Gyu-Kaku - Cambridge, MA

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$30 and under
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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Harvard Square is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in Boston!

Traditionally called Yakiniku, this Japanese barbecue spot is known for their delicious, fresh (never frozen), high-quality meats!

Enjoy an ice cold beer as you grill your own meat. Happy Hours offer the best deals on food and drinks, so be sure to wind down and get the night started right with us.
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AR
New England
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another awesome meal!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The meat is smelly. After that meal, my stomach suffered and I had some rashes in my arms.

JS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything about the experience was incredible. Plates and plates and plates of meet plus other great stuff. Japanese beer was great too!

M
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Selected one of the all-you-can-eat meals that had a great selection of meats.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Very bad service. No water being refilled throughout the whole meal.
Servers are rude while trying to help reignite the faulty stove. Though the food is acceptable
Not recommended

U
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I hope not getting not-fully-defrosted meat the next time

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great here! Favorite place

A
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was a bit slower than usual, however they did allow us to stay past the 90 minutes.

RT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We were a group of 9 people and our food came out of the kitchen in a total random order.
Some people were have the cook your own meat and there rice showed up at the very end of dinner.
Four people were done eating before the last three people recieved their meals.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, server Alejandro recommended a lot of options which ended in an amazing dining experience

A
New England
58 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great little spot! I must've walked by it a thousand times without really noticing it, but I'm so glad I finally found it on the app!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

It was impossible to find a waitress or waiter whenever we needed one. Our grill kept turning off and our waiter and waitresses did nothing about it until we insisted that we be moved to a different table (in a completely empty restaurant). They were rude to us and unhelpful with questions about the menu.

T
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was a bit slow. It looks us a very long time ~15 - 20 mins to be seated as no hostess was at the front desk. The foods come out a bit slow as well and they even forgot 2 of the main dishes which we had to ask for the menu in comparison to what we been served and had to asked them to check if we got all our food. If we have not done that we probably didn't even get those foods on our table and thought we have been ripped off since what we got was a lot less than we usually get with two sets of 4 people set. Other than that everything was o.k. just seems very disorganized at this branch.

MY
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We always come to this location because the staff is always so friendly. The dishes are well marinated and they come out fairly quickly. If you don’t mind the parking costs then I prefer Cambridge location from other ones.

TO
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Greatest restaurant in Boston so far.
Especially young students should go and get satisfied with all you can eat for only 35box!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

1 host and 1 server running to serve food all restaurant. Need management to take care and put more server.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It’s horrible, one server for half of the restaurant, at the start we waited 1 hour and a half before the order( we reserved spot and wasn’t late). No one took away the empty dishes(for all visible tables), the water and coke weren’t refilled, the gyu sushi is not served for 2 hours until I remind the server. The edamame wasn’t served at all. Meat quality not as high as South Bay one. It’s horrible, as usual actually. We were hoping that it’s been improving, but it’s not. Would not visit again

r
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We were a party of 4, dining on a Tuesday evening. We had been to Gyu-Kaku in Boston many times, but only a couple times to the Harvard Square location. The upstairs location is a little lacking in ventilation, especially when everyone is cooking, but the seating is comfortable and seems to accommodate both small and large groups well. Even with a reservation, it takes a rather long time to get seated, and the hostess we encountered this time was especially disorganized and busy with other things.

We ordered the All-You-Can-Eat. The quality of the food is good, but the waitstaff are incredibly slow! I strongly recommend placing a large first order, because there's no guarantee you'll get all the items from your subsequent orders. Also, this is definitely not the place to eat if you do not want to be rushed. We were repeatedly rushed to give up our table, even when we were paying or wanted to finish our ice cream. I am a big fan of the Gyu-Kaku chain, but especially at their price point, this kind of service is terribly sub-par.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

So slow and we almost wait an hour for our dishes!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Although we had a reservation and the restaurant had a lot free tables, they put pressure on us to leave before 6 (we sat at 5)!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Horrible waited 40 mins with reservations, service is bad too

JM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing flavors, grill at your own table, super fun group dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food is great and waitresses are nice, but the Service is very slow. We took about 2 hours to finish our lunch.

EC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Christian had no idea what he was doing. 3 menus is deceptive and waste of time. Need one menu , that is all. No hostess at desk, were there for ten minutes before she showed up.
Price if beer is crazy! $24.00 for pitcher of Kirin?

VS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

We didnt get 50% of our ordered. We had to ask the waiter 4x for our food. And still didnt get the rest of our food. It was a really bad experience for us.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner for my daughter. We all loved it!

F
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had reservation at 8:30 and got directed to the table around 9:00. Food is pretty good and the price is understandable considering location and etc. Would recommend if you are craving for some yakiniku. Doesn’t mean it is 100% authentic though.

AK
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love it! But I booked 9:30 but we have to wait 30mins more somehow, and started eat around 10:10. They need to figure out these problems, because not only us but other booked groups were also waiting extra 20-30min. But women at reception were working really hard, and foods were amazing! Worth to wait, but recommend to go not crowded time!

LL
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Terrible service. I think that’s way it has 1 star less than the same restaurant in Boston.

t
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

While the music is always horrible, and on this visit it took an oddly long time to be seated in a mostly empty restaurant, the food and waitstaff are always awesome. The price is right, the food arrives quickly, the rewards program is actually rewarding, and we look forward to returning.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very enjoyable evening for our birthday event!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Most of the food was over marinated and definitely catered towards the western palette a lot more than an Asian one. The experience as a whole was decent, the restaurant was clean and comfortable but the food could have had much improvement.

MA
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and delicious, thank you!

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Christian was a little slow and disappeared a lot. We ended up waiting a lot. Especially for dessert and the bill. But the food was good. Grills are small.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Overall experience is fun. Unfortunately, the food, especially the meat were swimming in heavy sauce. We couldn't taste the meat at all, only salt and sugar. Not only it's bad for health, it kind of ruined the enjoyment of the food itself.

NS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my go-to for a nice dinner with friends or my partner. I've been going to the chain since before it came to Boston!

MM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Definitely come here for a fun dining experience! They have an extensive BBQ menu and other rice and noodle dishes as well as appetizers. Having a grill in the middle of the table made the meal fun and great for a group, probably would make a good date spot as it’s more interactive than a regular meal. Staff was accommodating, they came to change the grill every 20 minutes or so. I also like that the tables felt a little private and there were dividers between the tables and lots of booths. I will definitely be going back with more friends or for a date night!

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