Gyu-Kaku - Oakland

4.3
63 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.

*18% gratuity automatically added for parties of 6 or more

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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Jeff
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

An OK meal, nothing special. Meats came out before we were done with the appetizers; an avalanche of plates. Service was perfunctory.

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Stine
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Server was nice but he was like gone all the time lol could not find someone to replace grill, or get the check….but overall pretty good

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Henry
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

I'm really excited about this restaurant being in my neighborhood. The food is creative, delicious, and a fun cost. The menu is very affordable in my opinion and good for groups. We had some service trouble - delays, a wrong order, and confusion about cost - but they were very attentive and comped us on our check. I will definitely come back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Portions were smaller than normal, Danae (our server) ignored us, messed up our order, kitchen staff were slow to send food out. Temperatures were NOT taken, even though there was a sign that said that they would take temperatures, I saw staff without their masks on. The food tasted good, but everything else made the experience not worth repeating.

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vipOaktownEater
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

So sad. Seems Covid has really done a number on this location. In the past, I would have given them 5 stars all around. But this past visit was beyond lacking. Walking in, you could feel the sticky floors on your shoes. The service was super slow. Ordered a hot tea for grandma and her tea did not come til after all our drinks arrived. Reason was they tea machine was still making tea. Then as we waited for our food. They forgot to give us our miso soup. As the meal progressed and they had to change our grill, they took the dirty grill away. But then we had to wait for a new one, since there weren't any clean grills to replace the dirty one. Meaning we had raw meat sitting at our table while we waited for a new grill to be cleaned. Then as the meal ended, we realized we were missing an item. Along with the fact, it took forever to get our smores dessert. I do have to say, the manager did try to rectify by giving us a discount for the problems that occurred. I do feel for them, since he said all his workers were new and still learning the ropes. Sad to say that it's not like it should be. Yes, workers may be new, but it's up to the management to keep on top of things. Making sure new workers don't linger around doing nothing and making sure the establishment is covid super clean. There is no reason for sticky floors.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

It was just horror and disappointment. I’ve been in different locations in LA area and northern California, even worked at Gyu-kaku Sherman Oaks for a short time and I was so surprised the quality of service here was so poor. May be poor training programs? I can go on to the details but not sure worth my time. Anyhow, it just shows the management here is very, very weak... To bad.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating home ownership

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
256 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was my 2nd visit and I learned to sit sideways, made everything better with my legs, but a bit awkward. Host person told me ALL the tables were the same, NOT made for tall people. Had the Prime Kalbi and Shrimp Garlic Noodles with extra Shrimp, and the Nigori Sake for desert. Ivy was very knowledgeable about the menu, explained a lot of stuff for my next visit.

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
372 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat in Oakland. Second time in a week my mother and I dined here. Server dude Kai took care of us every well. Happy Hour prices are deals. Sadly a large visiting family from out of state was dining across the aisle and both of their rental SUVs parked directly across from Gyu-Kaku on 8th Street were smashed/grabbed all their possessions/cash while they were eating. So please secure all your belongings if you do drive to Gyu-Kaku because unfortunately it is still OAKLAND……

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
373 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us thoroughly enjoyed a happy hour feast and beef loving party. Very reasonable and great service by Micheala. Guy-Kaku in Oakland Is the place to hangout with friends and family for this Alamedan!!

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Quin
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become one of my favorite Korean BBQ spots in the Bay! All the cuts of meats were very flavorful and well marinated. The server gave us the times on how long to cook the meats for and was very nice and accommodating. The small plates we tried were so good! Tuna Poke Nachos, the corn cheese, and believe it or not, the garlic shio cabbage! Everything we had there was really good and we can't wait to go back and try more!

The best part is that there are also options for courses. My friend and I chose the meat lovers course and it was so filling!

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Brigettepauline
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great! Seated right away. Parking available on the street along with a $10 parking lot across the street.

The only thing I did not like were the floor under my side of the table hadn’t been cleaned so my shoes were sticky after leaving.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
256 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

T'was my first visit and if you LOVE Garlic you should try this place. Started with the Shrimp Garlic Noodles and Garlic Rice Bibimbap (garlic Heaven). Cooked the Kobe Style Kalbi Shortrib meat, with Hot Sake. Nick was my server and you could tell he was new, but willing. The only Major problem was... I am 74 inches tall with a size 13 foot and the table setup left me with my right leg folded cause there is NO room under the table.

