Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - KIHEI, Maui

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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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GF
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 1

Been coming to Sansei for many years

Was disappointed with the service and quality of food.

Has really gone downhill

So sad.

MO
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were seated right away. Waited quite some time for water and to place a drink order. Food was just ok this time. The hawaiian roll was off. Everything else was ok not the usual. Wait help was overwhelmed and I’m sure that caused the wait time. I noted it was a birthday and when dessert arrives there was nothing. Ugh. All in all we were there to celebrate a birthday and we did despite the below average everything.

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

The food and service is always amazing

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing is good

OT
Orange County
83 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

After reading all the high reviews, we decided to have dinner there. What a huge disappointment! The decor is old and not truly Japanese. It felt like a coffee shop with a bar area and a small sushi bar. The food was below average, nothing special at all. We saw all the awards on the wall but left unimpressed. We wasted our first evening on Maui! Read that it was a cross between Kabuki and Sushi Roku. That's just false!! We go to Kabuki in Huntington Beach and Irvine Spectrum a lot as well as Sushi Roku in Newport Beach Fashion Island. This place is NOT in the same caliber. We will not be returning. Sorry we believed all the hype.

p
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Had a variety of rolls, all were excellent. Fresh food, total quality!

MK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is good. Seems overpriced, but that could be the Californian in me talking with little Hawai'i context.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner. The Fish was super fresh and everything was great.

CM
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great evening and everything was all right.

GD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was poor. Waiter was not accommodating. Asked for dessert menu, but brought the check instead.

CW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Waitress was the best! Funny and very nice!

G
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was here alrady three years ago. Still perfect food. Delicious. Large menu so look first at the internet, it makes it easier to decide. Also the pictures will help you.
Would come again.

SM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant and food. The food was so good we had to return a second time in two weeks! Can’t wait to come back to Kihei again and get more fabulous sushi

TG
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There’s absolutely nothing bad to say about Sansei. Every order is delicious, fresh and presented well
We wish they’d in the Los Angeles! Came twice in a row

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I live in Wailuku so don't get into Kehei often but Sansei is great for that special occasion. Ambient noise is a bit loud, but the food is great and the service is great. It is a bit pricey. Definitely need reservations. The only negative was the small size of the sushi serving. The special for $17 turned out to be just two bites.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was good

OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

R
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My husband had sashimi and was very satisfied. I had the seafood pasta which should have been like a stir fry but came sitting in a pool of soy-based sauce that wasn’t all that satisfying. The individual ingredients (tiger prawns, scallops, and vegetables) were each fine but the composition as a whole missed the mark. There was also a kind of stale order where we sat. Other than that and my disappointing meal, the reception and service were great, efficient and friendly. I would try the restaurant again, just not that dish.

l
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gluten free menu

LF
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The foie gras was Amazing! By far the best thing we had. Sushi was great! But your in Maui and there aren’t many places that can mess up sushi here. It’s amazing the options you have. So for us, I just think there are nicer places with better ambiance than here. Don’t really care for the dark and closed up look. Want to see the beautiful setting we are in. So it’s great sushi, just not a fine dining experience when it comes to the atmosphere especially since their prices are high.

WB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As I had already written a review a few months ago, I will do so again. The food was excellent again, the Panko-Crusted Ahi Roll, the Foie-Gras Nigiri Sushi, The Shrimp Dynamite, the Tempura Shrimp, the Maguro and Hamachi sashimi. The selection above was as excellent tasting as about 16 years ago, when we visited this place the first time. Now that we are Kama'aina since 9 years, we were never disappointed once. Keep up the good work! I would like to mention our server (Kasey N). She did an excellent job.

i
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, service and price, we spent a really nice anniversary!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we had in Maui during our trip.

S
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

They should review the value aspect, as a lot of items are overpriced.

MR
Hawaii
34 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I have always loved Sansei for sushi and Japanese dishes. But, I wasn't as pleased this time with the preparation. The server seemed in a hurry and didn't come back with a requested fork until 5 minutes after the food was served. And, then, we had to remind her. We were sat way in the back by the kitchen. And, I made reservations on Open Table, thinking I would get a decent seat! Ha! However, maybe it was just an off day because I do love Sansei. More authentic Japanese cooking would be a plus!

DM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Get DK’S crab ramen w/ Asian truffle broth when you go! ! It comes with crab, cilantro, Thai basil and mild jalapenos and was the best ramen I've had in a while. The Calamari, Salmon Nigiri and drinks were also a hit! The service was fantastic and the place is a cute date night option while on vacation.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not impressed. Overpriced appetizers: lobster ravioli $16 for 3 pieces and 4 pieces of garlic miso “prawns”for $14-16. The sushi rolls were ok, we could have gotten better rolls at Ninja sushi for cheaper. The waiter was junk. He kept half walking away after asking a question, we had to stop him to ask for things.

h
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

This restaurant is a place for locals and visitors, simple prepared sushi, very tasty. The service is great. Prices are very reasonable.
Karaoke after 10:00pm

n
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This the second time we return. We ate there last year, we were very happy about the food that’why returned for our 52 anniversary celebration. Food continue good especially the butter fish. Calamari was little dry and small portion, the blue crab ravioli had too much sauce the shushing was good

ES
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food- we loved it so much we went back a second time for dinner during our trip!!

G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good. Service is great. Food is excellent. Make reservations. Go early for discounts.

TD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Fish of the day entree was over cooked. Tasted like it was precooked and served on greens. Disappointing

LM
New Mexico
27 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Okay, I've traveled the world and had the opportunity to taste great sushi...Sansei is not serving it! We could barely stand to eat what we ordered and even the Poki, a Hawaiian specialty was terrible. This restaurant packs them in and I have a hard time understanding why, except that they give 25% off before 6 pm...even with this discount this sushi is not worth the price. I honestly cannot find anything good to say. Even the saki was terrible.

M
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great staff and wonderful atmosphere. Chef Brian does an amazing job. Sushi rolls are the best. Best sushi place anywhere!!!

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Try the specials and anything they have listed as a must try

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is consistently good and a great value when you place your orders before 6p (25% off).

DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food with quite a few different options, quick and efficient service whilevels maintaining quality. My wife and I were very happy with our meal.

MH
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We have been going to Sansei when we visit for each of the last 10 years. A few years ago we noticed the portion sizes getting smaller . The food itself is very good but overall value is poor now which is really disappointing . Service is hit great ...it’s clear they hire servers with little to no experience and try to pump tables through. We ordered 6 dishes for 4 of us and when we left the table 5 of those were still on the table ...same thing happened last time . Note we did not go for happy hour we were a regular reservation

RW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We come to Sansei every time we are on Maui, sometimes twice in a week. The casual atmosphere, great service and great food keeps us coming back. Try the butterfish (blackcod)--its awesome. We loved the teriaki beef appetizer more than the peppercorn steak, though it was good. I almost always order the pork chops, easily the best pork chops that I have eaten in a restaurant. Juicy, tender, lovely.
Coming from Vancouver, we know our sushi/sashimi. Its good here, if overpriced compared to Vancouver pricing. try the signature rolls.

RS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great. Our server Nick was fantastic. Will be back.

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