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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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We're OPEN on Christmas Eve! Celebrate Christmas Eve with delicious food and a great experience with your Friends & Family!

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Monday, December 25, 2017

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Gyu-Kaku - San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (31)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Good for Groups (30)
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Great for Lunch (29)
Fun (28)
Good for a Date (27)
Happy Hour (27)
Casual (27)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Authentic (15)
Kid-friendly (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Cozy (12)
Healthy (12)
Tasting Menu (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Hot Spot (7)
Business Meals (6)
Romantic (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Spicy (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Tapas (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (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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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The service was great. the food was great. I was stuffed.

maybe the only thing I would changed is the cheese stuffed wontons. the cheese just melts into wonton and the cheese does not get any taste. I would use cream cheese instead. it holds better when fried and has a great taste and that is what everyone is expecting when the order them, to have cream cheese in them. I will not order them again. other than that everything else is great!!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Junie was wonderful! Best server we experienced

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was a fun date night spot. The service was excellent and the food is really great quality. I recommend getting there before 6:30 to take advantage of the happy hour menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

very good restaurant that i definitely will visit again

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Fun, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 5, 2017

This is a great restaurant for everyday dinner or a special occasion. Food is tasty and fresh and fun to cook. The sets come with a great assortment of meat with veg. The shishito peppers and cabbage appetizer were delicious! The meats are very good. Great ambiance and location. We had a large party and took up 2 tables with different servers. One table had great service and received all of their items in the set in a timely manner and received everything they asked for. Our table had a different server who was not attentive at all. We didn't get everything we ordered and had to ask for the rest of it. We asked for rice several times before getting it. We asked for soy sauce three times and never did get that. It was a bummer but would still give this place another chance.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 3, 2017

It was delicious and a lot of fun. Kids had an amazing time being their own chefs.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Food was great but the wait for each dish was soo late. We should have had shrimp first then to beef for the grill sake as well. The waitress seemed trying hard but... It will be a while to go there next time as it was not smooth operation at all.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

First time taking someone here for a date. It was an amazing experience. Food was great and the service was great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food an service as always

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

The meat lovers grill plate and roasted yuzu peppers were fantastic

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Special Occasion, Tapas, Casual, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Spicy, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Pricey but good food. Service could be quicker & more attentive though

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our reservation was for 3:45, we finally got seated at past 4:00. We ordered the drinks at 4:10, and the all you can eat course at 4:15 when she brought us the drinks, but the food didn't come out until close to 4:45. We were told that it was a 90 minutes course but the service was very slow and it took a long time to get our food. Even though they didn't rush us to leave, we left the restaurant at 7:35. We had our kids with us so we purposely made reservation for an early dinner, but almost four hours at a restaurant was just too much. In the middle of our meal our server left without letting us know but we were able to tell another server that it was my daughter's birthday and they brought a special dessert and sang happy birthday to her, which was very nice. However, they need to come up with a better system regarding the all you can eat course. Also, there was a very loud party of women that were laughing like hyenas, kind of annoying.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 19, 2017

always fun to eat here. i always think it's not a lot of food, then we end up full. one day i'll have to do the all-you-can-eat, but they shouldn't put a time limit on that. if you do, then don't call it all you can eat. call it "all you can eat in 90 minutes" it can get pretty pricey with all the uncharges ADD $3 here, ADD $4 there, ETC. menu is so overwhelming it can be easy to get lost and confused and dump a ton of dough.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I enjoy eating at this restaurant and as usual, the service was outstanding.
Our waitress Danphy did a fantastic job with our group.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great staff. Only complaint would be that the grill is extremely small and the food came out slowly. With the buffet limit to only 90mins - this can be problematic for larger parties.

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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Worst service ever from a sit down restaurant. Our order was all messed up, the different meats we ordered all came out sporadically and we had to ask about certain items at least four times. Asked for rice and the server said it'll be 10 more minutes or so because they ran out, still no rice 20 minutes later but I see the service staff on break helping themselves to bowls of steaming rice. Eventually got our rice but only long after all but one plate of our meats had been cooked and eaten. They brought out the appetizer we ordered after we finished our meal and ordered smores for desert - cancelled it. Just don't go here. It sucks.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Dining at Gyu-Kaku is our new family bbq tradition to celebrate Labor Day! We still get to bbq and eat great food all while staying cool and out of the scorching sun!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

They limit the time you can seat at the table. Thats so ridiculous for restaurant business.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Always great food. Order was right. Eli brought everything quick and was on top of it. Excellent experience! -Javier

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