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
The food was delicious and the fish was very fresh. The hostess and waitress were very sweet. The only bad experience was that our order of omakase nigiri took 45 minutes to be served. The sushi chef probably had a really important customer who was sitting next to us, because the chef was focusing on those customers and paying no attention to us, even though we were sitting right in front of him. When their important customers left and our omakase order was finally ready, the sushi chef angrily told the hostess that we have been waiting for a long time. It was very awkward to be in that situation between the restaurant staff. We're probably not coming back.
Menu items were hit or miss. Some of the rolls were quite good. Fatty tuna was absolutely delicious, but the mackerel was just too chewy to enjoy - textures were way off. They have a small robata grill selection - we tried the bacon wrapped prawn. Prawn was seriously overcooked and rubbery (probably left it on the grill long enough to cook the bacon, which meant that the prawn was overcooked by the time the bacon was done). Despite other people's complaints, service was good. Wine selection is poor.
We came here and got a variety of things, like seaweed salad, miso soup, an assortment of sashimi, and 2 rolls. Also got a sampler of sake and a coooooold Asahi for me. The Kobe beef roll was really something different and we both loved it - could've easily eaten 2 rolls each! The spider roll was also very good. Delicious sashimi. The service was the best part, as we got good attention from the wait staff to explain the different kinds of sake and sashimi. A bit pricey, but we'd come back.
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.
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