Gyu-Kaku - Rancho Cucamonga
Gyu-Kaku - Rancho Cucamonga

Gyu-Kaku - Rancho Cucamonga

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gyu-kaku.com/
  • Phone: 9098994748
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Mon–Fri 12pm–5pm (last call)
    Sat & Sun 11am–5pm (last call)

    Dinner:
    Mon–Thu 5pm–10:30pm (last call)
    Fri & Sat 5pm–11:30pm (last call)
    Sun 5pm–10pm (last call)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: You!
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Your party is our party. If we can assist you in any way to host a large party or special occasion dinner, please let us know. We offer custom-made prix-fixe menus as well as tailored seating arrangements to best suit your needs. We are more than happy to work personally with you, step-by-step, to ensure that your party is a great one. We also have private dining rooms for approximately 12 and 30 guests, respectively. Contact us for large or private party requests to ensure space.
  • Private Party Contact: Tirza Anditta, Manager 9098994748

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Day Creek/Victoria Park Lane
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Gyu-Kaku - Rancho Cucamonga
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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Gyu-Kaku - Rancho Cucamonga reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (49)special occasion (41)fit for foodies (36)hot spot (29)great for lunch (28)late-night find (24)kid-friendly (18)neighborhood gem (18)vibrant bar scene (17)romantic (17)great for brunch (9)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Good food, but poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Good food, bad drink and poor service. The lemon drop was bad and it tasted like water. Also, We have been charged for the item that was out-of-stock. We forgot to recheck the bill before paying it. We just realized after we got home. Tricky service for the server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Date Location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Very unique, very fun and keeps you entertained and satisfied the entire time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    They have pretty good service, its a cute place too. The food comes in relatively small portions but they aren't too badly priced. Especially when they have happy hour. Its a great meal to split and they offer happy hour twice a day. Definitely reccoment trying it at least once!
    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.
  • Awesome Experience
    happytummy
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It was my husband and I first time at GYU-KAKU, so we decide to celebrate with some friends.... great choice. A group of 6 people enjoying great conversation with lots and lots of meat. We decided to do the meat lovers for 6 people.... and we weren't disappointed. The amount of food from the starters to the entrees it was phenomenal. The best part was cooking the food yourself. Can't wait to do this again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Hungry
    BigeaterVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food was fantastic, but it seemed like the portions were on the small side. This may have been due to the fact that it was supposedly a happy hours special price. If that is the case, they should not call it a happy hour special price if they are just going to cut down on the portions for a lower price compared to what you get when you pay the standard price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great dining experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Customer service is always outstanding. Speedy service and great food to BBQ.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    VBsmith
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    From the great service to the excellent food, this place is awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A REVIEW OF EXCELLENCE
    AGENT4U
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    My personal experience: The Gyu Kaku experience; First the location of Gyu Kaku (Victoria Gardens-Ontario) opens your thought processes and makes you aware that to be in that location with notable competition what they are offering has to be in the range of excellence to outstanding. Once you have personally experienced the location, the ambiance and the great food even Chef Ramsey would give great reviews to Gyu Kaku.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Foodiehere
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've been here several times and the food is great! Definitely try the spicy sauce, it's flavorful. The prices are high so when I do come here, it's for special occasions. The service is great as well. The food came on time, we got what we ordered and the service was available when needed. The place is loud and hot. We went in the summertime and didn't feel the air conditioning at all. It was just as hot as coming in from the outside. To top it off, the grill's heat just made it worse. If they can improve on regulating the ac, I think the dining experience would even be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun for groups
    seattleVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Went here with a group of coworkers on a business trip. Food is good. Grilling it is a great activity for a group. The one thing that holds this place back is the bathroom. It was genuinely disgusting. For a place that costs 30 per person I would expect a bathroom that is at least clean even if it isn't fancy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gyu🎶 Gyu 🎶
    yummyinmytummy
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Music to my ears. I love this place. Food comes out much faster than before. Mia, alfredo, and another young lady (who's name I forgot) :/ are great servers.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous
    millertime
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went with friends a gain but this time they brought their teenage sin. Needless to say he was in his eaven.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for something different!
