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Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii, Waikoloa, HI

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii

4.0
4
1515 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
We are now open 7 days a week for normal dinner service from 5pm-8:30pm! Sunday and Monday we have our early bird special the doors open at 4:45 and the special is over with at 5:30! Please call us to order 808.886.6286

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Sansei, meaning third generation, is a locally owned contemporary Japanese Restaurant offering new wave sushi. The force behind the food is Chef/Owner Dave "DK" Kodama. An Oahu native, he is fearless when it comes to flavors and one of the most adventurous chefs you will meet. At Sansei he has combined his Japanese heritage with Hawaii's incredible ethnic mix and flavors he experienced in his travels to create a New Wave Sushi. Japanese-inspired Pacific Rim, Contemporary Japanese type of cuisine. Call it whatever you like, what you will taste are the unique combinations of flavors and textures.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Sushi, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Sun 6:00 pm–8:30 pm Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (808) 886-6286
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jaymar Barrios
  • Catering
    Custom catering. Please call the restaurant at 808-886-6286. Ask for Tom Alejado, General Manager.
  • Neighborhood
    Waikoloa
  • Cross street
    Queen Kaahumanu Hwy
  • Parking details
    General Parking at the front or back area of the Queens Marketplace Shopping Center.
  • Public transit
    There is a resort shuttle bus that travels throughout the Waikoloa Resort area, drop off and pick up area at the Queens Marketplace shopping center. There is a minimal fee for shuttle rides.
  • Entertainment
    Friday Nights - Free Karaoke from 9:30pm to 12:00pm Saturday Nights - Live Music from 9:30pm to 12:00pm Must be 21 years or older with valid I.D.. 50% off Appetizers & Sushi items Special Bar Drink Prices
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,515 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Good for groups

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Hot spot

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Neighborhood gem

1,515 Reviews
  1. DougA

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best sushi and sashimi I've had on the big island. Server was personable and prompt.

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  2. SteveI

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I've been a regular diner at Sansei since the mid 90's at the Kapalua location adjacent to the Bay Hotel. The food was always excellent with service and ambiance to match. Our last few trips to Hawaii have included meals at the new Kapalua location, and the Kihei restaurant. Over the years, it's been sad to see the food and service deteriorate. Our most recent and final meal at Sansei was on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at the Queen's shop restaurant. The service was non attentive; waiting for 15-20 minutes for menus, then water and our check. The waitress was friendly but her responsiveness was poor. The team members who brought out our food had hygiene issues and seemed creepy. I own a business and I realize it's difficult to find help in today's market, but Sansei needs to either train their employees and/or elevate their expectations. The food was marginal at best. I thought I'd have a few small plates and ordered the misoyaki butterfish which amounted to 5 small nuggets of fish. I also had the eggplant which fortunately was filling. The rice was gummy and came out after I'd almost finished my dishes. My wife ordered the vegetarian chow fun which seemed more like an Italian dish than Asian. Very meh. My daughter ordered the chicken, which came in a sizeable yet unappetizingly plated pile. The biggest disappointment was several pieces in her dish were undercooked. GROSS!!! We waited and tried to hail a passing employee several times to bring this to their attention but were unable to do so. They all seemed to be in a hurry and unorganized. After another 15 minutes we got up to leave and paid our bill on the way out. We're beyond disappointed and won't be back. Sayonara Sansei!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    It was good fresh sushi but I was expecting a seafood steakhouse.

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  4. TracyB

    Portland

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good dinner, Sansai has great sushi and great service.

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  5. FoodieButGoodie

    Los Angeles

    92 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    92 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was great. From the hostess to our waiter but the food was below par. We came here about 6 years ago and from my memory, the food was better then. Too much sauce on the rolls to where you couldn’t taste the fish. Also everything was super salty. I forget the name but it was yellow tail swimming in soy sauce and more salt. Unfortunately I think this place caters to tourists and since there aren’t many sushi places near there, the tourists will flock.

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  6. HafaRamon

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Glad we didn’t bring out of town guests. VERY mediocre food… sushi presentation was actually UNappetizing (which I’ve never experienced before at a sushi restaurant… was kinda depressing) and not a good value at that. Server was pleasant but really we just wanted an enjoyable sushi meal. Crazy this is what we got in Hawai’i.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Extremely expensive for the food u get. U can dine in the Fairmount hotel for less!

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  8. TylerOlsen

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Kaman was a great server. Kaman had great knowledge of the menu and had the best recommendations. The back of the restaurant was a little cold and the kids at nearby tables brought good energy. All the food was exceptional, and I could not find fault with anything. Looking forward to our next Visit!

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  9. pdrdiner

    Los Angeles

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great! David helped us with the menu and had the best recommendations. Definitely an do not miss spot.

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  10. JefferyS

    Portland

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable dinner. We had Miso Butterfish and Ravioli.

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FAQs

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii is rated 4 stars by 1515 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii

201 Waikoloa Beach Drive Suite 801, Queen's Market Place, Waikoloa, HI 96738

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Queen Kaahumanu Hwy
  • Neighborhood
    Waikoloa
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Sun 6:00 pm–8:30 pm Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Sushi, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    General Parking at the front or back area of the Queens Marketplace Shopping Center.
  • Public transit
    There is a resort shuttle bus that travels throughout the Waikoloa Resort area, drop off and pick up area at the Queens Marketplace shopping center. There is a minimal fee for shuttle rides.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jaymar Barrios
  • Entertainment
    Friday Nights - Free Karaoke from 9:30pm to 12:00pm Saturday Nights - Live Music from 9:30pm to 12:00pm Must be 21 years or older with valid I.D.. 50% off Appetizers & Sushi items Special Bar Drink Prices
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (808) 886-6286
  • Catering
    Custom catering. Please call the restaurant at 808-886-6286. Ask for Tom Alejado, General Manager.
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