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

  •   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 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.

    thumb AJ A.
    8/03/2017

      I love great customer service!  They accidentally brought out a chicken dish instead of the delicious Yaki Niku dish I ordered. The staff quickly fixed my order and brought out extra dishes on the house! I wasn't upset or mad.. everyone makes mistakes once in a while but this caught me off guard. Such a blessing!

    The food was really delicious and definitely much more quality quality than your usual japanese restaurant. We both came in for lunch and ordered bento boxes. He got the pork Katsu and liked that it wasn't drowned in gravy/sauce. The seared salmon roll sample they comped us with was a mouthful of flavors! I also liked the freshness of my veggies and the light ginger dressing.

    Give it a try!

    thumb Trinity T.
    5/04/2016
  •   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

      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

      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

      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.

    thumb Connor B.
    4/23/2016

      I love this place .We go there really often with my family. They have  always fresh and delicious sushi, very good green tea and good service.

    thumb Diana R.
    11/10/2015
  •   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

      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

      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
  •   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

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

    thumb Lisa L.
    7/04/2017

      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

      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

      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 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.

    thumb Kyle A.
    2/14/2017

      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

      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
  •   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

      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

    thumb Whitney B.
    8/05/2015

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

    thumb Mike J.
    12/28/2015
  •   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

      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

    thumb Sherry s.
    12/19/2016

      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
  •   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 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

      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
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