Modern twist on traditional Japanese cuisine. Using centuries old techniques to elevate the fresh fish and ingredients sourced from Japan and locally.
San Carlos, CA 94070
Japanese, Sushi, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Cherry and Olive St.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Off-site catering is available. Please call Amanda at 6505088888.
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Seiya Ratings and Reviews
For Japanese taste no good.
No enough selection in the menu.
Omakace very poor
The Sushi chef wasn’t friendly at all. It’s important to make the clients feel welcome but that’s no the case in this place.
We don’t recommend this restaurant and we’re not coming back again here.
It was a date night with my husband of 30 years but sadly we didn’t enjoy.
First time I go to Seiya for diner... I was asked to confirm the type of table for the reservation, individual table, but was told on arrival that there were no more of those individual table and ended up seating at the bar... ok but not sure what's going on with reservation. Likely overbooking.
Food was ok. I've had better dishes at Seiya.
The really bad point was service, we didn't have a minute without the waitress asking us if we wanted something, to the point where it was very annoying. Another waitress' han just showed up picking plates without asking or even looking.
Fairly disappointed by Seiya this time.
Seiya's menus steps beyond the conventional Japanese sushi and bistro experience. Fortunately most of the dishes work. We order a wide variety of appetizers to get a broad sampling of the kitchen's capability. With the exception of the Kushiage Trio, which was just average, everything else we sampled (Hamachi Carpaccio, Fish Tacos, Agedashi Tofu, Sashimi Salad, and Great Balls of Fire) was excellent. Service was attentive, without being intrusive, and our waitress paced out the dishes just right. Overall a good experience and we'd go back.
Seiya has enough classic Sushi options mixed with their innovative cuisine to sate the broad set of tastes and appetites. Classic nigiri, got that. A few common Americanized rolls? Yup. Seafood Cigar or Risotto? What - amazing! Great mix of flavors from nuanced to intense. Price is a typical trendy Bay Area Peninsula restaurant, but it's worth every penny.
I don't live in the San Carlos area, but discovered Seiya at lunch a few months ago. Great neighborhood gem...excellent sushi, amazing soba noodle salad. I would drive from SF to have lunch or dinner here. Courteous service, nice ambiance, fresh seafood and ingredients.
I believe there is only one sushi chef so it takes a long time for food to come because I was told that there's an omakase order ahead of us. We ordered a California roll, & 14 pieces of nigiri. It took half an hour for 12 pieces of nigiri, and another 20mins before the last 2 pieces of nigiri to come.
Seiya is a great Japanese restaurant with authenticity of good fresh sashimi, as well as creativity with it fusion dishes. Food was delicious, server was friendly, it was quiet to be able to carry conversation, and overall a nice change of pace from where we usually go. The only down side was that some of the dishes were sold out. Otherwise, I highly recommend Seiya to others.
We love this restaurant but for some reason this visit was a bit off. My dining partner ordered the Classic Sashimi dish and was told it would take a really long time and did he want to order a starter. He said no, and then the sashimi showed up very quickly. I really hope the starter question wasn't asked so that we would spend more.
By FAR the best sushi on the Peninsula - amazingly fresh fish prepared by an extremely creative Chef who brings unique flavors together to delight the palette. If you're adventurous, let Chef surprise you with a few of his favorite dishes, and the folks sitting near you will say, "I want what he/she's having!!!"
Perfect! Got a reservation for 6 at the last minute and we got our own private room. Best sushi ever, very fresh. Staff were super friendly and accommodated the 7 yr old in our group by giving her ketchup when she asked. It is $$-$$$. We will definitely go back again when we're in the mood for sushi!
All the sushi was great. The fish was very fresh. Also tried the sweet potato roll which was awesome. A note about the poke: very flavorful but it's got a bit of a kick! The green tea crepe cake was really clever and tasty. The waitress was friendly and attentive. Would definitely return.
Delicious, innovative dishes. Very interesting ingredients, and everything served with an additional flair meaning beautiful food. Some of the dishes were a little more adventurous than my palate, but that's my fault for not being enough of an adventurer! The service was impeccable - from the moment we sat down to the end of the meal we were treated like honored guests. A tad expensive, but good raw fish is expensive. Definitely worth the hype.
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