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Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2016 Winner


Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
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Baked Crab Hand Roll
Baked snow crab leg & crab meat wrapped in soy paper
Jun's Special
Lobster & avocado in soy paper w/ black tiger shrimp on top
Sammy's Special
Spicy tuna, crab meat & avocado, baked w/ shrimp tempura, freshwater ell, bay scallop & spicy mayo
Hawaiian Roll
Albacore, crab meat, avocado, pineapple wrapped in soy paper then deep fried w/ Japanese bread crumbs
Spider Roll
Tempura soft shell crab, crab meat, avocado, cucumber
Sunrise Roll
Crab meat, avocado & cucumber w/ tuna on top
Deluxe Dragon Roll
Baked freshwater eel on top of crunchy roll
Spicy Yellowtail Roll
Fresh chopped yellowtail, smelt egg, cucumber, avocado
Spicy Tuna Roll
Spicy tuna, smelt egg, cucumber & avocado
Salmon Skin Roll
Baked salmon skin, radish sprout, gobo root & bonito flakes
Robert Roll
Spicy tuna, snow crab, shrimp, smelt egg w/ spicy chili oil avocado on top
Monica Roll
Snow‎ crab, shrimp & smelt egg w/ spicy chili oil tuna on top
Caterpillar Roll
Baked eel, crab meat, & cucumber, topped w/ avocado
Crunchy Roll
Crab meat, shrimp tempura, avocado & cucumber, w/ crunchy tempura crumbs on top
Crazy Genkai
Crab meat, shrimp tempura, & avocado, topped w/ seared albacore, & crispy fried onion
Tuna Tuna Roll
Spicy tuna, avocado, & cucumber, w/ tuna on top
Pop Shrimp W/ Spicy Tuna Roll
Creamy shrimp on spicy tuna roll
Hungry Tiger
Shrimp tempura, crab meat, avocado, & cucumber, w/ seared tuna tataki on top
Rainbow Roll
Assorted sashimi & avocado on top of California roll
Dana Point Roll
Spicy tuna, avocado, & cucumber, topped w/seared salmon
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All reviews sashimi soup scallops sushi bar great sushi eating sushi sushi place service was slow saki regulars california
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Reviewed 16 October 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 21 September 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 16 August 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 31 July 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 9 July 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 9 July 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 13 June 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 22 January 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 6 December 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 19 July 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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