Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo

4.6
487 reviews
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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.
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San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a great DIY BBQ place. The staff is super helpful and check in regularly. The meat is good quality, but the seasoning can be unevenly distributed. It is very loud inside, so those with sensitive ears may want to request a secluded area

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Takes a while to get seated, definitely recommend making a reservation and being sure everyone is there on time otherwise your table will get passed on

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v
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was good. sign up for the app, you get some stuff. not much, but it's something.
service was good. they are very friendly.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. The staff was very polite and the food was excellent

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P
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

They forgot to record my attendance with OpenTable. Then waited 15 minutes just for ordering drinks while other got immediate service.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Okonomiyaki was soaked in sauce and it wasn’t good at all. Some of the food was too sweet.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

we came on happy hour but the place wasn't pack yet & waited more than 15 minutes for the meat to get to your table.

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n
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was too slow the service and the tables and seats were sticky and dirty

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GS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to for japanese bbq. Always good and great service.

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D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in during lunch. The service was awesome, the food was delicious & cannot beat the price! I love this place.

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K
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. The staff are friendly and attentive. The reward program is easy with many redemption options

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JS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, the ambiance and all the staff are friendly.

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CZ
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time eating at Gyu-Kaku-San Mateo. The food is absolutely fresh and delicious! We prefer to order everything ala carte rather than a set menu. You can always add more food if you are still hungry. My husband and I ordered 2 different beef dishes, a chicken dish, white rice, steamed mushrooms, and a bowl of noodles. We found that to be plenty for us!

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AA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The cooking unit’s flame kept going out. Once they figured a solution, only 1/3 of the bbq was usable and on low-medium at best. It took forever to cook our food and while we received sincere apologies, they acknowledged their equipment is “getting old but hasn’t been replaced.”

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good and service was good. The Tokyo punch drink was nasty. They need to work on their drinks and be more creative. Use passion fruit. Mango or something exotic and tropical.

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OB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday - it was Excellent!

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Happy hour was ok. Prices seem good however portions were very small. So you must order a lot in order to get full. The bill was higher than we anticipated as we had to order more items to be content.

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DE
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, however we waited for 20 minutes when we arrived on time for our 5:30pm reservation. Half of the table were empty, yet we were not seated. Once seated, waited another over half an hour for raw meat/veggie to arrive. Lots of unnecessarily wait time, food came raw so you cook them yourself, not sure why it took so long!

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a good time, good food, curteous service. I was a bit surprised about the happy birthday singing, kinda thought that was more of the restaurant Friday, than a Japanese BBQ place. Other than that will repeat

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A tad on the expensive side especially for just two people, but definitely tastier than AYCE KBBQs! Very attentive server too (given that it was a Tuesday).

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yummy! Good service and food. Had reservation and seated right away. Good experience all around

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FS
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun to cook right at the table for the whole party. Food is great. Service could be more attentive especially once you get to your table to get something to drink. Once we ordered the service went more smoothly. Great time!

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JO
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

There were not enough floor staff and service was very slow.

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g
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

price for lunch and happy hours are reasonable; too much for weekend and dinner price.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I love this place. The only bad thing was our grill kept going out and they switched us to a different table after 5 times of the fire going out.

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D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pricey but for special occasions it's ok. Server was wonderful and food was great.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server is very nice and helpful. He and she were very attentive and accommodating. They helped me ordered what's best and assist me in my apps since I didn't have my glasses for reading. I give a thumb's up for the server.

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AF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The idea of Korean bbq is a one that’s unique and cool but the portions served are a little small for me. Nonetheless great place to grab a casual bite or a date night!

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H
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

good prices and great quality food. place will get very crowded, so have a reservation

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NA
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We liked this place. They have a very nice happy hour. Server was very helpful in making suggestions. Nice dining experience. We will return.

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food friendly service great place to have fun

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were great. Just disappointed with their new change to reward policy which I will lose $25 worth of hard earned reward.

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MC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I'm so happy that there's a Gyu-kaku close to the city! It's about a 20 mins drive but totally worth it. We used to go when living in LA so we've missed it quite a bit since moving up here. The food is great, the happy hour prices are awesome, and even the regular prices are good - they have a variety of meats and dishes at all price ranges. It's such a fun experience and we truly love this restaurant!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Took longer than usual for server to arrive after being seated to the point where we thought they forgot about us. Other than that, great meal!

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TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food service was slow. The kitchen and bathroom were a tons of paper towers. No tong for grill , the waiter asked us to use wood chopsticks to grill. A lot of items were sold out. Food taste a lot worse than before.

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EA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was good but service was a bit poor, after receiving our food the waitress never showed up after that. Never got any refills on our drinks and after we were done we waited for the bill but no one ever showed. We had to go to the front desk to ask for our bill.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great experience here. Attentive and friendly staffs.

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MS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Come for lunch and we pick 3 items lunch ! But 2 items we want was not available ! The rib eye ! It’s always lack of choice! The beef cube we ordered is so fat and chewy ! Can’t swallow ! What a pity ?

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j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Went for my Birthday. Food was excellent! Service was so so. Server was maybe distracted or new? He forgot many things and had to be reminded several times. Also forgot to turn on grill or oil it for cooking. At the end we were charged for extra item he forgot.

We will return because the food is good and it just seemed like an “off” day.

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B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wide selection of meet and appetizers.
Cheap draft beer!
Even though we ordered meat and vegetables individually instead of ordering a course for two people, it was pretty reasonable and service was fast. I liked the staff came at the right timing to change the grilling metal frame.

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