Gyu-Kaku - Philadelphia, PA

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$30 and under
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Japanese
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Philadelphia is the ideal spot for an amazing experience!

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great!!!

f
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

There are so many excellent restaurants in Philadelphia. Sadly, this wasn't one of them. The meat marinades were unexceptional, tasting for the most part like out of the bottle sauces. The quality of the salmon was quite good, though again, the marinade tasted like bottled hoisin sauce. The broccoli was waterlogged and tasted of nothing but sprinkled lemon pepper topping. In terms of atmosphere, the lighting casts a harsh spotlight on each table. The waiter needed to be asked to wipe the table between dinner and dessert. The dessert (a fried banana pastry) was dry and (again) uninspired. A fun concept, but the execution is very disappointing.

LK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had dinner few times in NY location and was expecting same from Philly. Unfortunately cut of meat was inconsistent. It was small and large pieces on the same plate. Some slices had mostly fat on it and some cuts were very chewy. Waitress never asked if we know concept of the restaurant or offer any help with selection. Bathroom stole did not had toilet paper and it is no garbage can next to the sinks.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a nice dinner with my 17yr old cousin for his birthday! It was fun cooking the food and experiencing dinner at a new restaurant in a new way!

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

food was great but service was very slow and server appeared very uninterested in attending us even though there wasn't any issues or problems. also, the appearance of the restaurant looked very worn down and depressing. the interior needs to be remodeled. also the grills appeared warped and old and the burner kept turning off. i've been to several Gyu-Kaku's around the country and even Japan and this is the worst one I've been to. we still love GK, but please improve this location or we'll just head into one of the NYC locations which is about the same distance as your Philadelphia location. maybe GK could consider opening one at King of Prussia where there are more nicer shopping centers and more modern and cleaner. good luck!

VJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service was horrible and people who came after us got served the same food before us. Waiter disappeared

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

In need of a serious cleaning. Cobwebs hung above us as we ate

T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed this restaurant! The food was great, atmosphere was calm and welcoming, and we really enjoyed ourselves.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

r
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More than enough food for everyone to be satisfied. Order the ‘hapPy hour’, with some extras fed 3ppl.

JJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The service left a lot to be desired initially as when we arrived, the shifts were changing and they asked us to wait at the bar till 5:00pm when the waiters would be ready. Mind you we arrived at 4:20. They didn't say "hey complimentary drink on the house" or anything. It was Friday so they were handing out checks (an argument between a waiter and possible manager occurred also SMH) Needless to say, we waited till 5:00 and were seated. The food was great, Japanese fried chicken and the shrimp garlic noodles were amazing. The meat selections were great as well. I would arrive after five or far before as a suggestion.

AP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Got sick and didn’t make it to my concert after this meal! Will never be back

SO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, the food was delicious and we had an amazing time. Thank you for the experience.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The only issue with the restaurant is no matter if you are on time for your reservation or not they will always make you wait or tell you they’re not ready to sit you for about 5 minutes. This has literally occurred each of the 4 times I have been there - the tables are all made and they have plenty of open tables so it’s head scratching behavior. Every other part of the meal is great. Will definitely go back in the future again.

HK
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Love it. Been here a few times but this time both my girlfriend and I got extreme food posioning which is upsetting considering we ordered a good $$ for food but will always hope for a better visit in the future.

MJ
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good and flavorful. Server was prompt and knowlegable of the menu. Would definetely recommend!

J
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

It was fun good experience again but this issue was the food the 1st time there I was so full 2nd time this experience was I left still was hungry and I ordered extra meat I felt like I could of ate a burger just dissatisfied after this experience the waiter was awesome but there’s no air in there .... and the grill was half broken the waiter told us that the owner refused to fix anything in the building just very disappointed for 90$ spent

LG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They have a large menu and very reasonable prices. Their happy hour time span and prices are really great. The food is good.

MK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit. Food was delicious and we got plenty for 2 people for a good value while still feeling satisfied. Friendly service all around. Lots of fun to cook on the grill. Will come back!

S
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was excellent, explained the menu clearly. I absolutely loved the food!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Perfect place to get together with friends! It is a little pricey, but worth every penny!

GE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dinner experience, service and price and food AMAZING

AB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to eat and good food. The service was great and everyone was very polite.

c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went for lunch and they have happy hour prices on some of their top meats and appetizers. Delicious meal for a great price.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Disappointed some menu items were not available and no notice was given prior.

M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid choice for a little Asian BBQ. Really good food for the buck

VJ
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just too hot on hot days. It was 90 degrees and no air was on. But other than that always a great time.

KW
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent the food was good the service was good. It was really hot in there it could be because it was hot outside but it didn't seem to have any a/c there. I would like to see other options in the first two packages for couples like chicken or seafood it was only beef lol but overall a great experience. We will be back

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, amazing cooking your own food

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The grill doesn’t work very well.

JX
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food are OK, service is good; we had some issues with our table that the grill doesn't heat up initially; took several tries for it to work properly.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Love this place!

DY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!
Great service!

GH
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Be prepared to take your time! This experience is not for those in a hurry. My first time here was a rushed experience. My fault! So I tried again and was ABSOLUTELY impressed!! I ate everything in front of me and I’m a PICKY eater. Our grill wasn’t cooperating with us but that was a minor setback. Accept your waiter’s recommendations but ask questions!! Order extra veggies (the asparagus was divine!!) as the combos are meat heavy. Ambiance is fun but not very private. We will definitely be back!

JK
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience2

They need to refurbish their place... Their furniture was very torn on most chairs but friendly environment

JZ
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The booth seat space for legs are incredibly small, I’m 5’4 and my legs are dying in there. Overall the food are good, but AC seems not very powerful, especially for a bbq house.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Absolutely the worst Gyu Kaku location I have ever been to. The food was absolutely disgusting and almost inedible. The restaurant itself smells likes a landfill upon entering. The kitchen staff was lazy and slow and I could see them using their cell phones while my poor overworked waiter kept having to remind them to fill our order. We waited over 40 minutes to receive raw meat that we are cooking ourselves. I will be filing a formal complaint with corporate as the manager here was useless. Look at the difference in the same order of meat, one being old and one looking new and fresh.

AJ
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovedddddd this place. Our waitress LYDIA was so nice

JL
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place for its all you can eat, specials, lunch menu, and everything . It’s so delicious. Fun to do and good for any type of occasion!!!

LA
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We came here for my dad’s birthday and it was pretty awful. We had an 8pm reservation which they called at 7:40 to confirm. We arrived on time and then waited 20-25 minutes to get seated for some reason. The restaurant was half empty at this time.
During this time we order a pitcher of beer from the bar and were served with HOT beer glasses. I’m glad they’re washing them, but nobody likes hot beer.
After being seated in the back room for larger parties, it took another 20-25 minutes to be greeted by our waitress, only after asking the busboy to grab someone for us did she come over. The air conditioning was not working so we sweated through our meal.
We ordered the premium for all five of us. The food was overall fine, except they ran out of shrimp and sent out frozen spring rolls. The server was nice, but painfully slow and forgetful. We had to ask three times for napkins and she never initiated having us order or clearing plates (there’s always so many plates at BBQ). We kept asking to have the air turned on as it was so uncomfortable in the back room, especially compared to the rest of the restaurant which was much cooler. We have had some prior much better experiences here, but this time was pretty bad. I had to coax my husband away from trying to speak with a manager during our meal.