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Gyu-Kaku - Chicago
Gyu-Kaku - Chicago

Gyu-Kaku - Chicago Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gyu-kaku.com
  • Phone: (312) 266-8929
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Everyday 11:30am–3pm (last call)


    Dinner:
    Mon–Thu: 3pm–11pm (last call)
    Fri & Sat: 3pm–12am (last call)
    Sun: 3pm–10pm (last call)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Barbecue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. St. Clair
  • Public Transit: Red line subway Grand station
    one block North to Ohio St/4 block East to St. Clair St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Meter Parking Available
A word from Gyu-Kaku - Chicago
Gyu-Kaku Chicago is all about fun and food. You are your own chef, cooking tasty morsels perfectly to your liking, right there at your table. It is an ideal way to share a meal with family and friends. Gyu-Kaku has a variety of original sauces which it uses as marinades and provides for basting of its select meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Grilled by the customer over a glowing charcoal brazier, each item becomes a unique and delectable taste experience. Enjoy!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "This place is awesome! If you like this style of cooking (Yakiniku - Japanese for grilled meat dishes) you will love Gyu-Kaku! from the moment we walked in we were treated with an authentic Yakiniku experience. Our server was very knowledgeable and since it was our first time he was very helpful. You basically choose your meats, vegetables and sides that you would like to cook on their special grill which sits in the middle of your table. You become the chef when they bring out your food for cooking. The server will give you recommended cooking times appropriate for the type of food you are cooking. Ultimately you are in control and that is the fun part! This is a great hidden gem in the streeterville neighborhood!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "It was cool to cook my own food, but I usually go to restaurants to cook my food for me."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Sit around the table and prepare your own food on the grill. There are set menus to order from but we went a-la-carte. Good food, prompt service, nice place."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This was an amazing restaurant the food and concept is remarkable. Is now a go to place for me whenever I am in the area"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The quality of the food was great as was the service. We took our six year old who also enjoyed the experience, saying the rice was "the best ever". We will go back next time we are visiting Chicago for sure!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We decided to book a table to celebrate one of our friend's birthday. The staff is wonderful, the service is quick, and the food is delicious. Our friends loved it and we enjoyed sharing the Gyu-Kaku experience with them. Definitely a place to try out at least once in your life."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I always love eating here! The menu and table cooking stove makes this place a really unique and interesting dinning experience. And the food and drink happy hour is also top notch!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "One of our favorite restaurants when we visit Chicago! Great assortment of appetizers... we've had several salads, sukiyaki rice... all delish. BBQ is really flavorful and fun to do as well. We've enjoyed the salmon, ribs, and assorted veggies. We saw other tables trying a variety of meats. Be sure to make a reservation (on OpenTable, of course). Without one, there was a 30-minute wait on a Thursday night at 9:30pm! They also offer happy hour pricing, which slashes prices on many popular appetizers and BBQ selections. We've gone twice for an early Sunday dinner (when the happy hour pricing was in effect)."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Just traditional Japanese BBQ. Good for a happy-hour lunch. A little bit overpriced during dinner time. Tastes OK. Maybe in Michigan Ave, this is the best Asian BBQ you can find. But there should be much better ones in other areas in Chicago."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food, service, atmosphere was amazing for a date. I recommend this entirely."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I lived in Japan 10 years ago and have missed the Japanese BBQ. The cow tongue is great, I'm happy to see one of these open near by."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The place was very clean and the employees worked like clockwork. The food was fresh and very tasty. The price was very reasonable. We ordered for 2 and could not finish all the food. The dessert was a nice touch with the freshly made smores. Never made them indoors before."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Took my boyfriend here for a birthday dinner. Our grill malfunctioned and kept turning off but our waiter quickly took action. We were seated at another table and given fresh food to grill."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Hits pretty close to home, been yakiniku restaurants outside the country, and it is nice to have one near us in Chicago. Will definitely stop by more!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I came here on a Wednesday evening after taking an architectural boat trip. The service was poor but the food was satisfactory. The gyu-tan, or beef tongue, was delicious, as was the prime sirloin cut of meat. I tried a peach sochu cocktail during their happy hour menu. The sukiyaki bibimpap was just so-so - a bit on the dry side. My biggest beef with the place was the slow service where I constantly found myself waving down the waitress."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Everybody got a little something that they likes. Kids fought over who got to cook what on the BBQ grills that were set in the middle of the table. Only reasons this is not a full 5-stars is the quality of the meat wasn't phenomenal (which is okay) and the place was extremely busy such that our waiter had a lot of tables to take care of. Regardless, we will definitely go back!!! Fun night!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is not my fav place. I had better food better price in other places. The meat doesn't look fresh plus it's too salty. Since it is marinated meat (even though I know it is for tenderization) I guess we will never know if it is fresh or not. Waiter was super nice but since the restaurant is crowded (as always) we felt we had to speed up our dining. Not a chance to get romantic. They do have good deals like happy hour. You can get really full with that deal, but I go for a la carte to eat best part of beef instead of cheap ones."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Two thumbs up. Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and he loved everything about it. The Japanese beer was so good, and we loved that we could make our own s'mores for dessert. Our waitress was so sweet and very attentive. It was both of our first times and we would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I was an exchange student in Japan for a year in high school, so this is totally my think. The atmosphere brought back memories of Yaki Niku Wednesdays at the Yaki Niku place near the high school I attended in Iruma Shi. Food was great and servers were VERY attentive. I am pretty sure I'm gonna celebrate my birthday here with a group."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the food here. It was quite loud, but the staff was super helpful and the food was pretty good."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "the quality of meat is poor; but considering the price, i would say modest."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "All the food was great from the salad and apps to the many selections of entrees and deserts. Its a fun place to go - totally recommend "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We have been to Gyu-Kaku in LA, NYC and Chicago. The trifecta!! Love them all and Chicago is the best one so far!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The overall experience was very good: the food excellent and the staff very helpful. The problem? The young man who accommodates the guests: unpolite and rude. And that's a pity, because the rest of the staff is fabulous. Anyway, I suggest this restaurant. Is perfect and also fun for a family dinner or a dinner with friends."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Not impressed with the coby $20 cut but everything else was great! "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "This is on my list of favorite repeats. The food is amazing and the experience is really enjoyable. i have bern there twice in the last month and have reservations to go again very soon. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "This is a great place for Happy Hour and gathering with friends. Also great for 1st dates for dinner or lunch ice breaker."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We absolutely love coming here. Great food, great service every single time. I will always come back."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The Geisha was perfect for 2 people. I think they should have an additional vegetable instead of the first meat that is served. Friend and I had a good time. The tables are spaced far enough apart so you can have a conversation without someone else listening. Service was excellent, we did not have to wait for anything. The Lychee tini is very good."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "the food was average. wasn't spectacular. It was overpriced for the quality of the meat they provided. The Kobe beef wasn't fresh at all. Hence, It was not worth ordering it. Service was very slow, the waiter kept forgetting to refill our teas despite asking him three times. Spent $130 for 2 people, was only satisfied on 2/10 meat/veggies dishes ordered. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Great food! My kid and husband love it! We will come here everyday if we could "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was pretty good, but the grilling was fantastic!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My teenage son wanted to go here for his birthday, since he had been with his friends and liked it so much, he thought we would as well. Well, we had a great time. It is something different than the regular going out to eat experience. I would not take young kids here since you do cook your own food over the grill in the middle off the table. We had a little bit of everything from filet to shrimp to duck, along with a few veggies, rice and some sake. They also brought an amazing chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream for my son for his birthday. My husband and I both agreed this would be a great date place as well. The servers are very friendly and the atmoshpere is nice. We will definitely be going back. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The manager and our waitress were wonderful. They did a great job orienting us to the grill experience. In a group it is easy to get distracted from the gilling as the food cooks pretty quickly. Our group had the Meatlovers special but that is because the husbands were along. Two of us wanted more veggies, so that can be ordered on the side. The food was delicious and their miso soup and kimchee portions were bigger than any other place I have been. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We were first introduced to Gyu -Kaku a few years avon in Waikiki. We liked it so much that we couldn't wait to try out the Chicago restaurant. It's so good that we almost went to the restaurant in Kyoto :D. We've eaten here a lot. Most of the time we sit down and grill up a bunch of food, but sometimes after work we just hang out in the bar and order a ton of apps and drink Sake. The service is always spot on and the food is always great. It would be a perfect place to go on a first date. Don't feel like you need to order everything all at once. Order as you go, but don't forget to get a couple orders of smores. :D"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I eat here all the time and love this place. Cook your own food (which is easy!) and the food, variety, and place is Awesome!!! Must try at least once...but get reservation. Always packed."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Fresh, healthy options, but soups need to come with veg. broth and more pescetarian options would be great!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food is always amazing and the service is always great too! I will go back!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "come here if you have nothing to do for three hours after because all you will want to do is fall asleep on your couch watching whatever action movie is on fx."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Great food and service although it was a pretty noisy and we were sitting with a group of ppl that we're using profanity words loudly throughout the whole time. There were 3 children in my group so we were pretty unhappy about that. But the managers and waitresses handled the situation very well at last and keep apologizing to us about the situation and asked the other group to calm down. I was really happy about the service there but I don't think this is a kid friendly restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014