By day, Sansei is a family-friendly restaurant specializing in Maui’s best hand rolls and shrimp dynamite. But by night Sansei transforms into a red-hot nightspot for first dates, celeb sightings—Calista Flockhart! Mike Myers! That chick from that one movie!—or just sipping sake with friends at the bar. Late night weekend dining always attracts a posh crowd who hover in the entrance waiting for the clock to strike 10, which magically makes all sushi rolls and appetizers 50 percent cheaper. Insiders say you’ll be too late for a table by 10:15, but you can always groove to the always-delightful sounds of fellow customers serenading the crowd with cheesy karaoke songs while you wait. 115 Bay Drive, Kapalua. 669-6286; 1881 S. Kihei Rd., 879-0004.
Runner up: Kobe Japanese Steakhouse. 136 Dickenson St., Lahaina, 667-5555. Run