Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA

4.8
397 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
What 397 people are saying
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PKSTL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Being fully vaccinated, we wanted to go somewhere that we have been craving but unable to go during the pandemic. We went here to celebrate my partner's birthday. Having a newborn and other obligations, we had to make a late reservation. Immediately after being seated, we were pressured to order immediately and not have enough time to thoroughly go through the menu. Additionally half the party had never been to this restaurant and I have a food allergy so this experience was very anxiety inducing. Furthermore, we were informed the kitchen was closed but the bar and desserts are available. When we were ready to order a couple of drinks (approx 2 min difference), we were told the bar was closed but they could pull strings to get us drinks (not mixed drinks either). Do not go to this location within an hour of closing if you do not want to experience anxiety or to feel like you need to make immediate decisions.

I have never had this experience at the other Gyu-Kaku's I've experienced across the country.

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vipSusanP
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So GOOD! This is a really fun place to eat and the food is amazing! We had 3 people in our party. We ordered the meat lovers dinner for 2 plus some extra sides and meat. The spicy cucumbers and the garlic fried rice were our favorites. The zucchini and Kobe short ribs were also good. The meat is extremely tender and everything cooks quickly. I like that you can cook it however you like it - rare or well done. I wasn’t crazy about the jalapeño shrimp - it was just too spicy for us, but everything else was delicious. The only disappointment was that they ran out of shishito peppers by the time we ordered. The quantity of each meat is very small but we were all full by the time we were done eating. The s’mores for dessert are a nice touch! Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great experience customer service was amazing

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KeenanA
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and well priced Japanese BBQ. Great flavors and variety of appetizers, vegetables and meats

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Alvino
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

All the meats were fantastic. The corn is also amazing. All the other food items we ordered were good also. Don’t have anything bad to say about the experience except having to wait to order more items because the server didn’t come around too often. Other than that, the bus boys kept your water full and the prebussing was pretty good

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There was a point of annoyance that we couldn’t be seated until the entire party was present but considering that it’s times dining, I understood. The waiter gave a solid recommendation on what we should order as a party of 4 and the service was on point! Great food and great dining experience.

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JoJo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is bomb, i come here with my roommate once a month

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Awesome! Food was tasty

KC
KerryC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, friendly service, staff wears facemasks. What more could you ask for?

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CharlesP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Bad service. After waiting for the server for 15-20 minutes during a ayce meal, I just flagged down another server who said the original server is too busy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food, awesome atmosphere. Felt rushed by the staff because our reservation was at 9:30. Will go earlier next time. Delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & waiter

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KendraB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It was great. We felt really rushed. They kept being out food and reminding us we had 90min. They were looking at their watches. We left 30 min. early and 90 min is enough time to eat, but the service made everything fill rushed.

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dklee
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set course meal was great. For the first timer, it was a perfect selection of items.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I’d rather visit during the week when the unlimited special is available but sooooooooo good either way.

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Mister
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place to dine. You cook your own meat! Awesome experience--going back soon!

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hellofood
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Our overall experience was very good. The food and meat selection are of very good quality. The only gripe I have is they insist on a time limit but the service is slow and doesn't allow you to follow this time limit. We spent a lot of time waiting to be served or helped.

The AYCE option is not available between Thursday and Saturday, so that should be noted. We ordered a la carte and were not disappointed. Will definitely be back.

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WhitneyG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

I visited this restaurant for my niece 18th Birthday dinner. This was my first time having Koran BBQ it was really good. I definitely will come again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
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.

CM
vipChristianM
Washington DC
22 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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vipRiley
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RG
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
7 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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite spot overall

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Teona
Washington DC
6 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.

OT
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.

OT
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.

IU
IsabelU
San Francisco
4 reviews
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.

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

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

RA
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.

GP
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.

AF
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.

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

Always enjoy Gyu Kaku!

OT
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!

SY
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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Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA is rated 4.8 stars by 397 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.