Gyu-Kaku - Chicago

4.7
1744 reviews
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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Streeterville is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in Chicago! Conveniently located in River North close to Michigan Ave. by the AMC River East and AMC Dine-In!

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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K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The establishment can be a little pricey. My group ordered the Samurai, which is designed for a group of 4, and we devoured it. It was delicious.

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MM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good. Had the all you can eat. Seemed we were a bit
Shorted on time especially since it took the waitress
quite a while to get back to us to order more food

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IB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Service and management are outstanding. Nice place to have a conversation. Lots of fun cooking the wide variety of marinated meats. Definitely will go back and recommend to my friends.

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TK
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A busy place with good food but I felt very rushed by staff like the goal was to turn over tables as quickly as possible.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is really Japanese Yakiniku.
Almost same as the Japanese Gyukaku

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KE
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Javier was amazing! He gave us great service and even sang me Happy Birthday! Always enjoy coming here!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and an awesome experience for my husband, my 2 children and myself. The food was amazing and the service was great, the manager even stopped by a couple times to make sure everything was perfect. Definitely recommend!!

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AS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Was nice and enjoyed it so much.
I am in love with this place, every single time I go we have a great time

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TJ
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, food was fantastic and service was great. Looking forward to trying the new location opening in denver!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I had a 7:30pm reservation. We were not seated until 8:30pm. Very disappointing when we had a reservation made. The host kept telling us 20-30 minutes.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The lunch spesial meats very poor quality

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and cooking it in front of you makes the experience special.

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KT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

The quality of the meat was not acceptable, it tore apart while cooking . They had to change the heating element four times because the meat was subpar. They have really lost the qualities that drew me here the first time. I was not happy and will give Other Locations One Last Try. Only One More.

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LT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, probably our best while in Chicago! Our server Glenn was excellent!

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MG
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious sauces and great deals for lunch! There was not a single dish we didn't like.

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J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing and the food was amazing. I love that you get to cook your own food. It was an amazing experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We were in the same room with a party of 32 that made a lot of noise. My date and I could barely hear each other

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JO
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very fun! Never been to a Japanese BBQ restaurant before. Great food and ambiance. Great for having conversation.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another excellent meal with great service. I will be back.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 year anniversary. Was amazing!

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E
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They changed the menu and happy hour menu price. Still like the food and service, but a little bit overpriced.

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MH
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO great! We love Gyu-Kaku, and luckily got to go to the Chicago location on a recent weekend trip. They had an INCREDIBLE drink special menu at this location - $10 bottle of champagne, etc. We got that and a combo special. It's so much fun to prepare your own food, and all of the food is so delish! Such a great and fun experience!!

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JE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was my wife’s birthday

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good menu choices ! Excellent service!!

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Gyu-Kaku was a really fun eating experience! The restaurant had a cool vibe and the food was really good. We went with a couple friends and got the Samurai meal, which allowed us to try a bunch of different things. It was PLENTY of food for 4 people. We all left totally stuffed and didn't even get through everything. Will definitely be back, would absolutely recommend.

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GG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it!!!!

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CN
Grand Rapids
20 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fun experience, grilling the foods on the table. All the foods were nicely prepared and ready to go. We got one of the happy hour meal combos and it contained plenty for 2 people. A touch expensive but not bad. I'd recommend it!

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BL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The service is extremely slow. If you get the waiter named John, you'll be stuck there for 1+ hour. I waited 15+ minutes in between courses. The wait is ridiculous and he forgets things left and right.

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CN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lunch sets, reasonably priced, superior service. Overall a great lunch venue of Japanese selections.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always!

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BV
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service and amazing food! The meat was very well seasoned. All three dipping sauce was flavorful.

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NN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My friends and I came during happy hour. Would definitely recommend making a reservation. It gets really busy. The food was great and the servers were really on top of their game. Made sure we were satisfied. One of the members of my party has celiac, so it was nice that most of their items were gluten free.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

We make a reservation but still wait for more than half an hour. That sucks.

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BE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

We make the reservation at 2:30, and they make us wait till 3:10 without telling how long will it be. Also, we ask to check at least three times. It was a terrible service at all!

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b
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

need highchair for little baby, think more about the family with kids

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and value for the money. Lots of fun to grill food and a nice open environment. Everyone seemed very happy.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

nice place

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was a good time with my friends.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a reservation for 7:15 pm. I arrived there at 7:10, they told me that we should wait for another 15 mins. We finally sat down at 8:00! Almost all people who have reservations should wait for a couple more mins. A hot restaurant, but poor reservation system.

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