Seiya
Seiya

Seiya

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.seiyasushi.com/
  • Phone: 6505088888x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Kua Chuang
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available. Please call Amanda at 6505088888.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cherry and Olive St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking
A word from Seiya
Welcome to Seiya! Michelin recommended restaurant 2013 and 2014!!! We consider ourselves to be a Japanese Contemporary restaurant. We have a full sushi bar filled with many daily special fish. In addition to our sushi bar, we proudly serve rolls and robata grill.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Seiya reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)fit for foodies (17)special occasion (15)romantic (13)hot spot (6)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (3)good for groups (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • just love Seiya.
    saskiaVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    By far the best sushi: fresh, clean, unique, modern. Love the spicy hulk. You should see the cook using his big knife to make the cucumber wrapping. real crab in the california. Oh and the fish tacos. Like nowhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice find in San Carlos
    RobN
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Went to Seiya for dinner on Friday. Very nice meal. Great Japanese menu. Only complaint would be that the wine list was VERY thin. ~ 2 whites, 2 reds. Although - long list of Sake selection (certainly culturaly appropriate). Great choice for a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No bang for your buck
    SoonLater
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    after sharing $50 worth of sushi rolls, i should be full right?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Uni
    susan175
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We tried the tuna poke, the fish tacos, chicken wings, uni, and hamachi jalepeno roll. The first two were presented really nicely and tasted good. I would pass on the chicken wings... they were a tad bland. The uni was awesome... loved it. The Hamachi Jalepeno was a little disappointing because it didn't have that spicy kick. Service was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Style and service
    Truffles
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I only wish they would add spicy agadashi and other vegetarian choices to their menu. Loved the stylish atmosphere, water feature, giant door, service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    Sophia
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Seiya is our favorite Sushi Restaurant! And our dinner guest declared that it was now her favorite Sushi spot! Everything is fresh and creative the wait staff is helpful and the ambience is spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seiya is worth checking out
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    High quality sushi with interesting combinations. The Ocean Trout was really good. Not cheap, but cheap sushi is not necessarily a good thing. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent little gem
    BusinesslunchesVIP
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Excellent high quality sushi with fun & creative other options. Cool vibe...wish it was even bigger with a bar to match! The private room is nice, it seats six comfortably.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi
    BitManglerVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    Very high quality sushi and professional service. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small space but intimate.
    Amelia
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Small space but intimate. Wait staff a little overzealous, ie. didn't offer coffee/dessert at the end of the evening. Interesting options for a nice twist on Japanese suishi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid restaurant in the Suburbs...
    jasontheslackerVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    A good meal is hard to find in the burbs. This place comes through in spades. I can tell the chefs really enjoy their craft and work very hard to perfect it here. Felt like I was in a great SF location. Service was meh as they made mistakes on our orders, but it was not the chefs faults. I will be back...a bunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time here - will go back
    CeshVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    This is a small place that I never knew was here - easy to miss as it really is small. However, the food was excellent! They had interesting sushi as well as cooked food and everything was fresh and very tasty. Because of the size of the restaurant and the quality of the food I would suggest reservations. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    MissMireille
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Went here for my sister's birthday and everything was wonderful. The sake, the service and most importantly the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small restaurant
    LeungVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    This restaurant is small and unnoticeable from outside. But the raw fish is really fresh. I like the uni and amaebi. There is not much room for each person. If you like to sit close to each other, this is a good choice. But if you want more room and privacy, you may not want to go there, especially if you have many bags of stuffs, very big coats. There is no room to put those stuffs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, well presented
    Visitorfromboston
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Very good, well presented sushi and specials with polite attentive service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Treat
    Shelly
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    We wound up there kind of unplanned. Very pleasant surprise. Great quality and presentation of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Innovative Japanese dishes
    prymnumberVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    My husband and I love this place. The dishes are so innovative! Try everything even if you think you've had it before. They don't do dishes like everyone else; you'll be pleasantly surprised. Seiya is definitely a treat. We'd go more if we won the lottery!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • as always: best sushi
    saskiaVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    As always: the sushi here is great. Super fresh, good combinations of flavors, actual crab in the california... My favorite is spicy hulk: cucumber on the outside and spicy tuna on the inside. Its amazing to see the cook carving the cucumber for this. Second favorite is the geisha: a slice of lime on top. Its the best sushi in the bay area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Food was delicious...would have a full five star rating but the salmon sashimi was slightly fishy. EVERYTHING else was top notch!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Interesting dishes, extremely fresh
    prymnumberVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    My husband and I can't get enough of Seiya's food. Each item on the menu is an interesting spin on the usual Japanese dishes we find around here. And the freshness of the fish and meat makes this place stand out. Don't forget to try some of their salads. My sashimi salad was a work of art!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best sushi in bay area
    saskiaVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    There are a lot of sushi places that are "okay", but this one is great. I love the combinations: spicy hulk is spicy tuna wrapped in cucumber (super fresh) and he kobe beef with ginger and asparagus is yummie too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food. In fact I
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Wonderful food. In fact I am going to return this coming week to the restaurant. The fish tacos are fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing compared to the past
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    I went to Seiya many times for dinner and enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately, lunch was a disappointment: the quality of the Sashimi was not up to Seiya standards, and the service was rushed and uninspiring. I hope the place is not following the pattern of other Bay Area places that shine initially and decline rapidly afterwards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    A bit more expensive than your average sushi bar, but worth it. Real crab, not fake, very fresh fish, nicely presented. Corkage was $15 and we didn't see much on their list that we would have ordered any way. As other diners mentioned, the place is small. We made a reservation on Open Table for a late seating as that was the only think available, then called and had it changed to a mre convenient time. I would absolutely eat here again...and I'm pretty picky about my sushi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Freshest sushi in the bay
    Jk2607
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    Freshest sushi in the bay area...you get what you lay for here. Try the fish tacos, white salmon and Tasmanian ocean trout. Also amazing are the fireballs and temptation rolls. With excellent Mochi for desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Caty
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    I made a reservation after reading all the good reviews Seiya has and I can say I will come back again! The food was delicious! Mc'Daddy rolls are a must try if you want to try something really amazing!! It was so good that I orderded two of those :) So far this is the best sushi place I've been to!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • babies at the sushi bar.. seriously
    tastygirlVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We love this place. Its hard to get reservations these days as its so popular. We love sitting at the sushi bar, heck that is what makes it so great. However the other Saturday night, 6:30 reservation .. we were flanked by two strollers and two crying babies!! These parents I thought were disrespectful to the other diners. We paid a sitter to be able to go out and enjoy the evening. The babies kept crying and the parents kept getting up, thankfully. One mother stood rocking the bay while trying to eat. Even if we were in the restaurant area this would have sounded like Dennys. I think the restaurant should at least have a rule that no strollers are at the sushi bar. To pay $150.00 for dinner and listen to that is hard. Food is great though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi Ever
    Maui2visit
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Really the food here is fantastic. Freshest fish, expertly prepared by skilled sushi chefs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!
    MissTannerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    I will only eat Sushi here. The food quality here is one of a kind and the service is always amazing. There fish tacos are amazing as well as there Ebi Bacon and Crunchy Spicy Tuna. Its all real, fresh and one of a kind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The dishes look beautiful
    sc001
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    The dishes look beautiful but the taste just likes other moderate sushi places (not bad, but you can find other regular sushi places more tasty). The service is so so and not worth for $$$. The restaurant's well decorated. The food comes out one by one which is similar as other high cost sushi places. I recommend this restaurant to group of friends who want to drink and talk and don't care much about the food. If you want to have a good japanese food, there are other places better for the same bucks or cheaper.
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  • Nice but...
    512damonVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Food was pretty good overall. A few drawbacks are 1) the size of the place, it's very small and narrow and my date and I were seated at a rather small table, 2) it's dark, really dark - they could use some more lighting in the evening for sure, and 3) one of the rolls we ordered never came, despite being there for an hour and being told 3 or 4 times it was almost ready. They apologized, took it off the bill, and gave us free ice cream to compensate, but it still was a missing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative and Artistic Japanese Food
    Earth2brainVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Very creative food that is beautifully plated. Yummy Berkshire pork belly entree, you must try. Nice rolls, very fresh ingredients. The bench wood seats are very uncomfortable, we bring our own cushions so we can enjoy our dinner. Service can be spotty and sometimes rude. All in all, a must try place that is a nice addition to San Carlos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food but..
    babs
    Dined on 5/28/2013
    Love the food but the atmosphere is a little too cozy for a personal conversation. We usually just eat and go since it isn't the most comfortable place to sit and relax with friends.
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  • excellent delicious, beautifully
    heartyVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    excellent delicious, beautifully prepared and presented, and pricey.
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  • Outstanding sushi
    sushilover
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Met a friend for dinner. We both loved the food and the noise level was low enough that we could easily have a conversation. We ordered the Great Balls of Fire based on a Yelp recommendation, and were not disappointed - it was the best sushi I've ever had. The waitress was very helpful with other suggestions. It was pretty pricey, but worth it for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I really enjoyed my lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    I really enjoyed my lunch here. I was pleasantly surprised at the menu and had a hard time deciding what to get. Our table shared the crispy rice, risotta and a sashimi dish and it was all very good. The menu had a lot of things we've all decided we wanted to go back and try!
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  • Real good sushi. Kobe beef
    CookieMonster
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    Real good sushi. Kobe beef roll exceptional. Not big inside so a reservation worth having.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service. The food
    PenNewbies
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Terrible service. The food was good but not memorable. The table and chairs looked great, but if I had to go back, I'd rather they give me a rock to sit on next time. What I will remember most from my dining experience was the slow and forgetful service and how painful it was to sit in their chair.
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  • Consistently Great Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    I have been going to this place for close to a year now and it's hands down the best and most consistent sushi on the Peninsula I have been able to find. I highly recommend sitting at the sushi bar if you're not in a large group as the chefs are all friendly and fun to watch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fish was prepared strangely.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Fish was prepared strangely. Tempura oily and had bad aftertaste.
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