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San Kai Japanese Restaurant

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3940 S Bristol St Ste 112, Santa Ana, CA 92704-7451
(714) 241-7115
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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san diego
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

We had dinner here last night with another couple and we all enjoyed our meal. The service was excellent, friendly and efficient. My husband & I ordered the Rainbow Roll and the Alaskan Roll. These rolls were large, fresh and very tasty. The outdoor seating was pleasant with live music. One of the best Sushi meals we have ever had.... More 

Thank DeborahnJack
Costa Mesa, CA
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209 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I am very sorry - I do not write a very negative review often. I thought about changing the title and make it less harsh. But truth be told - this place was pretty bad. The table outside was extremely dirty/sticky and a feeble attempt was made to clean it. This place is right across from South Coast Plaza so... More 

Thank FrankTibackx
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

What can I say. It is the best sushi I've ever had. I've been to many sushi restaurants all around the US but no one beats San Kai. Not only is the quality excellent but the service is great too. My husband and I take our little 1yr old to lunch and dinner all the time and they are so... More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

The food was strangely presented and the taste is soso. The tuna sushi are not tasty with not Japanese rice and fish looked frozen (strange cut). The sushis in Little Tokyo in LA are thousand times better. The udon with veggie was a joke: so big cut and nearly raw. It seems it isn't owned/managed by Japanese (probably Chinese)

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London, United Kingdom
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504 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Came here with a group led by my Mom. This is one of here favorite Japanese restaurants. Sushi is very good. Bento boxes are awesome. The pricing is very attractive.

Thank am08540
Irvine, California
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54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I strongly recommend you this restaurant. If you love sushi and rolls, this is your place. It is a small restaurant but the food is really fresh and good. There are many places for Shushi and we tried almost all of them and this is one of the best restaurants.

Thank ClaraMarlene
Garden Grove, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

i've been eating at SanKai for over 10 years and the consistency of fresh sushi never fails. Love the Poki Salad, cucumber roll, tuna tataki, Santa Ana roll and don't be afraid to ask for the chef's special, you won't be disappointed. the staff and chef's (Toshi and Koba) are always friendly and courteous.

Thank Luis R
Costa Mesa, California
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286 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We come here about every other month. The food is excellent, unpretentious, and well prepared. The menu is well put together and doesn't try to be all things to all people - just a nice selection of, what I would consider, Japanese comfort foods (at least me). My boys like the udon, my wife prefers the salmon or chicken and... More 

Thank Paul S
Hilo, Hawaii, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We were traveling in SoCal and took a day to shop at South Coast Plaza. After being in disneyland for three days and eating basically "junk food", we were craving some rice! (We are from Hawaii where rice is the staple of our meals.) We saw this sign and decided to give it a try. It was wonderful! We all... More 

Thank Kuulei G
Orange County, CA
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Sankai is a great place to relax and eat fresh sushi at a good price. It's small and cozy restaurant with a relaxed and casual atmosphere across the street from the hustle and bustle of South Coast Plaza. The sushi chefs and staff are very friendly and polite. As far as the food goes, I highly recommend the Santa Ana... More 

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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
Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3940 S Bristol St Ste 112, Santa Ana, CA 92704-7451
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
  • Phone Number: (714) 241-7115

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