Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - KIHEI, Maui

4.3
1225 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 Hawai'i's incredible ethnic mix and the 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 unique combinations of flavors and textures.
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was on point! I will definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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JS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my go to restaurant when in Maui! The food is excellent and the sushi is fresh! I always ask the sushi chef to be creative and make what they want. It always looks like art!

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LD
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was not that special.

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MM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on Maui. Always fresh always great!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and the food was amazing

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RD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was great, and the food was pretty good. I wish there were some more cooked sushi rolls offered.

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CU
New England
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was a great little spot, super casual, not terribly expensive, lots of different types of entrees and rolls. I'm not entirely sure why it's such a big deal though - it's a good sushi place, nothing out of the ordinary.

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G
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Over crowded, noisy, cafeteria like with bright overhead lights, no ambiance, food was good but came at intermittent times served by waitress who didn’t care and told us if food didn’t show up, don’t worry about it. Their location in Kapalua is 5 times better. Will not go back.

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FR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

When we are in Maui it is a definite must. Outstanding sushi great drinks ad fun atmosphere make it great.

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Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Out was fine will try again

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SO
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service.

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DG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quality sushi restaurant with a Hawaiian twist. Lots of large groups. I was glad I'd used OpenTable to reserve our table for 2. Walk ups had to wait on a Thursday evening.

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H
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unique Sushi served... would recommend to all sushi lovers.
Fresh and reasonably fast. Yum!

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PT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has such good collection of dishes, everybody will find what they enjoy!

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LB
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sansei has great Island/sushi cuisine. Very inventive and quite affordable. Always a great experience.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service

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J
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the shrimp vegetable tempura and grilled pork chops. It was very good but I liked what I had last time slightly better, the pepper corn steak. The mai tai was good.

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DW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best sushi & sashimi in Maui. We went on the first Sunday after New Year's, and it seemed they were a little short staffed, so the service was slow.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Sansei!!

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M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Our waiter was not welcoming and engaging instead rather aloof. My family of 4 had looked forward to dining at this restaurant and the waiter made our experience very awkward.....too many examples to list. The food was just okay besides the edamame which were served cold——different than what we expected. I am usually not so critical but this overall was not a good experience and would never revisit this restaurant.

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KW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I was there for My 60 the Birthday and we did not get seated until 20 min after our reservation time.
The food was horrible the tempura was cut so big that I was not able to even eat it. The tempura shrimp were soggy and bland. The sushi was also horrible. I will never ever go back. I do not recommend this restaurant I went out the next night to Pizza Madness and for $30 had the best pizza ever.
Do not bother washing your time or money at Sansei ! YucK!

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l
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

what a terrible experience we had here - this place was highly recommended to us for their sushi !We are coming from AZ, I have to say we have better sushi in a landlocked state then this Maui restaurant. Two of my kids ordered salad and both said it not edible
Service was slow and disjointed will not be coming back or recommending to anyone

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CP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food here was just OK. There are better sushi restaurants.

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KC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Normally this restaurant is one of our favorites, but this time the sushi was so so (we actually sent one roll back the tempura was so mushy) and the servers were run off their feet and thus inattentive, even giving us dirty bowls at some point. I hope this was a one time exception and not the new norm!

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EM
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

My wife and I decided to eat at Sansei for dinner during our Maui vacation because it was so highly recommended. We were pleased with the service but the food was average at best and not worth the prices we paid for dinner. The sushi presentation was nice but it was not of the quality and taste we would expect for Hawaii. Ironically, we have had much better sushi in Memphis, TN. The Dynamite Shrimp appetizer was OK but the crab ravioli was terrible. Two stars is being generous for our meal at Sansei.

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j
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We went to Sensa for a special occasion the other night after not having been ther for a few years. The food was delicious but the place was crowded, noisy and our server was way too busy to give us much attention.

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TV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food! Good quality ingredients, prompt service, knowledgeable and courteous staff.

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SK
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, would definitely go back and highly recommend it to anyone!!! Our waitress , sorry can’t remember her name, but lives in Makawao, was probably one of the best waitresses we’ve ever had!!!

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Most of the dishes that we ordered tasted pretty good! The prices were decent, not overly priced like some other places that we tried while in Maui.

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Sansei was an excellent experience. Our server was extremely busy but still was 100% on top of his game, he didn’t miss a beat! The food was incredible as always and we look forward to Sansei’s every single time!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love Sansei! The atmosphere is a bit tired but the food is always excellent.

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AK
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice family restaurant. Consistently good sushi.

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d
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very average food. Waitress was kind and very knowledgeable about food allergies. Ambiance dated for price. Drinks mediocre. Overall ok. Liked that reservations were accepted.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Very poor service

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a great meal / experience!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and very friendly service. Been here a few times and always great! Double decker roll and cajun sashimi off the hook! Order them if available!

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WZ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Sashimi and sushi is better than average same type restaurant, but not as good as sushi only restaurant. Tempura is quite a disappointing. The lobster is the true disaster, taste nothing and come up with uncooked veggie. I have never see anything like this...
Good things include a seafood noodle, seared scallops, and dessert.

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CJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome authentic Maui cuisine. A must go for anyone traveling and wanting great sushi.

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EZ
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Been here before many times, always had great food, good service, this time the food was okay, waited a long time for last dish-like 35 mins...the service wasn’t as usual, server seemed annoyed we didn’t order alcohol and for that reason I’m not certain we will be back.

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DE
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Average at best, and defiantly not worth the price they are charging. The panko crusted ahi tuna was very good, and unique, but that was about it. The ahi tuna poke was a disappointment, bland and tasted underwhelming. The spider roll's rice didn't hold together well, and the soft shell crab was not freshly fried. Lastly, the fried ice cream's batter was way too thick.

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