Definitely make reservations
Definitely make reservations if you want to come here. All the times that I've been here without a reservation, the wait is usually 45 minutes to an hour and a half...I made reservations 3 days ahead of time and got in as soon as our party arrived.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Each portion of meat is a
Each portion of meat is a bit small but with how good the food is, I found my table quickly cluttered with plates. Thankfully, the server was quick to remove the plates every time she stopped by to refill our drinks.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
21day aged meats, cook it the way i like it, what else could be better ?
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
I go here every time I crave some good calamari, meat, and blueberry cheesecake ice cream.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
just the lightning needs help
Had the best family night out, With that said its night time and the place is LITE up for day. SO ladies if your looking for a place to look good at night...THEY so do not get the lighting is TOO HIGH
AS for food, service fun A+
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
There were 7 in our party to celebrate a birthday. It is a lot of fun to share different dishes and to keep everyone occupied with grilling your own meats and trying different dishes. The service was excellent.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Though this place isn't as stellar as it used to be, it is still enjoyable. The food is quite good, though a bit uneven. The dishes don't always come out at a consistent quality.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious as always
We came here to celebrate my parents' wedding anniversary. Our indoor reservations weren't ready, but they were able to seat us outside right away. It was a nice night, so we liked sitting outside better! One of the managers brought us our drinks and then took our order. He was very friendly and talked to us for a while. We were able to order from the happy hour menu, and he gave us tips on how to save more money by checking into Yelp and emailing them. Many different waiters brought us our food. They were prompt at clearing empty dishes from our table. This place can get pricey, but if you use their specials you can get great deals.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Watchout for Happy Hour
Saturday, early evening. The place was packed - duh, it was happy hour. We did get seated about 15-20 minutes after our reservation but considering how busy the place was I was happy to get seated. Our first table looked directly into the kitchen, yuck, they gladly changed it for us no problem. The food was served quickly as they do not have to cook anything, you do the barbecueing. Meats were delicious, I especially loved the duck breast and the shrimp. We also had 3-4 plates of beef which were a little chewy but very tasty. Not a full bar, not much wine. Japanese beers are OK, wish they had a broader selection of beverages to go with the cusine. Will definitely return, will just try to avoid happy hour. No bar and minimal waiting areas.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was the second time that
This was the second time that I've made a reservation and got there on time and the had to wait 20 minutes for a table. On busy nights, they're not very responsible with their bookings.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
My kids cooked for me on Mom's Day!
Everything we had was delicious. Mostly picked the restaurant recommended items on menu. Best of all, food cooked at your own table is always hot. Pace yourself! We sat in the small private area at back of restaurant -- Great Mother's Day!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Better than I imagined or
Better than I imagined or heard. Great new experience and different from regular dinners BC u
You cool your own food.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always Great Food
We are from Phoenix but visit L.A.'s South Bay area 2-3x times/year and always make it a point to dine at Gyu-Kaku. The selection is great, the meat is always fresh and the bibimap are to die for. We heart Gyu-Kaku! We have only one complaint, that being they have not expanded to Phoenix yet. Maybe someday...
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been to the Beverly Hill as well as the Huntington Beach location and loved them both. The garlic noodles are the best I've ever had! The only disappointing his is each location has a slightly different menu so I missed out on some favorites at the HB location.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'm not sure what changed
I'm not sure what changed here. I have been to many GyuKaku locations. I eat at GyuKaku at least once a week for the last 6 years. I have always thought that the customer service at this location was the worst. It is the closest to my house and I would drive to other locations. I came by on a date last night and I must say we had a GREAT TIME. The manager came to our table and introduced himself the server was on top of our food and the grill changes were prompt. Keep up the great work we will be coming back.
Only one complaint our fire was adjusted by 3 different people within minutes of each other we would ask to have it turned up and as he would walk away another would turn it down as they walked by.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy Japanese BBQ
We were a party of 6 for Father's Day and ordered the basic Party Pack. The salad was refreshing, the rice and meat was plentiful. But the vegetable (2 small tin foils of broccoli) was lacking. Despite that, it was a fantastic meal. Oh, and the party pack includes a bottle of champagne!!! The meat was wonderfully marinated. Had lots of flavor and the grilling at the table was super fun. You do leave the restaurant smelling of BBQ and smoke. Overall, it was a fun experience and a fantastic meal.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Definitely going back!
We made a reservation and arrived 15 minutes prior to be sure we were not late as they only hold the reservation for 15 minutes. All members of your party must be there to be checked in and seated. We went on the 4th of July and being a holiday they were busy and backed up. We were not seated until about 50 minutes after our arrival which was understandable due to how buys they were. I don't know if it's always that busy or if it was just because it was a holiday but it was worth the wait. Next time I'll bring a small snack or not show up when I'm hungry right then. The meats and veggies were fresh and of high quality. Don't over order or you'll be charged a la carte fees if doing an all you can eat special. It was a great dinner!
7/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a great restaurant for going with other people. The BBQ method is fun and a great conversation piece. The Happy Hour makes it more affordable, but the all you can eat is awesome too if everyone is really hungry.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love yakiniku
This was our first time at Gyu Kaku. It was great, reminded us of our time spent overseas on Okinawa and the main land Japan. My son enjoyed grilling his own food, and learning about this other aspect of Japanese cuisine- we do Shabu Shabu at home and frequently make other dishes like katsu don, etc. The staff were very attentive and knowledgable about the food, preparation, and made many recommendations. We will be back. Arrigato Gyu Kako
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love the Garlic Chicken Noodles can never get enough. The other items on the menu have great flavor too. The only negative thing if you call it that the service is a bit slow(not extremely slow). The only reason i say that is the food is uncooked i don't understand why it takes so lo g for it to come out. I will be going back.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, reserved table and was promptly seated upon arrival. Was with a party of 3 and we all ordered one of the lunch specials the miso soup, salad, and edemame came out pretty quick, the meat took awhile to arrive, however it was delicious.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!!
The food is great! try any of their courses and you will be in love too!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A treat and upbeat
I've been twice now and I enjoy the energy. It's on the loud side, so it's good for a social group dinner. I like the variety of meats, and the veges too. Kids love it too.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
GyuKaKu is a favorite
My boyfriend and I are definitely regulars and find any reason to come (birthdays, holidays, etc.). They are always open and we love the happy hour menu! Must tries: Gyu-tan, Harami Skirt Steak, Yaki Shabu, and Garlic Noodles or Bimbimbap.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
It is cook it your self meats and vegetables so if you burn it , it is your fault. it is fun that everyone helps watch and cook the food . the meats are marinated it various sauce so each meat has its own favor. the appetizers come cooked and many have there own favorful dipping sauce. they have happy hour every day until 6:30 pm and many items are discounted several dollars. they have a diners club that tracks your spending and when you reach $250 spend you get $25 off on the next meal. every week they select a customers e-mail address and award them a $50 gift card. Great food and good service one of my favorite places to go!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although my husband said it wasn't worth it I was happy with the quality of the meats presented to us. We went on an all day happy hour day and it was still on the pricier side at about $7 average for 3.5 oz of meat. If you've got the dough I recommend giving it a try. It was mine and my son' third time and my husband's first. I'll be back even if he won't go with me!
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
ran out of what I wanted
The food I did get was great but they ran out of something I was wanting. This happens almost every time I go. They need to work on making sure they have enough of all items...especially when they know they are running a special on that item.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Waitresses were very friendly and helpful, walked us through the menu and were quick to bring out the food and refill drinks. The hostess was lacking in personality and service. We stood crammed in the tiny entrance at the front for 10 minutes with 2 other groups before anyone even looked over. When she finally did come over she didn't seem friendly and did not apologize for the wait. Her name tag did say "Training," so I will chalk it up to that and hope our next experience is better. The rest of the dinner was great for our first time/anniversary and the food was delicious. I was skeptical about it after reading reviews complaining that it's not AYCE anymore, but the prices seemed reasonable, I would come back.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Satisfied and happy!
EVERYONE that worked there (hostesses, manager, buss boys and servers) were all extremely nice and knowledgable! One of the best restaurants that we've had exceptional service! Food, though a little pricey, was beyond delicious and very filling. Se were there for dinner, but we saw the happy hour menu and pricing....a lot of great deals! We'll definitely come back for happy hour and dinner!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Fun Place...
We ordered the smallest course meal for 2. It was plenty of food, we ended up taking leftovers home. It was a lot of fun grilling so many different tastes. The variety and quality of the food was good. I think it would have been more fun with a party of 4 but any more than that would have been too many for the size grill at the table. I will be going back.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved it here!
This was my third time at Gyu-Kaku. Once in Japan, once in Vancouver - all three times home runs in terms of food, and service.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
great tasting food that you grill your self,many specials and discounted prices at various times of the day. free appetizer when you check in with face book. weekly drawings for $50 gift certificates at all locations.reservations are taken and they have a dining card that tracks your spending and when you reach $250, you get $25 off of you bill.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Even with opentable reservation, the wait for us was 20min. However, if without reservation, waiting time can go up to 60 minutes or more.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my boyfriend there for the first time as a surprise and he absolutely loved it! We went on a Monday night when it was happy hour all day so the prices were great. We ordered a wide selection of appetizers and meats that he loved. My only complaint is that i had an 8 o'clock reservation, showed up on time, but was not seated until almost 8:30. I don't understand why take reservations if they are not going to be met. That i strongly did not appreciate.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
AYCE Thanksgiving Special
Great deal for the holidays because it's easily the most cost-effective way to enjoy the restaurant.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM