Genji Japanese Steakhouse - Novi

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Upscale Japanese Steakhouse that offers a full service bar, sushi lounge and casual dining. Chefs entertain in this social atmosphere on state of the art Teppanyaki tables. Serving the finest steaks and freshest sushi, Genji offers incredible cuisine in a visually stimulating environment. Can accommodate large groups as well as romantic dinners for two. Bar highlights include happy hour, hand crafted cocktails, sake, and a wine bar.

Now open for lunch everyday.

Please select the appropriate seating to confirm your reservation. Select the "Hibachi" tag if you would like to be seated at a Hibachi table, if not, please select the "Private" (Non-Hibachi table) tag. Thank you.
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BW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant certainly is an experience! Our server and our food was excellent.

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LS
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We had a 12:30 lunchtime reservation.
45 mins later we still had no one morsel of food in front of us!
They made us wait until more people arrived to eat habachi.
No one informed us of this.
Very disappointing because the food was good. Service was awful.
Beware of the restaurant policies if you are hungry!!!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was even better our server Andrew was amazing!! Treated us all very well and was acomodating to our son who’s asked for specific sushi!! Thank you so much!!

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R
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall, was a little disappointed with the experience. The first table they sat us at was dirty and and had not been properly cleaned. We were moved to a different table and was slightly better. They don’t clean their soy sauce bottles, and that’s a little gross. We ordered Miso Soups, Edamame, and sushi. Our soups came out first (which is normal), but then our sushi came out followed by the Edamame. Typically Edamame is an appetizer, but Genji seems to think it should come with the meal. I enjoyed my nigiri (salmon and tuna), but the vegetarian options left a lot to be desired. Again, this place just was barely average for labeling itself “upscale”. I think the ambience inside is great, but the food was nothing special, and our waitress was also a letdown. She forgot to bring our spicy mayo and never refilled drinks until the end. We will not be returning as there are much nicer options close by.

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AM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Very good meal and presentation. Not intimate dining. Very lovely staff and good quality food

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Awful all around! Raw chicken. Chef that was sick and not entertaining. Worst experience!

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AB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was pretty tasty. We sat at a hibachi table and enjoyed having our food cooked in front of us. I guess maybe hibachi experience is not my favorite (hadn't been in awhile), but if you do like it, I would recommend this place.

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K
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was VERY good. We had egg rolls, salad, and sushi. All were so tasty and I can't wait to go again some time! Our waitress was amazing and very sweet, attentive, and friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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BH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was a Saturday, and it was busy. So I am hoping it was just a bad day. Hardly saw our server, our cook kept forgetting what people had. And we were at the table for 2 hours before everyone finally had all of their food. Food was above average but he needs to work on his knife cuts...my steak was still about half together in strans of fat. But it seemed like it was just our table and chef/server

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi was great but be prepared when you leave the restaurant that you’re going to smell really bad

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M
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitstaff and chef did amazing job. It was our daughters birthday and they made it very special

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MW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good, chef was good, but not that engaged this time. Waitress was a bit slow.

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AS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was horrible, chef I think was new. Everything overly salty

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C
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a good experience. The only issue is the wait. We had reservations and discovered that if they are filling a grill table they will wait until other reservations are there (not people in your party). We waited over an hour.

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DN
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Good food. Horrible service. The cook cooked our food in reverse order. Shrimp, scallops, lobster, chicken, steak vegetables. People who ordered shrimp ate 10 min before people who ordered chicken. The grilled vegetables were done 15 min later.

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MO
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Its worth a try but overall there is much better spots. Definiteltly doesnt compare to bennihanna

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OT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love this restaurant. Order the “adult sharing plate” for a surf and turf (shrimp or lobster) and then a sushi roll or two—it’s the perfect amount of food, and you get such a wide variety of flavors. Delish!

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JP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 1

I doubt I would recommend the restaurant. To me it seemed like a buffet style interior. The Hibachi area smelled awful and so did my clothes and jacket when I left. (4 days later it still smells)
From the beginning at the bar I knew it was going to be a different experience. I asked for a Captain and Coke and the bartender gave me Jack Daniels and Coke. I told him that it was wrong and he insisted it was Captain. After 35 plus years, I know what it tastes like.
Then came the dinner part, almost 45 minutes after being sat at our table, we finally received our soups and the salads came about 15 minutes later. The chef finally showed up and started cooking for us well after an hour and fifteen minutes in. The experience and taste is not what I am used to. Their Yum Yum sauce tasted like mayo with siracha sauce. I did like the Hibachi chef, he had a great personality, I think his name was Paris. The poor waitress had no idea what she was doing and at one point, I think she was drunk. She was constantly laughing at her mistakes and while she was talking to us. It was a strange experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went for Valentine’s Day and the experience was as expected. Expect a nicer Benihana’s.

