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Gyu-Kaku - Oakland, Oakland, CA

Gyu-Kaku - Oakland

4.5
4.5
199 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:30 am–8:45 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 11:30 am–5:30 pm Daily 8:30 pm–8:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (510) 361-0117
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    You are the Chef!
  • Catering
    Please call us for catering options at 510.361.0117
  • Private party facilities
    Please call us for private events at 510.361.0117
  • Neighborhood
    Oakland
  • Cross street
    8th Street on the corner of 8th and Broadway
  • Parking details
    Free street parking available after 6PM
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 199 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Japanese

199 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Coming from someone who used to be a server, this was just all bad. Had a reservation, waited 30 minutes for server to take our order, it took asking 3 different servers over the course of 20 minutes to get a refill, kept making eye contact with manager who just ignored us and leisurely wiped down menus, and it seemed like they were giving their attention to the larger parties. Be prepared to fight for your life trying to flag someone down and put in a request for something as simple as a straw. It’s like we would ask for something and the server would just disappear or clock out? Food was good, but the poor service definitely ruined the experience… I noticed dinner crew was a lot more on top of their tables, thus we were willing to give our tip to them, but by then, there wasn’t much that could be salvaged. If you wanna try this out, do yourself a favor and just drive out to San Jose or Cupertino.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and great service. We already have a scheduled reservation coming up and most likely end up with AYCE.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    went in with a reservation, but they were booked up and had to wait. they bought us sake to make up for the wait. they were super nice and friendly. the food was delicious!

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  4. Miguel

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The wait staff are clearly overwhelmed: there aren't enough waiters properly to serve the volume of customers. Accordingly, I highly suggest avoiding the AYCE menu: the waiters don't have to capacity to check in often enough to make this worthwhile. Also, I highly suggest that the manager refrain from interacting with the customers. He has VERY little tact insisting to his waitstaff within our earshot that the staff encourage us to leave ASAP. The manager even had the gall to come to our table personally to inform us that we had reached our time limit and couldn't order anything further. He was rude and didn't stick around long enough for us to respond. What's worse is that he shortchanged us 25 minutes of ordering time because we sat at our table unattended to for that long because there weren't enough wait staff to help us. Do yourself a favor and go to the SF or LA locations instead, both of which have a better customer service approach.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding from start to finish. Service was great. Staff was great. Will definitely be back when I’m back in Oakland.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    booked a 4:15 reservation, we were seated and ignored. it order was taken around 4:30. at 4:50, the person who took out order came to our table and asked us if we ordered yet. after 45 minutes, we still had not had a bite of anything and apparently our order was never out in. we left.

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  7. PamelaG

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service and fun dining experience that we’ll do again.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Know what you want and go a la carte. If you don’t know then get caught slippin and get a bunch of things that you will be on the fence about. Wagyu, short ribs, skirt steak, New York cut, toro are the beef choices. Shrimp with all the marinades were proper. Volcano fried rice tuna app was legit too. Don’t sleep on the bibimap bowls. Sake to wash it down. You are welcome.

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  9. priskillerz

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I really enjoyed this place! I've been here twice in the last two weeks. Although the portions of the meat are smaller, I personally believe that they have better quality meat. The downfall of this place is that the service can be a little slow. My sister and I were the first one to arrive when they opened and it took some time to get someone's attention when we were ready to order more plates. Overall, I'd come back here.

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  10. Kmaivo

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service at this Oakland location! We got the AYCE and it was great!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s just a good time, would definitely recommend for a date night.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food ingredients are top notch. Our server Ryan was phenomenal. Was a fabulous experience and will be coming back in 7 days.

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  13. Eater

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We ordered the restaurant week lunch menu for $25, and everything was spot on and delicious. Will definitely be back as the portions are generous and service is excellent

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  14. RNPSF

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service - the team at Guy-Kaku in Oakland set's a new standard for quality food and service in a fun ambiance. The meats and vegetables are top notch - kudos Gyu-Kaku Oakland!

