Genji Japanese Restaurant

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We had a wonderful dinner at Kingyo (Genji) restaurant. The sashimi was very tender and fresh, the beef teryaki was tender and tasty and a yellowfin collar fish preparation was excellent and reasonably priced. The homemade ice cream was also quite good (try the mango). Our only disappointment is that they were out of sea bass and a Cabernet that we wanted to order but provided another excellent Cabernet. The service was friendly and efficient. If you want an outstanding dinner close to Rittenhouse Square but away from the noise and crowds, Kingyo (Gengi) restaurant is highly recommended.

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★★★★★

We had a wonderful dinner at Kingyo (Genji) restaurant. The sashimi was very tender and fresh, the beef teryaki was tender and tasty and a yellowfin collar fish preparation was excellent and reasonably priced. The homemade ice cream was also quite good (try the mango). Our only disappointment is that they were out of sea bass and a Cabernet that we wanted to order but provided another excellent Cabernet. The service was friendly and efficient. If you want an outstanding dinner close to Rittenhouse Square but away from the noise and crowds, Kingyo (Gengi) restaurant is highly recommended.

Pros: fresh fish, excellent sashimi, attentive service

Cons: missing some menu items

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I used to go to Genji all the time when I was a student and it was so so good. I just moved back to Philly and it was one of my first stops. What a difference and not in a good way. The fish was way too salty and didn't taste fresh at all. I don't think I'll be going back any time soon.

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★★☆☆☆

I used to go to Genji all the time when I was a student and it was so so good. I just moved back to Philly and it was one of my first stops. What a difference and not in a good way. The fish was way too salty and didn't taste fresh at all. I don't think I'll be going back any time soon.

Pros: reasonable price

Cons: sushi not as good as I remember

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I totally agree on "Onece the best, now a disappointment" and "Totally overated". It was really disappointing for those who knew Genji was excellent around 2002...

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★☆☆☆☆

I totally agree on "Onece the best, now a disappointment" and "Totally overated". It was really disappointing for those who knew Genji was excellent around 2002...

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We'd heard that Genji was good and there were a lot of people there when we got there, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. Our salads were a plate of limp, browning lettuce that were way overpriced. We ordered a few rolls and none of them were particularly good. The spicy tuna was awful - when we told the waiter we didn't care for it, he explained they used a jalpeno based spicy sauce, not the type of sauce most places use. We didn't even eat it. The other rolls were blah and didn't really have any flavor. The soy sauce was so salty we couldn't even use it - the nori tasted too salty as well. The service was mediocre at best. I have eaten at about 6 other sushi restaurants in Philly and this is the worst yet. If you want really good, really fresh sushi - go to Kisso in Old City. I've been there over a dozen times and have never been disappointed.

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★☆☆☆☆

We'd heard that Genji was good and there were a lot of people there when we got there, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. Our salads were a plate of limp, browning lettuce that were way overpriced. We ordered a few rolls and none of them were particularly good. The spicy tuna was awful - when we told the waiter we didn't care for it, he explained they used a jalpeno based spicy sauce, not the type of sauce most places use. We didn't even eat it. The other rolls were blah and didn't really have any flavor. The soy sauce was so salty we couldn't even use it - the nori tasted too salty as well. The service was mediocre at best. I have eaten at about 6 other sushi restaurants in Philly and this is the worst yet. If you want really good, really fresh sushi - go to Kisso in Old City. I've been there over a dozen times and have never been disappointed.

Pros: None

Cons: Quality, Service

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I don't even know how Genji competes with the other sushi bars in center city. The sushi here is not fresh and the restaurant on the whole is not welcoming. I would much rather eat at Fuji and get the freshest fish at a reasonable price. Also their sake selection is very limited and generic.

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★☆☆☆☆

I don't even know how Genji competes with the other sushi bars in center city. The sushi here is not fresh and the restaurant on the whole is not welcoming. I would much rather eat at Fuji and get the freshest fish at a reasonable price. Also their sake selection is very limited and generic.

Cons: Bad fish, bad sake list, way too bright!!!!

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By far the freshest Uni in the city. For more sushi reviews go to my rant and rave section of alistpromotions dot com

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★★★★☆

By far the freshest Uni in the city. For more sushi reviews go to my rant and rave section of alistpromotions dot com

Pros: freshest sushi - best uni i ever tasted

Cons: prices are higer than average

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I like Genji. The rolls were tasty and the tofu was the most fresh and authentic I've had in a long time. I have just two complaints: 1) tables seem too close together, so if there's a loud person at a neighboring table you can't help but hear their entire conversation, and 2) the nori on some of my hosomaki rolls was much too damp. Despite other peoples' complaints, I found the service to be polite and attentive.

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★★★★★

I like Genji. The rolls were tasty and the tofu was the most fresh and authentic I've had in a long time. I have just two complaints: 1) tables seem too close together, so if there's a loud person at a neighboring table you can't help but hear their entire conversation, and 2) the nori on some of my hosomaki rolls was much too damp. Despite other peoples' complaints, I found the service to be polite and attentive.

