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About Gyu-Kaku - Kapiolani

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.

1221 Kapiolani Blvd # 105
Honolulu, HI 96814
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Mon: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Tues: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Wed: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Thurs: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Fri: 11:30AM – 11:30PM
Sat: 11:30AM – 11:30PM
Sun: 11:30AM – 10:30PM


HAPPY HOUR
Monday: All Day Long

EARLY HAPPY HOUR
Everyday 11:30AM–6:30PM

LATE HAPPY HOUR
Sun–Thu 8:30PM–10:30PM last call
Fri & Sat: 8:30PM–11:30PM last call

Cross Street:
Pensacola Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(808) 589-2989

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

Parking Details:
Free with validation. Free street parking is also available after 6:30pm along Kapiolani Blvd.

Executive Chef:
You!

Private Party Facilities:
We can accommodate your party of up to 20 people. Contact us for more details.

Private Party Contact:
Todd Nakamura, Manager: (808) 589-2989

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Gyu-Kaku - Kapiolani Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.7

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4.5

value

4.5

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for a Date (8)
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Good for Birthdays (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Authentic (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Romantic (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Cozy (1)
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Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent service!

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We go to Gyu-Kaku a lot, in fact, we'd go more often if it wasn't so crowded! We like the ambiance, decor, and food. Happy hour is great! Cheap, delicious drinks. Food a little on the expensive side, but really delicious.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Food and service was great!
Our server ‘Rodney’ (I think was) was totally AWESOME very nice and on it. Had a great time, will definitely go back again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was my uncle's first visit to Gyu-kaku & we wanted him to experience the AYCE dining because he can EAT! He really enjoyed it so we were all very happy to start the New Year right. We go with the middle range AYCE menu. Joe was a great server who always checked on us & kept our orders coming.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our server Grace was wonderful. It was our first time there and she was helpful and took wonderful care of us. Service and friendliness are definitely core values that they hold onto. Would recommend Gyu-Kaku everyday of the week and twice on Sunday!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We really enjoyed the all-you-can-eat option. We tried the middle priced AYCE & Dylan was a great server. Even with challenging customers on the table next to us, he kept this cool & gave great service thru the meal. Props to him! We also like their app where you earn points for dining.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Service was great

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great atmosphere, delicious food, and attentive service. I love coming in and sharing the dining experience with friends and family visiting.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 20, 2017

My recent trip was for my birthday with my husband. I made a reservation about two weeks ahead of time, in case it was busy during the week, and I'm glad I did! We arrived on time for the reservation but it still took about 20 minutes to seat us, which was pretty disappointing. I took my sister and her husband when they came to visit recently and we had the same wait time without a reservation. The food was excellent, as usual. I wasn't a huge fan of our waitress but she seemed a little busy so I don't think it was anything more than a little stress. Overall, I'd suggest anyone to come here. It is a fun dinner experience with all-you-can-eat dinner options that start at $30 ($35 on Friday & Saturday). They also have hot sake, which is always a good thing!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The vegetarian bibimbap did not have much vegetables and the one with the beef did not have much beef in it. So it would be hard to recommend vegetarians or vegans to the restaurant. Our server Ai- was excellent and so was the Apple Saketini.
The dinner for 2 at $60 was worth the price.
I think it’s a fun place for young people and young families.

Tags: Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This is our second time visiting Gyu-Kaku and we really enjoyed it. Our waitress is very attentative and nice. Will certainly return.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was amazing as always! We did one of the All-you-can-eat menus. Our server was so informative and helped us out when we got indecisive. The only issues: There was a little bit of a delay getting our table even with the reservation. Also, 2 employees kept trying to get us to leave even though we were still under the 90 minute time limit.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We ended up with a large party of 10 and we had two waiters that were fantastic! Food was excellent and a good time was had by all.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was pretty busy on Saturday night so our server was busy tying to accommodate all of the tables. We had enough time to eat and get full and she let us stay a little longer because the service was slow. Overall, it was really nice to have reservations and be seated very fast.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had thanksgiving dinner here, something my fam usually does because we’re Asian and not real big on turkey. I also like a lot of meat variety. The $40 all you can eat menu was great, lots of quality choices. Our server Joe was very attentive and helpful. Service is a big deal for me, having come from a fam of restaurant operators, and I’d be more than happy to have Joe at one of our restaurants. Polished about 25 plates of main dishes plus about 10 starters, a few veggies, 5 desserts and a pitcher of beer. We def got our moneys worth, plus no thxgiving prep or cleanup! Make sure to download their app if you dine there often for the free food. Wife kicking me bc I forgot to scan my receipt so didn’t get the $140 worth of points. Oh well, another excuse to go back again soon.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I liked the opentable reservation. When we arrived it took about 10 minutes for our table to be ready on a busy Saturday night. Food was excellent.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 31, 2017