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h
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious the service started off great then it declined. But it still did not damper the meal. I love Genji!

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SG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The Front Desk, Steward & Chef were awesome. Very engaging and entertaining. Thoroughly enjoyed our time. However, food could use more flavor. It was very bland for our taste...

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

30 min wait with a reservation and the restaurant need air venting and clean air circulation

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a
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

My server Suki was awesome - get her section she’s great! I remember her from another restaurant I used to frequent. HOWEVER, mine and my fiancé’s lobster and filet was COLD. Some of the vegetables were warm and some cold, others piping hot. The filet was cold as was the lobster. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious but cold. They put two shrimps on my dish and one had the tail off and one did not. Didn’t make sense to me to be honest. The bathrooms were messy as well. Also, why does it say that my open table reservation is not really a reservation but when I walked in the front desk asked me if I had a reservation?? So confused by this?

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

We for sure enjoyed it, we were very upset though that they didn’t do the popcorn at the end. We were looking forward to it

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WH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place, food was very tasty. Nice place to take your clients. Looks upscale and the prices are reasonable.

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DB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This is a good basic Japanese steak house - what you would expect.

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EM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place to take the family and kids out too. Tasty food and good drinks. Try the Blueberry Mule.

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LP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The ambiance is nice. The server was very nice but definitely overwhelmed as it took an hour from when we sat down to order and get our first course. We were there for over 2 hours. I know the server was trying her best and she was very pleasant, but it really was a long time to wait. The manager seemed to care less when some people at the table brought up their disappointment. He was avoiding the issue and ran off to get some popcorn thinking that would solve anything. We were just looking for an apology and not necessarily anything off the bill. We just wanted to feel like he cared. I don’t think I’ll go back specifically because of the way he treated us.

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K
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was atypical but most of the tables were dirty. The glasses had things floating in it. Seemed like it was an off day bc any other time I go, there have been no issues. Buffet food was still being out out slowly. It seemed like no one checked up the night before :(

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A
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food every time we go! Chefs are interactive and friendly. The only thing that could be improved on is the wait staff. They are pretty slow with their service

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M
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was great. Execpt we never got our popcorn that comes with our meal. It was a disappointment.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere. Family friendly and staff interacts well with younger Family members as well as parents. Recommended Genji to our friends.

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BJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I just want to say we looked forward to trying out Genji due the hundreds of 4 start reviews but that was the last thing we looked forward to besides getting the check and leaving. The service and the food were dreadful. It seemed like it was a restaurant that was holding on to its last little bit of hope. I don't see Genji being around for much longer. If your looking for good service and food this is not the place to go even tho their reviews online are good.

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PS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Everything took too long. Went for hibachi and waited 25 to 30 minutes to sit at a hibachi. Then sat there with no drinks or chef for quite a while. When you did order a drink, it took 15-30 minutes to get one. There was 1 bartender working for the entire restaurant and it was relatively busy. Food was fine. Chef was good. Just service is where things are lacking.

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LF
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Food was mediocre and over priced. Lots of people wearing pajamas in a restaurant where our bill was 120$.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Was out for a birthday dinner and it was pretty slow in there and it took almost 2 hours for dinner.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Worst service at any restaurant we’ve ever been to

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B
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only problem we had was our food was suppose to be half off cause It was my birthday and they only took off one roll

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f
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I first tried Genji 2 months ago for my sons birthday and couldn't wait for another occasion to return. This is not a restaurant I can visit often because it gets expensive. But the Hibachi entertainment and good food makes it feel worth the experience. I will return and have been recommending to friends already.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

This is a case of the cover not matching the book. Nice looking building outside. it actually matches the "Upscale" that the restaurant claims on it's website, except for the VERY poor lighting in the parking lot. Step inside and the place can't decide if it's a sports bar, Japanese Steakhouse, bar, or sushi restaurant. Very bight interior lighting, a TV so large it's 15 screens take up one whole wall and is tuned to sports, sealed concrete floors look like something from a Loft renovation. they have the U shaped cooking tables where a chef usually cooks and performs, but when we were their all of the food for them was just coming out of the main kitchen. We both had the Filet Mignon and Scallops. This entrée comes with fried rice, shrimp, choice of soup and salad. I told our server that I have recently become allergic to shrimp, and he said they could just give me extra vegetables or extra fried rice. Our meals came and not only were the shrimp on my plate, but he failed to inform us that the fried rice is "SHRIMP" fried rice. Also, even though the company touts this as an "upscale" venue, the customers were dress like they were on a picnic or at the lake. Nothing Upscale about it.

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