Gyu-Kaku - Arlington

4.7
159 reviews
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Gyu-Kaku, meaning "Horn of the Bull" in Japanese, provides the authentic Japanese yakiniku (grilled
barbecue) dining experience where customers share premium cooked meats over a flaming charcoal grill, while sipping on Japanese sake, shochu, and frosty cold beers. Gyu-Kaku offers a wide range of meats
including the best-seller Harami Skirt Steak in Miso Marinade and Certified Angus Kalbi Short Rib in Tare Sweet Soy Marinade.
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CK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the meats were so good and the staffs were all so nice. Also this was for my birthday which my daughter and son-in-law arranged for me. The staffs sang birthday song for me. It was such a fun and delicious night.

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DE
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to gather with friends.

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LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty, flavorful meats, fresh shrimp, great marinades, and superb service! My friends and I were first timers and we all agreed that we would be back. A wonderful addition to the neighborhood?

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Come here to eat high quality meat - Menu Sets highly recommended. Happy Hour at the bar m-f is nice too :)

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NN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a great place to try. Little pricey compared to the amount of food you get; you’ll probably have to order more than their specials. The food is super good though! Would recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good "intro to yakiniku." Went to Manhattan location years ago and I am happy there's something more local now.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in DC/Virginia part! Loved the place. Always love the gyu gaku and will always eat if there is one in every area. The server and service is very good and friendly, don’t mind the noise as we are too!

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FW
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I love to hang out with friends in Gyukaku, and we drop by its Arlington branch once in a while to eat and relax. I hope our food could have served ina timely manner. The waiter did not seem to keep track on our order, since my friends and I had to keep asking him to serve food. We have no idea if we finished our meat before dessert, and the waiter did not seem to have any idea on this.

I will be hesitate to come here again with my friends in the future if the service is not going to improve. By the way, all the meat we have this time is much salty than before( we basically order the same thing each time we go to Ryukaku).

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JF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We got the "Samurai Course" for our party of four. It had a nice variety of meats and side dishes, which were generally good.

The staff were very friendly and created a fun atmosphere. They were very helpful in providing exact directions for grilling each type of meat.

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e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Get the beef bacon and shishito peppers. Both are truly delicious. Also the happy hour is worth it too.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Meat was pretty good, but the service was terrible. Had to wait 20 min beyond reservation time with no apology. When I complained there was push back without an apology again (they can’t control other guests overstaying, etc etc). While this is true and may influence reservation times, it is incredible how far a simple apology can go. The service was also very slow and no effort was made to be nice until the check came... a clear effort for tip at the end always annoys me.

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, food is really good. I have no complaints what so ever. I will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my birthday dinner and it was amazing. It was our first time experiencing and the food was amazing and the service was great

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner! We love the environment and the dishes. Since we make reservation on open table, we save a lot time on waiting. Foods are great. Kobe beef is one of the most impressive ones!

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JG
Savannah
33 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

What a cool experience. We will definitely be back to take the kids because it is a great family event. Also good for a date night. You can sit next to you significant other and have a great evening chatting and cooking.

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SN
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gyu Kaku is the best bbq in the DMV. Outstanding service and food. This place never dissapoints.

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C
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

So firstly I should say I do not eat meat - only seafood - so this is a review of seafood and veg only. I was looking forward to trying this restaurant with all the good reviews etc. Unfortunately I don't think it's a good choice for anyone who does not eat meat. The prawn and calamari servings with small and honestly the main meal was kind of average. It wasn't bad by any means -just average - not terribly exciting re: taste or experience. I think if you like meat - and perhaps try one of the multi-meal deals with a group - you may enjoy it far more, but I don't think I'll be in a hurry to go again. Our waiter wasn't the best either. Not the worst, just didn't have a great experience. Their drinks happy hour at the bar is a great deal though - and goes to quite late.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time trying Japanese bbq and it was such a wonderful experience! The food and service was on point! They tell you exactly how long to cook the meat and always checking up on you to make sure everything is ok.

Parking was a bit tricky. It’s all street parking.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Tried it in Chicago and NYC and was excited to have one back home

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RC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

My girlfriend and I went there for the first time and I gotta say everything was good except for the service, our server got our order wrong TWICE.. but besides that it was ok

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service very helpful everything came out fast and tasted great

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MA
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved everything but bathrooms were too small and bathroom floors were dirty

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Quality of beef is not as good as expected. Our server is very friendly and efficient but we all were disappointed with beef. Wagu beef taste nothing like it, tough and no taste. Sauces are generally too sweet and do not have a necessary flavor. I am a Japanese person and this is far from Japanese yaks niku😝

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Too loud, server was very slow, but the food was good. Making a reservation didn’t do anything since we had to wait 20 mins to be seated.

