Honolulu >Food & Dining > Sansei Seafood Restaurant
2552 Kalakaua Ave (Waikiki Beach Marriott), Honolulu, HI | Directions 9681521.272701 -157.823101
Sunday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 10:30 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 01:00 AM
Superb as Always – If you are in the area of any Sansei restaurant, be sure to patronize them. The decor is well done and fancy. Their food is delicious, competitively priced, and the service is awesome. We went to this restaurant on two different visits to Oahu. Great each time. They also have one restaurant on Maui. Not as fancy inside, but wow...people were lined up early to get in and were ready to rush the door when they opened for the day.
Not bad – OK sushi restaurant if you are in Waikiki and crave some sushi. I prefer more high end restaurants.
Excellent Food / Service! – The atmosphere is great! Love the location. Love the food! I esp. like it btwn 5-6pm on Sun and Mondays when everything is half!
Classy yet casual, Sansei features traditional sushi as well as Japanese fusion cuisine created by Chef D.K. Kodama. – In Short
Visitors to Sansei flock to its sushi bar, where expert chefs churn out specialty rolls such as the panko crusted ahi roll or the Kapalua butterfly roll (salmon, crab, shiromi, and vegetables). Other signature items include Asian shrimp cake, mango and crab salad roll, foie gras nigiri, and crab ramen with truffle broth. Friendly waiters are happy to suggest selections from a well-chosen sake list to complement the meal. Desserts such as Kula persimmon crème brulee often feature local fruits.
good service, good food. – good service and good food.
dont missed out the 25% off early bird special before 6pm and 50% off after 10pm discount!
Kodama Should Swim with the Fishes – With offerings including panko crusted ahi, numerous imaginative rolls, as well as traditional nigiri, Sansei, a Waikiki outpost of the Maui-based sushi/seafood creation by Dave "DK" Kodama, sets diners' expectations high. However, a dining room marred by canned Hawaiian musak, closely packed tables with plastic tops, and glaring lights quickly crushes any hopes of an enjoyable meal.
In a horrible, Denny's-like atmosphere, the harried, inexperienced servers are prone to botching orders. They rush by tables so quickly that it is hard to get their attention to put in an additional order.
Not to worry. Diners really won't want more of the fast food-quality fare anyway. Items intended to be crispy are soggy, selections arrive out of order or sometimes not at all, and dishes that should have been made fresh were obviously prepared ahead of time.
At prices high even by Waikiki standards (dinner for 2 with drinks $150), Sansei disappoints all around. For this egregious abuse of diners sensabilities, someone should ensure Kodama sleeps with the fishes.
Fantastic creative Pacific Rim – I may be Asian, but I've never liked sushi. Raw things simply make me...squeemish. Sansei, recently relocated to the Waikiki Beach Marriott, however, makes "raw stuff" superb. The staff that greets is hardly friendly, but servers are affable and smily. With a blend of Asian and Hawaiian decor, Sansei offers an enormous menu of specialty sushi and entrees, including a judiciously spiced shichimi-crusted filet. Signature mango crab salad hand roll is served with a sprightly Thai chili vinaigrette and boosted further with a good hand of cilantro. It's smooth and smooth with a fantastically fresh seared 'ahi with sensual soy butter sauce pooled around. Shrimp dynamite, lightly battered and fried to a tantalizing crisp, is delicious topped off with smelt roe-garlic aioli. Even a simple local favorite like misoyaki butterfish is prepared beautifully. A true showstopper, however, is the ethereal Dungeness crab and black truffle ramen. I always feel obligated to order one of the spectacular desserts, whether it be a Granny Smith apple and caramel tart or tempura-fried ice cream. Food at Sansei is a far better deal than its sister restaurant D.K. Steak House next door.
best appetizers and sushi – Innovative restaurant. The appetizers and the sushi is a winner here. Ordered the shrimp cake (served with a creamy sauce and crunchy noodles), filet of beef, nalo greens salad served with an umeboshi dressing, dungeness crab ramen, rainbow roll, and a lilikoi cream pie.
Parking is available next in the Marriott Hotel for $7 (valet) with validation.
best value – Sansei makes the absolute tastiest, most creative rolls I have ever tasted. Panko-crusted, seared ahi tuna with wasabi mayonaisse stands out as especially delicious. The place itself is nothing special and the service was fine, but nothing beats it for value. My girlfriend and I ordered the tasting menu for two which left us stuffed to the gills and only cost $60 total.
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