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Gyu-Kaku - San Diego, CA

4.5
4.5
992 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

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:30 pm Happy Hour Mon 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:30 am–6:30 pm Tue–Thu 8:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 8:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–6:00 pm Sun 8:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 693-3790
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    You are the Chef!
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Gyu-Kaku - San Diego can accommodate all your special event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator : (844) 322-6140
  • Neighborhood
    Scripps Ranch
  • Cross street
    Mira Mesa East
  • Parking details
    Ample Mall Parking Provided
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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What 992 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 all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

992 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Valentines course menu. Food overall was good. Didn’t get our soup but not a big deal. The dessert was listed as chocolate fondue but it was chocolate pieces in milk I think and we heated it on grill I disposable aluminum cup. Essentially made cocoa not fondue and mold on one strawberry a turnoff. Server was very nice on a very busy night.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. We ordered from their special Valentine’s Day menu and it was a ton of food for a good price.

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  3. LoveSteak

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The serving staff was very efficient and kind. The food was great. Would definitely come back!

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  4. StevenH

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I dined in a number of Japanese restaurants and this by far is really good. The service was superb and the the price for the meat sets is a fair price. The sets that serve for 2 people can actually serve 3-4. I couldn't finish everything with my gf. This place is a must go if you like to grill your own meats at the table.

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  5. YoFoodie

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time back since covid hit last year. Really happy the quality of the meats are still good. Service was good too. The only bummer was that they were out of some beverages and desserts but being that this was the first day they reopened for indoor dining, we totally understood.😊

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  6. LMBaltimore

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    it has been a while since the pandemic that we can go back to Gyu KaKu. My reservation was at 8.30 pm, but was not seated until 8.45 pm. The food was good. Hope to have the dine-in soon.

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  7. Hide

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had dinner on the patio.  Service, food, wine, beer, Everything was very good. Especially the "Harami" and wine are very satisfying. The patio was comfortable with heating. You can talk quietly without the traffic of nearby cars. We will go there again.

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  8. JoeyT84

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and good service. Will be back.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, just outdoor dining due to corona. And not that many people.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went with my boyfriend for my birthday and booked through OpenTable, I did select “birthday” occasion on the app, but the restaurant must not have noticed that so there was nothing special about the dinner. Great service and they were able to seat us sooner than our reservation.

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  11. MaryA

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, amazing food!! Seemed very Covid safe.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved it the food was great and service amazing

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  13. JoshuaD

    Oklahoma City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ready for these pandemic related restrictions to end but nevertheless the food was amazing and service was phenomenal. Can’t wait to go back without the restrictions.

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  14. MaryA

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food here is off the charts good! Employees all super friendly and helpful. Our families favorite restaurant in San Diego.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience as always!!!

    1 person found this helpful

  16. AkiSD

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Showed up for reservation and was seated right away. There was a lot of distance between tables so social distancing was amazing. My waiter was perfect. Came when I needed him but didn’t bother us too much, only when we needed him. I ordered the chefs special set. Everything was delicious, except for the broccoli and cheese and also the pork belly was super thin like I have never seen before, and I have been here many times and ordered the same thing. They don’t leave the bottles of sauces on the table anymore because of COVID, instead they put the sauces in little plastic containers which make it difficult to use, no big deal but they should use small dishes instead. Overall everything was great and I highly recommend coming here. You will feel comfortable by the atmosphere and the distance between tables, the value is great, and the food delicious.

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  17. CarlyL

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food was amazing and the service was awesome thanks to Seth! :)

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  18. glennandnellm

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food and service as usual.

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  19. TamN

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Im very happy they opened. but everything is not yet the same. Menus are limited and the garlic noodles is not the same. they used different garlic and it all came out very dry. other than that, It was close enough to the real thing. although I could have gone to Hmart and it woulda turned out better.

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  20. KurtK

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good service. They were busy so they did have a difficult time keeping the tables and restrooms clean. Food was very good and the mix was great.

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  21. ChrystolK

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing as usual. It never disappoints. Our favorite is the Harami Miso, the gyu tan, and the Kalbi Boneless ribs along with the Gyu Kanu Salad. The Mega Size Sapporo draft beer is a nice happy hour special!

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  22. JackieD

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is amazing! I love everything about this restaurant! We had a wonderful birthday dinner and it was so fresh! Our servers were so nice and accommodating and all the food and drinks were great!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ate from the all you can eat menu, everything was very delicious. My favorite was the harami steak, the Rib eye and the garlic new York steak. For sides the bibimbap is a must.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I have my random days where I just feel like eating Japanese BBQ and I just so happen to always come here, the staffs are very friendly and alert. Making a reservation is recommended because wait times can go up to a few hours! You get quality meat, and you don’t leave smelling like bbq! Meat lovers is the perfect meal for 2 or even 3 people.

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  25. KWNavydoc

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Eating with all three sons at once. Which is a rarity.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Seemed short on workers, but food was great!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Best service I’ve ever gotten there yet out of 4 to 5 times I’ve been there in the last month and a half

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  28. ShaneP

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    This place has just lost it for me. I used to like it a lot more. Now it just seems to be disappointing when I go there. My friends love it so it is probably just me. I am not going back.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food & service was great but they’re still always the confusion by the host when you have reservations at 7:30 and don’t get seated until 7:50 but yet they seat people that didn’t have reservations before us..last time the same thing happened about three weeks ago had reservations for 5 for 4 people and a party of 6 walked up didn’t have a reservation they were in a hurry told the host they’ll eat quick and got sat down before us

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    tasty seasoned meat so well I never need extra sauce!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing quality with a unique dining experience. Better than expected!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow service from Seth was FANTASTIC. Thank you for making it a great birthday escape. The Harami meat was amazing

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  33. Brian

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this location! They always have great customer service and do their best to get us seated right away. We go here at least once a month and would definitely recommend it for some hungry meat eaters!

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  34. MichelleM

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always what we expect here. We love gyu the servers are friendly and we LOVE the food 😍

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious! Be busy so service is a bit slow.

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  37. DamienA

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Started a little slow with service and orders coming to the table after ordering but picked up towards the end. Server was nice and attentive. Food was great so my only complaint would be the speed of the food coming out.

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  38. UnsatisfiedFoodie

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Unfortunately there were major delays even with a reservation. It took 15 mins past the reservation time; when finally seated it took 10 mins to get drinks ordered, another 10 mins to get the drinks then another 15 to even get an order taken. For a place where you make your own food; it took 20 mins to get the food to even cook and 15 mins to get rice to eat with the meat. The quality of food is okay but it definitely seems as though something has changed and the service was horrible.

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  39. ReverendBrocktune

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You guys are always friendly, courteous, and welcoming. The food is always bomb. Love the beer towers! We will be back again, and again, and again!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty, juicy and tender meat , also a good service

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Gyu-Kaku - San Diego, CA using the Order Online button. Gyu-Kaku - San Diego, CA also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Gyu-Kaku - San Diego, CA also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 693-3790.

Gyu-Kaku - San Diego, CA is rated 4.5 stars by 992 OpenTable diners.

Gyu-Kaku - San Diego, CA 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

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Gyu-Kaku - San Diego, CA

9844 Hibert St, Suite G-1, San Diego, CA 92131

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Mira Mesa East
  • Neighborhood
    Scripps Ranch
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:30 pm Happy Hour Mon 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:30 am–6:30 pm Tue–Thu 8:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 8:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–6:00 pm Sun 8:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Ample Mall Parking Provided
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    You are the Chef!
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (858) 693-3790
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Gyu-Kaku - San Diego can accommodate all your special event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator : (844) 322-6140
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