Gyu-kaku - Downtown San Diego

4.6
33 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Spending time with Friends and Family is what Gyu-Kaku is all about. Gyu-Kaku offers the fun of "Shared Plates"

We want our food dining experience to inspire laughter, conversation, and amazing times! You can't help it - with a personal grill installed at every table, everyone instantly becomes an expert cook. Our friendly staff aspires to lead guests through the dining experience with helpful suggestions. The sounds around you are of parties and laughter - the PERFECT choice for first dates, families, and catching up with friends.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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4.3
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a reservation here for Mother’s Day lunch and it was PHENOMENAL. They had a Mother’s Day special where for 2 people for $90 or $100(depending on which one you picked) and you got a whole assortment of veggies, beef and chicken. This was my first time at a Japanese BBQ where you get to grill the food at your table and it was a 10/10 experience. Everything was delicious and the service was wonderful. Everyone was so nice and patient and explained how long to cook the meat ideally for and answer any questions. Don’t hesitate to eat here !

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vipTravelista
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Took my mom down for an early Mother’s Day. Happy to find a location downtown. I could tell they were understaffed due to covid. Our servers were super nice. Shinji, the manager brought the Japanese hospitality to our table. He was Super nice and he gave us a complimentary green tea. The restaurant needed more help for the hours around dinner time. Food was just the right amount for three people. We ordered a Ninja combination. Had there been more help, the cleanliness of the store could have been better (bathroom) and bussing of tables. Still, we received all our items in a timely manner and the food quality was great. Will be back! The sauces and food were super delicious and came with a big bowl of rice.

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JohnnyL
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fun and amazing bbq. Safety protocol followed and the place was very clean. I’ve eaten at a lot of Asian BBQ places with the family but we now have a new favorite place. Highly recommended!

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vipPCHEESE
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Procedures unfamiliar to new diners; no serious effort to properly orient newcomers so that they might fully enter into the experience of dining here. Server, behind mask, spoke so rapidly "explaining" things that we couldn't follow her; when asked to speak more slowly and distinctly, she apologized, then proceeded to repeat her original incomprehensible spiel at the same rate. Wine was priced by glass and bottle, with one bottle worth three glasses. Unfortunately the single glass pour was so stingy as to be a total rip-off.

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vipSoph
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO GOOOOOODDD!!!!! Can't wait to come back for happy hour!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was good but not great.

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Clao
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent first time there, we loved it

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and service!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. VERY RECOMMENDED!!

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vipGary
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The waiter was great but then he got busy. Not sure how they get away with it but they advertise Happy Hour but when we arrived we were told they don’t have it really. Waiter said he is not sure why all of the menus and marketing say that they have though. So, that was a bummer. Ordered $12 wine and glass was disgustingly dirty. My favorite is the Yaki Shabu but it was super fatty and inedible. Many requests were not available. Just an overall sad experience.

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ErikaH
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was amazing enjoyed a wonderful dinner many thanks

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service. Ordered the Ninja meal and it came with a ton of food

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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nnbg
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great waiter/waitress, COVID-19 safety protocol was in place. Enjoyed very much.
We chose a course meal for two. Amount of food was so much that 3 of us could not finish everything.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating on the sidewalk next to homeless harassing you for money is right on par for California. Such a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Always consistent. Service was great. In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic era dining, everyone was professional, courteous, and clean. The food more importantly was the bomb.

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DesireeE
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

There’s no heater outside. It was freezing. Their heater broke down

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience3

My boyfriend and I came to this restaurant on Valentine's Day. We waited a bit for a table since we came early to our reservation. Everything was clean and the host was very nice.
HOWEVER that's as good as it got. Our waitress was drunk. And im not talking tipsy, I am saying DRUNK. She fell on our table, then later fell into another table. She only asked my boyfriend if he'd like another drink and would ignore me lol. She also didnt make a lot of sense when she spoke and would forget. This girl didnt look that old and she was literally hammered. At the end of the night we tried paying with cash and they didnt accept cash. Ok... I used my card the total was around $119, and then i left a $20 tip in cash, because thats what i had. Just got charged $150. Im guessing they didnt just throw that $20 away right? So you're telling me I paid $170? I definitely didnt get that worth of food. So, drunk waitress, and extra charges? No thanks, avoid this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

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vipBallplayersd
San Diego
56 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Dining outside in gaslamp is not always the bet due to the number of homeless in the area. Otherwise a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Mediocre over priced

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Shane
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside on a lovely, sunny autumn day (Thanksgiving). We ordered a la carte, and we had food coming and coming. Probably 15 different dishes? Everything was delicious and tasty (the white rice served its purpose). I can't say anything bad except the food just comes when it's ready, so if you want it coursed then order at separate times.

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OpenTable Diner
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinaria experiencia de cocinar toda tu carne

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vipOmarH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food. Everything we ordered was great. The Harami Steak is the best.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great! Service was good as well. This was our first time there and will be coming back for sure!

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EricB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the experience made it worth the cost. Will come back here.

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vipBrianL
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What a great experience. First time at a Japanese BBQ. Me and my friend didn’t know what to expect. But the food and service was really great. Jazzlyn was super helpful in explaining the menu since it’s quite overwhelming. We definitely ordered way to much, but that just means leftovers for me today.

I will say, it was quite loud, and combined with the music and the staff wearing masking and shields (Covid safety!) it was really hard to hear everything. But overall 5/5. Must try!

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Erica
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our waitress was so friendly and on point. They are very safe with practicing covid guidelines and I felt very comfortable eating there. Will return soon.

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EdithG
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Anniversary celebration. Food was quite pricey for the amount. Love the table grill set up.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and we love everything about it.

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vipBrianL
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New restaurant, just opened! Food and service was amazing! Grill your own BBQ meats restaurant. Definitely good for groups or special occasion. Will be back soon! Thanks again.

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Gyu-kaku - Downtown San Diego is rated 4.6 stars by 33 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.