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Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii

4.2
4.2
1413 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Asian

We will be temporarily closing our dining room but would love to continue to serve you. Waikoloa Sansei “To Go Orders” will be offered from 4-8p..m. Please call us to order 808.886.6286

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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 Hawaii's incredible ethnic mix and 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 the unique combinations of flavors and textures.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian, Sushi, Pan-Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
    Late Night
    Fri, Sat 9:30 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (808) 886-6286

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Shane Torres

  • Catering

    Custom catering. Please call the restaurant at 808-886-6286. Ask for Tom Alejado, General Manager.

  • Neighborhood

    Kailua-Kona

  • Cross street

    Queen Kaahumanu Hwy

  • Parking details

    General Parking at the front or back area of the Queens Marketplace Shopping Center.

  • Public transit

    There is a resort shuttle bus that travels throughout the Waikoloa Resort area, drop off and pick up area at the Queens Marketplace shopping center. There is a minimal fee for shuttle rides.

  • Entertainment

    Friday Nights - Free Karaoke from 9:30pm to 12:00pm Saturday Nights - Live Music from 9:30pm to 12:00pm Must be 21 years or older with valid I.D.. 50% off Appetizers & Sushi items Special Bar Drink Prices

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

"New Looks"

  • Torched Kona Kampachi$13.00

    Kona Kampachi Sashimi stuffed with sweet Maui Onion, Shiso and Tsukudani Yuzu Aioli, rolled and drizzled with Chili Pepper Tosazu. Amberjack fish from Kona is sliced and torched, seasoned with salt and pepper, filled with sweet Maui onions, shiso and nori paste flavored with yuzu, then topped with a mix of chili pepper spices

    • Japanese Hamachi Nori Aioli Poke$13.00

      served with Crispy Lotus Root Chips. Diced Yellow-tail and cucumbers tossed in an aioli made from Tsukudani yuzu and mayonnaise and accompanied with house-made crispy lotus root chips

      • Hawaiian Moi Rolls$13.00

        Sweet Maui Onions and pickled Gobo rolled in slices of Hawaiian Moi Sashimi, seared and drizzled with Truffled Ponzu reduction. Local Hawaiian Thread-fin fish from Kona, sliced, seasoned with salt and pepper then lightly "torched." Filled with smelt roe aioli, gobo, and Maui onions and topped with flying fish roe kicked up a notch with a little habanero

        • Fresh Salmon Asian Carpaccio$12.00

          with Zesty Green Apple-Soy Salsa and Ikura Herb Salad. Fresh Salmon thinly sliced, served with a Nalo Micro-greens and salmon roe tossed in apple-mustard-soy vinaigrette

          • Cajun Seared White Tuna Sashimi$12.00

            with shaved Maui Onion, Red Jalapeño and Yukke sauce (for little kick!) Fresh Black Cod marinated in soy sauce and lemon, dusted with Japanese Shichimi spice and sliced. Served with Red Jalapeño and a sauce made from Kalbi rib seasoning and sesame oil

            • Sansho-Crusted Ahi Tataki$14.00

              on a Tsuma Haystack with Spicy Ponzu Aioli, Masago and Green Onions. Fresh local ahi, seared and seasoned with Japanese black pepper. Served with long daikon strips cut "spaghetti-style" and spicy ponzu aioli, garnished with smelt roe and green onions

              • Japanese Hamachi & Grilled Shiitake Mushroom Tartare$13.00

                with Truffled Soy Sauce, Orange Tobiko and Shiso Chiffonade. Minced Yellow-tail mixed with green onion, truffle oil, soy sauce and chopped, grilled Shiitake mushrooms. Topped with orange flying fish roe and thinly sliced shiso

                Award Winners

                prices start at $9

                • Sansei's Asian Shrimp Cake

                  crusted with Crispy Chinese Noodles, served over Ginger Lime Chili Butter and Cilantro Pesto

                  • Mango and Crab Salad Hand Roll

                    Sansei's Asian Crab Salad, Ripe Mango, Local Greens and Crunchy Peanuts wrapped in a Mamenori Handroll and served with Sweet Thai Chili Vinaigrette

