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“One our best meals in our LA trip”

Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #27 of 145 Restaurants in Dana Point
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
DFW
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“One our best meals in our LA trip”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

Met a local that raved about this place. An out of towner like our selves would have never noticed this place. So this place was probably packed with locals. Got there at 1:45PM and our local got stuck in traffic (what else is new,) Was told that we needed to get our order in by 2 PM as the kitchen would be closed but we were welcome to take our time. No problem called our friend, placed our order food was great.
The quality and freshness of the sushi/sashimi was great. Ordered a side of baked Salmon cheeks which was well prepared. Had them bag the leftovers. We were the last ones to leave, but the service was always very polite and professional.
Went back at night for a late dinner and there was a line for the sushi bar. We were blessed that we called ahead for a table. Dinner was as good as lunch and had left overs for breakfast.
We ordered complete dinners which started with soup and ended with tea ice cream.
Trying to fit in a third visit before heading home.

  • Visited March 2014
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English first
Las Vegas, Nevada
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Wow”
Reviewed February 21, 2014

We were staying in Carlsbad and drove up to Dana Point for lunch. I had read a review on this place and decided to try it. I had the sushi/sashimi lunch and my wife had a tempura dish. We're from Las Vegas and have eaten at the best Sushi restaurants there, but this was as good as we've had and at an unbelievable price. I'm drooling as I'm writing and remembering it.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank jimmy w
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Palm Desert
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Japan in Southern California”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

We have been in Japan. Eating at Gen Kai is like a quick trip to Japan. The food is fabulous. The boat will feed four people easily. If you want to eat at the sushi bar, get there early, it fills up fast. We got there as it opened and there was a long line. Most of the people went to the sushi bar. We had no problem getting a table.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank desertrat161
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Cheadle, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Out of this world Sashimi”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Just visited on a recent trip to the area. The low points first: not the best kid options (the kids version of the teriyaki chicken was somewhat not as good as the grown up one), and the sushi rolls are OK. The high points: the Sashimi is fantastic! In fairness the sushi rolls only felt 'ok' because they were eaten with sashimi that was truly out of this world... they are actually very good, but the sashimi is melt in your mouth / can't get enough delicious...

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Sophie C
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West Sussex
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Superb sushi”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Bit of a hidden gem in the Dana Point area. We didn't book and waited about 30mins for a table, restaurant seems popular with locals. Had a great assortment of food, excellent sashimi, shrimp tempura and some spectacular speciality rolls. Good atmosphere, delicious food and lots of fun. Highly recommend!

Visited July 2013
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Thank RichieG
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