This award-winning seafood restaurant and sushi bar simply serves the best sushi in town, with hand-selected fish straight from that day’s fish market prepared with locally farmed produce. For the perfect fresh sushi trio, try the Dragonfly Roll (a spicy tuna roll topped with ahi and avocado with spicy Thai aioli sauce), the Hamachi (Pacific yellowtail tuna with shiso, aka Japanese basil, local red jalapeno and a savory truffle ponzu sauce, topped with tobiko), and the 69 Roll (a contemporary California roll with fresh blue crab, avocado, cucumber and barbecue eel). Pro tip: the Hamachi pairs well with any pinot noir or rosé.
In a land where even seafood is imported and produce is shipped in bulk, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar not only keeps it fresh and local—they do so in style. Few Waikiki restaurants make the short list for favorites-for-locals, but Sansei is one of them, setting the standard for contemporary sushi and innovative fusion seafood since the mid-90s. Both the dinner menu and the happy hour menu selections boast locally caught fish alongside expertly prepared vegetables that are transported from only as far away as neighboring Kauai. Executive Chef Jason Miyasaki’s top pick for favorite homegrown dish? The Pan-Seared Ahi; fresh tuna, hand picked at the morning fish market, crusted with bubu arare (crispy rice pellets) and served alongside choice, local sauteed baby bok choy and East Asia shimeji mushrooms, with microgreens and roasted cherry tomatoes, united by a sweet Thai chili coconut cream sauce. On an island where Asian fusion is ubiquitous, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar is consistently voted one of the best.