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San Mateo - Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA, San Mateo, CA

Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA

4.6
4.6
658 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
We are open for dine-in!

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 required upon arrival and in common areas.

-Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance.

-Reservations are highly recommended.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm EARLY HAPPY HOUR Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–6:00 pm LATE HAPPY HOUR Daily 9:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 343-3255

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator : (877) 473-3160

What 658 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Peninsula

    Good for Groups

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Birthday celebration. Service was excellent
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was nice and responsive. We came right at 5p so the low key vibe was perfect for my date with my hubby.
  3. M

    Merritt

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loveeee this place! Food is so good, service is very fast, everyone is so nice
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and service were ok, however I felt the cleanliness of the table and cups require more attention. We ordered s’mores for dessert, the server took the dirty grill away and turned on the fire, didn’t replace a new one for us to grill the marshmallows. I asked her for the replacement to cover the dirty oil hole of the stove and she told me that I could just grill the marshmallows like that. I said no, we need the grill to cover the oily hole in the stove because I have a kid here going to grill the marshmallows, I don’t want to see the marshmallows drop into the oily hole in the stove without a clean cover. She then finally replaced a new grill for us after my request, but I thought it should have been automatic and still puzzled why did I have to even ask her to replace it in the first place.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food great Wait staff fabulous Very attentive Got the meat lovers special Also got Deep fried potstickers And fried bacon candy Everything was fabulous
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Gyu kaku Meat Lovers was exquisite and perfect for dinner for two
  7. JO

    JoannO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner was great as usual. We ordered sukiyaki Bibibob, Kim her, think sukiyaki beef and along with that was avacado salad and chicken karate. Superior food and it is a favorite place Togo!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Comparing to location near Vancouver, Bc (pretty much the San Francisco of Canada) Price-about the same Value-no unlimited refills on drinks, but other than that similar Noise-vey loud Service-no one automatically checks you, you have to press button Booking-easier to book than in Canada Burner-servers had to keep being called due to equipment issues
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gyu Kaku is worth trying out if you’re looking for something new. We did the happy hour meal for 2 since we got there when they opened. Worth it. Lots of food for a reasonable price IMO (we were stuffed when we left). Everything was tasty and there’s different options to try. Thought we would smell like smoke at the end but their grills have fans that pull the smoke down and away. Instructions listed for anyone new to the dining experience and they have a buzzer if you need assistance or the bill. We didn’t get a chance to use it because our server was great and attentive. All in all a we had an enjoyable dining experience.
  10. IM

    IreneM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great meal as usual. One of our favorite spots to eat!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food.
  12. Y

    Yosh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food and service is great, but skip the kobe beef, I didn't care too much for it.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    we arrive a little early than the reservation time and got taking in right away. The staff are all nice and helpful. We ordered the chef selection combo for 2ppl it's the right amount and delicious!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner turned out pretty great because we selected a course meal (Chef’s Selection) that offered a lot of what we already wanted. It had beef, pork, shrimp as well as soup, salad & rice. Only thing we weren’t too enthusiastic about was the kimchi since it was too salty for us. Everything else was really tasty. Some beef cuts were already marinated so they cooked up so flavorful, we didn’t need dipping sauce for them. Our burner turned out to have a “hot zone” that cooked meat faster than the rest of the grill but we used that to our advantage by searing meats on there first then setting them aside in colder areas so they can stay warm without over cooking. Overall, it was a fun date night for me and my partner who love going to places like this where we don’t just sit and wait to be served.
  15. h

    happywifey

    San Francisco

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It's so fun eating here. We love grilling the meat and everything was tasty. Prices are reasonable for what you get. You'll leave full and happy. Servers were efficient and friendly. They have buttons at your table that you can press to call a server or request your bill, which we appreciated.
  16. SM

    SunMateo

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Tried to make them aware that I will be running late for 15minutes. Tried calling for many days during their business hours, till the day of the appointment, nobody ever picked up the phone and the voicemail was full. Luckily we were still able to be seated after we arrived. Thank you!
  17. CC