                    • Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi Sushi Roll

                      Sashimi grade Hawaiian Ahi, Arugula and Spinach wrapped into a sushi roll, panko-crusted, flash-fried and served with Sansei's mild Soy Wasabi Butter sauce

                      • Japanese Calamari Salad

                        Calamari Fritte tossed in Spicy Kochujang Vinaigrette over Local Greens in a Crispy Won Ton Basket

                        • Sansei's Shrimp Dynamite

                          Crispy Tempura Shrimp tossed with Garlic Masago Aioli with Unagi glaze drizzle

                          • D.K.'s Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth

                            with King Crab, Cilantro, Thai Basil and mild Jalapeños

                            Starters

                            prices starting at $3.95

                            • Edamame

                              Lightly salted and boiled soybeans in their shells

                              • Tea Duck Egg Roll

                                With Maui sugar cane mustard and plum dipping sauces

                                • Maui-style Teriyaki Beef

                                  Marinated and grilled in spicy Kal-bi sauce

                                  • Crispy Fried Calamari

                                    With spicy Japanese cocktail sauce

                                    • Shrimp Tempura

                                      With traditional tentsuyu dipping sauce

                                      • Sweet Onion Tempura Rings

                                        With tentsuyu dipping sauce

                                        • Sweet Asparagus Tempura Spears

                                          With tentsuyu dipping sauce

                                          • Sweet Potato Tempura

                                            With tentsuyu dipping sauce

                                            • Kapalua "Butterfry" Roll

                                              Smoked Salmon, Crab, Shiromi and Veggies in a crisp-fried Panko-crusted Sushi Roll, served with tangy Ponzu sauce

                                              • Seared Foie Gras Nigiri Sushi

                                                Lightly seared and served with caramelized Sweet Onions, ripe Mango & rich Unagi glaze drizzle

                                                • Matsuhisa Style Miso Butterfish

                                                  A Classic Japanese Specialty. Tender Butterfish marinated and roasted in Sake and Sweet Miso

                                                  • Grilled Miso-yaki Chicken

                                                    Sweet Miso and Sake marinated boneless Chicken Thighs, grilled, sliced & served over Napa Cabbage

                                                    • Sansei's Lobster & Blue Crab Ravioli

                                                      stuffed with sweet Lobster, Blue Crab and Shrimp in a rich Truffle Butter sauce

                                                      • Hiyayakko

                                                        Cold Soft Tofu with fresh Ginger, Green Onions and Katsuo Bushi

                                                        • Agedashi

                                                          Tofu lightly-fried and served with a Mirin-Soy Dashi

                                                          • Mixed Vegetable Tempura

                                                            with traditional Tentsuyu dipping sauce

                                                            • Wok Tossed Big Island Vegetables

                                                              in Asian Black Bean Chili Butter

                                                              • Grilled Hamakua Shiitake Mushrooms

                                                                with tangy Soy-Ponzu

                                                                Soup & Salad

                                                                prices start at $3.95

                                                                • Sunomono

                                                                  Thinly Sliced Cucumber and Wakame with Sweet Soy Vinaigrette. Add Octopus, Shrimp, Surf Clams or Crab; Add Combination of Octopus, Crab, Surf Clams and Shrimp

                                                                  • Hiyashi Seaweed Salad

                                                                    marinated in Sweet Sesame dressing

                                                                    • Chinese Style Sashimi

                                                                      Sashimi grade Shiromi seared in hot Sesame Oil with Cilantro and Soy

                                                                      • Hirabara Salad of Organic Greens

                                                                        with choice of Umeboshi (Japanese Plum), Soy-Sesame Onion or Balsamic Vinaigrette

                                                                        • Classic Caesar Salad

                                                                          with Garlic Chili Croutons and Parmesan Cheese. Topped with crispy fried Calamari

                                                                          • Seared Ahi Salad

                                                                            Seared Hawaiian Ahi Tuna over Local Greens with Sansei's Soy-Sesame Onion Vinaigrette

