About Gyu-Kaku - San Diego

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in sunny San Diego, CA is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in Scripps Ranch! 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.

9844 Hibert St
Suite G-1
San Diego, CA 92131
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Daily: 11:00am - 5pm

Dinner:
Mon-Sat: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Sun: 5:00pm - 9:30pm


Happy Hour

Monday All Night

Lunch: Everyday 11:30AM - 6:30PM

Dinner: Tue–Sat 8:30PM-10:30PM last call

Sun 8:30PM–9:30PM last call

Cross Street:
Mira Mesa East

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 693-3790

Website:
http://www.gyu-kaku.com/ca/sandiego.htm

Parking Details:
Ample Mall Parking Provided

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

Additional:
Beer, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room

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Gyu-Kaku - San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (32)
Great for Lunch (30)
Good for Groups (29)
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Good for Birthdays (28)
Special Occasion (27)
Good for a Date (27)
Casual (26)
Happy Hour (25)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Comfort Food (19)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Authentic (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Cozy (10)
Healthy (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Hot Spot (6)
Business Meals (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Spicy (4)
Tapas (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

It was good in general. There signature prime rib is a little disappointing, other meat are good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our group was there for a late lunch/early dinner time (4:00). The foods and lunch special deals are great catches, but it took almost 1 hr after the order was taken for our appetizers and side dishes to arrive, and this was after we reminded the waitress of this fact, and we had told her when were seated that we had a concert to go to afterwards.

Overall, the foods tasted authentic, we would go again for a more leisurely experience

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Love this place. Good quality meats, portions are perfect for someone who doesn't eat too much

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We had a fun dinner date at Gyu-KaKu! Our waiter was fantastic, energetic, and attentive. His recommendations were spot on and a wise use of our dollars. This was a family friendly environment, so we did not have a very "quiet" date. And with folks grilling their own food, expect some odors from those "very well done" cuts of meat. This fun atmosphere will be a place you can find us again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Service was terrible, waitress kept forgetting items we ordered or bringing us the items not made how we asked them to be prepared. Prices have gone up significantly, and the amount of items on happy hour menu have gone down. Discountinued some of our favorite items (seaweed salad). Won’t be coming back to this location again, would rathe go to Huntington Beach or Tustin.. far better locations.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Daughter visiting

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is one of our favorite places to eat and it was wonderful celebrating the New Year at our special place!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was not great today. We had early reservations for lunch and had very slow service. Waited a long time between different meats and rice to be served. Meat was tough today.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food is great! The only thing that is not so perfect is the waiting time. We (party of 4) reserved 7:45PM and arrived at 7:20, but they kept us waiting until 8:15PM while seated a few other parties before us. They said the reason is because “The previous party seated on the table reserved for us didn’t leave”, which is not a great reason...

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our reservation was at 8pm. Did not get seated till 8:20. Server was not attentive at all, food was not worth the price we paid because portions were too small. Too much hype for this place and food were average taste.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service, ambiance, value for money and food!

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

A little slow in terms of service but overall a great place to eat

Tags: Fun, Casual, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The stove shut down in the middle of the grill....

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Very slow service

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

First of all, If you think Korean All you can eat BBQ and Japanese BBQ(Yakiniku) are the same, you are WRONG! lol.

My colleagues and I had "Enkai party-Course" ($29/person) a couple of days ago and already want to go back !!!
You will enjoy their fresh meat cooked over the charcoal grill.

+ great customer service :)

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was great but dishes came out too slow but I love this place.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Awesome dinner experience! We’ve been here several times now all was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food was good as usual, but manager was a little pushy. He got a little snippy because when we cooked our meat and it got a little more smoky than usual. He said (in not so nice a way) that we would set off the alarm and annoy other customers. Guess he didn’t care about annoying this customer.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This place serves minorities last. We got our table and waited a good 15 minutes before a waiter notices and told me someone will be over. After 10 minutes, we finally got our order in. However, we had to wait another 10 minutes for a glass of beer and a few minutes more just for appetizers. Meanwhile we see the manager walk around chatting up with one table for a good half hour. The rest is pretty much the same. Wait forever for your dish which maybe has four slices of beef. The attached pic shows our table. Doesn't look appetizing does it...

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 11, 2017

I’ve been here before, but the friends I’d brought hadn’t. They were blown away by the intimacy of cooking together while at a table. We all took turns grilling various types of meat off the all you can eat premium menu. Steven, our server, your guided us through the menu and was overall phenomenal. My friends and I will definitely be back. Oh and Monday’s they have all day happy hour!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Everything here is very flavorful. The salad and the special rise are so tasty. I love the different meats that have been marinated. Grilling at your table is fun too. It gets very noisy inside and makes it even a little hard to hear your friends. The food makes up for the noise levels.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I love this place and they have happy hour everyday! The food was amazing, service was great, and ambiance was perfect for a date night.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent service, outstanding food. Thank you:-)

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Poor service. Food came out slow and salty grill took a long time to heat up.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Unique dining experience. Great variety of options. Service was a little slow but I attribute that to it being a holiday so take that into consideration when you book. (Reservations recommended)

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Not very happy with the food. The meat is obviously the cheapest cuts they could find. You get very little for your money. We got the most expensive deal because we wanted to try it all and we did not get enough meat. They try to fill you up with all the nonsense before. Concept is nice, wish the food was better.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 21, 2017

It is fun to grill your meat and aluminum wrapped veggies. My teenagers love it too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

it is a very good restaurant, good food, only very noisy! but very good!

Tags: Romantic, Spicy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Service is second to none. Manager is on top of everything that is going on in the resturant. Food quality is amazing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The meat is good quality and cooks fast. The service is good even when they're backed up. The food overall tastes good.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Good find for local eatery. Reservations are recommended, it was crowded with lines at the door. Lunch for 2 girlfriends, we had reservations and were seated promptly. Our waitress explained the menu, procedure for cooking your meats and all the extras available.
We enjoyed the fun of cooking at the table over drinks and conversation. Food was very good. We had the lunch specials. The music was too loud for our taste, but we were able to ignore it.
Service was good, food came in short order, considering every table in the place was occupied.
We did feel a little rushed when the check came, our waitress asked us twice if she could take it ,when we had not even opened the bill yet. You can see why when there are people waiting outside. All in all, a good experience.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Good Ambience, servers were speaking Nippon which added to the ambiance as well. The food was excellent and the cook it yourself appeal added to the value. Overall it was a great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food is so good for the price, just music was too loud

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 6, 2017

It was amazing as always

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food great. Lunch special awesome. Beer, sake, and friends.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Super cute spot for a date & yummy food ! Great happy hour deals, Monday's are the best for an ALL day happy hour 😍! Worth a try

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food. Great options and affordable!! Can’t go wrong

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Birthday dinner

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 13, 2017

My family loves this place! I don't really eat meat, but they do have shrimp and rice and a delicious Kimchi Tofu. We go every few months, but this last time we went to celebrate one of our son's birthdays. It's really cute that the staff sings and that they bring a smore's dessert, my boy felt special. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Amazing food, good service, loved the lunch specials. Overall good experience.

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