Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - KIHEI, Maui

4.3
1655 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
We will be temporarily closing our dining room but would love to continue to serve you. Kihei Sansei “To Go Orders” will be offered from 5-8p..m.Please call us to order (808) 879-0004

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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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp dynamite was fabulous! We chose well on our sushi rolls, all very fresh and fast service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat - love this place! Highly recommend if you’ve yet to try.

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vipMarcM
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Would recommend either Maui location.

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vipIsabelH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were looking for a sushi restaurant close by in Kehei and Sansei was highly rated. It is in a strip mall and is tiny and narrow with only a few booths and a bar to watch the sushi chef and eat. There was a wait, not too long, but it would be worth waiting quite a while for the delicious, creative, tasty, affordable sushi. For some reason, the best sushi restaurants we have ever been to are unassuming, maybe because they focus on the presentation and the fish rather than the decor. The staff was very helpful in making selections. If we had discovered this gem earlier in our stay, we would have been back multiple times.

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JuneL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Needs a good renovation, plastic tablecloths need to be discarded. Maybe a little separation between tables for privacy. Food was just okay, very expensive for what you get. Probably menu is too extensive and quality is compromised because of that detail. Service was very efficient. Probably won’t return again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food not overpriced
Friendly & knowledgeable staff
Brian has very good memory

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budndebmaui
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary; no special anything because of that, no real mention
Great food though!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We love Sansei!

We took guess from the mainland. To be honest, the first impression is not good due to the overall appearance of the plaza.
The concrete in front of all the businesses is filthy.

We are looking forward to their new location. I hope the general maintenance is improved.

If I had a business there- I would power wash my entrance.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Food is excellent, staff is super friendly. Look forward to coming here every time we’re in Maui!

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kory
Boise
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places to visit when we are in the area. The Dynamite Shrimp is excellent along with the various types of sushi. Unfortunately they were out of the Hamachi Kama but the Salmon was an excellent replacement. We will be back again!

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emcee
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Ramen on the chef's special was the best! It was fast surface, pricey but good.

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JessicaB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great place to go for good, quality sushi. They bring dishes out in no particular order; we actually received our appetizer after our entrees but we didn't mind. It all tasted great and came out quick.

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Quato
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Sansei, in Kihei, twice and have had good food and service each time.

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vipMonique
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best dinner's we have enjoyed at Sansei! The food came out quickly and was prepared perfectly. We enjoyed several sushi rolls, the Maui Style Teriyaki Beef (so ono!), and tempura fried macadamia nut ice cream. Excited for the new location to open.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat at the sushi bar and enjoyed chatting with the sushi chefs! Nice low-key environment fun personalities good quality sushi!

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BridgelandBrad
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to sansei several times and have great experiences. The miso butterfish is my favorite. Our server Jar was excellent as she managed to get our orders in ahead of larger parties so we had minimal waiting for our food.

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Sharonskihei
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sansei is always good. Lots of variety on the menu. Reasonable prices. Go early for discounts.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dining experience at Sensei Kihei.

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JohnO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

sushi sushi sushi sushi sushi sushi sushi sushi sushi

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to dine here. Still looking for that bad tasting dish. Haven't found it yet and we're about 3/4 of the way through the menu 😁👍🏽

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DiegoC
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very good food. The vibe inside the restaurant is nice. Outside, you are at a strip mall, which is of putting at first. But the food is worth it!

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KimberlyS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

We were there to celebrate a fiends 60th birthday (they were visiting from the mainland). Took a long time for anyone to come to the table. Apps came before drinks. We ordered sushi. Everyone’s came at different times, one did not come til after the rest of us were finished. Waited 45 minutes for our last roll. Very disappointing as we have been there before sitting at the bar with much better service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had table ready for us per our reservation.

Ordered a couple sushi rolls and tempura shrimp. Rolls came with ingredients not listed on menu, and raw carrots, sushi came with wasabi on it which was not listed on menu. Food came Randomly over a 35 minute period and took forever even though restaurant wasn’t super busy

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BoydE
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a very nice meal with attentive service and good sake

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vipTicketAnn
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were with locals who knew what to order. Excellent service, delicious and fresh food.

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NiallO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place had great sushi food and was great value. good wine selection and we went for the cocktails also good. will come back again next time in Maui

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent. Waiter was very attentive. We will be back.

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Nerrak
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server was awesome. Food came out fast. A little crowded where we we seated. Not enough room to slip in & out for restroom breaks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very busy night very loud but food and service was fantastic as usual

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience1

The sushi was not great. They added this unknown stuffing in the sushi rolls. The nigiri was warm and didn’t feel fresh. Everything was mushy. On top of that, our table was way back of the restaurant with no others around us. It felt like we were dining in an empty restaurant.

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StephanieB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never had a bad dish there. We will always keep going back and recommending it to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post Valentine's Day dinner

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vipAndy123
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner four. Loved the Mango crab roll, the panco-coated tuna, the crab ramen and shrimp dishes. Having a reservation helps to enjoy the evening. Our server was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for my parents 40th anniversary. Food and ambiance were fantastic and waiter was very knowledgeable and fun. Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Valentines Day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average sushi in an average looking restaurant- wish we’d tried the delicious smelling Indian place in the same strip of stores. The Blue Hawaiian was yummy.

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Jak1
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We've vacationed on Maui and in the Wailea/Kihei area every year for over 30 years and have eaten at Sansei dozens of times. It's a very good "sushi" restaurant - in quotes because the food ranges from true sashimi and sushi to all varieties of Japanese food, cooked and raw. Sansei is perhaps best know for its "early bird" 50% off "deal" on Sunday and Monday nights - to get this you have to be in the restaurant when it opens at 5:30 and to do that you have to stand in line for 45 minutes to an hour. BUT if you do this you'll save an amazing amount of money!

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KeithG
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Honestly disappointed, we try and visit Sansei every time we come back to Kihei, and it seems like things have kind of gone downhill. Our server was distracted and impatient, she seemed more focused on odd jobs tidying the empty tables around us than she was with serving us. In a mostly empty restaurant they also seated our party of 6 at a 4 top table with two chairs at the end. It was crowded and inconvenient. It was a late seating, although they called us over an hour before our set reservation and told us to come anytime, and we even came 30 min earlier than our reservation. The ambience was pretty bad, felt like we were just holding her up from getting home. The serving sizes seemed smaller than previously, especially the panko crusted ahi. Kind of sad, I used to really love this restaurant for the friendly service and the pride they took, and always used to recommend to friends, but it wasn’t the same this time around. Unlikely I’d recommend this restaurant after this last meal, which is a shame because the food was still quite good in spite of the poor service and experience. Hopefully you can get Sansei back on track and maybe we’ll come back again... that being said, there are plenty of other great restaurants providing a better experience here though.

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Mauilovers
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sushi was above average but not outstanding. Seems to have slipped a little each year for the past few years. But still very enjoyable.

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Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - KIHEI, Maui is rated 4.3 stars by 1655 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.