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About Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu

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.

2552 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815-3662
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Asian, Sushi

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
Late Night: Friday - Saturday: 10:00pm - 1:00am.

Cross Street:
Ohua & Paoakalani

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 931-6286

Website:
http://www.dkrestaurants.com/

Entertainment:
Free Karaoke on Friday Nights for 21+, 10pm-1am Open Mic Night on Saturday Nights for 21+, 10pm-1am 50% off Sushi & Appetizers & Drink Specials

Catering:
Off property caterings and private dinners from 20-200 covers. Plated or buffet style.

Parking Details:
Parking in the hotel. Self parking = 3 hours complimentary, valet parking = $12 flat rate.

Executive Chef:
JJ Reinhart

Private Party Facilities:
Intimate Private Dining Room that can accomodate up to 22 people. Set menus or ala carte from our menu.

Private Party Contact:
Ivy Nagayama: (808) 931-6286

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.4

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4.1

value

4.0

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Special Occasion (16)
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Happy Hour (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Fun (11)
Romantic (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Healthy (10)
Authentic (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Waterfront (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Business Meals (5)
Spicy (5)
Cozy (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Tapas (4)
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Great for Lunch (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Our server was very professional and made us feel comfortable.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The service and sushi was great

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Not worth the hype.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The host that seated us placed the menu on our plates which is unsanitary. The food made my stomach feeling sick. The group of people on the other table was very loud.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful in every way.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was adequate but not a must go

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our server Roland or Ronald (sorry if I got the name wrong) but he was Awesome and gave us Great service since we were celebrating our 33rd Wedding Anniversary 👰🏻🤵🏻 And was deciding were to eat sushi 🍣 during the day and we chose Sansei which was a Great choice. Thank you for the open table app it was quick and easy 🤙

Aloha,

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was good but the customer service we received from our waiter was Excellent!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 7, 2017

There is never a time when I go to Sansei that I am disappointed The food is wonderful the service is BEYOND outstanding and I truly enjoy the time I am there, EVERY TIME

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Scenic View, Authentic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great for sushi! Many different types of sushi rolls and they all taste delicious!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Service was very sloppy and sometimes non existent. Table was not cleared after appetizers although there was ample time before the main course came out.
Refills on drinks was hard to get, server was never available or just did not think about customer service.
The duck my wife ordered came out almost raw and had to be cooked more and my grilled catch of the day was cool and dry tasting. The salad it was served with overwhelmed the plate.
All in all I would not recommend this place nor ever return.
That’s really a shame because it was our 1st night in Hawaii and the place was highly recommended by you.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I really this restaurant because their service was friendly and very professional. Their interior design is very fancy and beautiful. The food price is pricey. It is good idea to go for romantic or business meeting.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Healthy, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food is so good here! It's so hard to decide what to order. The service is impeccable. It's a lively place so if you want a tête a tête go to DK Steakhouse.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food, value, ambience, and friendly service. I highly recommend Sansei to anyone.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Fun, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

My husband and I came in for our first date night since having our 3rd child... food was delicious and affordable, but the best part was the service. I’m a server myself at Roy’s in north shore , and we were both pleasantly surprised by the service we received. We don’t get to go out very much but the next time we do we will definitively come back here!

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I was VERY DISAPPOINTED, especially since Sansei was MY recommendation for our Girl's Night Out... We ordered sushi and sashimi. The sashimi was a high-quality cut but one of my girlfriends found a scale in her mouth after taking a bite!?!?! The sushi was just ok (especially in comparison to Doraku on Kapiolani!). Our waiter was inattentive, not very welcoming or warm. I waitressed my way through college and I can honestly say he sucked!!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

great seafood, great service. too dark to read menu. music lame.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Creative wholesome mainly-local food for both foodies and those who are less adventurous.

There is inside and outside seating. Outside seating is on 3rd floor over the street, which is entertaining with- of course - some street noise outside, but not disturbing to our date-nite conversation.

Most food can be ordered as small or large serving size, which made it easy to try many different items.

There are two kitchens so be aware that you will not have a choice regarding which foods are served first. For example, my entree was served and I finished it before my hot vegetable side dish (an add-on) was served. So be flexible and you will be happy.

