Sekisui - Vestavia Hills
Sekisui - Vestavia Hills

Sekisui - Vestavia Hills

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sekisuiusa.com/
  • Phone: 2059787775
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Sunday, Tues-Thurs 5:00pm - 9:30pm Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Yasu Matsui
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Sekisui can bring the sushi bar to you. We will setup a sushi bar at your event with our chef preparing sushi on-site -great for Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, office parties, etc...

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canyon Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Locted in the City Center shopping center, there is plenty of well light, covered parking with elevator access.
A word from Sekisui - Vestavia Hills
At Sekisui, sushi chefs don't just push the envelope; they put the envelope through the paper shredder. Chefs are encouraged to show off their creativity and listen to customer’s ideas; creating sushi rolls that can’t be found anywhere else. Also, purists will be delighted with the exhaustive lineup of nigiri sushi - perfectly sliced fish atop a mound of rice seasoned with vinegar, sugar and a touch of sake. There’s something to please everyone. The extensive menu covers lots of familiar Japanese cuisine territory with teriyaki, tempura and udon noodles. Customers can choose from several seating options -a sleek sushi bar, comfortable booths, Japanese style floor seating, and a patio that can't be beat when the weather is right. Located in the City Center Shopping Center, customers will enjoy the covered parking and close proximity to shopping and the movie theater.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Sekisui - Vestavia Hills reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)special occasion (10)good for groups (8)great for lunch (7)fit for foodies (7)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (3)romantic (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • So-So
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My shrimp teriyaki was very bland. The Fire roll was pretty tasty though.
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  • awesome evening
    drfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The BEST sushi in town plus friendly, attentive staff made for a great night out! Staff are great with kids, kept water glasses full, and didn't mind splitting checks for our group.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wayne
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    good environment, good quality of meal and good location
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great DInner!
    klre
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Family of 5 (parents/college-age children) for special occasion. Ordered sushi & menu & appetizers. All delicious. Service excellent. Don't forget to try the cucumber rolls, udon noodles, dragon rolls, yakitori …
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a try
    Jeremy
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was my second visit and the food is just as good as the first time. Love the sea bass meal and the fried tofu appetizer is good and unique!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant was closed!!!!!!
    sincerelysaddened1
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We arrived 5 minutes prior to our reservation time to find the restaurant had been closed for quite some time. So disappointed that Open Table has no means to truly up to date... How FRUSTRATING... Your restaurant was selected based on ratings by Open Table for our guests from Chicago who love sushi... Only to discover upon arrival that your restaurant is no longer in business... Need I say More????
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 164 reviews are from the Sekisui - Vestavia Hills reviews archive.
  • Great Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Nice, quiet atmosphere with good sushi. Big fan of the squid salad.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Allways good
    Dutchy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We come here frequently and have not been let down. The food is outstanding, fish looks and tastes fresh. The noddles are supper and the fried dinners never taste oily and greasy, which not all Japanese restaurants can pull off. The service is friendly, professional and observant.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Good Quality
    Millie
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We are never disappointed with our meals at Sekisui...a "Neighborhood Gem", indeed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy Sushi
    IlovesushiVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Sekisui has great sushi! They have a huge list of many different types with a great description. I have been coming here for almost 3 years and atleast once a month I return to eat their sushi. I have tried a few other places around town, but none of them can beat Sekisui. The only thing I wish Sekisui would do would be have a special offer such as late night discount or particular day discount (i.e Tuesday Half-Off Sushi). They do have early dine in specials, but it does not apply to sushi. Regardless, the food is great and the atmosphere is calm and relaxing. Also, if you are going on a Friday or Saturday I would advise making reservations because they are completely packed during the weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Service was great.
    SushiSamurai
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Great food. Service was great. Only negative the whole night was getting sat next to a really loud table. Not a fan of the purple haze saki.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of fun with Friends
    Niteoutwithkids
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We love coming to this restaurant with friends. Food is great and easy to get a table for a group. Recommend going early because they fill up quick. Making a reservacation on Open Table is the best way to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An anxious server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    We had 7 people including 3 children in our group. The food was, as always. great and we enjoyed the party room's privacy. The service was slower than usual. Qur server was having a really bad day, but did get the job done in her fashion.. She did remain cheerful and sweet-natured through it all, and we left her a generous tip for her attitude (not for her service, which was akward to say the least) All in all our evening was nice and we were well fed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi place around.
    wood
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    My wife and I have visited Sekisui often and have always had a positive experience. The staff is very accommodating and the food is great. I love that it is so easily accessible and the pricing is great for the quality. We often suggest this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh.
    sushiT
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Food was pretty decent, service was not good, and despite having a reservation they sat us at the worst table in the house. We were literally seated right next to the front door. Other people that just showed up with no reservation were given better seating. Will not be back, and would not highly recommend this place to anyone I liked.
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  • Great sushi!
    hrmk2
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    I think this is one of the best sushi restaurants in Birmingham. You can enjoy authentic sushi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The sushi was just OK. This was our second visit, and we thought the food was a bit better the first time. The atmosphere is pleasant, and it's relatively quiet. Both times we were there, the servers were nice but knew VERY LITTLE about the food. On our last visit, the server was obviously new and had to relay each of our questions to another server. Everyone has to start somewhere, but there is a minimal level of training necessary for servers, especially at a sushi restaurant. If they don't know much about the food, then they should work with another server for a while longer. Struggling to find a go-to sushi place in Birmingham.
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  • Sekisui in Vestavia is the
    dseich
