Gyu-Kaku - Kapiolani

4.6
566 reviews
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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ on Kapiolani is the ideal spot for an amazing experience! A 10-minute drive from Waikiki and the next block of Ala Moana Shopping Center, Gyu-Kaku is all about fun and food.

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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New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was a touch too salty, but the service was great and it was a good value.

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MT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was good, our waiter helped with serving sizes to order and choices, which turned out to be perfect! Little noisy, though...little hard to have conversation. Other than that, it was a fun experience!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and all of the food tasted great too!

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the staff were friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed alll of the items recommended.

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J
Hawaii
58 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like that they have special seasonal and consistent standard fare. The seasonal bone broth was hot and full of ingredients. The okonomiyaki was thick and happily covered in sweet sauce. Its fun to cook at the table. I like their apple saketini, too.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The soundtrack was boys to men and Whitney Houston. I was relieved temporarily when a single Tupac track played. However when I “axed” the waitress she said the music is the current managers preference

I will not dine there again if slim shady is the dj

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good and good

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CK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome value and great service, as usual -- will definitely return!

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CA
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation but still had to wait about an hour and a half! No one checked up on us so we had to check back in and ask for the status of our table, after that the host apologized and got us in with the next available table. We were a little upset but our server Maui was very kind and made our dining experience so much better! Thank you Maui!

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BV
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good, service was even better. I didn’t realize they renovated the place. Much more spacious now.

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Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick service and our server was super attentive and accommodating!

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Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service tho what I ordered sukiyaki beef meal had no taste whatsoever had to ask for sauce on the side. Friends enjoyed their meal

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go to yakiniku restaurant. One of my all time favorites. From the front staff, to servers, and bussers, service is ALWAYS on it. High quality meats. Ambiance can get loud, but it makes for a nice first date spot.

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TT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What I love the most are the employees.
They very friendly,polite and young and energetic.
The food are very delicious and fresh.
Please, keep up the good work and thank you very much.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for BBQ. Workers are attentive and take care

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TO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a affordable price. The staff is amazing and so is the atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the staff was very friendly, attentive and helpful! The vegetables tasted great and so did the marinate for the meats.

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FA
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yooo the music selection was popping that night, & the food was sooooo GOOOD! Everything about gyu-kaku that night was awesome! My 6th yrs anniversary was well spent! Service was awesome, I forgot my servers name but he was on it. Thank you again, will come back soon!

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AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Three of our group of 5 seniors arrived a little early for our 5pm reservation, so we started with some appetizers and a pitcher of beer. Was pleasantly surprised at the tangy sauce served with the calamari appetizer! It is a keeper! Our server (Tien) was very accommodating and we really appreciated that! She promptly brought the AYCE menu when we inquired about it (we initially had the Happy Hour menus). All of the other servers that came by were also very fast and efficient. Keep up your great service!

Really enjoyed the special meat dish that came in a cup (boneless kalbi?). This is definitely another keeper! Our group will definitely be back in the near future. DoCoMo Arigatoo gozaimashita!

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LD
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We made a reservation because we once came but couldn't get in due to how full the restaurant was. We got a table that was off to the corner, which made getting the attention of the server a bit difficult. But we were able to get our food in a timely manner, got out at a good time too. The service could have been better for a Monday night, but it was sufficient.

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MK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love going to Gyu-Kaku even after they change from wood charcoal to electric. The price seems a little higher than what I recalled a few months back. The AYCE definitely went up. Not really an option for me after the new price tag. Other than that, the staff were great. Food was great.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

We order ramen for lunch and the ramen wsa the one we always cook at home...(xxx noodle company)
The price was $9.00,but you can get around $3.00 at the store...

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SS
Hawaii
167 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I guess we went at an odd time between lunch & dinner because service was really bad at 430pm. Until the dinner server took over (Nami is awesome) we had a hard time ordering meat for our AYCE or even getting drink refills. None of the lunch servers would make eye contact or even check on us because they seemed to just want to leave. Disappointing as this was our favorite location. I don't advise coming early, wait until after 530pm if you want decent service.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oustanding service from start to finish!!!

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J
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

They originally sat us in a small space for 7 people but quickly fixed it, which was superb. Their menu changed along with their pricing, so not as reasonable as it used to be. The food was still delicious but Alex our server was awesome, he made the experience worthwhile. He was very attentive and the food was excellent.

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Denver
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

I purchased a $100 Open Table gift certificate to Gyu-Kaku about 7 months ago, and finally was able to use it with my father since I was in Honolulu for a visit. It was our first time there, and our overall dining experience was ok (food quality, service, ambiance). The negative review is for how we were treated after attempting to use the gift certificate at the end of our meal. We were told by the wait staff that there was a problem and after contacting Open Table, we were told that our gift certificate balance was zero, even though we had never been to the restaurant and never used the gift certificate before. My credit card had been charged, but when I tried contacting Open Table and Gyu-Kaku to find out what happened, I have received no response. I strongly advise against purchasing a gift certificate to Gyu-Kaku or any restaurant through Open Table, since your credit card will be charged and the certificate will be of no value. I will never return to a Gyu-Kaku restaurant.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Polite considerate customer service! I'd love to revisit this restaurant

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AM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cullen was amazing! Make sure you tried the dry age kalbi.

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L
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Gyu-Kaku has always been one of my personal favorite restaurants, and I am happy to see that it has continued it's good food and service.

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GT
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food that you cook yourself.

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MA
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really nice to revisit Gyu kaku . Its been a while, but I really enjoyed my meal. Especially on a busy Christmas night. First seating is always the best.

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DL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service was excellent.

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OT
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good! One of my go to spots!

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LL
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Like the changes to the menu. Happy hour prices were great!

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

We liked our experience at gyu kaku a lot
however we are sad that they no longer serve mustard with their delicious sausages

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Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

They changed menu, so our favorite menu was gone. It was very sad. I guess the price is little going up, but service and taste were good as always.

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KF
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our servers name was Nami and she was excellent! I used to manage a restaurant and worked at several and she is outstanding! If you get her you are lucky!!

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating and service was great!

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