    lindsmariep
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was really good and different. It was over 100 degrees outside so being inside with a full restaurant and grills on every table made it very hot inside as well. We were a little uncomfortable but made it work. Our server was just ok... kinda slow but they were busy. The 2 person meal was a ton of food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Service
    GreenEyes
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We waited 22 min before someone even took our order! Didn't get our drinks refilled till the end of visit. Wasn't given enough place settings. Worst visit I have ever experienced at this location!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could have been better
    Time2Dine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    3 set menus, no substitutions. They have ala carte, which is much more expensive. It was a little disappointing and the waitress was not very professional or accommodating. We sat at the bar first and our cheese wontons had no cheese twice, so we finally gave up on that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keep your eyes open...
    Cupcakn
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Watch your receipt, the servers are quite busy and will charge you for items they never actually bring out. They'll blame it on a backed up kitchen, and then disappear for nearly 30min at a time. Other than that, food was okay. Worked out for our birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could be better
    Brwnfoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Seemed like they didn't care about anything. Main meats should come after my appetizers. There was nothing exciting about the food everything was under seasoned. Waste of money. If I could describe the food it would be FAKE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious as always!
    Lina
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I always have great service here the servers are on top of it all. Made a reservation and walked in and got sat right away :)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gyu🎶 Gyu 🎶
    yummyinmytummy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I love Gyu-kaku. Great food, "Happy Hour" even tho you go H.A.M n still end up spending 60 bucks for two. I'm always satisfied with my meal. Worth every penny
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Same as usual..
    LaReinaVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    But a lot of my fave items have been removed from the menu. No more Bud Light, garlic rice, or lobster nuggets.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This visit was a bit disappointing in terms of level of service. We had a reservation, but it took a while to find us a table. Then when we were seated no server came to the table. I had to get up and ask someone to check who our server was. The food was good as usual, but the experience was just a bit frustrating initially.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    GoodRestaurantCritic
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had several good experiences here. Will always comeback! Food is great, environment is perfect, service was good. Good beer selection and happy hour is really good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for 1st date, not for foodie
    Fitfoodie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was my 1st experience here. I was nicely greeted, especially arriving 5 min. later than my reservation, the staff was polite and professional. My whole party was not there (4 out of 7), however they sat us anyway. I've done "yakiniku" in Japan as well as Korean BBQ. I wasn't expecting the different flavors and sauces available, so this was a plus. The Happy Hour menu for 2 is a big portion and was worth the price we paid for the amount. I was fully satisfied with the food. Service lacked as it was busy, forgot refills/drinks asked for. However, the ramen and gyoza that my brother ate was not up to par. Seemed like the frozen/packaged stuff from the Asian market. Would recommend for a date and for the BBQ, not other foods.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Happy Hour
    NicoleC
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    They have an awesome happy hour every day and all day Sunday and Monday. Always make reservations because they get busy. Food and service is always amazing. They also have a pretty decent rewards program that's only 1$ to start.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was good
    nicoofthedead
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I love gyu Kaku and their food is always good. It's a fun experience to cook your own food. The only thing I didn't like was that the discontinued doing garlic rice, which was my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    liveth1splace
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Fun place to eat n kick it with friends love the food n the beer.I will go back to eat here again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • location worth looking past service
    landi
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I've been coming to this Gyu for over a year because I love its location. The food is always delicious and I never leave less than satisfied or less than completely stuffed! I like trying new things all the time and haven't met an item I didn't like. The only thing I don't like about this location is the staff. There are a few gems on the team but I am usually greeted by a really grouchy woman who looks annoyed when people come in and put their name down. There have been times when our waitress forgot we existed, where she'd come by on her routine "how's everything going?" and we'd ask for another beer or refills and she'd nod and never come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well Worn
    ArtemisVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Gyu-Kaku is a good place to dine if you want to cook your own food.There a fair amount of smoke and a lot of heat from the grill in the middle of the table, so you do have to be careful not to get burned.Eating there is a fun experience, but there is a bit of work involved.A fairly good value for the food, which was of good quality and we did fill up quickly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining experience
    Foodcritic
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This is a great place to eat but please note do not order the meal for 6 because it takes wayyyyyy too long to cook all the meat you get on one tiny grill. We were there over two hours long after we were full just to finish cooking the meat to take home. This place is great for a party of two but not a large group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hands down, the best place!
