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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AH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Beef is not as good as before.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We had to wait waitress come to our table About 10min. It takes more than 5min to get draft beer. Foods were too sweet and beef was too thin. We will never come back Gyu-Kaku again.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gyu Kaku is always amazing. Great for enjoying time with friends/co-workers and being able to hang out for a while enjoying delicious food/drinks.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My little cousin was in town from college, he loved it!
Our server Gema was outstanding!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday ordered the Samurai for 4 people

C
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The stone plate was terrible. There was hardly any meat. It was essentially a big bowl of rice. What a waste of time and money. We are never coming back here.

k
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time there and I took my good friend since we're out of town. Great service, great food.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. I like this place better than the downtown/Streeteerville one. It's smaller but ambiance to me is better. Free parking!

l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

On a typically slow Monday night, we weren't seated until 40min after our reservation. Once seated we didn't see our waiter for 10-15min. I had to get the hostess and let her know. We weren't even offered water. No sight of the manager for any type of explanation. Seemed like a few non reservations were even seated first. I've gone here numerous times and never had this type of experience. It made the whole thing not worth it, since we only had 30 min at that point until the kitchen was closed. Dinner was rushed through and we left since we waited nearly as long as we were seated for. I’m not sure what the point of a reservation is at this point at GYU.

That being said, the vegetable and meat option for bbq are always delicious. Garlic noodles seemed like a way to small portion for the price.

EL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Didn’t like that I had to cook my own food but the food was bomb so it kinda made up for it

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good service

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wanted to do something different for Christmas dinner and this was a great choice and value.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner

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CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Will be back again! Thank you!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Christmas Eve

JC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service. We visited for a holiday gathering and it was perfect for a group of 6. Not our first visit, and definitely not our last! We will be back again!

JG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I had in Chicago. The atmosphere is great and drinks are even better.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for my birthday and the hostess were very nice! I love atmosphere and we were served quickly! The waiter was very helpful and accommodating. The only thing was the random shouting when someone was seated, I thought that was interesting but I love the restaurant overall! Loveeeeeee the food!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was delicious. We got the bbq course for 2 people! Loved it! Will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is great

R
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Be prepared to wait even with a reservation. Reservations are stacked. For example, if you have a 6 pm reservation, but you were the 4th 6 pm reservation to check in, that means there are 3 other 6 pm reservation checked in ahead of you. Our wait was roughly about 45 minutes.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and my server was pleasant and very accommodating!
The speciality drinks really set our dining experience

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

just great
love the bbq the best
the drinks were very reasonably priced

EG
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, unique experience! This has become our Thanksgiving tradition.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food here is Always so great ! You can never go wrong .

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, high quality meats

JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Made for a perfect birthday dinner. Order the filet mignon and garlic mushroom.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience4

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

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

It was a very good experience and I would love to go back the meat selection was premium and very fresh

OT
Chicago
6 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
14 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
9 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.!!

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