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  15. Samee2

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We got the smallest bundle and it was just the right amount of food for 2 ppl. The meat was decent quality and perfect smallish portions. The lighting is very bright and bit of a diner feel. It would be better if they dimmed the lights a bit.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s our second time here and we loved it the same! Luckily Jules was our server again. She’s why we came back! She’s pleasant and have broad knowledge of the meat served here. We also liked that there are many different cuts of beef to choose from. Our favorites were the Harami skirt steak and the Bistro Hanger. The cubed A5 is very good too! We will sure come back and may try the 10 person semi private at the Southeast corner of the restaurant.

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  17. Juani

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Extremely expensive for what it offers. Honestly food was not that good and the restaurant is not so fancy or good looking for the prices they manage. Food was average, the waitress was very kind and friendly but i will never pay that amount again for such poor lunch/experience.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great I just wished there were more drink options!

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  19. Hugo

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been a few times to Gyu-Kaku, here in Oakland and in LA a few years ago; great experience at both locations. The food is delicious, service was friendly and efficient, though a tad slow to start as they were short-staffed, understandable. Only small caveat to me is that it's a tad pricey for what it is. We took a plate of their A5 wagyu, which is as expensive as 1 person for their premium all-you-can-eat and it was good, but not fantastic, as I would expect for that kind of beef. Again, great overall!!

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  20. ChloeR

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An awesome place for a special occasion! They went above and beyond for my husband’s birthday :)

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Short staffed so food came out slow. Food was great and server was attentive and nice!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, service was moderate. Only complaint was that we were given dirty tongs with old noodles dried to the inside.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I always have a good time a gyu-kaku! The food is great the bistro hanger steak, New York strip, and spicy spork are some of my favorite meats to order.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was slow except when food came and then they bombarded us with plates leaving the table too crowded too really share items. We also said we were done with the meats and they left them on the table while they brought dessert. Overall though it was a fun experience and I recommend it.

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  25. Richerd

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a fun birthday there. Great meats to grill. Fun experience

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  26. Tobiah

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wait staff were friendly and accommodating. Order was taken expeditiously and served efficiently. Would definitely visit again!

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  27. RNPSF

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. If you like Japanese flavors, steak and vegetables, then this is the spot for you. Excellent marinates that enhance the flavor of the meat and also reasonably priced Wagyu. Similar to Korean BBQ but so much more flavorful and better. Guy Kaku in Oakland is excellent. A must try!

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  28. JayGanz

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Believe the negative reviews - service is sloooooow. The management responds to negative reviews on another platform, so they just don't seem to care. As we were seated, we were informed there were only 2 servers on duty - we should have taken the warning seriously and gone elsewhere. We went for lunch on a Sunday and ordered 6 proteins, a salad and some vegetables from the a la carte menu. The salad came at around the 30-minute mark and the first of the proteins showed up about 15 minutes later. We didn't have everything for well over an hour. A salad and a few small plates of raw meat - what exactly was the delay? There were only 9 tables and 30 people total. The two tables surrounding us ordered the all-you-can-eat menu. They waited even longer. One table was involved in a protracted discussion with their server and asked to speak to the manager. The manager never arrived but at one point they were told the kitchen was now fully staffed and things should improve. Not fully staffed until 2 pm on Sunday? AYCE will run you between $72 and $100/person including taxes and tip. Drinks are extra. The quality of the meat was reasonably good except for the spicy pork that was clearly past it s sell-by date. We sent it back and they removed it from the bill. Our server was super nice... I felt bad for him as the management seems to throw them under the bus by failing to properly staff the front and back of house.