MY FAVORITE PLACE! I will return over and over! A good go to spot when you want a lengthy date night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Casual, Romantic, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good experience cooking on a grill. Food tasted good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Will be visiting again for sure
Filet Mignon, Kal bi, Kauai Garlic shrimp

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Ordered the meat lovers, a pitcher of beer, a cocktail, and a side of liver for $80. Great price and service

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fun, People Watching, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Late night happy hour starts at 8:30pm. This Gyu-Kaku has a a few different items on the menu from the other locations.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 2, 2017

People are friendly and service is great! Really attentive and the make sure you're having a super time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food is excellent and the service is fantastic!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Came to celebrate a birthday with some good friends. Didn't mention the occasion to the staff, so didn't expect anything. The service was very punctual, with frequent check backs and requests were answered quickly (like changing the grill, etc). It was a busy time, so the attention to our table was even more appreciated.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Excellent food and service- every time! We have never had a bad experience eating here!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I enjoyed the experience more than I thought I would. I cook a lot at home so the idea of cooking my own food whrn going stills baffles me. However, I enjoyed most aspects. We were never instructed on how to control the heat, and didn't know where the control was at first, so our flame got a little out of control at one point. Once we figured it out it was fine. I would go again for the Lychee Splash. Great drink.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The overall experience was a good one. A La Carte items were a little steep and the portions seemed a bit small, but the choices are great and the quality of the meat and veggies are nice. The service felt rushed and our server needed a break because she was running around all over the place and apologizing constantly. Food came out quickly and the overall experience was fun

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Our server was the best! Made sure we got everything we wanted. She was really nice and quick.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Placed a reservation days in advance but still didn't manage to get in the restaurant 20 past the reserve time. The meat that was served looked like scraps in the way that they were cut and plated. Granted it was late in the night, I expected more for paying the price we did. Not to mention it was for my brother's graduation and early mother's day get together. Server seemed to be the only one working; kitchen staff did not exist that night.

Tags: Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Always enjoy the food here. Service is great very attentive to customers!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 25, 2017

I bought my friends to celebrate there belated birthday for dinner,we loved all the food we ordered Fr all you can eat $45 pp. our server was awesome & everyone wer nice .

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 20, 2017

The restaurant was very busy, but all waitresses were very friendly.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Great for grandson to be able to help with the cooking. Loved the food.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Every time we make reservations, we end up waiting about 20-45 minutes after our reservation time. This has happened about 5 times. The excuse is always because they're busy. If they're busy every night, Gyukaku should adjust its procedures for accommodating reservations within a reasonable time. Service once we are seated is always good though.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 6, 2017

During my dining there were 3 cockroachs on my table, one was even on my plate..... I think the place is old and not clean enough!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Great food and excellent service!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 24, 2017

The number one thing I noticed was the great customer service. Our server was amazing. I think his name was Irie? He made my boyfriend and I feel comfortable. He had some great jokes too! We decided to try the Ultimate All-You-Can-Eat (AYCE) which is $45 per person. A wide variety of items to choose from. He told us his favorite item on the menu so we could try it out. The only problem I have is the price of the AYCE. The rule is we can order an unlimited amount of appetizers, but we can only order two types of meat per person. The amount of meat given to us is small compared to other AYCE places. If the server is busy, we cannot order more meat within the time limit to make it worth the price. In all, Gyu-kaku could either increase the amount of meat on the plate or reduce the price of the Ultimate AYCE to $35 per person and the Premium AYCE to $25 per person. Honestly, I would go back for the Ultimate AYCE if the price was $35 per person.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 17, 2017

We love gyukaku! Great selections of grill items and staff are awesome and friendly.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Food was good. Good quality beef. But hard to find your waiter after you ordered.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Seems like our service could have been so much better. Most other people were getting pretty good service. Our personal waiter was not friendly, and wasn't prompt at all. Maybe he was having a hard day.

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