About Us

Proudly serving the Chico area for more than 30 years

Our History

Founded in 1986

Gen Kai has been serving the Chico area for over 30 years. Specializing in traditional Japanese cuisine we serve only the freshest seafood, meats and local vegetables. Come in and watch our skillful sushi chefs display their artistic culinary talents while preparing our exciting and unique signature rolls.

For the non-sushi patron we offer an extensive menu with authentic Japanese dishes featuring tempura, beef teriyaki, sesame chicken and nabeyaki udon. A full service bar is also available for your enjoyment, serving Gen Kai's own exotic concoctions. Be sure to try our out of this world Jalapeno Peach martini.

Our friendly staff will make sure you feel like family.

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Our Philosophy

You are what you eat

Japanese Cuisines

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.


All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.


Do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Dream big. Go forward.

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Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler; Believe that life is worth living and your belief.

Great Food

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition.


If you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.

What our customers say

Words from our esteemed customers

  • Gen Kai is our go to place for amazing service and sushi! The rolls are generous, the happy hour is fantastic pricing and I appreciate the look book they have showcasing their menu of specialty rolls. My personal favorite is the Frank Roll & Jaime Roll...yum!

    Raichail McDonald Customer
  • Everything made fresh to order!! If you go there, definitely check out the sushi bar, the chefs can make anything that you want right in front of you. My all time favorite is the Jamie Roll, Original Presley and the Saturday Night. Best sushi place in town!

    Mai Yia Yang Customer
  • Best sushi in Chico! Great service, they treat you like family❤️ I've thrown a huge party there and sometimes we just go sit at the bar. At any end of the spectrum, you will not be disappointed! Our fave-the Himachi Carpaccio:)

    Megan Lloree DuSell Customer
  • best sushi in Chico hands down! very affordable and the staff/service is amazing. you have to try the jalapeno peach martini best drink they offer

    Kimberly Land Customer
  • Best Sushi! Had a really nice lunch yesterday! Jessica, our server was wonderful! The food was excellent…Crab/cream cheese filled wontons delicious….also had the Original Presley, Kamie, Bay Roll and the Unagi! All excellent!

    Kelly Anderson Customer
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