Gyu-Kaku - San Diego, CA

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$30 and under
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Japanese

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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in sunny San Diego, CA is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in Scripps Ranch! Conveniently located right off the 15 freeway by Edwards Mira Mesa Theatres and close to Ballast Point Brewing!

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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Christmas Eve with us at Gyu-Kaku with your friends and family! With a variety of meats, vegetables, and much more - Gyu-Kaku has something to please everyone!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Christmas with us at Gyu-Kaku with your friends and family! With a variety of meats, vegetables, and much more - Gyu-Kaku has something to please everyone!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate New Year's Eve with us at Gyu-Kaku with your friends and family! With a variety of meats, vegetables, and much more - Gyu-Kaku has something to please everyone!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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SB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Really fun place to come with friends!! Food was good, service was excellent!! Will come again!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the samurai. It was the perfect amount of food. Everything was delicious and our server was outstanding.

KW
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

End of week celebration

MC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the all you can eat . Great meal! Gey was our waiter . He was wonderful !

JD
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the service, loved the food. An outstanding experience!!!

m
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience

OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall Great food and service.

T
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food for the value but they ran out of steak and garlic.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has the most amazing food! I am a meat lover so being able to test the different kinds was awesome

ML
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Danphy or Daphny, the receipt had it spelled Danphy, was super sweet. She knew exactly what to recommend, was extremely courteous and very friendly, always smiling. Atmosphere during lunch was nice and calm, as well as fun, not as crazy as dinner time, that's for sure. Food was amazing except for the garlic noodles, which came with a different type of noodle due to a mistake in the kitchen. Our server told us they had ordered the wrong type so that was all they had that week. We'll definitely be back again!!

IS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our fried rice came out way too soon before we received our meat. By the time we cooked our meat our fried rice was already cold. Our waitress was nice, she seemed to be new. The food was excellent and cooking our own meat was fun! I plan to bring my Directors here for a team lunch in November.

V
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I've been eating here a lot, and it's usually consistent. However, this last time I went during lunch time when they just open was terrible. My soda was flat because the carbonation machine broke. The couple next to us who was seated a few minutes before us got their food right away, and we had to wait over 10 minutes before we get our food. The grill flame kept going out, so it never got hot enough. They served us day old rice. I can tell because was slight yellow and some of the rice was dry hard. I will go again. I hope that was just bad luck. Rice is cheap. Don't serve day old rice.

M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun place with enthusiastic servers. The options are so numerous.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lunch menu is a fantastic value and delicious!

CT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food has been consistently good. We were there on Saturday afternoon at 4:45 pm. When we sat down, the server told us that the 4 of the 7 or so beef from the all you can eat was out. In the future, I would recommend that this information is shared at the front so that we didn’t have to wait 15 minutes before we were served and informed to make a decision. At the same time the grill keeps turning off.

NL
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seating is tight, would like more room for our party of 6

JR
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Check in from Open Table does not mean much- we usually get seated after all others that have arrived are seated regardless of my reservation time. Food is always great, but then remember we cook it (he he) so it's up to you to cook it well.

K
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

It was an ok experience. The Kalbi was the best quality meat out of our entire order. The chicken and pork were ok, very basic. The fried garlic rice was really good. Not sure if it's something we'd do again soon since it's by reservations and we usually decide an hour before dinner that we're going out.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I brought my husband for his birthday dinner. He loved grilling his own Food in japan so I thought this would be the perfect spot. It really was great. The food tasted very good. We had the Samurai meal for 4 people. I would recommend this place to everyone.

RF
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fine except we have to wait 40 minutes even with the reservation...bummer

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great! Only bummer is the All you can eat rules! We had a party of 10, 5 kids and 5 adults. Adults wanted AYCE, Kidd’s would have been fine with meals( trust me the kids meal is enough for them). If they are scared of sharing with the kids.... lame. They actually lost money on us because of this stupid rule. I can see adults scamming, but stop offering a kids AYCE, they don’t eat that much.

PA
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations, wait time less then 5mins, service and food excellent.

AP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Made the reservation same day. Food & service were good.

TW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the music is always too loud, but that is minimal compared to the yummy food.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our son invited us as he had eaten there before. We got the least expensive all you can eat. Everything was delicious and we will definitely go back.

E
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They are very accommodating with special requests. Food is great! I wish they didn’t take out the wagyu beef from their menu though. Highly recommended for special ocassions!

LA
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

I have been going there for years. This is the first time I was disappointed with the service, with having a grill that don’t work, with very loud music that to the point I can’t hear my friend talking to me, sticky floor, just a horrible experience to bring a friend to celebrate her birthday I would not recommend it to anybody.

MF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Atmosphere for client meetings/ luncheon!

Happy hour is also amazing 👌

L
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

The weekend lunch menu changed and is not as good for f a value meal than their usual lunch menu. Other than that the food was good.

y
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The kobe beef was not as good as it should be but overall it's worth the buck.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the all you can eat options. Currently my favorite restaurant!

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love it. Great time always.

AQ
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome!!!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the service and the food. However, the pricing for all you can eat is expensive.

VF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I previously had been to the Gyu-Kaku in Montreal so was eager to try the one in San Diego. Glad there were a few changes to the menu and we enjoyed are meal very much. I will be eating at the Gyu in Cupertino, CA next month and definitely will be returning to the one in San Diego.

TT
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner as usual. Great balance of experience, taste, and value. Reservation is def recommended if you want to avoid a 3-4-hour wait on wkd nights.

ND
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This place used to be good. Has severely gone done hill. Won’t return

BB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

The first thing we noticed is that there was no music and all we could hear was people talking and it was annoying. I normally enjoy the ambiance and the food but it was packed so service was slow and all we heard was taltalk talk right next to us. Bring back the r&b music.

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