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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

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
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Cozy (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Authentic (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Healthy (7)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Casual (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Romantic (3)
Tapas (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Seasonal (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

No good.
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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food, awesome specials and beautiful ambience. Great place for a date if sushi is your thing.

Tags: Healthy, Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful food but portions are very small and the prices are very expensive for what you get.

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Birthday celebration but the restaurant didn’t do anything special. Food was decent but service needs improvement.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My reservation was for 8p. A call to confirm was received that day also stating I could not have a table only seating at the bar? I also wasn't seated until almost 830p.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I had forgotten how delicious sashimi could taste.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Overall good. Menu is quite authentic and good quality Japanese food. I wish they have more alcohol selection to match its food offerings however.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Creative, food and ambiance!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

What a wonderful restaurant, the Hawaiian Style Poke was one of my favorite dishes.
The atmosphere was very inviting, the staff was so accommodating, and the food was outstanding.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very high quality sushi in a great environment.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Incredible, creative sushi along with excellent service. Our group of 9 enjoyed our birthday celebration at this tiny,very special restaurant! Loved it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Imaginative Japanese cuisine, far beyond nigiri, in a pleasant space with excellent and knowledgeable service. Don't miss the "fish tacos" (on crispy rice cakes) and well seasoned hamachi crudo.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

sashimi was fabulous and so were the fish tacos. Service by Nancy was outstanding. She is very attentive and lovely

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Sashimi is delicious as are the hand rolls! The apps (steak tetaki and Hamachi carpaccio never disappoint). We didn't order the fish tacos this time because I was with gluten free diners...but that is my fav!

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Great food and service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Not worth the money. Will not go again. Overpriced food, small portions, low quality and slow service. Bad atmosphere.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Food is average and not too special for its price. Nice and quiet set up good for date.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 15, 2017

The service was impeccable!! We tried a bunch of great sakes and the sashimi was extremely fresh. The rolls were ok but I'd certainly come back for the sashimi and sake selection!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Creative and extremely fresh fish! Has many options not generally found in other sushi restaurants. The Sardine sushi is incredible.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Creative and beautifully prepared Japanese at its best! Their fish tacos are not to be missed, and their New Year's Eve tasting menu is amazing!

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Terrific! The food was amazing, especially Omakase.

Servers were friendly.

Authentic Japanese cuisine.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Always have a good experience at Seiya; excellent food and service - a must for special occasions!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Seiya never disappoints. The food is amazing. The staff is expert-level. The staff is warm and friendly. Always a wonderful meal and experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Spicy, Special Occasion, Vegan, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Cozy, Business Meals, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Really great Japanese food, simple and elegant contemporary interior design, great service...

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 4, 2017

This was some of the best sushi I've ever had in my life would highly recommend it don't miss this place if you like sushi

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Comfort Food, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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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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