Gyu-Kaku - San Diego, CA

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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.
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San Diego
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s dinner and everything was wonderful. The food and service was superb. Looking forward to returning.

AM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a double bday coming this week and had an early family celebration. No happy bday was said (which is kind of fine) but we also waited over 25mins to be seated (from the time or reservation (arrived prior to it)). The fire turned off constantly but we learned how to turn it back on pretty fast. So every 3-4 mins we had to make sure that the fire didn’t go off which is not fun when you cook your food over fire... we asked for assistance but were told just to turn it back on... The food was delicious as always, the server was great, so the overall 4 only bcs of the wait and the fire (empty gas balloon?).

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New place had to try it out had heard good things about it

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

My son was home on leave from the Marines and we took him out to dinner for his last night with us. I had made reservations in advance for dinner. We were seated had a shareable table with a low partition separating us from the other table next to us. I asked for something more intimate and was told nothing was available. We were seated at a table you would give someone that had just walked in, not someone who made a reservation in advance. Upon sitting down, we had noticed our cooking tongs were dirty with dried food on them. (This actually has happened to us before). The kitchen was backed up so waited a long time to receive our food. In addition to being backed up, we asked for at several items just to be told you were completely out of! No compensation, no manager to come by, nothing. I asked for water to drink, the first one, had floating back stuff in it and the second the cup was dirty. The overall experience that night was ZERO stars. We all had the ultimate all you can eat and needless to say was not worth the money. I don’t know how you stay in business with rude greeters, dirty silverware and glassware, and run out of every item we asked for. Not to my surprise our waiter informed us that this happens all the time due to ordering issues. Completely dissatisfied with the whole situation. We will never go back!!!!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Its always amazing, never dissapoints. TINA made the night even better. Amazing service and attitude. Always great being sat in her area.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always. The menus changed a little from the last time we were here. The garlic fried rice is excellent. Our waitress did an awesome job.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son’s birthday

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is very good! We usually get the supreme all you can eat. The variety of meats and sides is great!

CS
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We brought some friends who had never been there. We ordered the Samurai special for 4 people. Everything was delicious except for the beef sushi that was over rice. The meat was too thick and too tough. Would recommend something more thinly sliced...and a better cut of meat. Other than that, the experience was great and our server was wonderful.

A
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we came here for a good meal and Gyu Kaku made it! though the traffic from UTC area to there would be a nightmare during dinner time. our server was excellent and she took good care of us. the meat, I mean it is Gyu Kaku! Totally worth it

T
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The table the wait person took us to had a BBQ grill that was not functioning properly. I complained to our waitperson. She removed a part for the BBQ and said it would work fine now, but it did not. She came back after I complained again and removed another part, but it did not work. Since there were many empty tables, I told them to move us to another table, but they refused by saying that those tables were for reservations. We had a reservation too, which means to me that they were trying to force us to use a broken BBQ grill so that other customers won't have to deal with the terrible situation that they put us into. They treated us so poorly that I got really upset and started yelling at them. Then, they brought the restaurant manager. As soon as he arrived, he immediately notice the mess with the BBQ grill on our table, and offered us another table. My question is why they did not move us to another table when I requested them to do so for the first time. They forced us to use the broken BBQ table until I yelled at them. I did not enjoy the time I spent there even though the foods were ok. I don't think I will go there again, and I am going to share this poor experience of mine at Gyu-Kaku with my friends.

m
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The soda was flat

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! 😊

j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fun and new experience for my partner and I! The food were delicious, and I loved the vegetables. One thing I would have hoped was that the selection of meats were less marinated. Since most of the marination were the same among most cuts, it would have been more enjoyable if there were less marinated meat, to give us more opportunity to taste it with the sauce or separate from the added flavors.

Overall a great experience. Had an amazing server; Dey was extremely attentive and kind. Thanks!

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
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
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
Central Coast
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.

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