                                                                            • Sansei's Ramen Noodles

                                                                              with Roast Pork in homemade Dashi, topped with a traditional Tempura Shrimp

                                                                              • Japanese Udon Noodles

                                                                                with Roast Pork in homemade Dashi, topped with a traditional Tempura Shrimp

                                                                                • Traditional Miso Soup

                                                                                  with Soft Tofu, Wakame and Green Onions

                                                                                  Entrees

                                                                                  prices start at $17.95

                                                                                  • Chef's Omakase Tasting Menu for Two

                                                                                    Chef's selection of Sansei's award-winning, signature appetizers and sushi to share: Edamame & Traditional Miso Soup; Sansei's Mango Crab Salad Handroll; Sansei Special Roll; Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi Sushi Roll; Sansei's Asian Shrimp Cake; Sansei's Lobster & Blue Crab Ravioli; Matsuhisa Style Miso Butterfish

                                                                                    • Grilled "Fresh Catch of The Day" over Hirabara Greens

                                                                                      entrée size/ appetizer size. served with a spicy Umeboshi (Japanese Plum) Vinaigrette

                                                                                      • Shichimi Seared Atlantic Salmon and Tiger Prawn

                                                                                        with Shiitake Mushrooms and Asparagus in a Soy Butter Sauce

                                                                                        • Roasted Japanese Jerk-spiced Chicken

                                                                                          with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Local Vegetables and fresh Herb Beurre Jus

                                                                                          • Chili-porcini Mushroom Crusted Filet of Beef Tenderloin

                                                                                            over Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Local Vegetables and a Shiitake Mushroom Cabernet Demi-glace

                                                                                            • Ginger Hoisin Smoked Duck Breast

                                                                                              with sautéed Spinach and a crispy Tempura-fried Maki Roll in a sweet Soy Demi-glace

                                                                                              • Shichimi Crusted Filet of Beef and Udon Noodles

                                                                                                entrée size/ appetizer size. Tender slices of filet over fresh Udon Noodles in a savory Garlic Demi-glace with grated Romano Cheese and Green Onions

                                                                                                • Sansei's Seafood Pasta

                                                                                                  Black Tiger Prawns, sweet Ocean Scallops and Local Vegetables wok-tossed with Chinese Chow Funn Noodles in spicy Black Bean Chili Butter

                                                                                                  • Sansei's Big Island Vegetarian Pasta

                                                                                                    with Chinese Chow Funn Noodles in spicy Black Bean Chili Butter

                                                                                                    • Traditional Japanese Shrimp & Vegetable Tempura

                                                                                                      with fresh grated Daikon, Ginger, Tentsuyu dipping sauce and Steamed Rice

                                                                                                      • Whole Lobster Tail and Spicy Crab Cake

                                                                                                        Roasted Lobster Tail topped with a panko-crusted Spicy Crab Cake with Masago and Cilantro, served over buttered Linguine topped with creamy Sambal Aioli

                                                                                                        • Market price
                                                                                                      • 1/2 Lobster Tail and Spicy Crab Cake

                                                                                                        For a lighter appetite

                                                                                                        • Market price
                                                                                                      • Pork Tenderloins Oscar

                                                                                                        Pan-seared, juicy tenderloin medallions topped with King Crab and Béarnaise, served with sautéed Hamakua Shiitake Mushrooms

                                                                                                        • Grilled Fresh Hawaiian Ahi & Sansei's Award-winning Asian Shrimp Cake

                                                                                                          with Furikake Yaki Onigiri, Ginger Lime Chili Butter and Cilantro Pesto

                                                                                                          • 22 oz. 28-day Aged Bone-in Rib Eye Steak

                                                                                                            Succulent, aged-tender and full of flavor - seared to order in our 1800° broiler and served with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and sautéed vegetables

                                                                                                            • Lobster Tail with Spicy Crab Cake and Filet of Beef Tenderloin

                                                                                                              with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Shiitake Mushroom Cabernet Demi-glace, and buttered Linguine topped creamy Sambal Aioli

                                                                                                              Desserts

                                                                                                              prices starting at $7

                                                                                                              • Sansei's "Granny Smith" Apple Tart

                                                                                                                Buttery Puff Pastry topped with fresh Granny Smith Apple slices, baked to order and served with Vanilla Ice Cream over Sansei's homemade warm Caramel Sauce

                                                                                                                • Tempura Fried Macadamia Nut Ice Cream

                                                                                                                  Vanilla Ice Cream wrapped with buttery Pound Cake, rolled in roasted Macadamia Nuts, flash-fried and served with Chocolate and Caramel sauces

