Sensei Asian Bistro

4.5
49 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
Sensei Asian Bistro unites classic along with modern Asian elements in a sophisticated, contemporary setting.

Right across street from Regal Cinemas in Celebration Pointe!
Indoor and outdoor seating available.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks

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What 49 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty food, we sat at the outdoors patio

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TriciaM
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome. Service was prompt and exceptional. The food was so good. Will definitely be back!

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on November 20, 2021

Thank you, Tricia! We appreciate your business and kind words. We look forward to seeing you next time!

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SaleemI
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great quality food and service. Not cheap, but an enjoyable experience.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thank you so much for visiting us, Saleem! As well as taking the time to share your thoughts. See you next time!

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LynneS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely delicious and the service was very good as well. I did find it a bit pricey but that won’t keep us from returning because the food was that good. We had two servers, maybe one was training, and they were attentive and pleasant. We sat outside which was fun. I highly recommend this restaurant. It will be our go to restaurant so we can try some more of their delicious sounding entrees.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on November 4, 2021

Hello, Lynne! Thank you so much for providing your detailed review. We’re so glad to know that you enjoyed yourselves. We can’t wait for you to return and give us your honest feedback about each item. Our managers look forward to seeing you in the future. Thanks again and see you next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was good but don’t recommend the Wagyu Steak, it is so little that it is not even worth it.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on November 4, 2021

Thank you so much for your review! We appreciate your business!

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vipChrisJ
Detroit
29 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food. The ceviche appetizer was outstanding and the sea bass was excellent. The sashimi beef entree was a little too medium (rather than med-rare) and tougher than expected.
Overall very good and we’ll try it again!

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on October 17, 2021

Chris, thank you so much for leaving your review! We’ve looked into what you mentioned and hope to improve from this experience. So glad to know everything was wonderful for you overall. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipG8tr82
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem. Agedashi Tofu was terrific. Seafood Melange Noodle was cooked perfectly.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on October 12, 2021

Thank you so much for visiting us and taking your time to review! We hope to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were very friendly and helpful, and food was delicious, and the cocktails were well-crafted.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on October 12, 2021

Thank you so much for the lovely review! We hope you come again very soon. We look forward to seeing you!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Cool vibe & outstanding food & beverage. It was special anniversary great food & drinks just didn't mate well for romantic meal we thoroughly did enjoy.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on October 17, 2021

Thank you so much for your feedback! Happy anniversary! We hope to see you again soon!

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vipOrBe
Fort Lauderdale
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were both very good. The only issue is that their address on Open Table is wrong and the GPS takes you to a random neighborhood. We called the restaurant and they gave us the correct address. I’m surprised that it’s still showing the wrong address and it has not been fixed yet. The restaurant is located in Celebration Point

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on October 2, 2021

Thanks so much for providing your review! We’re working with OpenTable to make this change in our address.

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MelissaS
Tampa
44 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful environment and beautiful presentation of all the foods we ordered. Would go again!

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thank you so much, Melissa! We’re happy to know your experience with us will ensure your return. We’ll see you again soon!

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marcyc
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Food took over an hour to get. Server really tried to make it okay. They were really crowded due to the football game

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on October 1, 2021

Hello, Marcy. Thanks for taking your time to share your experience. You are right, that night was extremely hectic. We apologize for your wait time. We deeply hope you try us again soon in the future.

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vipprofcleve
Orlando
31 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wife and I made a trip up from The Villages. We were not disappointed, in spite of our GPS using Open Table directions took us to the wrong place. Fortunately, just asking Siri on my wife's phone got us there. Do Not Use the directions from open table, opt to use your phone or GPS directly
Once there it was a great experience. Wife had glass of wine and I had ice tea. We shared the Lobster stuffed Won-tons and they were excellent. My wife had Seafood Noodles and I had Wok fried Lobster tail and fried rice. Both meals were outstanding. For dessert we shared Lady M's crepe with green tea paste. Again, excellent! My only complaint would be the cost of a glass of ice tea. ($5). When we return I will drink only water. Otherwise, a remarkable experience and worth the trip!

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on September 18, 2021

Thank you so much to both of you for visiting us. We very much appreciate you sharing your experience. We look forward to having you dine with us again whenever you’re in the area!

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CarolynD
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sensei has great food and good service. The prices are a little high and it would be nice if the tables could have the paper wall sectioning that is common in Asian restaurants. That would increase the ambiance and give some privacy for special occasions.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on September 10, 2021

Thank you Carolyn, for dining with us! It was our pleasure. We hope to see you again soon.

