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Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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34143 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2808
+1 949-240-2004
11:30 - 22:30
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Sun 11:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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San Juan Capistrano, California
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Been dining here for decades, ever since the move to Capo Beach. Totally enjoy the sushi/sashimi, although we always eat in the main dining room as opposed to the sushi bar. The food is consistently good and particularly like the sunset dinners or lunch menu which are great values. I've eaten at numerous Japanese restaurants and yes have been to... More 

Thank petelapuh
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

In CA, we do sushi a bit differently... I'm a native Californian but now live in the U.K., and this place brought me back to my roots. I only ordered a Hungry Tiger roll -- a unique combo of tempura shrimp, crab meat, avocado and cucumber covered in tuna, presented on a plate with a delicious spicy sauce. This is... More 

Thank Kathy T
San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

I have been coming here since the 1980's and even though ownership has changed, the restaurant has stayed first rate. This is not a chichi sushi restaurant. It is about the food. The fish is always very, very fresh. We like sashimi. Their rolls are also very good and some quite interesting but not overly elaborate like some sushi restaurant... More 

Thank judymscott
Dana Point, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 November 2016

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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67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 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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164 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 

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Dana Point,
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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
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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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?