Happy Hour at Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar – Kihei, Maui, HI (CLOSED)
Updated 11/1/2023 by the Maui Happy Hours team: Sansei’s in Kihei has permanently closed according to their October 30th Facebook post. Mahalo to Sansei’s for the memories.
Phone: (808) 868-0780
About: Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Kihei, HI has reopened for dine-in and take-out at their new location as of November 27, 2020. Contemporary sushi and new wave Asian-inspired dishes served in a lively setting are what make Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar one of Hawai’i’s most critically acclaimed and wildly popular restaurants.
Wine Spectator described the restaurant’s “endless innovation with a strong Japanese accent.” Bon Appetit named Sansei one of its “Favorite Asian Restaurants” and one of “America’s Best Sushi Bars.”
Sansei’s sushi chefs are known for their highly imaginative creations like their signature Panko Crusted Ahi Roll and the famous Kapalua Butterfly Roll, a colorful delight of salmon, crab, shiromi, and fresh vegetables.
The multi-award-winning Asian Shrimp Cake with Ginger Lime Butter and Cilantro Pesto is a delicate shrimp cake encased in crispy Chinese noodles.
The first Sansei opened in March 1996 at the Kapalua Resort, Maui, with additional locations opening in Honolulu, Kihei, Maui and Waikoloa, Hawai’i Island in 2000, 2002, and 2008 respectively.
The Japanese word “sansei” refers to “third-generation” and founder D.K. Kodama felt it was a fitting name for a restaurant inspired by Japanese tradition also serving contemporary interpretations of sushi and Asian cuisine. It is also a reference to D.K. Kodama’s background as a third-generation Japanese American.
Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar is part of the DK Restaurants group.
According to these Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar patrons:
“Love this place. Excellent service. Ultra fresh fish. Had Nigiri, some rolls, Japanese eggplant (yum), seaweed salad and more. Wonderful place to hang out with friends, too!”Dave B., March 2022
“The happy hour specials are a great deal and the food is so ‘ono. Make a reservation to be guaranteed a spot.”Bryan D., November 2021
“Some of the freshest yummiest sushi that I’ve ever had. I went twice because that’s how much I love the place. I would recommend asking for the sushi bar seats, the staff is friendly there and they tell you about the catch they have.”Chi V., November 2021
“It took every ounce of willpower to stop myself from inhaling supper. By savouring each bite I was truly able to understand why Sansei’s reputation as top notch remains unchallenged. After ordering ahi medium done hubby thought he made a mistake however I reassured him the kitchen would expertly deliver…and it did. Tempura, scallops on parsnip purée, the sum of all its parts signature mango crab dish, rice infused with furinake, shrimp nest, each bite truly delicious. Bonus: we ordered by 5:30 so enjoyed a 25% price reduction.”Gina G., October 2021
During our recent stay in Maui, our group of 14 sought for a seafood restaurant that offered sashimi and other dishes. We were delighted to discover Sansei (yes discover since it was our first time dining there although we have vacationed in Maui for more than a decade). The variety of sushi rolls and pieces, the sashimi trio, the steaks, the lobster and shrimp mashed potatoes – and last but not least – the Fried ice cream dessert – were so very delicious. Sansei will be on our Must-Dine-Here list for our next vacation to Maui, which we hope will be in 2022.Marie P., September 2021
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