About Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - KIHEI, Maui
Sansei, meaning third generation, is a locally owned contemporary Japanese Restaurant offering new wave sushi. The force behind the food is Chef/Owner Dave "DK" Kodama. An Oahu native, he is fearless when it comes to flavors and one of the most adventurous chefs you will meet. At Sansei, he has combined his Japanese heritage with Hawai'i's incredible ethnic mix and the flavors he experienced in his travels to create a New Wave Sushi, Japanese-inspired Pacific Rim, Contemporary Japanese type of cuisine. Call it whatever you like. What you will taste are unique combinations of flavors and textures.
Contemporary American, Sushi
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday-Monday 5:00pm-10:00pm; Tuesday-Wednesday: 5:30pm-10:00pm; Thursday-Saturday: 5:30pm-1:00am with only Late night menu after 10pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Karaoke on Thursday,Friday and Saturday Nights for 21+, 10pm-1am 50% off Sushi & Appetizers & Drink Specials
Off property caterings and private dinners from 20-200 covers.
Free Self Parking
Maui Public Bus stop 100 yards away
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - KIHEI, Maui Ratings and Reviews
There was no order to the meal. Food ca ...
There was no order to the meal. Food came out as it was prepared. We got our entrees before the appetizers. A way around this is to make separate orders, as the food is made very quickly. Overall, a good place to eat. The sashimi was good quality and large variety.
waiter didn't listen to our questions re ...
waiter didn't listen to our questions regarding the menu. we were on a family vacation. quite disappointed actually w the dining experience and culinary selection / presentation / taste. wouldn't be on the top of my list of restaurants to recommend to family / friends and colleagues when they vacation in maui.
We have been dining at Sansei for years. ...
We have been dining at Sansei for years. My sons request to frequent this establishment for any reason under the sun. Recently, Ive seen many changes. Unfortunately it isn't positive. The hostess are overwhelmed and rude customers flock to the early bird dining. This makes for a rushed experience. The food was ok, not great, can't put my finger on it. Maybe its because we waited so long for some dishes that our appetite was lost. We were seated in a section with other families and the waitstaff had to attend to MANY children at once. Maybe staggering the seating would be best.
I think it will be some time before we return.
I ate here 4 years ago and really loved ...
I ate here 4 years ago and really loved the sushi, but on this most recent visit I found the food somewhat disappointing. There was nothing bad or wrong with the food, but it also was not what I was anticipating. Great service, prompt food delivery.
I had heard of Sensei for months. Every ...
I had heard of Sensei for months. Everything I was told is TRUE! This is the best sushi I have ever had. The presentations are exotic and original. We sat at the sushi bar - best place if it's just you a couple of others. Instant service from the sushi chef (if that's what you call them). The staff is friendly and available and accommodating. If you are on Maui, this is a MUST!
I'm not someone who is usually a big fan ...
I'm not someone who is usually a big fan of sushi but heard great things about this restaurant while on vacation in Maui and decided it would be a great time to try it - and it did not disappoint! Honestly one of the best meals I've ever had. We got the Panko Crusted Ahi Roll, the Crunchy Sansei Shrimp Tempura Roll (chef special that night) and a Rainbow Roll and all were delicious, particularly the former. Definitely recommend!
Every meal we have had at Sansei has bee ...
Every meal we have had at Sansei has been incredible. The service is prompt and friendly, and there are plenty of options on the menu. We made a reservation, and we were seated immediately in our chosen section. I love tasty cocktails, and in my opinion, the cocktails at Sansei are not as great as the food, so we tend to stick with soda or tea -- the beer and sake are great, though. Overall, we have never been disappointed with our meal at Sansei and return as often as possible -- which is convenient because we live only a few miles away.
It was almost comical how bad our visit ...
It was almost comical how bad our visit was to Sansei. We arrived at opening, and were seated against the wall, between two very large, loud parties (despite the rest of the restaurant being empty, including a number of seats by the windows). Our table wobbled heavily so we used the drink menu to stabilize the table, which was later ripped away by our waitress even after we explained.
The samosas were okay, and the wasabi miso salmon my husband ordered was good. However, the combination sushi plate and mango crab roll was honestly the worst sushi I've ever had. It was dry and without flavor. I've had better grocery store sushi. I couldn't even finish most of the pieces, and our waitress never asked why I left more than half of it on the plate.
This was the only bad meal we've had on Maui. It was incredibly disappointing since we were celebrating our honeymoon.
Excellent meal and waiter. Great variety ...
Excellent meal and waiter. Great variety of sushi and sashimi. Tried their award winners and all four we tried were excellent. A very relaxed atmosphere and a great waiter contributed to a wonderful dinning experience. They also stock a good selection of local beer. Overall a winner!
Not the best sushi but ok. We tried 5 di ...
Not the best sushi but ok. We tried 5 dishes and none were outstanding. Very disappointed in our seating/table. We reserved on open table 4 days in advance and were seated right next to kitchen in the back of restaurant. Clearly the worst and loudest, most highly trafficked table in the house. It was obvious this restaurant doesn't care about open table customers.
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