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Mali
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was awesome! We are adding this to our weekly date night rotation, first time there and it wasn’t disappointing. The meats and marinades are delicious, it’s definitely a good value at $90 for 2 people.

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vipmemphis89
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

terrible service..staff should be better trained.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great, food was great, super flavorful. My new favorite go to spot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here and its a great little spot for Japanese BBQ. Good experience, service was great, food came out quick but just wished there was more portion of each meat. Always ate at the san mateo location but still good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was slow and a few of our orders were forgotten. When there were less customers, our server was able to check in on us more, but the kitchen was still very slow. We ended up leaving without some of the food we ordered because we needed to leave. All of the food that we did eat were delicious though.

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vipAnnie
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The meat wasn’t as good as the ones we had in Honolulu.

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
373 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nelly, our favorite server, took care of us on her last day at Gyu-Kaku…….everything was fantastic as usual, but she will be missed!! Gyu-Kaku is my joint to unwind and entertain and enjoy Japanese beer and sakes. Great deals during Happy Hour too!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Decided to take a friend for his birthday and first experience: MAJOR FAIL!! Our waiter seemed to not want to service our table which resulted in other waiters taking care of our needs. We watched people who were seated after us receive their food and get excellent service. Tonight also the alcoholic drinks were terrible, the pot stickers were overcooked and our meats weren’t cut too well. We didn’t receive many items we ordered. We visit the restaurant frequently and this was the worst. I could tell my friend was disappointed. This birthday dinner was a major fail. Let me not forget when we told the manager, he listened and simply walked away. Calvin, the waiter was a Godsend because he stepped in and took care of us.

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
373 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at Gyu-Kaku again with my 97 year old Japanese mom. Really love this place!! Feel very safe to bring her here during Covid. Downtown Oakland location is convenient to Alameda and plenty of street parking in the late afternoon. Before 5, it’s Happy Hour!! The $60 HH course for two is plenty filling plus sake and beer are also discounted……can’t ask for more than that these days!! And service is consistently outstanding, last night youngsters Jonathan and Nelly took care of us like veteran professionals. Hats off to the back of the house, as a veteran yakiniku fan, all the meat cuts and marination were of superb quality and taste. Already made my next Gyu-Kaku reservation!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Nice and clean ambience. Weeknight 7:30 pm reservation. Not busy night. We were seated at our table immediately. Since my son has been to other locations so he knew what to order. We got our foods within 20 minutes of arrival. We missed 3 dishes, told the waitress, she said all dishes have been out. Luckily, all the emptied plates were still at our table. She went to double check. A man came (? Supervisor?) He said, The kitchen staff made a mistake our dishes are coming right out, and it did. We think our dishes got sent to the wrong table (because they tried to send other table dishes to our table when we first got in). Food overall were very fresh. Gave only 4 stars because everything’s were too sweet for our taste; from the cocktails to the marinated meat to the dipping sauce, but our teenager boy loves it. We would come back with our son.
My favorites: cucumber, chicken garlic rice & noodle, hanger steak beef, fatty Nora beef, and thin sliced tongue
No: cabbage salad, some marinated meats

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food here is always amazing. The service was definitely better during my first visit however. Smooth reservation and seating process. The restaurant wasn’t too crowded but we had a longer than usual wait. They were all out of an appetizer and drink i ordered but they did accommodate a substitution for us on the menu which we appreciated. Once they started bringing out the food though, it took them a while to realize they didn’t bring out the remainder of our order. My guess is our original server was on break or finished for the day. After we got the remainder of our meats, nobody checked in or offered us water refills. We had to remind them for our dessert course after we got the check.

All in all the food was amazing, the harami steak in the pot was our favorite! The brisket and galbi were on point! Will come back but I hope the communication between staff is better next time.

