Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA

4.7
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$30 and under
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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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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GP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another amazing experience this time! Daphne, our server, was knowledgeable and patient with us as she explained the different options we had. The food was even better than I remembered the last time. Will be back exclamation

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I been there many times really love this place bc of the food but service naaaaaa last time I was there I ask for lemon since I always order the tongue with scallion sauce and always comes with lemon so I enjoy it like that but this time when I asked for lemon instead of a lemon wedge I got a whole lemon ?!!!!!! How in the world I’m going to cut a lemon with chopsticks 🥢? N also when we were enjoying the dessert we were asked to if we can leave bc it was a lot ppl waiting when I see lot tables empty and we not even spend hour in a half there

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were late to our reservation they still served us with excellent customer service food was amazing

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my gf for her bday, except waiting 10 min at the beginning (I reserved table for 8:30 but they let us in like 8:43) everything was awesome, great food, reasonable price! Definitely will come back again

TM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite place to go. Good drinks, good food.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

J
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Servers were nice. I should have tipped more. Meat was not much, but was good. marinated ones were salty in general. Mushroom medley was too salty and buttery as well. We liked spinach and garlic. Didn't quite like rice or soup before, so we did not get it.

ST
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely love this place, great food, great service and a great menu!

k
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a good experience, amazing food quality and the service is always nice.

p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this restaurant in NYC. So happy to have one here in Virginia. Love this place.

JC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I reserved a table and one of us came late. The front desk didn’t allow us to sit unless everyone is here. Even we told them we could order for the person, they still did’t allow us to seat. They have a plenty of empty tables when we are there. When everyone was there, they only gave us less than1 hour 30mins to eat. I have been here several times and this was the worst experience I had. Hope they can improve it in the future.

MA
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daphne our server was wonderful. Food was amazing as usual.

g
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and Chenyue was a great server. Only wish this location had happy hour pricing and provided more food for the price

TM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, always enjoy eating here!

MR
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We had a large crowd and the server could not keep up with clearing empty plates as she brought new courses. So our table was very full and it made it hard and unpleasant to eat. We had to ask her several times to collect the dishes. She was very nice but it was not optimal service. It made the dessert course kind of gross. We had s’mores but no clean plates to use for them —- only dinner plates with remnants of rice, meat and vegetables.

ES
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was plentiful for a good price. A nice way to celebrate an anniversary. House sake was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Great food. Great server. Poor check in experience with hostess. She seemed annoyed with us.

F
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good experience. We love Gyu-Kaku! We lived in Japan for three years, and yakiniku is our favorite.

TM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here

FL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was extremely good, and the prix fixe meat lovers menu was a great value for two! A cool experience overall, as well.

DH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! As a party of three, we were able to do the standard for two Gyu-Kaku plates with some add ons a la carte! Meat was prepped beautifully and quality of vegetables was excellent! I downloaded the app and can’t wait to use the rewards to get more points for discounts!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The for two meals are a good deal

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved all of it. Definitely recommend and will be back soon.

TM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun eating here!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place!! Definitely will go back again for BBQ!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good as always! Been to this location 5 times and we enjoy the food, service and fun with friends.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Extremely Poor service. Server routinely forget to bring food items out. Some items did not come out until after the meal was over even after reminding server and manager numerous times that we did not receive our food orders. Didn’t refill our drinks on time and had to keep reminding to refill drinks. A few times the drinks were not correct but we drank them anyway because of the long wait. Server Turned off the grill to replace the grill grates but didn’t come back to replace the grill after Reminding server numerous times to replace grill or at least turn it back on. We sat around for 20 minutes waiting to grill. When bringing out desert items server did not bring out spoons or plates for us to enjoy the deserts. We asked for spoons and plates numerous times but server just brought out the check instead. Food was really good but service was extremely poor. Talked to the manager after receiving bill about our poor experience. Manager reduced bill. Will not be visiting again.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was the first time and not the last:)

OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is good but service is just okay.

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Always is... i always take my friends and family for a new dining experience. Will return!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my husband here for his birthday so we could try a new restaurant in our area. Fun dinner and great service

J
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Services are the best I never saw in the past especially Sharon. She is the best.

RB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and our server filled us in on everything we needed to know!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. The beef tongue was amazing. Will definitely go back just for that.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Good and nice!

JS
South Korea
77 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Small portions, overpriced. Sukiyaki bibimbap was terrible—tasted like rice and bean paste.

D
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Servers are always friendly whenever I've been here. They are especially helpful for first timers explaining the menu and how to cook.

CF
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Here you cook all your own meats or fishes, which took most of my time once I did that for myself and my husband. Some of the food was flavorful but some just ordinary. It was ver crowded and therefore super noisy. The servers try hard. Overall just an ok expérience - lots of work on my party for a meal that wasn’t extraordinary. I’ve found my Korean bbq experiences more flavorful!

SH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall, a wonderful night; however, my wife bit into an “avocado seed” and almost broke her tooth. The server promised to remove it from the bill but nothing was taken off the bill. I’ve been to a few locations in Hawaii and Japan and thought the presentation was great and the food was above average.
I would go again but will be wary of seeds in my food going forward.

YU
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered Meat Lover's, and thought it was a great value! The food was plenty for three of us! Highly recommend it.