Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu

4.3
932 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Asian
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 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family visiting

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LB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Great service! They even surprised us with a free dessert to celebrate our honeymoon. Everything we wanted in a good meal in Honolulu.

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

Sushi Chef made the experience, would not hesitate to repeat at this restaurant.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was not up to par. Average

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

Food and service are consistently excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sushi chef got angry w the server when she showed him the request for no fish eggs. It was too visible. Turned out well the second time.

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JH
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The shrimp tempura was mainly bread, meaning the shrimp was thin and lacking a bit. The oil used to fry needed to be changed we think, as it tasted a little funky/used. Service was pretty good, but during times where you get the most value, you can see the portions are getting smaller...especially when it comes to desserts! The apple crisp tart has gotten smaller each time we have ordered it since 2015. Now the total circumference of the tart is about the same as an apple, that’s a pretty expensive apple no matter how much caramel sauce and ice cream you put around it. Better just stick to ordering sushi rolls now, the kitchen food has not been up to par for a long time. If you’re ordering anything fried with oil that has not been changed, I would take note of the bathroom locations prior to eating, trust me, you’ll be glad you did in twenty minutes or less!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I was disappointed about the service. When I arrived, the hostess did not event bother to take me to the table, she only pointed where my table was. The server was nice, but did not come back to add water. Food is good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sadly not the right time of the year for outdoor dining.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food

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LD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious sushi with many unique options on the menu. Great service and ambiance!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fast service. Excellent food. Loved the Happy Hour 25% off special.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The portions were quite small for the cost! Our waiter was fantastic though. We had. Been seated outside but right by the door so that was quite distracting with people coming and going.

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

All rolls taste the same. Tempura batter is too thick. No dish presentation. Regular service. I can’t believe the high ratings from other customers. Very disappointing. We had to go to other Jap restaurant after to finish our dinner so we can feel better.
We have Jap food almost everyday during our 10 day stay in Hawaii, this one is certainly a disappointment.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday..

Too cold at table under cold air out

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Great location and ambiance, but food quality suffered. This is not a knock on Sansei. I have eaten at others in the chain, but on this night they were definitely not "on". The sushi was not the "melt in your mouth" quality I expect. My wife had to send back one of her rolls, which is something I have never seen her do. The vegetable tempura tasted raw and underwhelming. The server was great as was the atmosphere. You can't beat the location overlooking the ocean at Waikiki though. I may try this restaurant again to see if they just had a bad night. I believe in second chances.

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ES
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sashimi

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AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sansei Waikiki was terrific! Def make a reservation. We walked right in for our 7:00pm and I think the wait was almost an hour. Service was incredible and our server was trrrifuc with the kiddos. The double decker sushi rolls were delicious. Great sushi and kids menus. Highly recommend.

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ND
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptionally good service and even better food. I recommend trying their signature fried sushi roll, the lobster mushroom ravioli, and misoyaki butterfish. Their tempura vegetables are also a huge winner.

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

Impromptu date with the hubby. Been wanting to try this place out for years. Sat at the bar so we were able to choose from both Sansei’s and DK’s. Our own version of surf n turf. Aside from the great food, we enjoyed watching the awesome bartenders make their concoctions. Already made a date with friends to come back here during their happy hour

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RL
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food. Friendly service. Try the Panko crusted Ahi Tuna Roll...delicious

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m
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The price point is great for the quality of service and food. Will be back again.

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DS
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food is delicious. Our server, A.C. was great.

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RH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and the service were outstanding. We ordered tempura and a nigiri platter and both were delicious!

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AF
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sensei has AWESOME sushi and absolutely is a great place! The food is priced fairly, but it is a high-end restaurant in Waikiki. I highly recommend.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite sushi place in Hawaii !

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KO
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Variety of great rolls...wow! And staff Ashley was knowledgeble about their food and was very attentive.

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Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday here. We had an awesome array of dishes from appetizers to dessert!!

The service was superb!

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J
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

If you know sushi, you will definitely be disappointed. The sushi were small, tasteless and lacking fish. If you are not a connaisseur this will do just fine. Expensive because of its location, much better sushi further out.

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MP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dining was excellent! Nice birthday evening for my 36 yo son. Pleasant atmosphere. Great and accommodating vegan options for him and wife. Excellent sushi fare and filet was perfect! Thank you! Hope to visit the new place in Seattle.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 3

the staff is excellent but the food is seriously just OK and when it costs what it does it just feels bad. Also Alcohol is WAY TOO EXPENSIVE - that is a major deterrant.

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Boise
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent oyster shoot, and appetizers (fried shrimp and sushi appertizer plate). We tried the catch of the day, huge lettuce with a tiny piece of fish. It was not much, I would not have it again. A bit slow to get the main plate but the service was excellent.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable experience at Sansei. The staff were professional, friendly and attentive. The food was amazing. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, and the service impeccable.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our hostess was awesome, she shared what items to try and what drinks would pair with them. Her personality was great. We will be back soon.

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Very stuffy for basic sushi. Not kid friendly. Food is fine but don’t get the hype on this place. Each staff member we come across had a huge attitude. Would not return.

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K
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great!

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d
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious. We had kanpachi carpaccio, panko crusted ahi sashimi roll, lobster blue crab ravioli, king salmon and otoro sashimi. Each dish so delectable we could swear it was better than the previous plate. Our beautiful server was attentive and prompt, an outstanding evening.

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DI
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and Staff.

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EK
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant was really great and my boyfriend and I had a great time.

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