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Gyu-Kaku - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Gyu-Kaku - San Francisco

4.5
4.5
130 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Spending time with Friends and Family is what Gyu-Kaku is all about. Gyu-Kaku offers the fun of "Shared Plates" through Japanese barbeque dining experience called Yakiniku. We want our food dining experience to inspire laughter, conversation, and amazing times! You can't help it - with a personal grill installed at every table, everyone instantly becomes an expert cook. Our friendly staff aspires to lead guests through the dining experience with helpful suggestions. The sounds around you are of parties and laughter - the PERFECT choice for first dates, families, and catching up with friends.

For more info, please check https://www.gyu-kaku.com/sanfrancisco .

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Barbecue

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–6:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 757-0905

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Cross street

    Howard st between 4th and 5th street

  • Parking details

    Free street parking after 6 pm

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

What 130 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Good for Groups

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very kind and excellent vibe.
  2. TK

    ToddK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner for three, and very much enjoyed all of the meats and sides. If you come before 3pm on weekends, you can do all you can eat. The only bummer was that there wasn’t an active bartender, so we couldn’t do any custom drinks
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    parking was a bit tough around downtown SF. once we arrived, we were seated downstairs. the air ventilation was good, but the fan was blowing hard above my head. we ordered the Chef combination and the duck breasts. even though they advertised as premium cut, it was still a bit more to desire since the quantity was very small. i had higher expectations than the actual meat we ordered. i would expect higher quality since the price point was about 30% more than an all you can eat Korean BBQ restaurant.
  4. j

    johnr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience with small kids. The servers pleasant and accommodating.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Osaka

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    家族旅行中の夕食に来店。店内も綺麗で、日本の店にいるような気分になりました。店員さんの対応も素晴らしく、本当に楽しめました。
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service1ambience3
    Extremely rude waitresses, yelled at us when we told him we wanted to keep the change. The food was delicious though.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    The water was extremely rude. When I asked for the garlic chili he gave me a weird look and told me that’s army Korean restaurant. Another staff member came by and got me what I wanted. Then the waiter never changed the grill throughout the entire meal. He also did not refill our water while we waited for over 45 minutes. My daughter did not have thongs to cook the meat with the the list goes on. The waiter should be fired. I have never had such poor service and I just dined here with my colleagues the Friday before.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Food was excellent and service was on point. I definitely recommend everyone to come try. Come hungry
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good, food came out fast and staff was very attentive.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always have a great meal here
  11. ES

    EdwardS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    They have been out of wagyu for months. It defeats the purpose of our visit. The regular beef we had has not flavorX tasteless. It is a waste of time and money to eat here.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Friends got together for dinner before a Halloween event. Meat comes out quickly and you have to pay attention because they are speaking quickly. Our server only came back a few times and every time we asked for something we never got it. Service was lacking.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Korean barbecue and great rewards program!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time eating here! Worth trying. Definitely coming back. Stephan (I think that's how it's spelled. lol) he's awesome. Suggested what we should try. Got a good conversation. Food is really good. Definitely coming back.
  15. TY

    TobY

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great value of restaurant week menu. Really enjoyed it
  16. SF

    SFDiner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great discovery through OpenTable! The extensive vegetarian menu was the main attraction for me, and their limited time SF Restaurant Week menu was a great value for my husband. We dined early on a Sunday, so it wasn't too busy. I ordered the fried cheese wontons (delicious), Beyond Bibimbap (good, but probably wouldn't order again), and broccoli (along with cheese to melt). My husband enjoyed his SF Restaurant Week lunch course (1 appetizer, 3 meats, desert, on top of the soup, salad and rice) that was an outstanding value. Grilling part was fun - and no worry about smelling like smoke. They have a sophisticated way of capturing the smoke without the need of an overhead hood. Wait staff were enthusiastic and friendly but not overbearing. Can't wait to go back!
  17. j

    jontivi

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lunch combo was a great deal and the Happy Hour drinks. Love the tare on the meat, they were all delicious. Very attentive staff and quick service. We went to the one in NYC and glad to see there’s one here too. Only wished it had windows although impossible at the location.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Was a good experience being there
  19. SR

    SRSFood

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Took a couple employees out for lunch during a conference. Solid food, good service, I was the only one ordering grilled meats.
  20. GG

    GregG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic BBQ place where you can grill your own meats! Decent Price, tons of food. Toro Beef was probably my favorite and the smore was a plus!
  21. G

    Grishnackh

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a fun spot for a casual date or a night out with friends. The food is very good and the servers are great. They don't rush you and it's fun to cook food at your table.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre-theatre dinner. It was fantastic!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great for smaller groups. Get a pitcher of beer and cook some high quality meats. Get the salad.
  24. PB

    PearlB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Food was soooooo good! Love the toro beef. 100/100.
  25. SS

    SlimShady

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service! I’ll be returning to this location.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    And angus beef is full of fat the rice upgrade it delicious! However only one side of our grill was working so the food took forever to cook! But the weekday lunch special is a great deal for your dollar!
  27. MS

    MariesaS

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a lovely time for a birthday dinner. The staff was quite friendly but thought perhaps they were understaffed. We had to ask a few times for things. We ordered one of the package dinners for four and there wasn’t much pacing between the courses but it happens when you are busy. Overall great time and nice people.
  28. AC

    AlexanderC

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The meat is not great quality.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was great. The food was amazing I definitely recommend the garlic fried rice it was amazing and couldn’t stop eating it. The cocktails are super good as well My favorite was the Frozen Mango sangria. The service was awesome super attentive and friendly staff will definitely be back!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate right after the Warriors parade. There weren’t many workers, but so many customers. The staff adjusted to their environment. Our server was amazing. He didn’t skip a beat or forget an order, even when there were hangry incomers… deciding to cuss out of the staff. They handled the drama with grace.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    Couldn’t get a seat forgot it was parade today
  32. RJ

    RexJ

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food for the price. Plenty to eat with the recommended meal for three. Would definitely eat there again.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Great food
  34. I

    Idearz

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Second time here. Love the concept. The food is delish. The service impeccable. And the cost is very reasonable. And as someone who has never had a s’mores, I can tell you that I didn’t miss out…hated them. Almost as much as I hate camping. But to no fault of theirs. I just don’t see the appeal. My only ding is the layout—front tables face the bathroom and the overhead spotlight situation is a bit distracting. Will definitely come back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Gyu Kaku. Great food and service.
  36. i

    intofood

    Detroit

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Solid but not special overall. Food is acceptable,service slow.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great customer service! Food is delicious!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Everything is fine but the food is too salty!
  39. HZ

    HumbertoZ

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    very good food, price accordingly, very good restaurant
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food3service1ambience3
    The service is soooo slow and always seems vaguely chaotic

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

Gyu-Kaku - San Francisco does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Gyu-Kaku - San Francisco also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 757-0905.

Gyu-Kaku - San Francisco is rated 4.5 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.

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


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Gyu-Kaku - San Francisco

855 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Howard st between 4th and 5th street

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–6:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Barbecue

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free street parking after 6 pm

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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