Gyu-Kaku - San Diego
Gyu-Kaku - San Diego

Gyu-Kaku - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gyu-kaku.com/ca/sandiego.htm
  • Phone: (858) 693-3790
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mira Mesa East
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample Mall Parking Provided
A word from Gyu-Kaku - San Diego
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.
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Gyu-Kaku - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (54)fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (31)great for lunch (31)special occasion (24)kid-friendly (17)hot spot (16)late-night find (13)romantic (5)great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (5)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Gyu-kaku never fails to dissapoint! Great service and food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Plain Jane
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The meat was not high quality. I had to spit out 2-3 pieces of meat in my napkin because it was fatty. The appetizers were great! The rice was just ok. Not highly recommended for having to wait 1 month for a reservation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good time
    sunshine49
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Brought the parents to try it out, they loved it! Food was good, will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Taste of Japan
    Widowmines
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The online reservation system was accurate and very efficient. I made a Friday dinner reservation earlier in the week, and when I checked in during a company lunch, the staff had my dinner reservation already set in their computer. Compared to the Gyu-Kaku restaurants in Japan that use charcoal and the smoke is taken away through a hood above the floor, the Gyu-Kaku restaurant in Mira Mesa uses a gas burner and the smoke is taken away through ventilation in the sides of the grill that traveled under the table and between the seats, making the central seats a little cramped for leg space. Regardless of method, the flavor of the meats cooked at the Gyu-Kaku restaurant in Mira Mesa was good. The Meat Lover's Special was very tasty. T
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but not fast
    Stephd
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    If you are short on time for lunch, not the place to go, the Happy Hour specials on Monday are great...two of our meals came after everyone else finished eating, manager came over to deliver and apologize, but didn't credit us on the bill for the lateness.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I like eating there. I came there 15 minutes earlier at 11:30am. I asked the hostess if I should cancel my reservation for 11:45am but she said no. I had to wait for everyone else to be seated. Even those who came after me. At another occasion, we only have 3 people for our reservation but 2 showed up. They refuse to seat us. I was disappointed in the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tasting food.
    Aquba
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Don't order any of the fried items. Seems their cooks are always over cooking the items. Anything you grill yourself is delicious
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gyu-Kaku is great!
    CKButler
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have been to Gyu-Kaku three times and each time the service is excellent. I do recommend always making a reservation because they are always busy. The food is delicious and presentation is simple yet elegant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lot of Food!
    kiefmo
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    There were 7 of us and we got the dinner for 6. It was a TON of food and although it was all really delicious at a certain point it was overwhelming!! The sukiyaki bimpimbap (sp) is incredible. I would go back just for that! The salad and the meats are all very fresh and delicious. Next time I go I will order less food because it is very delicious and filling!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Took too long
    nkotb
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We were a 8 people party, four of us received their meals on time, the other four had to wait for quite a long time. How come they are not synchronize if I made the reservation for 8. Then, another 3 received our meals, but one member keep waiting. It turn out that they didn't took his order. I remember him ordering, but somehow the waitress had only 7 orders at the end. How come they didn't realize that something was missing since we were 8 people and they had only 7 meals ordered? We had to wait just for him and get back to work late because of this. Besides that, the food is great and fair price for lunch special.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some are tasty, small portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Some meats are really tasty, but the portions are small so can be a expensive night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • make sure you get open table points
    whimsicalVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I am a frequent gyu kaku customer. I love going there for food but at the same time I want to get my open table points. There are a couple times that I don't receive my points even when I book on OpenTable website. I checked with the hostess who claims it will be credited in 24 hours. It never did. I hope gyu kaku management can train all hostess to credit OpenTable points to their customers properly.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Eats
    MasterChow
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Best all-around Izakaiya style Japanese restaurant I have found in San Diego. It’s a chain, so they don’t have the local mom and pop type feel, and every portion you can tell is weighed and to exact standards. I guess that’s a good thing, but you just get the feeling it’s all computer driven (even the cheap beer is not a stand mug or pint, more like 10 oz or less). But, still great savory Japanese bbq and will go back for sure. Next time will try and dine on the outside patio. Wish they had one closer to downtown though. Time will tell...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad; not as good as in Japan
    kuishinbo
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Started off on the wrong foot with the customer service when we showed up for our reservation on time but were told to wait outside in 100 degree weather, despite having room in the entrance. Overall good food, but a bit pricey compared to other options for yakiniku in town. Some of the pricing seemed off for the quality of the meats with "lower quality" offerings tasting better than the "premium" ones. The menu was missing some standards like liver, but did have others, including very good harami.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    good food but little too salty and the restaurant is really noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is OK.
    MoominVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It is a very popular restaurant, but the food is OK. The price is very reasonable, but the service is so-so.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food is good but
    lunchlady
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I went with 5 other people at lunch time, they gave us a table that is only good for up to 4 people. Each of us has 5 different serving dishes plus 2 eating plates, and a long dipping cup for lunch specials. There were no place to put all that on that table and there was only one grill for all of us. They should of giving us a bigger table.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service
    LP48
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food was small portions but it was good. Ambience was a bit loud
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They"ll get better...
    outwego
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were unsure who our server was. So many different people approached our table. Half of our parties food was delayed for almost an hour. When it arrived, it was excellent. Everyone wanted to help but apparently messages were being lost among all the servers. We WILL be going back, after about a month to let the wrinkles get ironed out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always enjoyable
    foodieyumyum
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food is always fresh and delicious! I love the set up this is by far one of our favorite places to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish!
