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About Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in San Mateo, CA is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in the Bay Area! 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.

329 S. Ellsworth Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Everyday: 11:30AM–4PM last call

Dinner
Sun–Thu: 4PM–10:30PM last call
Fri & Sat: 4PM–12AM last call

Happy Hour
Monday All Day
Lunch: Tue–Sun 11:30AM–6:30PM
Dinner: Sun–Thu 9PM–10:30PM last cal
Fri & Sat 9:30PM–12AM last call

Cross Street:
E. 4th Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 343-3255

Website:
http://www.gyu-kaku.com/

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

Additional:
Beer, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.0

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4.1

value

4.1

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Good for a Date (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Authentic (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Tapas (6)
Business Meals (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Great Beer (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Cozy (4)
Romantic (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Portion was small, definitely not for big eater. Services was good

Tags: Kid-friendly, Tapas, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Amazing place we love coming here and being able to have unique food that isn't easy to find in other places.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I like this place , and all my family is always happy to be here , but last time we got very very bad customer service, our waitress was very unprofessional, she mixed up our food with other table , didn’t bring the rest our order, and at the and she give us a totally wrong bill with double charge ! The rest of the people, who work there is very nice , good and hard working young people!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Great Beer
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food quality has gone down a lot the past few years. Service is nonexistent. Food takes days to come out for something you cook yourself. Plates were dirty when I sat down. Super disappointed

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great service and the food was fantastic. WE didn’t the Meat Lovers for two and there was so much food we couldnt finish it all. Great experience we will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Place was great, quick service and great food. went with a friend and had no trouble getting everything and enjoying our meal

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Services has improved. At least our waiter show up to our table for couple of times. He forgot couple of our ordered items. It delivered right away after we asked. It wasn’t a very busy day. We get our table on time with reservation ahead. Meat quality is average. The ramen got have bowl of soup. It will be great if they put more. Only concern is dirty restroom.

Tags: Disabled Access
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was good and our waitress was pleasant too, but I wish she could be more attentive. I asked for no dressing on my salad which was included in my lunch selection, and I was given a salad with dressing. I immediately notified our waitress who took it away but later brought me another salad with dressing on it. I didn’t bother to tell her again and tried to eat a little, but ended up giving my salad to my husband since he likes the dressing. I like my salad plain without any dressing, or with simply a dash of lemon juice or balsamic vinegar. My husband commented that the chef had already put dressing on all the salad, so our waitress probably couldn’t do anything about it. However, I still feel that we customers should be given the choice on whether we want dressing on our salad.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Needs professional management for a restaurant at that scale. Service is pathetic with children behaving... well, like children.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Understaffed so service was slow but overall food quality was good. Just wish there were better portion sizes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Love the food! The quality is great and it’s fun to cook at your table.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food is freaking awesome and so is the service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Good food, but service really sucks here. I have been here several times as we like the food. But the constant changing of servers throughout the course of one meal is ridiculous. Not only that, but they do not check in with you to see if you need anything. It also took almost thirty minutes to flag down the bill.

Wish they would improve their service here!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Authentic
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Amazing the food is always delicious drinks are spectacular

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I think this is better for groups of 3 or more because that will let you enjoy a larger variety of meat to grill.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Lots of variety to choose from.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Gyukaku is always awesome. Food is delicious as they always are. Make sure to try the premium beef tongue if you haven't.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Authentic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The food was great. We had made a reservation on Open Table and no table was ready for us. They just put us at the top of the wait list. They should update availability on Open Table.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

All meat are very fresh. Gyu-Kaku created an unique taste. Happy Hour Menu is recommend but it isn't that cheap.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Casual, Authentic, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Good food , service, and ambiance. Food was overly seasoned though: too salty. The fruit juice iced tea was good but too sweet (tasted like undiluted concentrate).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

アメリカで焼肉。korean BBQとは違った味わい。人も多く、はやっている店。
セットメニューもお得感あり。注文しすぎると、値段が高くなるので、セットメニューの方が安心。

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Grilled Tongue was tougher than usual. Ramen noodles were under-cooked, doughy but tasty broth and meat in tonkotsu. No "shichimi" seasoning for ramen soup, only chili powder when asked.
Helpful staff on new app conversion & Open Table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I love this place! We went for our anniversary and had a reservation. We ended up waiting a while, but didn't really mind. The manager comp'd our drinks anyway, very nice staff. We were very happy with the quality/amount of food. We got the Kobe Beef for two and love it!

