Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 34143 Pacific Coast Hwy

    Dana Pt, CA 92629

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  • 949-240-2004

About Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant

Hours
Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10pm Fridays: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-11pm Saturdays- 5pm-11pm Sundays: 5pm-10pm

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I dropped my daughter off her friend's house for a sleep over in Dana Point and decided to find a Japanese restaurant. Gen Kai came up, so I took my son and wife and see what it all about. I called ahead and they gave me a 7:30pm

3
★★★★★

I dropped my daughter off her friend's house for a sleep over in Dana Point and decided to find a Japanese restaurant. Gen Kai came up, so I took my son and wife and see what it all about. I called ahead and they gave me a 7:30pm

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I used to love this place- but I haven't been back many times since the new ownership. I was a weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) client and I am no longer. I still eat sushi once a week, just not here.

3
★★★★★

I used to love this place- but I haven't been back many times since the new ownership. I was a weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) client and I am no longer. I still eat sushi once a week, just not here.

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On a day to day basis \r
The best sushi for the money, this side of Hawaii.\r
And this comes from icthyologist. \r
And you know what they are so nice they feed it to everyone. \r
Been going there for 20 some yrs and thinking of just buying

3
★★★★★

On a day to day basis \r
The best sushi for the money, this side of Hawaii.\r
And this comes from icthyologist. \r
And you know what they are so nice they feed it to everyone. \r
Been going there for 20 some yrs and thinking of just buying

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Fresh fish and great service. Packed on weekends. Not super fancy - dress casual. I brought a friend who travels to Japan a lot and is very picky about his sushi. He was impressed and really liked the Toro. My favorite is Salmon sushi. Love, love, love Gen Kai!

4
★★★★☆

Fresh fish and great service. Packed on weekends. Not super fancy - dress casual. I brought a friend who travels to Japan a lot and is very picky about his sushi. He was impressed and really liked the Toro. My favorite is Salmon sushi. Love, love, love Gen Kai!

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The service is honestly second to none. I have been to many restaurants from Northern California to Southern of all types and this was the best. Not only were they amazingly friendly and respectful but the food was great as well. I would strongly reccomend this restaurant.

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★★★★★

The service is honestly second to none. I have been to many restaurants from Northern California to Southern of all types and this was the best. Not only were they amazingly friendly and respectful but the food was great as well. I would strongly reccomend this restaurant.

Pros: Thumbs up!! Great service and wonderful staff. I would return any day.

Cons: None

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This was one of the first sushi restaurants I ever had the pleasure of visiting. The staff is sweet, and the rolls are delicious! The space is a little cramped, but it adds to the atmosphere.

4
★★★★☆

This was one of the first sushi restaurants I ever had the pleasure of visiting. The staff is sweet, and the rolls are delicious! The space is a little cramped, but it adds to the atmosphere.

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I've eaten at Genkai sushi 2-3/week since I was a young child and each time the food and service just seems to get better. The sushi specials are both fresh and tasty. All the fish is the very freshest. I've read several bad reviews, but as a regular customer for 29 years I must say that these are probably lies spread by other restaurant owners. When I went away for college, all I could think about was coming home to eat their toro, tuna, uni and aji. When I finally moved back into town, I just couldn't help myself but to eat at Gen Kai all the time. They have an excellent Sake list and they now have taught me the virtues of drinking soju (something like a Japanese vodka). I've been to several other sushi bars in Orange County and nothing can compare to the service and quality of Gen Kai. 5/5!

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★★★★★

I've eaten at Genkai sushi 2-3/week since I was a young child and each time the food and service just seems to get better. The sushi specials are both fresh and tasty. All the fish is the very freshest. I've read several bad reviews, but as a regular customer for 29 years I must say that these are probably lies spread by other restaurant owners. When I went away for college, all I could think about was coming home to eat their toro, tuna, uni and aji. When I finally moved back into town, I just couldn't help myself but to eat at Gen Kai all the time. They have an excellent Sake list and they now have taught me the virtues of drinking soju (something like a Japanese vodka). I've been to several other sushi bars in Orange County and nothing can compare to the service and quality of Gen Kai. 5/5!

Pros: Food, Service, Alchohol

Cons: Parking (unfortunately its street parking...only a few...4-5 spaces in the back)

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This place has huge sushi bar (20+ seats). The chefs are a blast. Creative, never before seen 'cuts'/rolls, etc. Dining room is also good but a little 'tight'. Sushi quality is exceptional! Fresh!

5
★★★★★

This place has huge sushi bar (20+ seats). The chefs are a blast. Creative, never before seen 'cuts'/rolls, etc. Dining room is also good but a little 'tight'. Sushi quality is exceptional! Fresh!

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Gen Kai is the only Sushi restaurant I recommend in the entire area. I am one of the pickiest people when it comes to eatting raw fish and I will eat here. The atmosphere, the people, the service is top shelf.

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★★★★★

Gen Kai is the only Sushi restaurant I recommend in the entire area. I am one of the pickiest people when it comes to eatting raw fish and I will eat here. The atmosphere, the people, the service is top shelf.

Pros: fresh food, great service

Cons: try parking around the back, it's worth a little walk and you'll eat so much, you'll need the walk afterwards.

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Look, this place isn't the Ritz. It's a Sushi Bar in CDM. Of which, there are very few (or none). They serve great sushi and they don't have spectacular service. It's a great spot to go and have a good conversation or whatever it is that you do while you eat, but not a place to sit and wait impatiently for your food. We took a bottle of our own wine in and they had no problem with it, and also didn't charge us. I think the service is bad because the Management consistently understaffs the place. However, as a resident of Newport for nearly my whole life, I highly recommend. Chillout! This is Newport!

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★★★★☆

Look, this place isn't the Ritz. It's a Sushi Bar in CDM. Of which, there are very few (or none). They serve great sushi and they don't have spectacular service. It's a great spot to go and have a good conversation or whatever it is that you do while you eat, but not a place to sit and wait impatiently for your food. We took a bottle of our own wine in and they had no problem with it, and also didn't charge us. I think the service is bad because the Management consistently understaffs the place. However, as a resident of Newport for nearly my whole life, I highly recommend. Chillout! This is Newport!

Pros: Great Food. Good Ambiance. BYO Wine

Cons: Slow Service

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Gen Kai became THE place to get sushi a few years ago. IMO the food is overpriced and you may have to wait a while to get seated.

My choice for sushi in the Dana Point area is Dana Kai at Niguel Road and Camino del Avion. The chefs and staff are friendly, the portions fresh, generous and reasonably priced. Great upscale ambiance and there is usually no wait even on busy nights. Enjoy!

Dana Kai is right next to Brio restaurant at 24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point, CA 92629.

Check out the website at danakai dot com.

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★★★☆☆

Gen Kai became THE place to get sushi a few years ago. IMO the food is overpriced and you may have to wait a while to get seated.

My choice for sushi in the Dana Point area is Dana Kai at Niguel Road and Camino del Avion. The chefs and staff are friendly, the portions fresh, generous and reasonably priced. Great upscale ambiance and there is usually no wait even on busy nights. Enjoy!

Dana Kai is right next to Brio restaurant at 24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point, CA 92629.

Check out the website at danakai dot com.

Pros: Good sushi

Cons: Overpriced, long wait, crowded

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Went to Gen Kai last Friday and basically got no service and no food after 1 hr. The owner was called and she basically took no responsibility for the mixup whatsoever. To make matters worse the check that she dropped on the table was totally wrong overcharging us for food we never got. So we send the check and the owner back to do some simple math. Guess what, check comes back AGAIN wrong. Maybe its only me but I would not want to eat SUSHI of all foods from such an incompetent owner. It took 30 min just to get a correct check.

If the owner had any class she would have comped the meal after we waited for an hour with no food and no drink refills or even queries on how we were doing. This owner clearly feels entitled and one should question why they should eat at an establishment if the owner is so out of the loop. If the owner is that clueless what about quality much less safety of food since we are talking sushi here.

Needless to say I will do everything I can to keep people away from this place. Run don't Walk from this place. If I could give a zero star I would.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went to Gen Kai last Friday and basically got no service and no food after 1 hr. The owner was called and she basically took no responsibility for the mixup whatsoever. To make matters worse the check that she dropped on the table was totally wrong overcharging us for food we never got. So we send the check and the owner back to do some simple math. Guess what, check comes back AGAIN wrong. Maybe its only me but I would not want to eat SUSHI of all foods from such an incompetent owner. It took 30 min just to get a correct check.

If the owner had any class she would have comped the meal after we waited for an hour with no food and no drink refills or even queries on how we were doing. This owner clearly feels entitled and one should question why they should eat at an establishment if the owner is so out of the loop. If the owner is that clueless what about quality much less safety of food since we are talking sushi here.

Needless to say I will do everything I can to keep people away from this place. Run don't Walk from this place. If I could give a zero star I would.

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This is the best sushi restaurant that I have been at in a long time. I prefer the sushi bar over the tables. The quality of the food is excellent. I love the unique rolls the chefs do. I could have eaten 20 of the spicy tuna rolls.

Great Service and value even at the beach!

2
★★★★★

This is the best sushi restaurant that I have been at in a long time. I prefer the sushi bar over the tables. The quality of the food is excellent. I love the unique rolls the chefs do. I could have eaten 20 of the spicy tuna rolls.

Great Service and value even at the beach!

