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About Seiya

Modern twist on traditional Japanese cuisine. Using centuries old techniques to elevate the fresh fish and ingredients sourced from Japan and locally.

741 Laurel Street
San Carlos, CA 94070
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Cherry and Olive St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 508-8888

Website:
http://www.seiyasushi.com/

Catering:
Off-site catering is available. Please call Amanda at 6505088888.

Parking Details:
Street parking

Executive Chef:
Hiroshi Tanabe

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (8)
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Romantic (4)
Fun (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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Casual (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We were placed in the private room and felt very cared for

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Some of the best sushi I've eaten outside Japan.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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!!!"

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Visited with my daughter for dinner, excellent Sushi and appetizers, one of the best I have in recent years. Many special foods-home made soy sauce, great presentations, very tasty sushi not usually available in other sushi joints.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Always great place to eat sushi! Greasy and creative. Service is always on point! Great sake and beer selections.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Disabled Access, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2017

The food at Seiya NEVER disappoints - I could eat the fish tacos and the Great Balls of Fire all day every day :)) Highly recommend this menu :))

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 21, 2017

So far it's the best sushi in the peninsula by far. Fish is always fresh. Tempura done right and tasty. Their fish taco is the best!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Delicious food, the best sushi on Laurel Street! Casually chic and great service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

We just discovered Seiya and couldn't have been happier. Small and intimate restaurant with a few high-top tables, regular tables, sushi bar, and one room for larger group. So, if you have preferred seating, let them know when you make reservation. The sashimi is very fresh and innovative. Service was friendly and helpful. We drove from Los Altos Hills, but it was well worth the drive. We will return! Parking can be tricky in San Carlos.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Delicious! Love the decor and design, the food was amazing. If I lived closer I would go all the time. Going to check out the sister restaurants in SF!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Sushi was fresh. Everything we ordered were delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Phenomenal sushi - incredibly fresh and expertly balanced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

This is as much a review for my Opentable experience, as my experience with Seiya. For a restaurant that requires a credit card to hold the reservation (with a fee of $50 if cancellation is made after a certain time), I would have expected the reservation to be honored. This was not my experience at all - not only did people come in with a reservation get turned away, they did not have enough tables to honor the reservation on time. This might be because yesterday was a holiday (Valentines) but that is precisely why I chose to make a reservation. In short, the entire experience left a bad taste, and I will not return.

For other details:
Sashimi - a good selection and of a good quality
Sushi - the rice is well prepared for some, and not for others, which makes me wonder if there were different people preparing them
The real wasabi was nice
I did not try their "fusion" dishes
Alcohol selection - a range of sake and beer, we had some beer to go with the appetizers and this was the best part of the meal
Price - I would say the omakase is overpriced, the nigiri quality was good enough to justify that price

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 10, 2017

I used to love Seiya. It's not cheap, but it was always the best sushi spot I could find in the mid-peninsula.

Our most recent trip, though, was disappointing. The waitstaff were completely inattentive. They never refilled our water and had to be reminded to bring several of our dishes. The sashimi was, as always, very fresh and tasty. But the octopus (daily special) was almost too tough to chew; they had clearly not tenderized it at all.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2017

I didn't like the lighting at this restaurant, it was awkward and hurt my eyes, but otherwise the ambiance was great. Food was very good and the staff was good too.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Been here several times. Always request the private little room. It's the perfect space for 4-6 people. Great food and service. Love this place.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2017

will not be back. fish wasn't fresh at all...service was mediocre at best

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Bit pricey but can't complain with the quality that comes to the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2017

A decent, upscale Japanese restaurant. Have a few interesting fusion items. Service is great. Quality of fish is decent, although not the best I've tasted. Overall I am glad to have this restaurant in the neighborhood.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Always enjoy seiya never a bad meal or bad service.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 5, 2017

Server was very nice and knowledgeable. Food was very good, on the upper side of the scale for what you can find in the bay area, but not at top level you'd find in Japan. Prices are also commensurate and a great value for the quality. Interesting combinations of ingredients and choice of vegetables.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2017

Overpriced????

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

The usual sushi tacos are fantastic, but their special fixed price New Year's Eve tasting menu was above and beyond they are normal high level of creativity! Everything was delightful and delicious! A very special treat well worth the money.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Hirasan was excellent!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Seiya is our favorite sushi bar/restaurant in San Carlos. It is small so reservations are needed most evenings. Very fresh fish and extensive sushi menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Omakase sushi is great. Take a carafe of cold sake to double the joy. Service was good taking out empty trays on time. One down was the generic (fake) wasabi - I'd anticipate a real wasabi even in a small portion on the side prepared by the chef at the time of serving.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Some of the most creative sushi combinations I have ever had. Original. Unique. If you're looking for a California Roll, move along. But if you want to try new combinations you have never heard of, this is the place. Let the staff pick for you and take a risk. I did, and don't regret it.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Very mediocre sushi but the O Toro sashimi was very fresh and tasty. The grilled octopus was overdone and too chewy. All else was "fine' but nothing great and thought it was quite expensive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2016

I just googled "best sushi in San Carlos" and this came up... The place itself is the tiniest spot (we actually passed by it twice before finding the door) and even pretty small in the inside.

The food was ok - my wife loves sushi, and initially she was impressed, but afterwards when I asked her would you like to come back here ever, the answer was a "no". I am not a sushi guy, but everything else I ordered was not good (I understand the "fish taco" was supposed to be asian-fusion style... but still was not good)

The service was good in general (didn't have the beer I wanted), and in general it was pretty ok experience.

It was funny, when we were walking out we noticed all the "Michelin recommendation" signs, and we still could not believe them

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2016

High quality sushi! Great ambiance. Will definitely return!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 18, 2016

This was my third visit to Seiya and each time has been consistently good. I love the nigiri and the chicken kara age.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Service was lacking to say the least but the "fish taco" is worth a drop in

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2016

This was my second time at this restaurant and the staff (host, servers, sushi chefs) made me feel like I was a VIP ... it was such a pleasant surprise and to top it off the food and service were out of this world!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2016

Great tasting sushi! Small and intimate. Try the Spider Roll!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Nigiri sushi was terrible : bad tuna, ocean trout bad, salmon was mediocre at best.

Chicken was fantastic, beef skewer overdone and tasteless. I don't know where all the good reviews coming from, but dinner was a total bust with exception of the chicken:

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Hidden Gem. Excellent food. Outstanding service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2016

Service was slow. There was nearly 20 -25 minutes between the time the first person's meal was served and the last (fifth) person received their meal. Two individuals were done with their meals before the last person even received theirs. Maybe one could understand or tolerate this if the place was overly busy, but there were plenty of empty tables. No excuse. Overall a bad experience. Will not return.

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