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Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant

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34143 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2808
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Dana Point,
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45 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very busy place. But worth the wait. Excellent fresh clean fish You can taste the quality. I will be Eating here again, and introducing Friends to a delightful dinner. Parking is a bit tough, so get a Reservation and come early to Park.

Thank johnsanDanaPoint_
San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best sushi around. Big long sushi bar. Chefs are legit. Hamachi and salmon Nigiri delicious. Order the mackerel! Chef said it was super fresh. No lie. Showed us the fish. Prepared it in right front of us. Then fried up the left over..sounds weird right? It was delicious too.

Thank p d
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend Barry and I go to Gen Kai on a regular basis .They have the freshest and tastiest sushi in town.We tried several other places .By far hands down ,no one else is better than this gem.👏

Thank Judy D
Dana Point, California
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gen Kai is excellent for sushi. My favorites are the poke bowl (amazing amount of fish, avocado, sprouts, amazing sauce, and you can order with brown rice), the tempura shrimp with a mayo sauce, the unbelievable crab hand rolls. Always busy, but worth the wait for great quality sushi in a local Dana Point setting.

Thank mmmincalif
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I brought my sushi-loving sister and her husband here when they were visiting from Texas. It's our go-to sushi place, and we have tried them all. Gen Kai never disappoints! Fresh fish, cold drinks, attentive service, stellar prices. There are only two things you need to know before you dine here: (1) the parking situation can be... More 

Thank Ashley M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

With two kids in tow, I always check reviews to ensure they are 'kid friendly.' We arrived about 5 minutes before 5pm and a line had already formed outside the restaurant. I was glad to see a couple families in line. It was also a good sign to see that people were arriving early to snag a good parking spot... More 

Thank Vibsand
San Diego, California
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

usually on a Fri or Sat night they get packed kinda early--just so you know! Service: good and delivery speed is decent but varies upon how crowded they are. Food: above average rolls and sashimi. But the Raw sushi isn't at the same level as "O" just a few miles away! Parking: A little tricky.

Thank YellowFever71
Branson, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

This was an interesting recommendation by a local. First you drive into an alley type place which is the UPS Store parking access. You park in the back and walk to the front. The front door has an OPEN neon sign on. So walk in. Not too inviting but once you get inside you won't believe your eyes. The sushi... More 

Thank Jerry B
Indianapolis, IN
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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

started out heading for a local Thai restaurant that ended being closed. we had walked by a restaurant that said Japanese food, so I suggested we go back to it. my husband loves sushi, so he was thrilled when we walked in to see a huge sushi bar with 6 chefs. we sat at the bar and kept trying different... More 

Thank agioe
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147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

It's easy to walk past this restaurant as all you see from the road is a blue door. Take the time and stop over, you won't be sorry. This is the best sushi I've had anywhere in the world! There is a long sushi bar where you can sit, or take one of the booths or tables. Nothing fancy -... More 

Thank AlexisZA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?