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Sekisui in Vestavia is the best sushi in the Birmingham area period. I've been to both Pacific Rims and the Surins and they don't compare. I refuse to pay the prices at Jin Sei just to literally rub elbow with diners beside me when I could be at Sekisui.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful!
    Hollie
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    We are regulars here at Sekisui. We absolutely love how vibrant the food is and it's nice to be able to get a true Japanese meal instead of at cheesy Hibachi restaurants. Their short grain rice is prime quality, and hard to to eat a full bowl of it! We usually show up for their Specials which are before 7PM, great prices for great food! Our waitresses are always lovely, we ask for the same one each time and admittedly she knows us by name!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A long time favorite!
    Millie
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Sekisui never disappoints. Food quality is consistent and delicious! Service is attentive without being intrusive. A "Neighborhood Gem" indeed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!!! And great food
    Activeapathy
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    The service was great the server was perfect. But the food was even better!! The Mimi roll is one of the best in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE Sekisui!
    SuBee
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Sekisui serves the best sushi we have found in Birmingham. It is always delicious! My husband always orders the sashimi deluxe, and it's always great. The Bama, Mimi, and Tiger rolls are also very tasty! We enjoy meeting friends at Sekisui- and even if they're not sushi lovers they always enjoy it! The outside dining is a nice option, and inside has sushi bar, table or booth seating. The servers are excellent! Definitely go eat at Sekisui Vestavia Hills!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent quality!
    Millie
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    Sekisui is definitely a "neighborhood gem" and worth traveling out of your neighborhood for it's fine Japanese food and attentive service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as always!
    MorganR
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Food and service are always great here. I've never had a bad experience and it is my favorite place for sushi. Love to celebrate my birthday here. Great selection of food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely experience!
    Sushilover
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    Great food! Works well with larger groups (mine was a group of 10). Love the atmosphere of the place and the service is always outstanding. The sushi is divine and the price is right!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as always - server
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Delicious as always - server was helpful and very personable - great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NICE...but
    NancyEFVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    We enjoyed the food ordered. I wasn't impressed with the fried cheeks, but I was trying something new. We might have enjoyed the softshell crab we ordered but the waitress forgot to put in the order. The dinner plates were quite good, and with an impressive number of different fish. On wish we could have nown what they were! And check the directions - we had a lot of trouble finding this 2nd floor restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite for sushi!
    KathrynVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    Again we return to Sekisui for wonderful, fresh and favorable sushi. We also enjoyed the pork steamed dumplings as an appetizer. Reservations are recommended on the weekends for sure! We'll be back I'm certain~
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi
    coffeeroad
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    Always enjoy Sekisui ! Great food, sushi is excellent. Service is good, attentive without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    jcn1990s
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    I cannot complain about my recent visit here. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The restaurant is a bit pricy, but worth every penny. I recommend this place for good sushi, seafood, or a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good and reasonably priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Sushi was beautifully prepared and delicious. Service was friendly and efficient. I wonderful local find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    ECRatty
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    My husband and I went to Sekisui on a Saturday evening at around 6:30, so we expected that it might be somewhat busy. However, we didn't expect to wait 45 minutes for three orders of sushi and a bowl of clear soup. Nor did we anticipate that we wouldn't see our waiter again for the first 30 minutes we were there. I saw at least 20 soups come out and our waiter forgot ours until we reminded him. All in all, it was dreadful service and the sushi was just okay. I think I've had grocery store sushi that tasted as good. I will not be going back any time soon.
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  • A "Neighborhood Gem", indeed!
    Millie
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    Sekisui never lets us down - consistent good quality food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure and an adventure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Always a pleasure and an adventure to dine here. I try to sample some new things, but it is hard to give up the dishes I truly love. Lu and Gee and Michelle are our favorite servers. Also good at making suggestions for choices. The sushi guys are also nice at the sushi bar and really put out a great product.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushhi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Met a couple of friends for dinner, this was our first visit to this restaurant. Service was good, excellent food. Will definitely return to enjoy the food and hopefully sit outside on as the weather permits.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We're always leave happy after
    Millie
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We're always leave happy after dining here. It's one of our favorites - great food, service, and atmosphere. The early bird specials are a really great deal, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best value for money in a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Best value for money in a Birmingham sushi restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As always, superb!
    Hollie
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    As always, Sekisui is superb! We found this little place haphazardly and have been enjoying it since. We love how authentic the Japanese cuisine is and how much care and time goes into preparing the food. Even a simple thing such as rice, is cooked perfectly and they use high quality grains. Also look for nights with specials on Sake! Buy one, get one free :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good, however
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    The food was good, however we were disappointed in our service. We were about 8 minutes late for our reservation and the host had already given away our table when we arrived. At the end of our meal, the host also asked if we'd like our check and we replied "no, we'd like to finish our drinks." He brought the check anyway in an effort to hurry us along. That was disappointing, especially after paying $70 for a meal and drinks for two.
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  • Great Food. Poor Service.
    hpcarnel
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    We eat at Sekisui frequently but the service has really gone downhill over the past two years. We were having dinner with friends who had hired a babysitter that night to keep their kids so that they could have a nice night out and our server seemed to be pushing us to hurry and get out. She forgot one of the drinks we ordered and the sushi came out much earlier than the other entrees and the appetizer. We continue going back because we like the food and stmosphere but the service is becoming a real issue there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate