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Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant

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34143 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2808
949-240-2004
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Sushi Bar

The restaurant was XLNT before ownership change, but is still very good, they have a great happy hour menu (good prices without too much fud), people start to line up for the sushi bar early, seating is limited and the place can get a bit loud, but it's always a good time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2015
Slimmdog
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Orange County, California
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Orange County, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

The restaurant was XLNT before ownership change, but is still very good, they have a great happy hour menu (good prices without too much fud), people start to line up for the sushi bar early, seating is limited and the place can get a bit loud, but it's always a good time.

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Dana Point, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Get yourself a happy meal at lunchtime, or try any of their specialties. Not a bad roll or cut in the house

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Pasadena, Maryland
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Selected Gen Kai based on Trip Advisor reviews and were not disappointed. A friendly server pointed us toward the special rolls, all good choices. The family loved the sushi nachos. Everything was fresh and delish.

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Palm Springs, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We looked up sushi and based on trip advisor reviews we found Gen Kai and are glad we did. Service was fine and the fish fresh and delicious. If ever in the area we will be back.

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Vista, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We needed a restaurant midway between San Diego County and Fullerton, so found Gen Kai online. The menu sounded good, so we took a chance on eating sushi out of our area, which can be a bit scary. We were not disappointed. We could tell from the number of people there for early dinner, that it probably was a winner.... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Small, cozy , great Japanese food. There is a sushi bar, and a regular dining room. The Poki bowl is to die for, but the Shabu Shabu, is awful!

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Irvine, California
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200 reviews 200 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

6:30 dinner on a Wednesday evening to catch up with our son and his wife. We made it just in time for the happy hour dinner deal, and what a deal it was. Round of drinks and four combination dinners with a tip for under $90! Tempura was hot and crispy, miso soup was hot, salad was fresh, entrees were... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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191 reviews 191 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

There are lots of sushi places in south OC, all competing for your business. But Gen Kai is probably my favorite. The bar and sit down areas are separated and both good choices, depending on what you prefer. Service is dependable. It can get busy but the line moves. The atmosphere is nice but not too raucous like some places.... More 

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California
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151 reviews 151 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

whatever your appetite is for sushi, Gen Kai is the place to go in Dana point. Occasionally I will have the chicken teriyaki and tempura dish which is also lovely. It is a fun place to sit at the sushi bar and meet and talk to many people. Get there early if you want to get a seat at the... More 

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Orange County, CA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Went to Gen Kai's because of good reviews in various OC magazines. My wife and I are sushi lovers and love trying new and different things. The rolls here are inventive and different. It seems that they come out with new rolls on the menu often. The rest of the food is pretty much standard fare sushi restaurant stuff. The... More 

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Additional Information about Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant

Address: 34143 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2808
Phone Number: 949-240-2004
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 34143 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2808
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: 949-240-2004

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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