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  29. StacyY

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Gyu-Kaku is one of our favorites and usually, everything goes smoothly. This time, however at check-in they couldn't find our reservation which I had made a few days prior on Opentable as we were dining on Mother's day. After a few rounds of confirming name, date, time etc. and then still not being able to locate it, our group of six was asked to step aside so that they could assist the next patron. I was beginning to get worried as other groups who did not have reservations were being told there was no availability. But we did so and I proceeded to pull up the confirmation email from OpenTable. When the hostess was available I showed her the confirmation and she again looked in their reservation system and finally located it and by this time the manager had come by. I don't know what the issue was as no explanation was given and we were shown to a table that was less than ideal as we had a baby with a stroller in our group and there were also no highchairs available. Glitches happen and I understand that but it just made the celebration start out awkwardly and some gesture of explanation or apology beyond the perfunctory would have been appreciated. Other than that, all else was as expected. Food was good, server was good.

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  30. Jacob

    Mayo

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had three people and a baby for the Mother's Day special. I felt like we could have used more space on the table as they brought by all the meats to be cooked as most of it was brought by before we could finish cooking the last bunch. The service was exceptional, and the food was delicious. I'll most likely going back

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are pretty regular in Gyu-kaku and the experience has always been good, josh (I think that was his name) was a great server and was always attentive if we needed anything, will definitely be back soon.

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  32. TomP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was very nice and informative. Food was plentiful and excellent! Definitely comin back.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Soooo good. Love coming here. We were on a low carb diet so it's always good to come back here and enjoy a meat dinner. Jayden is amazing and she was so sweet to us and all the people around us. I love that there are some pre determined options so it takes away the thinking for us. You can't sub anything out but that's fine! Totally a value deal!

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  34. RonB

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, within walking distance at the hotel we are staying at, Oakland Marriott. Enjoyed every bit of the food.

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  35. Stephyfish20

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always great and the service is good. The only issue we have is whenever we go here, they take at least 20+ minutes to get your first round of meat started. Apps/veggies/non-protein items come out fairly quick, but by the time your first round of meats come, you've already eaten those other items or they're cold. After that initial waiting period, orders go in and come out quick.

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  36. victorar

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible customer service, had reservations for restaurant week, upon arrival, the hostess tried placing us (party of two) in a four person booth tucked away in a hallway near the kitchen. I requested a different booth of equal size that was closer to other people dining in the restaurant and was denied although there were several open booths. Nice way to lose customers trying to stuff them into seats no one wants even when the restaurant was half empty. Was told I could get a different seat if I came back after two hours. Cancelled my reservation and will not be returning, had a great dinner at Yoshi’s instead with better ambiance, preferable seating, and customer service!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server forgot a couple of our starters but other than that the food was great. We got the “Chef’s Choice” and it came with pretty much everything such as beef, pork and shrimp.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great dining experience. We booked it at the last minute. The place was busy on this long weekend. They must had been short staffed, but our server was very cordial and professional. He took our orders and explained how things work. Although it took awhile for our food to arrive, but the taste and novelty of a Japanese BBQ was amazing. If it wasn’t for the long wait for food , we would have given it 5 stars!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good valentines

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My birthday is on Valentine’s Day and I was so excited about eating there. I’m worried that they don’t have all you can eat menu on a special day, so I called a day before and asked if they have all you eat menu, and they said yes. The day when we arrived there, the guy at the front desk said they don’t because it’s special day and they don’t offer all you can eat since we have more than six people. I confirmed the number of people as well in the phone before. And the guy at the front desk had such a bad attitude when he explained that to us. It wasted a lot of our time that day.

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FAQs

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 4.5 stars by 199 OpenTable diners.

Gyu-Kaku - Oakland does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Google Map for Gyu-Kaku - Oakland

459 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Additional information

  • Cross street
    8th Street on the corner of 8th and Broadway
  • Neighborhood
    Oakland
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:30 am–8:45 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 11:30 am–5:30 pm Daily 8:30 pm–8:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Free street parking available after 6PM
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    You are the Chef!
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (510) 361-0117
  • Catering
    Please call us for catering options at 510.361.0117
  • Private party facilities
    Please call us for private events at 510.361.0117
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