    Tigerlily
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Gyu-kaku never disappoints! The meats are tender juicy and well seasoned with a delicious combo of flavors! I highly recommend trying this place but make a reservation because the wait can be up to an hour and a half on a weekend night!
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Great Food but Servce was Subpar
    KatB
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Came in w/ a friend food was great we had the lunch special. The servers we usually have are great except for the server we had today. Amber was her name and she left much to be desired. She kept trying to upsell us, which I can understand when you work on tips. But after we said no the first time to coffee, dessert, etc. she asked again and when we said no she rolled her eyes. We didn't finish all of our food, so I asked for a to go box and if she could put some of the sauces in a to go container as well. She came back with the box and a tsp of the sauce I had asked for and had the nerve to tell me, "we normally don't let ppl take sauce to go." Seriously, then why would you have to go sauce containers? If you want good service avoid Amber
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place
    michaelakane77
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Enjoyed this restaurant. With all the options it was really hard to decide, best value is there sets. Bring your appetite, you will leave this place full if you do it right.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HiroshiVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great meat and noodles & rice. It's always croweded and difficult to get a table but actully the turn is very quick.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Disappointed
    Pulsonics
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was good and the service friendly. Very good happy hour.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luvtoeat
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    First time here, made reservation for lunch! We walked right in because I made reservation. I highly recommend making reservation because this place gets so full. The Spicy Kalbi is delish.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, 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
  • Dinner with entertainment built in!
    SeldomReview
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A fun way to eat with friends! Cook your own dinner on the table barbecue. Food was delicious. Service was friendly but slow at times. A little more help at the table would've been great. We had to ask several times for more water, but all the servers seemed knowledgable and friendly. Great fun for kids!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Twinkle
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Tasty food and nice service. I would like to go there very often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Experience
    Props2Kaku
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our first time here, just happen to see it by passing through. Read all the review and not a bad one so figure we give it a try, highly recommended to make a reservation if going during dinning hours or the weekend to avoid long wait time. Awesome food, Awesome waiter name (Juan) who definitely help make our first experience here a great one and good price for all the food we got. Great atmosphere as well. Definitely will be coming here a lot more now.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    Indricana
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I went here with some coworkers and a vendor for lunch. It was an awesome experience! The food was great and the atmosphere was perfect. The table our group of 5 sat at was a little crunched for space but it wasn't a big deal. I loved being able to cook food at your table together with everyone else, it sort of created a bonding experience. Just so everyone is aware, there is no overwhelming meat smoke smell. They have vents right under the grill at your table so all the smells/smoke get sucked right in.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mediocre at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food was just OK. Our expectations were higher. It was also expensive. The "deals" were overpriced. The service was poor. We ordered noodles for our daughter and they didn't arrive at our table until we were almost finished.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 21 reviews are from the Gyu-Kaku - San Diego reviews archive.
  • unpleasantly long lunch
    lalaluncher
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were expecting a long lunch break however, it was EXTREMELY long. Most of the time we were waiting for our food to come out of the kitchen. I don't understand how long it takes for raw meat to be served to you before you even get to cook it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    SO glad it came down to San Diego from LA. Every time I go up to LA I go to Gyu Kaku, one of my all time favorite restaurants. I ask every time I'm up there to open one in San Diego, and the gods have answered my prayers! thanks!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun time, outstanding service!
    mtkd
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Fun experience and outstanding service.The place is busy and all of the food is of course delicious. We ordered a la carte including two appetizers and soups. Our favorite was the miso marinated hangar steak. Our server Doreene was knowledgeable and friendly and attentive. I was most impressed by the teamwork at this restaurant. I don't know if it was because we were near the kitchen, but we had probably 7 diferent people stop by to clear empty plates in a subtle non-interruping way. An empty plate was never there for more than 30 sec. Servers were always walking around with a smile amd head up (as opposed to heads down and blinders on). The manager also came by the table to make sure everything was great as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loud and hot!
    Chon
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    very loud.... the grill in the center of the table gets very hot, so you can't really "lean in" to talk... the food was good for the most part... was a little taken back by the velvetta cheese and the s'mores at the end, didn't fit the rest of the meal, not to mention old school and well, not my style. service was good. Not sure I would go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Food was good and place was clean. Food is a little bit pricey even with the happy hour price. Our waiter kept forgetting stuff that we had asked for and we had to keep reminding him. I hope they would have a menu for kids and more options with the non-alcoholic drinks.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I LOVE THIS PLACE! TRIED IT FOR THE FIRST TIME AND I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Niles858
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Wonderful food! Excellent service! Both the hostess and our server were top rate. Thanks a bunch! We'll definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lacking attention
    sarahbobs
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We had a big group so i understand it can be difficult. But the food came out in weird increments. Not everyone had food at same time. When we ordered extra items we never got it. For example i wanted a bowl of brown rice, but waited and waited and it never came. I ended up just moving on. I didn't bother to tell the waiter. He hardly came by. I don't think i would ever do a big group there. I would prob just go on a date with hubby. The service was very polite but the attention was lacking. The food was great although if we had more attention I prob would have ordered more food. But i felt what was the point. It would take forever and i would prob have to ask twice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great places to go with buddies!
    Jessica
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Our server was very helpful and friendly with us. He explained the menu, the smart deals, and also how the ordered food should be cooked. The food itself was delicious and fun to cook on the grill. I loved the fun Japanese themed feel of the restaurant. The combination of the fun popular music playing, the chatter of the patrons, and the voices of the staff members shouting farewell to guests definitely made the restaurant an energetic place to have dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic