Atlanta >Food & Dining > Genki
3188 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030533.842273 -84.379222
Mon - Thu, 11am - 10pm; Fri, Sat, 11am - 2am; Sun, noon - 9pm
Neighborhoods: Northside, Buckhead Village, Northside
Closed in Buckhead and Moved to the BURBS!!! – This place was so OVER RATED!!! The cuts of fish were terrible. The food was supposedly from the owners' time in highschool in Japan somewhere, but the two guys had no idea. They must have lived there in high school, because most of the "Japanese" food is "street food", meaning that you eat it from a truck on the street for five bucks, but of course it was much more at Genki.
So -- Over priced and underserviced.
What a terrible concept. Maybe the people up in Cobb County will like it!
Truth in advertising – Very disappointed! I just saw an I-Team investigation (Fox 5 News) indicating that some of the sushi items being served are not what is listed on the menu. In their investigation, the red snapper whas acctually tilapia! I will not be be returning.
I simply love this place – Genki has great atmosphere and sweet servers. Everyone is easy going and ready to please. It is a bit cramped, but the food and the value is well worth it! The sushi is always incredible. I take friends, family and out-of-towners there often...they all ask to go back! The deck is a great place to enjoy your meal on warm summer nights. Definitely check this place out!
Genki Restaurant and Bar, Atlanta, Georgia – While visiting family & friends, I was treated to a sumptuous dinner at Atlanta's Genki restaurant. This restaurant has traditional sushi along with many other unique and delicious choices. I particularly liked the Reid roll. I highly recommend making Genki a destination when visiting the beautiful, cosmopolitan city of Atlanta. Go Genki!!
Slow Service, Below Average Sushi – This place was packed on a Wednesday night at 8pm, so obviously lots of people love this place, but I just don't get it... Parking was a pain (valet across the street and then run across Roswell Road). There was a nice patio, but it was full so we sat inside. Even at 8pm the place sounded like a nightclub-- and a bad one at that. I haven't heard that much techno since the raves of the late 90s. I waited an hour and a half (yes, 90 minutes) for one sushi roll and a couple of pieces of nigiri. The roll was mushy and skimpy on the fish. The nigiri was okay-- better than Publix sushi, but that's about it. I was sitting at a table of 7 and we all got different dishes at varying times throughout the meal (the first dish came about 45 minutes in, I got mine 90 minutes in, and some people were still waiting). When the server brought drinks and food to the table, she simply handed it to the person on the corner (without speaking) and expected everyone to pass things down the table...is it so much to ask for the server to walk around the table to properly serve each guest??? I guess people go here more for the scene than for the food, but I thought both were awful...
Great atmosphere, average food, horrible service – Went there on a Saturday night with 9 friends, half were eating sushi and half were eating noodle bowls. We sat in the basement, and enjoyed the atmosphere. That is the full extent of the good. The manager sat us and took our orders, without writing it down (which normally wouldn't concern me). We were warned that the kitchen was running a little behind (which now that I read the other reviews appears more like the norm). After about 40 minutes of waiting, the sushi orders came, but not all of them. Some items from orders were missing and one friend's order was completely missing. We only followed-up on the completely missing order, which took another 20 minutes, showing us that the managers ability to take orders without writing them down was poor. The other orders were on the bill, which we had to have them remove. Two hours after our original order and after several inquiries, our noodle bowls came out. The food was good, but nothing all that special. I could of eaten at other noodle houses, that may not have the atmosphere, but would have the good food and good/timely service. In the end, the service was bad and extremely slow. If they didn't include 18% gratuity on my bill, I wouldn't of paid any tip and just handed our secondary waitress some cash under the table, since she seemed like the only one working there. This was the second time to Genki's and the service the first time was average at best. I have no intention of going again. Try this place only if you have alot of time and can survive on one drink every hour.
Slow service and sub par sushi – I don't mind long dinners with friends, but it took us over 3 hours to get out of Genki. They did warn us that the kitchen was running behind. I have a feeling that this is normal. I always felt like we were waiting for something. The waitress to come by to order another drink, waiting over 15-20 minutes to get your drink, waiting for appetizers, and food. The only shining light in this place was the endame which was really good. The vegetable tempura was also pretty good. But when it came down to the sushi, I just did not think it was good. Publix has better sushi than Genki, and especially for the price. If you want sushi, I suggest trying somewhere else!
Noodle bowls, rolls and Japanese skewers for Buckhead's hard-partying nuevo sushi set. – The Scene
A few steps removed from beer-guzzling Buckhead, Genki uses an aquarium's eerie light and a semi-spacious deck to attract a crowd of manicured young professionals. Service could be nastily hip but isn't. Drum and bass music keeps the servers moving well into the late-night, sushi-munching shift.
Genki dishes up the perfect menu for those who love the idea of sushi but can't get used to eating raw fish. So it's best to ignore the small tough nigiri and all but the most bastardized of the maki. Stick with something like the fried super crunch. Loaded with cream cheese, remoulade and teriyaki sauce, it's as Americanized as jalapeno poppers and has the same kind of junk food appeal. Rice and noodle bowls de-emphasize the flavors of the fish and other toppings, but manage to taste great while doing so.
Great hangout, just okay food – I would suggest going here for the social scene and drinks more so than the food. It wasn't bad by any means and the services was good (even on a Friday night), but it was so packed with people just hanging out, that it was a little hard to enjoy your meal.
Great Experience.. – I dined at Genki on the recommendation of a co-worker last time I was in Atlanta. It's definitely more low-key than other places in Buckhead. Everything here was impressive: the drinks (but not the house merlot), the edamame, the chicken egg rolls, the sushi and sashimi.. but I think the noodle bowls won all of us over!
The sheer variety and combinations made the noodle bowls unique. I'll definitely have to find my way back here next time I'm back in Atlanta!
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