About Gyu-Kaku - Chicago

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Streeterville is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in Chicago! 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.

210 E. Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Everyday 11:30AM–3:00PM

Dinner
Mon–Thu: 3PM–10:30PM last call
Fri & Sat: 3PM–11:30PM last call
Sun: 3PM–9:30PM last call

Happy Hour
Lunch: Everyday 11:30AM–5:45PM
Dinner: Mon–Thu 9:30PM–10:30PM last call

Cross Street:
N. St. Clair

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 266-8929

Website:
http://www.gyu-kaku.com/

Parking Details:
Meter Parking Available

Public Transit:
Red line subway Grand station
one block North to Ohio St/4 block East to St. Clair St

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Gyu-Kaku - Chicago can accommodate all your special event needs.

Private Party Contact:
Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 972-1340

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

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Gyu-Kaku - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (38)
Good for a Date (38)
Casual (37)
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Good for Groups (34)
Special Occasion (31)
Happy Hour (28)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Great for Lunch (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Authentic (19)
Worth the Drive (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Cozy (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Business Meals (8)
Healthy (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Romantic (6)
Spicy (5)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Was my first time...and I'm looking forward to be back...

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Tasty. Had never been before, but was pleasantly surprised. Lots of good options, and like the Korean BBQ style cook at your table part too!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Out first experience at Gyu Kaku was an A+! Friendly and attentive staff, great food and an awesome atmosphere. The layout and decor made me feel like I was back in Sendai. 😃

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Frozen meat

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food is great, this is my fifth time visiting here. However, I never had this bad of the service, she did not bring the correct food and insist she brought everything we ordered. A lot of the food that has been charged on our check is incorrect.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This place is always very crowded but we had a large booth and service was quick. Food was delicious as always and fairly priced.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

It is a very famous Japanese restaurant. Last time when I was at Tokyo, I have not made a reservation so I didn't have the chance to taste it. So luckily, I feel happy when I go to Gyu-Kaku at Chicago. Things are delicate and tasty here. There are a lot Asians eating here so it is definitely recommended.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The Gyu-Kaku provided good food; beef and other things were impressive. HOWEVER, the front desk staff did a terrible job. We arrived early, so we did not have seats immediately. That was okay, but we wait until about half hour later than reserved time. They did have seats available, but they treated us same as those without reservation. I mean I did not have idea for why do they accept reservations.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good food, good service , love this place , will definitely come back...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The best BBQ we've ever had. Would definitely drive all the way to Chicago for this!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 22, 2017

This was the first time I visited there since they added all you can eat. I am not a fan since I can’t order certain items unless I can do all you can eat. I wish they will bring the full menu back to people who are not ordering all you can eat.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Fun experience for the whole family. Kids loved grilling their own food!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food is ok but really expensive. More suitable for a group of people.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was great.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Some dishes are a little salty..

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

First time.... enjoyed my food... will definitely return!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Meats were good. Service was good.

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great japonese food, broad menu with many options of Asian food and meats, very attentive service

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

日本の焼肉がリーズナブルに堪能できました、カルビは頬っぺたが落ちそう。きめ細やかなサービスで大満足!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Busy! Make sure you have a reservation. Good food that you have cook. For the price, I'd prefer someone else cook, but can see the social, uniqueness to the experience. Note: don't waste your money on the sake flight. Two of the three were gross.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We drove 5 hours for this, it is worth it, $50/person, not bad for a variety of meet and vegetable selection, includes good appetizers. One thing I don’t like is the mochi ice cream, not a big different from a supermarket, not tasty.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

I'm Japanese.
I sometimes went to gyuukaku in Japan.
I think Japan's gyuukaku are better than American gyuukaku, but it's very good.
There are many menus , and good service!!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

This place was amazing! First time at a Japanese BBQ place and it was very fun. Our server Xavier was very welcoming and explained how everything worked well. All of the staff were friendly as well! This is a great place to go with a group of friends or family. Highly recommended.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Lovely time with fantastic service. Drink options, however, left a lot to be desired.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I️ went with family to celebrate my birthday. The service was fantastic and so was the food!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Amazing!!! Went for the first time and will definitely be back soon!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We've been to Gyu-Kaku 3 times; once in NY and twice in Streeterville. Both times in Chicago, we had a reservation through Open Table. Both times, we waited more than a half hour to be seated. After a half-hour, I went to speak with the manager who found us seating on the 3rd floor. Once seated, the service is excellent and the food is quite good. We ordered the Shogun- prix fixed menu for 4 guests twice. The food comes very quickly; almost too quickly for the amount of food on the Shogun in order to truly dine rather than rush such delicious food. We will come back. When we return, we would order a la carte as there was actually too much food for us. Wait staff are attentive and pleasant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The place was great! Ordered the Kobe 2-people combo and the amount of the meat was more than enough for 2.

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Omaha)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great place to eat. Love the idea of cooking your own food at the table. Made the experience greater.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always satisfying, but does not as great as it used to be, since feel like they used a ton more of MSG replacing the original taste.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Not enough food for the price!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The husband and I visited greek town upon leaving there. It was simply NOT ENOUGH FOOD FOR THE PRICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Raum Stuttgart)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Not convinced. Small portions, poor quality. Even though you order a la carte, you receive the same things as the all you can eat guests.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Overall it was a great experience (as it always is). The service was a bit slow and they brought out the wrong order multiple times, however. I don't know if they were understaffed or just very busy. It normally isn't that bad. Our out of town guests were very disappointed.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Authentic, Spicy, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This place is so legit. They have great food, great service, a fun interactive grill to cook food, and fair prices.

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was very tasty. The service was wonderful!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

All-you-can-eat for 2, $35 per person. Green tea ice cream as dessert. Great value!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Six of us were able to order a variety of foods, and had great fun cooking and laughing. The staff was very helpful, friendly and informative. I would recommend this for an intimate dinner for two on up to a large group event.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Gyu-Kaku never disappoints. The meat was delicious and the LadyM cake dessert was a plus!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Kids loved grilling their own meats. Very polite and helpful waitstaff. Quality of meats very good and generous portions for the price. Semiprivate booths are cozy.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Kevin was amazing! He made sure we were well taken care of!

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