Gyu-Kaku - Chicago
Gyu-Kaku - Chicago

Gyu-Kaku - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gyu-kaku.com/
  • Phone: 3122668929
  • 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: Barbecue, Japanese
  • 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!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Gyu-Kaku - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (105)fit for foodies (71)special occasion (61)great for lunch (61)hot spot (54)neighborhood gem (44)romantic (34)late-night find (31)kid-friendly (22)great for brunch (11)great for outdoor dining (7)vibrant bar scene (7)notable wine list (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • First Time
    Yummy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This place was recommended by a friend. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was great! They have a 'top ten' list and we tried a few things off there. Ordered seconds of the #1. That skirt steak was great, so was the scallops and asparagus and garlic rice! They have some fun, good priced drinks too. Waiter was fantastic, even changed out our grill top. I'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Been coming here for years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Love it love it love we found this awesome place on groupon years ago and I introduced it to all of my friends and even a few co workers I absolutely love the spicy tuna volcano. I even came here twice this week.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty lousy
    jeffVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Been to Gyu-kaku many times but this last trip was really bad. The ribeye and filet minion were poorly cut; both were extremely fatty and didn't cook well. When they waitress came by to see how everything was, I let her know the ribeye was nearly all fat and the filet was tough and not flavorful. She said "that's ok" and walked away. I will not be returning.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but not the service
    FFandJJVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A regular at Gyu-Kaku, food has always been great but the service definitely needs improvement. The servers aren't attentive and it happened past few times I dined in; server seems to be rushing us off, grill not changed, etc. Would still recommend to friends but sure hope to see improvement on their service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, small servings
    Fiftycenti
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was deliciously seasoned, but the portions were too small. I spent $46.00 and was still hungry.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Springfield
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great place for a unique dining experience where you cook your own meal on a hot grill at the center of your table Great for families or groups
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I loved the food!!
    KIPeeler
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was my second visit to Chicago this year and I went to Gyu-Kaku just like the last time. The food was as great as the previous time, and I really enjoyed the unique experience of Japanese BBQ again. The vegetables and meats were very fresh and tasty as well as their salad and appetizer that came with the dinner meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun to cook on the grills
    RachelVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This place was great for what it's known for, cooking food on the grills. I felt the sushi and other non-grilled items just weren't quite as good. Also the menus and atmosphere is a little gimicky, but not horrible. The service was overall good, but we felt a little rushed. Didn't stop us from just enjoying ourselves after the check came though. Reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meatlovers paradise
    EnjoyGr8Cuisine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    If you like quality, thinly sliced meats this is the place to be. On top of that you cook your own food on the grill in the middle of the table. The various types of sake's are well worth a try. The overall dining experience was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Japanese BBQ
    calish
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My bf and his friends decided to go to some Korean BBQ on a Thursday night but at the end we decided to try this Japanese BBQ better because they been there before and reviews are great. To be honest at the beginning I thought it was going to be very expensive because it was in the heart of downtown but it was actually good price. We got a deal for $55.00 and few extra stuff we bought on the side and was so much food. This place was AWESOME and the kobe steak was so good. This is one of those place that I must take everyone that comes visit chicago totally worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing meet quality
    Japanese
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I visited Gyu-Kaku a dozen times before. My this particular visit was so disappointing. Filet mignon tasted old. Thin meet was not juicy. Everything but the fresh Karubi was not as good as before.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gyukaku Chicago
    829Niku
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A great restaurant for a night out when you want to include everyone in the experience. The staff are friendly and attentive. If you haven't had Japanese Korean style BBQ (yakiniku) this is a good baptism.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different, something fun
    foodieFattyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I love this spot! Your able to order multiple items and share the Collin experience. I'm a huge fan if the pork belly, how can you go wrong?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best place in chicago
    RBKD
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Best place in chicago...hands down!! Could eat there everyday and each time something different
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Blast!
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My daughter found this place and took me for my birthday and I had a Blast! The food, service, vibe was a wonderful experience. I love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dsmnd
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I wouldn't go as far as saying they are "kid-friendly", but maybe more accommodating if by chance you have a small child with you? The staff is extremely nice. However, being seated even with a reservation turned out to be an issue. I made a reservation weeks in advance because we were visiting from out of town. Due to trouble with our taxi, I called ahead to the restaurant to inform them that we were running a few minutes behind our reservation time & gave them our ETA. They thanked us for the notification & seemed happy to hold our table for us... when we arrived however they told us it would be a 5 min wait (which no big deal we were 5 min past our reservation). Except it ended up being almost a 30 min. Not ok for having a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great experience
    Daviesfamily
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Whilst on holiday from London, as a family of 4, we had a great meal here. Food was really tasty and it was fun to BBQ it yourself. Our waiter, Justyn, was excellent and so helpful. Thanks for a great experience. P.S. When is Gyu-Kaku coming to London?!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Barbecue
    Stephanie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food are good. It is very good for groups! The server is very nice since he recommended many his favorite dishes for us. And we feel perfect! We like chili dumplings best!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great! Unless it's super busy...
    ValentinaShepard
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I went to Gyu-Kaku for lunch with a friend and had the best experience. The food is always excellent and the yakitori experience is fun. Service was great- everyone was friendly and helpful. Ambiance was also excellent. It was busy but not hectic. I felt isolated from other customers and was able to enjoy the meal and conversation with my friend. I went back a few weeks later with a group of four during, probably, the busiest time if the week. 9 PM on a Saturday. They graciously moved our reservation back from 8:30 when we called after our train was delayed and were seated promptly at 9. However, because it was so busy the service was lacking and we were rubbing elbows with our neighbors, but I don't blame them at all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good
    yyuan010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is good. Price is reasonable. Good location, close to Michigan ave. Like the services, but it is very noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still my FAVE in SPITE of...
    GandG
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Usually AWESOME, but VERY disappointed this time, When I made a reservation I stated I was celebrating an anniversary (which turned into a wedding proposal..WOO HOO) BUT was a little dismayed that we were sat at a 10 seat table instead of a normal booth....instead of the 3rd floor, which is used for large parties...and you take your shoes off...VERY COOL idea, but not where I wanted to be seated at. Service was eh ok....she was more focused on the large party next to us...Ummm ok..... I guess the next time I won't specify anything special being celebrated, since no one reads the info anyway... BUT we will be back... DEFINITELY ... just NOT the 3rd floor again... : )
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is Awesome!
    rodguillermo
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is great!!!! You need to go to the 3rd floor to get the full Japanese experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Restaurant!
    ShortPerson23
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is my second time at Gyu Kaku and I loved it just as much as the first time. The ambience is different on the lower level than it is upstairs. The upper level is also more like the traditional Japanese seating and environment. Both are great for group outings. I highly recommend this place to anyone who loves Japanese food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ct1221VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Dear Gyu Kaku Chicago, My friends and I go to your restaurant a lot, it's our go-to spot and comfort food place. However, the most recent visits were falling a bit short of regular excellence. The meet cut and the marinates don't seem as good...they sort of taste funny.. we got the wrong veggies, the grill wasn't working properly, the register was having problem with the rewards card.. just all the little things. I hope that things will improve soon, because I like Gyu Kaku in my neighborhood and I'd love to continue coming to the place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dining Experience!
    IndyFoodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool experience
    Brett
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    It was cool to cook my own food, but I usually go to restaurants to cook my food for me.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japanese BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service..
    Mitch
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Bash
    BirthdayPlanner
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love This Place
    rlukas
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    AJaffe
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's an OK BBQ
    Xiximomo
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding.
    Dinner
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food, service, atmosphere was amazing for a date. I recommend this entirely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything is Awesome!!!
    Etch
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Concept
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    Gottaeat27
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Sumeragi
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gyu-kaku on a Wednesday evening
    gyulover007
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Family Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.