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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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Today
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 2
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  • 0
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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
Great little place!

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
OmGrlJenn
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Pasadena, Maryland
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60 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Pasadena, Maryland
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 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
Top Contributor
195 reviews 195 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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184 reviews 184 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
181 helpful votes 181 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
83 helpful votes 83 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
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We didn't know what to expect at Gen Kai, but the menu was really inventive with sushi rolls that were delicious and creative. The baked crab handroll, mango roll and pop shrimp roll were especially good. Our only issue was that the food was brought out as it was ready, so we got our sushi before some of our appetizers.... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

Good quality fish. Prices good for standards in the area. In my opinion, it's the only place when choosing to get sushi. Go!

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?