Gyu-Kaku - Honolulu, HI | Kapiolani

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$30 and under
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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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CV
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a good experience.

n
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this here! Always delicious and always so much food!

OT
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Usually we really enjoy this restaurant. This time it seems all the portions are getting smaller. We ordered the sukiyaki bi bim bap and although there was some sizzle the rice never got the crispy crust. It stayed soft and was kind of saucy. The waiter hardly checked on us and did not replace the grill once which is ALWAYS done whenever we dine here. All in all it was just ok.

R
Hawaii
62 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The all-you-can-eat menu is a good value. It would be a great value if you could get everything unlimited but certain meats are limited to one serving per person. The quality of food is better than their newest competition in the yakiniku restaurant genre. The service is also good, friendly and quick. We enjoy dining at Gyu-Kaku but it is not an everyday place because of the cost.

MS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love going to Gyu-Kaku. Super friendly and helpful staff. Wish some of their deal combinations made more sense or had a better selection. My fav is the bacon wrapped enoki mushrooms.

R
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Specifically, everything about Gyu-Kaku I love. The food is delish and the service is great. Service is brought with smiles. I love Gyu-Kaku!!

s
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I always love eating here and enjoying their happy hour. I’ve notice the prices of the food go up and also portions get smaller. The bathroom looks very ghetto and needs to try to upkeep them.

J
Hawaii
78 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Hours are the best and it seems to cover more hours. Lots of specials, bonuses and discounts. Fun place to drink, laugh and eat with friends and family.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Host Was not friendly and didn’t smile

S
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nami was great! Sauce ramekins, dishes & menus were low/missing since it was a holiday but replaced quickly. Food came out fast no long waiting from between ordering &receiving our food

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time for myself, husband & sister-in-law. I personally enjoyed it so much. Food & service was awesome. Can't wait to do it again.

BK
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cullen was an awesome server! Thank you!

CK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Menu had changed a little so we tried something new and were very pleased

OT
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was quick. Quality of the food was quite good. The selection of drinks completed the meal. We had a very nice family dinner where everyone could find something on the menu that they liked.

o
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

good food but very loud place. glad we could make a reservation for a group

KP
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

While our table server was great (actually he saved the experience from being a one-star), the host and other servers left a lot to be desired. The seat where my son was sitting was dirty and he was so crammed that he couldn’t put his feet down. They didn’t offer to clean the seat (my husband ended up doing it) and gave us the “we’re expecting a full house” line when we asked about splitting our party into two tables. Of course, the table right behind us stayed empty for our entire meal so they could have accommodated us. When my husband went to the front to talk to the hostess, she passed by several times without even acknowledging him. Saving grace was the food was good, our waiter was super helpful and they called us a cab for our party of 7. So thanks for that.

l
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service, big menus, lots to choose from. Very reasonable prices

CG
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere. The bar areas with Andy Kimura is the best.

J
Hawaii
78 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun place to discover new dishes, cuts of meats and drinks. Great service. Lots of cook your own foods and already prepared plates, too. Free validated parking in their building.

AO
Hawaii
25 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We always love coming to this location. We've had our server on several occasions and he's always great!

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the all you can eat deal and we ordered lots of food. All was very tasty and good.

R
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beef tongue our favorite, excellent service! All Staff are excellent! Thank you

JW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food very good. Would definitely go again as long as there are no more than 4 people to a booth. Fun way to dine. Appreciated the recommendation by waiter to order 4 portions (2 sets) plus any ala carte add-ons for the 6 of us. I would never go if more than 4 people are squeezed into a booth. We fit into the booth, but the table didn't fit all of the food so had to scramble to combine plates/cook to make space, and with only one grill, it's hard for six people to reach into the grill, so those in the middle are so busy, it's tough to eat/relax. One grill for six also makes it tough to cook fast enough to feed six people quickly enough. Standard included dessert of s'mores is fun but most opted out/would have been nice if there were other options/or none were offered.

h
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food and service was very good. It was our first time there. I’m assuming it’s an elderly restaurant because cleanliness / maintenance has not been a priority . The tables & menus have a scummy or oily touch to it. I’m assuming because of all the oil from cooking your own meal everyday . The bathroom & hallway to this area needs attention. The base boards are black. I think a little Clorox will wipe that out.
If you can eat through all that ..... the food & service is very good. The Restaurant Week offer & Happy Hour is worth its price .

a
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Although the parking was ample, I found the restaurant to be very dimly lit. While dining, I noticed a big black moth flying around and a male server was able to catch it and dispose of it. Another male server ran away from the moth. At another table near where I was sitting, a termite was flying around the light above that table. The food portions were a little less than I had expected although it was Happy Hour. I liked the Pina Colada and my dining partner commented that her Margarita did not taste right. The server offered to replace it but my dining partner declined the offer. The 2nd Margarita was okay.

NN
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience all around. Great service, value and food.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great for a later lunch! The waitress Tiana was great, and food came quick! Definitely recommend going there.

RY
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had to wait a little for table, but we were about 20 minutes early for our reservation. The waitress took great care of us. Food was awesome as usual.

J
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was really good. Got all our food really fast and our waiter was super friendly. Love coming here.

JO
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great fun! Strongly recommended!

m
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mom there for her birthday. The waitstaff were very attentive to our needs and the food and was very delicious. We decided to make it our spot every time we go to Oahu.

MS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nami was a great server and attentive to our table despite a busy evening. Food was good.

F
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Second time there. The staff was very accommodating and the service was excellent

D
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food, service, and ambience! Will be back!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food as always! The atmosphere is always fun as well

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

6 of us had the all you can eat lunch. The booth was a bit small for our party, but it worked. There was a good selection and we all went home stuffed for a good price!

G
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service. Food was yummy. Atmosphere great. Definitely a good place to eat!

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and service.
Not the cleanest spotless dining experience, but not horrible.

KB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fabulous restaurant & dining experience! Everyone was so friendly, helpful & attentive. The food was incredible & very affordable for lunch!

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Out of Coke, waiter didn’t let me know until I told him he didn’t bring my drink, and then he didn’t take it off bill. Food took a long time to come even though it was lunchtime and very slow.

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