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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.
Queen's Market Place
Waikoloa, HI 96738
Contemporary Asian, Sushi, Pan-Asian
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
Queen Kaahumanu Hwy
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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
Custom catering. Please call the restaurant at 808-886-6286. Ask for Tom Alejado, General Manager.
General Parking at the front or back area of the Queens Marketplace Shopping Center.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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