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Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dkrestaurants.com
  • Phone: (808) 931-6286
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
    Late Night: Friday - Saturday: 10:00pm - 1:00am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Asian, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: JJ Reinhart
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off property caterings and private dinners from 20-200 covers. Plated or buffet style.
  • Private Party Facilities: Intimate Private Dining Room that can accomodate up to 22 people. Set menus or ala carte from our menu.
  • Private Party Contact: Ivy Nagayama (808) 931-6286
  • Entertainment: Free Karaoke on Friday Nights for 21+, 10pm-1am Open Mic Night on Saturday Nights for 21+, 10pm-1am 50% off Sushi & Appetizers & Drink Specials

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ohua & Paoakalani
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking in the hotel. Self parking = 3 hours complimentary, valet parking = $12 flat rate.
A word from Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu
Sansei, meaning third generation, is a locally owned contemporary Japanese Restaurant offering new wave sushi. The force behind the food is Chef/Owner Dave "DK" Kodama. An Oahu native, he is fearless when it comes to flavors and one of the most adventurous chefs you will meet. At Sansei, he has combined his Japanese heritage with Hawai'i's incredible ethnic mix and the flavors he experienced in his travels to create a New Wave Sushi, Japanese-inspired Pacific Rim, Contemporary Japanese type of cuisine. Call it whatever you like. What you will taste are unique combinations of flavors and textures.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "All of the food is fantastic - truly some of the best in Honolulu. You can't go wrong eating here."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We were a little skeptical at first bringing our picky 4 yr old to dinner here but we were happy to find an array of dishes he enjoyed...especially sushi! Sansei never disappoints - love this place!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Most of the items from the online menu that we were looking forward to were not available any longer. We wouldn't have come to the restaurant had we known. Service slow and items came out in fits in spurts so meal time was awkward. We took turns watching each other eat."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Been to sensei in the past and had a great time. This year however was horrible. Sent my meal to another table which actually accepted food they did not order . My wife's meal was served quickly and then my son's meal about 15 min later, my meal never came. Server never acknowledged the error until about 40 min later. At which time I had no desire to eat. We went out for a family dinner, not to watch each other eat our meals separately. They were nice enough to comp the meal but the experience was not worth saving the money. Will not return again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very good experience, we had our friend who was a birthday girl.. Our waiter hand them make a special dessert for her, no charge. Good Sushi.. Good times"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 28th anniversary. The food and service were great!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Always impressed with the large variety of high quality food served at reasonable prices. Thumbs up!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Always a great experience! Staff is very attentive & accomodating. Service is fast and efficient. Food is FANTASTIC!! Extensive wine list and great prices at bar during Happy Hour. We always look forward to dining here and always look forward to coming back..."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Take advantage of the specials, service was outstanding and the food was delicious"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Delicious food, beautiful view, and very helpful service. We happened to look at wine list online snd were very excited to see some of the wines they had. Unfortunately, their online wine list was outdated. Still had good wines, but not what we expected. The only other downside was listening to the loud music from the restaurant across the street. Otherwise, this experience was excellent!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Good Sushi and other specialties. Lobster and crab Ravioli are definitely recommendable..."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great little seafood restaurant overlooking beach with nice outside balcony dining. Wonderful special sushi creations with unique flavors."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our waitress Brittany was outstanding! She assured out experience was entertaining and also knowledgeable. We sure put her to the test. She knew about all the dishes, fish, and preparation details. Her advice was great because our dishes were delicious! Sansei has a gem with Brittany@ "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This is the second time we've been there. We were there for the 25% off early bird special and the food and service was great as always. I always order the lobster pasta but they no longer serve it. If you're staying in Waikiki, is a must. Reservations recommended at least a day in advance. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The servings were somewhat small, but oishi. The service was excellent. Our server was very friendly and helpful. We sat outside so the noise did not bother us. Not sure about the ambience in the restaurant. We viewed the scenic beach front. Would like to try your 50% off deal. WOW! Heard the lines are long, though."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Fresh fish prepared in so many amazing ways! If you love sushi this is Must. We go every year we visit Waikiki!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "killa fried oysters and dumplings, had to have 2 orders - and then the best sushi we've ever had"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "First time dining in Sansei Oahu, we are frequent diners at the Sansei restaurants on Maui, and we were pleasantly surprised to find all our go-to favorites, the miso-marinated butterfish, the Sansei roll (crab roll) and ahi salad. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "So many varieties of sushi to choose from and all very good. From presentation to taste. Our server let us order a 30 day dry aged rib eye from DK steak next door. But when we wanted more food (5-6 more orders) we had to find her. Every time she passed us she kept walking with out scanning her tables and had to ask couple other servers to find her. I will give that she had to train another server but still but accomplish checking her tables. Other than that we had a awesome time and very pleasant. The "new" decor looked so much better than the cramped seating it had before. From the sushi bar to across the dining room you could see the mountains and the ocean. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great service, great food, and a perfect setting outside at sunset. Loved this visit just as much as our first."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Dont know why everything tasted so salty including the salad. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Outstanding sushi with a large variety. Also if you go before 6:00, most sushi is 25% off. ★★★ Try D.K Steakhouse next door for a fantastic dteak dinner. Celebrated our anniv. and shared the 10 oz. Filet augratin, potatoes, mushrooms flambe and caeser salad. PERFECT"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Service was great. Food was great. And they have Hamachi Kama! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Food was amazing. The menu is actually too large & can be overwhelming however our party of 6- including a super picky one- loved every dish. Our server was fantastic. He gave great suggestions & was attentive. Best meal we hadin Hawaii. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "My waitress was lovely , especially after the intro to the place by the snarky hostess. I started with scallops, the two scallops were cooked to perfection, and very salty. I ordered the Ahi with the award winning crab cake. The tuna was over cooked and dry, the award winning crab cake was deep fried noodles with 2 small prawns and no sign of crab, it was not edible. The rice and bok Choy on the plate taste of butter , salt and pepper. The predominant flavours on the plate, if not the only flavours were; butter , salt and pepper. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Food ok, service, terrible, we an inconvenience to the waitress."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We ate at this place twice and both occasions we weren't disappointed. Great sushi over all. This one was our favorite based on the 4 sushi places we tried during our visit. Our waiter gave us recommendations and then the sushi chefs were able to accommodate a couple of unique requests we had. I highly recommend the butterfish roll if you like butterfish. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "It was my spouse and my first time there and it was AMAZING! From the food to the service it was a 10! "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We came here with the intent of eating a lot of great sashimi, and were not disappointed! We had the Sansei sashimi combo (30+ pieces) as well as the ootoro and king salmon and some appetizers. The scallops were so good we had to order more. Additionally, they made great cocktails. I LOVED their Sazerac. From outside, we could hear the live music at Tiki's next door. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at Sansei as usual. This time our experience was made extra great because the waiter (Joe) was very keen on what my 3 year old son needed. We didn't even have to ask and he showed up with kid-prepped chopsticks! Kudos to him for that. He also packed my to-go dessert nicely --- separating the pastry from the sauce and the ice cream --- so I could still enjoy it when I got home. Very thoughtful. The food was excellent as always. Can't go wrong at Sansei."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Lu the food here since the days it was at Restaurant Row. But rarely make trips into Waikiki. The food was great and the service was actually excellent. But from a pure luck perspective, we ended up with a table outside on a beautiful night. We sat across from The Tiki Bar (Lounge)? at the Aston and enjoyed the lively Hawaiian music performed by some locals. That was all luck....But the food and service were great. I just wish the hotel or the restaurant would consider "really" validating the valet parking. $12??? Still....My GF loves Shokudo. So, she says in the future we'll be eating there for our sushi fix. Driving is one thing...paying $12 to park - she won't have it!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Overall experience was great! The food was excellent! I've been there couple times prior, and tried different drinks and food and everything was great!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Order mango hand roll and Pablo crusted ahi roll. So good!!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "go for a table out on the porch, deck whatever they call, food is great, kids loved it, so did mom and dad"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Very disappointed in this restaurant. Waitress had attitude. Food was ok but nowhere near as good as inexpensive Japanese restaurants in Australia"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience. We had ramen and crab ramen and the broth was so good it made you want to cry. For apatizers we ate teriyaki beef and the award winning ahi sushi role both were fantastic. We ended the night with deep fried macadamia nut ice cream! Wow!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Wow, I could not believe how poorly the sushi was put together and presented! Everything fell apart when we tried to pick it up. Only one dish had good visual appeal. It was very disappointing. I would never recommend this to a friend. Same pricing as Doraku, but quality was like boxed sushi at 7-11... I want to say at least one good thing, so the Baked Scallop tasted good, once we could pick it up."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We love sushi and when the locals recommended this restaurant in our hotel we decided to try it. What a fantastic culinary experience! I work off and on in Honolulu and can't wait to go again. Best sushi we have ever eaten hands down!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We looked forward to the evening at one of our favorites. Our server was great, but, and he had no control over this, a group of 25 were seated in a function room, and apparently the need of the group negated the needs of the dining room. Our server kept us informed that the big group ordered more than expected, thus our order was delayed, but after a protracted wait, we cancelled our 2d sushi order and left. Really unfortunate, food and drink were great, but a negative end to an otherwise lovely evening. The hostess addressed our concerns. I felt really badly for the server who had to keep explaining to his customer what was going on. Management needs to take the responsibility here on managing the large group better."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The food at Sansei was great, and the service as well. I easily made a reservation online and everything was prepared for me as requested when I arrived. We ended up staying for a few hours and talking after dinner, when the live music began. While the music itself was fine, the dining room itself is rather open, and not very well-planned acoustically. Because of this, matched with the poor placement of the speakers, the performance was rather loud near the performer, and barely audible towards the back of the room."
    Dined on 3/1/2014