Gyu-Kaku - Kapiolani
Gyu-Kaku - Kapiolani

Gyu-Kaku - Kapiolani

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gyu-kaku.com/
  • Phone: 8085892989
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Everyday: 11:30am–3:30pm (last call)


    Dinner:
    Everyday: 3:30pm–11:30pm (last call)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: You!
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate your party of up to 20 people. Contact us for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: Todd Nakamura, Manager 8085892989

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pensacola Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free with validation. Free street parking is also available after 6:30pm along Kapiolani Blvd.
A word from Gyu-Kaku - Kapiolani
Located 10 minute drive from Waikiki and the next block of Ala Moana Shopping Center, Gyu-Kaku is all about fun and food. You are your own chef, cooking premium cuts of beef, poultry, seafood and vegetables perfectly to your liking at your own smokeless charcoal barbeque. It is an ideal way to share a meal with family and friends. At Gyu-Kaku you can share the warmth not only of our delicious food, but also the warmth of those you love.
Gyu-Kaku, meaning “Horn of the Bull” in Japanese, is Japan's best loved yakiniku restaurant with over 800 locations across the land of the rising sun. Now Gyu-Kaku has come to Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland to offer Americans the same unsurpassed dining experience. Yaki (grilling) niku (meats) has its origins in the Korean barbecue style and now Gyu-Kaku has taken yakiniku to a new level with Japanese style appetizers, tapas, and a great selection of Japanese premium beer, sake and shochu.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Gyu-Kaku - Kapiolani reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (36)fit for foodies (26)late-night find (24)special occasion (19)great for lunch (17)hot spot (17)neighborhood gem (11)kid-friendly (11)romantic (5)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great Food/So So Service
    Ryan
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My wife and I love Gyu-Kaku and come here about once every other month. Every time we have visitors, we bring them for the experience. The food is outstanding and cooking your own food is really fun. One downside every time we come here is we know the service is going to be slow. After ordering, the food shows up immediately which is great. Servers are usually slow after your main course is served and especially after dessert. Getting the check usually takes 10 to 15 minutes and getting your card or change back will take another 10. This hasn't happened once or twice, it happens each time we're there. We plan for it, if you're in a rush, this might not be the place for you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food!
    Fellowship4Food
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was really great, but our waiters weren't very attentive or that friendly. Overall it was good though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SUNNYLICIOUS
    foodie2
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We celebrated my Mother in laws 60th birthday . The two servers we had were EXCELLENT . Very attentive & friendly. I am looking forward to coming back soon !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good-Mood Food
    Fellowship4Food
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great place to eat, a little on the expensive side. However, when coming with a lot of people and splitting the bill it comes out usually reasonable. It was nice because they changed out our grill and gave us a good amount of attention where it wasn't overbearing, but we never had to go out of our way to get our server's attention. Overall, great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greatness
    Kristenrc
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Waited for a bit cause it was a typical, busy Friday night. But the service was well worth the wait. Our server was busy so their GM took our order, which I found to be amazing, cause what restaurant has their GM taking customer orders? I like how the staff all helps each other out! They were very quick to refill drinks. I would go there again!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always satisfied
    Bugz
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've been going to Gyukaku for the past couple of years. I love the food & dipping sauces. Service is usually quick too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Service was quick. Waters and table were cleared quickly. Friendly staff. Helpful with the Gyukaku rewards mobile app. Portion sizes for plates weren't very big. Food was brought out quickly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    alohaVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    There are very few times when I'm not happy at Gyukaku. The service is excellent and food good. This is one of our favorite dining places.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Family Dinners
    Jrrrsygrrrl
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Awesome service, great food, and amazing happy hour pricing, need I say more?! Took my family here for a birthday dinner and they left full and the will was at least a third less than what I was expecting thanks to the happy hour pricing. Would recommend this over and over again to anyone wanting a authentic Japanese style dining at a amazing price. Right on par with places I have enjoyed in Japan.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!!!!!
    JustSaying
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The service was excellent as well as the food. This is an outstanding restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I love this place and I always get the Harami Bistro. I love meeeeaaaattttt
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    Foodnfrenz
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food, great service. Cheese filled dumplings were awesome! Will definately return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Me and my girlfriend went to Gyu-Kaku for our 2 year anniversary. We noticed the walls that used to divide the booths are gone. Which is a bummer, lost a lot of privacy which, we kind of wanted. With that being said because the walls are gone, the noise level in there is a little unbeareable at times. My waiter Cullen could barely hear me at times. Other than that the food is excellent along with its outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service was great!
    Tam48
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Made reservations online, had to wait awhile before being seated but the food and service we received was great! Too much food in the end but everything tasted awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kapiolani experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is the 2nd time we've been here in 2 wks.We absolutely luv the food.However, since we've been coming here, since 2007, the svc has gone downhill. I remember that it used to b exciting to walk into, a delight going in & u could tell everyone wanted to be there at work. Now, it seems as if the morale went down & servers don't want to be there.Servers don't know the menu,the drinks,etc. Bathroom was dirty, no toilet seat covers. Grill was broken, it was on high flame or nothing at all.It took a piece of folded paper to keep it on.My sis had some water dripping on her head,went to tell the staff & they just said,oh sorry. I admit, I'd probably still come here but would be nice to see more enthusiasm & pride in such a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Hour
    TheEverythingFoodie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It wasn't busy, but table service lacked a little. We had to go up to get our checks when we were asked if we wanted them. Even with the "manager" there talking to the girl at the register. Everything else was fine, food is always good, especially when you can cook it to your liking. The two young gentlemen who bussed our table and gave us water, and waited on us the rest of the time were extremely hospitable and kept up very nicely. Not the greatest service I've had, but definitely no the worst.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY JORDON!
    teamkapihe
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I brought my husband here for his Birthday. It was both of our first times. We only waited about 5 minutes to be seated whuch was awsome. Our waitress was soooooo nice and explained everything (menu, drinks, grill, etc) very clearly with a smile the whole night. The food was great. And my lihing margarita was delicious. All over a great place for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 260 reviews are from the Gyu-Kaku - Kapiolani reviews archive.
  • Always Excellent
    LocalGuy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This place does not disappoint. Food is always great, and the staff energetic and hospitable. They will make you feel welcome and take care of you from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and great service
    Jiro
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We really enjoy our occasional late evening meals. The food is consistently good and the customer service exemplary ... more than worth the traffic from the leeward side.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good fun...Good food!
    Kathleen
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Love this restaurant! Had a late dinner at the Torrance, Ca. location and was thrilled to learn there was one in Hawaii!! Had our anniversary dinner at the Honolulu location, and we were not disappointed! Food was awesome...presentation was fabulous...staff was wonderful! Love the S'Mores! Looking forward to going back soon...maybe during Happy Hour!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointing
    enksides
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    An ideal spot for my wife and I as we are never disappointed with inconsistencies! Always a nice treat to enjoy with friends as well! Looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great grinds at Gyu-Kaku!
    GwensGrinds
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food and service for our party of 6 was fantastic. I had pre-ordered the Kamehameha menu for our group, and the food came faster than we could eat and cook it! There was so much food we had to take some home. This restaurant is definitely a go-to place.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorites!
    Food4us
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We love the food and the experience. If you haven't already go checkout out.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I want that grill!
    HulaGrrrl
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The star at Gyu-Kaku is the grill. No smoke, just awesome direct flame that perfectly cooks your meal to perfection. I hosted dinner to two picky eaters and they loved the experience ..at 86 and 91 years old, you know what is good! Our waiter was outstanding and the constant attention to keep the dishes moving, changing the grill mid-meal, made us feel well-cared for and special. The quality of meats and variety of items to grill also made for a fun meal. Try to make it to happy hour and save a little too!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Definitely one of the highlights of the trip! - the food is great and the customer service is one of the best - we always make come here when we are on vacation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and customer
    karatemama
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Excellent food and customer service! A must for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually a better night
    capri8668
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    This was my third time here, but tonight was so problematic that I might stay away for awhile. Service issues: tongs not provided when the food was delivered; server turned down the fire when we were in the middle of cooking; server forgot to use the happy hour prices even though we had the red menus; mix ups with the rewards cards bringing us someone else's card Issues with the food: Chicken pieces were mismatched is size, some really big and others really small made it hard to cook; kalbi steak was unusually fatty and three pieces were not edible (considering you only get 4 oz. this was 1/3 of the portion) Of course with all the issues to top it off, I forgot to use my isle discount card to get $5 off bill. : (
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Happy Hour
    jnishVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Outstanding value on appetizer & menu items for diners ordering before 6:30 pm - every nite. Draft beer & sake on special, too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun!
