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Sensei Asian Bistro, Gainesville, FL

Sensei Asian Bistro

4.4
4.4
85 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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Booked 2 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Afternoon Tea, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (352) 214-1239

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Xiaoqian Hu

  • Neighborhood

    Gainesville

  • Cross street

    Across Street of Regal Cinema at Celebration Pointe

  • Parking details

    Free Parking Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

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What 85 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orlando / Central Florida East

    Fit for Foodies

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Best Service

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Healthy

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Notable Wine List

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Special Occasion

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. AL

    AndrewL

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    A very surprising and excellent restaurant. Our chili chicken dish and Shirazi were outstanding. The drinks were great as well

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and the food is outstanding

  3. LC

    LeoC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and drinks where great. Really enjoy the ambient and the service

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1

    It was ok. The server was in a hurry and the place was not busy.

  5. J

    John

    Jackson Hole

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    All in all, just not good in my opinion. An empty restaurant but still poor service. One meal okay, the other, not so. I won't be back...

  6. L

    Laurastuckindab

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful staff and food!!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came down from NY for sons graduation from UF . #gogators ..Food was delicious and presentation was beautiful . Atmosphere was nice. Server was very nice and knowledgeable of the food and drinks. Would definitely recommend..

  8. DK

    DebraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wine list could have been better, but food was delicious!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our family loves this place!

  10. RH

    RosH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    Understaffed when we went. So waited a looong time. Weren't offered any appetizers while we waited. The food was fresh but used too much oil and lacked flavor.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Service was good. However, value was questionable. I got the “sushi boat 1” and the rice on the nigiri was ice cold. Also got the waygu entree and got a few slices of beef, sauce and a bowl of rice, but no other sides or veggies

  12. KD

    KDM2018

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Disappointed in the food. Mine was good but others in my party weren't impressed.

  13. MS

    MarthaS

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best place for lunch in Gainesville!!!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the Seabass

  15. BF

    BobbyF

    Jacksonville

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Catlin our server was very helpful, timely,and professional. Very nice dining experience. The food was very good with nice portion.

  16. PA

    PeterA

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    I have always said I could eat sushi every day, but not from here. There are no signature or even typical rolls, just a list of fish and 4 ingredients that you can add to have a roll made. The roll I ordered (I used 3 of the 4 available ingredients - cucumber, avocado & massago (a $2 up-charge) - I skipped the cream cheese) with tuna was tiny. The hamachi, usually my absolute favorite thing in the world, was dense and left a weird waxy mouth texture, I really thought I might get sick. The salmon nigiri was the same, I'm not sure what they did to make fish taste/feel like this. My girlfriend had a steak stir-fry which was super bland. The cocktails were good.

  17. ET

    EddyT

    Orlando

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food was great as was the service. Look at the menu prior to going. Very lite on sushi. This is not a classic sushi bar/restaurant. Maybe 2-3 rolls and 9-10 choices of sushi. Other than that food and service was excellent.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The drink menu is amazing and choice of tasty appetizers and high end entrees are world class!

  19. LM

    LunchMom

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed all the food we ate at Sensei from the appetizer to the meal and drinks. The only negative is that the price of the food for what you get, for some of the items, is a bit skimpy. The Duck was well portioned as were the noodles, but the Sea Bass was quite expensive for a small piece of the fish with nothing else. I would definitely return, but not order the Sea Bass.

  20. SF

    SushiFan

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    There was a long wait due to it being a busy Saturday night, even with a reservation we waited for about 20 minutes. But the hostess was really nice and accommodating and the service was great. Food was delicious. Because we had to wait we ended up going to the bar and getting a fancy cucumber mojito which was lovely. We will definitely be going back.

  21. E

    Eyanire

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience! What a pleasant surprised. Outdoor dinner was excellent! Delicious, fresh and beautifully served. Hot White Sangria was a success. Lobster wonton, Seafood noodles, Ribeye salad...amazing flavors fusion. A little overpriced. We will come back!

  22. KK

    KelsyKate

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and creative menu - will be back again soon!

  23. MR

    MariR

    Naples

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had dinner reservations for this past Saturday night for a party of 4. I have to say that the area was busy with Family weekend at UF and many of the sororities and fraternities also had family weekend. They were short staffed in the kitchen and the service. They were very honest up front about the wait time. We made the best of it and had good conversation. The girls up front were hustling and trying their very best to accommodate everyone and our server was pleasant and had a smile every time she came to the table. We had the vegetarian friend rice, the lobster rice, the chicken dish and another rice dish. Everything was fresh and very tasteful. They really deserve a 5+ given the situation they were faced with.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    We decided to have dinner with my daughter, I was very disappointed about the food quality, the service was very bad, it took about 40 mins to bring the food, honestly I will not recommend this restaurant, also music so loud for a small place.

    Sensei Asian BistroResponded on February 20, 2022

    Dear Our Sensei’s Guest, We do sincerely apologize for your wait time at the busy Saturday night. We will bring this issue to our team for future improvement and strive to do better.

  25. p

    patricias

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best innovative Asian food in North Florida. Would highly recommend.

    Sensei Asian BistroResponded on February 20, 2022

    Hi Patricias, We are so grateful for your full-star review and very happy to know you had a great time with us! Hope we could do even better for your next visit.

  26. M

    Michael

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Food and drinks were expensive and mediocre, service was good

    Sensei Asian BistroResponded on February 20, 2022

    Hi Michael, We are so sorry that you did not have a enjoyable experience with us. This definitely does not like the standard we try to provide to our guests. We do have lots of space for improvement regarding food and service. Hope we could meet your expectations in sooner future.

  27. BJ

    BrianJ

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Always very friendly staff and fantastic sushi! However, the most current wait person could be a bit more polished. When spending over $100, a bit surprised when they said crap in the conversation. I ordered the sea bass but was disappointed, some of the pcs were thin and therefore overcooked. Wished I had ordered sushi as I have done in the past. Definitely recommend this restaurant!

  28. m

    mollster

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    I really enjoyed my meal. It was delicious and beautifully presented. Somewhat pricey but at least it was worth it! Definitely felt overcharged for a can of local beer though ($9). Service was almost TOO fast, but there was no pressure to leave after we finished paying and we did linger a bit. I would return!

  29. AM

    AMGalaxy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great restaurant! We'll back to try their sushi and other dishes.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    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.

  31. A

    Adam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent presentation of the dishes, will absolutely revisit.

  32. BF

    BillyF

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service

  34. RH

    ReggieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

    Sensei Asian BistroResponded on December 22, 2021

    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.

  35. N

    Nathan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good, would go back again, good vibes and not hard to get a table at

    Sensei Asian BistroResponded on December 22, 2021

    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.

  36. MH

    MargaretH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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!

    Sensei Asian BistroResponded on December 22, 2021

    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!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Tasty food, we sat at the outdoors patio

    Sensei Asian BistroResponded on December 22, 2021

    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!

  38. TM

    TriciaM

    Kansas City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    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 BistroResponded on November 20, 2021

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

  39. SI

    SaleemI

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

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

    Sensei Asian BistroResponded 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!

  40. LS

    LynneS

    1 review

    5.0

    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 BistroResponded 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!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

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

Sensei Asian Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 85 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Sensei Asian Bistro

4860 Steve Spurrier Way, Ste. 10 Gainesville, FL 32608

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Across Street of Regal Cinema at Celebration Pointe

  • Neighborhood

    Gainesville

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Afternoon Tea, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Free Parking Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Xiaoqian Hu

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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