The specialty drinks are amazing! Beautiful, unique and tasty.

Also neat: the sake menu has an explanation of how sake is graded, so was very easy to pick a pleasing sake. I did the Sake Sampling and was very impressed with the quality of the offering.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Comfort Food, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fun
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Good service, crab ramen a must try, and pretty good value for Waikiki.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Terrible food overpriced

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The Dragonfly roll and Dynamite shrimp will definitely keep bringing us back! Loved the miso soup. Staff brought out a complimentary and delicious Housemade apple tart ala mode to celebrate my husbands birthday - very nice touch!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food and service always excellent, no matter which Sansei you go to. Shrimp dynamite the best appetizer .

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Everything was great BUT I was disappointed with the mixed tempura. I raved about it and it wasn't what I expected.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Very good all-around experience. Staff is very friendly. Fairly large menu with good sushi/sashimi selections. If you can get a seat on the terrace the view of the beach and ocean is beautiful. A friend recommended the Crab Ramen, so my wife ordered it. So this was basically Raman noodle soup with crab meat on top. The crab was wonderful, but Ramen noodle soup? Really?! Must be one of those dishes to accommodate people who don’t enjoy or appreciate the 75 (much) more compelling menu offerings. Other than this college-student dish I would definitely recommend Sansei.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

The staff was friendly but the food was horrendous! Not much else to say.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food was outstanding with excellent service. Loved it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

just as good as the Sansei in Maui - maybe better! enjoyed the Miso Butterfish and Lychee Martini.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

My husband and I ate at sansei while on vacation in Honolulu. We are both big foodies and travelers so we have eaten Japanese food in Japan itself. While there is really no comparison to Japan as far as freshness of fish, the hamachi nigiri was some of the best we have had stateside. The rolls were flavorful and unique. We tend to like spicy things so it was nice that the sushi chef was willing to allow us to add jalepeno to a roll off the menu. The lobster crab ravioli in porcini cream sauce was TO DIE FOR! It had me licking the plate. We were also pleasantly surprised that the cost was not too extravagant considering sushi isn't usually inexpensive to begin with, not to mention the restaurant is right off the beach of Waikiki. We order 2 orders of hamachi, 2 appetizers, a specialty roll, and an 8 oz bottle of sake to share and our bill stayed below $100 before tip. We sat on the balcony at night and it was perfect! We highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Yuck.
Average to not very good tourist joint, although there was great service. At least you get your bad food quickly! We had a tempura platter which was huge, but tasted like it had been fried in last weeks used oil.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Food wasn't what I was expecting at a "4.5 star" resort (which is closer to a 3 star that nickels and dimes you for everything). Paid $40 for two rolls and a miso soup. Service was about as good as an upscale McDonalds. For some reason one of the rolls was warmed in the oven and both rolls fell apart as if a little kid made fake sushi with play dough. Extremely disappointed. The setting was actually very nice, food and service was pretty regrettable. Don't waste your time here. If I could, I would have asked for my time and money back.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

I had SuShi. The SuShi was nice and waitress was very kind.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was great and our waitress was fantastic and very attentive to our needs. However, the hostess who sat us never said a word. She just dropped the menus at our table and left. As a customer the first impressions go long way so I feel it is extremely important you give your customers a great first impression. For without customers we have no business.

Tags: Waterfront, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Exceptional dinner and service!

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great variety of fish in sashimi - from traditional Ahi and Salmon through local and delicious species. Waitress very helpful - suggested the best local beer with detailed information and was very nice. Great value, excellent food.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Healthy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We had the crab ramen, panko crusted ahi, rock shrimp dynamite, crab ramen, and some sushi. Everything was superb! The service was amazing as always.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

As always, we loved our dining experience! Especially for our double birthday celebration! Thanks to everyone who made it special!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent sushi and the sushi bar was a great experience.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

My husband and I went to Sansei to get their sushi and it was delicious. My husband doesn't usually get anything but California rolls, but he branched out a little and got the Yaki-Maki roll and it was great! I would definitely recommend this place to everyone!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Overall good

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food is good but portions compared to other restaurants seem small. Overall quality was good.

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