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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

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Happy Hour (34)
Casual (31)
Fun (30)
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Good for Birthdays (27)
Good for Groups (26)
Good for a Date (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Authentic (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Cozy (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Tapas (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Great Beer (7)
Healthy (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
People Watching (4)
Spicy (4)
Business Meals (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 7 days ago

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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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Great food and reliable service as always from Gyu restaurants. When you make resos and show up on time your table is always ready.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Gyu-Kaku here is nothing like the ones in Tokyo. Way too pricey. Kimchi was bad mainly sour cabbage rather than spicy hakusai. Signature Gyu-Kaku salad has gone downhill. Thought the kalbi (and we went for the pricey cut) was average at best.

The tongue was fine, but overall they've not improved at all.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Overall a good experience, our table was near the door so a little drafty, I was cold enough to keep my coat on the entire meal (even with the grill in the table lit). The servers are friendly and work efficiently, though the restaurant is high volume and you can tell they're trying to get you in/out as fast as possible. Food was great, hope to take my parents next time they're in town! RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Awesome service and everything

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Foods Great!

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great place to get protein. All good cuts of meat, prepared and ready to be grilled. Very easy conversation with friends :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great place! Second time coming here, first was with a group of seven late night and this time was lunch for two. Both times, the food was amazing! Good cuts of meat. The chicken Karage, the spicy pork, and the beef dishes are all delicious. Lots of fun sitting around the table with the little grill cooking the meal and chatting with friends. It's a great place for a date or to hangout with friends.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Happy Hour, Authentic, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

The food was good quality.Also the staff were nice.good atmosphere.I can recommend especially lunch time.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Food was ok, but not spectacular. Beware it is VERY noisy - an obvious popular spot for the younger crowd, and despite being in the back corner, it was very loud.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We downloaded the restaurant app and received a $10 off $30 gift. I asked the server how to redeem it on my device, the server didn't know how and she asked the manager to help us. The manager sound impolite and impatient when he was explaining to us, and it was somewhat irritating. Overall their staffs do not smile much which makes this restaurant not a happy place to stay. (Our server was extremely happy when she saw her friends there)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

It's little but late service but almost things is fine.

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Went here with a group of friends, great food, good service. Will definitely be returning, one of my go to Japanese BBQ restaurants.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I like to go for the super happy hour. Affordable food to tie you over until dinner.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 18, 2017

First time there. Always packed. Was not disappointed. It was amazing. Great value during happy hours. Love the sake'martini. Food was tasty. Service was great. They were very helpful. Definitely going again.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The experience and service here is not as pleasant as before.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Everything sees good except the kitchen is too slow.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 14, 2017

service is very very slow but everything else is good

Tags: Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Really a great experience -- this place is loud and always packed, but great food and a fun concept. Had a great time.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

I took my gf there for her birthday, we really enjoyed the food and atmosphere :)

JP BBQ rules !

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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