Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKIKI, Oahu

4.3
945 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don’t mess around when it come to sushi. This is our go-to place for sushi. Didn’t know that it’s 25% off certain items from 530pm-6pm on a Saturday.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was very helpful with our gluten restriction. Food was delicious.

Thank you

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome views and friendly staff makes sansei always a great choice.

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SD
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Would recommend on the food but service lacking to the point we might try a different location. We were seated by a busy door and walk way for staff. After our mains were served we appeared to be left and on waiting to get our bill gave up and went to register only to be treated rather abruptly “you should have stayed at your table”! This was our 5th visit and both commented customer service was lost.

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

We were seated right away. The food was excellent. Jill is an excellent waitress and provided
exceptional service. She was patient and informative. Thank you

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible experience at sen

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Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good place t.o go for drinks and lots of appetizers instead of a full meal.

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The VIP duck was amazing!! So tender!

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C
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and the Best Karaoke in Oahu! The 50% off sushi after 10 pm is a great value.

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JY
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband can be stubborn when things are not the way he thinks they "should" be. Sansei didn't have a few of our favorite sushi selections and he wanted to leave. We had already received our drink order and I was going to give in to his mini tantrum but not before we at least tried something and finished our drinks. I didn't want to be rude. We had their award winning Sansei's Mango Crab Salad Hand Roll and the Kampachi sashimi. They were outstanding. So fresh and delicious. While we were enjoying those our chef Clark who witnesses my hubby's tantrum gave us some poke to try....again, fresh, a bit salty (in a good way) and delicious. Another chef, I think the head chef, let us try Ono sashimi since they did not have Aji at the time. First time having Ono raw....I will definitely have it again. I looked and my previously grumpy hubby who was now very happy with the new flavors and asked if he still wanted to leave or did he want to be open minded and try new things?? We stayed and enjoyed the Matsuhisa Style Miso Butterfish and some Ahi sashimi. The butterfish was, well buttery and the wonderful sweet and umami flavors of the miso glaze on it was fantastic. It may be a staple in Japanese house holds but I think it's a treat! So thank you Clark for being patient and kind. You saved my evening. We will be back next time we are in Waikiki.

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MM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Mediocre sushi at best. Disappointing as we’re so close to Japan and everything on Hawaii seems so fresh but somehow eluded this restaurant.

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KM
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was very good. Staff was attentive and answered questions about the menu, in particular some food allergies we had at the table. We had an outdoor seat right on Waikiki beach and the weather was perfect. Food was good, but not great. Given all the reviews, I expected much better. Prices were typical for a nice sit-down place on Waikiki.

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AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Hadn't been to Sansei in over 4 years. First night, service and food was as outstanding as always, however on the second night, was brought a water glass wit lipstick on the rim, then attempted to order the same special order from the night before and was told, "You're out of luck" as they would not even consider preparing a simple shrimp, quail egg and flying fish roe order.

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AS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family visiting

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LB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
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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OT
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
6 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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H
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
8 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
8 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
16 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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OT
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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