Gyu-Kaku - Arlington

4.7
140 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
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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MJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Excellent restaurant for friends and significant others

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! I’ve gone in New York and Vegas! So glad they opened this Arlington location! It is a fun and delicious meal!

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SK
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I used to go to Gyu-Kaku in CA and was thrilled they opened a location in VA. It is just as amazing as I remembered. Love this place and you get great value for your money!

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BD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great but really loud annoying music

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BR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious, the hostess and server that we had were both incredible, and the vibe is amazing! Will definitely be back, and I would definitely recommend to a friend or family member.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!! Great for groups of all sizes - very fun for date night since cooking the food is an activity in itself.

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere , food, and drinks.
Second time coming here, and I definitely look forward to coming again.
Even without a reservation we only had to wait a short time to be seated.
The servers, hosts, and bartenders were all very personable people.
Dennis our server in particular was very friendly and helpful in understanding the menu, and whole process of cooking the meat as I am still new to Japanese BBQ.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food are excellent. It’s a great ambiance and fun to cook your own food. The kids love to cook the S’mores at the end... We have been there twice so far and really like the place, would highly recommend!

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F
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gyu kaku has forever been my favorite restaurant, I was so happy to find out they opened one in Arlington. The service is always amazing and the food is to die for!

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good, service was so so and good value. Yes! I recommend Gyu-Kaku.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food -- Amazing, as always.
Service -- our servers were great, but they were running way behind on our reservation time and to be so strict with the reservation policy but then be late themselves, not a good look.
Value -- Pricey but worth it.

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

Excellent service and food.

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ZP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers were great - we were a table of eight, making sure each side had the same amount of food, replacing the grills, etc. The food was tasty (meat were high quality and fresh) and it was fun grilling your own food. I recommend grilling the pork belly last or by itself (and def not with the seafood) as the fat oft catches on fire. Lady M cake was yummy too.

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great conversation! Couldn't have asked for more.

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AF
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joseph took care of us well. He was attentive as the rest of the staff. I had been to other stores in Asia. This store has really good food and staff makes you feel welcome. The downside though is when I scanned the code to get reward points, it stated it had been done when nobody else had the receipt but me.

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PR
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great.

Drinks were good, had the lychee tini.

Wife and I ordered the meat lovers, says it’s for two people but we couldn’t finish our food.

Very friendly staff, food was awesome, and it’s a fun experience. Good for a date.

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YY
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I and my boyfriend enjoyed the food and time there.

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BT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Table was not ready for 20 minutes after reservation time. Dishes and cups were not clean. Service was average. Beef was good but small portions. spicy tuna was horrible. Listed corporate address is a daycare in Gloucester so I guess some kids will read my complaint. Not an authentic Japanese BBQ.

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