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vipBillR
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so well prepared and presented. The service was fantastic.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thank you so much, Bill! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipamateurfoodie
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We always enjoy dinner at Sensei. The ambience is really lovely and their new dinner menu is fantastic. It is authentic and has many new items. I had the Tuna Carpaccio appetizer and it was so fresh. I could have eaten two. For dinner my husband had the Roast Duck & "Eggs" which was an absolute work of art. The owner/chef not only created a masterpiece in this meal, my husband said it was delicious. By the way, the owner also created the interior of the restaurant. It is soothing and peaceful and has a really nice ambience for a date night or just a quiet night out. I had the Chicken Katsu, a new menu item. Moist, tempura breaded chicken and so much I had plenty to take home. The only reason I didn't give our meal 5 stars, is most of the time, I order white wine it hasn't been adequately chilled. They have a nice Chablis on the menu and it is typically room temperature. Just a reminder to the staff to make sure the whites are crispy cold!

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on August 29, 2021

Thank you for all the wonderful compliments! We look forward to seeing you again very soon in the future!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I researched this restaurant for a week. Their menu looked outstanding. The place was decorated very nicely and the employees were very nice also. The first thing the waitress told us about was all the things on the menu that they don’t have because they were busy on Friday and Saturday. They ran out of some of the items by Sunday evening. Unfortunately for me, every choice that I made before I got there that I wanted was completely out. My second pick of what I wanted was out also. So I ended up with something that I didn’t care for just so I could eat something since my wife while she had her meal. The waitress was very apologetic and nice. Can’t blame her for running out of their selections. I guess if I go back to this restaurant I’ll make reservations for Friday or Saturday. Definitely not on a Sunday evening.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on August 29, 2021

Hello, we are so sorry to hear this was your experience while ordering. We are definitely looking at ways to improve consistency with our stock and we hope you will see an improvement in this on your next visit. Please let us know any way we can make your next dining experience with us perfect.

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vipsportzfan
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was very good. The service was slow and terrible. They didn't have enough staff, drinks took forever and one chef to cook for the entire restaurant. I hope they hirer more people, waitess, bartender and cooks...could be much better.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on August 19, 2021

Hi there! We want to thank you so much for visiting. We are very much doing our best to hire more staff. I hope you come back in the future and are impressed with the improvements we hope to make. Thanks again!

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vipLola2003
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensei truly a gem! We have dined here multiple times now, and each time our experience has been fantastic. The staff is refreshingly attentive, well-versed on the menu, and never make you feel rushed. The quality of the food is consistently delicious, and arrives looking as spectacular as it tastes. We especially enjoy the Waygu appetizer, lobster wontons, tuna carpaccio, ceviche and crispy beef salad. A favorite entree is the beef short ribs, which are presented and grilled at your table. The quality of the sushi here is above any I’ve had so far in the area. The chef often adds new items to the menu, which also sets this restaurant apart from so many others in Gainesville. If you enjoy dining out for the experience, as well as the food, give Sensei a try. You will not be sorry.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on August 19, 2021

What wonderful news! We’re so glad to hear your experiences with us have been so positive. We love nothing more than to impress our guests and create lasting relationships. We look forward to seeing you next time!

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vipLaurenM
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a great place!!! We were promptly greeted at the door and sat within a minute of being welcomed. The minimalistic decor was stunning and the ambience was great. Started our meal with a sushi appetizer (delicious). I had the Mongolian beef tips and my fiancé had the Sichuan chili chicken, both were outstanding and the presentation was awesome. Ended our meal with espresso martinis. We can’t wait to go back!!

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on August 19, 2021

Lauren, we very much appreciate not only your visit, but the time you took to review your experience. We hope to see you and your fiancé again very soon!

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vipREDSTORE
Tallahassee
29 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great little restaurant that rivals anything in LA or NYC for quality, taste, and food aesthetic.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on August 11, 2021

Wow, thank you so much for those kind words! We’ll strive to impress you on each and every visit. We hope to see you again very soon.

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Jimbo
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dalton was perfectly attentive. Didn’t feel rushed or ignored. Food good. Rolls not too expensive. Fish tasted fresh.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on July 23, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! And thank you for the lovely compliment to Dalton. Hope to see you soon,

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, great service, cold wine.

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vipREDSTORE
Tallahassee
29 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great hip addition to a Gainesville dining scene in need of great restaurants. Everything at this Asian bistro works, along with an exceptional staff. The space is modern chic and the menu is creative but not fussy. Every starter and main course offering tried in two outings was excellent. We’ll be back soon.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for your kind words of encouragement! We very much look forward to seeing you again.

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MAPGNV
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Asian cuisine cooked to perfection and presented with panache.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 29, 2021

What a wonderful compliment! Thank you so much for leaving your thoughts.

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FGTG
Jacksonville
23 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place. Excellent food. Need more sides to choose from.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank you so much for your input! We’re working on a new menu and very happy to hear suggestions. We hope you’ll come back to see the changes!

