What people are saying about our restaurant
Anyone, who visits our place leaves us well fed and in a great mood!
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!
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!
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!
Best sushi restaurant in the area. Great food and service. The owners are always so nice and welcoming. Favorite rolls are Daniels Special and Jeff's Special. The fish is really fresh and the chefs are great at just whipping up a surprise.
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.
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.
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 ...
Read the reviews and had to give them a visit. Easy access, lots of parking and very nice interior. We thought the menu was excellent, serving size and presentation great. Our waitress was wonderful, explained menu choices, made friendly conversation as this was our first visit.
Finally found the quality sushi we've been searching for!
AC was not up to par this day but can't blame staff for that. We'll be back!
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.
This is hands down, the best sushi I have ever eaten! They are consistently delicious and fresh. All the menu items I've tried I've been very pleased with, but it's their off menu specials that are to die for! Try the Jeff, Daniel, or Adam rolls. I don't know who these guys are, but I love them
Best Sushi. Popcorn Lobster Roll is the best. Visited 3 years ago and loved it. Came back a few days ago and its still great
Friendly service Good Food and Nice Restaurant
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.
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.
This spot is one of the best sushi restaurants in South OC. Their fish is always fresh, the rolls are well thought out and taste fantastic, and their service is wonderful. Love the Dana Kai yellowtail roll and albacore carpaccio.
I don't eat seafood so I can not comment on the Sushi but perhaps my review could be of use to people like vegetarians or picky eaters. There are other options on the menu which is a good thing.
I like the vegetable Udon noodle soup the best and it is probably the healthiest option anyway. Udon, veggies and broth. Simple yet yummy.
The meat dishes I tried were mediocre and a bit artificial tasting, probably due to the sauces. I don't think there was MSG in the food but the sauces seem suspect as they taste highly processed and from a jar/bottle. Unfortunately without them the food was way too bland as it is perhaps the opposite of Thai food, lacking natural spices or flavors to really excite you. While the food is not low quality and not nearly as artificial tasting as in Chinese restaurants, I do think there is room for improvement.
This is - by far - the best sushi restaurant we've ever been to. And we always consider sushi wherever we are. We've never been for lunch, only for dinner. The sushi chefs, especially the more experienced ones, are real artists. So creative. The way they manage to decorate your plate and put flavors together, you are in heaven. Another one of their forte's is doing all that with brown rice. Not many sushi places serve brown rice, and if they do, it's often overwhelming. The Dana Kai chefs succeeded in cooking it to perfection, so their brown rice just ads a balance, a base, to show off the delicate fish even better. Since we started eating sushi there, several years ago, other sushi places can't seem to get it right any more with their white rice.
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!
Great choice for sushi! The service was excellent, the food was great, the drinks were flowing and everything was well priced. Not the cheapest sushi joint out there, but I generally avoid those places anyways. You get what you pay for.
My girlfriend and I went last night and got 2 specialty rolls, one cut roll, 2 miso soups, spicy edamame (which was excellent btw), sake, large beer, and 2 oyster shooters. Total came out to $84 after tax.
Yes, I would recommend DanaKai Sushi. Get the spicy edamame and some sake to start.
This is my favorite sushi place in town. It's in a small strip store area off Del Avion.
I go here 2-3 times a week for their lunch special. You get soup, salad, and a choice of 3 rolls off the luncheon menu all for only $14.00.
We also always add the lemon salmon roll which is amazing and so delicious.
The waitresses are wonderful and the sushi chefs shout out a welcome when you come thru the door.
If you're celebrating a birthday at dinner be sure to let them know. I won't spoil the surprise but it was priceless.
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.
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.
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!!!!
Good prices and decent sushi, very clean and nice place. We not super impressed with the sushi chef that helped us at the bar. We asked what he recommended and he had no suggestions. Prefer a more interactive sushi bar, but maybe that isn't their style? If we go again it will just be a normal table, the table service looked great. Had to ask for more beer then wait for the tab...
I'm a little bit of a sushi snob because I grew up with fresh seafood in my house (my dad fishes and dives). When I find a sushi restaurant that serves FRESH fish that you can taste for a reasonable price, I'm hooked (no pun intended). Even after I moved from Dana Point to Tustin, I still make the drive whenever I am craving sushi.
This is by far my favorite in Orange County!! First off, the staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, even when they are busy. Secondly, if you have never tried a sushirito you are missing out and you need to try theirs. I get it every single time. I'm seriously getting hungry just thinking about it. It's rice paper filled with rice, krab, spicy tuna, avocado, and shrimp tempura served with a trio of sauces and it's DELICIOUS! Also, the "Ya Ya Roll" is a must-get if you like spicy food as it's topped with sriracha and jalapeno, complimented by cilantro.
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.
The place can be casual and fancy with a very Asian feeling. Dark features inside and clean. No outdoor seating. Super clean bathrooms! Nice service! Fresh food with bold flavors! Bubbly, sweet soda with Japanese soda. I'd come here again.
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.