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Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo

Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gyu-kaku.com/ca/sanmateo.htm‎
  • Phone: (650) 343-3255
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 10:30 pm (last call)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. 4th Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo
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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Fresh ingredients and fun cooking your own meets and veggies. They have happy hour 7 days a week."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Your waitress did a great job explaining to us about your restaurant and introduced to us your most popular dishes. Her information was helpful. The only regret was that the music was too loud for us. We had a difficult time talking at our table."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "First time to be there. Food is fine but too small and quite pricy. Suggest to go under happy hours with discount price. I ordered the combination and the result is average. Mixed vegetable with too much onion and we don't like it. Suggest to order your own choice of dishes."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "After our first visit with ordering too much food, my wife and I had a mini "game plan" going in Friday night. This time we got a reservation at 10 pm (earliest available) instead of doing a walk in. Sat next to a drunk group that was quite loud but did not bother us too much. Compared to our first time visiting, both service and food was not as good this time. This time the horumon was not fresh, very little in quantity, and you can tell they just took it out of the freezer with all the liquid on the plate. Furthermore, our grill was never re-oiled or changed out like they did the first time we visited. One of the new hires, Isaac (I believe), was pretty good but he needs to be more enthusiastic and be more confident in his work."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "And awesome service, got good tips on what to eat, friendly people and got a nice seat too"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Nice and clean place. Some places that serve food to be grilled at the table have a strong smell, and actually you walk smelling of the grill. Didn't happen this time. Nice place for lunch. The marinade on the meats are really good. You can always ask for a new grill plate if the build up gets too much. Other places don't do that."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Some of us have had bad experiences grilling your own meal, but none here! Restaurant is large, modern, spacious, and (get this) free of grilling smoke! A lot of us shy away, since we don't want to smell like BBQ for days (our clothes, hair, or car). And I agree with previous reviews that the food is fresh, well prepared/marinated, and delicious! We just had Father's Day lunch there, and we couldn't have picked a better place. You feel relaxed and at ease. The beer comes an in icy mug waiting for it to be washed down with a mouthful of fresh cooked meat. Doesn't this remind you of backyard grilling on your little hibachi? Great meat/meal selections to choose from. Very long Happy Hour. Lots of parking next door."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Came here first with RSVP, was seated right away. Food was good, pricey not very impressive. Went back for 2nd time since we were in the area without RSVP. The front girl told us the wait is about 45mins. We walked around then came back and they said another 20mins and there were 6 parties in front of us. So obviously someone messed the waitlist. The manager came and still said 20mins for the wait. Good food, but management team needs to step up with their wait list. Don't go to this place if u can't RSVP before."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We went to Gyu Kaku - San Mateo this Monday! We liked Toru the best!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Good food but service seems to be very slow most of the time we eat here."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "What a great surprise this little restaurant is...the service is awesome, pleasant and attentive. The mix of Japanese and Korean food fare is very nicely done with cooking grills right in each table...from prawns through many types of meats in various marinades to s'mores for dessert - the table grill is fun and efficient! Will definitely go again and recommend to friends!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "ok, so I know this is a BBQ restaurant and their specialty is the meats that you grill yourself, but my friends and I just didn't feel like cooking our own lunch this particular day. how bad could the precooked food be anyways? So, I can't say if the BBQ is good or not, but the precooked food is DEFINITELY a no-no. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I am not really a fan of restaurants where I have to cook my own food, even for 5 minutes. I enjoy cooking very much and the restaurant is not where I like to have it happen, so this restaurant is not for me. The food was nothing extraordinaire but good. The service was friendly but the noise level was high. This restaurant is best for groups but I would not recommend it to foodies."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Delicious food and fun to bbq at your table. The food is always prepared fabulously and tastes fantastic. Great for friends getting together or for a couple's night out. Yum!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "It was a good experience! Noise level a little loud. Hard to hear the waitress!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Gyu-Kaku is a very nice place to dine at for families. it is a place where everyone enjoy grilling food especially to young ones. it is a place where young people can learn how to cook food in a way. thank you"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Fun and delicious is what comes to mind whenever I think of this restaurant. Been here three times and have had an impeccable experience every time. Love the idea of cooking the food yourself. Happy hour is amazing!