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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Seiya reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (15)romantic (11)hot spot (5)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (3)good for groups (1)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Excellent sushi
    Happygolucky
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Sushi was fresh and prepared delicately. Everything tastes amazing! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi in SC
    BusinesslunchesVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Non traditional but excellent. Always good, always fresh. The fish itself is considerably better than the other sushi places on Laurel, at least the ones I have tried.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awful place
    MenloManVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    this was the noisiest, most uncomfortable place I have ever been to.....tables on top of each other; hard wooden chairs; unbearably noisy, to the point where we left without ordering. I don't care how good the food may be, it was a torture chamber!
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  • Always amazing!!
    NanaVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Every time I come eat at Seiya I have a great experience! The service is great and the food is AMAZING!!! Always fresh and tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Truly a neighborhood gem .. food was amazing & service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pearly
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great food great service We will defiantly be coming back soon
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Spot
    eDitsVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Second trip to this San Carlo sushi bar this year. Sushi tremendously fresh, and guys behind the bar were terrific chefs.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, unusual Japanese
    Pizaaz
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I thought this was a great find. The sashimi was extremely fresh and the rice used in the sushi was the best I have ever had. I would definitely return!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sophia
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food and service were off. ;(. Normally everything is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time to Seiya
    SavvyAbbyVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I really like this restaurant. Best sushi in San Carlos in my opinion. Food was just as good second time around.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For sushi lovers
    prymnumberVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This is ours favorite Japanese restaurant for special occations. Everything is fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CarolBVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The best restaurant in San Carlos, and we have a bunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicate authentic Sushi/Sashimi
    rwclunch01VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Service was good while they were present--the presence was few in between. Food was good, but over priced. Will not likely go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 153 reviews are from the Seiya reviews archive.
  • I was expecting more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We ordered 4 different types of rolls, two of them were really good but the other ones were not worth the price ($14 each).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service needs work
    Diner
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seiya was beautiful
    dangerdot
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sushi
    DSSSMS
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced food, unfresh sashimi
    Cache51
    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.
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  • Fantastic Sushi
    Snodgrass
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute litte gem
    kyCAVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For the sushi snob
    SushigalVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I will travel distances for sushi, this has got to be one of the best spots in the Bay Area. Try the taco sushi!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Japan-inspired food
    RobAndJeanneVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I found it to be "Just ok".
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
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  • Excellent sushi. Great Poke
    AbertonianVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Excellent sushi. Great Poke and chef's sashimi platter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love!
    ST247VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Eat here regularly - the sashimi is beautiful. Rolls here are not your typical so are unique and prepared as art.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seiya's sushi rolls were fantastic!
    Martin
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Sushi
    LaurieVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    So glad we tried this restaurant! The sushi was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is outstanding.
    BelmontRK
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The sushi is very fresh and high quality. The sake is tasty. The tempura is average. The menu is innovative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty, pricey for San Carlos.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Sushi and even better starters
    Joel
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really classy sushi, unique options
    allison
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, wonderful service.
    GenieVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Amazing food, wonderful service. Freshest sushimi that I have had around in neighborhood, welcome to the area !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi spot in San Carlos
    SavvyAbbyVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but didn't blow my mind.
    2much2eatVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    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.
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  • Love the food!!!
    MissTannerVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    I love coming here to eat the food is amazing and I am never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Lunchlady
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    I went with a friend and really enjoyed the lunch specials. The maki combo and risotto were excellent - well proportioned and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent, but over-priced
    MarkusVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Restaurant in every way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.