Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu

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899 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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Boise
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, and the service impeccable.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great!

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d
1 review
Dined on February 15, 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
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and Staff.

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EK
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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GT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Sushi did not taste fresh. Very dissapointrd in the quality and taste of all sushi rolls ordered.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was ok but just SO over priced for the quality

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went there for Happy hour at 5.30 p.m. sushi was outstanding and Good quality. Would Go there again.

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JW
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Meeting with a long term client and friend. Good vibe all around. Would like to see white table linens to make the restaurant feel more upscale for the price.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was THE best meal we had in O’ahu. The ahi was melt in your mouth amazing. We had 3 of the award winning menu items and it lived up to the hype!

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Hawaii
37 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is just amazing. Just order any sushi and all of their signature dishes and you will never be disappointed.
The service is impeccable. They will help you with food and wine suggestions. We can’t come to Hawaii without eating here.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The best part was our server. He was fantastic. The food was very good. We were not happy with the table that was chosen for us. It was A terrible location. Extreme traffic and not peaceful or quiet at all.

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

Food was great and service was great! Great experience!

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MT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Touristy, so,so Japanese food, a bit too sweet.
Veggie tempura was HUGE, the shrimp tempura was dwarfed next to it.
Shrimp had good texture & flavor with lightness to batter.
The grated daikon (for sauce) was much too skimpy (size of a macnut)
for the amount of dashi sauce in the dish.
The smoked duck breast was the best of everything that we ordered,
presented perfectly with slight pinkness to the meat & happy that the sauce
was savory & not sweet.
Orders come quickly & service is friendly, efficiently working as a team.

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KM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

This place is fast food sushi. I was looking forward to contemporary sushi, but quite frankly, this place is boring.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast, friendly service. We had the Chirashi (different sashimi over sushi rice) which was excellent, the fish was fresh and delicious as a main course. The appetizer was a Crusted Ahi sushi, nice crunch with large Ahi bites, very tasty. The crab ramen had a bit of spice to it, but it was rich comfort food, especially on a rare Hawaiian chilly evening. Loved the outside seating watching the busy Waikiki street and lights. Definitely would recommend going there for dinner.

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SZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time was in 2010. I’ll make it simple, this looks like a well-run company from food quality to intuitive staff. Never a miss whenever I visit their restaurants. This includes Maui and Big Island locations too. It’s an easy yes for recommending this place. Keep it up and we hope to visit the Sansei again on our next trip to Hawaii.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Was celebrating birthday and mentioned it when reservations were made but there was no recognition for the special occasion.

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LT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love it. We go every time we're on Oahu. It's the best Asian food on the island.

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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family outing

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TC
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sushi was fresh and unique.

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GH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was very knowledgeable, helpful and patient

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B
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

The service staff are the only thing I would say is notable of this restaurant. Sushi was falling apart and was focused massive overwhelming rolls than anything with solid flavor. Better rolls can be found at the grab and go places throughout the island.

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JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

We were shocked that this restaurant has 1000s of 4 star review and the dish were not fresh. Kampachi nigiiri
Tasted like rubber. Hamachi poke was not fresh. Even it was smothered with mayo we could still
Taste how rough and stale the fish was. Total disappoint when we had an amazing dinner at Arancina

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Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Very mediocre experience especially for the price. We were in Kapalua and heard how great Sensai there was so decided to go in Waikiki where restaurant is in the Marriott. Not much atmosphere. I ordered the duck done medium and most was very rare - showed waiter the rare meat and he said I should tell the hostess and they’d ‘do something for my next visit.’ No offer to fix my current meal. My husband had better luck with sushi roll.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is outstanding with unique and marvelous selections! Wait staff is truly excellent!
Restaurant is pretty noisy and the seating arrangement creates a sort of crowded space.

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

Been a customer for a while. Hostess has been there for as long as we've been going to the restaurant when she was still a server and still one of our favorite person to see at any restaurant we go to. She makes us feel VIP.

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Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, atmosphere, and service! The best!!!

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

Kelli Ann helped assure our evening was pleasant and we were well taken cared of. Food and choices were excellent as always.

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Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The most awful restaurant experience I’ve had in several years. Food was Cold - service non-existent. Waitress shoved the plates at us and disappeared. My husband bas to get the manager to take the food back and heat it up. Sushi tasted worse than supermarket sushi in middle of Texas - and that’s saying something. Avoid this restaurant at all costs.

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

The sushi is the best I have ever had! Love this place.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best sushi outside of Japan. The New Zealand king salmon was amazing! Great sunset views too.

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KC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most exceptional Japanese food we had whilst in Hawaii! Service was on point. Can’t recomend highly enough!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant in the past...a few years ago. It has not lost any special quality with a combination of excellent food, fine service and a terrific location.

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and quality of sashimi.

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BH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Over priced and over rated. Specials had a lot of sauce covering up mediocre sushi.

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