the fresh meat, seafood and vegetables cooked on the Teppanyaki or Robatayaki. They also have a full range of contemporary Oriental favourites such as Thai Green Curry or the Lobster red curry. Chilled or hot sake is a must on the side, or you can choose from their range of Japanese inspired cocktails made from Premium Spirits. Sushi, sashimi and tempura are also on offer, along with home made desserts which are well-worth saving room for.
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Sen Nin Japanese Teppanyaki & Sushi Restaurant - Islington reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since 23 May 2014
Average Rating3.4
  • Food3.5
    Service3.4
  • Ambience3.4
    Value3.4
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
group bookings (43)romance (36)special occasions (33)good vegetarian options (32)outstanding value (30)fit for foodies (25)sunday lunch (21)business meals (20)child friendly (18)pre/post theatre (15)disabled access (11)outdoor eating (6)brunch (6)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • Not really Japanese
    liam2
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    Shouldn't present as Japanese cuisine but so-called Pan-Asian. Food is ok, nothing special or pleasing to eye or taste.
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  • Below average quality & over priced
    Egret00
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    Went on 50%-off Tuesday and no exaggeration to say even paying half price for two people this wasn't good value for the quality of the food. Starters were average. For main a black cod normally at £22, this was good but even paying £11 was generous for what it was. Other main a teppanyaki chicken but was a very poor meal despite being a teppanyaki restaurant. No flavour at all in the chicken or much else either apart from a thick very sweet bland sauce and some undercooked peppers. Service was perfectly fine, decor and ambience had the feel of a standard charmless chain. If you do intend to try it definitely go on a Tuesday with the discount as any other time you're paying far over the odds for what is actually a pretty poor experience.
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  • Sen Nin
    doctorEW
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Dinner with family on a sat night. Not too busy. Tried the full compliment of starters and the black cod and wagu. Outstanding food - fresh and cooked to perfection. The only downside was the soba noodles which were too salty. I would have to say the value for money is exceptional. We go to NOBU regularly and the cod here is 95% as good. Recommended +++
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    Kachi
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The restaurant has very fast service and the food was especially tasty.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings
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  • Shocking service
    RogN1
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Our order was promptly but our first course did not arrive until 50 min later. Then our three starters each arrived 5 mins apart! This was their 50% off night so I am sure that the kitchen was very busy. This does not however explain why it took asking three different servers to get 4 glasses of tap water to go with our other drinks! They would listen to our request and then when they had moved away from the table they would start to do another job and forget about us! As the food was so salty we also wanted our water refilled and this took another 2 requests, one waiter even filled a jug and started walking towards us (we were 1m away from the bar) before turning it around and placing it behind the bar for 5 mins. Wouldn't recommend.
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  • Delicious as always!
    LadyLiz
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    My husband and I dine here frequently. The restaurant is usually very busy but this Sunday perhaps due to the weather it was very quiet. We were welcomed and had a fantastic service and amazing food which was all half price due to the deal they were offering through Opentable. Cannot fault this place and we will be back!
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    group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    Great fresh food and lovely waiting staff. Really enjoy eating here Would recommend it to anyone looking for somewhere to eat in Upper Street. As well as good Sushi their hot food isalways good value and the seafood is spectacular.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • service needs to be improved
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    would not go here on a normal day - booked 50% off offer and went for dinner. was quiet but service was slow. also, the pork ribs which came was as hard as rock ans not fresh at all. will be good for a group dinner with the discount.
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  • Great value with 50% off
    Elorac55
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    We took the 50% off food deal for a Friday night dinner. We were impressed with the quality of the sushi- very fresh and delicious! Without the 50% off deal, food would be too expensive for the average dinner so it was a great time to try the Waygu beef which was excellent. Great hot main course options- yummy deserts - would definitely recommend."
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better but not brilliant
    Pudding
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    booked table for 5pm, was empty so had a good service and food was served quick. Still not piping hot though. They have minimised the menu massively for the 50% of f Tuesdays. Still good value for money but had to ask for the bill to be taken back as they hadn't taken the discount off. Would go back just on Tuesdays and for the sushi.
