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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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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
We've been going here for years

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
Cheyenne P
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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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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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154 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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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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Encinitas, California
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3 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
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?