Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA

4.7
451 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 451 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Services was over the top! Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t stop eating here I come twice a week I scan and get rewards and more coupons and I keep coming back it’s so good I can’t stop please send help or don’t because I’ll die happy this way k thanks bye

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vipAlyonaS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Sat us 20 min after our reservation and high was frustrating when we were on a schedule with the babysitter

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Woooooowie

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Wanderer
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I appreciate the consistent quality of their food and experience interacting with the staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Love going to Gyu-Kaku. Favorite group place for the experience and food. Would definitely go back, and I have a few times.

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vipdarinam
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I’ve been here several times and usually loved it until this last experience. The host lady was very nice, same as our male server. Everything went good until the almost end. We were finishing our main meal and female server(who wasn’t this us) came and asked if we’re done, I said with grilling yes (but my friend was still eating what we cooked) and then 3 mins later she came with a check. I was like can we have a dessert? I checked the time it was 9.20.. we came 8.15.. it wasn’t that they’re closing, still many tables were grilling and nobody waited for a table so I felt weird about it. And as I asked about dessert she was- so what do you want. I asked but can I see what you have(I know desserts but it was first time for my friend) . That lady was pretty rude and was- it’s in the menu. I said ok, I’m gonna order right away, since you’re In the rush. My friend was having couple bites of main course left but she dropped dessert without waiting for her to finish and my friend just gave up the plate. As soon as we got dessert check was dropped with it. And then she was for like 5 mins walking around and checking if we put our cards down.So I was really upset what exactly we did so you had to kick us out?! We still had half bottle of sake! We didn’t overstayed, it wasn’t late. Did she have to go somewhere that couldn’t wait for 20mins?!
I was planning to celebrate my friend birthday there this weekend but after this will be looking for more welcoming place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Wanted to grab some good food after escape room. Good location, a cute bar and comfortable seating. The food was delicious and understandably pricey, the extra veggies we purchased never really steamed, so maybe I’ll order cooked next time. Happy hour is everything! Loved the variety and the prices. Shoutout to our server Daphne and her team. We left happy and satisfied. Worth every penny.

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vipJasonA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding. Will be coming back again.

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vipkjkc
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was on point. I had hanger steak, toro beef, spicy pork, garlic noodles, and ramen. The sweet soy and spicy are my favorite to dip the meat in.

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Neisha
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s great for birthdays
For the first time there it was amazing
We didn’t know what each meat was all the time and they brought over so much food that we literally didn’t have anymore space but it was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fun place. Plenty of food. Meat lovers for sure

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vipKhoi
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Japanese BBQ place in the DMV. They always have great specials during HH. Monday- Thursday they have AYCE. I always go the ULTIMATE as you get the premium cuts and over 30 items to choose from. Reservations are always recommended. Fun place to come with friends as they do offer seating for large parties

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Very bad experience. I’ve been a loyal Gyu-Kaku customer for nearly 20 years, visiting their restaurants in Japan, NY, Miami, and Arlington, VA. Sad to say that I will never go back. The service was horrible. I got up twice looking for help, and each time at least two servers just stood there looking at me. Food was decent but our grill was broken, it was so bad that they cooked some dishes in the back for our table. Then the bill came and it was just south of $200. That amount of money for some of the worst service I’ve ever seen in my life and a grill that did not even work. Gyu-Kaku, we’ve had many a great memories throughout the years, including our visits in Japan as my wife is from there, but sad to say that those years are long gone. Some memorable experiences should stay just that…as memories.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Very overpriced for what you get, but what do you expect it’s Arlington. Lives in Cali for over 15 years we’re you get the best Korean BBQ joints. This place barely gave any meat, the side dishes consisted of some dirty mushrooms, and some corn with butter on it. I will never go back again

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DanilaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is great, service - rather average: wine glass was extremely dirty, waiter should notice it without us pointing on it. Good place overall, will come again - hope they will do better next time. Meat treats are delicious, although I'd prefer to cook it over real charcoal instead of gas.

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vipTedC
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really disappointed that the premium AYCE is not available on the weekends. Otherwise food was good.

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MariaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious and truly amazing service. They have their system down pact! Would absolutely go again.

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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
3 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
28 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
3 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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Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA is rated 4.7 stars by 451 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.