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vipTerryLynS
Cincinnati
54 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The actual restaurant is very nice. Ambiance is great & when it’s not crazy raining sitting outside would be preferable. Our server was friendly & personable. Unfortunately though the menu is quite limited. We tried 4 different appetizers & they were ok except the coconut shrimp was quite good. The other 3 were meh. For our entrees we had basil fried rice (very mushy), beef tips (mostly onions), & a chicken dish but none of them stood out. We really wanted this place to be excellent as it’s in a great location & it has a ton of potential. If anyone is listening please work on the menu & then we will return.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 27, 2021

Hello there! Yes! We’re listening! Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your honest feedback to us. We’re happy to hear that your service was to our standard. However, we’re sorry to hear that we fell short with your meal during your visit. You’ll be happy to know a new menu is absolutely in the works. Tons of exciting options are coming your way. Please try us again in the future to experience the changes we’re working hard on.

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RayC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal food and service. This place is definitely a must In Gainesville.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 26, 2021

We’re so happy to hear about your outstanding experience, Ray! Thanks for taking the time to let us know how we’re doing!

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VictoriaM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff were nice and attentive and knowledgable on the whole menu. Cocktails and dessert were awesome too! :)

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 26, 2021

Victoria, thank you so much for your review! We were so happy to see you. We hope we get to see you again very soon!

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ScottW
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was really flavorful and a little unique. The staff was attentive. I want our eat there again.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 26, 2021

Thank you so much, Scott! We’re happy to hear you want to come back. We’ll be here! See you again soon!

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vipBillR
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our waiter Mariah… and our chef came to the table to confirm our food was week prepared, a king if we felt their was any way they could improve their service. This type of service is what we expect in high class restaurants and for once we were happily surprised that this restaurant had the service and great tasting food. We made an hour trip to get there but we will be back again very soon.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 24, 2021

Bill, we are so happy to hear about your experience! Mariah and Chef Hu are the best. Thank you so much for reviewing your trip and we can’t wait to see you again!

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GatorGirl352
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, great service. Food and drinks were both very good with nice presentation.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 23, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your thoughts! #GoGators

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DonS
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is upscale with professional staff. The menu is very innovated and tasty.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 17, 2021

Thank you so much, Don, for your kind review! We hope you join us again very soon!

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AnnE
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We found the menu very limited. Viewing it online gave us the impression that the menu had more choices but in reality there were only 5-6 entrees and 3 sides - only one of which was a vegetable. While the food was good there are plenty of other options for eating out that have a better selection.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 1, 2021

Hi, Ann! We’re happy to hear you enjoyed your food. We do apologize for our limited menu. At the moment, we do have 12 entree options. We are, by name, a small restaurant and have been open about 3 months. But even with our limited space, we hope to be introducing seasonal menus and specials very soon that will blow you away! We hope you’ll keep an eye on us and choose to visit again in the future.

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vipelias
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

went there for sunday lunch. quiet. pleasant, service was attentive. food was fresh, well seasoned. building and interior is of modern clean design, very attractive.
GPS does not get you there- look for Regal cinema.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you so much for your review, Elias!

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vipamateurfoodie
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a great restaurant! First visit and we were so pleasantly surprised at the excellent, but limited wine list (although they were out of Chablis which was disappointing), upscale ambiance, unique Asian fusion menu and prompt service. The tuna carpaccio appetizer was delicious and my husband’s coconut shrimp equally good. The seared ribeye was cooked perfectly and the sauce that came with it was great! We will be back!

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you so much for leaving your review with us! We’re so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again!

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vipCharlesJ
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and incredible food. This is a relatively new restaurant in Gainesville and they are killing it! Great refreshing clean cocktails. The egg rolls, sea bass, and Sichuan Chicken we over the top. Nice wine list. And the Affogato Espresso afterward was perfect. Nice job. Thank you guys for a great dining experience! cj

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you, CJ! Your kind review is so appreciated!

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ElioS
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great service

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind review, Elio!

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Resident
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Portions are small and ala carte. Too small for prices that were charged. Lobster fried rice very good but very very skimpy on lobster for 31.00. Did not even have one large chunk. That was disappointing. Sauces were very very good; best part of the meal. Service was excellent.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 1, 2021

Hello! Thank you so much for your review. All of our sauces are prepared in house and we’re happy to hear you enjoyed them. So sorry to hear about your lobster fried rice and thank you for your suggestion of bigger chunks. We hope to improve this so you will see the change in the future! Hope to see you again!

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vipDavidF
Fort Lauderdale
79 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was good but small portions and charged extra for rice? Odd in a Japanese restaurant.

Sensei Asian Bistro
Responded on June 1, 2021

Hi, David! We’re so happy to hear you enjoyed your food. Not all guests choose to have rice so we did want to make it an option as opposed to built into the cost of the meal. It is only $1 to add white rice it to your meal. However we are new, so policies could change according to the majority’s interest! We hope you try us again.

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FAQs

Sensei Asian Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (352) 214-1239.

Sensei Asian Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.