    Geelock
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I visited this place for a blind date (my first) and it was a great location for the occasion. Waiter was very helpful in explaining the options and the menu was filled with great choices. The food was great and the prices were reasonable..overall I would recommend this place and would revisit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleased
    happy
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    We haven't been there for maybe eight months. We went for a belated Valentine's gift due to busy family schedule. There were three of us, two adults one child. We were able to make make same day reservations. Our table was ready on time. We felt welcome as we walked in. Placed our order. Drinks and food trickled in. Service fast, friendly and helpful. Drinks and food delicious. They cleaned out table throughout our time there which is nice. Then we ordered dessert which was delicious too. When the bill came we were shocked we actually thought it was going to be higher, forgot we still was on happy hour. We left with full happy tummies with money still left in wallet. Very good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasantly surprised
    krazydiner
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    after eating at the waikiki location and having the worst experience at this resturant chain possible, i was very pleased and surprised and the service i got from kapiolani. the service was great. even though we had a trainee for a waitress she gave us better service then the veteran at waikiki. i would recommend people to come to kapiolani anyday and stay away from waikiki..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place to eat!
    Kanoe95
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    I really enjoyed the energetic and casual atmosphere of Gyu-Kaku. Tables are spacious, food comes fast and servers were on their toes with orders and drink refills. The fun part is being able to cook your own food the way everyone in your party likes it. The 2 times I came here we made it in time for Happy Hour which was 20% almost everything on the menu. I would definitely reccommend this place to friends and family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Atmospheric & Fulfilling
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I don't know whether or not reserving months in advance had to do with it, but on Valentine's Day, I took my girlfriend back to this place of our first date, and we were seated in a private booth complete with Asian decor and some of the best food we've had to match.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yakiniku is fun!
    Tony
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    i had one experience at a yakiniku restaurant before which was poor; the thought of cooking your own meal at a restaurant irked me. when my friend told me that gyukaku was his favorite restaurant, i gagged, thinking about working for a meal im paying for. anyhow, i gave it a shot. it turned out to be a great experience at gyukaku! the food was so tasty, the place had a cool vibe, the servers were constantly in sight. i finally enjoy the yakiniku experience, thanks to gyukaku. btw, the happy hour is awesome. try it, do it, enjoy it...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome noodles-udon
    debinsdca
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Loved this meal, waiting in line was soon forgotten, once we got to the front to see all the action--the making of noodles, numerous selections to add on and delicious healthful dinner. A must do for Oahu-Waikiki foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nope, go somewhere else!
    krysten2896
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I'm sorry but just do not go here. I had gone here with a party of 7 the other night and we were accommodated to the best of their ability. Sadly, our waiter was just horrific! We had taken our orders but when they arrived, half of the things that we ordered had not been there. It took an additional 20 minutes after the first round of appetizers just to get our gyu kaku nachos. Then, we barely saw our waiter after that. We saw the bus boy more! Seriously? The food portions are just too small and yes, over priced. The service was incredibly horrible and we wanted to tip the bus boy more for being more attentive to us. The syrup for the soda ran out and we were just left with water or coke for those who wanted soda but didn't drink it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't go wrong.
    ambeesaurus
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Always the go-to spot for happy hour. You can never go wrong at gyukaku. Although, I don't especially care for their desserts. I always skip it and get dessert elsewhere. Other than that food and alcohol is always tasty!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Gyu-kaku!
    Marielle
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Great food, great service. You can't go wrong. Come for happy hour and be sure to make reservations.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Fire kept going out. Had ro wait 15 min even thouvh we had a reservation. Hostess needs to smile more often. She is so sassy and unhappy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great concept
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    This restaraunt needs to be renovated! It's falling apart. Also it was a little hot, turn up the ac.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate