Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA

4.7
430 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
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:

- Masks are recommended
- 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 430 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

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YanisaP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was packed in the restaurant. There were no more social distance but the food was always delicious.

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vipJaneC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and so fun! Will definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I loved this place! It is a little pricey but worth it 😊

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Emory
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Would get 5* throughout but just a little too close to other diners/ a little loud. Great! Will definitely go again.

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Jasmine
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My husband took me here for my 30th birthday yesterday and it was amazing! The experience was incredible. Great food, the service was fast & we ordered a Patron shot that was almost half the glass lol We'll definitely be back!

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AnthonyU
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I would recommend for the experience. My particular table was somewhat small with a lot of plates it’s hard to navigate and also the service I received from my one waiter was subpar. I would recommend when you put down the food give a small instruction like the foil food vs the plated raw food how long to cook them and things like that. He just took the order dropped the food and walked away kind of took away from the experience for us

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vipBenjaminB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT AS USUAL. I LOVE THIS PLACE

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and very well presented!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Service was poor

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Umakara rib eye was amazing! This is our second time so we will surely be back soon

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WinstonZ
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

The new staffs are incompetent to perform their basic duties. I definitely miss the old team.

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KBrooks
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I ordered the Meat Lovers Course and it was fabulous. The flavors, timeliness of the meal, and service were great. We'll definitely be back!

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vipjcjc
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time visiting and greeted by friendly staff. Excellent at your table grilling and dining MGMT experience. We ordered the meat lovers for two - right balance of several meat selections with rice, salad and kimchi. My one recommendation (infilled request) is to accompany the meat with a side plate of lettuce (for wraps). A delightful gem in Clarendon. Definitely worth the trip from DC.

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vipGwennP
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is an excellent place for team building business meals, as it requires all diners to constantly interact with one another as they cook their meals. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious!

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Omegaman2k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

More of a family gathering of only 3 of us.

Very good food. However in regards to bbq menu choices, the offered combinations were not wide enough for us; all meat - all beef or all pork or mix & match with minimal amount of veggies. Instead, I chose the Chef’s BBQ Special for 2 and then added Calamari, Shrimps and assorted veggies. That worked really well. We also had 3 different types of salad included. A little bit of everything in in moderation was very satisfying!

This is my new ‘favorite to visit when I’m in town’ bbq!

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AlexisK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having been to Gyu-Kanu in Japan, I can say this is THE closest I’ve gotten to recreating that experience. I was so extremely excited with the menu and the options! I’ll be coming back for SURE!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and Service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this fking place!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good for people who have eaten Yakiniku in Japan but it costs about three times more including a tip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Buen lugar. Mejoraría los paquetes, sin embargo muy agradable experiencia

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vipLocavore
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fun to cook the food yourself and the meats were delicious. Cocktails were only okay.

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vipmimidinh
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Father’s Day dinner

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Claire
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

such a good place, if you aren't that hungry I would go for the a la carte - Would definitely recommend to anyone for a new date spot or a nice dinner
so fun!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and i loved it.Food was excellent and staff was professional..Great spot for a date night .

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vipGwennP
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meals are always delicious and the portions are extremely generous! We like that each food runner took the time to explain what he/she was delivering to the table, as having so many plates was confusing.

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vipKicostar
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Not impressed. We arrived a bit early and had to wait 20 minutes before being placed at a table next to the restrooms. Hostess than gave us an ultimatum of having to finish dinner in 90 minutes because she needed the table. We decided to rather leave than being hurried. Before talking to the manager, we got a new table. Food was okay but service very hurried and table and sauce containers on the table quite sticky. Overall, it took 2 hours to get through the “meat lovers” menu. At that time about half of the tables were empty and there certainly had not been a need for us to vacate the previous table. Wouldn’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience. I took my mother and my little brother here for lunch and the experience was amazing and fun. The food selection is outstanding and the customer service was wonderful. Don’t forget to ask about the s’mores at end too!!!

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DonaldW
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an AWESOME restaurant. Plenty of food AND you get to cook it on the
gas grill in the middle of the table. We ordered the party of 4 dinner and it
was AMAZING from the Miso Soup through all of the different meats to the
final Smores. Everyone had a blast and we will definitely be back. Go to this
restaurant, you won't be disappointed!!

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PKSTL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
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
47 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
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
2 reviews
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

FAQs

Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA is rated 4.7 stars by 430 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.