                                                                                                                  • Creamy New York Style Cheesecake

                                                                                                                    with Strawberry Puree

                                                                                                                    • Mom Kodama's Brownie Sundae

                                                                                                                      Mom's famous recipe topped with two scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate sauce

                                                                                                                      • Classic Créme Brûlée

                                                                                                                        • Hawaii-Made Ice Cream or Fruit Sorbet

                                                                                                                          Green Tea or Vanilla Ice Cream or Today's Sorbet

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                                                                                                                          What 1,413 people are saying

                                                                                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                          4.2
                                                                                                                          4.2 based on all time ratings
                                                                                                                          • 4.3Food
                                                                                                                          • 4.2Service
                                                                                                                          • 3.7Ambience
                                                                                                                          • 3.8Value

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                                                                                                                            KonaKumi

                                                                                                                            Hawaii

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on March 17, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                            3rd time at this location...always great food and great service.

                                                                                                                          2. TA

                                                                                                                            TylerA

                                                                                                                            Hawaii

                                                                                                                            18 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            18 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on March 14, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Great as usual

                                                                                                                          3. TA

                                                                                                                            TylerA

                                                                                                                            Hawaii

                                                                                                                            18 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            18 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on March 10, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Great time

                                                                                                                          4. PD

                                                                                                                            PatrickD

                                                                                                                            Hawaii

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Sansei’s is one of our favorite places to dine. ❤️

                                                                                                                          5. B

                                                                                                                            Buck

                                                                                                                            Portland

                                                                                                                            24 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                                            24 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall2food2service1ambience2

                                                                                                                            Slow service and no checking back. They do not serve ginger unless requested. However, didn’t know that until after food delivered and no getting servers attention .

                                                                                                                          6. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Vancouver

                                                                                                                            53 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            53 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on March 2, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service4ambience3

                                                                                                                            Slow service but good food

                                                                                                                          7. m

                                                                                                                            marks

                                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                                            18 reviews

                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            18 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on March 2, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                                            There are a few places we come back to when in Waikalaoa and Sansei is one of them. If you come for their happy hour the sushi is quite reasonable and even regular prices are what you would expect in a resort environment.

                                                                                                                          8. T

                                                                                                                            Thom

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                                                            I eat there all the time! I am one of those people who orders the same few dishes every time. This is my kind of restaurant. The food is consistent and always the same. Cannot ask for more. Actually I appreciate the restaurant using Open table since this venue is only open for dinner so one has to remember to call for a reservation when they are open. Now, we have opentable.

                                                                                                                          9. JS

                                                                                                                            JackS

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 28, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall2food3service1ambience2

                                                                                                                            Been coming to this restaurant for many years but not again.. The service was very poor, food was ok but the overall value was poor.

                                                                                                                          10. MG

                                                                                                                            MartinG

                                                                                                                            Portland

                                                                                                                            11 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            11 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 28, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Had a great dinner, great service.

                                                                                                                          11. CL

                                                                                                                            CindaL

                                                                                                                            Central Coast

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 26, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Try the shrimp dynamite. Yummy. Go at 5PM for the discount.

                                                                                                                          12. DD

                                                                                                                            DanD

                                                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                                                            5 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            5 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 25, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                            Great food!

                                                                                                                          13. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 24, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                                            Greeter at the door barely acknowledged us. Food not as good as previous trips.

                                                                                                                          14. P

                                                                                                                            Path

                                                                                                                            Hawaii

                                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 23, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            It was awesome!

                                                                                                                          15. w

                                                                                                                            walter

                                                                                                                            Hawaii

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 23, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                                                                                            It's been a while since I dined last time. I thought it was better before. We tried only sushi, and it was far too pricy. You'd better buy sushi bento box at Shiono in Island Gourmet Market at half price, same quality. Miso soup was a joke. Beside this, they automatically charged 18% gratuity to us (maybe because I am a Japanese). They print gratuity amount sample on the receipt, which were 18%, 20% and 25%!! It seemed they pretended that they were generous to charge minimum gratuity of 18%.

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                                                                                                                            jenniferd

                                                                                                                            Sacramento

                                                                                                                            11 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                                            11 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 23, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall1food2service3ambience2

                                                                                                                            Food is terrible ..