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
373 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us…….Seriously enjoyed a great Happy Hour dinner Friday evening. We ordered the Yakiniku Course for four and drank a pitcher of Sapporo, a Large Hot Sake, and a bottle of Pinot Noir, all at HH prices. Our server Micheala was still a trainee but she she sure didn’t show it and really took care us very well. Added some Beef Tongue and Prime Kalbi and we walked out stuffed. Gyu-Kaku is a fantastic joint to get together with family and friends. Very convenient downtown Oakland location if you live in the East Bay. And the youthful and energetic staff always seem motivated and upbeat. Can’t go wrong with that!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was simply wonderful.
This is our new favorite spot now.

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EvelynY
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and dining experience. Will recommend to friends

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Amgoakland
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and ambience. Really enjoyed the dine in experience. Unfortunately I wasn’t that great at cooking the meat, though no fault of the restaurant

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
373 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the two of us on a Happy Hour Friday!! What a feast you get for the set course for two….only $60!! Plus a pitcher of ice cold Sapporo and a Jumbo Hot Sake. Added the beef tongue with green onions and nappa Kimchee to complete a fun night. Nelly, our charming sever, was very impressive and professional…..all the meats she brought us were superb in quality.. I really like this joint, lot of youth and energy working as a team in the right direction. And a highly convenient downtown OAKLAND location for Uber drop off and pick up. Can’t go wrong with Gyu-Kaku, strongly recommend from a meat-eater that’s dined at hundreds of yakiniku table BBQ during his lifetime!!

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vipSidneyM
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy the Chef's Favorite fixed-price menu. Lots of meat and interesting salads. The lichee sakatini drinks are always a treat. Service is earnest, but sometimes things are forgotten, which is understandable with so many moving parts. For example, the server forgot to fire up our grill and to bring the salad that accompanies one of the beef dishes.

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brianw
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Had a reservation but it took about 15 minutes to be seated. Very noisy. Might be good for groups, but not date night.

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vipLeca
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really good restaurant! Too crowded for a post-COVID ambiance but the service was great. Could improve the cleaning department but overall, an enjoyable experience. Would come back.

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SorachaN
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The meat lover set is good for people that are new to Gyukaku as you can try varies meat and dishes for a decent price. Overall, the meat was decent and a little too salty for our taste. The quality of the meat was not that good. I would like to try other appetizers next time I come.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Rice was uncooked. Meat quality poor. Just overall pretty bad experience compared to the other Gyu Gakus in the area

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
373 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve dined at many, many Gyu-Kaku’s, most recently the Honolulu Waikiki store . This new joint is an outstanding addition to the Oakland downtown area. Three of us shared the Ninja course priced at $110. It’s a good deal and pretty much everything is included yakiniku wise except for Kimchee and beef tongue which we ordered separately. A bottle of Hatsumago junmai cold sake matched the various cuts of premium meats, mostly beef, brought to our table by Keviin AKA Kai which we then grilled ourselves right on the table. What a fantastic concept !! I must stay Kevin was on his A game…..everything came out on schedule at the right time even though it was a busy Father’s Day dinner. Great food, great service, great location!! Gyu-Kaku Oakland is a winner for family and friends who want to get together after the long lockdown.

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PamS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Service was quite slow at our visit, but we could tell they were understaffed and the servers that were there were working very hard. Food was good- think more waitstaff are needed though!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess and waitresses were super sweet! The food also came out at a great pace and everything was delicious!

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Alice
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I didn’t know that if I late 15 mins you guys would cancel my reservation and no one let me know this earlier.

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ValerieL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun tabletop grill restaurant. Food was really good and service was excellent. Our party particularly enjoyed the addictive cucumbers which are served in a sweet chili sauce, volcano appetizer (tuna sashimi served over sticks of deep-fried rice), octopus balls, and self-grill shrimp and duck breast. Our server was attentive despite them being busy, which was especially appreciated since we ordered off the a la carte menu one course at a time. She was also very nice, as was the host. We went for an early Saturday dinner during happy hour and it ran about $110 for three with cocktails. Casual atmosphere in downtown Oakland. Easy paid street parking. Would definitely go back.

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You can order delivery directly from Gyu-Kaku - Oakland using the Order Online button. Gyu-Kaku - Oakland also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 361-0117.

Gyu-Kaku - Oakland is rated 4.3 stars by 63 OpenTable diners.

Gyu-Kaku - Oakland does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://gyukaku.securetree.com/.

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.