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Seiya Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.seiyasushi.com
  • Phone: (650) 508-8888
  • 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: Japanese, Sushi, Seafood
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "The food and service were off. ;(. Normally everything is fabulous."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I really like this restaurant. Best sushi in San Carlos in my opinion. Food was just as good second time around."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is ours favorite Japanese restaurant for special occations. Everything is fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The best restaurant in San Carlos, and we have a bunch."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Sashimi and Sushi are very authentic and high quality. Everything is served at the right temperature. For example, eel sushi was served with 'grilled just now' eel. They have a good list of cold sake."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Service was good while they were present--the presence was few in between. Food was good, but over priced. Will not likely go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We ordered 4 different types of rolls, two of them were really good but the other ones were not worth the price ($14 each)."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Servers were pleasant when they came by, but those visits were few and far between. It took almost 10 minutes to be greeted and seated even though the restaurant was half empty, and other than delivering our food to the table, the servers didn't check in on us to refill tea/water, etc."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I've been wanting to eat here since I moved to San Carlos. It was fantastic! It isn't open very late, so you have to be careful when making a later reservation. They were trying to get everyone out of there just before 9pm. It was some of the best sushi I've had in the peninsula. I thought their rolls were very creative. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Seiya's food was delicious and beautiful. We sat at the bar, which I think is the best part of the restaurant, and most of the restaurant. The food came a bit fast, but that's better than too slow! Also the ambiance, lighting and overall feel was great. Friendly staff, and not too crowded on a friday night. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We love this place. It has a pleasant atmosphere, nice decor, excellent food, and a very kind and accommodating staff. Their specialty rolls are awesome if you're into that, and all of the traditional stuff is great too. They have never disappointed and we love going back. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Ordered 5 items for lunch. 1. Chef choice sashimi is over priced. $21 for 8 small pieces of not so fresh raw fish??? 2. Hamachi carpaccio was a joke. It was some stinky hamachi with jalapeño slices. 3. Robata grill tiger prawn with bacon should be called little shrimp with becon. To me, prawn means large in size. What I got was one little shrimp fully wrapped by a bacon. It's salty and over cooked. 4. Hot pot rice with pork. Avg taste and small potion. 5. Grill pork belly. The only dish I liked."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Inside dining seems limited, but outdoor options available. We ended up sitting at the sushi bar, which we normally don't do- but it was a highlight during this dining experience. The sushi chef ended up giving us some extra items along the way- and the entire evening was a sushi tasting extravaganza. Definitely, some of the best sushi I've had in a long time, and I'd go back again in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Food was well prepared, and service was great too. I'd preferred the food to be spicier when the item is listed as "spicy" but overall, great little restaurant in the neighborhood. Fresh seafood and nice presentation. Will definitely visit again. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I will travel distances for sushi, this has got to be one of the best spots in the Bay Area. Try the taco sushi! "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The menu is "almost" Japanese in its presentation and selections but clearly has been influenced by western preferences. Having said that, the food is excellent well-presented and surprisingly priced fairly. What a find!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I found it to be "Just ok". sushi was good, not outstanding. It's a VERY small restaurant, long, narrow, small space. It's comfy but feels a bit "tight". Servers were nice, professional, helpful."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Excellent sushi. Great Poke and chef's sashimi platter."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Eat here regularly - the sashimi is beautiful. Rolls here are not your typical so are unique and prepared as art."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Seiya's sushi rolls were fantastic! The tempura battered California roll (with real crab, not that Krab stuff) was great, the Great Balls of Fire roll was also very delicious. Another very nice thing is that they have a lot of different vegetable rolls (we had the sweet potato and the mushroom) which were perfect for my 5 year old who doesn't like sashimi. The restaurant is a little small so it helps to make a reservation. Definitely recommend Seiya for some great food."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "So glad we tried this restaurant! The sushi was excellent!!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The sushi is very fresh and high quality. The sake is tasty. The tempura is average. The menu is innovative."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Seiya is the best sushi restaurant in San Carlos....of the other sushi restaurants in San Carlos which are very mediocre. The dishes were unique and flavorful, but pricey for what it is. This could be a great place for an intimate date, but the tables are close together, so if you have a couple loudly arguing - or energetic little kids (as most people in San Carlos think it's cool to use restaurants as a personal playground for their kids to run around and scream), it could ruin the atmosphere. I'd say save your pennies and go up to SF for this. But if you're looking for a unique food dining experience and the other things don't bother you, then try Seiya. It's tasty."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We started with a side of their mushrooms, fish tacos (more like open faced sushi on crispy fish skin tacos, better than it sounds) some miso, poke, and then finished off with a hulk role. Poke suffered from octopus but everthing else was great!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Everything was delicious. They had some interesting and unique options beyond the classic sushi selections. The appetizer seafood sampler was a great example. I really enjoy the sake recommended by the waitress. I don't know anything about sake so she picked one for me. Portions were a little small and the price was a little high, but reasonable for the quality. Definitely a "special occasion" restaurant as far as I'm concerned."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Amazing food, wonderful service. Freshest sushimi that I have had around in neighborhood, welcome to the area !!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I can't believe it's taken me so long to go to Seiya. I'm a Mom to a 3-year old and so this is only appropriate for date-nights. The food is inventive and while Seiya offers the usual in terms of sushi rolls, they also have their own versions. Everything we tried was new to us and very enjoyable. It is a small, cozy restaurant with a sleek vibe. I highly recommend reservations as this place is busy and you will have a long wait as a walk-in on a Friday or Saturday night. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I put it in the average bucket. Food was good. Nothing wrong with it, but not the kind of place I am striving to come back to."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I love coming here to eat the food is amazing and I am never disappointed!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I went with a friend and really enjoyed the lunch specials. The maki combo and risotto were excellent - well proportioned and flavorful."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "The food was nicely presented and fresh, but the sushi was decent at best, especially for the price. The restaurant atmosphere was relaxing and interesting."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "The food was great, both varied and creative, with very fresh ingredients. I ordered a variety from the menu and every single dish was fantastic. Great interior decor, fantastic service, exceeded my expectations and I look forward to another visit soon."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Elegantly crafted and playful twists of supremely fresh fish and meats done in unique presentations. Tuna Tacos... No wraps here, but tempura nori with salmon and hamachi and a Japanese salsa! You'll order more of these! Their skewers are delicious while a bit pricey for the quantity. The Gyu (filet) is perfectly seasoned and cooked. The hotate (scallop) skewers are heavenly. Take a couple of friends so you can try the rich variety of appetizers, you won't be disappointed in their take on fish carpaccios or beef tataki! Truly a place to go when dining to impress. We'll see them again next week no doubt!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "after sharing $50 worth of sushi rolls, i should be full right?"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/18/2013