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great vibes, good food, and amazing customer service. I would honestly go back the next time I am in San Francisco. The cost may seem high but it is a lot of food and the quality is high.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always fun coming here. The BBQ sale with pitcher of beer makes it all worthwhile as well as the happy hour menu. Always make a reservation.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

One of the workers who was cleaning the table next to us splashed water on my friend's purse and her clothes without an apology, instead, he brought us a stack of napkins on the table. Besides, they wanted us to move to another table when we were still eating and drinking because they needed our table for the big group. I feel that was kind of rude.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Best place ever

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Everyone was very good. Only complaint was that manager who was acting as server wouldn't discount beer with loss leader Sapporo that was super cheap and ran out earlier. M

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Gyu-KaKu, San Mateo, has a terrible seating procedure/attitude. When it is busy, one has to wait even with one shows up on time with a reservation. Okay, I understand. When it is half empty, one has to wait because they "the section is closed". When five out of six show up on time with a 6:30pm reservation on a Thursday night while the sixth is parking, the five were made to wait until the sixth arrived after parking, while the restaurant is 60% full and the table is empty and ready. I don't understand. The attitude is just rude.

If one is hungry for Japanese Barbecue, I recommend that one try Guy-KaKu's much more polite and customer friendly competitor, Juban, in Burlingame.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I love going to Gyu Kaku it's my go to if I want really good BBQ, the services are excellent, everyone was super friendly, our waiter was really helpful with suggestions if the meal we pick was good for our parties. I always recommend going here.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Food was good but other customers got their food before we did. We ordered AND were there before the other customers. I thought that was messed up.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

It took so long, over 20 min, for the food to come. Taking the prepared raw meat out shouldn't take that long.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great service. Thanks William!! He was very prompt and checked on us frequently. Duck breast was the best!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Arrived on time for reservations at 5:30 P.M. on the Monday before July 4th. Every table was filled. Was the restaurant overbooked? We waited next to the host stand a bit more than 10 minutes to be seated. The place was packed with walk-in diners waiting inside and outside the entrance. After we were seated, service was uneven as we waited another 10 minutes before a server arrived to take our order. The vegetable side dishes (including the "assorted veggies" which we did not order) arrived 10 minutes before the appetizers were served. The marinated meats and rice bowls were delivered another 8 minutes later. The grilled asparagus and garlic spinach were surprisingly good. You have to turn the spinach quickly with the tongs to prevent burning on the grill grate. The assorted veggies included two button mushrooms, sliced trumpet mushrooms, exactly two thin slices of zucchini squash, two little shishito peppers, two cherry tomatoes, and a foil packet of CANNED corn to be warmed on the grill grate....definitely awkward and a challenge trying to eat individual canned corn niblets with chopsticks. The fried calamari had a nice crisp batter with a spicy dipping sauce. The pork gyoza were okay with a shoyu dipping sauce. The marinated yaki shabu beef and spicy pork were tasty. Our server checked in on us one time after the final delivery of the marinated meats. We had to ask for water later....We'll give this place another try - like on a non-holiday weekday when hopefully, they're not slammed, and perhaps the service might be better.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The food was good and the service was great. It is also a great value when you come during happy hours.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The food was great, but although I had a 1:30pm reservation through open table and we got there at 1:17pm, and checked , we didn't seat until 1:51 pm.
But other that that, food was great and for good price.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Good good god

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

It was good as usual

Tags: Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

I don't really want to write a review, here's 50 characters to meet the requirements.

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Used to come every weekend, and I can tell a trend of how the service here goes from good to bad. Now everything is as slow as possible. I had a reservation at 10 pm, and I didn't get water till 20 min after I sat. Till 10:45 pm all I got was a corn. No water was added and I had no mood to order dessert. Even checkout took 10 min. And this is not the first time I had such an experience. Definitely won't come every week like before.

Tags: Late-night Find
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