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About Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii

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.

201 Waikoloa Beach Drive Suite 801
Queen's Market Place
Waikoloa, HI 96738
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Asian, Sushi, Pan-Asian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm

Cross Street:
Queen Kaahumanu Hwy

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 886-6286

Website:
http://dkrestaurants.com/

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

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

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.

Executive Chef:
Scott Lutey

Private Party Facilities:
Private Dining Room will seat up to 26 people. There is a minimum food and beverage sales for the use of the private room. Please inquire with Tom Alejado, General Manager.

Private Party Contact:
Tom Alejado: (808) 886-6286

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

3.7

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (32)
Creative Cuisine (24)
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Good for a Date (23)
Worth the Drive (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Fun (12)
Authentic (11)
Business Meals (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Seasonal (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Romantic (5)
Cozy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Spicy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Great authentic and fusion dishes. Not a chain, not plastic Hawaii cuisine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful service with smiles all around. Our waiter was especially attentive and very accommodating. The food was delicious and definitely worth the price during their Happy Hour on Sundays and Mondays. We will certainly return!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

Best sushi!

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·Dined 4 days ago

1st time and food and service was great! Will be back

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

Always excellent. Sushi was absolutely outstanding.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 5 days ago

Sister restaurant of Sensei in Maui - food was good, service solid.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Disappointing vs the Sensai in Maui which we like very much. Sushi rolls just didn't measure up. Dynamite shrimp was good. P

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Fairly average sushi/sashimi and Asian influenced food.
Not bad but unexceptIonal.
A few stand out items but in the whole nothing special. And pricey (which to be fair is most Hawaiian dining options)

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

I've read a few reviews that complained about service. I saw none of that. Our service was fantastic as was the service I could see everyone else getting. The food was spectacular. It is in a small mall, no view. And the ambiance is just OK. Very popular with locals and tourists alike so make a reservation and do not expect a quiet candlelight meal. Enjoy yourselves.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Service was very slow. Waited for a long time for our food. Wanted the shrimp/vegetable tempura, but wasn’t available. The grooming of some staff needs improvement.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We enjoyed our time and our food. Our server was very attentive. It was fairly noisy due to lots of big parties but not overwhelming. We weren’t happy that after ordering we were told that the fryer was broken so we couldn’t have tempura. Food was A+ delicious! My nephew even got free ice cream because he was Sitting quietly but bored. Great customer service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good location with parking. Excellent service. Food ok. The Big Island isn’t known for its restaurants, but this is one of the better ones.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Sansei never disappoints! Can't wait to return for more deliciousness!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I think the food is good, however, the prices they charge are high, even for the drinks. I received the smallest glass of wine I have ever gotten.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very good Japanese fusion cuisine. The award winning tuna roll covered in panko and deep fried was innovative and excellent. So was the ginger duck. We were there for Thanksgiving and my wife had the traditional turkey dinner. It was very good, but surprisingly it was a stack of small turkey pieces rather than slices.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Came here on Thanksgiving and had to wait a little (25 min even with reservation), but service was good and they provided a complimentary butter fish dish and sushi app. Best Hamachi kama I have had recently that was perfectly seasoned and cooked. Came back a second night and was able to get seated immediately. Good specialty rolls and appetizers.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very good food. Very poor service. Kitchen and wait staff completely out of synch. Waters not filled, wait staff never made it back for 2nd round, meals all came out late and separate. Kids meal never completely came at all. Shame as food is very good.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went expecting and want g a healthy dining experience. Can't go wrong with sushi. But mostly everything was drowning in sauce and oil. I expect this is more related to the restaurant being on a resort than the chef's preference. The manager was thoughtful, noting we didnt eat but a little of two of our dishes, he removed them from our order. The service was basic. Our water glasses were empty most of the meal. If you're looking for fresh traditional Japanese dining I recommend traveling a bit outside of the resort. If you want to stay nearby I suggest you stick to traditional sushi offerings here and decline suggestions for specially rolls and deviations from the norm. The spicy Edamame, while intriguing, is just wok prepared and very oily. Go basic if you go here.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had an awesome dinner here! Will definitely be back. The service was phenomenal! The Appetizers: sushi, calamari, and the dynamite shrimp was great. Each of our entree’s was great too. I had the Seafood pasta but I think I’ll try the pork chops the next time I come back. The kids had the miso ramen and they LOVED it! The desert was excellent. I had the apple tart. OMG AH-MAZING!! Must have again! Our server was excellent and very attentive. He really made our night. Will be back again!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

I would probably recommend Sansei if I liked sushi, but otherwise not likely to be tempted to return. Very noisy

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent service and food!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food fresh and always ono (great). Fine dining in a casual setting. Service always nothing less than 5 stars. My Go To place for dining with in town visitors.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent sushi and sashimi. Fish was fresh and very well appointed. Cocktails were very good and Sake was perfect. Only negative was the server. She was handling too many tables and was already moving to the next hardly finishing with ours. I would definitely recommend the restaurant. One of the best Sushi eateries on my list.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Having been to the one in Kaanapali and expecting the same incredible experience, this location was disappointing. I wouldn't recommend going here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We were steered here by friends who visit the Big Island all the time. The reminded us to get there early for the 5 o'clock opening of the Sunday/Monday half-price Happy Hour. The whole thing is a ritual, and well organized. We were there second (at 4:10pm), so we used the time well, as we waited, by visiting with the people who were there first, and then with those that we had bested in line. It was all very social, and fun, and local-feeling.

