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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

      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

      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
  •   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

      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

      I think this is my new favorite sushi place for all the following reasons:

    -Sushi was fresh and tasty.
    -Generous portion sizes.
    -Decent prices.
    -Clean restaurant with pleasant decor and warm ambience.
    -Wonderful service from a very kind staff. I was also very touched at how sweet they were to our baby who was with us.

    My only complaint is that I wish we would've gone there sooner! Will definitely be frequenting this place now that we've been there.

    thumb Annalisa A.
    8/03/2015
  •   This place is amazing as soon as you walk in they give a warm welcome. They are very attentive, the food was delicious. I would definitely recommended.

    thumb Karla S.
    4/07/2017

      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

      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
  •   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

      Had an awesome meal here the other night! Under new ownership and the sushi is great ! Snow crab hand roll was beyond!! Had some bluefin tuna sashimi and some salmon. Fresh and delicious. Really happy with all their offerings that night. We will be back for more of that snow crab hand roll for sure !! Hospitality and service was great. Will be back!

    thumb Anthony C.
    12/07/2017

      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
  •   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

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

    thumb Mike J.
    12/28/2015

      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
  •   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.

    thumb R A.
    7/20/2015

      Always a winner.  Dana Kai is a go-to lunch spot.  The lunch specials are great, the rolls are good and the price is reasonable.  You can't go wrong here.

    thumb Mike L.
    8/30/2016

      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
  •   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

      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

      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
  •   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

      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.

    thumb Gail G.
    2/22/2016
  •   So glad we used Yelp to find this restaurant. The server was excellent and even had all of us laughing together. Her recommendations were spot on (tiger roll), and she kept the green tea flowing. The food was so good we even bought a to go bottle of the ginger salad dressing (8oz/$7). If you want fresh, this place will not disappoint anyone who appreciates the art of making the roll. I think my wife may actually start bringing her best friend here for lunch.

    thumb Curtis P.
    3/30/2016

      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...

    thumb Jeremy G.
    1/05/2018

      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
  •   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.

    thumb Monique M.
    12/31/2015

      Great sushi with excellent service. The fish was fresh and well priced. Will visit this place again.

    thumb Lisa L.
    7/04/2017

      Incredible sushi the best ive had in southern california. The complete experience miso soup and all.

    thumb Racsero S.
    5/20/2017
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