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  • Buffet is good value for money
    buffetlover
    Dined on 29/6/2014
    We tried the all-you-can-eat buffet on a Sunday and the offer is good enough for the price, but it is a one-off try. I'd go back to try their a la carte menu because flavour wise it was good.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good overall,disappointing starters
    yummy
    Dined on 26/6/2014
    Mains good though squid starter very chewy and tempura portion on the small side
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  • makingmemories4
    Dined on 20/6/2014
    All was wonderful. Had the rice portions been large I would have awarded outstanding. Leaving a restaurant hungry after paying over £70 is not a comfortable feeling.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feel a bit cheated
    Dannnn
    Dined on 18/6/2014
    Food was nice at Sen Nin but it was lacking elsewhere. Service was a bit weird; 5 different servers who were a bit cold. Decor was clean and quite glitzy but overall ambiance was a bit cold. Biggest problem was that we were screwed over on the bill. We booked the 50% off food deal through OpenTable and also took advantage of the 2 for 1 cocktail offer they were running on the night. It was only when the bill came (without any discounts at all) that we were informed we couldn't use both offers at the same time, which we reluctantly accepted. Then the food discount on the 2nd bill wasn't anywhere near enough which we didn't notice until afterwards (our fault). We probably would have come back on the 50% deal, but not after that.
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  • Good food!
    Chris
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    The food was delicious, the sushi was yummmiiii!!, the staff very friendly, the only thing I would suggest is to make the atmosphere a bit more welcoming, more like a warm feeling ... lights were too bright and made the restaurant look and feel like a fast food restaurant.
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    business meals, group bookings
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  • Sen Nin Islington
    catn1
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We had a great birthday dinner for my 10 year old son, with 17 diners. The staff were super welcoming and helpful. Food lovely. Cat
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  • Good for pre-theatre
    billyVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great for pre-theatre on a Tuesday. Competent although rather pan-asian than specific.
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  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Really good value for money - tasty food and very attentive staff.
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  • Peskie
    Dined on 29/5/2014
    Disapointingly our waiter was overbearing when he shouln't have been and nowhere to be found when required. The food is OK, but I doubt it should be called a Japanese Restaurant as the menu covers panasian dishes. Astonishingly for an early dinner reservation of 18:15 on a Thursday we were told that they had already run out of one of the starters.
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  • Yum
    FishLover
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    The food had great flavour! The Teppanyaki was excellent and a very good sixed portion.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
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    LH00
    Dined on 23/5/2014
    The food at Sen Nin was hit and miss. The Black Cod was very good, the pork ribs were very very poor. Seems like they were re heated, they were dry and tastless. The Sushi/Sashimi was ok but not spectacular. Without the 50% discount it would not have been worth it.
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  • Superb service and excellent food
    Cliff1805
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    I booked to eat here with my partner at 8.30 on a busy Friday evening in Islington. We were greeted by a very friendly member of staff and seated immediately. We chose fried baby squid and seafood salad for starters and Teriyake Salmon and Chicken Fillet for the main course and side dishes of noodles and mixed . vegetables. Although these were not the most adventurous choices all were excellent. To drink we had a very acceptable Pinot Grigio. The staff could not have been more attentive and all were extremely friendly. We were both agreed we would definitely return to this restaurant in the future.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly staff
    Milan
    Dined on 13/5/2014
    good place to dine**** attentive service, new and cleaned restaurant in good place
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    child friendly, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great deal
    CT22VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    If you can take advatage of the 50% off you will be a very happy customer. Good quality food, service and great value. Would highly recommend.
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    outstanding value
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  • Best Prawn Penang I've Had!
    RoseandNightingale
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Another delicious meal at Sen Nin in Islington. The Prawn Penang Curry is one of my favourite things to eat, real warming comfort food. We did feel however that the quality of the dishes, the vegetable side in particular, was not as good as it has been in the past, with no bok choi at all. Rather we were served some quite limp green beans, 5-10 minutes before our main arrived. I wonder if the slightly sub-standard food was down to having booked with a 50% off food deal, though I do hope not & it has not been the case in the past. Not great tonight, but the Penang curry will keep me coming back regardless.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi at half price
    APAP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Can't argue with that. I will certainly be back as long as the TT deal is running.
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambience
    Boarder
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Nice to be in a spacious Japanese restaurant compared to many that are cramped around London. The prices are only reasonable with the TT 50% off otherwise they would be quite expensive.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good party place
    EnaTi
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    These guys looked after my party very well. Everyone agreed the food and service were very good, we chose from the set menu. The restaurant was very well decorated with a nice atmosphere.
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    child friendly, disabled access, group bookings, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Disappointed with service
    Pudding
    Dined on 29/4/2014
    It was a Tuesday which has 50% off food & drink so expected it to be busy. We were seated at 6:30pm & ordered sushi for starters. We were told there would be a 30 min wait if we didnt order mains straight away which was fine. Sushi was lovely as usual. We ordered the mains at 7:30pm. We waited & waited. Were constantly asked if we wanted drinks but no sign of food. When we saw others had arrived after us & had eaten we asked where our food was. We were told it was on its way & would we like more drinks. This happened again 30 mins later. Our food arrived just after 10pm and it was cold. We questions why but was given a lame excuse. Had to wait for it all to be re-cooked. Felt like they were trying to ply us with cocktails. Not impressed!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    Bitt
    Dined on 27/4/2014
    gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood
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  • Very poor
    Carrie2099
    Dined on 26/4/2014
    The rice was cold. A £14.50 dish had only 4 small prawns. One dish tasted of nothing but salt. The wine we ordered was not available and the one in its place was not great. Service was average. When we complained, it was not accepted immediately.
