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Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant

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34143 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2808
+1 949-240-2004
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Dana Point, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Been going here for awhile now and they have the best rolls. I love getting the Robert Roll because its light and so tasty!

Thank cmcintyre123
Carlsbad, California, United States
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant opens at 11:30 on weekdays. We arrived when it opened and within a half an hour it was packed. The service was excellent, the sushi fresh and plated beautifully. The price was mid range. I had the sushi lunch which included miso soup and rice for approximately $12. The building the restaurant is in has been there quite... More 

Thank 419Kathy
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112 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Lunch time is hustle bustle. Dinner a little more quiet. Very good service, fair prices, nice ambiance. We usually go for lunch

Thank DBKuper
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

You can't get a better review than this: I lived in Japan for several years, and traveled back to Dana Point several times a year, often with several of my Japanese managers in tow. They wouldn't generally eat much regardless of which restaurant we chose, and I finally found out that they were just humoring me to go to a... More 

Thank Diveman9
Dana Point,
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Very busy place. But worth the wait. Excellent fresh clean fish You can taste the quality. I will be Eating here again, and introducing Friends to a delightful dinner. Parking is a bit tough, so get a Reservation and come early to Park.

Thank johnsanDanaPoint_
San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Best sushi around. Big long sushi bar. Chefs are legit. Hamachi and salmon Nigiri delicious. Order the mackerel! Chef said it was super fresh. No lie. Showed us the fish. Prepared it in right front of us. Then fried up the left over..sounds weird right? It was delicious too.

Thank p d
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

My friend Barry and I go to Gen Kai on a regular basis .They have the freshest and tastiest sushi in town.We tried several other places .By far hands down ,no one else is better than this gem.👏

Thank Judy D
Dana Point, California
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Gen Kai is excellent for sushi. My favorites are the poke bowl (amazing amount of fish, avocado, sprouts, amazing sauce, and you can order with brown rice), the tempura shrimp with a mayo sauce, the unbelievable crab hand rolls. Always busy, but worth the wait for great quality sushi in a local Dana Point setting.

Thank mmmincalif
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I brought my sushi-loving sister and her husband here when they were visiting from Texas. It's our go-to sushi place, and we have tried them all. Gen Kai never disappoints! Fresh fish, cold drinks, attentive service, stellar prices. There are only two things you need to know before you dine here: (1) the parking situation can be... More 

Thank Ashley M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

With two kids in tow, I always check reviews to ensure they are 'kid friendly.' We arrived about 5 minutes before 5pm and a line had already formed outside the restaurant. I was glad to see a couple families in line. It was also a good sign to see that people were arriving early to snag a good parking spot... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34143 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2808
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: +1 949-240-2004

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