Gyu-Kaku - Pasadena, CA

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$30 and under
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Japanese
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.
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great time at Gyu-Kaku, food is always amazing.

NF
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My entire family loves this restaurant chain & the Pasadena location did not disappoint. As all the other locations, our server was WONDERFUL--so attentive, sweet, and fast. Although this is the largest of the chain we have tried, their table dividers really help to make it quieter and private. (The downside is finding parking--so we sprang for valet.) It is so popular that you need reservations--and you'll be cancelled if more than 15 minutes late. Although it is a table BBQ restaurant, do not miss their divine salads. We also like their gyoza & spring rolls. Be aware that when a dish is labelled "spicy" it's more than just a little spicy.

G
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

DineLA lunch was exceptional value

e
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Even though I did not get the best service on Monday, I will still recommend this place because the food is delicious. The waiter forgot different components of our order. I asked him was he too busy to which he replied "yes" Maybe the restaurant should book less folks? I ordered a bottle of sparkling wine and he placed it on the table without leaving ice or something to keep it cooled. I am not that picky but basic service is a part of the job. The hostess in front is very efficient and polite.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

it was great ! good food! nice servers!

BA
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to go eat. Awesome service and awesome food. I love the Napa kimchi.

CT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great tasting, big portion! dineLA menu was pretty good alongside their normal lunch specials. Delicious.

RS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service! prompt response and on professional courteous

C
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ADAM was an excellent and very cool
Server, he made sure our food cane out on time and always checking on us

j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always great food and service that is why we keep coming back

MP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food4service5ambience4

Still waited 45 minutes even with reservations with two hungry little kids. When I asked how much longer the wait will be, the only response was that they had large parties that went over their time. Doesn’t make sense

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, our server was awesome he made the experience even better

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All good and delicious
just over salted for me

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Adam was a great server.

EA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love this restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went during happy hour. Good food, ambiance, service. would return

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Server made a mistake with our food; food was extremely slow to come out; some classic items weren't available, but food is great and I would still return.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

literal fire. that’s all you need to know. best kbbq around hands down

j
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming here for years. I love this place. Cel rating an anniversary and it couldn’t of been better.

m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Dirty tables, dirty seats, dirty sauce containers. So dirty that everywhere was sticky. Will never go again.

MH
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nephew and niece birthday

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and friendly staff

OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had the set grilled lunch and it was fantastic! We were so full that we couldn't move! Delicious food! Service was great! Thank you so much!

KS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality of meat and vegetables. So much fun to cook with friends - an interactive and unusual meal!

a
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had reservations and had to wait less than 5 minutes. After ordering service was pretty quick and all food was brought out quickly. Waitress came to check on us a couple of times. Definitely will be going back.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far my favorite location. I love the ambiance.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food is always great.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

My reservation was at 915 and I did not get seated until 10. During this entire time I asked the host 4 times about our reservation yet they had us continue to wait as 8 parties were seated before us.

Terrible service by the host staff

SS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our families most requested place to eat!

CA
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Metered street parking. Also if you have the app, use it for discounts.

f
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A fun place for lunch or dinner with friends. Very meat-centric menu for grilling, but there are some vegan friendly options if you ask. Great drink specials. The hot and spicy coleslaw is amazing!

M
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager was great.
The server was the best we've ever had.

DS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was looking forward to trying this restaurant unfortunately the customer service was very poor three people upfront all lacking good customer service the young man at least greeted us but the young ladies were absolutely awful at first they said 15 minute wait then 30min went across the street great service great customer service and good food. Canceled the reservation on my phone maybe another day if someone actually is welcoming to your customers and greats with a smile will give it another try.

MH
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my dear friend kids for their birthday dinner it was the first time for them and they really enjoyed it. The girls had fun cooking their own meat and they loved the s’mores. Service was great

s
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMMMAAAAAZZZIIIIIIIINGGGG AS ALWAYSSS ♡ best staff ever ♡

NM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always. Warm and friendly staff with amazing food.

OT
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My daughters 20th Birthday

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt service. Both waiters were very attentive. Food looked and tasted delicious. Didn’t really have to ask for much of anything extra. Everything was great. Thank you Gyu-Kaku 😊

a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was superior. Our waiter Nick was amazing.

AH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The meats RE are a bit at the salty site. Great that drinks and cocktails are good!

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