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Anyone, who visits our place leaves us well fed and in a great mood!

  •   If you want fresh sashimi, this is the place to be. They also have better oysters than some Dana harbor restaurant that I am not going to name. Order these early as they sell out quickly. We usually go as date night on Friday or Saturday and that's our experience anyway. And all their sushi chefs are artists. Love this place and I can't find another place like this.

    thumb Ynez C.
    1/08/2017

      Ended up here by accident when we forgot to make reservations on a busy Saturday night. I am a sushi snob, and was delighted by the quality of the food. The fish was fresh and very tasty. Had the yellowtail and salmon sashimi which was delish. The seared tuna carpaccio was a wonderful surprise.  Service was spot on. She was extremely polite and attentive.  The chef was a bit quiet but kept his eye on us and kept the order spaced appropriately.  Will definitely go back again.

    thumb Tracie H.
    2/13/2016

      Hands down the best sushi restaurant in the area, in my opinion. Its prices have recently gone up (my wife and I can easily spend near $100when we go) but you get what you pay for. If you like cheep sushi then don't bother. Go to Ralph's or something. But if you're looking for high quality, fresh fish then you've found your sushi home!

    Note: I care way more about the food than the service/ambiance etc. If the food is top of the line, I'll usually give the establishment I'm reviewing high marks, even in spite of its other failings, if any, unless it's extreme.

    thumb Brandon T.
    9/05/2016
  •   Our favorite spot! My husband and I take our two year old here every week and it is so yummy!!! Jin usually serves us and loves her as much as we love the sushi!
    Try the seared salmon sushi special. It's heaven!!!

    thumb Ashlie Z.
    7/08/2017

      Went there first time last night. I loved it. Decor was great and made me feel like like I was in Japan .  Sushi rolls were delicious and  I can't wait to go back in there and taste more from their menu.

    thumb Diana S.
    11/05/2017

      ok folks you know that thing where you eat with your eyes?
    well this place is art that you can eat
    fresh fresh yummy fish artfully prepared and delish.have an ice cold Sapporo with it and ENJOY

    thumb Leslie G.
    10/27/2017
  •   I like the authenticity of Dana kai compared to many of the fusion restaurants around. I am purely a sashimi water, and more of the exotic types are my preference. The uni is fresh and amazing, and the bluefin with uni sushi special is to die for. The prices are pretty high, but you get what you pay for.

    thumb Shelby R.
    5/29/2017

      This is some of the best sushi that I have ever had. We ordered the Tuna Kai Special Rolls, Fire Crunch Rolls, and the Tempura spicy Tuna Rolls. Everything was fresh and presented well.

    Kim our waitress was outstanding! She was patient and gave us great recommendations on what to order. Did even have to ask for refills on our drinks.

    Absolutely will send all my sushi loving friends here.

    thumb Corey O.
    5/19/2017

      I'm not a sushi eater but I love their tempura and I come here whenever I visit the area.  I've been coming here for years and the tempura is always great.  I'm disappointed they changed the menu and an "all tempura" dinner is no longer offered; the combination dinner restricts you to two items, one tempura and one teriyaki etc.  They won't let you get two tempura items.  Not good for a vegetarian/fish eater like me.  So I order two tempura appetizers:  one shrimp and one vegetable and I get a side dish.  My niece says their salmon teriyaki is the best.

    thumb Laurel O.
    2/22/2016
  •   I've enjoyed sushi for many years. So I've eaten at some of the best sushi houses in LA and Orange County. Last night Dana Kai became my all time favorite!
    From the staff, the menu, the decor, an awesome choice of sakes, and of course the fantastic sushi, sashimi, and rolls Dana Kai has it all! Don't waste your time or money going any where else.

    thumb Rod K.
    1/07/2016

      My favorite sushi place in south Orange County. The food is fresh, they do an awesome job! I have moved and still make sure to stop here at least once every time I visit!

    thumb P M.
    12/07/2015

      Great Restaurant. Food drink, service, ownership. Great chefs , great people, great crowd.

    thumb Mike J.
    12/28/2015
  •   Pleasant find in Dana point!! Fresh and delicious! Ordered poke roll, it was spicy but good. And sashimi combination which was $22 and came with 12 pieces of very fresh fish! Came with 2 kids and they were happy too!

    thumb Lana G.
    7/25/2017

      It's tradition for my father and me to go out and eat sushi for us to bond. I've been to many sushi restaurants in my life with him, and we both agree that this place beats them all. In fact, he swears this place is better than the sushi he's eaten in Japan!

    Let me tell how much we loved this place: I've been a regular customer for 10 years (wow I didn't realize it's been that long!).

    The owner is so nice and he treats his customers well. He always greets us personally when he's there. His wife is so kind as well! The staff is sweet and the sushi chefs are brilliant. The best thing to do is to sit at the sushi bar and let the chefs pick the freshest fish for you that day. Never once has that let me down!

    Ten years ago, the rest of my family would rarely eat sushi, and order teriyaki or gyoza. Slowly over the years, they've come to love the sushi there just as much as we do! It's just that good!

