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

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dkrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 8089316286
  • 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: Sushi, Contemporary Asian
  • 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 8089316286
  • 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.
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Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (39)scenic view (34)special occasion (26)good for groups (22)great for outdoor dining (21)hot spot (15)romantic (14)notable wine list (13)neighborhood gem (10)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (6)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Consistantly great food and service that never lets me down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we expected
    Foodbaby
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We made our reservation using open table and got seated right away no waiting outside on the lanai. The ambiance was beautiful especially outside, it's right across from the beach! We could hear the live music from next door. However we ordered a calamari salad and it was basically fried with a super sweet dressing and garnished with wilted greens, not a salad at all. We told our server and she replied "yeah it is sweet and walked off" The dynamite shrimp was good but the south point poke was terrible! We sent it back and asked for our check! We love sushi and are seafood lovers in general and this was not a good representation. However if you're looking for a nice place to have drinks or happy hour then I guess this is the place for you!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • definitely will come back
    not1ofthosediners
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I dined here with friends on a monday so thankfully it wasn't as busy. the hostess and I believe the manager were very accommodating to the fact that we kept increasing our party, originally from 12 to 17. we got sat maybe a few minutes after our reservation which wasn't a problem. we killed time at the bar on the DK steakhouse side. it was nice when we got sat because they gave us a private room. the server was very friendly and it appeared as though he was also training a server at the same time. although drinks took a little long to get to us, we were very patient knowing how large our party was. my friends kept moving throughout the night therefore we knew 1 check at the end was the easiest way to mitigate any confusion. we will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We were very excited to order sushi in Hawaii and had found this place online with good reviews. We told the server we were going to stick with Sushi rolls and when we received the food it was not all Sushi (even though it was on the Sushi page). It would have been nice if he had let us know. On top of that the food was very salty and the service was very slow. We did however enjoy the outdoor balacony overlooking the beach.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really disapointed
    Flet50
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We came back after 4 years and i have to admit that i was really disapointed. Food was only so so : nothing special. Service ok but once again nothing really nice. I won ´t come back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good dinner in waikiki
    AndidavVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner here. The wait staff was really helpful in suggesting dishes. The kitchen is uneven. What I mean is the people behind you can get served 90% of their order and you are still waiting for your sushi. I think other reviews have said the same, but it was very delicious. Just know that ahead of time.m
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    catala
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great food. Excellent japanese cuisine with a great local touch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Food! Check Your Requests
    JRinVA
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We visited a few years back and were looking forward to a repeat visit. We were not disappointed by the food. It was the best seafood I've had in recent memory. Everything is very flavorful and the Opa (Wahoo) I had stands out as the best tasting fish I've ever had. Our server was delightful and attentive and improved the experience. I was disappointed with the hosting, however. We made our reservation at least a week in advance and requested a quiet table away from small children. I even offered to change my dining time to accommodate them. At the host desk, I pointed out a table at the front with 3 small infants and said, "that would not work," and they tried to seat us right next to it! Very poor. Otherwise it would've been 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hawaii tradition
    AraSDVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I start every visit to Hawaii with dinner at Sansei, wherever there is a location. Funny how all my visits end up being great. Reliably good food never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great earlybird special
    ChristySVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Yummy sushi and great earlybird special! Our waitress was wonderful and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    All of the food is fantastic - truly some of the best in Honolulu. You can't go wrong eating here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi and lively atmosphere!
    food4luv
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    roro
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst dining experience ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
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  • Excellent
    NALU725
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening!
    Greg
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 28th anniversary. The food and service were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    bdub
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Always impressed with the large variety of high quality food served at reasonable prices. Thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sansei is awesome!
    Buffet
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This place never seizes to amaze me. The chefs and sushi chefs know what their doing! On Sunday and Mondays, they give Kamaainas a 30 minute window to eat everything for 50% off the regular menu. Take advantage of this! I like sitting at the sushi counter and watching the food be made.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mauigirlVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Take advantage of the specials, service was outstanding and the food was delicious
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    Jgeh
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Good Sushi and other specialties. Lobster and crab Ravioli are definitely recommendable...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi in Waikiki
    luvcfood
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great little seafood restaurant overlooking beach with nice outside balcony dining. Wonderful special sushi creations with unique flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • superior service
    sushilove
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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@
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sanseidiner2
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy!
    Eeapmj
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Fresh fish prepared in so many amazing ways! If you love sushi this is Must. We go every year we visit Waikiki!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy hour
    KOJO518
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Best happy hour sushi joint around!!! Great fresh food, excellent prices during happy hour.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • da best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    killa fried oysters and dumplings, had to have 2 orders - and then the best sushi we've ever had
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 65 reviews are from the Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu reviews archive.
  • Sushi on Waikiki
    DDubsVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must for variety of food.
    foodlover
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charmed every time!
    TastesofAloha
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great service, great food, and a perfect setting outside at sunset. Loved this visit just as much as our first.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty and salty
    Local
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Dont know why everything tasted so salty including the salad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST SUSHI ON OAHU
    nickmc32
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful ocean view and great food
    KT411
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Service was great. Food was great. And they have Hamachi Kama!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food & service
    TexasileneVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Ozfoodiereview
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    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.
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  • Disappointed
    Alohadining
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food ok, service, terrible, we an inconvenience to the waitress.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Sushi
    JMHKCVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    It was my spouse and my first time there and it was AMAZING! From the food to the service it was a 10!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.