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Gyu-Kaku - San Jose, San Jose, CA

Gyu-Kaku - San Jose

4.4
4.4
45 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" 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Basque

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon, Tue 4:30 pm–6:00 pm Wed–Sun 11:30 am–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (408) 320-2811

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 45 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Great for Brunch

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Healthy

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  1. BN

    BeatrizN

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    We had made a reservation for 3 PM on a Saturday thinking it would be less busy. We were able to get our table as soon as we checked in. We sat there for about 25 min before someone came to our table to get our order. Many of the other guests were upset because the server was nowhere to be found. We waited about 45 min to an hour before we got the food to the table. I didn't realize till the end that there was only one server for all the guests in the restaurant. The manager only came out at the end because there was a complaint by one of the guests that sat next to us. The food was great but the service killed the moment. It was the first time that I had taken my husband and the kids. They didn't want to come back because they waited too long to eat.
  2. N

    Nicole

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    First time - food was delicious. I didn't realize we would cook our own food, but our guests seemed to enjoy the unique experience. Address on open table website had us on a goose chase to find the location and parking (first timer). Do not follow the address from open table! Restaurant is located on San Pedro Market - and the entrance is on San Pedro, but the address says Alameda. We ended up being 30 minutes late due to this mishap.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The worst Gyukaku ever I visited.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3
    Nice and friendly staff. Just a mishap on the food service- the entrée meats to be bbq’ed have been served late and sporadically. Management have acknowledged and appeased us, truly appreciate that. For sure that would be addressed soon, an area of improvement, as they hire more employees.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience when we come here! Food is fresh, delicious and the waiters are attentive.
  6. CS

    CristinaS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great food, love the garlic noodles! Each person at our table got their own garlic noodle bowl. My other favorite is spinach garlic! Fire!
  7. N

    Nicole235sj

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tyler was an amazing waiter, our food was tasty and the pace of the meal was perfect.
  8. D

    David

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The meats are very tasty and the experience of cooking it yourself makes it really fun. We really enjoy this new location in downtown San Jose.
  9. FS

    FoddieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing!! Very tasty bbq and appetizers.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    gyu kaku and Snapchat together made the best day of my year.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome. All around
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Utensils and cups were visibly soiled. Sent back
  13. MS

    MicheleS

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I have dined at Gyu-Kaku at different locations, but this one in San Jose the food doesn't taste as good. Reason being everything is heavily marinated/sauced. They are all too sweet & too salty, to the point that every meat tasted the same and ruined the experience. Except the ala carte that I ordered, which wasn't marinated.
  14. V

    Victoria

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Very busy for a Tuesday night, and happy to see it! Our server was super nice and professional, but it was clear he was slammed. My mom wanted wasabi but there wasn't any. My sister wanted Mochi but there wasn't any. Items we can definitely do without and understandable considering this location is brand new. Once you order, they should turn on the burner. Ours wasn't turned on until the meat was served, and it took a while for the burner to heat up. If they don't turn on the burner right after you order, ask them to so you aren't waiting for the burner to heat up. All things understandable considering the place was super busy and brand new. I've been to the one in SF several times and absolutely LOVE it. Hopefully the SJ location gets up to par the next time I am in the area. Love Gyu!
  15. MS

    MichelleS

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place…everything is awesome from the service to the food
  16. MA

    MariaA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gyu-Kaku San Jose opened two months ago. Place, ambiance and environment is much better. High ceilings and very spacious. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Food, as always, is great! Highly recommended!
  17. ML

    MingL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Slow service. They seem really understaffed and the employees have not received adequate training. When I tried to use my reward points, they struggled to make it work. At the end, I noticed they charged me an item I did not order. Gyu-kaku in other locations are very good. This one is disappointing.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Awful experience. Apparently the restaurant is not taking customer reservations seriously. We were on time for our reservation and still had to wait more than 20 minutes to get a table. Besides, the plates were greasy and did not seem to be cleaned well. The servers and manager did not have sympathy for our frustrations, and their attitude made us felt it was us being unreasonable. Quoted from the servers and manager: “it’s holiday and all the tables are taken.” “take menu and wait at the bar.” “We have only 20 tables.” Yes, it was holiday which is why we made a reservation! And no restaurant has unlimited tables, I’ve been to places that are even smaller and could still get customers tables on time. We had a subsequent event, and the wait time/bad service worried us so we had to leave.
  19. MS