                                                                                                                          17. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Always amazing food and service!

                                                                                                                          18. BA

                                                                                                                            BALF

                                                                                                                            E. Tennessee

                                                                                                                            23 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                                            23 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 19, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall2food2service4ambience4

                                                                                                                            Just skip it, sushi tasted fishy and the Dynamite shrimp was gross, it was drenched in a mayonaise sauce which was way too mayonaise-y

                                                                                                                          19. S

                                                                                                                            Stuart

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 19, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall2food1service3ambience2

                                                                                                                            This is a popular restaurant recommended on trip advisor and travel guides. We were very disappointed with the quality of the food (Mahi Mahi was overcooked, ahi sushi was meh) and the prices were very high for what was ordered.

                                                                                                                          20. JR

                                                                                                                            JudyR

                                                                                                                            Hawaii

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 18, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall3food3service2ambience2

                                                                                                                            must have been new waiter-didn't know house chard right off took long time to come to table took long time to take order food fair but overcharged and we live here so know prices are high usually

                                                                                                                          21. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Baltimore

                                                                                                                            16 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            16 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                            Excellent food and service. Would enjoy returning.

                                                                                                                          22. RV

                                                                                                                            RobinV

                                                                                                                            Hawaii

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 13, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                                            Noticed a lowering of food quality and consistency as we continue to visit Sansei over the years since it opened (we attended to the pre-opening celebration when Queens opened). We have, of course, our favorites and expect them to be close to the same quality, quantity and taste. That has not been our experience. On our last visit to Sansei (we live in Waikoloa Village), the AHI in the crusted AHI roll was old and off color and under sauced. The dynamite shrimp dish was very, very garlicky. The calamari salad was under dressed (needed more sauce). The other roll we ordered was excellent. On other visits, we had problems with tempura to the point where we refused the entree and avoided ordering it on our visits to the restaurant. Overall, we still like the offerings and put with the inconsistencies due to what else is available in our area and the wait staff who will work with us when we have problems with any of the items we order. We often have meals were we enjoy all the items we order. Most issues when they occur are probably due to the staff availability/turnover/training issues that ALL restaurants have to deal with in this area.

                                                                                                                          23. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Hawaii

                                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 12, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Amazing service, food, & ambiance!!

                                                                                                                          24. l

                                                                                                                            larry989

                                                                                                                            Hawaii

                                                                                                                            20 reviews

                                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                                            20 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 9, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                            One of the better offerings in the Queens Market place. A little speedy but significantly less than Roy’s and the food is very good

                                                                                                                          25. CS

                                                                                                                            ChrystalS

                                                                                                                            Phoenix

                                                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 9, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                            Great customer service..& food quality..wish you could offer panko or ahi in early bird special!

                                                                                                                          26. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Hawaii

                                                                                                                            9 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            9 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 7, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Food was delicious like usual! We love eating here because the food is always good and the staff is friendly.

                                                                                                                          27. T

                                                                                                                            Trixie

                                                                                                                            Minneapolis

                                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 5, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Our waiter, Scott was very knowledgeable, he made great recommendations for drinks and foods to try.

                                                                                                                          28. S

                                                                                                                            Sassadaisy

                                                                                                                            Portland

                                                                                                                            14 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            14 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 5, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            We had terrific service, food arrived quickly, and tasted great! I highly recommend the butterfish!

                                                                                                                          29. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Phoenix

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 4, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Always the best mai tais and great food!

                                                                                                                          30. SY

                                                                                                                            SteveY

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 4, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                            Excellent food and service. Best calamari we have ever had.

                                                                                                                          31. IM

                                                                                                                            IrisM

                                                                                                                            Calgary

                                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on February 3, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall2food2service5ambience3

                                                                                                                            Service was excellent. Chicken was undercooked, sent back and taken off the bill. Tempura was tasty but greasy. Prices are average for a tourist area. As far as Japanese food goes it was poor to mediocre. Better to drive the extra half hour to Kona or Waimea .

