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“Good food, but service was rushed and table was cluttered?”

Sansei Seafood Restaurant
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Ranked #23 of 178 Restaurants in Kihei
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
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Good for: Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Arlington TX
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“Good food, but service was rushed and table was cluttered?”
Reviewed July 25, 2009

We arrived at Sansei at opening time and were seated right away. Other than the sushi and the sake, that was the best part of the evening. The table was cluttered with miscellaneous silver ware and plates- and though this sounds trivial, this is a nightmare when dining out with three young children as everything becomes a toy.

The server was very nice, but brought everything from appetizers to entrees to sushi rolls out at the same time, which didn't help the table situation. The kid's menu was limited and expensive, though the Ramen noodles were a hit. :-)

Overall, this restaurant would have been better had it cost 2/3 of what it did or if hubby and I had been eating there alone. However, given the tab and the nonstop damage control we did the entire hour we were there, it just wasn't worth it.

I would absolutely recommend Sansei to people traveling without and under 6 crowd in tow...but if babies are in your party, there are a number of other places to go that allow for a little more "elbow room".

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Delicious sushi!”
Reviewed July 16, 2009

This was our second time dining here, and we enjoyed it again very much. Our favorite menu items were the Panko Crusted Ahi Roll, and the unagi and hamachi sushi. All the fish was very fresh, and we liked everything we ordered.

We had heard great things about the Shrimp Dynamite appetizer, and it was good, but I wouldn’t reorder it.

The fried macadamia nut ice cream was good, too, but we were so full by that time I don’t think we were able to properly appreciate it!

My husband is somewhat of a sushi connoisseur, and for him to like and recommend a place means that it must really be good. He gives Sansei a thumbs up.

We’ll be back again.

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“On vacation, liked it so much the first time... we went back”
Reviewed July 14, 2009

Heard about this place from the valets while staying at the Four Seasons Maui. They all said that is was the best sushi on the island... they were right. The meal was incredible and a great value. My wife and me were pleasantly surprised at the low cost of the menu thinking that it would be priced as traditional with what you would normally spend on a "dining out in Maui". It is a must to go with the recommendations of the servers as their signature sushi dishes are unbelievable. My family met 2 fairly recognizable actors (husband and wife) at the Four Seasons and they made reservations with us. We liked it so much, that we went back two nights later at the request of our daughters (and so did the actor couple and their young daughters). Sons of two former pro athletes (one dad an NFL HOF quarterback and the other dad an NHL HOF'er known as "The Great One") also had dinner here with some friends during our second visit and they also said the food was wonderful.

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Thank WestPoint1989
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“Best Sushi Ever...”
Reviewed July 14, 2009

My husband and I were anxious to try sushi while in Maui and definitely picked the right place with Sansei. We made reservations in advance, which was a great idea since the restaurant still had a wait at 8:30 on a Monday night. We enjoyed ever roll and special that we tried. We had the panko crusted ahi sashimi roll, which was awesome. We also had the Takah Special roll, which was delicious. We tried two other items on the chef's special menu of the day that were incredible. All of the items were incredibly fresh and flavorful. If you are looking for incredible sushi, definitely try Sansei's.

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Thank NCTraveler245
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las vegas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“great meal”
Reviewed July 12, 2009

one of the most memorable meals i've had. the ahi is wonderrful. eat here everytime i visit maui. have never been let down.

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