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Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant

34143 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2808
+1 949-240-2004
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“sashimi” (15 reviews)
“soup” (3 reviews)
“scallops” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Hours
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
34143 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2808
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

The sushi bar here is very large with about 30 seats. We let the chef handle choosing. I think we had a Screaming O which is seared yellowtail sashimi over shredded radish & leafed onions in a wonderful sauce. The decor is a bit dated,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank themblues
Reviewed September 20, 2018

We stopped by Gen Kai on an early Friday evening and entered a fairly empty restaurant. We wondered if it was any good since there were few people there. We got our answer as the place was slammed with customers within the next 30 minutes...and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank shinbun
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

We had dinner at this restaurant and we loved it! The place itself is not that beautiful and inviting but the food is amazing!!! We loved everything we ordered and we received it without too much wait, even if the restaurant was full. And the...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank SaraAntonLargo
Reviewed July 30, 2018

Eating sushi while traveling can be tricky and scary but no at this place; after some researching, this restaurant was highly recommended. It was a Sunday night, we had a reservation and sat right away, service was slow to start, place was busy but once...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank joinville
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

I just moved to Dana point and was so sad to leave my local sushi. This place is so fresh and yummy! If your in the area defentally worth a visit

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Melanie C
Reviewed July 9, 2018

This is our 2nd visit here and we love it. Recommend eating at the Sushi Bar since you get to watch them carefully craft each roll and all of the sushi. Last time we didn't get the live scallop, but this visit we did. Incredible...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank NelsonD148
Reviewed June 13, 2018 via mobile

When living on Balboa Island Gen Kai Sushi in Corona del Mar was our go to sushi place. The sushi outstanding, service exceptional and atmosphere lively. Fast forwarded 25 years, the Gen Kai in Dana Point was as good if not better. The himachi sashimi...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank AlohaQ
Reviewed January 21, 2018

Ate at Gen Kai for the first time Saturday after hearing good things for a long time. The good: everything we ate was really good. the vibe the bad: the wait (it's a very crowded waiting area, but at least they will give you beer...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank biggsy1969
Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

Our friends took us for lunch. Great seating, service and food! Bento box was fantastic and miso soup. Love the fried tofu soup too. Look forward to returning with more friends. Parking nearby too.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank BTF602
Reviewed July 18, 2017 via mobile

Bomb sushi and affordable. I took my wife there on her birthday and she is picky about sushi and she loved it. They gave her a birthday dessert too.

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank jimberto
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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