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Planning an Exciting Birthday Dinner

Family meal at restaurant.

If you have a birthday coming up or if you are planning a birthday event for a friend or family member, the right restaurant will provide the perfect setting for fun and excitement. House of Genji is an excellent dinner choice for birthday celebrations, as we offer delicious Japanese cuisine prepared right at your table for dinner and a show. Here are a few tips for making your birthday celebration at House of Genji a memorable event.

Invite a large group

In the traditional teppanyaki style, the tables at House of Genji accommodate large groups of diners in an arrangement that encourages socialization. Bring a large group of friends and delight in excellent conversation, exciting tableside food preparation, and a delicious assortment of meats and seafood from the grill. Our tables seat eight to 11 people, so you can easily organize a great event with a big group.

Indulge in little extras

When you are celebrating a special occasion, it is worth indulging in extras like appetizers and dessert. You might also order some fresh sushi such as our samplers and platters, which are perfect for sharing and offer the chance to try an assortment of exotic fare.

Don’t forget the cocktails

No celebration is complete without cocktails, so start your meal with your favorite mixed drinks and order a bottle of wine to accompany your entrees. If you are not a dessert lover, you might finish your meal with a sweeter cocktail like a chocolate martini instead of ice cream.

To make reservations for your next birthday at House of Genji, call us at (408) 453-8120. You can also visit our website for a closer look at our teppanyaki and sushi menus. When you dine with us on your birthday with at least four guests, you will receive our NY steak dinner free as our gift to you.

Check Out Lunch at House of Genji


If you are in search of a healthy and satisfying lunch in San Jose, the lunch menu at House of Genji can offer the solution for you. Our lunch menu features an array of delightfully seasoned meats and seafood from the grill—including scallops, steak, chicken, and shrimp. If you can’t decide on a single favorite, you might opt for a tantalizing lunch duo pairing items like calamari and teriyaki chicken, spicy grilled tofu and shrimp, or pepper beef teriyaki and salmon.

Lunch specials are all accompanied by our signature Genji soup, salad, steamed rice, vegetables, and green tea. For an extra filling lunch, you might add a side order of gyoza, tofu, edamame, or your favorite sushi roll.

Are you ready to learn more about the lunch menu at House of Genji? You can see the whole menu offered at House of Genji or place a to-go order for your weekday lunch by visiting our website or calling (408) 453-8120.

Japan's National Culture Day is Today!

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November 3rd is the official holiday for Japanese Culture Day. Come in and celebrate Japanese arts, culture, and FOOD with House of Genji! We will give you the ultimate dining experience with our delicious teppanyaki and we also have a great variety of fresh sushi. We look forward to serving you!

You can read more about Culture Day here.

Tips for Introducing Your Children to Sushi

If you are a sushi lover, you may want to get your child to start loving sushi too so that you can enjoy it together. Sushi can be a difficult food to introduce to children, so you may need to use some creative strategies on your first trip to a sushi restaurant with your kids. Here are a few tips to help you ease your children into the world of sushi.

California Rolls

Order sushi as a side dish

There is a chance that your kids will not like sushi on the first try, so you might not make a meal of it. Choose a restaurant with more familiar items on the menu such as teriyaki chicken so that you have a secondary option in case your child does not enjoy the sushi. Start out with some sushi rolls as a side dish and move on to a full meal of sushi later on if the introduction goes well.

Start with simple rolls

Sashimi and nigiri may not be the most appealing choices for young kids, but sushi rolls are an approachable way to start with sushi. California rolls, bamboo rolls, and vegetarian kappa maki are some popular choices for young diners because they feature a short list of ingredients that kids have probably encountered before.

Avoid spicy ingredients

While you may love your spicy tuna and dragon rolls, these might have too much of a kick for a child’s palate. Steer clear of these spicier options until your child has been introduced to hot foods at home.

Encourage kids to eat with their hands

One appealing quality of sushi is that it is fun for kids to eat. They will love picking up individual pieces and eating them with their hands instead of chopsticks or a fork—just remember to remind your kids that sushi is an exception to the rule of using utensils to eat.

At House of Genji, you can find a welcoming environment for first-time sushi eaters and longtime sushi lovers alike. To view our lunch and dinner menus, visit our website. You can also find out more by calling (408) 453-8120. 

Learn the Difference between Sushi and Sashimi

If you are just beginning to discover the delightful world of sushi, you may be unfamiliar with the terminology used to describe various pieces of fish. This video will inform you of the differences between sushi and sashimi while offering a cultural perspective of common sashimi items in Japan.

Sashimi refers to any sliced protein, but in America it is often limited to fish. These slices served with soy sauce and wasabi are to be eaten with chopsticks. Sushi refers to fish served over rice, and this may also be referred to as nigiri. These pieces may be eaten with the hands or chopsticks.

To please your palate with a great selection of sushi served alongside teppanyaki fare prepared at your table, visit House of Genji in San Jose. You can contact us on our website or at (408) 453-8120 to make dinner reservations.

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