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I love Gen Kai's sushi! It has to be one of my top five sushi joints in OC. The atmosphere is nice and the food is spectacular. The staff is always pleasant.

5
★★★★★

I love Gen Kai's sushi! It has to be one of my top five sushi joints in OC. The atmosphere is nice and the food is spectacular. The staff is always pleasant.

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The wait at the sushi bar can be long, but it's worth it. There are 5 sushi chefs who seem to have as much fun as those seated on the other side. We love going mid-week when it's not as crowded, and always end up making friends with the folks on either side of us. The fish is incredibly fresh, and they serve imaginative rolls and other delicacies such as uni with quail egg, Screaming O, unagi, sweet shrimp (with crunchy heads), you just can't go wrong. Even if you have to sit in the table section, the service is great, the food just as good, but maybe not as entertaining.

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★★★★★

The wait at the sushi bar can be long, but it's worth it. There are 5 sushi chefs who seem to have as much fun as those seated on the other side. We love going mid-week when it's not as crowded, and always end up making friends with the folks on either side of us. The fish is incredibly fresh, and they serve imaginative rolls and other delicacies such as uni with quail egg, Screaming O, unagi, sweet shrimp (with crunchy heads), you just can't go wrong. Even if you have to sit in the table section, the service is great, the food just as good, but maybe not as entertaining.

Pros: Fresh, imaginative preparations; reservations taken for table service

Cons: can be a long wait

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My husband and I consider ourselves sushi snobs of sorts... and we were happily suprised with Gen Kai. We ate at the sushi bar and order a few sushimi specialty items and a few rolls when our sushi chef asked us whether we would like to try some of his specialties. They were amazing!!!! Although the prices may be a little higher than average so are the flavors and freshness. Can't wait to go back for more.

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★★★★★

My husband and I consider ourselves sushi snobs of sorts... and we were happily suprised with Gen Kai. We ate at the sushi bar and order a few sushimi specialty items and a few rolls when our sushi chef asked us whether we would like to try some of his specialties. They were amazing!!!! Although the prices may be a little higher than average so are the flavors and freshness. Can't wait to go back for more.

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The best sushi I've ever had (and the best time I've ever had eating sushi) were at Gen Kai. Friendly, courteous servers and sushi chefs. Very friendly clientele. And the fish was the freshest I've EVER tasted. Yes it's incredibly popular with the locals so prepare to wait for a spot at the bar but it is most assuredly worth it.

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★★★★★

The best sushi I've ever had (and the best time I've ever had eating sushi) were at Gen Kai. Friendly, courteous servers and sushi chefs. Very friendly clientele. And the fish was the freshest I've EVER tasted. Yes it's incredibly popular with the locals so prepare to wait for a spot at the bar but it is most assuredly worth it.

Pros: Fresh, fresh, fresh!

Cons: The wait is often a little long.

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My wife and I have been to Gen Kai on several occasions. Their fish is incredibly fresh and of very high quality. The sushi chef's are pro's and are great at their craft. They cut you generous slices of sushi that are incredible to eat. We've tried other places and can't seem to find one that we enjoy as much as Gen Kai. Oh, and the service is corteous and fast, especially at the bar. Make reservations because there is almost always a wait!!

2
★★★★★

My wife and I have been to Gen Kai on several occasions. Their fish is incredibly fresh and of very high quality. The sushi chef's are pro's and are great at their craft. They cut you generous slices of sushi that are incredible to eat. We've tried other places and can't seem to find one that we enjoy as much as Gen Kai. Oh, and the service is corteous and fast, especially at the bar. Make reservations because there is almost always a wait!!

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Awesome sushi. Great atmosphere. You have a choice of sitting at the sushi bar and watching them prepare it by hand, which is always neat.

5
★★★★★

Awesome sushi. Great atmosphere. You have a choice of sitting at the sushi bar and watching them prepare it by hand, which is always neat.

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If you want the best of the SUSHI, go to Gen Kai in Dana Point. Not to be confused with Gen Kai of Corona Del Mar, CA. Different owners.

This is the ONLY restaurant I will eat Sashimi (raw fish). Product is exceptional, service is great. I have dined at this restaurant for 10 years now and NEVER have a 'bad' experience. At this Sushi Bar you will meet new friend and bound to experience new dishes.

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If you want the best of the SUSHI, go to Gen Kai in Dana Point. Not to be confused with Gen Kai of Corona Del Mar, CA. Different owners.

This is the ONLY restaurant I will eat Sashimi (raw fish). Product is exceptional, service is great. I have dined at this restaurant for 10 years now and NEVER have a 'bad' experience. At this Sushi Bar you will meet new friend and bound to experience new dishes.

Pros: FRESH FISH, GREAT SERVICE, Best of Best

 

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