Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu

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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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The sashimi platter took 40 minutes to prepare and it was disappointing. The price was not worth it. The service was good because restaurant offered us free miso soup to compensate the wait.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. Our waiter was amazing and recommended the best sushi for us! Such a great experience and amazing food!! Thank you!!!!

JH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food was tasty. Very nice touch accommodating special occasion.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Surprisingly excellent food and service. Such a great restaurant to have as an option as a Marriott guest.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Worst sushi ever had.

A
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely table outside, menu was very extensive with lots to choose from. I had sushi and my husband had salmon. Both very good. Very convenient location within our hotel. I would recommend.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

サーブしてくれた方の気遣いはとてもよかったです。

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was outstanding and the food was scrumptious (especially the pank crusted ahi sashimi; I still can’t stop thinking about it!). I would definitely go to Sansei again!

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was very good. We thought it was too expensive for the quality of the food. Too much noise.....décor average.

I liked the crab broth!

RV
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First time we have ever ordered a speciality roll that was just plain horrible. Service was also terrible. Wouldn’t recommend this Resturant ever😞

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was excellent. Food was delicious and reasonably priced for a WAIKIKI hotel restaurant. I would definitely go back again.

SK
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful date night with my husband in Waikiki!

VM
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Raw seafood is always my concern but I'm never worried whenever I dine at Sansei. Fresh, raw fish should not ever smell fishy. If it does, then you know it's old or spoiled. Sansei's excellent chefs are trained to select the most freshest fish and it's kept in a chilled environment so that it does not go bad. Whenever I'm looking for consistently fresh fish, with a variety of sushi options, I always think of Sansei. Oh, and by the way, we ordered their aged beef, and served it "pupu -style". This means it's cooked and sliced, and meant to be shared, like an appetizer. That, and along with the foie gras sushi, was so "ono" (delicious)!

OT
Hawaii
38 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

No bread here, just edamame. Expensive for what you are getting. But the ahi carpaccio was outstanding. So was the shrimp appetizer. Delicious and very satisfying. The fish which came with birds nest shrimp was excellent as well.

OT
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Something for every taste and appetite! Ono food with great service!

OT
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All of us really enjoyed the appetizers and sushi rolls.

AF
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Sansei is a great place! Their sushi is truly great and I highly recommend. I’ve eaten at Sansei several times and really, really enjoy it. This particular time, we waited longer than what is acceptable and the manager recognized it, discounted our meal, and gave us free drinks. So they took care of us and kept me as a very happy customer!

SF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food

d
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

The restaurant was not full, lots of empty tables but the service was slow and we had to wave down the server several times.

The kitchen/sushi bar was especially slow with one dish arriving at a time leaving guests to sit and wait for their dishes to arrive. It took 1 1/2 hours for all of the dishes to be served and we finally wanted to leave it took way too long.

Portions have shrunk and they would be better off raising prices even $1 per item than serve small portions.

It is time that they also update their tables and chairs in the dining room.

It used to be our favorite go to spot but we will it return.

N
Sacramento
20 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Enjoyed restaurant week menu! Will be back soon...!👍😊

T
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

KN
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent. My wife and I had one of the best sushi in our life and we eat sushi at least once a week. Our children had really good chicken and they enjoyed it. We only regret that they don’t have lunch sittings as well. We would have liked to eat there again.

R
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We got the restaurant week prefix menu. The place is starting to be a little dated and the seats were sinking in but the food and service was awesome. Would definitely go back for the friendly service and food.

k
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Week is a great time to visit Sansei to get a good idea of the versatility of this wonderful restaurant! Our party of 4 had such a great time and our wait staff was so knowledgeable and helpful. They went into detail in describing the dishes as well as complimenting wines. Try to attend this restaurant with friends who like to share!

L
Atlanta
48 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Visiting Oahu with my Best friend and was so excited to see Sansei at our hotel as I had dined in Wailea, Kapalua and Kona previously many times. She doesn’t eat Sushi but d.k. Steak was seemingly a part of the restaurant so that was good for her. The tuna tataki was so fatty as to be almost inedible and my spicy tuna roll was dry and seemingly prepared hours before. Her steak was overdone to the point of leathery. The only saving grace is that when our server alerted the manager, she was gracious and comped our meal and gave our glass of wine at half price. The downside is I’m not sure I’ll ever try dining at any of the sansei locations again.

g
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diana was awesome. She was very patient and is a great server.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a night of our honeymoon. Sat outside, it was lovely. Food and service were great! We got sushi

S
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

A good restaurant for chatting up and enjoying music, but I wouldn’t say that the food is authentic Japanese food.

RO
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best sushi I've had! I'm glad someone recommended it! We will definitely be back when we visit Waikiki.

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The place needs a rebuild. It's TIME! As soon as you enter the restaurant you know it's old and tired. Staff where also on the same page. You could tell they were mailing it in. The A/C didn't work which gives you a bad feeling in a sushi restaurant. It's a shame cause the food was pretty good.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and excellent service with AMAZING food.

K
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food terrific and very tasty. Kyle, our server was fantastic. Wish South Bay Ca had a Sansei Restaurant.

LP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

They do have a gluten free menu which was great and took into consideration my gluten and dairy allergies but the food did not taste good.
I had the salad and fish, the salad was a huge plate of green and a tiny piece of fishy that was very dry and fishy flavour therefore not fresh. I only ate a few bites.
The other 3 individuals in the party hardly touched their meals as well. No one asked how we liked our meals and it should of been a concern with full plates being picked up as finished.

To note the veggie roll gluten free was good.

I would not return, paid $100 per couple and not able to eat the food.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sushi sampler was delish. Service by Shane L. was fun, friendly, and knowledgeable. Sit on patio.

TG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was good as usual. The service was the worst I’ve ever had there. Didn’t bring out my kids meal, did not bring one drink order, served my kids ice creams way after the main dessert was finished. Charged my card to the wrong bill (adjacent table). Won’t be going back.

JS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sanse-tional!
From the luscious mango crab rolls to the panko crusted ahi rolls in wasabi butter sauce to the delectable apple tarts a la mode, every bite tasted like a morsel from heaven. Our server was fantastic, and the entire staff could not have been more wonderful. We treasure Sansei as our favorite restaurant in Honolulu.

HD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was a SWEETHEART - so kind, thoughtful, attentive. We are so bummed we don’t remember her name bc she deserves a shout out - she goes to college, lives and works in the area, pretty girl with long eye lashes and dark hair. She made our anniversary so lovely and I felt awful bc jet lag got the best of me and we had to leave pretty quickly toward the end. Would definitely recommend to friends!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Comida muy sabrosa y un servicio excepcional, el chico que nos atendió nos recomendó varios platos exquisitos y nos sirvieron muy rápido

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OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food and sushis
We didn't wait long to have our food

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