Before long 2 lines had formed, and everybody knew where to stand. One line for Sushi bar, and one line for tables. We opted for the Sushi Bar, and we were glad we did. The fun carried right inside from the line to the sushi bar, with friends we met on the line. You see, it's that kind of place.

Anyway, just minutes before 5 o'clock the owner comes out and gives out numbers or seating, so it's all very orderly and civilized. Remember, the Happy Hour half-price is only for an hour, so get there early.

Other than that happy hour set up, I guess the other nights are just regular dining procedures, with reservations available by phone or on line.

Now for the food ... I will give you a generalization here, because A) you like what you like, and B) we like everything, so we ordered many things, and I can assure you that everything was delicious, fresh, and creative. Sushi, sashimi, ramen, special rolls, even deep fried ice cream.

The tab was reasonable, but that was because we had the Happy Hour half price. I would have been more reserved in ordering, otherwise. So, yes, we ordered enough to require a little belt loosening afterwards, but it was a discomfort I am willing to suffer gladly again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Fun, Healthy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Everything is great orher than the prices are a little too much.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Lunch, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We enjoyed dinner. Desserts here are huge and delicious.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Rolls were fine but nigiri sushi was tough (not even close to tender) and poor quality of fish. Rolls have so many other ingredients mixed in it’s hard to mess it up. Mango crab rolls sounded better than they tasted. Service was fast and friendly but would not go back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Very fresh sushi and sashimi with a good taste. Real good service. Need reservations . I would dine here again.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

From the time I arrived I was put off. Asked if I had a reservation, I said no and was told literally to "stand aside" as though I was not worth the time. It was a slow Monday night, so there was no reason I had to stand aside. I proved it by going on to OpenTable and booking a reservation for the time I was there while 'standing aside'. All of the appetizers came out at different times, which was awkward, especially because nothing was to complicated (fried tofu, cold tofu, fried calamari). Same was true for the entrees, we ordered 5 rolls and a steak. The steak came about 5 minutes after the rolls. We ordered a margarita that never came, and a gin and tonic ordered mid course that came after we finished eating. I meant it as a palate cleanser not an aperitif. The food was good, so high marks there. But for a $200 meal, I feel very let down. I've been a couple times before, and never really been blown away, this probably does it for me. I'll try Kenichi's next time for service and ambiance because while the food was good, it's nothing I can't get from Hayashi's for a third of the price.

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We have enjoyed both Sansei restaurants on Maui as well as Seattle and were disappointed with the quality and presentation of dishes at the Waikoloa Village location. In addition, prices are higher and service staff was short handed.
Japanese Calamari Salad and the Sansei's Mango Crab Salad Handroll are some of our favorites!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 4, 2017

So glad I made a reservation, as they are taken in first, we waited on the left side of the door and was taken right in. We were asked if we wanted a booth or table, we got a booth, back corner... We loved it! Our server was a local guy with glasses, sorry I'm bad with remembering names, but he was awesome! Very friendly, very knowledgeable and gave great input in regards to which foods were really must trys! Our food came out super fast and it was as very delicious! A must try for a starter is the shrimp dynamite! Awesome awesome! My fiance and I both ordered, as our entrees... the ahi and crab cake... So great! Dessert, we barely had room but managed to squeeze it in, we shared the fried ice cream... So gooooood! This was our second time back and definitely not our last!

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

For being so close to the ocean, the sashimi was not good at all. We didn't even finish our meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was surprisingly good & creative. The server was pleasant & knowledable. The hostess upon arrival was not very nice & showed little Aloha. Thankfully the food overcame the introduction.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 1, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants! Great food! Great service!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 29, 2017

When we first went to Sansei it was creative and wonderful. It’s now getting boring and expensive. Although the fish is very fresh. We would not return after all these years of enjoying it.

Tags: Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The sushi was tasty but the rest of the food was not exceptionally good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Enjoyed an early dinner with a 25% discount before 6 pm. Both of us had a filet that you could cut with a fork. We also had poke for an appetizer which was fresh and tasty

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent service, the only downfall was the octopus on the sashimi platter was starting to turn bad and no ginger. But overall good dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Get the dynamite appetizer. The lobster tail is excellent as well as the salmon and shrimp.

Tags: Casual
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