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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:
Lunch
Everyday: 11:30AM–3:30PM

Dinner
Sun–Thu: 3:30PM–10:30PM last call
Fri & Sat: 3:30PM–11:30PM last call

Happy Hour
Monday All Day Long
Lunch: Everyday 11:30AM–6:30PM
Dinner: 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/

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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4.4

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4.3

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fun (5)
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Happy Hour (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Casual (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Authentic (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined on November 12, 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 November 1, 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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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Good experience cooking on a grill. Food tasted good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 27, 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 3, 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 3, 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 20, 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 7, 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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·Dined on July 23, 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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 25, 2017

I had one of the best eating experiences ever at Gyu-Kaku Kapoilani. The staff was friendly and helpful especially since that was my first time there. I did not know what to order so our server brought out a few of their most popular items to grill. Definitely will go back to eat there in the future.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 25, 2017

I went here for the all you can eat. The restaurant was pretty backed up with all you can eat orders around the time of our reservation (6:30pm) so there was a slightly long wait for food. However the service was great. Our waiter was very nice and helpful.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Very very awesome

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Love the SAKETINI!! Wide variety of other mixed drinks, too! There is beer, also. Love that the filet mignon and shrimp we order, no matter how we cook it, always tastes great. There is validated parking in their building if street parking is tight. Servers, host and managers are so warm and professional. Notice a lot of steady workers here as I recognize a lot of them from previous visits. Fun desserts, although I prefer another SAKETINI for MY dessert!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Great food and comfortable close knit environment. Would love to come back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fun, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 30, 2017

We always come here when we're in Honolulu and always try something new. The Garlic Noodles is one of our favorites along with the King Kalbi Short Ribs. Our server was really good on checking on us and asking if we needed anything and then promptly bringing out our food.

Tags: Romantic, Outstanding Value, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Spicy, Fun, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Great dinner

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 28, 2017

I adore this place ever since a friend brought me here over a year ago. Any time we need a date night or a place to impress friends we bring them here.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Our server, Rodney, was great! Definitely coming back again!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 24, 2017

The manager here was really sweet. We had a problem with one of our foods so he came over and apologized and then paid for our drinks and gave my kid a large free scoop of ice cream. We didn't expect any of that. Ambience is great and the service was awesome as usual. The best part has to be their customer service. Everyone clears the tables and helps each other out with taking orders, and are very accommodating.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Sports, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Tapas, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Our reservations were for 630 and that's when happy hour ended but we were still offered happy hour prices! 😁

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 20, 2017

I think tge restaurant needs more bathrooms stalls.

Tags: Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 16, 2017

Always love the food. Fresh. Great workers and service is good. Not a huge fan of some of the seating at the Kapiolani Location. (Shared bench seating with table behind or next to you.
But still well worth the drive into town and again, food is so good 🤙🏽

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Happy Hour, Fun, Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Extensive menu. Fun to grill your own food.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 14, 2017

We had a very nice experience. It's been a long time since I was there last. We arrived a little earlier than our reservations but they were nice to seat us before our reservation time. The only thing that was a little disappointing was the timing of my musubi. I wish that came out sooner so I could have enjoyed it along with the meats but other than that my bf & I enjoyed ourselves. Mahalo!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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