    MichelleS

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would eat here every day if possible. Everything is amazing!!!!!!
  20. TB

    TiffanyB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful dinner before going to a show at the performing arts center. The food and cocktails were great.
  21. MS

    MichelleS

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This establishment is amazing from the service to the food. I have eaten here every day since
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    My husband and myself were excited to try this new location since we love Gyu-Kaku. Sadly is wasn’t what we expected. It took out server 10 mins from the time we sat down for him to come and greet us and ask us what we would like to drink. So my husband decided to just order everything since it seemed like they would take a while to get our food and drinks out. Also took a while to get our dessert out. I think I’ll just continue to go to the Cupertino location instead.
  23. GP

    GaryP

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good new dining option in San Jose. Food was super good and service was good too. The location is fairly new so they are still working through some issues but am sure they’ll fix them quickly. It’s not the easiest place to find but with the effort. Will definitely go back!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nos encanto todo la comida las bebidas todo fue muy bueno
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! The spicy pork was really good and we had the Kobe beef which was fantastic. Will definitely visit here again when I get the chance!
  26. B

    Blueferret

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very well taken care of and seen to during our meal. Quick and attentive servers who were knowledgeable of their product. We were 3 adults, so we went with the Ninja package serving 3, plus two extra orders of meat. We were not stuffed, but it was perfect for us. We will visit again!
  27. C

    Chelsea

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a great first experience here! Our server, Jess, was fantastic and took time to explain everything. We had the chef’s favorite and enjoyed it all. The only part we didn’t like was a long unexplained wait in between the first three servings of meat and the final two. Everything until then was well paced. We will be back to try other dishes!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great dinner and the food was delicious. It was our first time here and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We followed the advice here and easily found the entrance to the restaurant on San Pedro St, to the left of the spaghetti factory. We'd definitely recommend it!
  29. DF

    DavidF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food! Place was a little hard to find, we had to walk around the building a bit to get to the right side and find the door, but once we got seated we thought the food was all fantastic!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Japanese BBQ (Yakiniku) restaurant with fun Americanized touches like s’mores for desert. After living in Japan we have missed Yakiniku so this was a great find. The restaurant was busy so the servers worked really hard to make sure everyone was attended to.
  31. CE

    CodeEsq

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived early and so there were only a few other patrons at that time. The server did an excellent job in explaining the menu and process. We had the "Chef's Favorite" course menu which was more than enough for two. Great quality of food and variety. Really enjoyed it. It certainly goes into my rotation of pre-Sharks dinner locations. We will definitely be back!
  32. JS

    JoshuaS

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great new restaurant in the middle of Downtown San Jose. Liked it so much we went back 2 days later.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Took my sisters to dinner
  34. EA

    EAllen

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    would have been 5 star but the service was extremely slow
  35. m

    mgmcpa

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fun and unique, I recommend the Chef's special to try the main things without having to stress out in ordering.
  36. SP

    SamanthaP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pretty good all around. All the food was sweet and tasty.
  37. AV

    AmberV

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We celebrated a birthday dinner at Gyu-Kaku and really loved it. The food was AMAZING...and our waiter was the BEST! He was doing it ALL but was very attentive and did a great job.
  38. J

    Janie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The place was nice but the directions were awful. It is listed as 28 N Almaden but is actually the next street over on ,San Pedro. Then there is just a very small sign . So unless you are right in front of it to see it good luck. There is no phone number listed to call them either. I mean we literally had to walk thru an alley and to the other side of the bldg to find it and it took us a while. This REALLY needs to be corrected. The address listed is not the location of the place. All they really had to do was say entrance is located on San Pedro. Not to mention that given that location it is directly across from access to easy parking. As it was we parked on Almaden Ave, where there is no easy parking and walked all around the block and through an ally. The restaurant was great once we got there
  39. DM

    DeniseM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great time but it was difficult to find & telephone number was not available on site.
  40. LV

    LizV

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun restaurant for my family of 4. The food was delicious and it was a nice long dinner. The s’more at the end were the icing on the cake. We did a tasting menu which was an easy way to try a mix of items on the large menu. I highly recommended this restaurant!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gyu-Kaku - San Jose is rated 4.4 stars by 45 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 28 times today
Google Map for Gyu-Kaku - San Jose

28 N Almaden Ave 70, San Jose, CA 95110-2425

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon, Tue 4:30 pm–6:00 pm Wed–Sun 11:30 am–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Basque

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

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