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ShinBay Top 100

Not long ago, our food critic declared the best sushi in town to be found at ShinBay — the third incarnation of the omakase-style sushi place, now set in Old Town Scottsdale. Executive chef Shinji Kurita has made his home here, slicing and calculating near the 13-seat L-shaped bar. Shinbay hosts two seatings a night at more than $185 a ride. His omakase creations include Japanese eggplant with miso and bonito shavings, slices of halibut cured with kombu, chopped Hokkaido scallops with yuzu-miso, sashimi, and nigiri. The drink menu offers everything from a high-end sake bottle for $2,700 to rare (but less expensive) Japanese beers. It ain't cheap, and diners are asked to allow approximately two hours for the dining experience. But the experience is well worth it. New Normal: Reservations remain required and can be made via OpenTable.
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  • Price: $$$$
  • Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 5:45-10 p.m.
  • Reservations: Required
  • Parking: Lot available
  • Extra Services: Private-group dining