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  • Makes a nice change
    kilburncat
    Dined on 21/4/2014
    Helpful if not effusive service, we very much enjoyed out good value meal and the TT offer meant wagyu beef was on the menu. Plentiful, and delicious desserts. Cocktails made with sake less successful than when made conventionally, but you might love 'em.
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  • First time what a best time
    Lisar
    Dined on 21/4/2014
    Sen nin is a new fashioned and stylist restaurant just off angel street. It offers an encyclopaedic choice of multi food plus enormous sushis. The welcome and service is warm, friendly, hospitable and efficient without being officious or familiar. The food that arrives is excellent, clearly cooked to order and from good, sensible ingredients except for the crispy baby squid which was just ok. The 50% off from from ala cart menu is a great idea that should be always on! The drinks list is very interesting and excellent and varied but bit pricey . A charming waitress invited us to come back for sushi buffet/super tuesday and honestly she was so great for explaining about all offers. And we will come back soon.
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    business meals, child friendly, disabled access, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • DMidoo
    Dined on 18/4/2014
    I've been going to sen nin for a few times already and the food & the services are consistently excellent. The staff are super friendly and we were greeted like long lost friends even though we hadn't visited in a few weeks. Only comment would be that the portions are too less and that can sometimes feel a bit pricey! prawn tempura, pandan chicken, prawn curry, veg dumpling and grill lamb particularly recommended but not a thai noodle. we also had few cocktails and they were all great specially long island ice tea and white garden. i have already done an other booking for next month for 6 of us and we are very excited for that moment and that will be a surprise party my partner. Sennin we will see you in a month time and thanks a lots.
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    business meals, child friendly, disabled access, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great sushi
    ALNM
    Dined on 17/4/2014
    We took the 50% off food deal for a Friday night dinner. We have dined here a couple of times and have always been impressed with the quality of the sushi- very fresh and delicious! Without the 50% off deal, food would be too expensive for the average dinner. Great hot main course options- would definitely recommend.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Enormous Dinner
    Wong
    Dined on 16/4/2014
    It was an amazing evening at Sen-nin. Specially thanks to all brilliant and friendly team. Sushi was simply delicious, great decoration and fresh. Salmon Teppanyaki with plum teriyaki sauce is best. Overall good food, brilliant service and great experience. Thanks we will be back.
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    good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SENNIN is best trendy restaurant.
    ACaroll
    Dined on 15/4/2014
    this is not a traditional Japanese restaurant, it is very trendy, very clean and very nice . we were very impressed of recommended dishes (Lamb and Prawn Curry along with Salmon terriyaki) and also ordered for some starters. Our Waiter was lovely. Really made us feel welcome and had a really lovely conversation with him (lately found out he's the manager). for our orders we didn't have to wait very long. The presentation of food and drink were beautiful and I liked how Samurai Lake cocktail presented, which was also very balanced cocktail in mouth. The food and drinks were superb and beautiful flavours. All in all an absolutely fantastic experience and worth the money. You have definitely gained three new customers whenever we are in angel.
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    child friendly, disabled access, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Enjoyable meal
    Pena
    Dined on 14/4/2014
    We enjoyed everything about this restaurant great & mouthwatering food, brilliant & friendly service and cosy & romantic place. we will be back soon.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful
    Sushilover
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I was looking forward to having dinner at this restaurant with 2 of my very good friends. We all love sushi and Japanese Teppanyaki and was hoping that the food would be good. Much to my surprise, the food was beyond awful. The sushi was ok, but I have had better, and the Teppanyaki tasted like very bad Chinese leftovers! We ordered chicken wings - very under-cooked and tasted awful; Prawns - were OK, but we were only given 4 on a stick; Calamari - didn't taste like calamari and it looked more like white pasta strings. The rice and noodles were very plain and greasy! We paid over £70 for a few dishes and were left starving! This has been a truly awful experience. Never again!
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  • Good with the offer
    Librarylady
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    The food was very tasty but I felt the portions were rather small. It was also quite a noisy restaurant and the tables were very close together. Not one for a quiet catch up over dinner.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.