Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | West Loop

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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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food5service3ambience4

They sat us about 45 minutes later than our reservation was set for (we were on time)

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was kind of busy so the service slow but food was delicious! My favorite

EV
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and experience was great! Food is amazing!

AN
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been to a couple different locations, Waikiki, and downtown Chicago on Ohio... same top notch quality of food,drinks,waitstaff, happy hour, and variety of the menu. Only downside was that at the other 2 locations there is tables that feel a little more intimate, but this location is great for groups. (We had a loud group next to us). Overall really an awesome place (chain).

AR
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food quality is always fantastic!

NB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Extremely friendly and amazing quality of food! Would definitely recommend and would go there again!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend our server Justin😊

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Honor the reservation time. Don't have someone with a reservation wait 45 minutes for a table, or don't take reservations all together.

MF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my nephew here for his 5th birthday. We went for lunch and picked the 2 bbq picks each. He absolutely loved it!!! He says he would take care of all the cooking for me lol. Great experience!

K
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed Gyu and it was everything I hoped. Our server , Anna , was very informative yet we still burned a few things from not paying attention lol. My only issue was that I waited almost 40 minutes for my reservation. Although they were closing , they still allowed us to stay, but I knew I’d receive that “hurried” service. I’d suggest going a bit earlier to have a more personable experience.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend here for sweeties day. Although we arrived 20 minutes before our scheduled reservation we weren’t seated till 40 minutes after our reservation time. The manager offered us free drinks to compensate for the long wait which was nice. Despite that mishap, the food was excellent! This was our first experience eating Japanese food and we were not disappointed by a long shot. I highly recommend this restaurant and will return again in the future.!!

j
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food beautiful place loved it... a nice experience overall

C
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty pricey but worth it considering the quality of the food

PY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Worth the choice.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Super fun experience. Great food and service!

SM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. It's a must have

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

NK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was extraordinary will definitely go back

E
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always, attentive staff

LR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food2service3ambience2

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
Overall4food3service3ambience3

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
Overall1food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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