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Brought my son here for his birthday dinner. HE enjoyed all the food, especially the kalbi. Great to go during Monday; happy hour prices all day! 9.99/pitcher of Saporro"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Go for HH!! $1.99 Sapporo Draft and a bunch of discounted apps and meats. $15 min pp FYI."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Come for happy hour! Delicious food, great location and nice inside!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Very fun but the service was lacking and very hard to get the waitstaff's attention to order. Also expect a long wait if you do not have reservations, try to come earlier or later to avoid the dinner rush. The happy hour specials are pretty good."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Food - Taste-wise, very good. Portions for the sides we ordered like mushrooms, asparagus and broccoli were skimpy. Not meant to be shared. Service - Very good except for one thing. This outing was to celebrate our daughter's birthday which I had noted under comments when making reservations via OpenTable. When we checked in, the hostess even acknowledged that this is a birthday occasion. Throughout dinner, we saw 2 birthdays being acknowledged at other tables with the staff singing happy birthday. However, our daughter's birthday was completely forgotten which was extremely disappointing!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The family and I had a nice dinner the other day. we were given a table right away and had grrat service throughout the night. The kids like seeing the food cooked in front of them and the quality here is always excellent."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "I made a reservation for Monday, not knowing that it was happy hour all day! Yay! The food was good and servers were really helpful and clearly trained to offer instructions on how to order and grill. The best part of the whole experience was leaving the restaurant not smelling like food or smoke like you would at other hot pot or bbq places. A definite plus! Had a great experience and would come back with more friends!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This place is a fun night out with friends or family. We had the meal for 6 package. It is way too much food for 6. Maybe better for 8 or 6 hungry guys. Some of the items in the package were a bit lame. Corn nibblets? Meat was good and salad. Skip the miso."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Went to Gyu Kaku for the first time after they opened. Had great expectations prior. Checked in on time and was seated right away. Service from the staffs was very good. Had a visit from the manager also asking how everything's was. our waiter explained everything in detail. Food wise, not too good. We ordered a few meat dishes, garlic shrimp, ramen and bimbimbop. Food arrived fairly quickly and filled up the table. Server explained how long to cook the meat / veggie. Upon trying the meats, some were not marinated while some other were heavily marinated, Overall, the meat wasn't 'quality' meat. Very 'hard' and didn't carry much 'meat' taste. The meats that were marinated were very very salty and again not tender at all."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I was really really excited since I've decided to have a dinner at Gyukaku with my friends because it was my first time to eat yakiniku since I moved to the states in March 2013! My group was all Japanese including me, and we all enjoyed the food! We spent $30 for each, and it was pretty expensive for us. But we were totally fine because your food worth it! I already miss it even I just went there few days ago. I loved and enjoyed that much! And not only about the food. Our waitress, she checked our table many times, we could really see that she really cared customers, showed us nice smiles and told us few jokes. I liked it. Thank you for everything that I had there, and I will definitely recommend other my friends, and come back one day!3"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "There were 3 of us. We ordered a combo meal for 2 plus 1 appetizer, 3 additional BBQ items and one pitcher of beer. The cost is $165! Also, they were so busy that they cannot seat us on time even we had a reservation. We waited for about 25 minutes to be seated."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Japanese Yakinuku /Korean BBQ where you grill meat, mainly beef, in front of you on the table using a smokeless grill. Service was very attentive, prices reasonable, that said two of us ate and drank $140! But a nice addition to downtown San Mateo. The side dishes are so so but meat was good quality. Brand new, clean and hope your partner does the cooking!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The food was great! Although, for food that we have to cook ourselves, was not at our table in a timely manner. After dinner my husband and I were really anxious to try their desserts, but the server took way too long to come back to our table and by that time we were afraid that by the time it came it would take even longer."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This is somewhat of a chain restaurant and definitely a new concept for downtown San Mateo. The air quality is very good for a BBQ restaurant and you won't leave the place smelling like a grill yourself. Service is attentive and they have some grand opening special right now. As far as the quality of the meat, I'm not too impressed as it tasted like they have been sitting in the marinade too long. We ordered several kinds of beef including Kalbi short rib, skirt steak and hanger steak but they were all soaked in the same marinade and we can't tell the difference once cooked. The beef tongue was sliced so thin to the point it lost the texture. The portion is smaller than anticipated and it adds up if you really want to get full from it."
    Dined on 1/3/2014