Gyu-kaku - Cupertino
Gyu-kaku - Cupertino

Gyu-kaku - Cupertino

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gyu-kaku.com/ca/cupertino.htm
  • Phone: 4088650149
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Everyday 11:30AM–4PM (last call)


    Dinner:
    Sun–Thu 4PM–10:30PM (last call)
    Fri & Sat 4PM–12AM (last call)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wolfe and Stevens Creek
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking with no time limit is located within the shopping center.
A word from Gyu-kaku - Cupertino
Social dining - spending time with friends and family - is what Gyu-Kaku (GEW-KAH-KOO) is all about. Gyu-Kaku offers the fun of ‘shared plates,' inspiring laughter, conversation, and good times. You can't help it – with a personal grill installed at every table, everyone instantly becomes an expert cook. The staff at Gyu-Kaku are friendly, leading you through the night with helpful suggestions. The sounds around you are of parties and laughter - the perfect choice for first dates, families, and catching up with friends. Gyu-Kaku, meaning "Horn of the Bull" in Japanese provides the authentic Japanese Yakiniku (barbeque) dining experience where our customers share premium cooked meats over a flaming charcoal grill while sipping on Japanese Sake, Shochu and frosty cold beers.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Gyu-kaku - Cupertino reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (32)fit for foodies (29)great for lunch (24)special occasion (23)kid-friendly (17)hot spot (15)late-night find (14)neighborhood gem (9)great for brunch (9)great for outdoor dining (7)romantic (7)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Group Hit
    kaasbijvs
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I frequently bring groups of 4-6 people here. It's *always* a hit; everyone loves how amazing the meats are. Of particular note: Spicy Pork...order it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This place is great for foodies and service is great. It, however, is noisy so it might be hard to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot
    Dazzlezook
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    First time eating lunch at Gyu-kaku. Not as crowded and noisy as the dinner hour. Food still good although a bit expensive for lunch. However a nice change in pace and great for a group outing. Portions are not consistent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very accomodating
    lkao
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We were late by 10 minutes due to traffic. They still take us in. This is not common for Japanese restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive to get full
    Swindled
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This place was good but very pricey if you want to get full. Plus the waiter ordered the wrong expensive dish for us. We ordered the Kalbi short rib for $8.95 but Peter gave us the Kobe Kalbi for $19.95 instead. We had to pay at least $22 more than expected. He really should have verified our order. We were very unhappy. It basically spoiled our whole dining experience because we had to pay so much money. The food was good but the portions were very small. It took a lot to get full and I'm not a big person. I'm actually a petite Asian female.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tastee goooodd, but pricey
    WindowGod
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    basically all i need to say is in the title. It's not a place you go when you're on a tight budget. It's not super expensive, but be prepared to pay some money 20-30$ about. The food is good though.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still the best japanese restaurant
    Temennigru
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Ever since me and my friends discovered this place, it has been our favorite restaurant even though we live in brazil. Each table has it's own grill and you order a plate of food to put on it. Every single dish at gyu-kaku is simply delicious, but i do recommend the toro beef. It is bovine bacon and it is lighter than pork bacon, it is soft and delicious and it is cheap as hell ($4 a plate at happy hour).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    HungryDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Food was tasty as usual and service was better than previous visits. They really need to thoroughly clean booths and surfaces between patrons - two seperate tables had gunk, chunks and crusty bita of food and sauce on them. Almost ruined my appetite.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The food was good but the grill was not hot enough and took way too long to cook as a result.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gyu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food - Very tasty and prices are not bad especially during happy hour. Service - Great friendly service Wait time - During my first visit here I waited about 1 and 1/2 hour and I was told it would be faster if I made reservations. I made reservations on my second visit at 10pm and did not get seated until 10:30pm.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • so so quality
    frenchphdscientist
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This is not exactly the same as Gyu-Kaku in Japan in terms of quality and service likely due to the people working there who don't fully understand what the Yakiniku is, but still can be a good choice if you eager to have some Japanese style Korean BBQ.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really good, but pricey
    WindowGod
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    if price isn't an issue for you, it's really f'ing good and worth. It's quality food, in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must try!!!
    Got2go
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I love this place! Me and my bf go here to feast on food and have fun cooking together at the same time. Great quality in meat and service is always fast & friendly :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friends get together
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Awesome for friends reuniting over the grill. Getting the meat aroma all over ya. Is the money!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Liked it!
    HiddenSkye
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I really liked this place - Would definitely come again, especially for happy hour :D
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meal for 3 or 4
    RobbVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Well the meals for three should be definitely enough for 4 people. We were warned that it might be too much food when we ordered, but we were hungry. However, food piled up and there was no way to try and eat properly as we felt rushed and ended up leaving without finishing everything. Good value overall
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 157 reviews are from the Gyu-kaku - Cupertino reviews archive.
  • Moober
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This was our 2nd time here. Made an early 5pm reservation and still had to wait. The service wasn't as good this time not as attentive. The table next to us kept trying to flag down a waiter. Although it was stated in the Opentable reservation that this was a birthday celebration, the wait staff had to be reminded. The food and drinks were good, so we were pleased with the meal. Glad that our first time here was great otherwise, we probably wouldn't return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For the DIY food diners
    memoriesineyes
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Great place to eat, whether it's your first time or a returning customer! You cook your food on your own, are provided high quality meats and are informed by the great and friendly servers. The meats marinated or not taste great with their sauces and their happy hour menu is awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty cocktails and tastier meats
    HungryDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    If you love fatty, flavorful barbeque, definitely go to Gyu-kaku. The happy hour prices vary depending on the day of the week, so keep that in mind. Many of the appetizers and vegetables aren't particularly flavorful or special enough to warrant stocking up on, so pick and choose. Portions are modest (3 ounces on average) so don't feel shy on ordering multiples. The juicy cuts with marbleized meats are succulent and the garlic noodles are really as good as people say. Skip the ramen noodles and the disappointing chili dumplings (cold and bland). The wine/lemonade happy hour drink is the best (ask for slightly more lemonade for a smooth taste) and if you have room for dessert, make sure to grill your fish cake as opposed to having it fried.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A New Favorite!
    archulettuce
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    My dining experience here was great! The service and atmosphere was wonderful. And the food was outstanding! Definitely a favorite restaurant of mine, being new to the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun time at Gyu-Kaku
    Moober
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We celebrated a birthday at Gyu-Kaku and we had a great time. We made an early dinner reservation and arrived during Happy Hour which was great. The food was tasty, but we loved the Spicy pork and the Tofu cakes the best. Also, had a few drinks a piece. It didn't seem like a lot of food, but we all left quite full. Would definately return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place for dinner
    aaronVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    their service is good and the food you cook it yourself
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun food!
    OutOntheTown
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Order lots of small dishes then you get to cook the items on a small table BBQ. We made a reservation and were seated immediately. This was our second visit and other than the noise level, everything was fabulous. My favorites edamame, beef & rice, kobe beef, cheese corn, and yummy s'mores for dessert! Service was great and food came out quickly. Tips: Be sure to check out their Happy Hour Specials and make a reservation or you'll be waiting at least an hour for a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family-Style Table-Grilling
    mlttanaka
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    What I like best about GyuKaku besides their great food is that everyone at the table can cook the meal. I don't know, but this is intensely satisfying. GyuKaku's menu is a little overwhelming - so many things to choose from, but they never fail to deliver excellent cuts of beef and produce for you to dine on. The staff is very attentive and always offer helpful tips for cooking. I also highly recommend the taitaki for dessert. So delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Love the Gyu-kaku chain. We love the different types of meat available and different side dishes. There is something for everyone. We've been there several times and each time does not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant and enjoyable
    GAJ2
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for a Valentine's day dinner. The special menu was $80 per couple and included meat and vegetable dishes and dessert. The food was good and fun to cook on the grill in the middle of the table. We rated the ambience down because we were seated by the garbage can and it was a little noisy. Otherwise it was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Always a great experience at Gyu-Kaku. Since moving to Santa Clara, we have been here 3 times within a 2 week span because we love the people and the food. Mondays are the best day ever because of ALL DAY Happy Hour! I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and unique - go after 9pm Tu-Th
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Great appetizers, yummy food. If you go after 9pm from Tues-Thur, it's happy hour prices (usually 1-2 dollars less per dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service.
    DaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Our server Ross was great; he was very personable and welcoming. He and others on the team stopped by frequently to ensure our drinks were re-filled, and dishes were cleared Timing and delivery of items ordered on our visit was well paced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You will need to order a lot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    You will need to order a lot of dishes to leave feeling full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food and service
    debby
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Went for Xmas Day dinner. The hostess was not trained very well since she totally ignored us for about 10-15 minutes even though we had a reservation. It didn't give me a very good impression at first especially since I have been to Gyu-kaku in Hawaii which has always been good. The food and the service was very good after that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good time
    JYoon
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Had a good time and the food was good. Server was very nice and eager to help. Good experience overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waiter came to our table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The waiter came to our table and said he will change grill a few times but never came back to change. Our meat was burned.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Japanese BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Awesome place with great food and very friendly services! One of my favorites
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Time Not a Charm.....
    Hockey4me
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    We had amazing meal and fun experience the week prior so we decided to return. We ordered our meal and we were not asked what sauces we wanted on various meats and we were still novices. The chicken was so spicy to us, that we couldn't eat it. We had teriyaki the last time she explained but did nothing to fix this order. The calamari came out very dark & crunchy with a funny after taste. The manager came over and explained it was black squid and should be dark. I said it was burnt and the oil need to be changed as order after order of lighter colored calamari passed our table. The manager said he would make us a fresh order and HE NEVER returned nor did the new order or calamari. The calamari was also on our bill!
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  • nice dinner place
    aaronVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    this is 5th time i went there, food great, service excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious! :9
    bobo
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    Food was good, and prices are actually reasonable during happy hour. I will definitely go again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual fun
    TomSVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    We decided to try for the first time, and was pleasantly surprised. If you're seeking Japanese self-grilling, look no further in the Cupertino area. It's open late, friendly service and lots of good food for the money. The quality of the meats and marinades were really good. Other sides, depending on what you get are good compliments. Looking forward to going back and trying some other things. Nice to be able to add Gyu Kaku to our Japanese restaurant list when dining locally.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wanted to be better. I think
    markymark
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    wanted to be better. I think the idea they have is a good one but the service was not great. They knew it was out first time and did nothing to make it special. Very loud. the filet was tough clams did not have a good flavor and the spinach with garlic was well boring. I really think with a little bit more attention to the details this could be a great place. Maybe will try again
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meat Lover's Paradise
    TCHLVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    If you want to eat meat, you have come to the right place. It's closer to a Korean BBQ restaurant than a Japanese Izakaya. But, they do have a good selection of Japanese style beef. Their special combinations is the way to go; you get soup, salad, a nice combination of meats and a selection of veggies. The service was excellent. Our server went over and beyond.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate