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About Gyu-Kaku - Vancouver

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Vancouver, BC is the ideal spot for an amazing experience British Columbia! Traditionally called Yakiniku, this Japanese barbecue spot is known for their delicious, fresh (never frozen), high-quality meats! Enjoy an ice cold beer as you grill your own meat. Happy Hours offer the best deals on food and drinks, so be sure to wind down and get the night started right with us.

G3-888 Nelson Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z2H1
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Everyday: 11:30AM–4PM

Dinner
Sun–Thu: 4PM–10:30PM last call
Fri & Sat: 4PM–11:30PM last call

Happy Hour
Monday All Day

Early Hours
Everyday 11:30AM–6PM

Late Hours
Sun–Thu 9PM–10:30PM last cal
Fri & Sat: 9:30PM–11:30PM last call

Cross Street:
Hornby

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 558-3885

Website:
http://www.gyu-kaku.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking available on Hornby Street and Howe Street, also underground public parking available on Nelson & Howe (808 Nelson Street.)

Public Transit:
The closest skytrain stations are Granville Station (Expo/Mellennium Line), Vancouver City Centre (Canada Line.)

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Gyu-Kaku - Vancouver Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Happy Hour (28)
Fun (27)
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Good for Birthdays (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Comfort Food (10)
Authentic (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Cozy (8)
Tapas (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Business Meals (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
People Watching (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Spicy (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great Beer (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Been there many times and always love the bbq and happy hour has good price

Love bimbimbup

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very good food, atmosphere is great, very friendly staff, great service - it is always well worth the drive in from the valley.

Tags: Spicy, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Awesome! Like always. This is our family favourite restaurant.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Waited too long to be seated despite having a booking.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

It was a really nice place to cook your own food. I went with a group of 6 since one of my friends couldn't make it and the staff were nice about it. Our server was kind and always checked up to see if everything was okay.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

The service is excellent and efficient. Will certainly come again

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

best restaurant in Vancouver
soooooooo tasty
very good!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Not as good as it used to be. Service, value and quality have all gone down within the last year.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

I knew Gyu-Kaku from Chicago and was very pleased with the experience here in Vancouver. Great service and delicious food. Because I was with a large party (6 people), I think it was a good idea to book in advance.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Good food and good deals (Super Happy Hour and Happy Hour)

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Our dining experience this time was much better than the last time. We made a reservation for 7:45 and we didn't have to wait long before getting our table. Our server was very nice and attentive, always making sure we were doing ok. Food was great as usual.

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

This was our first time at Gyu-Kaku and was a family birthday celebration. We were seated fairly quickly but did have a reservation and there was 2 other groups waiting. So I would recommend a reservation even quite early on a Sunday for dinner. It was quite loud with music and chatter from other tables, so really hard to hear our waitress explaining the menu and routine. We had the seasonal complete multi course deal for 6. It was tons of food. All Very Good. Would definitely go again and recommend to friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Our family enjoyed our meal and we feel we got value for our dollar. It was fun to bbq our own food, our children enjoyed the experience. Victor was a very pleasant and attentive server.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

the food is good but not impressed with the service much

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

food was fresh, great tasting, service was 100%.
will definitely be going back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

server was amazing. i come to gyu kaku often and he was the best ive ever had.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Awesome food and service! A great meal for any occasion. Make reservations or you may have an hour or so wait. Recommend the Geisha combo.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Self-cooking makes for an interesting experience, although lunch took longer than expected because of this

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great service. Attentive and friendly server. If a fan of meats, this is one of the better BBQ establishments in downtown. The local competition is significantly cheaper but also noticeably lower in quality of ingredients: You do get what you pay for.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great place to go with a group of friends or colleagues. A lot of options and large table available.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

This could technically be the best restaurant in Metro Vancouver,

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, People Watching, Special Occasion, Casual, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love this place. Can’t wait to come back!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Love this restaurant. Tasty grilled meat and sauces, and there are also plenty of vegetables to be had. We order the house salad, which we share, every time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fun, Healthy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food, best time to go is for lunch during the week or all day Monday.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was my first experience for a Japanese BBQ and let me tell you it was amazing!!

Great place!
Great food!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Happy Hour, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Excellent food, great service, totally worth the money. We ordered the Happy Hour Course Menu and it was more than enough for two. The quality of their BBQ meat is great. I will come back again, and again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fun
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food is tasty the only problem is the over attending of your servers. I lived in Japan and Korea so I understand the pressure to provide top notch service, but I feel that here in Canada it is not necessary to be helicoptering constantly around the table checking in on service, explaining redumentry things etc. Especially after I clearly tell the servers that I have been here many times before

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great as always! I came with a group of friends and though there were 5 of us we comfortably ate a 4-person meal set. The overall cost was roughly 35$/p (including alcohol), which was reasonable for what we got but not something I would do every week. The quality of the meat was excellent and I had the house sake which was smooth and tasty.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Really great service and the food is good too. Fun cooking yourself. Clothes may smell like BBQ so be mindful of that. Don't forget to gets some veggies as there is a lot of meat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Made reservation for 3 people at 7:45 PM for Happy hour. We had to wait about 10 minutes before getting our table. Our server was nowhere to be found so we had to catch the hostess on her way to grab the server for us. I had to get cash from RBC (which was nearby) and the server still hadn't gotten our order yet by the time I got back to the table. She came about 5 minutes later. Food came relatively fast, and they were good. Server did not come by to ask if we needed anything until we were nearly finished, in which case we just wanted our bill. If you don't care about the service, this place is good, if you do, go to the broadway location.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I took my friend here for the first time. We had a great time and the service was excellent. The manager came out to chat with us and advise us of their new Richmond location as well. Friendly and courteous service.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 19, 2017

It was a great experience and food! we enjoyed our time, service was not fast but we took advantage to enjoy our time. Elvis our server did not focus on details and table was not cleaned well

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy, Casual, Authentic, Fun, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Victor was the best waiter!

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Vancouver, the food and peaople are great!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Casual, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The prices are high compared to the services provided including food.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food taste, and quality has gone down since the last time I dined here, which was probably around a year ago.
Wasn't satisfied with the experience today. I'll try again in a year or so...

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Gyu Kaku never disappoints! Excellent place for a group to go for a boisterous fun dining experience and a reasonable bill.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Amazing experience! Super fun environment and great food. We got the geisha preset course for two people and at the end we were stuffed. With 3 drinks each our bill total was $150 (including tip) so it wasn’t super overpriced. You can eat cheaper if you want as well by choosing individual plates instead of a preset meal.
Flavours were delicious, meat was tender, drinks were awesome. I would recommend a reservation though! We had a reservation at 6:15 and while we waited for our table we heard that the wait time was 1 hour.
Try this place for a fun dining experience!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion, Tapas, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

It was amazing! We had been in a similar place in Kioto, and this one esa the same experience in Vancouver! You have to go!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Healthy
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

My boyfriend treated me out for my birthday and it was a lovely lunch. The front of house staff were super friendly and attentive and everything came in a timely fashion and perfectly done.
I got a free dessert which was awesome and the food over all is yummy and totally worth the travel and the food being decently priced was a bonus.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun
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