Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | West Loop

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$30 and under
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Japanese
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in the West Loop is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in Chicago! Conveniently located by Ashland or Morgan Metro stops!

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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C
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to visit when it is freezing outside! Our dinner experience was interactive and fun for our two teenaged daughters. The quality of the beef was excellent and our server, Michelle was attentive and friendly. Casual atmosphere with great 80's and 90's music.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty pricey but worth it considering the quality of the food

PY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Worth the choice.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Super fun experience. Great food and service!

SM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was Wowed by the vibe in the restaurant. I loved how easy it was to share, and we experimented with many new flavors and dishes, which made our meal more interesting and fun! The bbq ribeye was our favorite. Be sure to order the fried rice. Next time we are bringing friends and family.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, our server was excellent. It was our first time there, so she made sure to be very informative. Will definitely be back again.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night was a success . Thanks for always making us feel important .

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good price for lunch menu. Garlic rice is a little sticky but flavor is good.
Great service too.

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Will never go to another Korean bbq place in the Chicago area again!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. It's a must have

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we’ve tried to get in here so many times and it’s always busy. We finally got in and it was worth the wait! SO good. Such a fun date night!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

2nd time at Gyu Kaku but first time at the West Loop location. We ended up choosing the ultimate meat choice for $49/ea. Fantastic choices of meat and very filling. If you love garlic this is the best place for it. Most meat choices is seasoned with garlic. The shrimp is really good and take advantage of the rib eye.

BH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The meat quality not as good as before.. I had stomach sick after dinner..

NK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The service was extraordinary. My husband and su can’t wait to eat there again.

LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Our waiter was our biggest issue.... The food wasn't as good as it always is. We've been here many many times and it has NEVER this bad. Highly disappointed

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch deal for two is amazing. Plenty of appetizers and meats for the price and just the right amount to fill us up. Service was great too—mindful and attentive.

EC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and service was extraordinary will definitely go back

E
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a great time. The two guys that served us were super friendly and helpful. I love the vibe. Everyone's all smiles. Even though it's a little expensive, I would definitely come here again!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always, attentive staff

LR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Gyu-kaku. Everything tastes amazing. Liked the music selection.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent! Really good and attentive service by Nathan. Good food and a wonderful experience on the whole.
Highly recommended.

SL
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Found this place when searching Korean BBQ. Learned that there is a slight difference in the marinating methods. Went on a Wednesday around 5:30PM. I had a RSVP and there was no wait. Great service, nice selection of meats. The server even brought out ice cream to help celebrate my husband's birthday. I will return!

TP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The meat quality is worse and worse each time. They used to be great quality and right thickness. All you need is to count according to their guideline for grilling perfection. But, it's not anymore.... And, the music is just too old to play in such modern restaurant.

BY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This location seems a little disappointed compared to the downtown location. Server miss a couple thing on my order. We come to dine in the happy hours and the food quantity seems less compare to regular price menu which most of them discount for only $1-$2 different in regular price. We are not sure if we suppose to get less food at happy hours price but I thought the purpose is to attract more customer in off peak time. The additive cabbage salad is a total disappointment, I would recommend the spicy cabbage salad but this location quantity is almost half of what downtown location offer for the same price. I would not come back to this location.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 4ambience 4

I arrived 10 minutes late and tried to call the restaurant twice to tell them. They never picked up. We got there 10 minutes late and they said their policy was to give up our table. Everything other than the hostess, Victoria, was great.

She then marked me as a no show on open table after I specifically told her we were there.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing for a busy Friday night. Brought friends who had never been and they loved it. Food was delicious as always. Such a fun experience!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was great! Service was also very good and waiter was knowledgeable.

NK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot to celebrate a birthday. The servers were very friendly and made the first time Asian bbq experience really fun. They also brought out a complimentary birthday dessert, which is rare these days.

LK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! I enjoyed cooking the meat in front of me, it was a great dining experience.

a
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time having the all you can eat option. Fantastic experience!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, fun environment!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing meal here! The service was excellent! Our waiter, I think his name was Maurice? was very attentive, and super friendly! Only criticism was that we couldn’t keep up with the cook times they suggested! Wish there was like a cheat sheet or something posted at the table! Also, we didn’t get the special cut of beef in the special sauce for the last dish of our set dinner. My friend was very disappointed Bc that was her fave! But the waiter offered us skirt steak in the same sauce and ice cream to make up for it! Overall, highly recommended!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food and service are great.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

I take my girlfriend out to Gyu quite often, i would say we’ve been there about 15+ times. Never how ever at 9:45. I saw that Gyu took reservations that late. How ever when i walked in i didn’t expect to see the empty tables with the grills taken out. So they had to re assemble to grill in front of us. I was then told i need to order all my meat now if i wanna do the grill experience. i then over ordered which i don’t care. After i started to get my food. finding a server was impossible. we had a total of 3 different servers. I had to wait 10 plus minutes to get my grill cover changed. then employees started to clean up around me. flip up chairs. start sweeping dust and debris all around my table. Then an employee took my sauces because they had to go in the fridge i was told. MID MEAL! i was waiting for a server for the check. i got the check. then couldn’t pay for it. so i had to walk up to worker who was cleaning and pay him out of cash like i was at a diner where u walk up and pay after u eat.

ill probably be back but never at that time. you shouldn’t provide that time slot if the experience is not like the other times provides

L
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The food and service were top notch. The air conditioner was not on which made for a miserable dining experience. We left early because of the unbearable heat.

SR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We caught them on a bad night. No A/C, which resulted in fruit flies dive-bombing our table. Couple that with a Chicago summer over a oven in the middle of the table and it was a hot one to say the least. Wish we could’ve removed those variables as that may have resulted in a higher rating. That said, the amount of food we got was very generous but the quality was average. Good cocktails and our waiter was very attentive.

LN
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Came here for a double date night to celebrate with our friends and were super excited. After sitting down we realized we had all been there before. We got seated outside and ordered some package for the 4 of us with drinks. Our waitress did not pay attention to us and multiple times we had to wave another waiter over to fill the water under our grill cause the oil was burning under it. When they brought out our food they forgot the order of shrimp and when we mentioned it to our waitress she said "No I think you have it"... we didn't. When she got it and brought it to us no apology. Then the final straw was that when we got our bill everything was double charged on our receipt. When we mentioned it to her, again no apology or anything.
Overall we had a great meal but the service definitely left room to be desired.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to eat when I’m in the city

DB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent, just a little expensive. You can save money by going during happy hour. The cocktails are good. Atmosphere is fun a d friendly.

A
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ann was so nice and helpful. She explained the menus to my family and I. She helped us decide what to choose. All excellent choices. Thanks again Ann. Definitely recommended. Good food and vibes all around.

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