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Genji Japanese Restaurant

175 Lisgar Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0C3, Canada
(613) 236-2880
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Ranked #129 of 2,140 restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Dessert
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Dessert
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98 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

A group of us decided to try this Japanese restaurant. Some of us wanted traditional sushi with fish, others wanted vegetarian, and one of us wanted other Japanese fare. Everyone LOVED their meal. The food was delectable, beautifully presented. Service was lovely, the surroundings very spare and clean, in that Japanese-zen way. Vegetarian, this is a great restaurant choice. There... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Our group (4 couples) returned to Genji last night and we were not disappointed. We ordered dishes (few appetizers, assorted sushi, assorted tempura, green tea creme brulee) to share. We had a great time with good food.

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3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Definitely check this out. We went early for supper the Friday of race weekend, and it wasn't busy at all. The food was FABULOUS, both in flavour and in presentation. The service was great. I'll be back!

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Above average value for money. It a pricey venue by Ottawa's standards but the portions are generous. There is no atmosphere. Food: Fresh and generous portions (especially sashimis). Creative sushi options available and more traditional menu Japanese otherwise. Atmosphere: Average, if not poor. There are odd privacy screens between a certain number of tables and the furniture is anything but... More

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

A great choice for lunch. Fast service and good quality, tasty food. While they accept reservations, you usually don't need them during the lunch hour. Tucked away on a side street away from one of the main thoroughfares, parking is at a premium but worth the trouble. In unobtrusive wait staff, A-1 sushi chefs and a varied menu make for... More

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Senior Reviewer
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7 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We have been here 3 years ago and have meant to come back after busy trying out many of the new sushi places. My wife told me that she is tired of eating All You Can Eat sushi and told me not to bother with any AYCE sushi any more. We took my wife's nephew and his wife from Toronto... More

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Kingston, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

So disappointed. The sushi/rice was not fresh, uni was ridiculously expensive, the atmosphere in the restaurant (at lunch time) was dull. Service was friendly but it could never compensate for the rest. I expected so much more based on the good reviews that I had read. That person who wrote "best sushi in Ottawa" did me a profound disservice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I ate here a few months ago and was really impressed with the quality of the sushi. After living in Ottawa for about 2 years, I think this is the best sushi I've tasted (in Ottawa) so far. Service was great- although it was a quiet night when I visited.. Am definitely planning a return visit soon!

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
199 reviews 199 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

The restaurant is clean and fairly nice, the sushi is fresh, and the service is good. There's no patio, and it's a bit off the beaten path, but it's worth a visit. It's very difficult to find good sushi in Ottawa, and this is almost certainly the best I've had. Hopefully, they'll be able to keep the quality up!

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30 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Our first visit to Genji though we have walked by hundreds of times as it is in our neighbourhood. We will certainly stop in again. Every single thing we tried was amazing and as we were 2 couples sharing we tried many things, especially the sushi offerings. The staff are friendly and helpful. Every dish was worthy of a photograph... More

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