Sensei Asian Bistro
Right across street from Regal Cinemas in Celebration Pointe!
Indoor and outdoor seating available.
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Waitstaff wear masks
Great restaurant! We'll back to try their sushi and other dishes.
The service and ambiance were great, but the food left a lot of room for improvement. I had the chicken katsu which was very dry and lacked any flavor. I had to ask for several sauces just to be able to eat the chicken as it was so dry. My husband had the lobster fried rice which was soggy and wet for a fried rice. Overall disappointing and likely will not return as there are much better dining options in the same area.
Excellent presentation of the dishes, will absolutely revisit.
The food was fresh and well-prepared. The staff were friendly, helpful, and attentive. We had a lovely experience. Definitely a repeat place for us. We highly recommend it.
Excellent food and service
This place had amazing portions. The menu is not so large as to overwhelm you but definitely requires some decision making on what you want to try (on this visit). I'll have to go back to try some of the other dishes I did not have.
The Chef's sushi sampler was extremely fresh and the portions were perfect. Also, don't sleep on the Mixology.
Hi Reginald, Thank you so much for this 5-star review. We really appreciate you being our guest and helping to share the word about us. We will share this with our team to let them know to keep up the standard and move forward. We’re here for you anytime.
Very good, would go back again, good vibes and not hard to get a table at
Hi Nathan, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are very happy to know that you and your friends had an enjoyable time with us. We are looking forward to see you another time in the future.
Fabulous food! Flavors were very tasty. Food was super fresh and nice and hot. A little on the pricey side (similar prices to P.F. Chang's- but food was much better here!) Service was great and the owner came out and talked to us, very sweet. Would HIGHLY recommend!
Hi Margaret, We very appreciate your support with this five star review. It means the world to us and to our entire team! We look forward to serving you again soon!
Tasty food, we sat at the outdoors patio
Dear Our Sensei Friend, Thanks for your visit. This kind words made our day! Right now we also provide heater at our outside patio. That is really pretty for the entire Celebration Pointe during the holiday season. Hope to see you soon and happy holiday!
Everything was awesome. Service was prompt and exceptional. The food was so good. Will definitely be back!
Thank you, Tricia! We appreciate your business and kind words. We look forward to seeing you next time!
Great quality food and service. Not cheap, but an enjoyable experience.
Thank you so much for visiting us, Saleem! As well as taking the time to share your thoughts. See you next time!
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.
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!
Service was good but don’t recommend the Wagyu Steak, it is so little that it is not even worth it.
Thank you so much for your review! We appreciate your business!
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!
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!
A hidden gem. Agedashi Tofu was terrific. Seafood Melange Noodle was cooked perfectly.
Thank you so much for visiting us and taking your time to review! We hope to see you again!
The servers were very friendly and helpful, and food was delicious, and the cocktails were well-crafted.
Thank you so much for the lovely review! We hope you come again very soon. We look forward to seeing you!
Cool vibe & outstanding food & beverage. It was special anniversary great food & drinks just didn't mate well for romantic meal we thoroughly did enjoy.
Thank you so much for your feedback! Happy anniversary! We hope to see you again soon!
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
Thanks so much for providing your review! We’re working with OpenTable to make this change in our address.
Wonderful environment and beautiful presentation of all the foods we ordered. Would go again!
Thank you so much, Melissa! We’re happy to know your experience with us will ensure your return. We’ll see you again soon!
Food took over an hour to get. Server really tried to make it okay. They were really crowded due to the football game
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.
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!
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!
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.
Thank you Carolyn, for dining with us! It was our pleasure. We hope to see you again soon.
The food was so well prepared and presented. The service was fantastic.
Thank you so much, Bill! We look forward to serving you again soon!
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!
Thank you for all the wonderful compliments! We look forward to seeing you again very soon in the future!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!!
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!
This is a great little restaurant that rivals anything in LA or NYC for quality, taste, and food aesthetic.
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.
Dalton was perfectly attentive. Didn’t feel rushed or ignored. Food good. Rolls not too expensive. Fish tasted fresh.
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,
Wonderful meal, great service, cold wine.
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.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for your kind words of encouragement! We very much look forward to seeing you again.
Asian cuisine cooked to perfection and presented with panache.
What a wonderful compliment! Thank you so much for leaving your thoughts.
Great place. Excellent food. Need more sides to choose from.
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!
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.
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.
Absolutely phenomenal food and service. This place is definitely a must In Gainesville.
We’re so happy to hear about your outstanding experience, Ray! Thanks for taking the time to let us know how we’re doing!
The food was amazing and the staff were nice and attentive and knowledgable on the whole menu. Cocktails and dessert were awesome too! :)
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!
The food was really flavorful and a little unique. The staff was attentive. I want our eat there again.
Thank you so much, Scott! We’re happy to hear you want to come back. We’ll be here! See you again soon!
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.
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!
Nice ambiance, great service. Food and drinks were both very good with nice presentation.
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your thoughts! #GoGators
Sensei Asian Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (352) 214-1239.
Sensei Asian Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 57 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.