    MARIA6167VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I absolutely love coming here! I've been here 3 times now in 1 month!! The 1st & last time we got the same lady who took our order and she is absolutely the best! Very sweet & friendly. I feel bad about not remembering her name, (blame it on the delicious Saki!, lol). All 3 times she's helped us, we've sat right behind the reception area, this last time it was party of 4 @ 7:30. If you were our waiter, thank you! You were awesome! We'll be back soon :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too hot and ignored
    Drea
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We were placed in the room separate from the open area of the restaurant. The room was extremely hot and we were placed in the corner where we were ignored. We noticed the table in front of us was repeatedly empty because all who were sat there couldn't stand how hot the room was. We had to go look for our waitress to get service and refills on our drinks. One instance it took out waitress 15 minutes to bring out refill. We have been to Gyu a Kaku before but we had never had this awful service.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall great place
    GoodRestaurantCritic
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great place, good food, fun atmosphere. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service
    poorwaitress
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The food was ok but the service was poor. The waitress never brought either of my children's rice she brought our veggies an hour before our meat even came. Took her a long time to refill my drink then when I looked over our bill she had charged us full price for certain items even tho it was happy hour. I had them fix it and ended up getting our smores for free but wasn't happy w service and there food isn't the same as it once was. All in all wasn't happy w it at all.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 737 reviews are from the Gyu-Kaku - Rancho Cucamonga reviews archive.
  • Yummy!
    MARIA6167VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I can't believe it has taken me this long to discover this awesome restaurant! My family and I had an excellent time here. The food was super good and plenty! My Son who is a meat lover, had one of the best times eating here. Prices are very reasonable and the Happy Hour prices are even better! :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really loud
    pomeranianlovahVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food is great! Everything comes pretty quickly and it's up to you to mess it up. It's easy to cook your own food. They have instructions for you in case you're a newbie, but since I cook at home a lot, it was a cinch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fathers day dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The service was very slow , our waiter forgot many items. We are regulars here so this was a one time mishap , will still come back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not that great
    SandyRed
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had heard that this was a great place, but upon arrival the bar service was slow, the floor and tables were sticky, trash in the aisles and on floor, and the bathrooms had grafitti on it. It was a novel place, but we won't be returning. Yuck.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another good meal
    Beachlove58
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The place is great to eat. The food definitely gets me to come back. The service is usually a hit and miss. You never know if you get a good server but it's the food that reels you in.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehhh
    Andri01
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was good, kind of noisey. It's a good spot for couples. My party had six and food took forever to cook, half of my party was starving waiting for their turn to cook. Service was HORRIBLE!!!!! Our waiter forgot about us 80% of the time, they ran out of beer mugs, I would not return.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hostess was not courteous
    blah
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Made a reservation for 2 at 8:30pm. Showed up on time, but added 2 more to the list. I advised Cathee (the hostess) of the addition. In a condescending tone, she asked if the entire party was present. I responded, yes. Then she says that my name will be called in a few minutes. We advised them that we will be waiting at the bar, (which is 5 steps away). 20 min later, I check in with her. Apparently, she called my name but I didn't respond, so our place in line was skipped. She leaves, and another hostess steps up. I ask her if my name was called and she stated that it was never called and that we will be seated shortly. Other than that, our server was great! Food was good too. Too bad Cathee almost ruined it for us.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.