Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - KIHEI, Maui

4.3
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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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KH
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious sushi rolls!!! Definitely recommend the Panko crusted seared Ahi roll. This place is on our “favorites” list for next time.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sushi was delicious and fresh. We arrived around 5:45pm and our waitress got our order in quickly in order to get the 25% off for happy hour, which ended at 6pm. Great sushi and great service!

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

Great staff that made it a great evening! Food and chefs were fabulous!

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

Always enjoy Sansei in Kihei.

Great Food, Great Service.

Reservations very convenient too.

Will definitely be back.

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RM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our server was awesome. Very professional. The food was excellent.

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N
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great birthday dinner and the staff was very accommodating. Every single dish was outstanding.

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AR
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Unique and flavorful food with an extensive sushi and roll menu. The flank steak was a delightful surprise at how good it was too. Casual atmosphere with elegant food.

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GA
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

The server didn't even offer if we wanted to order from the entree menu, my drink was wrong and he dissapeared. He was kind a irritated.

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c
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

the best at what they do, can not go wrong with their fish dishes and sake!- We always dine there at least 2 to 3 times when we visit Maui, great restaurant and only on Maui!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Food is ‘mass produced’, not prepared.

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EB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we visit Maui, we always schedule a dinner date at Sansei

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WB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The first time we were dining in this restaurant was 2002, the year it was established at the present location. That is now 17 years ago, and the food is as excellent as it was then. That's the secret for a successful restaurant, continuity and consistency in preparing and serving excellent food. Highly recommended, but as the Latin proverb goes "de gustibus non est disputandum", taste is in the eye (or should I say mouth?) of the taster.

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JO
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Still an amazing place for sushi on Maui - you cant go wrong.

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LL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fresh fish

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JE
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was a bit disappointed, having had an outstanding meal once before. The crab and lobster ravioli was great but the fish was over cooked, a cardinal sin for a seafood restaurant. Think I’ll stick to the sushi next time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

4/28 great food

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service was fabulous every time we come and eat there! 5-stars all the way

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Sansei did not disappoint, we go here the night before we leave every year! Outstanding!!

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H
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner at Sansei. The waitress was very friendly and the food was excellent.

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BK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Absolutely great food. A MUST dinner experience when in Maui

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a
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We had an amazing dinner at the Kapalua location a couple of days prior, so the Kihei experience was a HUGE disappointment!
The ahi was poorly cut and had gristle running through it, which was actually kind of gross. In general the quality and presentation of the food was much poorer :(

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RY
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The lobster risotto that my wife ordered was not very good. The lobster taste frozen. She only took a few bites. Should have send it back.

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Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was really lacking, 20 minutes to get our drink order, wasabi/ginger after rolls were already consumed, never cleared dirty plates that we finally stacked and set at the end of the table to get them out of our way. Food was ok, seems that maybe there isn’t as much attention to detail as in the past. Maybe just an off night, will give it another try.

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LS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We have been here a few times over the years but after our last dining experience, won’t go back. Our sushi tasted like the sea and not fresh as it has in the past, the seaweed was chewy, and none of our items were worth ordering again. I think Sansei needs a refresh before we will go back. We frequent a lot of sushi restaurants but this is one we are not recommending to others. If there is any consolation it is that our waiter Andy was attentive, personable, and had an upbeat personality. He made our experience a more pleasant one.

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LP
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food here is wonderful but the service is lacking. Our server was not happy to serve and there were many others who seemed put out including the hostess. We had reservations, you will wait an hour without them.

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H
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

A bit disappointing. Food was OK, not outstanding, prices pretty steep for size of portions. Was recommended to us by someone. Hostess was curt, but server was nice. Pretty tight table spacing! Food tasted OK, tempura was late and perhaps that's why it was a bit underdone. Had read some really good reviews, perhaps something has changed? Was very busy, so maybe what we ordered was not the top of the choices. For our last dinner in Kihei, in hindsight we would have chosen somewhere different.

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B
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We never come to Maui without a couple visits to Sansei. Reasonably priced very fresh well made sushi. Try it and you’ll want to return like we have time after time.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food and experience! Sansei is always busy but accommodated us in a reasonable time, the food is good, and waitstaff always very kind and friendly. We continue to return over the years knowing that we’ll enjoy it!

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Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we LOVE Sansei!!! Impeccable EVERY SINGLE TIME. Service, food, ambiance is on point

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AD
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It is beneficial to arrive early as the restaurant fills up fast. Reservations are highly recommended.

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JC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall I love their food!

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing! We go there often for date night and the server gave us a dessert on the house! The food was excellent!

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AL
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Have been going here for years,excellent food,we are always seated quickly and in the area
we request when booking(along the long wall beneath the windows,table for two)
Food comes quickly so don't expect to be here a long time.
Reservations a must.We are from Vancouver,so used to excellent quality suishi ,
we were not disappointed.

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LS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reasonably priced sushi (especially during happy hour), fresh and delicious.

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AL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Not great by a long shot. Way overpriced, not accommodating of food allergies, super packed, lots of loud kids. Save your money and go elsewhere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hit the 5:30 25% off main menu deal. Still pricey but very good.

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RK
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The freshness of the food was remarkable. The presentation was a real bonus but the quality and taste of the food is likely why people return to this restaurant. I believe the food prices were reflective of the quality. The dinner I had (Japanese jerked chicken) was more than I could eat. I would absolutely return here, and will recommend to all.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best sushi on Maui, great service, wonderful presentation. Recommend this to everyone. Only
Place I eat sushi because is good and fresh. Wonderful staff.

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KD
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food here is always amazing. This time was no different. We were seated right away. The service was great. The food was delicious. The ambiance was comfortable and the noise level was moderate. We keep coming back here time and time again.

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MS
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great sushi and sashimi, wait staff were very friendly and helpful in making our selections. Prices were very reasonable for Hawaii, and significantly lower than our hotel. Very enjoyable evening and we look forward to dinner there next trip to Hawaii. Definitely recommend the Panko-crusted fresh Ahi sashimi.

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