Gyu-Kaku - Boston
Gyu-Kaku - Boston

Gyu-Kaku - Boston

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gyu-kaku.com/
  • Phone: 6172646190x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30AM-3PM
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3PM - 10:30PM, Sunday: 3PM - 9:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St Marys Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Gyu-Kaku - Boston
Gyu-Kaku"s specialty is Yakiniku where our guest become chefs, cooking up a variety of luscious marinated meats, along with a wide variety of delectable dishes, served with our invigorating spirit and sublime atmosphere, you will definitely enjoy your experience.
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Gyu-Kaku - Boston reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (48)great for lunch (31)fit for foodies (31)special occasion (23)hot spot (22)neighborhood gem (17)kid-friendly (14)great for brunch (13)late-night find (13)romantic (13)great for outdoor dining (9)vibrant bar scene (5)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • good food, terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Took 40 minutes to get our food, and the waitress even forgot some of the items from the course menu until I asked her about it. She brought them out 20 minutes later. We were done eating at that point... Then she told me with an attitude that I can cancel these items, but I will pay for them anyway. I will not be coming back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun night out
    Peko
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The cook-it-yourself thing was a lot of fun and the food is delicious. Particularly love the beef short ribs and the sweet onions. Definitely recommend for a fun evening out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for adults
    Traveler
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Loud LOUD lLOUD on a Thursday night! Service was atrocious. We ordered one of their package dinners with everything included for 4. EVERYTHINGmwas brought to the table at once and when asked them to hold the soup until we perhaps finished our salad they looked at us as if we were aliens, When the soup was finally brought out they intentionally brought us the same soups lukewarm. The meat dishes were brought out all at once we could really not even fit them on the table but the servers found a way, rather than bringing them out in courses. it was uncomfortable to say the least. Along with s'mores we ordered their fried banana cheesecake dessert. It was served ice cold, we didn't eat it. The food portions were small,the service impossible.
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  • Amazing
    OliviaY
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This place is amazing! The pricing points are not that high and they just opened a patio area that is clean, and extremely comfortable to sit in. It is very open and spacious and the wait staff is friendly and alert. I would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun family style dinning
    AsianFoodLuvr
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We enjoyed the family style dinning. The meats and vegetables were tasty and fresh. The wait staff was very friendly and prompt.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't bother making a reservation
    CheckPlease
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Made a reservation for my friend's birthday, arrived on time, they told us they were just cleaning a table for is. 20 minutes later after many others waiting were seated I had to asked the manager when our table would be ready again, 5 minutes later they sat us. The food was good, but you could get better elsewhere for the price. We ordered the samurai value meal, and had to keep reminding our waitress of the items it came with when we noticed the table next to is was recieving them and we were not. For the price you pay, they need to remember to bring every course of the meal. A fun one time experience, but I wish the service had been better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Korean or Japanese Barbecue
    AndreiaVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were excited to see a branch of Gyu-Kaku open here in Boston as we've been to one in Kyoto. There's no comparison as they get the real deal on Kobe and Wagyu beef, but still good place to go with friends for barbecue meats of different cuts. Skip the Wagyu style or Kobe style beef as you're paying more money for beef that is similar to Wagyu or Kobe but they can't call it that because it's not from Japan. They also have quite a few Korean dishes and flavors so it felt the best of both worlds. This was definitely a younger vibrant scene. If I wanted something more subdued, I head to Koreana as they probably a little cheaper considering all the replenishable accompaniments that you get with your meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was horrible
    NoTeaNoShade
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Of this was my first time dining I would never come back the table next to me even asked if we were having a bad time like them maybe you need better staff bad service stands out hate to see you guys lose business I was happy when a boston location opened I found restaraunt in la
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Hour is Very Happy
    Out4LunchVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    So, some might say that having to cook your own food defeats the point of going out. To the contrary - I love coming here for lunch. The meat is tender, the veggies fresh, and grilling food with friends means you actually slow down and interact with each other. Can't beat happy hour, either!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant regulation?
