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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

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4.3

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3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Scenic View (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Cozy (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Fun (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Romantic (6)
Waterfront (6)
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Notable Wine List (5)
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Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
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 (London)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is always excellent at Sansei. Great for sushi, sashimi, and a tasty crab ramen. The staff is attentive, albeit busy as Sansei is a popular restaurant. We always try to go there for entertaining visitors, or just to satisfy our foodie cravings. Just a great place to eat Japanese quisine!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 4 days ago

Good service and food

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

The wife and I had a great time here. I had noted on my reservation that my wife is allergic to gluten and eggs and when we arrived to check in the hostess handed us a gluten free menu and listed items on that menu that contained egg so my wife could avoid ordering those items. It may seem like a small gesture but we really appreciate the care and attention to detail, as finding gluten and egg free meals in Hawaii is tough. We will definitely visit Sansei again on our next trip back to Hawaii!

Tags: Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Would not go this particular 1 again. Food ok. View of cars noises inside

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great overall. Music was a bit loud.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We were lucky enough to get a patio seat and we loved it. Sushi was outstanding and service was great. Would be a great spot to see the sunset if you are lucky enough to get a patio seat, although some palm trees will block some of the views.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent sushi

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great atmosphere and good menu choices. Service was very good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We were staying in the hotel, so it was convenient.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Waitress was extremely professional and attentive (but not overly so). Staff adherent to my gluten free diet restrictions. Yummy sushi in Hawaii - perfect combo!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food and service were excellent and so were the Mai Tai's. lobster and crab ravioli superb. Strongly recommend

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great service. Love free validated parking

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Never dissapoints. Always amazing and fresh! Local fish offered and really good Sushi rice. Also the veggies with miso butter are fantastic

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Delicious!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great sushi. Typical options and a few unique ones. Good quality sashimi. Make a reservation; this place gets packed!

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Very good service. Food was nice and fresh. Some interesting local takes on sushi.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We discovered Sansei on an earlier trip to Waikiki, staying at the Marriott. Great sushi, great views, great service, every time I've come back. The prices are Waikiki typical but if you love sushi, and your budget allows for at least one Waikiki dinner treat, Sansei won't let you down.

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Made New Year’s Eve reservations over a week on advance. Still had to wait. Finally given a tiny table on a dingy balcony, shut away from the rest of the restaurant. (Another couple refused to sit in this area.) Mediocre food was extremely slow to come. Nothing special sushi. Clearly understaffed in the kitchen. Served one dish at a time with a lot of wait time in between. Really, how long does it take to serve a bowl of miso soup? Had to inquire about it four times. We canceled the last dish we ordered as we were just tired of waiting. Lots of apologies and excuses. Very disappointed.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised at the great food, exceptional service and the excellent selections at Sansei. The seafood selections and the sushi were fantastic.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great as always. Fresh fish and perfect tasting. All very good.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was really nice and service was nice too.
But, our server talked way too fast even though we're foreigners. Anyway, everything was perfect.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The restaurant is small and cozy. Our server provided few recommendations that we ordered. The food turned out excellent. The service was fast and friendly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Loved their restaurant on Maui so much that we made a reservation here when we got to Oahu and were not disappointed, although there were some differences in the offerings. All great. Fish is so fresh. Everything was fabulous!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 28, 2017

On a family vacation in Waikiki. Sansei was highly rated on yelp and trip advisor and just happened to be in our hotel. The drinks, Sushi, appetizers and entrees were all great. Would definitely recommend.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 28, 2017

food is good but hostess is AWFUL. Rude and no customer service. daily

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We ordered the Waikiki sashimi platter with extra sashimi of our choice and also other sushi rolls. There was not one that we didn’t enjoy. The drinks were also very good! Service was alright but they were busy.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food preparation was extremely slow and inconsistent. Sushi and miso soup came out after our dessert. Server seemed extremely panicked. Was not his fault, seemed as if the kitchen was understaffed

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Fun atmosphere. Great music. Perfect for a solid good meal that is quick and convenient in Waikiki. Service was outstanding.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was average. Japanese food was a 4. American good was cold. service was just average.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Typical tourist trap. Good for the location, bad for the food.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great sushi and enjoyed eating on the outside deck . Try the butterfish!!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food was really tasty and the quantity was good. The sushi was very well prepared and was delicious. The service was excellent in terms of attentiveness and quick to get what we wanted.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual, Great Beer
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Decent food but not worth the money. Basically you are paying for a lot of fluff. Really nice presentation and the service is prompt and polite but for the amount they charge for simple things you are much better off putting in the effort to find a local gem.

Tags: People Watching, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

ALWAYS good- been to 3 of the restaurants around Hawaii and always consistant.

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were vacationing at Waikiki during December. We had stayed at the Marriott in Waikiki and thought we would try the restaurant. We booked ahead of time, it was a slow night and when we arrived the restaurant was only 30 to 40% occupied. We were seated at the worst table in the restaurant right next to the hostess stand. It was very loud and had constant foot traffic of new patrons and servers, we requested to be moved and the staff made a big deal out of it, I think they were trying to divide up the customers by section so the different servers had an even number of customers. After they agreed to move us, the server was rude the remainder of the evening. We ended up spending around $74 on a very light dinner. I would say the food was mediocre. The best thing we had was the teriyaki beef starter. The sushi was okay, but definitely not great. Our advice would be to dine elsewhere, try sushi at any other location, as this one was extremely over priced for the quality, service and overall feel of the dining experience. There are a whole bunch of better sushi places in Honolulu, look there first.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 13, 2017

On the dimly lit balcony, we had a hard time just reading a menu. Who wants to spend some money to dine in such a poor atmosphere? 
It seemed like a successful restaurant, but I feel like , ”Japanese cuisine? No kidding !”

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great suggestions from our server on what to order. We tried a couple of items we likely would have skipped without direction. Well mixed drink, beautiful view from the outdoor balcony around sunset. Perfect last evening in Hawaii.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The sashimi and sushi are really, really good. Everything else is okay. Blaring Christmas music wasn't the best but what can you do.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Absolutely the best dining in Waikiki
Wouldn’t dream of being there without eating there
Outstanding service & foodie heaven

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Hot Spot, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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