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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 - 11:00 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: Reservations
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Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Best in the area

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Diverdad1
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Laguna Niguel, California
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Laguna Niguel, California
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160 reviews 160 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

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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132 reviews 132 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Can't really say much about this place other then it is the best sushi you can get.. Anywhere!!! You must go!! The staff is always great, and the wasabi is the freshest I have ever had! Go now!!

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Orange County, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

i was last at Gen Kai about a month ago, but have been coming here for over 20 years. I'm not a fan of "fancy" rolls, but rather prefer sashimi style raw fish. The quality of the fish here is out of this world. They're happy to prepare the sushi/sashimi to your liking. My favorite is the hamachi sashimi with... More 

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This restaurant offers so many choices of good dishes and rolls it may take you a while to decide what to eat. We received quick, excellent service and enjoyed our meal.

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Phoenix
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Learned abput Gen Kai through the St. Regis staff. I asked a few of them who were working at different departments pf the hotels is they knew the best Japanese restaurant in the area is. All of these peeps suggested Gen Kai. So I thought...sounds good looks like the locals like this restaurant. First of, there was quite a wait... More 

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arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Food was terrible, poor quality, not fresh, left most of the food on the table, paid bill, and went back to hotel, ordered a pizza. Made my family want to get sick.

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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
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?