Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://dkrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (808) 886-6286
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Contemporary Asian, Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Lutey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Custom catering. Please call the restaurant at 808-886-6286. Ask for Tom Alejado, General Manager.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining Room will seat up to 26 people. There is a minimum food and beverage sales for the use of the private room. Please inquire with Tom Alejado, General Manager.
  • Private Party Contact: Tom Alejado 8088866286
  • Entertainment: Friday Nights - Free Karaoke from 9:30pm to 12:00pm Saturday Nights - Live Music from 9:30pm to 12:00pm Must be 21 years or older with valid I.D.. 50% off Appetizers & Sushi items Special Bar Drink Prices

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Queen Kaahumanu Hwy
  • Public Transit: There is a resort shuttle bus that travels throughout the Waikoloa Resort area, drop off and pick up area at the Queens Marketplace shopping center. There is a minimal fee for shuttle rides.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: General Parking at the front or back area of the Queens Marketplace Shopping Center.
A word from Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii
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 Hawaii's incredible ethnic mix and 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 the unique combinations of flavors and textures.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (52)neighborhood gem (31)good for groups (28)special occasion (25)hot spot (21)kid-friendly (21)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (6)romantic (5)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • RobijVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Big menu and excellent preparation make this a must eat at spot. Service was spot on. Water glass was never more than half empty. Awesome specials and something to eat for everyone. Sushi very fresh and the pork chop my friend had was delicious. I'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The menu was limited and it was pricey for what you get.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Japan Food
    RonG
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This is one of our favorite spots on the big island. The food is consistently second to none and the service has always been great. I would give "ambiance" another star if it wasn't for the bright lights behind the bottles in the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great choice in Waikoloa!
    Hiloboy
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Sansei has good sushi, a good location, with great service. Our server Courtney, was great! She was very friendly, easy to understand, and very knowlegeable. We were seated on time and the food was prepared and served quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better sushi than most
    RebolishVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was probably the best sushi on the island but that doesn't really say much as it was just okay. We are probably pickier than most though because we are from the Pacific Northwest.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Bomb
    Luciella
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    That's what our kids used to say for a Never-Fail. If there is a negative, it may be that the menu is too complex for sushi-beginners. But the menu is a happy surprise for sushi habitues who are thrilled to find FOIE GRAS on the menu? Astonishing, in fact. The approach includes a version of the Dim Sum "Honey Walnut Prawn" without the walnuts plus some heat. Yum-my! Yes, it is a chain, and perhaps there is a bit too much spicy mayo thrown about, but the quality of the sashimi told the story. Great service (Wolfie, tchuus!) and kindness to physically challenged patrons we saw cared for in Ohana mode. Go back? Next week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sansei is always a winner!
    jeany
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We share a different selection of Japanese plates including California rolls, Misoyaki chicken, Edamame, Aspargus tempura, Agedashi, & other tempura or sautéed vegetables - they also have great sweet potato fries! The food is fresh & nicely presented. We have never had a dish that was not excellent & the price for this type of meal is very reasonable compared to many other places in Waikoloa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great fresh sushi
    buckeyegirlVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Great service and very fresh local fish. Nice large menu
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waikoloa Shusi and Japanese Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This is a very good restaurant if you like sushi and Japanese food. There is an extensive menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing sushi
    SyrorangeVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Amazing fresh sushi, excellent staff, reasonable prices considering the location (cheaper than sushi at the Waikolea resorts, but like going out for sushi in a major metro area of the continental US), had kids menu with kid food, went twice in 1 week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • QqqueVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Himachi was very fresh, Panko crusted Ahi always a favorite. Service friendly and efficient. Prefer sushi bar; upcharge for sushi bar items when sushi bar not available is not repeat customer freiendly. Have been ordering same dish for years and to pay more at table for item seems short sided.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great when you get it