Pros: good food, nice location, prompt seating

Cons: terrible parking, noise level in dining room

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The sushi is incredible. Every piece perfect. Sea urchin my favorite, and don't forget the live scallops. Just delicious. Everytime I stop in for just a few pieces I end up not being able to leave. Every bite better than the last. As for bad service in the restaurant area I can't say anything, the sushi bar chefs are very nice.

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★★★★★

The sushi is incredible. Every piece perfect. Sea urchin my favorite, and don't forget the live scallops. Just delicious. Everytime I stop in for just a few pieces I end up not being able to leave. Every bite better than the last. As for bad service in the restaurant area I can't say anything, the sushi bar chefs are very nice.

Pros: Fresh fish, Live scallops, Saki list

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This place used to have the best sushi in Philadelphia. Now, the sushi is so-so, makng it completely overpriced. In addition, the ambience is horrible and the service abominable. I don't know what happened, but I have been burned twice and won't ever go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place used to have the best sushi in Philadelphia. Now, the sushi is so-so, makng it completely overpriced. In addition, the ambience is horrible and the service abominable. I don't know what happened, but I have been burned twice and won't ever go back.

Pros: location

Cons: rotten service, overpriced, no ambience

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The best experience I've had here was just sitting at the sushi bar once with friends and feasting on great sushi. However, every experience I've had in the regular dining room has been less-than-memorable. The service is consistently bad and full of attitude. The waitstaff always makes me feel like they're doing me a huge favor to fill my order, and god forbid you have any questions or special requests! They always seem in a rush to get you out the door, particularly at lunch time (when they don't even offer the best thing on the menu: the green tea ice cream & fruit plate).

The prices are such that you really should get better treatment--and better food--for your money.

I would definitely choose Fuji Mountain instead.

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★★★☆☆

The best experience I've had here was just sitting at the sushi bar once with friends and feasting on great sushi. However, every experience I've had in the regular dining room has been less-than-memorable. The service is consistently bad and full of attitude. The waitstaff always makes me feel like they're doing me a huge favor to fill my order, and god forbid you have any questions or special requests! They always seem in a rush to get you out the door, particularly at lunch time (when they don't even offer the best thing on the menu: the green tea ice cream & fruit plate).

The prices are such that you really should get better treatment--and better food--for your money.

I would definitely choose Fuji Mountain instead.

Pros: good sushi

Cons: , expensive

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I believe there was a change in owners, as a recent visit to Genji was very disappointing. The sushi was not very good, and the seasoning of the rice was very off. Service was abysmal with the waiters disappearing for long periods of time. Shiroi Hana and Morimoto are much better and authentic.

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★☆☆☆☆

I believe there was a change in owners, as a recent visit to Genji was very disappointing. The sushi was not very good, and the seasoning of the rice was very off. Service was abysmal with the waiters disappearing for long periods of time. Shiroi Hana and Morimoto are much better and authentic.

Pros: location?

Cons: , price, service

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First thing I noticed is the line of Japanese chefs working behind the bar, usually a good sign. And I wasn't disappointed, fresh fish and great sushi. Perhaps the best in Philadelphia.

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★★★★☆

First thing I noticed is the line of Japanese chefs working behind the bar, usually a good sign. And I wasn't disappointed, fresh fish and great sushi. Perhaps the best in Philadelphia.

Pros: sushi

Cons: service

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As someone from New York, finding places that are overpriced is a rare occurence. Genji is one of those places. Ordered a chirashi to receive a tiny portion with thin, poorly cut peices of soggy fish.
Ugh - what a waste.

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★★☆☆☆

As someone from New York, finding places that are overpriced is a rare occurence. Genji is one of those places. Ordered a chirashi to receive a tiny portion with thin, poorly cut peices of soggy fish.
Ugh - what a waste.

Cons: Food, Fish, Everything

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The food here is the best. There is not a sushi place better. The atmosphere is good and the prices are fair. The service is pretty bad. It is VERY slow. The waiters weren't rude but they were not helpful or approachable either. However, the restaurant was packed and we still were seated immediatly. If you want sushi, GO HERE. Live with the sucky service. You will be happy that you did.

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★★★★☆

The food here is the best. There is not a sushi place better. The atmosphere is good and the prices are fair. The service is pretty bad. It is VERY slow. The waiters weren't rude but they were not helpful or approachable either. However, the restaurant was packed and we still were seated immediatly. If you want sushi, GO HERE. Live with the sucky service. You will be happy that you did.

Pros: Food, Food, Food

Cons: Service, Service, Parking

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Freshest Sushi in Philadelphia................PERIOD. Simply the best quality Sushi on a consistent basis. The service is a little shoddy, but who cares???

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★★★★★

Freshest Sushi in Philadelphia................PERIOD. Simply the best quality Sushi on a consistent basis. The service is a little shoddy, but who cares???

Pros: Fresh Sushi, Serves Alcohol, Smoking section

Cons: Service, Ambience, Smoking section

 

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