Gyu-Kaku - Chicago
Gyu-Kaku - Chicago

Gyu-Kaku - Chicago

  • 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: 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
176 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (111)fit for foodies (95)great for lunch (62)special occasion (61)hot spot (58)neighborhood gem (49)romantic (32)late-night find (25)kid-friendly (20)vibrant bar scene (9)great for outdoor dining (8)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I absolutely love Gyu-Kaku this was my second time dining at Gyu-Kaku, and I still was able to have a pleasant experience. The first time I went I was awed by the atmosphere that was produced by just sitting around a grill and cooking your meal. The second time I was pleasantly welcomed back into that same atmosphere along with the two sweetest servers ever. I was also pleasantly surprised with the prices, and the meats provided. I ordered the Bara Kalibi, as well as the Kalbi Short Rib, and I was not disappointed. The meats were easy to cook, and the taste was neither flavorless or too salty, you were able to eat them with or without sauces, but overall they were delicious. I would visit Gyu-Kaku over and over, but I would also tell my friends to try it out to see if they would get the same experience out of Gyu-Kaku hopefully it becomes their favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy! Gyu Kaku is simply delicious.
    shau2
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    For anyone who has not visited Gyu Kaku, please go visit it. Their food is amazingly delicious. You won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Reservation
    LizForte59
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Even though I submitted our reservation via Open Table, they had NO record of our reservation. Nevertheless we were seated in a timely fashion. I'd hate to think what we would have had to deal with had the restaurant been super crowded!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    Awesomeness209
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I took my son to dinner for his Honor Roll report card. We were escorted to the third floor and we just loved it. The whole experience he just loved. We had to take our shoes off and sit and eat with chop sticks! The serivce and server were wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time there...not our last!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    All I can say is that everything about this restaurant was great! A friend and I had a reservation for 6:30pm and made it a little bit early. We were actually seated by 6:20. Our waiter was very prompt, pertinent, and friendly! All food was fresh and delicious (including appetizers and drinks)! The bill plus tip came to about $85.00 which wasn't bad considering the tsunami of food we ate! This time around we went for a birthday celebration but we'll definitely be back for casual dining!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much fun!
    foodluverchi
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had so much fun going to this restaurant! We went for my friends birthday and the hostess was very accommodating with changing around the checks and have great suggestions! Everything was delicious and it was so much fun to cook your own dinner. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Aria
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Brought a couple friends here for their birthday and they enjoyed the experience!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience
    Mmml
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The server was soooooooo bad! He made so loudly noise beside my seat. He was impatient. We ordered a cup of coca through another sever when our server was not there. Then, when our sever severed that drink, he said : you order a coca? Yes!!! I order a coca! Why don't you just say: this is your coca????
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The happy hour deals are fantastic! We had the samurai course and it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hunger waits
    sams
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great place to sit , try to chat over the loud music and depending on you group size place a few morsels of meat to cook. Not a huge cooking surface so be patient or eat before ! Helpful staff 5 people do not sit comfortably at a 4 top.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great food and atmosphere! Plan to spend at least an hour there though. Nice service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My partner and I had the Samurai Course on the waiters recommendation and it was amazing!! I thought we were going to leave hungry, but we ended up having more food than we expected. The service was great, attentive and friendly! The bill was a bit expensive, around $100 for two people, but worth every single penny!! The food was exquisite and cooked so fast! This place has become an instant favorite!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BBq was good other things not
    EilleenbVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I could be wrong but these place sold itself as Japanese Bbq. Apps and dessert were Japanese. But bbq seemed Korean as they had the Kalbi. I am not that verse in do I can be wrong. The miso soup was lukewarm and gyoza had no flavor. The garlic fried rice wasn't so great either. But if it's you first time doing the BBQ it does have a good selection of meats. I love Kalbi and it was good. And it's the main attraction. So come here if you want to try it. However The atmosphere and service was nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as Always
    RBKD
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Restaurant was awesome as always. The bartender was friendly and courteous. The waiter did a great job (restaurant is self serving/cooking) so most of the work is done by patrons. But the attention and professionalism was very evident. One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago (they are located in other places like NYC and LA)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique eating experience with great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Loved the location and service. First time to this style of restaurant and loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I love GYU-KAKU!!! The food is amazing and the service is great. I recommend it to everyone I know and I take all of my friends there to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK ...
    makeyournumbaz
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Ate here on Sunday night. Not sure what I was expecting, but was generally underwhelmed with the whole experience. The food was good, as was the Kirin, but the overall experience was as titled ... just ok. Our server, Ricky, was great. Very attentive, impressive given the size of his serving area. I would characterize this as closer to a "food court" meal vs proper dining.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as Always
    RBKD
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Food and service is always great and the experience of cooking in an intimate setting with top notch meats, seafood and vegetables is extraordinary. Now cooking can be fun and can't complain about how food is cooked!! if so, it's your fault! lol
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    MrskrysVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I've only been here for dinner, but this spot is great for a date, dinner with friends, or your in-laws. The food is always delicious, drinks are great. And it is very reasonably priced. Their pre-fix meals are perfect to try a bit of everything, especially if you've never been there before.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    LordPisty
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Loved the food: the meat was so tender and good. great service and environment as well: would definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Christy
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I had a top boss from oversea visiting me, so I asked for the better located table for 4 , -- they seated us at a table facing restrooms entrance. They have moved us after a request, but it was most inconsiderate gesture I ever experienced. There were plenty of other tables available.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing, as usual!
    JWalkVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We try to get here about once a month. The food is always great, meat is fresh and tasty. They play a super random (awesome) mix of 90's music. Love it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Third time here, very pleased while introducing it to our friends who have never been. Somehow, we managed to spend less while ordering more food (of comparable prices, all from the Happy Hour menu) than last time dining with the same number of people... surely can't complain about that! My favorite cuts are still the bistro hangar steak (over the similar cut of harami skirt steak) and kalbi short rib (#2 highly recommended). My friends also really enjoyed the spicy pork, so we ordered a second serving of it. The Gyu-kaku Nigori sake complemented the meats very well. We left happy with warm stuffed bellies and will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for evening dining
    CraigS
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was my 3rd time to Gyu Kaku and the atmosphere, food and service were great. The only complaint I had is some of the meat choices we received were fatty. next time I'll stick to the sirloin and filet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant in the city to bring out of town guests. Awesome food, awesome experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    GorgeMe1
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I did not think this would be my thing. Do not underestimate how great the experience of grilling your own meats and seafood can be. This place was fun, conducive to drinking lots of beer, etc. Great place to go with a friend and get stuffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    Mimi
    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
    calishVIP
    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.