    Luciella
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Everything was beautiful and delicious but arrival of ordered items was odd. This is sushi, not a plate of meat and spuds with veg on the side plunked on the table. The most extravagant rolls arrived in no time; the California Roll and a smoked salmon with cream cheese for our non-sushi diner arrived long after all the other items were consumed. Mac and cheese for the 5 year-old took 25 minutes, and yes, it was on the menu. Perhaps those should have been ordered first? Or they had to run to the Safeway for ingredients as they may be rarely ordered? Of course, we will go again, but knowing to ask for the commonplace before the exotic. Torched foie gras nigiri sushi to die for! Spicy pinkie-sized shrimp fried up like honey walnut prawns! Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Sansei was listed as Fine Dining in one resort guide. It is much more casual that fine dining. The ambience and noise level was much more indicative of a casual restaurant. The food was very good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disapointing
    RobertH
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I've dined at Sansei on Maui twice in the past and had an excellent experience. This location fell far short of excellent and was barely good. I made a reservation and upon arrival stood in line with all the other guests who didn't have reservations, not a big deal but why make a reservation if you have to wait. The food was good not up to the level of my prior experience. Through out entire meal the service was rushed.no sooner did we finish a plate and it was swept off the table once I had to ask for it back as I wasn't done. Clearly they were more interested in turning tables than providing a memorable experience. If you are looking to pay top dollar and have a fair to ok experience this is a good choice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved it.
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    On our recent trip to Hawaii we ate at some wonderful restaurants but I must say (with some surprise to me) that Sansei ranked among the top. Located in a shopping mall in Waikaloa, we decided to try it because we wanted a quick meal close to our hotel. The food was great! We liked it so much we went back the next day and again, we were not disappointed. If you're looking for ambiance and a wonderful view, go elsewhere. If you're looking for good food at a reasonable price, Sancei is your place. I only wish it was closer to home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This place serves fantastic food in generous portions for a reasonable price. It's all served family style so it's fun to get several appetizers (or pupus as they are called in Hawaii) and share with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better experience @ Maui site
    Got2flo
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The last roll was the best: Dragon Roll. The others were just ok. The lobster & crab ravioli was pretty tasty. We stayed at the Hilton Waikiloa so the restaurant was conveniently located & less pricy than the Japanese resort restaurant Imari (which we didn't try). If I went back to The Big Island, I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very noisy but good food
    Charla
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We made a reservation and had to wait just a few minutes to be seated. Unfortunately in the booth behind us was a family with screaming kids and inconsiderate parents who made no attempt to quiet the kids. Thank goodness they left when we were about halfway through our meal. Our server was very friendly and me some excellent menu recommendations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sushi and steak
    Terri808
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My bf had the 22 oz aged steak which he almost ate all which was surprising. He said it was really good. I loved the lobster ravioli appetizer. Wish I ordered another. I ordered a spider roll. Wanna come back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MferVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Had to go early and watched the staff handle the early bird special crunch with grace. Sushi was good. The main courses of very fresh fish with just enough sides hit the spot
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A TOP Find!!
    outalot
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Food and service put this Seafood, Steak and Sushi restaurant in our all time top 10. Food preparation is superb. The lobster, ahi tuna and salmon were of particular note. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual
    Kenshiro808
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Still one of the best restaurants on the Big Island. Had the Issei Sushi Combo. Fresh and tasty. Tried the "Butterfry" roll for the first time. My Wife and I both liked it. The ponzu shoyu matches well. My Wife had the 7 oz Filet (her favorite) and of course finished things off with the Apple Tart. My Wife usually doesn't like any dessert that doesn't include chocolate, so it says something that she likes to go to Sansei specifically for the Apple Tart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sansei - Waikiloa
    SarahLVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Food was awesome, including sushi and 7oz. filet (one of the best I've ever had - seriously and I've traveled for over 20 years). Service was also awesome! They had everything needed except decaf coffee with dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding...as usual.
    Kawika
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We have eaten here each time that we have visited the Big Island (at least 5 times). This restaurant has consistently maintained the quality of its food and service...we have never been disappointed! The sashimi, sushi rolls and individual dishes are very tasty and presented well. Kudos to all the staff and management!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    CaynerVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food - amazing! The service was equally as good.... we can't wait to make this part of our regular stops when we return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a must stop
    Lovefood
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A must stop for Sushi! Panko Crusted Ahi... Shrimp Dynamite... Yummm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Sansei's
    hapahaole410
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had dinner with friends visiting from the mainland. Atmosphere was perfect for our group, food was so delicious and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another birthday celebration
    kohaladonah
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We've now been to Sansei to celebrate my birthday, my husband's birthday and now my cousin's birthday. As ever, great food, great service, and wonderful creme brulee for the birthday person. So much better than cake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent fusion food
    Rimz808
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Had a great experience here. Lots of food to chose from; sushi, seafood, meat, poultry, dessert, wine. Wonderful, flavorful, fusion type food. If you normally like something and want to try it with a bit of a twist to it, this will be the perfect place. Food came out in a timely manner and quality was outstanding. All left with a satisfied smile on our faces. Definitely a place to take for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good eats
    Devineservice
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was great! We loved the sweet potato fries - so crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Our server was so nice, friendly and very efficient!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sansei Is Calling...
    Roma
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Sansei is located in a somewhat upscale shopping center, so the surround is nothing to write home about unless you live in Akron or feel compelled to shop for expensive luggage during the dinner hour. But there's an elegant bar and attentive service. My sushi combo was quite good but not a miracle of freshness--I think they use farmed salmon--but my companion's panko-crusted 7-oz filet was delicious--crisp and smooth as butter. A cheerful, busy place that serves the resort crowd well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sushi
    SSYAVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    love the happy hour pricing. takes really long to be seated, though. even with an Open Table reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The winner with the tasty sauces
    happyfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Panko ahi sushi a great choice. Tasty sauces for the lobster shrimp ravioli and Panko seared ahi sushi that later went onto the white rice for the salmon and shrimp entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisy patrons
    alohagirl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Sushi list was awesome, and excellent, portions were right sized. Service excellent, even though the place was very busy we were seated 10 minutes early. The only problem was a group of about a dozen men, drinking heavily who were very loud, laughing and talking . I complained to the waitress who said she could d o nothing about them, as we were leaving I approached the manager with my concerns. He apologized and said he would cut them off. I said the police should be called as they obviously shouldn't be driving, but he though they were staying at a nearby resort. I think there were Japanese tourists. I should have been more forceful with the waitress when I first complained and asked to see the manager, in the future I will.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sansei
    JJSjr
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great local restaurant walking distance from either the Hilton or Marriott resorts at Waikoloa. The staff and food are outstanding, a real value for the money. A definite repeat restaurant for our group when we are in Waikoloa.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Experience
    hawaii808
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My waitress ignored me the whole night asked my friends if they wanted anything to drink besides water & did not bother to ask me. I was done with my plates, she grabbed everyone else's one on the table & left mines. Mind you we did not get along in the past so that explains why I was poorly serviced. I have never received TERRIBLE service in a restaraunt EVER. She was a terrible server! There's a time & place for everything & I honestly didn't think she'd would act that way at work. EXTREMELY UNPROFESSIONAL if her.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Japanese food!
    DomoArigato4
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We are a Japanese American family of four. For our tastes, we love the combination of traditional Japanese and creative Pacific Rim sushi items that Sansei has on their extensive menu. When we come to Hawaii for vacation, it is the first restaurant we look for. The Open Table reservation system was great for confirming and even changing reservations on the go.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Delicious
    AAAJJJJJJVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Best sushi I have experienced in Hawaii with a great ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must visit when on Kona!
    Butterfishforme
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is nothing short of incredible. Start out with the Miso Butterfish and make sure you try the pano crusted ahi roll. We visit the big island every year and eat at this restaurant 2-3 times while we are here. The food and service are both excellent (we like Patrick).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved this restaurant.
    AsianDiner3
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great food. Reasonable pricing for what you get. Good value. Friendly staff. What's not to like?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.