Gyu-Kaku - Santa Monica

4.5
37 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
We're Back! We are open for limited patio-only dining service.

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:

- Please bring a mask and use it all times when you are not eating or drinking.

- We will measure your temperature upon entering the restaurant.

- To comply with spatial distancing rules we have spaced our tables out and limited seating capacity.

- There may be limits on party sizes.

- We are serving a limited menu. Not all Grand Menu items will be available during our immediate reopening.

To make a reservation please visit www.gyu-kaku.com/reservations or give us a call.
What 37 people are saying
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33% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipchriss
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and easy to grill. The server was very attentive and kind. The ambiance was calm with subtle background music and the drinks were excellent. Overall it was a great experience and I definitely recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

DO NOT book a reservation here past 9pm. We had a reservation at 9:15 but they said it is a mistake that open table allows reservations that late because they close at 9:30/10. They acted like they were doing us a favor by allowing us to eat and every time we asked for something like chopsticks or sauce they said they would “go see if they could find it” because everything was being put away. It was not a pleasant experience.

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vipTracyTlars
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Meh. The menu was cut down significantly and the food tasted bland. I have been enjoying Gyu Kaku for years and this visit really turned me off of the brand. They now have outdoor seating available but the grills are electric with no flame and it takes twice as long to cook anything and doesn't grill the food the same way. Thumbs down

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Decent food, slow service

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

it was for mother’s day, liked how they had combos for the occasion and had a lot to offer

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

super COVID safe, far from other tables and seems like theyre primarily reservation only which is nice!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server Juan was fantastic and attentive. Outside dining was great and the food was very good. Only feedback is that I wished they allowed the happy hour menu. Their $60 happy hour menu really has everything you need and for a great value. Maybe that’s something you can bring back. Overall though great experience and look forward to the next trip.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food. Will be coming back !

R
Raymond
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Always love their food. Always high quality and tastes amazing. First time at the Santa Monica location. Only thing that bothered me was that they got rid of happy hour altogether even though it’s like a staple for this chain and they have it plastered all over their menu. Not a huge deal but still a disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was great and we had a good time but our server was the worst I have ever had. He was rude, rushed us and at one point even told us we were wrong in what we ordered. Ridiculous. We will return since the other employees we encountered were great. Would hate to rule the place out based on one person’s incompetence

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heading back sooooon

R
Rebecca
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A fun place to grill your own food and enjoy some Japanese BBQ

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mariap
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. First time there and would visit again. Food was great

BM
BrendanM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Our waiter was a jerk. We got seated very late and the ordering was bizarre. Just an odd, unfriendly and difficult guy. Then he comes around, after never telling us before, to mumble to us that our 75 mins were up and points to a couple that "was waiting for our table." he hadnt even given us the check yet. It was just really really weird and uncomfortable. The other staff was nice, but honestly, I probably wont go to this location again, the vibe was very weird with this waiter.

Food was excellent as always at any of these restaurants.

RY
vipRYANP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was very slow and server forgot to punch in multiple items from our order. I give a little leeway cause of Covid, but this was ridiculous. Music way too loud, and a little too modern styling for me, I like the more rustic Gyu’s better. Food was decent, but just didn’t have that satisfied happy feeling that we usually get from Gyu on Pico.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My friends and I love this place. Some of the most fun dining experiences I have ever had have been at Gyu Kaku. The prices were a little high because they didn’t offer happy hour prices which we can understand do the the current climate. All in all, a great time!

SM
vipSMFoodieFamily
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Seating with a reservation was slow, we were all there and still the hostess was numb. Hostess trusted her app more then looking at her actual tables open. Bathroom needs fixing if you are drying your hands the door in to the ladies & mens opens and HITS YOU! Servers were friendly and the food was really good. Happy to have you in SM!

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vipBonzzai
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful new Location. Lunch was wonderful. Great prices, impeccable service Especially loved the s’mores after a great meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant of all time

Z
Zarbooz
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best gyu Kaku so far! They're one of the few locations with a bar and this one is much larger than the one on Pico!

GE
GoodEater
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was ok, service was not friendly or welcoming. I've lived in Japan for 6 years and eaten at Japanese BBQ/Yakiniku restaurants all of the world and many, many times. The food was good but could be better. The friendliness of staff left a lot to be desired.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juan was awesome! He was very helpful with any questions we had about the menu. Food was great and restaurant was very clean.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is not like any other Gyu, it is more modern and i was impressed. The table layout is nice and offers options for quiet couple areas and group tables with a view. The food was really good as it always is at Gyu. They didn’t have happy hour yet because they just opened, but assured it would come. It was busy with a wait time and well worth it. Book on Open Table to get in and seated faster. Recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Date night with my 9 year old daughter. This location just opened this month and they were on pointe! Loved our server Kate, she was outstanding.

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vipFrank
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our dining experience this evening was good,
however, some of the food quality was just average.
Our NY Steak was very tough and dry and our
noodles were small in portion and dried out.

Service was very good, as everyone was attentive to our needs.

The environment was pleasant and noise levels were fairly low, considering the restaurant’s special occasion.

We are looking forward to returning here in Santa Monica as it is much closer to our favourite Torrance location.

ST
STELYSTELLZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wasn’t aware that it was a soft opening for them so we weren’t able to get the HR prices as stated on the menu. It would’ve been nice if we knew this from the jump, otherwise we could’ve went to another Gyu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone from the staff were so kind and accommodating. Cordi and Cindi were phenomenal in providing the best dining service and overall experience. The food was amazing, in fact one of our best experiences at Gyu! We are regulars at the Pico location but after our evening at the Santa Monica location its quite clear this is our new favorite spot!! Thank you so much

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vipsporti00
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was slow, and it was disappointing we did not receive the soft opening discount, happy hour, our a local employee Santa Monica discount. Otherwise, still delicious like other gyukakus

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gyu is always great & this location wasn’t much different. Thanks Anthony!

VJ
VickiJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking is nearby, and the booths are spacious. Thanks for a wonderful experience, on my birthday!

AT
vipAlexT
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Very impressed! Especially for a soft opening of a new location. Food and service were flawless. Usually kinks to work out but none at all. Great location too! The menu also seemed to have more items than my local Gyu Kaku. Highly recommend!

CM
CMMS
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Yummy food ! And cocktails !Excellent service! Everything was just perfect!So happy Gyu-Kaku opening up in my neighborhood! Will definitely be going back to this location and tell my friends and family about our dining experience!!!!!!!

M
Moiaussi
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tasty and family friendly. Large variety of dishes both small and large. Noise level is a bit high so kids won't disturb others. Lights are a bit too bright over the dining table, probably to illuminate the table top grill, which isn't necessarily complimentary to skin.

AP
AlexP
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!! Been going to Gyu for some time now, but the new look in Santa Monica was great. It was my son's first time going and he REALLY had a good time and said the food was delicious.

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You can order delivery directly from Gyu-Kaku - Santa Monica using the Order Online button. Gyu-Kaku - Santa Monica also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Gyu-Kaku - Santa Monica also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (424) 744-8220.

Gyu-Kaku - Santa Monica is rated 4.5 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.