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“Tasty Food, Fairly Spendy, VERY Busy”

Sansei Seafood Restaurant
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Ranked #25 of 177 Restaurants in Kihei
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Kelowna, Canada
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Tasty Food, Fairly Spendy, VERY Busy”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

This is a local success story. We had been told by several people that we simply HAD to go and eat at Sansei... being sushi lovers, we decided to give it a go. The food is good. Understand, we have eaten sushi from some of the BEST west coast restaurants around so perhaps we're just a wee bit jaded. The tuna sashimi was nice and deep red but the texture was just a tiny bit tough for our taste. We sat at the bar and were somewhat disappointed that our chef seemed to genuinely dislike his job and couldn't be bothered talking to us... not all of the chefs were like that but unfortunately, ours was and he really kind of put a damper on our meal. Nice specialty rolls but it's an expensive feed and honestly, not really worth the price. Probably wouldn't eat there again unless we were staying in the area for a month or more and were starved for sushi.

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Yorba Linda
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83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Good Food and Great Service”
Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

Okay first off, being half Japanese and have grown up in Japan and Okinawa, I've had my share of really great Japanese and Sushi cuisine and plenty of not so great. Sansei in Kihei was not the best but the food was very nice and our waitress was wonderful. I had the shrimp and vegetable tempura which was done very nicely (not doughy or oily). The tuna rolls and roasted eggplant with miso paste were very tasty. There are many posted complaints regarding how this place is expensive relative to the quality of the food. But this is Maui and things are high priced everywhere. Call ahead to find about discounts.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fun sushi and karaoke!”
Reviewed 22 April 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

This review is for the Kihei location! We originally had Friday night 8 PM rezzies but my friend who lives in Maui said to wait till 10 PM and she'd meet us there. So we cancelled our 8 PM and met up with her at Sansei at 9:30 PM! Great LOCAL hangout! And what few non-islanders know is that the sushi is 1/2 off after 10 PM on Friday and Saturday nights! You can't make rezzies for the "after 10 PM 1/2 off sushi" but a line starts forming on the right hand side of the entrance around 9:30-ish. Once inside, everything on the menu is half off and the sushi is delicious! AND as an added treat, you can get up and sing Karaoke f you are feeling adventurous! Some of the local Hawaiian folk who got up to sing had amazingly beautiful voices! We came with friends and had such an enjoyable time. Their late night half off dining is only on Friday and Saturday nights, and it's best to get there a little early! The place was packed when we were leaving! And the food? DELICIOUS!!!

Visited April 2014
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B.C.
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Average”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Average sushi. There was a Line up when we showed up when restaurant opened. Was okay. Good service. Busy place

Visited April 2014
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Lehi, Utah, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Happy hour for okay sushi”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

We went during half price sushi happy hour which I'm glad we did because the normal prices were outrageous. The sushi was okay but nothing fabulous. Maybe my expectations were too high?

  • Visited April 2014
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