                                                                                                                          32. T

                                                                                                                            foodieT

                                                                                                                            San Francisco

                                                                                                                            14 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            14 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on January 29, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall3food2service5ambience3

                                                                                                                            Generally tasty but very little fish! The unagi role had microscopic pieces of eel. Good if you like expensive rice and seaweed

                                                                                                                          33. AW

                                                                                                                            AnnW

                                                                                                                            Seattle

                                                                                                                            11 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            11 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on January 25, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Food is great here. We went to the late night dining for karaoke and had a blast.

                                                                                                                          34. D

                                                                                                                            Dale

                                                                                                                            Hawaii

                                                                                                                            9 reviews

                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            9 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on January 21, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                                                                                            We’ve had good and excellent meals here before, but I think this place as lost some luster.

                                                                                                                          35. DF

                                                                                                                            DaveF

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on January 20, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall3food3service5ambience2

                                                                                                                            WE enjoyed the special dishes but found the tempura veggies undercooked and the pieces were too large. Teriyaki Beef was excellent!!

                                                                                                                          36. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            Hawaii

                                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on January 19, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Birthday dinner. Very good in all services. Very good from beginning to end of dinner.

                                                                                                                          37. NS

                                                                                                                            NicoleS

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on January 19, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall1food2service1ambience2

                                                                                                                            We have been to sansei’s in Maui and had the greatest experience! So when we took the kids to the big island we were so excited to show them this great restaurant. But unfortunately it was the worst service I’ve ever seen. The waiter was rude, impatient, and very bothered. First off he didn’t offer us anything to drink. When my husband asked for a hand roll, the waiter acted as if a spicy hand roll was unheard of !?! The waiter never cleaned up the plates off the table.. the real kicker was at the end of the service I asked the waiter about the drinks that were included with my kids meals. I asked why he didn’t offer the beverages? His response was that he would never want anyone to push soda on his kids, so why do that to me !?!?!?!? Very odd waiter ! Very outdated location ! Go to the gourmet grocery in the same center .. food is better.

                                                                                                                          38. KG

                                                                                                                            KevinG

                                                                                                                            San Francisco

                                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on January 18, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            Great Sushi, Good people and great service! Ive been eating at Sansei since the 1990's when I first experencied there food in Honolulu. Never gets old and they cane found throughout the the Islands.

                                                                                                                          39. OT

                                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                                            Dined on January 18, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                            Great food !

                                                                                                                          40. M

                                                                                                                            Momof2

                                                                                                                            Dallas

                                                                                                                            15 reviews

                                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                                            15 reviews

                                                                                                                            Dined on January 17, 2020

                                                                                                                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                            The menu is very outdated. Several items like the duck spring rolls and the chef tasting menu for two are no longer available. The food was outstanding. Noise level was high but once a few large parties left it was quieter.

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                                                                                                                          • Cross street

                                                                                                                            Queen Kaahumanu Hwy

                                                                                                                          • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                            Kailua-Kona

                                                                                                                          • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                            Dinner
                                                                                                                            Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
                                                                                                                            Late Night
                                                                                                                            Fri, Sat 9:30 pm–12:00 am

                                                                                                                          • Cuisines

                                                                                                                            Contemporary Asian, Sushi, Pan-Asian

                                                                                                                          • Dining style

                                                                                                                            Casual Dining

                                                                                                                          • Dress code

                                                                                                                            Casual Dress

                                                                                                                          • Parking details

                                                                                                                            General Parking at the front or back area of the Queens Marketplace Shopping Center.

                                                                                                                          • Public transit

                                                                                                                            There is a resort shuttle bus that travels throughout the Waikoloa Resort area, drop off and pick up area at the Queens Marketplace shopping center. There is a minimal fee for shuttle rides.

                                                                                                                          • Payment options

                                                                                                                            AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                          • Executive chef

                                                                                                                            Shane Torres

                                                                                                                          • Entertainment

                                                                                                                            Friday Nights - Free Karaoke from 9:30pm to 12:00pm Saturday Nights - Live Music from 9:30pm to 12:00pm Must be 21 years or older with valid I.D.. 50% off Appetizers & Sushi items Special Bar Drink Prices

                                                                                                                          • Additional

                                                                                                                            Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                                          • Phone number

                                                                                                                            (808) 886-6286

                                                                                                                          • Catering

                                                                                                                            Custom catering. Please call the restaurant at 808-886-6286. Ask for Tom Alejado, General Manager.

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