Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar-Kapalua, Maui

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Thank you for choosing Sansei Kapalua OpenTable, please note we are located on the West side of Maui. If you do not see your desired dining time please call the host team direct. Please come and bring the Ohana as we accommodate walk-in guests. Sansei Seafood Restaurant And Sushi Bar in Kapalua was named One of the Best Sushi Bars in America by Bon Appetit. It is the most popular Contemporary Japanese restaurant on Maui. Sansei has variety of scrumptious sushi and seafood are legendary, but they also serve incredibly delectable dishes such as Miso butter fish, Steak, Grilled Pork Chops, Smoked Duck and delicious noodles. The bar is always hopping and Late Night Karaoke on Thursdays and Fridays pack in lively crowds of locals and island visitors for fun.
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J
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants on Maui, food and service always excellent every single time. A must do while visiting Maui

DM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nohealani was our server and she was very attentive..

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic meal at Sansei. The sushi rolls are fantastic. We actually had enough room to try desert this time. The fried ice cream was unbelievably good.

DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The dragon roll was probably the best roll we’ve ever had in our lives. The fish was amazing fresh and melted in your mouth.

M
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ice cream, apple fritter with the house caramel sauce is absolutely outstanding.

RW
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A must visit every time we come to Maui. It never disappoints. Another fantastic evening.

LS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome dinner
Wish I knew sooner and we would have gone more than once!

JD
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Maui about once a year, and Sansei is always one of the ways we treat ourselves. Everything we had was super fresh, well prepared, and pricing not out of line (especially for Maui). We even got a text from them about an hour before our reservation to say if we wanted to come early, our table would be ready. That was a first, and sure enough we got there and were seated immediately. Highly recommend.

KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu offers something for everyone , not just for sushi lovers. Our waiter was excellent at helping us navigate through some of their favorites. The sushi was incredible!! This place is a must stop if you are visiting Maui. Fresh delicious food at a very reasonable price. I want to go back tomorrow!!!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service great. Jens is a great waiter.

SA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nohea was our server and she was awesome! The food and service was excellent!

D
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was great and helpful, fish was fresh.

MB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

WF
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love everything about Sansei Seafood Restaurant in Kapalua. The food, service and ambiance are all outstanding. Our favorites are the seafood pasta and the dynamite shrimp. They were both absolutely delicious!

The restaurant manager, Brie Agmata was very accommodating and she truly is an amazing manager. She made us feel special and showed us her appreciation for being a repeat customer during our week stay in Maui. We will definitely be back on our next trip to Maui.

JM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must-do when visiting Kapalua! We eat here 2-3 times when visiting-would not miss it for anything!

BM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our honeymoon date night and it was perfect, quick and affordable!

P
Poconos
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We look forward to eating here several nights each time we come to Maui. The sushi is amazingly fresh. Order the panko crusted ahi roll, you wont be disappointed! The hostess, manager and servers are all so nice and helpful. Add this place to your list when you visit Maui!

J
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, as always!! Absolute favorite it the ahi with shrimp cake and miso butterfish.

h
Seattle
40 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Sansei is always amazing. So fresh and innovative. Great cocktails, too. Our waiter, Sonny was awesome - funny, knowledgeable, and right on time with his recommendations.

l
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The DK crab ramen is the BEST! Plus Miso Butterfish and cajun white tuna is delish!

P
Vietnam
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I live on Maui I’ve been here many times. Not many changes to specials & menu. Food was pretty good not excellent. We were a party of 4 seated a a small table while next to us was 2 people at a large table poor management. The best part of our experience was our waitress Debra she exceeded my expectations as far as excellent customer service experience I will go back just for that reason

CB
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Got seated right away with our reservation. Felt like we were seated with an adjacent table for 4. Right on top of them. Forget romantic at this place.

Had shrimp and vegetable tempura for an appetizer. It was fine. Main entree was grilled ahi With some sort of tasteless sauce. Woefully inadequate. When I asked how it was I responded it was terrible. The waitress immediately comped me and got the manager. He apologized as well. They also offered other food but I’d had enough. Too bad, because I really wanted dessert.

I wouldn’t go back. The noise level in the dining room and the low quality for me was just too much. I am yes but we got seated right away with our reservation

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The basic Tuna and salmon rolls are wonderful. The Pablo fried tuna roll is great and worth trying!

HB
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Lots of food, and the sushi looked great. There are too many tables making it crowded and hard to negotiate. The server was excellent.

H
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are staying in West Maui (Kaanapali, Kaanapali, Napili, Kapalua), Sansei should be one of your "go to" places. In our recent visit (we stayed in nearby Napili), it was so good in fact that we ate their three nights in a row. Crazy, right?

The food is standout, with fresh, tasty sashimi, sushi, and excellent rolls. The grilled miso yaki chicken is truly crave-able, and the caesar salad is exceptional. Call me a simpleton, but you can tell a lot about a restaurant by how well they execute a caesar salad.

But as good as the food is, the warm service, and personable nature of everyone we encountered turned an excellent experience into a memorable one. On our second to last night in town, in fact, we called the restaurant twenty minutes before closing, and were told that as long as we got there before 10PM, we could order the full menu and eat at the bar.

Eat at the bar is usually a euphemism for eat quick, tip high, and don't expect a lot of service. Instead, we were treated like special guests, the food was terrific, we felt the opposite of rushed, and it was standout.

We have been to the Kihei location several times, and that's really good, but Sansei Kapalua is another level. So good.

We'll be back.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

The food and ambiance are OK. Not the best or the worst sushi. But definitely in my top 5 worst sushi for overall taste and quality. Service was good. But that’s about it. I wouldn’t go back that’s for sure.

BH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sansei is always amazing.

OT
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

l
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you dine during their "happy hour", the servers are efficient and get your orders on by 6pm for the discounted price. Food is great. Sushi is fresh. The miso butter fish is a favorite. Plus the DK crab ramen. The rainbow roll was so fresh.

JR
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Best sushi ever.

KG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always recommend Sansei to anyone visiting Maui. We have been going here for 16 years. Food has always been great and the service always matches! Don't miss the Dynamite Shrimp or Teriyaki Beef to start!

c
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant! We’ll be back!!

C
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Must make a reservation several days to a few weeks in advance. This place is fantastic for the food and service. Our person there was Chris, and he was awesome; great personality, conversation, helpful, and attentive. Honestly, the food speaks for itself, 5 star all the way. Couldn't get any fresher fish, unless you caught it and ate it right there on the boat. My only knock on the restaurant was the tight seating, but given how popular this restaurant is, you can't blame them. This should be a must on your to-do list in Maui.

c
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Will be back!!

B
New England
38 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great restaurant in Maui! We have been here 5 times and always have a great meal.

CM
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were served sub par sushi cuts. The manager refunded after I asked, but we still left disappointed. They moved locations and it's no longer a classy place but a party place - it was packed like sardines and loud and the waiter was not as attentive as he could have been.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi was excellent. Cocktails also excellent.

DB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best sushi on Maui!!! We go every time we visit the island and it is always excellent quality, delicious food!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent fare at Sansei-never disappointments!

A
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service we had a great time! Food was awesome as well. :)

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