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“Reasonably priced, Very Busy and Very Nice Sashimi”

Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #35 of 145 Restaurants in Dana Point
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed March 23, 2012

While we were visiting in Dana Point from the San Francisco Bay Area, we need our weekly sashimi "fix". We checked trip advisor and decided upon Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant. Staying at the Holiday Inn Express, we thought it would be walkable to this restaurant. It wasn't (unless you had quite a while). It was already 8:30 at night when we started out. We went back and got the car and drove up the road several blocks uphill (we are not young nor fit). The place was very busy on a Thursday night, with a large sushi bar and at least 6 sushi chefs, The decor was standard japanese family restaurant - not fancy.
After quickly being seated at a table, we were asked for our drink requests and given a VERY extensive menu- with items like New York steak. And all were reasonably priced (most under $20).. As we primarily eat just combination sashimi dinner, we ordered that for $17.95. The miso soup (strangely served with a chinese soup spoon) and cucumber salad was brought immediately to us, along with an order of edamame. On our sashimi order we had 15 pieces of 5 types of fish, with nothing out of the ordinary but all a very nice quality and tasty, and of course a rice bowl (served with chinese chop sticks- rounded ends).
For the included dessert, we had green tea ice cream, but there was a choice of 4 ice creams. We drank green tea, which was very hot. Our bill came to about $42- very reasonable for what we had We can only speak to the sashimi, but from the crowd present, I would say the other menu items were good as well. .

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Reviewed September 1, 2011

Gen Kai, Gen Kai
Of your tastyness I can not lie
Sushi, Sha Shimi, or Specialty Rolls
So tasty these fish, for whom the bell tolls
Eat, eat to your delight
Enjoy yourself at this place tonight

Seriously, this place has awesome sushi! Check out the specialty rolls which rock (especially the dijon seared albacore). Atmosphere is not great but the sushi is good and its very reasonably priced. Great for families, bar is not bad for a date spot.

Enjoy!

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Reviewed February 16, 2011

awww man! I wish this wasn't a one star review. Geez...how disappointing this place was. We saw it from across the marina market and decided to try it tonight for Happy Hour.

We ordered two glass of wine, house wine , , california rolls and volcano. It was all terrible. Lacked flavor and presentation.

I am easy to please. Especially with food. But this place was so below par it was ridiculous. The Rolls were not consistent in texture and filling. , and the volcano was dry . I couldn't believe how bad everything was. Food wise.

AS for the service, it was great. I really loved the staff there. sergio ,juan & roger ...from three different servers ...superb. But we came for the food and it was....meh...

1  Thank foreve1
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Reviewed June 10, 2009

Atmosphere amazing. Sit at the bar and have your very own chef. They're all Japanese! I know that sounds silly, but it really made the night for us. Very, very good Sushi. Can't wait to go back.

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Thank GreekandSwede
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Reviewed April 6, 2009

Went Friday night - very busy - but not a long wait. I love sushi and have been to many places on So Cal. This is by far my favorite. Must try DaBomb. It is da best! Sushi is fresh and chefs are great.

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