Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA

4.8
237 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Japanese
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.
What 237 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service as always. The food is great although Some marinated meat can be a little too sweat.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Gyu Kaku restaurants and this Arlington location is no exception! Affordable, delicious, and they have a rewards app. We will definitely be back.

PS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We recently discovered Gyu-Kaku and are very delighted. It can be tough to get a table so plan ahead. The quality of the food, especially meats, is very good, and it is a fun experience to cook by the table. Definitely one of the higher quality restaurants around in Arlington.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff were very helpful explaining the length of time to cook each meat. They were prompt with cleaning up dishes and delivering food and drinks.

T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My brother was visiting from Cali where they have a location and he always told me cane highly recommended. The food was not unlimited(all you can eat) considering normal Korean BBQ is unlimited meats as in Iron Age, Honey Pig, etc. had pretty much package and nice choices for the a la carte menu. Liked the s’mores and the calamari but the amount of meat for the packages were not substantial, even when you add more meat still was 2 pieces (the most) for a 7$ plate of meat. Had really great service but not your ideal Korean BBQ unlimited all you can eat spot.

NF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gyu-Kaku was excellent from start to finish. The staff was superb, and food was delicious. It is also a fun family experience, and we will certainly go back again.

J
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Not a big fan of their garlic fried rice and spicy galbi soup. soft tofu soup was okay, but was more like kimchi soup. Meat were marinated little too much to my taste. Horumon was good. Shrimp shumai and tofu appetizer are not bad, mushroom medley was good but wish it was not marinated. Spinach garlic was good.

SS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time eating at this restaurant but for my birthday this time. The food was just as good as last time, granted the value was not amazing but the quality clearly makes up for that. Our waitress was amazing that night.

N
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Gyu Kaku in other cities, and it hasn’t disappoint me this time!! Love the food here, nice meat, nice dessert, nice rice and dumplings.. It’s a good place for friend reunion and celebration.

c
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff, food and ambiance were great. I had a great time again at this place and would recommend it.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and delicious food! Manager and staff were very accommodating and made it a very authentic experience.

j
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service. Absolutely recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome and friendly!! Was celebrating good times with family!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good quality of meet for BBQ.

BS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must try! Bring your whole family! Drinks are good 👍

TT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great service, at a reasonable price.

MM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! The service was great and the menu was explained thoroughly. Glad to have a Korean BBQ spot nearby.

AT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Experience was fantastic!

KV
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice staff. Especially Jane, she forgot one of our dishes but instantly apologized and gave us discount and free ice cream

M
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and experience! Definitely going back!

L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for Gluten allergies! We could eat most everything and had no negative reaction (due to cross-contamination). Our waitress was super nice and helpful in advising us what to stay away from.
Food was well seasoned and delicious as well, we definitely left full.
The only minor down-side, was that it got pretty hot in there especially since we are so close to the cooking source, so perhaps setting the AC a little higher would be the answer.

BS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is good and the service is exceptional! A must visit! It has become one of my favorite place to eat! Keep up the good work!!

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff are very friendly and very helpful, and they deliver our orders, which were added during our meal, promptly. The place is not too noisy, and the ventilation is well that there is not much of a left-over smell on clothes after the meal. I highly recommend this place.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

19th Bday celebration
This was one of our faves in Japan and while a bit different that those experiences, was still great food/fun time!

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend it for anyone who loves a similar type of restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation for 4 pax. When we arrived restautant hostess showed us some notice on the desk which is we had to wait for fourth person. We told he is on the way just 5 min. they did not accept( if we make biggest reservation its make sense i can understand but eventually we were gonna sit for 4 pax table because we were already 3) other issue was id for the drink, I told them i am a turist i did not bring my passport i had an International Citizen Id ( if i can use my homecountry driver license in Usa without passport, you guys had to accept as well) anyway manager gave us a chance.
Staff was polite and doing bespoke service. They need little bit more training about meats. On the other hand almost all meat marinated same style with sasami and sweety taste. I think should be different herbs and spices and not all sasamis.
Thank you we really enjoyed i had to give this feedbacks because its my occupational illness.

A
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first time here and it was great, we ordered a bit of everything and it was all tasty

CX
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Beef tongue is a must-have, reservation is needed to avoid waiting

LT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Decent food, good service. Experience ruined because I wasn’t “allowed” to take the remainder of my uneaten cake (I had 2 bites) home. It went against their policy. Keep your cake. We won’t return

OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are very good

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the most delightful dining experiences I’ve had in a long while. The food was delicious, and the service was exceptional. The two of us shared one of the BBQ combos, and it was great. I will definitely be returning.

MA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice vibe, & very busy

ME
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Only negative was it felt like I was being watched while I ate. I think it was just the table staff trying to be attentive and clear the table.

A
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding everything-food, service, value and experience. I’m coming back for more of it all.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Interesting place where you grill your food. Meet excellent.
However grilling time for different types of meet and veggie is different. Waiters just tell you this 45 sec each side. This 3 mins. This... why not to prepare a sheet with ordered items and recommended grilling time?

P
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time with delicious food. Would be happy to come back again.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Polite and professional staff.

WH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is outstanding and the food quality is very good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it. Great recommendations and service. Food was delicious. Will be back.

MC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good for groups and make sure to go hungry... so much food!

1
2
3
6