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Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo

4.6
338 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Top Tags:
  • Happy Hour
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in San Mateo, CA is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in the Bay Area! Conveniently located in Downtown San Mateo close to the Cinemark Theatres and the San Mateo Station!

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Mon: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Tues: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Wed: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Thurs: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Fri: 11:30AM – 12:00AM
Sat: 11:30AM – 12:00AM
Sun: 11:30AM – 10:30PM


HAPPY HOUR
Monday: All Day Long

EARLY HAPPY HOUR
Tues – Sun: 11:30AM – 6:30PM

LATE HAPPY HOUR
Sun – Thurs: 9PM – 10:30PM last call
Fri & Sat: 9:30PM – 12AM last call
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Phone number
(650) 343-3255
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private party contact
Private Dining Coordinator : (877) 473-3160
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E. 4th Ave
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Additional
Beer, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 338 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RodneyG 
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

It would have gotten 5 stars, but the service was very inattentive!!

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LindaRe86 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

I have been here one a dinner date with my girlfriends, a lunch with my daughter and Valentine’s with the hubby. All experiences have been great. Food is delicious. Would definitely recommend making a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great place for Valentine's day!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My girlfriend broke up with me.

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karah (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Great fresh food. .
Loved this place. Will come back again very soon.
Thank you.

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LeannaL (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

I came here for my anniversary and I absolutely loved the service provided to us. The server was attentive and I never had to ask her for anything. She knew what I wanted before I even asked and that was greatly appreciated. While booking with opentable and saying it was an anniversary, the manager and server both wished us a happy anniversary and made it that much more special for us. I definitely would come back again. The food was delicious and well portioned.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We’ve had dinner at Gyu-Kaku quite often.

THE GOOD
1. The good is descent and reasonably price. Prices are even better when you dine during the happy hour periods.

2. I wouldn’t go as far to say that the service is excellent, but it is good. You can expect a staff member to greet you within 5 minutes of being seated, ready to take your drink order. As soon as you place your order, the food will start coming out about 7-10 minutes after your order is placed.

3. Via their Mobil app, you can reward points every time you dine at their establishment. The points are truly worthwhile accumulating, and they are not stingy with their points, where you can redeem points almost every time you visit. On an average, I’ve received up to $25.00 of my entire bill.

THE BAD

1. Reservations are recommended, else, you could find yourself waiting at least 45 minutes or longer for a table. Even wait time with reservations is an average 10 minute wait.

2. The bathrooms are not very well maintained. While it’s kind of cool that the toilets are heated, the stalls are often dirty, stinky, and often have no toilet paper in them. I often just go in there to wash my hand before and after dinner, and often wait to use the bathroom until I get home.

3. The restaurant Is quite loud. This is not a place to have a romantic dinner. Besides, Cooking on a grill is not quite my definition of a romantic date, but rather, a place for friends, and family to enjoy a fun night out and grill/cook together.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Staffs were all friendly and attentive! Food were delicious! Requested a birthday dessert during online booking, and a pleasant surprise of the staffs all gathered at our table with a birthday ice cream s’mores dessert and cheerfully sang the birthday song. You guys are the best!

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Jonah (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Most of the meats in Meat's Lovers sets and beef rice are extremely salty, so we can't eat too much. The restaurant need to improve that!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

this time we had the worst experience ever. waited 40 mins after ordered and only a couple were served. no updates from the server or manager. we were not in the mood to eat after being kept waiting for so long and had to cancel the rest of order. the rib finger dish smells old and not fresh at all. even though the manager apologized and gave us two orders of gyutan for free, its bad experience overall and we had to find food elsewhere to eat becasuse we were not full after spending over an hour in there. terrible experience!

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