    ClaireC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Nice place for BBQ. Recommend to visit there during their happy hour.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Hosts were not nice and they weren’t even busy. Servers were ok, and food was not as good as other Gyu Kaku location. But worst of all is that they called us after we left and accused us for not paying the bill. The person was rude and based on the amount he then told us, which was much lower than the amount we’ve paid, that wasn’t even our bill. He then hang up without apologizing; didn’t even call us back to give explanation. This definitely gave us a very bad taste for gyu kaku; we will never go back to that location.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service
  20. JC

    JenC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got the HH set for 2, garlic noodles, house sake and were stuffed!!!! Everything we tried was delicious and perfectly seasoned. I’ve been to the gyu kaku in Vegas and was a big fan, but the service at the SM location is even better and super attentive. Our server Viva was a great help. Highly recommend!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family date
  22. M

    Micky11

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good a little salty for my liking. Service is so so
  23. m

    maries

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff are really nice, good customer service and food is great.
  24. BA

    BARTdiner

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Their website lists a lunch menu which is a value meal because you can sample several dishes and upgrade to try more expensive items at a fair price. This menu is only available for weekday lunches. We enjoyed this menu just the previous week in Oakland. Since Oakland and San Mateo only serve a weekday lunch on Friday we reserved a Friday lunch. We had a reservation for when they opened and were given full menus. We had to wait more than 15 minutes before our server returned and didn't offer water. When we asked for the lunch menu, she said they don't have one. Given the indifferent service and not offering what was on the website, we left.
  25. RE

    RayE

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Very nice n everything n everyone was great.
  26. D

    Derek

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always a good time but not great for value. Dinner tab for 2 with a beer each was $170 after tax and tip.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    The food was the only reason I gave them 2 stars! The service was horrible. They can’t say its because they were short staffed because I had seen our server time after time standing around. We’d have to flag her down or another staff member if we needed anything. This was the 2nd time I’ve been to this location and had crap service. I’ll just stick with the SF location. The service there is 1000 x’s better!!!
  28. AB

    AnthonyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining experience was great being able to cook at the table.
  29. RF

    RoniloF

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and service was fast. We would definitely comeback and recommend this restaurant to our friends.
  30. J

    Joginthefog

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always delicious selection of meats. Service was attentive and we enjoyed our meal.
  31. M

    Matt

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Good food and solid portions. Fun to cook your own food but server served my beer with the cap on.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! If you like Wine with your meal take your own as they don’t have a great selection! Only $15 corkage fee!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything tasted amazing
  34. PR

    PaulReviewsFood

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, all of it. The dipping sauces they use are tasty too.
  35. CM

    CasM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fast and everyone was so nice, especially our waiter cesar! He’s the best. Would recommend the harami pot, it’s literally so good.
  36. M

    Michael

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Had to waited extended amount of time even with reservation
  37. M

    Melzie

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We've been going to Gyu-Kaku for years now. Basically since it opened. Initially, we loved it. The food and service was top, the staff and vibe was huge! But like all good things, gyu-kaku is coming to an end. While the pandemic did have a negative impact, the restaurant basically just stopped trying. They stopped with food consistency: noodles are mushy, meats are over marinated (last night we couldn't even eat the yakishabu bc it had been sitting in soy marinade so long it was basically a salt brick). The chicken karaage has changed from solid pieces of chicken thighs to fried breading in micro pieces. The hours they post aren't the hours they serve. They have scaled back and basically if you come after 730, it's not worth it. They say they close at 10pm (early for them; they used to have last call around 11pm) and yet at 830 they were shutting down and barely let us seat for our reservation. To make matters worse: they told us it was last call AS WE WERE ORDERING AT 830. then proceeded to bring us the bill BEFORE the food arrived. Sad to say, I think that's my last visit. We've been here about 50 times over the years. Maybe more. But it's not fun anymore and the food is crap. Bye. 🤷‍♀️
  38. ST

    SophieT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks. I always enjoy the meet lovers dish
  39. b

    brennacollins

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    We had a great time!! Food was awesome!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to enjoy with family!

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

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

Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA is rated 4.6 stars by 658 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 31 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA

329 S. Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E. 4th Ave

  • Neighborhood

    San Mateo

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm EARLY HAPPY HOUR Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–6:00 pm LATE HAPPY HOUR Daily 9:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 343-3255

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator : (877) 473-3160

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