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San Kai Japanese Restaurant

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3940 S Bristol St Ste 112, Santa Ana, CA 92704-7451
+1 714-241-7115
11:30 - 21:30
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 22:00
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Irvine, California
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

We have been going here regularly over the years, and I just noticed I had not written a review for this one yet! It is right next to South Coast Plaza, a very convenient location. Sankai is quite exceptional if you like sushi, the fish is always fresh and flavorful, and the presentation is outstanding. Beside sushi, they offer of... More 

Thank Wayne S
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107 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

I have no idea why I did not hear about this place until my friend took me to have lunch there! We had lunch special, Chirashi (variety of sashimi over sushi rice). Of course, it was very very good with fresh and tasty sashimi (tuna, octopus, salmon, hamachi, snapper, clam, shrimp, and tamago). The sushi rice was very good one... More 

Thank Da Y
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67 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favorite Japanese restaurants. A combination of good service, price and tasty food make San Kai a good choice for enjoying Japanese cuisine. Suggest you pick the sushi bar where one of the three sushi chefs may recommend the specialties of the day and serves you at your own pace. Great choice!

Thank ecestafe
Orange County, California
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98 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Sort of a hidden gem, and located across Sunflower from South Coast Plaza on the Northwest corner of Bristol, San Kai is wedged into a small center with several ethnic restaurants (Greek, Peruvian, Cuban, Indian, etc.), a Men's Wearhouse, and a coffee house. Have been there many times, and it never disappoints with the friendly service, creative hand rolls, and... More 

Thank Snosearch
san diego
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84 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We had dinner here last night with another couple and we all enjoyed our meal. The service was excellent, friendly and efficient. My husband & I ordered the Rainbow Roll and the Alaskan Roll. These rolls were large, fresh and very tasty. The outdoor seating was pleasant with live music. One of the best Sushi meals we have ever had.... More 

Thank DeborahnJack
Costa Mesa, CA
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224 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

I am very sorry - I do not write a very negative review often. I thought about changing the title and make it less harsh. But truth be told - this place was pretty bad. The table outside was extremely dirty/sticky and a feeble attempt was made to clean it. This place is right across from South Coast Plaza so... More 

Thank FrankTibackx
Anaheim, California
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015 via mobile

What can I say. It is the best sushi I've ever had. I've been to many sushi restaurants all around the US but no one beats San Kai. Not only is the quality excellent but the service is great too. My husband and I take our little 1yr old to lunch and dinner all the time and they are so... More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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194 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2015 via mobile

The food was strangely presented and the taste is soso. The tuna sushi are not tasty with not Japanese rice and fish looked frozen (strange cut). The sushis in Little Tokyo in LA are thousand times better. The udon with veggie was a joke: so big cut and nearly raw. It seems it isn't owned/managed by Japanese (probably Chinese)

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London, United Kingdom
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530 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015

Came here with a group led by my Mom. This is one of here favorite Japanese restaurants. Sushi is very good. Bento boxes are awesome. The pricing is very attractive.

Thank am08540
Irvine, California
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56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2015

I strongly recommend you this restaurant. If you love sushi and rolls, this is your place. It is a small restaurant but the food is really fresh and good. There are many places for Shushi and we tried almost all of them and this is one of the best restaurants.

Thank ClaraMarlene

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3940 S Bristol St Ste 112, Santa Ana, CA 92704-7451
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
  • Phone Number: +1 714-241-7115

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?