Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA

4.8
379 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
We're Back! We are open for limited dine-in service.

We have updated our operations in accordance with all government guidelines to put your health and safety first.

To maintain a safe environment for you and Gyu-Kaku staff, we ask that all guests understand and adhere to the following:

- Reservations are mandatory. We hope that you will come to dine-in with us when you are ready. Please make a reservation via telephone or our website so that we can prepare for your visit.

- Please bring a mask and use it all times when you are not eating or drinking.

- We will measure your temperature upon entering the restaurant.

- To comply with spatial distancing rules we have spaced our tables out and limited seating capacity.

- There may be limits on party sizes.

- We are serving a limited menu. Not all Grand Menu items will be available during our immediate reopening.

- We only accept payment via credit or debit card. Cash payments respectfully declined.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was great! The server really tried her best but the bar was way behind on every order. I do belive it would have been way better if drinks were served as ordered. Besides that everything was great.

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vipChristianM
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dough was our server he was very helpful in explaining everything to us. The food and steak marinade was on point and the Yuzu sake was delightful. Def coming back

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Riley
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, really fun dining experience and followed covid protocols

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RobG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great choice and wonderful food. Wish is was all-you-can-eat like Okinawa for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was very polite and helpful. There was a lot of great food! Unfortunately, there was a time limit of 1:30hr. But we would visit again.

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Antonio
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

I am upset I loved the experience I had on Thursday. I sat down was given the happy hour cocktail menu on Thursday paid half for my drinks at the table. I go back today Wednesday for Happy and food with a date and was embarrassed by the manager and waitress. I ordered drinks two rounds, and was told they are not part of happy hour. I explained to the manager I had the same deal 5 days prior Thursday. Luckily I came home and found the receipt in my jean pocket from Thursday. I wish this place was consistent with their bar pricing. How dear the manager make up up some story about you can only order drinks from the bar before you sit down at the table. If that was the case my drinks on Thursday should have been $12. I ordered 4 drinks paid $26. In VA you can't sit at the bar during covid19, and they only have 2 tables around the bar that were taken most of the night. Can't sit in the patio because it was raining, sleet, and snowing poor customer service! I was trying to propose to my girlfriend and you ruined the experience over a happy hour drink special. I did see your sign posted in the bathroom, but again that was not the experience you offered me the prior Thursday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun. Definitely worth the value. Service is great too! They do a good job with taking covid precautions

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite spot overall

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Teona
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was A1. First time going and the staff explained all details. We had an amazing time.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the happy hour! The quality of meat is so good. Gonna come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It’s was a bit pricey and the meats could have been of better quality. Looked as if they had served us thawed, refrozen and then thawed again meats. At 15$ per ounce of the so-called better cuts of meats, the quality could’ve and should’ve been much better.

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TEEW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve visited Gyu Kaku 3 times over the last month and a have and it was a really good dining experience each time. The beef sukiyaki bibimbap is my favorite. The hostess takes your temp upon entry and everything is clean and socially distance.

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IsabelU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The service was outstanding. Absolutely incredible. My husband and I cannot wait to go back and try more! You HAVE to eat here.

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ChadH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Awesome restaurant and will definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great. Not a single complaint. We had a lot of fun!

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vipRobA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

for those who have never been, once you try it, you will start planning your next trip there. i take all my out of towner friends here and when they come back this is the place they crave.

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vipGwennP
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very attentive and Took great care to ensure a sanitary environment for the diners. The food quality was excellent and the portions were generous.

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AdamF
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went here for the first time over the weekend. It was a fun dining experience with some really tasty food. We did one of the menu combinations (meat lovers) and added the cucumbers and the garlic mushrooms. Cucumber appetizer was great, mushrooms were ok - just not quite what we were thinking. The various meats were really good and the two of us weren't able to finish it all. We also added the sorbet (basically sorbet ice cubes) at the end and they were a great, refreshing end to the meal along with the s'mores that were included.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Gyu Kaku!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

waitress kept reaching over the food

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maryh
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall was great!

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ScottY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was really great and the food was delicious and so was the house sake. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience!

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vipTaraC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The restaurant experience was nice and they seemed to have great happy hour deals. We did wait around ten minutes before we were served water--after that, the service was really good. I would rate it higher but the value for the money just seems off. It was $4.50 for zucchini and it was probably less than 1/4 of a whole zucchini. With nearby Korean bbq giving much larger portions, it will be hard to go back. The food was really good though!

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DucD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. The kids meal was perfect for our kids. Will definitely return and recommend for others.

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Ma0712
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my dining experience during these time. Following all the protocols and ensuring that we have the best experience. The food was amazing like always and the servers and hostess were on top of everything

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BrianC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best jbbq place in the DMV, lots of variety and different sets. Service is always on top of it.

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vipKiKi
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I felt that owner or chef have been changed.
Nothing good as they used to be before.
I don’t think I would go back again.

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CarolineL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. With COVID still being an active issue, they spaced diners with empty tables in between and did temperature checks for people entering the restaurant. I felt they took reasonable precautions. I'd come again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Discovered this restaurant in Seattle, didn’t know it was a chain! Had to take my family here ASAP when I knew there was one by me. Food was delicious as always, with the set combo you can’t switch out things you don’t like (which is frustrating).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing food

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AprilT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is out of our favorites! Great portions, friendly service. Food came out quickly as well.

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jings
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Except for the price, i have nothing negative to say about Gyu-Kaku. We spent 60/person but wasn't full, which was not really a surprise as we know the good quality comes with high price.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Incredible foot but definitely not cheap. With 3 people our bill rapidly approached north of $200.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had an AMAZING time at Gyu-Kaku. We ordered a meat lovers combo and got a plate of beef tongue and Kobe Style Kalbi short rib added to our meal, all the meat was super tender especially the Kalbi and everything tasted amazing!! Our waiter Teguh was phenomenal and very attentive. He made sure that whenever our grill got too charred, he was there to replace it super fast! One of the highlights of the night were the s’mores that were included in the combo. We had such a fun experience making s’mores again, and it’s been a LONG time since we made s’mores, so it was a nice addition to an already outstanding dinner. The atmosphere was pretty quiet considering it was a Saturday night and pretty busy. We had such an awesome time and will definitely be back and hungrier to try new things!!

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BenjaminW
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great experience. All my family enjoyed food. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful.

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vipRobA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ita solid food and sokid service each time I go.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Health screening, temp check, sanitization, social distancing, they were practicing everything the best they could. We really appreciated it.

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vipJonB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was incredible. So happy they are open again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

If you like sugar and some meat go here. All the marinates are too sweet. Food was disappointing. Service was good. Appetizers were reheated and not fresh. This is not authentic japanese.

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Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA is rated 4.8 stars by 379 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.