    Hank
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I had a reservation at 5:45pm for 12 people. And when I have arrived 5:40pm, restaurant member said that I can not enter our private room until 8 people of our members. This was Restaurant regulation. I could not understand. I will not take a lunch or dinner any more at Gyu-Kaku Boston.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Beef!
    Archon
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    At this chain restaurant, you select sliced meat and grill it yourself at your table. It's fun, and the food is ready when you are. The quality and preparation of the meat is very good. If you don't overcook it, you'll really enjoy it. Strongly recommended is the Beef Toro, which looks like beef bacon. We also enjoyed the Beef Tongue. The vegetables were just ok, but the star is the meat. Service is very good, but during our Sunday night dinner it was quite noisy. Partly because every few minutes the entire staff shouts something incomprehensible. It was a hot night, and it was hot and sticky in our booth. They have a street-side patio, but there no were tables set out. If you like fresh, delectable meat, you should check out Gyu-Kaku.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good Japanese bbq
    gantetsu
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Considering you're not in Japan and this is a chain my expectations were more than exceeded. The cuts of meat were excellently prepared and were quite tasty. The restaurant was clean and the service was quick. Although the staff don't speak Japanese it was a nice touch to be welcomed into the restaurant with irashaiimasu that you'd expect in Japan.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Happy Hour
    LuluBos
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Went here for the happy hour (ends at 5PM) on Sat. The prices are great for happy hour but a bit pricey any other time. Additionally if you come with a big group it can get complicated ordering (one item was forgotten!) but overall a great place and great service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • frest beef
    Mili
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I love the beef there, always nice and fresh. Although I was a little bit disappointed when I heard the green tea crepe was just run out, and only have the chocolate favor....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prices are high for small portions.
    Jake
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Although the food is good, the portions are small for the high prices. We went to Gyu-Kaku in Pasadena and they had various all-you-can-eat offerings, which were great. This Boston location should do the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE IT!
    teemoethee
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I enjoy this restaurant very much. It's a great place to dine and the food is excellent. It's a new experience for most and it's definitely different than your regular dining experiences at other restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Newuser
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The food was great and the indoor bar-b-q was a great idea. Our server was nice to go thru the menu with us and she was very friendly. The only thing to complaine is the front desk girl that was on duty on Sunday, June 1st, 2014. She was very unfriendly to my guest as he walked into the restaurant. I asked my guest to head into the restaurant while I drove down the road to find parking. As he was entering the restaurant, the front desk girl did not greet him. He then said to her that he had a reservation at 1pm and that the other person was looking for parking. She then responded to my guest with an attitude, saying: "feel free to find a seat at the bar while waiting, we are not to seat anyone until all the members of the party arrives."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We are regulars!
    regularsVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our family loves this place. Friendly, great food, moderate pricing, and makes us happy!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty, good menu and quality
    Brklnetr
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Very Japanese in feel, as it is a Japanese chain I think, and nice to have higher quality yakiniku BBQ place here. The end part of service was really slow - 40 mins to get s'mores plate (just raw to grill ourselves) and check and parent done. This was the non kid friendly part! It was late and we didn't expect the extra 45 mins of meal time. But they loved the food. Ask which meats are plain if that matters and get things like corn that they will like. But very nice atmosphere and good to have in town.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place to bbq by yourself
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Meats and veggies for BBQ are good quality. Kobe Style Kalbi Short Rib, Assorted vegetables, and Green tea crepe make my dinner fly. Corn on cob makes my daughter happy, together with a fun bbq process. Great place for casual dining!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • instantreplay
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I visited the branch California branch a year ago so I decided to take my friends to the Boston location to celebrate their college graduation. We had a blast! Everything was excellent! The food, the atmosphere, the service...etc. We will definitely be going back :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ted was awesome
    omnomnomVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Ted the waiter was great at explaining the whole BBQ restaurant concept to my Dutch friends and made excellent recommendations.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting foods and happy hours
    BeChouie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I come here a lot for happy hour and for dinner. It's one of the place in the neighborhood I love to chill with my friends. The foods in here is good. My favorite would be the grill beef tongue, duck breast, chicken liver and finally the green tea crepes! Never had enough of them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Same as BBQ in Japan
    Obi1
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    This is a branch of very popular BBQ (Yakiniku) restaurant chain in Japan. Perfect for the people who want to cook the meat by yourself, with your pace and finish control. Best for Japanese people living here for a long time. All popular menu of beef (harami, karubi, ...) taste very good. The volume of each beef menu is similar to Japanese standard (not so much).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Win win for everybody
    Loudbunch
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a great time here! Food was great and the ambiance was very nice. Our kids were loud but it wasn't that noticeable as the overall noise level was pretty high and the waiters did a great job accommodating our hungry bunch! Highly recommend it for the food and the experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    our server was excellent and very accommodating of my girlfriends gluten free status.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 81 reviews are from the Gyu-Kaku - Boston reviews archive.
