Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii

4.3
1419 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.
What 1419 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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3.8
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3.8
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KonaKumi
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

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PatrickD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBuck
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 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 .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
49 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Slow service but good food

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marks
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 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.

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Thom
1 review
Dined on February 29, 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.

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JackS
1 review
Dined on February 27, 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.

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vipMartinG
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner, great service.

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CindaL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DanD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

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Path
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome!

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vipwalter
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 22, 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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vipjenniferd
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Food is terrible ..

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service!

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BALF
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on February 18, 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

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Stuart
1 review
Dined on February 18, 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.

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JudyR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 17, 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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Would enjoy returning.

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RobinV
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 12, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food, & ambiance!!

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larry989
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 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

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ChrystalS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Trixie
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Sassadaisy
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best mai tais and great food!

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SteveY
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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IrisM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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 .

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vipfoodieT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

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

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AnnW
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Dale
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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

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DaveF
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 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.

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vipKevinG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food !

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vipMomof2
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 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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Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - WAIKOLOA, Hawaii is rated 4.3 stars by 1419 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.