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About Gyu-Kaku - Pasadena

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Pasadena, CA is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in Los Angeles! Located right where all the action is in Downtown Pasadena, you'll be thankful you made a reservation! 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.

70 West Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Barbecue

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Everyday 11:30am–5pm (last call)


Dinner:
Mon-Thurs: 5pm–11pm (last call)
Fri-Sat: 5pm–12am (last call)
Sun: 5pm–11:00pm (last call)

Happy Hour

Monday All Day Long

Everyday 11:30AM–6:30PM

Tue–Thu: 8:30PM–11PM last call

Fri & Sat: 9:30PM–12AM last call

Sun: 8:30PM–11PM last call

Cross Street:
De Lacey

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(626) 405-4842

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

Parking Details:
VALET AVAILABLE: $7 with validation, $10 without.
PUBLIC PARKING AVAILABLE: The closest parking structure is location on DeLacey. The first ninety (90) minutes are free and then it costs $2 for each thirty (30) minutes thereafter with a $6 maximum.

Street parking is also available, though limited.

Executive Chef:
YOU!!

Private Party Facilities:
Your party is our party. If we can assist you in any way to host a large party or special occasion dinner, please let us know. We offer custom-made prix fixe menus as well as tailored seating arrangements to best suit your needs.

Private Party Contact:
James Kim, General Manager: (866) 596-1674

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Gyu-Kaku - Pasadena Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (20)
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Good for a Date (12)
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Good for Birthdays (12)
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Special Occasion (11)
Great Beer (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Authentic (6)
Cozy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Healthy (3)
Romantic (3)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and experience.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing. Truly amazing. I love the food AND THE PEOPLE HERE ITS GREAT YES YES YES YES.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Nice food & good service. We kind of sad that you took bacon wraps asparagus out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were on vacation and looking for a fun place for dinner. My kids had not tried Japanese BBQ before. They loved it. The service was exceptional and the food was great. I can definitely recommend this place.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A meal at Gyu-Kaku is always a lively event. I was disappointed that although I indicated in my Open Table reservation that it was my daughter’s birthday, no acknowledgement was made. Other than that, the meal was great & my family had a wonderful time.

Tags: Healthy, People Watching, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent meal

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

All was ok until it was time to pay..i had an open tablen card and reservation number, but they could not used it

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

This location was our annual get together restaurant. We decided next year to go someplace else.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

You can bring your kids here. I wish this was part of their marketing strategy, there needs to be more places for families in Pasadena.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our waitress Angela was so sweet! I love how great her customer service was. Everyone there was so nice. I would recommend this place to everyone I know. I use to live in Japan and they had a Gyu-Kaku out there and this place was spot on!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The customer service was amazing. The food was overall great. Would definitely come back to the establishment. My server Adam was great as well.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great environment great food And great service overall super satisfied

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Good food, authentic and a good value, but noisy and a little run down.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Josh the manager at this particular location in Pasadena is fantastic.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The music was way too loud. We had to ask the waiter to turn it down a bit as the speaker was right overhead our table. It gave me a headache half way through our dinner. If not for the music, we had a wonderful meal..... quality, awesome food and great service!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great experience and super quality food. I am coming back again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was good but the waitress got changed and the new one never came by. I will go back next time when I am in the area.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Denmark)·Dined on November 11, 2017

David was a great waiter - helpful and attentive.
Great food & service!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The bathroom was DISGUSTINGLY DIRTY!!!!!!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had a great date night with awesome food, delicious drinks and the perfect atmosphere. Will definitely go back soon!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Healthy, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Bathroom is DISGUSTINGLY DIRTY!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

this is my fave Gyu in the whole country, and I've been to at least 10 across the states! Even across the sea in Hawaii!

Tags: Great Beer, Quick Bite, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Very good deal for lunch special. Will come back!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food was very good but small portions for the price. The staff were very attentive without being obnoxious. Overall a very good experience but just rather expensive for the amount of food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We Took our daughter out to her requested restaurant for her birthday dinner. She asked our servers ( who were very attentive) if they had tables with more grills for a group this size as that was what she experienced at other Gyu Kaku restaurants, and they said they did not. It made it hard for us to Grill more than 1 thing at a time. That meant I ate my mushrooms and then had my rib eye. I thought the garlic dishes I tried we’re very flavorful ( garlic mushrooms, rib eye,mahi mahi) as was the spring roll appetizer. We all enjoyed the s’mores for dessert.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent food. Good ambiance. Worth the money. Service is quick and efficient.

Tags: Fun, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Spicy, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent meal!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great for Happy Hour and groups

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Everything was salty. All u can eat is not worth it Used to enjoy this place but recipes changed to make patrons drink more beer

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food is delicious here but it can get pretty loud

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

It was a regular visit to the Pasadena location of the chain. Overall a great experience but felt a little neglected by the staff this time around. Our grill seemed to be lower in temperature than usual and wasn’t cooking the food right but couldn’t get anyone to fix it properly. Still, wasn’t a bad meal.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Love the place! Great tasting food and friendly helpful staff!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

We made reservations for 9:15, we checked in at 9 and we were not seated until 930. We were unable to enjoy our stay due to the party that we were seated across from us. We didn't receive the same service as previous visits and I believe it was due to the party they were attending.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Albert, Frantz, and Be Be provided us with top-notch service! Thank you so much! The food was amazing. We got the meat lovers for two for $60 bucks. Way more food than two adults can consume at one sitting. Was a lot of food. The meats were seasoned so well and and the Japanese fried chicken tasted fantastic. The beef rice with onions is to die for! Can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fun, Romantic, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Disabled Access, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Good spot for a birthday. Not very kid friendly but teenagers do just fine.
We had a spectacular waiter and appreciate the attention to detail.
Food comes out fast and easy to prepare.
Good for groups of around 8.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The only complaint I have is; the wait staff messed up on our bill and caught us outside to come back in to correct it, we were told that the transaction was not void so it wouldn't affect our accounts. That was a lie. We had double the charge taken out of all three of our accounts, and now we have to wait 7-10 days for our account corrections. Not a good look for the establishment.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Happy Hour, Casual
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Adam our server was friendly, attentive and efficient. He did not fail to come back often enough to check how we were doing but not so often that it became annoying. Food quality was good, wished they put less cheese on my corn since it got too salty, otherwise everything was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We've been to Gyu-Kaku a few times for lunch and had good experiences for the most part. Our son came to visit and we wanted to take him for dinner, he'd never been before. First of all, I made a reservation via OpenTable and I mentioned it was a special occasion. We were sat in the back literally right next to a waiter's station—not conformable at all due to the constant foot traffic of waiters using the computer. Because it was a special occasion I went back to the front to ask for a different table, and the hostess just gave me a look like, "too bad, nothing I can do". If it was busy I'd understand, but I made a reservation and there were many tables still open. She finally, moved us reluctantly to another table in the back of the house. Unfortunately, the table we were moved to had a burner that never really got hot enough to cook our food well—in fact, it kept turning off until our waitress removed the outside "ring". Fortunately, the service ended up being ok; and the food, when it finally did cook, was ok too. All in all though, not the experience we were hoping to have as a family, especially when we spent as much as we did.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Kelly is amazing... i was so glad to see her as my waitress...

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

My friend & I love this place. This was probably around our 3rd or 4th time back & this time, we decided to give the 3 piece special for $14 a go with an order of the crunchy noodle bowl. We came in super hungry & left feeling very full. Our bill was only $30, which was a really good price for 2 hungry people. I always happily recommend this place to my friends :)

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