Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu

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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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D
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food came fast and friendly service. Must try their crab truffle ramen.

f
Hawaii
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great, regular stop. One of my top 5 in the city

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and very accommodating!! Outside seating was perfect!

C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a "sushi" restaurant from Maui Hawaii so don't criticize if its not "authentic" enough for you. The beer is cold, sake can be hot if you want, and you can get a nice view of Waikiki and the sunset.

Plan on eating fish when you go here, relax and go with the flow. Take your time and explore the menu. Maybe start off with a crab and mango hand roll? The rice is nicely done, and the fish is delicious, so you can't go wrong no matter what you order.

They have some cooked fish on the menu, and the miso butterfish always hits the spot. And if you just have to order something other than fish at a sushi restaurant, they do have some American style entrees. I don't know if they have a keiki menu, but I imagine they could come up with something.

H
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, selection and service along with great company ... what can top that? We'll be back sooner than later. Thank you Ben, our server!

JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Went here 3 times in our month long visit to Honolulu.

CT
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic find! We’ve now been there twice. Our waiters on both occasions have been excellent, attentive but not intrusive and patient! The food was delicious, Asian fusion, full of flavour. Atmosphere was relaxed but stylish. All in all, I couldn’t recommend Sansei more highly!

R
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dining experience here. Service was awesome, Friendly staff all around. Extensive menu and delicious food!

T
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The sushi, sashimi, and maki at Sansai are very good! The chef's specialties are to be especially recommended. Nothing ground- breaking or cutting edge, but very fine and reliable Japanese seafood. The service is terrific and the outdoor patio seating is lovely, though frequently very noisy.

CN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Yuting He, our server was excellent! She provided great service and had an amazing smile and attitude!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Family dinner. Duck, best duck I’ve ever had. Filet, wife said it was the beat she had. Kids ate Kalbi and Kids sushi plate , are everything. Ono.

r
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Two out of six dishes were decent, not a good showing. No longer a top-notch restaurant; really sad.
No distinct tastes; "dynamite" fizzled; not a place to return to.

SM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff exceptional

T
Denver
114 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and service - we had sushi and tempura. Definitely would go again.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated outside. Just beautiful

PC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

KK
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

MW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Our sushi was served separately, one at at time with long breaks in between to a party of six. Unacceptable. The food was good and the drinks were a good pour, just lousy service.

f
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always as good as it gets. The variety of FRESH food is endless and the service is top notch.
A regular stop for me locally and when I have guests from the mainland.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
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 on January 13, 2020
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
13 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
4 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...!👍😊

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