  • Workin' for lunch
    Out4LunchVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    A definite lunch favorite with my crowd - where can you get this much delicious food for such a great price, and have fun "grilling" to your specifications. Okay... so maybe "working" to cook your own food seems difficult - but it's a great conversation starter, the choices are limitless, and the service is always good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best BBQ in town
    Cherng
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Good food and good price for happy. Recommend to use open table app to book the table before you come.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMFG DELICIOUS!
    JenMoyJenMoy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This was our first time at Gyu-Kaku and it was one the best dining experiences we've ever had! The quality of the food, establishment, and service was fantastic and exceeded our expectations of what it would be like. At first, I had trouble and was a bit annoyed with getting a reservation at my desired time (the typical "high" time for restaurants), but after entering the restaurant I could understand why because the place is very popular. The food was absolutely, beyond life delicious! Very filling and many many options and choices to choose from. Overall, a very enjoyable, interactive, and cultural experience and will definitely come again and again. I've already recommended GK to friends and family! Thank you for what you do :)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was delicious!
    Kay0601
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Meet is very good and good price. I recommend Gyukaku.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The waitress and food service is really slow. We ( group of 6 ) waited for our beef bibimbap for half an hour.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner for group of 4-6
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I love eating family-style and this restaurant offers the perfect opportunity for this. We had appetizers, tons of meat, veggies, desserts, and even a bottle for the table for under 30 each. They gave us ample amount of time to look at the extensive menu in the beginning and by the time we were ready to order, we were given the happy hour menu. Great time, laughs, and eats.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A neighborhood gem
    Makoto108
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Lovely ambiance and pretty good food. The Meat Lover's Special came as prescribed. Kobe special gave an illusion of huge portions, but was relatively petite. The sukiyaki bibimbap was not the best. Dessert was interesting especially with the banana cheesecake fritter. The server is pretty funny giving lots of help in terms of using the grill successfully.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • decent
    Steakluv3r
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Only worth going during happy hour. Otherwise the portions are too small for what it worth.
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  • Japanese Yakiniku!
    Yutty
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This is a real Japanese yakiniku restaurant! Hormone was awsome. I didn't feel bad smell. But there is no cold noodle(It's my favorite) Add the menu!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bad service
    Nikki
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I reserved a table of three and arrived on time, but they made us wait for 15 minutes while there are empty tables. Just don't understand, it happens so many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food fun place to hangout
    BeChouie
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    The foods is always good, the beef and veggies I always wanted to come back for more. The crowd and young and energetic. Only the service from the wait staff not good as before, no experience serving foods at all. Although this is not the best experience I had the food is something I will come back for. Just that with this price range of the restaurant should come with a better service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • really enjoyed the food
    ilovethisplace
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    our grill wasn't working right but the staff was very accommodating in moving us to another table in which the grill was working perfectly. loved the idea of grilling the meat myself, and the soup was awesome. have already recommended this place to my friends and will be coming back! our server was also really helpful in helping us choose the right flavours.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Place
    2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This was our first time here . It was very good. Food , service were also outstanding! All meat dishes were presented well. The green Tea Ice cream is great after your meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    petitfoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Kalbi is the way to go. Ramen was ok. Bibimbap during happy hour is worth it. Always recommend the tuna volcano crunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic