Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar Review


Sansei Restaurant is the Big Islands hottest new restaurant. Though the restaurant only debuted in February, it already draws in crowds of both locals and visitors.

In addition to traditional grilled and sauteed entrees, Sansei also serves a wide variety fresh sushi. During our recent two week stay on the Big Island, we dined at Sansei twice and we thought both experiences were tremendous. The first time we chose the tasting menu for two which was a selection of signature appetizers and sushi to share. There were nine different delicious plates for us to try. This was a great introduction to Sansei and a good value at $80 for two.

During our next experience at Sansei, we shared our favorite appetizer, that we had sampled previously, the Japanese Calamari Salad, My husband had the Nissei sushi combination and I had the grilled Ahi with Sansei’s Asian shrimp cake, a signature dish. Once again, Sansei didn’t disappoint.

On the Big Island, Sansei is located in the Queens Marketplace at Waikoloa Beach Resort. The restaurant doesn’t really have a view, so to speak, but who cares, because the lively atmosphere and great food more than please. The restaurant opens at 5:30pm and sometimes offers attractive early bird specials between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. If you want to go, I recommend you make a reservation. If you are looking for a bit of nightlife in the quite and relaxed Kohala Coast resort area, then check out their late night dining and karaoke on Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm to 1am.

Though this is the first Big Island edition of Sansei Restaurant, there are other popular locations on Oahu and Maui. You can learn more about their menus and locations at their website.

  1. Mmmmmm sushi, I kinda wish I went there when we were on the Big Island… oh well, next time!

  2. Jim – I’d definitely recommend this restaurant to you. It has very nice creative dishes!

  3. Sansei is my new favorite restaurant in Hawaii. The Japanese Calamari Salad is amazing!

  4. A Maui Blog says:

    Yes…Sansei on Maui is good. I recommend it.

  5. A Maui Blog – thanks for letting us know that the Maui Sanseis get a thumbs up too!

  6. Thanks for sharing your delicious looking and descriptive meal with us (your readers). Sushi is my favorite food and I owe my business to my love of sushi–
    which led to my invention of sushi candles years ago:)

  7. I’m a huge sushi fan. All of these food blogs are makin’ me hungry! šŸ˜›
    Thank you for the recommendations.

  8. HR -Sorry these posts are making your stomach growl. šŸ™‚ If you like sushi, you should give Sansei’s a try for sure!

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