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RD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good and tasty! Plenty of choices in the menu.

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LR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The waiter only came to our 4-people table to check if we need anything else for once or twice. When we asked waiters to bring us 4 folks for our cakes, we waited for about 20 minutes. We're celebrating birthday for our two relatives; however, I do not feel we're welcomed. When I used to dine in Gyu-Kaku in NYC and Boston, the staff there were amazingly friendly and helpful! I was so disappointed by Gyu-Kaku in Arlington.

When waiters handed the dishes to us, the sauce was sprinkled once and the sausage was dropped on the dining table once. However, the waiters did not even say a 'Sorry' to us!!!!! More importantly, the waiters did not clean the dining table!!!!! Just leave the sauce sprinkled anywhere in the table?!?

When we checked out, the waiter just took away my cell phone to scan the $10 off coupon... 10 minutes later, he did not come back.. So I had to find him myself... This is really unprofessional and impolite!!!!!! Taking away customers' cell phone for 10 minutes???? What if my personal information was seen or copied by the waiter during this period??? This is definitely the worst dining experience I have ever had in my life.

Overall, food is good, but the customer service provided by Gyu-kaku in Arlington is so bad! I would recommend my friends to dine in Gyu-Kaku in NYC or Boston!

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HD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Staff attended to our family’s myriad allergies

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience every time. Great value, good service, definitely recommend using the rewards app

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CX
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were disappointed. It was ok but definitely is not outstanding as the yelp review suggested. It is probably a novel idea for someone who never experienced table side BBQ. We frequent Korean BBQ restaurants in the area and did not think that Gyu-Kaku was better in taste or value. The restaurant advertise gluten-free options, yet for items such as a spicy cucumber side or spicy cabbage salad, which you'd expect that can easily gluten free, they are not. Luckily our waiter checked for us.

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VP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 2nd visit was even better than the 1st. Our party of 5 had the Gyu-Kaku and the Meat Lover, spicy cucumbers and butter miso salmon. The meats are fresh and of high-quality, and the salmon was sweet and melt-in-your-mouth tender. Everything was flavorful and delicious. We also had Lady M mille-crepes cake and ice cream. Devine!

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AM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ever since I did Japanese BBQ while I was in Tokyo I had wanted to find a place to go in or around DC. Gyu Kaku was the only place I could find that was truly Japanese and not a Korean grill-your-meat establishment. We had a lot of fun and overall the experience was great, food was delicious and I would certainly go back. However, when we do go back we now know a few things we would do differently. We had asked out server if each ordering 1 or 2 servings of meat would be enough because the price fixed menu shows much more than that and we were going the a la carte route. He told us that 1-2 orders of meat/veggies per person would "absolutely not be enough" and he recommended at least 2 orders of meat and one order of veggies per person as well as 2 sides and 2 appetizers to get enough food. So we did just that and ended up with WAY more than we could handle. You don't eat as much meat here because there is no easy way to cut the meat with chop sticks so you're slowed down a bit. The sides of garlic fried rice and garlic noodles were delicious. The avocado salad was honestly inedible for me and the meat was good, I'd prefer it to be a bit thinner, we just had way too much. Next time we go we will probably spend half the amount but also have a more fitting portion of food. We took home the left overs, but it was much better eaten at the restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple and amamzing

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was good except kimchi.
Server was very nice.

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We had to wait 30 minutes to be seated at a table for a reservation we had made. Upon arrival, I had shared with the hostess that it was a birthday dinner and we had brought cupcakes, was that okay? She told us that it was okay and seated us. At the end of the dinner, we noticed a $15 cake fee on the bill that had not been explained to us. Had we known that we would need to pay to eat the cupcakes, we would have just had them back at our house. When I explained this to our server she was kind enough to take it off as we had not been informed but the hostess about the charge but the lack of communication was frustrating.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Noisy, could use something to absorbe the noise .
Food not that great.
Service was good.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall

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SL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good and the service is also good. They have lady M cake!

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F
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, wonderful setting and location. Food was definitely worth the price. Staff provided excellent service

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JF
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Summary: The food and the experience was great—can’t wait to go back!

Food: The food was delicious. We (my date and I) ordered the “Meat Lover’s” course, which is designed for two people, but three people could share it and probably be full afterward. We also ordered beef tongue, which I very much enjoyed.

Service: Our server was polite and friendly, and was attentive with replacing the grill net periodically!

Ambience: The place was completely packed, so it was pretty noisy, but at no time did I have trouble hearing my date. I credit this to the generous spacing of tables (most DC restaurants are so tightly spaced that a similar noise level would make conversation difficult).

Value: For the money, you get easily more food than you can eat. I’d say this restaurant provides an excellent value, especially given that, at many restaurants in the DMV, a similar price will still leave you hungry.

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