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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 41
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Favorite sushi spot in O.C.

This is my family's favorite sushi restaurant in all O.C. I discovered this place in 2008 and after 8 years, the food is still amazingly good. Although there tends to be a long wait so I recommend RSVP or goingearly, before 6 pm. You can tell there's a lot of regulars and locals frequenting this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is my family's favorite sushi restaurant in all O.C. I discovered this place in 2008 and after 8 years, the food is still amazingly good. Although there tends to be a long wait so I recommend RSVP or goingearly, before 6 pm. You can tell there's a lot of regulars and locals frequenting this place, so there's always a... More 

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Dana Point, California
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We have gone to Gen Kai for 20 years - wonderful sushi bar and dining room. Consistently good experience - fair prices and good food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Notice my title: so take my opinion as to quality with a grain of salt. Went there with my son on a Monday night. Got there about 6 pm and the bar was filling up quickly. No line or wait time but by 7:30 when we left, the bar was full and most of the table seating was full. Not... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Im a Chicago food snob and spoiled by the good food, so I can say that this restaurant wouldn't last a year in Chicago - very bland rolls with not much flavor, also got stuffed Anaheim peppers which were also tasteless. Can't recommend this restaurant to anyone who knows what a good sushi restaurant is. Its also very noisy in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We've been going to Gen Kai for years. I love that they serve hot towels before your meal. I also like the complimentary pickled cucumber and edamame. Sushi is good and the specialty rolls are tasty too. Service is okay. It seems to have gone downhill though. On our last visit our dirty plates were just stacking up at the... More 

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San Clemente, California, United States
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164 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I have eaten sushi at a lot of places both here and abroad I gotta say this place was pretty average and thats not a bad thing . It seems to be very busy and I might add very loud but they did a good job of getting our standard dishes like rainbow roll and spicy tuna out fast and... More 

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Orange County, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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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
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
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79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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
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4 restaurant reviews
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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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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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?