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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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