    They are more expensive than some places, but the food is worth it. Their lunch special is a great deal! Sometimes I want to order one nigiri too of something fresh but I'm just too darn full! I definitely recommend it here. It's delicious, the people are great, and it's just a fun time for everyone! おいしい!

    thumb Sarah S.
    7/26/2016

      Dana Kai is The best Japanese food in Orange County. Sushi made fresh until 9:45pm! Ask for Diane, she is an excellent server. Kim, the owner, is available & will make sure your food & service food is everything you expect!
    Bob, Diana, Max & Anna

    thumb Diane S.
    10/25/2016
  •   My girlfriend and I love right around the corner from this place and we love it. The restaurant is full of welcoming staff and they serve you QUICK! You will not need to search for a server because they get to you in a hurry. I would strongly recommend the mountain roll. All of their rolls are really delicious though and frequently they will offer some edamame on the house. If you are looking for a sake bomb, you can get one but you have to buy a miniature carafe of sake and individually order the beers. The effect is the same just a little less straight forward. They have many specials to choose from and the classics as well. They are somewhat pricy but I would say fairly comparable to any other true sushi restaurant.

    thumb Nick B.
    5/31/2017

      Great atmosphere with great food! My only qualm is the server was a bit weird. She asked us if we were ready to order and when we said yes, she said "ok I'll be right back". We maybe saw her 2 other times the rest of the night. Also the menu was a bit pricey and a bit difficult to understand. I ended up ordering the Dinner Combination Special with BBQ Ribs and Beef Teriyaki. It was literally finger-licking good. I was still hungry though and got the Tuna Roll. Also excellent. Would definitely go again.

    thumb Ruchi B.
    7/05/2016

      My daughter and I came here for lunch and the lunch specials were super reasonable and every detail was spot on. Clean and fast, friendly service.  My daughter ordered the $13.99 lunch special and got a ton of food. I ordered the Tuna sashimi and the crunch roll and they were perfect.  Beautifully presented and fresh and delicious.  Love this place.  Will come again.

    thumb Sara B.
    1/24/2017
  •   A perennial favorite. Both an amazing sushi bar, and an atmospheric Japanese restaurant, Gen Kao delivers. Fish is always impeccably fresh and delicious, and the restaurant puts out some wonderful Japanese cuisine.

    This restaurant has been an institution in Dana Point for decades. They survived a recent fire and rebuilt coming back better than ever.

    thumb Timothy G.
    2/05/2017

      This place was great.  The service was great and we really felt welcomed there.  It was just myself and my 2 year old daughter.  They lay paper out across the table and provide them with crayons, so my daughter loved drawling all over the table.  We ordered edamame and it came out piping hot and was fresh.  The miso soup came out right away as well and it was delicious they brought a bowl for myself and my daughter and we ate the whole thing.  My daughter got the teriyaki chicken plate with rice, a salad and fruit with a little umbrella.  My daughter loved this.  I got the California roll and the tiger roll both with spicy mayo.  They were rolled very nicely and didn't fall apart and the texture was great.  Most of all I loved the service.

    thumb Reanna R.
    6/06/2016

      I have been here now 3 times and I enjoy it! The atmosphere is relaxing and pleasant. Although the sushi is pricey it's a nice place to dine once in awhile. I can say sushi is my favorite food, meaning I have tried many sushi places and this place has great quality sushi! It's not the best I've tried but it is on the list of good sushi joints for sure!

    thumb Gen D.
    8/23/2015
  •   Had dinner late 8:45 with my daughter last Tuesday night here. She's vegan and they do have a few things she can order that are fresh and tasty. Frankly there aren't a great number of restaurants open late in Laguna Niguel/ Dana Point. Used to go here once a week as my son away in college LOVES sushi. I ordered salmon sashimi, and yellow tail and they were yummy - tender buttery and fresh. Daughter's vegetable roll was too small for the price. Sushi in general is expensive and Dana Kai is higher priced. Service from this family run restaurant is friendly but - had to ask for more water, more ginger ...

    thumb Caroline G.
    3/09/2016

      One of the best sushi places in SOC!  The Jeff Roll is amazing and Daniel roll!  Too many rolls to name but delish!   So happy this place is close to home and In Laguna Niguel and Dana Point!

    thumb Christine N.
    7/26/2015

      This is my favorite sushi place in Orange County. Service is incredible, always can get a reservation, and the food is great! There is literally something for everyone on the menu. Even if you don't like raw fish, there is something there you will find which will work for you. Such a good place!

    thumb Andrew S.
    8/22/2015
  •   We decided to give this restaurant another try and was extremely surprised how good the service we received compared to our last visit!  They have won back our business!

    thumb Dee Y.
    1/02/2017

      The sushi is amazing! It is always really fresh! The restaurant is very clean and the service is great:) I highly recommend Dana Kai!!

    thumb Shannon A.
    12/11/2015

      My husband, little girl and I came here when we visited CA last week! One of the best Japanese restaurants we've been to and we've been to quite a bit! The sushi is so fresh and the food is delicious! The staff is so friendly and very welcoming! The servers kept coming over and playing with our daughter! They're so nice and the restaurant is very clean! Wish we had this restaurant in Chicago, but we will definitely be back when we visit! Thanks for such a wonderful experience!!!!

    thumb Laura B.
    1/31/2017
  •   Very friendly customer service. Pricey but worth the price. Very presentable staff constantly checked up on us. Seafood Udon Noodles was a little bland so we mixed it with salmon and pork katsu, it was delicious 🙂

    thumb Kristen F.
    11/07/2015

      We are sushi lovers and this is by far the best sushi we've ever had! The presentation is amazing and unbelievable and the quality of the food is great. I love the colorful flower pedals used in their presentation. It also has a beautiful and open atmosphere as well. We have been to over 50 sushi places but this one tops them all.

    thumb Kamelia T.
    11/04/2017

      Stopped in here to place a to-go order. Staff was very accommodating.  Ordered 2 sushi-(Philly roll with asparagus and a fancy roll - tuna with special chili sauce). and 1 edamame ($25 total).  Kind of expensive for a few items, but they were of good fresh quality and delicious.  The dining atmosphere is appealing.  I will definitely return.

    thumb Sue V.
    3/27/2016
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Meet the Dana Kai’s Main Chef

With all this sushi frenzy, people who like the Japanese food are missing out on a whole other world of delicious traditional Japanese dishes! The team that works at our kitchen will cook you a lot of new and classic meals!
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