Gyu-Kaku - San Diego, CA

4.5
1002 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
We are open for limited dine-in service.

We have updated our operations in accordance with all government guidelines to put your health and safety first.

To maintain a safe environment for you and Gyu-Kaku staff, we ask that all guests understand and adhere to the following:

- Masks are recommended
- There may be limits on party sizes.
- We are serving a limited menu. Not all Grand Menu items will be available during our immediate reopening.
- We only accept payment via credit or debit card. Cash payments respectfully declined.
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vipLoveSteak
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The serving staff was very efficient and kind. The food was great. Would definitely come back!

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StevenH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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YoFoodie
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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LMBaltimore
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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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Hide
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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JoeyT84
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, just outdoor dining due to corona. And not that many people.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MaryA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food!! Seemed very Covid safe.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it the food was great and service amazing

JD
JoshuaD
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipMaryA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here is off the charts good! Employees all super friendly and helpful. Our families favorite restaurant in San Diego.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience as always!!!

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AkiSD
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

CL
vipCarlyL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was amazing and the service was awesome thanks to Seth! :)

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vipglennandnellm
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service as usual.

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TamN
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

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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KurtK
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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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vipChrystolK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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JackieD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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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vipKWNavydoc
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Eating with all three sons at once. Which is a rarity.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Seemed short on workers, but food was great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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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vipShaneP
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

tasty seasoned meat so well I never need extra sauce!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality with a unique dining experience. Better than expected!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow service from Seth was FANTASTIC. Thank you for making it a great birthday escape. The Harami meat was amazing

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vipBrian
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipMichelleM
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always what we expect here. We love gyu the servers are friendly and we LOVE the food 😍

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious! Be busy so service is a bit slow.

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DamienA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

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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UnsatisfiedFoodie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

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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ReverendBrocktune
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty, juicy and tender meat , also a good service

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

SG
SteveG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best table bbq ever! I am in love with this place.
I was eating and cooking wearing my sweater and I was able to wear next day. It wasn't smelling at all.
The service was very fast and good. The waiter was calling me by my name all the time.
I had a a guest can't eat any gluten. They had all gluten free sauces on the table.
The bistro fillet was my favorite. My son liked the ice cream and s'mores the best.

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Gyu-Kaku - San Diego, CA does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Gyu-Kaku - San Diego, CA is rated 4.5 stars by 1002 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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