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Gyu-Kaku - Downtown San Diego, San Diego, CA

Gyu-Kaku - Downtown San Diego

4.4
4.4
131 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
We are open for limited dine-in service.

We have updated our operations in accordance with all government guidelines to put your health and safety first.

To maintain a safe environment for you and Gyu-Kaku staff, we ask that all guests understand and adhere to the following:

- Masks are recommended
- There may be limits on party sizes.
- We are serving a limited menu. Not all Grand Menu items will be available during our immediate reopening.
- We only accept payment via credit or debit card. Cash payments respectfully declined.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Barbecue

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 11:30 am–6:30 pm Daily 8:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 310-5782

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine

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What 131 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Late Night Find

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  1. SH

    SHAHNAIL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I took my family here while they came to visit me because it’s my favorite restaurant in San Diego. We had a wonderful time and as always the food is amazing. We got the bbq course for 6
  2. C

    Cyndi

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food quality and service from the waitress was amazing.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful attentive service, amazing food quality and perfect portions. Drinks were great, desserts were delicious, price was on point. No wait for our table, not crowded, and not rushed. We will be back for sure.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Very slow service all around. Drinks took too long, food order taking was by one server for a section of about 12 tables. Staff was trying to make up for server being distracted. Been to many Guy-Kaku locations in Japan and US. This was by far our worst experience
  5. MR

    MatsR

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Okay, not the most interesting food but a fun thing to do with your family
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nhi was above and beyond this evening and delivered All-Star service for our experience at Gyu-Kaku. She made a simple meal into a wonderful occasion between great friends. Thank you Nhi… we will come see you again!
  7. YS

    YSDCC

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Waited close to an hour for our reservation. We informed after seating that all you can eat was not ideal due to kitchen being backed up.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and we had wonderful service by Efrin! Must try the Spicy cucumber salad, the chili oil was so good. We will definitely be back!!
  9. JF

    JonathanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for friend outing love the venue and staff!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    We had a reservation at 7 pm we checked in on time and the hostess was going to sit someone else ahead of us. I had tot tell him that we had should be seated seen we had reservation and they are walk in.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The idea is super cool but the quality of the meet and the atmosphere were kinda whatever?
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Overly salty and sweet. Very slow and lackadaisical service. Rice cooked improperly. Everything was just subpar.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really good food, great value for the money!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I'm from Japan and and this is the most authentic one in San diego! It's kind a pricey but the food is fresh and good! They have a lunch special with good deals :)
  15. JD

    JohnreyD

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service as always.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was perfect the abundance of food was delicious, The waiter was very knowledgeable and instructed us how many minutes to cook each item, we had such a good time barbecue and sharing the special occasion.
  17. m

    mikasaur

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A lot of delicious food. Definitely good for bigger groups.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Service and food was excellent!
  19. CD

    CaptD

    San Diego

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Service was a little slow and inconsistent, however, once the food comes out it is all at your own pace. Excellent choice for families to have fun around the grill. Unfortunately they do not have an all u can eat/drink option like in Japan (yes, same chain in Japan!)
  20. OC

    OCFed

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The server Michael was attentive. We ordered the Wagyu special $150 which had alot of food for 2. It was more quantity vs quality. It would have been nice to get pickled vegetables with the special. The salad was good as well. Overall the food was good but not great. The calamari was tough.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The place smelled terrible the minute we walked in. The outside windows and doors were filthy. We decided to eat there and found another place nearby.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Above all it was good. Kinda dusty there on the ledge where the menu stays. Food was acceptable and seemed fresh.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Seated 30 minutes after our reservation. Took 30 more minutes to get our food. Poor service and food was subpar!
  24. RA

    RonA

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice fresh food. Very Satisfied with the quality and service.
  25. MY

    MandyY

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm service, great yakiniku place
  26. JM

    JoseM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    The food was great but over-priced. The service was horrible. Our waiter was extremely lost. There was no host when we walked in, there were 4 groups of guests just waiting to be seated. Would not recommend.
  27. V

    Veronica

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and informal
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our son took my wife and I for dinner. Staff was great and the meal was excellent. We will be going back.
  29. JT

    JosefinaT

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Birthday and refiéreme party
  30. KP

    KendrecaP

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I went here just to experience the restaurant. I gave 2 stars for service, because I made a reservations and wasn’t seated until 45 minutes after. The hostess said they were short on staff. After finally being seated, the table wasn’t clean so I had to wipe it down with wet wipes. The food was worth it’s value. Being that you cook it yourself, everything tastes great.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food AND service!
  32. NG

    NellyG

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    The restaurant was dirty. Smelled of dirty mop. There were shoes and clothes over the seats as if the workers used the general seating area as a locker room.
  33. TM

    TheresaM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Amazing quality food! Definitely coming back
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    They were extremely understaffed for the Valentine’s Day rush. We waited 15 minutes to be seated and 20 min before anyone acknowledged us. Our waiter finally arrived and decided to tell us that the Valentine’s Day special we wanted wasn’t available, then said he was joking. That was not a great experience or the best timing because we were about to leave due to lack of service. We continued to experience terrible service throughout the night. We barely saw our waiter while the rest of the staff was swiftly taking care of the other tables. We had to request refills on water multiple times before it was brought to us. The meats weren’t as good as previous visits either. Overall very disappointed and probably won’t be returning.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great tasting food all around! Will be going back again soon!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Disorganized. Cluttered. Cooked food came out cold; beer was not cold enough. Only half the restaurant was being seated but that was still too difficult for the front of the house staff to take care of.
  38. A

    Alex

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Food was good although the rib was fattier than usual. I felt that once they brought the food, the wait staff were in a hurry to get rid of me.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    El lugar muy sucio y desolado parace abandonado h al fondo ya estaban unas mesas habilitadas. La comida y servicio bueno.
  40. JD

    JohnreyD

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall experienced was good. The service was excellent, the place was good and the wait time wasn’t too long. The only thing I didn’t like was the uncooked rice that was served, the rest of the food was great.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gyu-Kaku - Downtown San Diego is rated 4.4 stars by 131 OpenTable diners.

Gyu-Kaku - Downtown San Diego does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Gyu-Kaku - Downtown San Diego

801 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 11:30 am–6:30 pm Daily 8:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Barbecue

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine

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